HOW DID YOU BECAME A BUICK LOVER.......
Posted 20 May 2012 - 02:51 PM
It was EASY for me, Dad started out as a grease monkey for a Buick dealer in South Bend, In, during the late 20's. Then was given small repair jobs at the dealership, then more and more as he learned. He loved it, and worked his way up to shop foreman, then general manager, and then as dealer, so since I was born in 1937 I never knew anything but BUICK'S.
We moved to Bloomington , Il in 37 right after I was born, so I was a natural.
Dad would kid and say, "IF YOU DON'T DRIVE A BUICK, YOU ARE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH", well, MAYBE he believe it, lol.
HOW DID YOU BECOME A BUICK LOVER/FAN?
Dale Smith in Indy
Posted 20 May 2012 - 08:06 PM
Still, every boy of my post-war vintage was (is) crazy about cars. From the time I was about 12, my friends and I would ride all over the city on our bikes, most often along the back alleys. I've always found alleys more interesting than streets. People live in their back yards, while the fronts are kept nice - and boring - for the neighbours' sake.
In a neighbourhood not far from mine, we'd always stop at a certain cast-off Buick, stashed in the weeds behind a garage. Even though in 1967 it was only ten years old, tall rounded cars like this weren't common on the roads anymore. This one was typical - dented, rusty, and much shabbier than most 2002 cars are today. Even the model name, Roadmaster, had been gone from the scene long enough to be unknown to me. But I liked the sound of it and I really, really liked the look of the car.
This was a 4-door Riviera Model 73, the one with the dual chrome streaks that run up the trunk lid, across the back window, and right over the roof. The rear edge of the back doors sweep up into the roof. Very cool. The badly weathered two-tone paint was Garnet Red over Antique Ivory, with a bizarre pinkish-orange and bone white cloth and vinyl interior.
Most fascinating to me, peering through the smeary windows, this car seemed to have every option imaginable - power windows and antenna, Wonder Bar radio with a rear speaker, and even factory air conditioning. At the time, this comfort was still rare in Alberta cars but the dealer script on the back showed it had originated in Oklahoma. In-car cooling in a '57 Buick is completely integrated into the dashboard, with multi-function knobs and sliders, and three very neat adjustable vents. Awesome gadgetry.
I was captivated by this Buick but eventually my buddies and I would jump back on our Mustang bikes, to go check out a Sunbeam Alpine or '55 Belair that rested elsewhere in our booming prairie town.
I did eventually own that Buick of my affections (cost: $75) and even drove it for a while. It gave up its good parts, though, for my very similar life-long project car. I still love many kinds of cars but have held onto a special fondness for big Buicks.
1957 Buick Roadmaster model 73A, owned since February 1973
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1930 Ford Model A Pickup
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 12:07 AM
It was a wonderful car, fast, reliable, and very comfortable.
Unfortunately, it had many miles on it, and here in Ontario road salt did a number on the body, so by '68 it needed a fair bit of work. Some other cousins got the car after his passing (in '68 I was still too young to drive) and though their intentions were good, it never did see the road again, and was scraped around 1980.
I have my '56 Roadmaster, 2 dr. hardtop in the memory of my grandfather's, and have slowly become enamored of the many other fine cars built by Buick!
Posted 21 May 2012 - 01:32 AM
1956 Roadmaster 4 Dr Hardtop
Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:00 AM
Just before I turned 16 Dad abruptly sold the 55. At this point it was a second car to the 60 Oldsmobile 98. My brothers loved that Olds. It was spunky. But I always said you couldn't tell the smoke from the tires from the smoke from the tailpipes. And in 1966 Dad bought a 65 Electra 4 Dr hardtop Custom. Maroon w/ Black Interior and black vinyl top. The day he brought it home was the day I got my license and I was the first of the 3 driving aged kids to drive it. That car was mine!
Well not really mine. It was still Dad's car, but no one else would even drive it unless they asked me first. I took great pride in that car, and drove it through High School and into college before getting my first in a series of Buicks.
The 60 Olds? A few weeks after getting the Electra, Dad traded it in on a 66 Dynamic 88 with the 425 Cu in beast engine and 2 bl carb. My brothers were gaga over that thing. Rust bucket! Gone in 4 years. Replaced with a 69 Cutlass convertible which was used to lure me into selling my 57 Special convertible. The Cutlass was nice, although not at all responsive, and later Dad traded the Electra for a 69 Olds 98. By this time I was into my own Buicks and lovin everyone of em! But I still recall the pride I felt when he and Mom went with friends to a dinner dance, and dad's friend asked him when he got the new car. This was just before he traded it in on that Olds 98 and when we could no longer keep track of the cars original milage. It was surely in the 100K plus range. Please don't ask how I know. LOL...
John C. De Fiore BCA # 3757
56 Super 56R: acquired September 1974. 69 GS 400: Convertible added in 2003. 72 Electra Limited added July 2014.
78 Estate Wagon added October-2008. 2013 Regal GS acquired Aug 2013.
69 Electra Limited 2 dr. bought 1995 or so, sold in 2007. 95 Riviera added May 1998, sold in 2006.
06 Lacrosse CXL purchased July 4th 2006, and traded in Aug 2013.
"Yes! I'd really rather drive my Buick!"
