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    Neil's '41 Super Model 51

    After posting various photos in the "Favorite Pictures of My Pre War Buick" thread, I decided it was time to start my own thread. I got this car in March of 2017, and I know very little about its history. It appears to be an older restoration of a solid original car. I will start out with some photos (some of which have already been posted in the other thread).
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    Neil's '41 Super Model 51

    Sun Visors As I've commented previously, deciding how much improvement to make to a "driver" is a matter of compromises -- you don't want to let things get too shabby, but at the same time, you have to be careful what you "restore" because anything shiny and new is going to make everything around it look worse. I wasn't sure what to do about my sun visors. They were very faded on one side and consequentially a different color on the other side. The original headliner was intact and looked pretty good, at least faded in a uniform way, so it was all the same shade. I didn't want to replace the headliner, so what about the visors? What helped me make up my mind was that the interior fiberboard panel on the driver's side was broken so the visor was no longer functional -- it was very floppy. Since the visors serve an essential function when driving into the sun, I decided to go ahead and fix them up even though they wouldn't exactly match the old headliner. This pic shows how different the two sides of the visors were -- this is the "top side" of the left-hand visor and the "bottom side" of the right-hand. This shows the reconstructed "core" for the driver's side that I made from 1/8" fiberboard to replace the broken part, shown below. The recovered passenger-side visor back from LeBaron Bonney The refurbished visors reinstalled. So now I can drive out to the beach to watch the sunset without getting blinded!
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    Neil's '41 Super Model 51

    I left my car parked in the driveway for a while yesterday, and came out to find a nice vintage-style post card stuck under one of the wipers with this image on it: There was the name of a realtor printed on the back of the card. I sent her an email and it turns out that she had hired a photographer to take some photos of the neighborhood which she had made into post cards and then handed out at an open houses. Apparently one of my neighbors who got the card recognized my car and left me the card on my windshield. Very cool! It's too bad about the contemporary vehicles in the photo -- otherwise it would look like it had been taken in the 40's.
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    Neil's '41 Super Model 51

    Here's an atmospheric pic taken by a passenger on a ride around the neighborhood yesterday. Not much to report these days -- just driving and enjoying my Buick!
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    Type of Paint for Trim and Hubcaps?

    Gary W. went to a print shop and got vinyl cut to fit the B U I C K recesses on his hubcaps. You can find pics on his '37 Restoration thread. Looks super! I'm thinking of doing the same. Neil
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    I somehow had missed this wonderful thread until just a few minutes ago, so I haven't yet had time to look at all the photos. But the very first one (fantastic film noir style shot of a '37) made me think, "Hmm ... I bet I know that car from somewhere." Here's a pic I took on the streets of San Francisco about a year ago. The driver was wearing a vintage outfit. Check out the license number. Same car.
  7. Glad to hear that you found the problem! I installed one of the units from Bob's in my '41 and it works perfectly. Neil
  8. Assuming it was working before the wiring job, don't be too pessimistic about the fuel gauge until you put more gas in. On my '40, the gauge sender was designed to read "empty" when there's still about three gallons in the tank. This was an early version of the "reserve" concept before they had warning lights, and probably true of your car as well. If it continues to read "empty" even when full, it probably means that the wire to the sender is grounding somewhere.
  9. The car looks great! Since I have a driver myself, I know that it's often a tough decision figuring out what kind of improvements you want to make. With a total restoration, you just replace everything. And with a "historical preservation" effort, you want to replace only what is absolutely necessary. When your goal is somewhere in between, i.e., to have a nice, presentable and reliable driver, you often are faced with a dilemma about how far you want to go. So don't be too hard on yourself. It's a series of compromises by its very nature, and you have to figure out what you're personally comfortable with.
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    Neil's '41 Super Model 51

    More Friendship Day Photos Engine of Jim's 1919 Speedster Ed Archer, standing in front of his 1926 Rolls Here's a video of Jim's car starting up: And a video of Don and Jim departing the event:
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    Neil's '41 Super Model 51

    Thanks, Matt. I suppose it's a good thing that you sold your convertible, even though it must have been sad to see it go!
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    Neil's '41 Super Model 51

