Labour of love ends

Waitaki Herald - - MO­TOR­ING -

a big en­gine. If you go up Kel­lands Hill you are go­ing the same speed at the top as you are at the bot­tom.

‘‘Its top speed was 120kmh, but 70kmh, it feels hap­pi­est at that speed. It is fairly low-geared by to­day’s stan­dard.’’ What has it cost? ‘‘We won’t men­tion that. ‘‘Eve­lyn (his wife) thinks it is pretty cool and we go out in it ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘It has been a labour of love and I was sad when I fin­ished it. ‘‘The do­ing was the high point.’’ He has in­stalled wind wings which are es­sen­tial for a vin­tage car. He has painted it black on the mud­guards and the rest is gun­metal grey and he added ex­tra lights to make it road wor­thy, in­clud­ing blink­ers.

‘‘Peo­ple don’t un­der­stand hand sig­nals now.’’

To start the car there is a but­ton on the floor with a spare petrol can­is­ter on the side of the car and the petrol gauge is on the back.

Buick Mo­tor Divi­sion was started by David Dun­bar Buick. He was build­ing gaso­line en­gines by 1899, and his en­gi­neer, Wal­ter L Marr, built the first au­to­mo­bile to be called a Buick be­tween 1899 and 1900. But Buick tra­di­tion­ally dates back when the com­pany was in­cor­po­rated and moved from Detroit to Flint.

Buick be­came Gen­eral Mo­tors. From the be­gin­ning, ‘‘mo­tor’’ has been a key word in Buick’s name. That orig­i­nal patented over­head valve sin­gle cylin­der was pow­er­ful for its time. A prom­i­nent auto writer tested a two cylin­der op­posed au­to­mo­tive ver­sion of the de­sign and re­ported the en­gine de­liv­ered 22 to 29 horse­power.

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