Nov 17-03

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2003: November: Nov 17-03
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 06:33 am:

The weather in our corner of the U.P., has been like a wrestling match between winter and fall. Right now, fall is on top, with just a few traces of winter to see. With hunting season in full swing, it looks like Donn de Yampert has bagged himself a buick, with this shot! I'm showing my automobile ignorance here, because I don't know if it's a buick, a chevy or just Toivo's "old beater".

Whatever it is, it conjures up questions in my mind, like... I wonder if some hunter stopped there and then forgot where he parked it? Or, worse yet, did that hunter get caught disobeying the posted sign? If only that old car could talk...

By Uncle John on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 06:51 am:

She looks like a '46 Buick, judging by the tail lights, eh.

By troll in eagle harbor on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 06:59 am:

"NO TRESPASSING"...A sign of the changing times around here.:>(

By Brent, Rochester, NY on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 08:13 am:

I'd love to take a look under the seats. Just think of the old coins that might have dropped from someones pants. Of course it would probably be a good idea to take a can of Raid if it were warm, and maybe a good size skunk shooin' stick any time.

Loved my visit to the UP last summer. Wife & I can't wait to return. Oh yah!

By Larry-IN on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 09:48 am:

HEY...Thats my deer blind!!!!

By wright mattingly Lily Ky. on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 10:03 am:

Looks like a nice place for a house.Wonder if the land is for sale.wr

By The Dam Guy, Parasite Creek on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 10:06 am:

Reminds me of a Dan Seals song:
"Somewhere in a pile of rubber and steel,
lies the rusted old shell of an automobile...
And if engines could run on desire alone,
that old yellow car would be driving me home."

You might be surprised at how many old cars
were pushed into abandoned mine shafts before
they were capped. Kind of like the UP version
of a parking garage (ramp). I counted over 30
jammed into one of the Quincy shafts
along US 41 when I was last in there in 1978.
I'm sure there were many more.

By Herb_NW_Wis on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 10:16 am:

When I see old junked cars it always leaves me
kind of sad. At one time this car was showroom
new and somebody's pride and joy. Then think of
all the work it took to make the car at the factory.
Ultimately it was all for nothing. The people have
passed away and the car is a rusting hulk.

Also the saddest time of year with the leaves down
and a touch of snow on the ground....

By Big B, Minneapolis on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 11:01 am:

Cheer up, Herb! Remember, everything old is new again... you know, ashes to ashes, dust to dust (or rust to dust, in this case)...
Someone probably got good use of that old thing, when it was in its prime. Certainly it was not "all for nothing."
I am always amused, however, that someone, sometime, decided that the old junker wasn't good enough to drive but was good enough to save in the back yard. That, too, was not "all for nothing"; afterall, aren't we STILL getting use out of her now?

By Phil, Manton, MI on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 12:41 pm:

I think this could be an old Packard, maybe mid-40's, judging by the rear doors and trunk lid.
I bet he was a poacher and the DNR caught him shining deer. It looks like they ran in a hurry, they didn't even have time to close the doors.

By pat fournier davison mi. on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 01:06 pm:

looks like a good target to sight yur rifle in...HA!HA!.....P.F.

By Bruce J. Penn Sanford, Florida on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 01:45 pm:

That is a 46, 47, or 48 Buick Super or Roadmaster. They were alike, esxcept for the grill on the 46. I had a 48 Super and it was great, except for the fact that they had very serious drinking problems. 6-9 miles to the gal. in town and 15 05 16 on the road with a good tune up.

By Trippin' through the fog of Memory Lane on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 01:59 pm:

Ahhh... the memories conjured by old cars...

Reminds me of the car my high school best friend's Mom drove, to drop us off in town and then pick us up after the dances. I'd never have gotten to most of the teen activites if not for her (great) mom and their old Buick... or was it a Pontiac???

By Jim Copper Country on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 05:30 pm:

I agree with Bruce J and Uncle John.....defintely an early postwar Buick Super or Roadmaster; the carbody in general makes it one of GM's larger car models of that era, and the taillights and bumper make it a Buick. Anybody recall the old advertising slogan, "When better automobiles are built, Buick will build them"....

By pdp on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 05:55 pm:

I often wonder where I parked the old Buick.

By BMM on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 06:11 pm:

It's definitely a Buick you can tell by the leaves in the back window. Their from Flint Mi.

