cevensky

1933 Buick Series 90 Model 91

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Well,

I've decided to take the plunge and start another restoration project on this fine (beauty is in the eye of the beholder) 1933 Buick.

As a disclaimer , several people have already tried to politely discourage me but I know what a restoration entails and I'm not totally blind so I know the amount of work before me. I'm also ready to take it on and do it fast and well.

I hope y'all enjoy following along and hopefully offering advice and help wherever you can because I can assure you, I'll need it.

 

This is a joint venture between the real owner and myself (the future owner and current caretaker). The owner, a friend of mine (he's 75ish and I just turned 22) told me he had one of these in the woods north of where I live. I googled a picture of a "1933 Buick Series 90," and the next day we were out in the woods chopping down trees in the dead of the Louisiana summer (100 F and ~90% humidity).

A few weeks later it was out and at my garage. Now, several months later I've spent one day muscling it into my garage (alone) and one day beginning the tear down. Hopefully around the end of the month/beginning of March, the frame will be at the sandblaster!

 

So, here's some pictures of its very humble beginnings in the woods, up until how it sits now:

 

 

 

 

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It's Beautiful!!  Good Luck with the restoration!  I was where you are about 13 months ago.  Stick to it and you will be amazed at the progress.  She's gonna be a beauty!

Can't wait to follow your progress.

Gary

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It seems that the tires are no more good. Anyway, congratulation at your decision! I wish you a lot of luck and perseverance, even if you will be sometimes discouraged .

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Best of luck and the car is worthy of the effort.  Much nicer starting place than many others, complete and unmolested. Gary

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Fantastic car that's very worthy. '33 Buicks are some of the most attractive of the era and a club sedan is easily the most appealing closed car. Fantastic find and it will be a great car when it's done. Very, very rare.

 

Enjoy the project!

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IVE WALKED THE WOODS LOOKING AT CARS BEFORE,MAKES ME A LITTLE UNEASY,IN THE SOUTH THE SNAKES LIKE TO HIDE IN ABANDONED CARS ,AND I HATE SNAKES,GLAD TO SEE ALL IS WELL AND THE CAR IS BEING RESTORED AS IT SHOULD BE,SO MANY PEOPLE PART OUT RESTORABLE CARS I DONT KNOW IF ITS LAZINESS OR JUST THE MONEY THEY MAKE PARTING IT OUT,I THINK THIS WAS A TRUE CANDIDATE FOR A RESTO,LOVE BIG OLD 8 CYLINDER SEDANS ESPECIALLY CLUB SEDANS,     DAVE

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It's nice to see all the interest!

No snakes, some rats and mice, & a squirrel skeleton with a 1928 dime under the back seat. Of course, lots of sweat dragging it 20 feet through dirt with a come along. I'd chop down two dozen more trees to get it out though. 

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That is really a good looking club sedan.  Can someone explain the various forms of the 90 series?  Are there different wheelbases?  Some stand out to me like this car, while others I can't distinguish from the lesser models.

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Ken, I'm in Shreveport and this car was in Plain dealing, nearly up in Arkansas. The technical owner of this, my friend, has several dozen cars, some better and some worse off than this one. I just finished reconditioning a 43 jeep for him, and amongst all the projects I could've taken from him, this was the one that stood out to me.

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Last night I got the rear passenger fended off–it was a necessity because until my jeep's transmission is in fighting fit again, it has to share the garage and it's a tight fit along with this behemoth Buick.

I also got the entire dash out and I hope the wiring diagram with whatever harness I buy is decent! More teardown tonight after work.

(I'm showing off a picture of my personally and completely restored '42 Ford jeep, the one on the right. The one I got driving for him is on the left)

 

I'm taking suggestions on how to best lift the body off. I'm imagining some wood to stabilize where the doors should be and using my rafters and shop crane. 

Pictures for now will be boring and monochromatic due to my lackluster garage lighting and ubiquitous rust/dust! Sorry!

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On 14/02/2018 at 5:07 PM, cevensky said:

This is a joint venture between the real owner and myself (the future owner and current caretaker). The owner, a friend of mine (he's 75ish and I just turned 22) told me he had one of these in the woods north of where I live. I googled a picture of a "1933 Buick Series 90," and the next day we were out in the woods chopping down trees in the dead of the Louisiana summer (100 F and ~90% humidity).

 

A few weeks later it was out and at my garage. Now, several months later I've spent one day muscling it into my garage (alone) and one day beginning the tear down. Hopefully around the end of the month/beginning of March, the frame will be at the sandblaster!

Will be a magnificent car when done.

 

I hope you have in writing that you will be the future owner, even if the "real owner" is family and the basis/cost of the work being done.

Some other family members of the real owner may think it worth a gazillion dollars (now and later)

 

 

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cevensky : Mind what 1939_Buick has advised you. Hear ? Of all the tens of thousands of helpful postings I have been pleased to read here , that is right up there in the very top of the heap. Good discipline to lay down the wrenches until you are papered up. Seriously. I hope to turn 74 real soon , and wish I had learned that lesson when I was your age. GREAT , BEAUTIFUL '33 Bu'. I came home from the hospital back in 1944 in a '33 ! But it wasn't a 90. Obviously I can't remember that day , but I do remember the car from a couple or three years later. Dad's next car was a '39 Pont'. Take your time and do that big 90 right. Thanks for saving it !     - Cadillac Carl 

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Carl and 1939_Buick, I really appreciate the advice and of course this is a worry of mine but for now the car literally can't be moved. For better or for worse, his family is wholly disinterested in all of his cars.

when the frame goes to the sandblasted, I plan on asking for the title to be legally transferred to my name, likely in addition to a sort of will addendum/separate legal agreement for some of his other cars too.

Luckily, my sister is a newly minted lawyer!  We've already discussed details and surprisingly, he is the one who brought the subject to me first. 

 

Today I met with a carpenter who is enthusiastic about bringing the main body to his shop where he can do the complicated wood work and teach me to do the easy stuff (floors) along with letting me use body working tools with instruction! It took up a lot of garage time though so I only got a running board off today.

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Don't be too eager to pull the body off. The amount of bracing needed to avoid damage and misalignment is substantial. The other aspect is with the body on the frame , you are properly jigged up to re-wood that big body. That is a tough enough task to do under the best of circumstances. Just a little deviation , or flex may make it somewhere between overwhelmingly difficult and impossible to get the car right again. Even a steel framed car has to be properly braced in order to pull the body. Your situation is vastly more critical. There are plenty of other things you can do with all of the running gear , etc. to keep you busy while doing the wood. Let this be an invitation to the very experienced guys here to explain the correct sequence to deal with a large 4 door sedan in this condition. I have never done it , nor at this point ever will. Take your time , ask a lot of questions , and don't assume anything regarding new tricks.  - CC

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Yes! Please, if anyone has a sequence of events I'd greatly appreciate any kind of outline you've followed or if you've just got some ideas, any suggestions for a sequence here are appreciated.

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