BRB62

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About BRB62

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    62 Electra convertible
  • Birthday 07/25/1966

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    Western Australia
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    1929 Buick 29-25 Holden bodied tourer (under restoration)
    1929 Buick 29-54CCX convertible coupe (collecting parts)
    1962 Buick Electra 225 convertible (restored)
    1964 Buick Special Deluxe coupe (under restoration)
    1985 Buick Park Avenue sedan (original)

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  1. Rest of the shots from our Geraldton trip. 1929 La Salle that won entrants choice Day 3 car display day with the 5 Buick Owners Club cars lined up following the show. Day 4 stopped at an old railway siding with Murrays Skylark on the way to Mullewa for the spring wildflowers. This area is very well known for the abundance of wildflowers every spring season. 1926 Bentley parked next to the unique wreath flowers found here. Day 5 and my first ever ride in a veteran T, 1915. Back roads/tracks to visit a local members farm collection. Day 6 on the way home, parked beside Myrtle and Wattles in bloom.
  2. Just got back from a week long trip to Geraldton, 310 miles north of here. Attended "Rally-west", the Western Australian national historic car rally. First time this year opened to newer vehicles, former years were veteran and vintage only (pre 1930). 140+ cars attended, was a great show and very well organised. Total miles driven just over 1000. Took a lazy 2 days up and straight home in a single stint. Travelled in our Electra with my parents in their very rare 1937 Chevrolet Master tourer (Holden body). First shots are a very friendly/curious emu at a fuel stop on the way and then some kangaroos hanging around our rooms early in the morning (note the joeys, one still in it's mothers pouch). Then our registration at Geraldton city later in the day. Next is the Day 1 drive to historic Greenough and nearby Walkaway, yes that is Spiderman in our car! I think he liked the drive, didn't say too much though. Visited a wind farm and a short dirt road trip to a local billabong (natural river pool).
  3. Yes, all Buicks. Have a 1929 standard 25X Holden bodied tourer that I purchased as an unfinished project. Also trying to fit in a 1964 special coupe at the same time. Now THAT causes difficulties! I have also in a fit of madness, bought a major project. A 1929 54CCX convertible coupe. Too rare and desirable to pass up. Need more space....time....money....
  4. Thanks. Cannot think of a reason for a targeted attack. Nothing stolen, doors where not even opened. We will be anxious for the next short while in case of a repeat. Jealousy is a probability but I am sure that anyone who understands our plight are more likely to look on us with sympathy bordering on pity due to this overwhelming affliction we all seem to suffer from (cars, parts, spares, tools etc.) Best thing about this car is that my wife chose and bought it for herself. Another victim! Can prove contagious. Now she owns her own Buick (she technically also has the "64) I cannot be made to feel guilty for the rest of them. At least that's what I tell myself as I ponder the time and $$$ that my three upcoming projects will hit me with for my next few lifetimes!
  5. Woke up this morning to this! Seems to be a random act of stupid vandalism (hopefully). A handy start to the day, broken glass everywhere. Paving brick was thrown with such force it damaged the trim on the other side of the car. Lucky insurance will cover it but it will be a wait for the replacement glass to ship here in Australia. Perils of owning a unique car. Late model Buicks are few and far between over here.
  6. This one is a bit different. During a holiday in Italy in 2014, we caught this car being used as a wedding model backdrop right outside the Colosseum. You can see it in the background. Research tells me the "car" is an El Grande, based on an extended 1971 Buick Centurion (very apt for the location) with Cadillac parts thrown in. This is a car that definitely needs a pretty diversion to distract the eye. Almost worked. Rick
  7. Kinda Buick. In 2014 we travelled through Italy and Switzerland. Spotted this monstrosity right outside the Colosseum in Rome. Research tells me it is an El Grande, based on an extended 1971 Buick Centurion (very apt considering the location) with Cadillac bits and pieces. Apparently only 16 were built sometime around 1985? It was a Sunday morning and the "car" was being used for wedding modeling photographs. Then it just drove away. Cannot imagine how difficult that car would be to drive around Rome! Dare to be different! Rick