    More Friendship Day Okay, I have been defeated by the new rules, which I don't understand. I tried to post more photos in this post, but get a message that says, "You are only allowed to upload 9.77mb." Does that mean "per day?" Anyway, I guess that's all for today. I have a lot more photos, and would welcome any help about how to get around the new rules. I'm sorry, but I refuse to take the time to make my photo files smaller or compress them. I'm sure this will be worked out.
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    Neil's '41 Super Model 51

    Friendship Day I have been pretty quiet lately, just working away at various cosmetic issues, getting my doors back together, etc. But today was my favorite old car event of the year in the Bay Area -- Friendship Day, a very informal, non-judged get together put on by the Mid Peninsula Old Time Auto Club. Here are a few pics and videos. L to R, Don Micheletti's 1918 Buick (by the way, on the cover of this month's BCA Bugle!), a '48 Super, and my '41 Super Jim Ceasri at the wheel of his magnificent 1919 Buick Speedster. Jim built this car himself, using a chassis and running gear from a car that had been converted to a farm truck! (Apparently, I have fun afoul of the new restrictions on posting photos, so I will try to continue with multiple posts.)
  14. Hi Gary: I will be following your progress with great interest, since I am planning to do the same thing on my '41 Super (and, like you, I am not exactly a whiz when it comes to electricity). I was a bit leery about replacing the harness without everything being disassembled, as is typically done with a full restoration, but I have been assured that it's doable. I assume you are doing the front harness only? That's what I'm going to do since I want to leave the original headliner in place. Can I ask which supplier you got your harness from? Please keep us posted. Neil
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    1930 Franklin Dietrich Speedster

    Stunning automobile!
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    New Addition to Garage

    You are a lucky man! What a beauty!
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    "K" button for '41 radio

    Hi Matt, I will send you a PM.
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    "K" button for '41 radio

    I need the "K" button for the radio in my '41 Super. I think the buttons were the same for at least 1940 through 1942, but I'm not sure. I have a decent "B" button to offer in trade. Please PM me if you can help. Thanks!
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    My long build of a 1940 56S

    Hooray! Having bought a totally intact, properly running, and more or less correct car, I can only imagine your frustration at this point! That sounds like a great day, indeed. I'm confident that you are going to have your beautiful Buick in great shape very soon.
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    Tracing a 100 year old car to the original owner!!

    Haha -- you're a comedian, too! Magnificent photo of spectacular car!
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    1941 Limited Limousine

    The movie was made in 1942.
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    My long build of a 1940 56S

    As you can see from Ken's post, these vent regulators were used in Buicks for many years (in addition to Cadillacs, Pontiacs, and Oldsmobiles). GM literally made millions of them. There are two versions -- the shaft for the crank is either on the left or the right depending on whether the regulator is for a front or rear door and for the left or right side.
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    My long build of a 1940 56S

    Hi Mike: I am currently working on the doors of my '41, which have similar hardware to your car. First of all, the injury to the vent window regulator that your car has suffered is very common. So far, I have determined that two out of four of my doors have this injury. (I haven't gotten into the other two doors yet.) The regulator shaft is made of pot metal, and it's quite fragile and breaks easily if someone gets carried away with tightening the bolt that attaches the vent to the regulator. Or it may even be possible to break the shaft if someone goes crazy with the crank trying to either open or close the vent. As far as the problem of not being able to remove the regulator, can you post a photo that shows a wider view? On my car, the vent regulators are secured with four bolts -- two lower ones like the one you show in the photo you posted and two upper ones which also secure the vent window frame to the door. Here's a photo of one of my rear doors (the fronts are similar, but I don't have a photo handy). Or could it be that the vent regulator is stuck in place because the shaft from the vent is still jammed into the regulator? Have you tried removing the vent window frame and the vent window? Hope that helps. Neil
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    Neil's '41 Super Model 51

    More Doors I got the right rear door all back together and sealing tight. Now time to move on to the right front. Everything had to come out so I could put the sound deadening material in. Here's what came out of the door. Pot metal shaft on the vent window regulator broken, just like the rear door. More $$ on the way to Doug Seybold! At least the old rubber wasn't rock-hard like the rear. It came out pretty easily. My car has several different brands of laminated glass (not sure what is original). My favorite is this one "Shat-R-Proof"
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    What year are these window crank handles?

    Based on this photo from Gary W's thread, they look like 1937.