1954 Special 3-speed model 48-D
Posted 05 October 2012 - 03:33 AM
I also found original upholstery material this year and got the front seat reupholstered. The car is a handfull to drive, what with no power steering, no power brakes, and rather rare 3-speed standard shift, but it is surprisingly quick and powerful with its small 264 cu. in. V-8. The car originally came from NW New Mexico, so the body is quite good. I patched the rust in the driver's floorpan this past summer, and was amazed to find an N.O.R.S. textured black rubber floormat on Ebay for $40--an absolutely perfect replacement for the original black rubber floormat.
This is the car I had intended to drive to the national meet in Charlotte, N.C. in June, but the seat wasn't ready in time. Drove it to Dallas and back last month for a Chapter meeting (120-mile round trip), and it did fine. Hooray for the 48-D! That was probably the longest trip it has made under its own power in many, many years.
Pete Phillips, BCA #7338
Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:33 AM
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1952 Buick Special Deluxe 41D (Lucy)
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1953 Kaiser Manhattan (Linus)
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1979 Thunderbird Town Landau
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1977 Thunderbird Town Landau
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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:24 AM
1996 Impala SS;
1954 Super Riviera 56R, 72k miles and still counting;
1954 Special 48D under restoration;
1924 Buick 34, 4-cyl roadster.
Posted 08 October 2012 - 01:26 AM
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.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:45 PM
Before shot and after shot of my headliner. This was as time consuming as your trim. Well worth it. Note that I replaced the windlace with new. It is black in color and not gray as original. I liked it better.
Edited by avgwarhawk, 08 October 2012 - 07:19 PM.
1954 Buick Special 48D. It is a 264 and nothing more.
I adore my 54!
Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:01 AM
You mean to tell us Lamar missed one such car?
Sweet lil Special Pete. I love this lil c-dan, these Arctic White with dark color roofs just look so clean and bright. But this was another case of transport exceeding the cost of the car. I knew of this one but Pete was closer, not mention my not having the funds at the time. Pete has again taken a diamond in the rough and polished it up just enough to make a nice mostly original and very enjoyable car. I'm hoping to catch him in a weak moment and still get the car to Buick Gardens though. Working on enclosing a pole barn now, just in case.....
Lamar in Athens, Georgia BCA- 39474
ROA - 14537
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