  8. Had a mid winter (yes, winter here in Australia) run to historical town of York, Western Australia, for a small car show. About a 200 mile round trip. Blustery winter weather yesterday probably kept the numbers down but the day turned out great with long periods of sunshine. Winds were cold though! Unfortunately mine was the only Buick, but cars displayed ranged from a 1910 IHC to a new Lamborghini with restored cars and modified parked along the main street and nearby park. Nice to stretch the Buick's legs a bit on the country roads.
  9. Hey Stuart, your photos appear to have been resized and are actually low pixels. When I first posted a photo I resized them the same and could not work it out. Just testing it again and I do not resize, just attach the actual photo direct from the computer. By the way, your '50 looks great from any direction! Jetbacks are always a bit special (no pun intended) from the back though.
  10. No real magic regarding the plates. Our Australian plates are too wide to fit in the rear bumper recess. We have personalized plates at 3/4 size that fit reasonably well. Come in pressed steel with up to 5 characters or poly-carbonate with up to 7. I could not bring myself to putting plastic plates on a steel/chrome/leather car so I had to come up with a smaller message. Main thing for me was that it had to include 62 or 1962. Rules are it cannot have all numbers or match existing plate styles e.g. no B or BK prefix (regional plate types). Limits you a bit. After finally nearing completion of the restoration (20 years off and on), I had a short list of what I wanted. My wife ultimately chose BRB62. What does it mean? Our initials together are BRB (Bev & Rick Beazley) and hey, maybe Big Red Buick? Keeps people guessing anyway.
  11. This car is definitely NOT a Holden body from Australia. Besides the windscreen posts, the biggest difference is that ALL Holden bodies in 1936 had from doors hinged at the rear (suicide doors), regardless of body type. This car is hinged at the front. Roadsters and tourers lost favour due to the lack of side windows. Having driven cars with side curtains I know how much of an inconvenience it can be, especially when the weather changes! By the mid 1930's, except for very upscale cars, roadsters and tourers were aimed at the budget motorist as they were cheaper to build so easier to afford. As cars with roll-up windows became cheaper the fully open styles faded away. Countries like Australia held on till 1938 for tourers and 1939 for roadsters (Chevrolet) before even we gave up. Holden, as a fairly small body builder, could accommodate very small production runs of vehicles as long as they could be sold. Many body styles here had production runs of less than 20 vehicles for the year. I guess the modern comparison would be manual transmissions. Once the only choice, as automatics became cheaper and more reliable, more and more cars were sold as automatics, until manual spec cars became almost rare. Now many cars do not even have a manual option. Chevrolet in the USA stopped these open bodies in 1935 after very small production runs, comparatively speaking. The 1934/35 cowls used the separate windscreen posts and front hinged doors but I do not believe the cowl can be used on a 1936. This car probably uses a unique cowl section with 1935 windscreen attached. From 1936, most GM open cars had wind-up windows so are called cabriolets or convertible sedans etc. My thoughts are that this body is either from Brazil or more likely a South African factory body from the same dies. The roadster and tourer are seen using the same front doors as per the photos in "75 years of Chevrolet". This sharing of parts is very common for small manufacturers. Holden for 1936 used a different (longer) door for it's roadster body but they made about 560 roadsters and likely used the same dies for the unique "sloper" coupe doors, production about 2000. For Holden, this was high output production and would justify a fresh die stamping. Holden did also share a lot of panels between various makes in order to cut costs. For example Holden body doors were shared between Chevrolet and Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Buick at various times. They even used these panels for other brands like Reo, Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth before these brands found their own body suppliers! Hope this helps, Rick
  12. Photos from a couple of years ago at Kalbarri, Western Australia. Watching the sun set at the beach.
  13. Holden bodied Chevrolet roadsters and tourers in 1936 had solid windshield posts, not separate ones as per this car. Crestline's "75 years of Chevrolet" has a photograph of a South American built 1936 roadster that is the same as this car with the separate posts. Apparently they were built in Brazil. Not sure how it came to be in South Africa? Rick