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#1 smithbrother

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 04:50 PM

I am interested in HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU HAVE DRIVEN YOUR BUICK?

Maybe, NEVER, also how long have you been working on it if you haven't driven it?

Our 1941 Limited sat in our garage for nearly 20 years before I laid a hand on it. I got it on the road in 1997 and have since driven it over 25,000 miles.

Just wondering............

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 08:31 PM

Last time I drove mine was about 3 hours ago. :D :D
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 08:34 PM

Cool beans.................was that to see Duke beat NC? LOL

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:25 PM

Cool beans.................was that to see Duke beat NC? LOL

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Haha nope! It was to take some parts to the post office. :)

Anyways, I'm a State fan. but I am, nonetheless glad Duke won. :D
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 11:11 PM

Not sure how long an explanation you want here but.......

My 1958 Buick Special convert has been off the road since October 2007 due to a blown power brake booster. It is still off the road after having rebuilt the booster/master cylinder and purchasing a complete brake package from Kanter and new SS brake lines.

The delay....... as my business partner's wife used to say, "Life Just Gets In The Way". My other excuse... I live in what used to be the Automotive Capital of Canada, Windsor Ontario (just announced Feb 8/12 we lost that title to Oshawa, Ontario production number wise). From 2008 till now things just are not what they used to be and........ like my relatives in Michigan (which I think might have been hit even worse) just getting by. What has happen now is, with sitting up on jack stands, the rear trany seal has dried out (not uncommon with dynaflows) and needs to be rebuilt so......... while not undoable, time, cost and priorities are in play still.

OK so..... time to get off the whine box and .... my youngest boy said last week that it would be nice to get it back on the road this summer. Guess time has slipped away and he is right!
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:01 AM

Beautiful car Dei. Your son is right. It would be nice to get it back on the road this summer.

For me, I drive the Wagon everyday. Going on three years worth and I still love it. I had the GS out of the garage this past weekend, although there's too much residual salt to drive it anywhere. The 56 hasn't been run since Thanksgiving when the carb malfunctioned, a lot! Carb kit is on the way.
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:34 AM

Before bringing the 76C car home, It had sat in the desert since 52 or so. But, this year 2012, it will purr again and will again hit the streets. Got the rest of my body mounts today. hehe:) Matt
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:37 AM

Drove it Tuesday. The weather has been great mid to high 60's F. I have been enjoying my Buick.:D
I wanted to drive it today but I didn't get out of the garage.( as another poster said, life got in the way), I did finish the wax job I started last week and I think it looks great even if I say so myself.:)

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:48 AM

Great stories, lets hear more. Love the 41, I really like pictures of cars in their natural settings. At the curb, houses abound, NEAT.

Cool/great 58 toooooo.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:55 AM

My 1950 41D was parked in 1971. I bought it in OCT. 2008. Did a frame on restoration and drove it to the Nationals in Ames in 2010. I try to drive it often. Last time was a month ago.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 05:53 AM

I've had my '52 since April of last year. Before I got it, it sat in a barn for roughly 40 years. I thought it would be quick work to get her back on the road. Boy, was I wrong! I've fixed one thing after another and life has definitely gotten in my way a few times(as well as a shortage of available funds!). I've only driven it 30 miles or so since I've had it. First trip was nice. Took a ride at dusk to the local Sonic drive-in with the wife to have some chocolate malts. Second trip wasn't so great. I got 20 miles from the house on my way to a car show and, well.....you can see the results of that trip below. Hope to finally get her on the road by summer. Wish me luck!:)

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 11:59 AM

Hello, my name is MrEarl, and I have BADD. (Buick Attention Deficit Disorder) Every time I buy a Buick and start working on it, my attention is drawn to another one and I purchase it. That coupled with Buick Garden projects and keeping the Buick Garden grounds maintained has caused to many projects to sit far longer than I care to even think about. But all that will change when I retire next year. I will be broke but have plenty of time to get every one of them on the road.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 02:22 PM

Hi Dale! My poor Old Bessie (as I commonly refer to my 1957 Special) has been in hibernation since December, but next month, my caterpillar will become a beautiful butterfly again and will hit the road in preparation for Charlotte. This is is the year to drive the Buick and get some miles on her. Had her 26 years - going on 27 and only put 1200 miles on her. She needs to get up and go!

BTW, she hadn't been on the road since 1965 when I bought her in 1985. 17,652 original miles when I got her.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:09 PM

Hello Dale,

My '39 Buick Coupe was last driven yesterday afternoon. I take it for a drive at least every few days to keep everything limbered up. Always enjoy getting the honks and waves when out and about in it.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:26 PM

I'm HAPPY for those that are DRIVING their Buick, I thought we would hear from MORE that have Buick's that have been sitting A LONG, LONG TIME.

MrEarl, sure would like to see pictures of the Buick Garden grounds.

Oh, I can tell you DON'T like 54 models...............I also see that your Riviera model # has a 5 & 4 in it toooooo. 54 must be your lucky number, LOL.

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:10 PM

I'm HAPPY for those that are DRIVING their Buick, I thought we would hear from MORE that have Buick's that have been sitting A LONG, LONG TIME.

MrEarl, sure would like to see pictures of the Buick Garden grounds.

Oh, I can tell you DON'T like 54 models...............I also see that your Riviera model # has a 5 & 4 in it toooooo. 54 must be your lucky number, LOL.

Dale in Indy



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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:39 PM

Bob, all I can say is WOW! I thought I was going deep..man, you are back to square one! The frame looks great. I am clearly impressed with the powdercoating on the frame. Mine will just be sprayed on K2 stuff..Keep up the good work and pictures!
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Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:42 PM

I don't even have a Buick. ;)

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 03:41 PM

I don't even have a Buick. ;)


So Sorry!!! Perhaps you should remidey that.

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#20 smithbrother

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 03:52 PM

Yes, REMEDY that..................LOL

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