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    1957 Buick Super Build Sheet

    As I get the car stripped to do a body-on project. I came across the build sheet under the carpet on the sound deadner on the passanger side. The attached photo is difficult to read. I would appreciate any efforts to decipher.

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    Re: 1957 Buick Super Build Sheet

    Holy cow, I've never seen one like that! That is cool.
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    Re: 1957 Buick Super Build Sheet

    Although it is a good photo; that at the top is hard to make out.
    But, the model , trim (interior), and Paint will show on the firewall data plate as well. (I don't know what 'sequence' refers to....)


    Although, I am by no means an expert, My interpretation of the rest;

    Optional Equipment; Super group 1 option package

    HTR DEF= Heater and defroster (usually only California and exports to the tropics came without heaters)

    W-S WSHR= winshield washer sytem.

    EZI Glass = tinted glass

    WW Tires= White wall tires

    Safety group

    WA Wiper= Wide Angle windshield wiper

    PWR BRK= Power Brakes

    Dual Exhaust

    D= Sonamatic radio/ manual antenna (manual extension)

    5= Air Conditioning Radaitor (I'm not sure on this if it means A/C equipped with heavy duty Radiator. Or, it may mean Heavy duty radiator only. Or, it may mean A/C only.
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    Re: 1957 Buick Super Build Sheet

    bhambulldog:

    First: The factory failed to stamp anything on the trim tag for accessories.
    Second, The car is a Factory original A/C car which would be an Acc Code 'N'. Also the car was equiped with the heavy duty radiator.

    I am curious what the hand written information would indicate. I hoped that someone on the forum might be able to filter the photo. This is probably not to be. But, thanks for your insights.

    Dan

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    Re: 1957 Buick Super Build Sheet

    Dan, maybe sean1997's previous post about the 1957 Order Form will help?
    A higher-res image may make it easier to read, as I can't make out much.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Caballero2 View Post
    bhambulldog:



    First: The factory failed to stamp anything on the trim tag for accessories.

    Second, The car is a Factory original A/C car which would be an Acc Code 'N'. Also the car was equiped with the heavy duty radiator.



    I am curious what the hand written information would indicate. I hoped that someone on the forum might be able to filter the photo. This is probably not to be. But, thanks for your insights.




    Dan

    Dan,
    I didn't men to say accessories would be on the trim tag. What I meant to say was; the paint code and interior trim code would appear on the tag.
    I know just a bit about '55 models. Those later than '55 , I know less and less.
    I don't know much about enhancing photos. But, I've seen worse photos than that have information gleaned from them.
    That's a. Great find. Surely there is someone on the board that can help on the photo......
    Good Luck!

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    Re: 1957 Buick Super Build Sheet

    Thanks TG & bhambulldog:
    Here are a couple more photos.

    The trim tag has a paint code of 'AC'. I think that I can read on the sheet the interior of '511' which agrees with the car. - Dan
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    Re: 1957 Buick Super Build Sheet

    Dan,
    Nice Car, there!
    you might have seen this. But, here is an order sheet. I found this at TeamBuick.com

    1957 Buick Order Form, Options and Codes
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    Re: 1957 Buick Super Build Sheet

    Dan, That is really cool! From what I can tell with the handwritten stuff, you nailed the trim code. The paint code, though not legible, is probably the same as on the cowl tag. Sequence is the build sequence for the day of the build in the production schedule. The Model Number is the body style, per the Fisher Body code for the 1957 Buick: 4537; 4 - Buick Motor Company; 5- Series 50 Super; 37 - Body Style - 2 Dr. Htp. The numbers up in the corner might be the actual build date: 929 - September 29. It also looks like the the build sheet might have been changed from a 4dr Super, because the 4539 is crossed out.

    Hope this is what you were looking for. Not 100 percent positive, but pretty close, based upon what I have learned from the parts manuals and reading this stuff on the forum.
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    Re: 1957 Buick Super Build Sheet

    Jim:
    I think that you nailed it.
    Check your email for an Adobe .pdf file

    Oh, and thanks to you too bhambulldog. I think that I have it down pat at this time.

    Dan
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