By Tom T.C. Mich on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 07:47 pm:

The bad hunters sight in their rifles during deer season.....old cars.bottles, cans signs, etc.Also they use bait piles. After 50 years I no longer hunt.

By Ron Wilkins, Louisville, Ky. on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 08:18 pm:

It does look like a fine place to build a "SUMMER GO TO VISIT CAMP"! And where the heck is "LILY Ky."???

By darrell oinas/dewitt michigan on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 08:22 pm:

I love the old abandoned cars, as a kid I always went through them and wondered who owned this and why is it abandoned in the woods, what sinister deed were you used for to be left out here in the middle of nowhere. I guess it was easier to leave them where they died than have them towed to the junk yard, brings back a lot of cheerfull memories of home.

By darrell oinas/Saint Johns Michigan on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 08:25 pm:

Also I have moved just a little closer to the north, I now live north of saint johns michigan,

By Michael on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 06:17 am:


Anyone know where I can get some kindling for a wood stove in the Keweenaw?

Having the darndest time finding some ..



By Dave, PA on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 04:37 pm:

Definately the '46 Buick Super. Tried to put some photos of the restored car here for readers to compare, but couldn't paste them to the note. :-(

By Dave, PA on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 05:10 pm:

Definately a '46 Buick Super. I sent Donn some photos of a rebuilt for comparison.

By BT, TC on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 07:16 pm:

What a bunch of GREAT comments today...I thought those looked like flint leaves myself...hahaha!
I don't know what kind of car it is....but it is a great picture!

By Donn de Yampert on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 - 01:11 pm:

I received the photos and appreciate the comparison. I also sent them to Charlie so that he may want to post for others to see too. Thank you again.

By Tom Gibson; South Carolina on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 - 03:55 pm:

Definitely a '42-'48 Buick Roadmaster or Super. We've got a '47 Roadmaster just like it, sans rust. Grampa had a Standard Oil gas station and garage/body shop on M-38 (then M-35) in Alston from 1938-1954. After it closed there were cars from that era strewn about the fields well into the late 1980's. Got my start in the old car hobby climbing around the rusty remains in the mid-60's. The garage is gone, the cars are gone (except for one skeletal Model A), the memories, however, will last forever. Thanks for the BEST site!

By Tom Gibson; South Carolina on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 - 04:27 pm:

Ooops! Just to clarify; '42 or '46-'48 Buick C-body (Super & Roadmaster; the Specials had the smaller B-body). They didn't make 'em (or any cars by any manufacturer, save for a few Army staff cars) during WWII. Grampa had a deferment because he kept logging trucks and other essential vehicles on the road for the duration.

By Dan on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 - 09:59 pm:

Is this car sitting off an old rail grade near the
Champion Mine in Beacon? Man it looks
familar. I know .... there are probably
thousands like it scattered across the U.P.
Just thought I'd ask.
Ahh...if only that car could talk eh! The stories it
could tell.

By Donn de Yampert, PT, DPT. on Thursday, November 20, 2003 - 08:27 am:

Along the Portage Canal Road at Oskar, MI.

By Donn de Yampert, PT, DPT. on Thursday, November 20, 2003 - 11:08 am:

Go my guest gallery to see Dave's pictures of a similar reconditioned car at

By joes_not_here2000 on Friday, November 21, 2003 - 04:27 am:

Does this car rest outside of Jacobsville, i could swear i saw it the last time i was up that way

By Donn de Yampert, PT, DPT. on Friday, November 21, 2003 - 02:32 pm:

Along the Portage Canal Road at Oskar, MI.

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Friday, November 28, 2003 - 11:00 am:

Donn de Yampert sent me the following comments a woman had sent him about this car. I'm not adding her name, since I don't have her permission, but Donn gave me permission to add her comments.....

This car photo from Oskar really caught my eye - that car is located directly across the road from my parents' house in Oskar, where I grew up. Their house is the white gabled house in the gully on the other side of the road.

I thought you might enjoy knowing why the car is there. There is/was a trail that runs through those woods. The man who built my parents' house (and whose family still owns the land across from it) parked the car there to discourage people from trespassing back there, especially from driving on the trail. A little farther along there is a big hole that he dug, also as a discouragement. It didn't work too well though - many people hike, ski, snowmobile, 4-wheel, and horseback ride back there despite the car and the hole. However, I've never seen another car back there, so that part of his plan was successful!

It was so much fun to see that car on the site. My dad used to like to tell me it would be mine when I was 16.

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