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Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:01 AM
1947 Buick 56C (used for parts on the Roadmasters) but still have her carcass
1947 Buick 56C (waiting to go pick her up. Complete parts car)
1947 Buick 76C
1948 Buick 76C
1956 Buick Super 4 door
"Handle every stressful situation like a dog, If you cant eat it or play with it, just pee on it and walk away!":D
Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:35 AM
One day - Easter Day of my senior year, a local cop had a '54 Special 48D with new paint and low miles for sale - a little old lady church car - and I could talk Mom into letting me buy it.
It was a great car, and pulling into the senior parking lot, I had arrived!!
Stuck on Buicks ever since.
1996 Impala SS;
1954 Super Riviera 56R, 72k miles and still counting;
1954 Special 48D under restoration;
1924 Buick 34, 4-cyl roadster.
Posted 21 May 2012 - 09:38 AM
`55 - Series 61
`55 - Buick series 68 - Motorama prototype
`55 - Buick series 66C
`55 - Buick series 66R
`55 - Buick series 69
`66 - AH 3000
`62 Honda Dream 250
`62 Honda Dream 305
`71 Vespa 150 Super
AACA - 5097
BCA - 35775
Posted 21 May 2012 - 12:39 PM
Posted 21 May 2012 - 01:52 PM
1954 Buick Special 48D. It is a 264 and nothing more.
I adore my 54!
Posted 21 May 2012 - 03:16 PM
Another reason I stuck with Buick's was in 1955 Buick sponsored a car for local racer, 'LES, (TIGER) SNOW' He ran the ARCA circuit, and was GOOD. Dad had introduced me and my brothers to him a few years earlier when he was running HUDSON'S on area dirt tracks, so when he got his Buick, I was thrilled.
Anyone with the book, 'THE BUICK, a complete history' will find a picture of 'TIGER'S #45 Buick Century while running at the Wisconsin state fair on page 265. The book carries the ISBN # 0-915038-64-1. The book covers Buick's from 1905 - 1987.
Yep, ole Tiger inspired me to continue with Buick's.
Thanks to all for some good stories,
Dale Smith in Indy
1941 Custom Limited, rides on all 1996 Vette LT-1 engine and suspensions.
1946 Roadmaster, stock, AND WILL REMAIN SO, see I can be a purists tooooooo. lol
1979 Vette custom, 600 hp. 11.02 122 mph. purchased new. True 14-1 compression
1947 Whizzer motor bike
1957 German motor scooter
1940's Rexner front wheel drive rail/tether car.
#98 Agajanian Indy car, 24" hand made by John Snowberger.
Edited by smithbrother, 21 May 2012 - 03:20 PM.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 12:47 AM
I was working at a collector car repair shop when one day the boss came into the shop and said the owner of the '53 Buick that has been sitting in the lot for a few years signed over the car to me. It needs a lot of work, but does anyone want to buy it ? Make me an offer. I called a friend, ( this was before cell phones ) and told him about the car. He said he would check with a friend of ours who was a local mechanic and knew a lot about old cars. I said the car is a '53 Buick 2 door hardtop. I don't know what model it is, but it has four portholes on each side. I don't know how many portholes they could have, but I know the more portholes it has, the better the model it is and this one has eight of them so it must be a pretty good one. I was going to offer $ 500 for it. He called back later on and said if it has four portholes on each side and you can get it for $ 500...BUY IT ! So I did. But I made sure it ran and drove first. The boss was even kind enough to take $ 100 a week from my pay so that I still had some money to take home.
So then I tried to learn everything I could about that car and about Buick too.
Because of that car, I joined the local B C A chapter and made lots of Buick friends. One of those friends had my '40 Limited, and when he was ready to sell it, I bought it from him.
1940 Limited 81
1953 Roadmaster 76R
1970 Mercury Cyclone GT
1989 Mustang LX / HO
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 04:17 AM
I inherited it a little after I turned 16 when he passed. I drove her hard to and from school and you can see the results in the enclosed pic. Shortly after, the engine blew up, and IIRC, there was actually a hole in the block as a result.
It was around 1990 when we finally decided that we weren't going to find a replacement engine, and the local salt had done a number to the poor paint job my papaw had put on it while it was sitting under a cover for a few years. She was towed away, but I kept the bucket seats and ironing board console to make a "couch" out of for my first apartment. After moving into a house and getting married, that couch ended up on the curb.
I'm still kicking myself about how I lost that car due to youthful ignorance! (and for not knowing about the BCA and the national being held in 1990 10 miles from home!)
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"A New Generation of Great Buicks!"
1958 Super 2 dr Riviera (SNOW WHITE)
1959 Invicta 4 dr ht (LUCILLE)
1965 Wildcat Custom Convertible (ROXANNE)
1990 Reatta Coupe (PITA)
1996 Roadmaster Estate Wagon (FEZ)
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