Jack Stacey

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  1. I saw a fastback '50 Buick Special model 43, on craigslist for sale for $2000 in PA. I wish I had saved that guys number, because that was a cool car. I just didn't have the wherewithal at the time to buy it.
  2. And so far my search has turned up nothing. I've been looking all summer for a 1950 fastback, either a 2 or 4 door. For some reason, they're proving to be pretty elusive near me in Upstate/Central NY. I'm finally in a position now where getting a car is not out of the question. Maybe this is better off in the Buy/Sell category, but I was curious if anybody has a 2 or 4 door fastback in or near Binghamton, NY that they'd let go for around 3 grand. It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to run and not have too much cancerous rust. Of course I don't discriminate. If there's a 50 Buick coupe or sedan, I'd be interested in that as well. Sorry if this is in the wrong place, I'm just trying to get a feel as to what's out there. Maybe my next step should be contacting a local Buick club.
  3. Waiting is hard...especially when there's been cars near me that I could snap up, but unfortunately I didn't have anybody to go look at them with me, and I didn't have enough cash to even make an offer.
  4. I should have mentioned that I'm in Upstate/Central NY.
  5. My limit is $3,000. I'm trying to find something locally, just so me & somebody more experienced than I can go out to look it over. But everything near me is way overpriced, or is a full resto job.
  6. I haven't posted here in awhile, so I figure I'd re-introduce myself. I'm a senior in high school, and am looking to get myself a classic car. I'm finally in a position where getting one is not out of the question. I'm pretty much open to anything American pre-1959, but I really like the old Buicks & Oldsmobiles. I'm hoping some of the good people here can assist me further, and possibly point me in the direction of a car. I've heard it would benefit me to join a Buick or Oldsmobile club, so that may be my next step. There's an AACA chapter near me that I might contact too. Thank you all! -Jack Stacey
  7. I emailed the administrator over at http://www.edsel.com, and he said it was a proposed engine manifold cover. The tube was an air intake. The Vac-U-Start used smaller-diameter metal tubes that could withstand vacuum pressure without collapsing. It is similar to the plastic covers we have on today's engines.
  8. I actually found it on eBay. It's an old picture. Other than that there was no description. I've done a little research, and my best guess now is something called a Vac-U-Start, which would automatically start your engine if it stalled. I guess you'd put your Edsel in to park or neutral. Unfortunately, it didn't really work, and never went into production. But supposedly, a few '57 Lincolns were built with them. But I'm still not sure that's what it is, because I've never seen any pictures of a Vac-U-Start.
  9. Jack Stacey

    WHAT is this??

    I found this image of an E-400 other day, and have no clue whatsoever as to what the covering on it is. I've never seen anything like it before:
  10. Does anybody have some good pictures (or better yet, own an example) of either a 75R or 76R Roadmaster Riviera, or a 76S fastback? I'm having a hard time finding any good ones (pictures, not actual cars), and I'm wondering how many are still left. And the ones that I do see are usually over in Scandinavia...
  11. I'd rather spend half a day polishing chrome than having acres of plastic in my interior.
  12. She's a beauty. The 58's have such a cool dashboard.
  13. Jack Stacey

    right engine

    One of my favorite engines right there!
  14. Jack Stacey

    1950 BUICK 56R

    That's an awesome '50!
  15. Yes, Ned Nickles cut holes in the side of his '48 Roadmaster, put in amber lights. and rigged them to the distributor to make it look like the exhaust flames of a fighter plane. I've at times thought it would be cool to hook up lights to the portholes. Or maybe even build a custom to look like an old olive drab or polished aluminum bomber and route the exhaust out through the ports. I don't know how well that would work, but it would look pretty cool.
  16. I don't want them to do what they did to Cadillac's logo. It's ugly now. It WAS at one point, a nice crest. I don't see how they can possibly make the logo better. I like the Trishield as it is.
  17. I've seen that ad. How much is it to ship a car? I always see nice cars at good prices, but they are never near me. Obviously I'd like to check out a car in person rather than buy it sight unseen, especially when I'm just starting out. But if it's a good deal, and they seller is reputable I might consider it. But it was always my understanding that shipping a car is costly, and at best, I'll only have $3,000-$3,500 to spend.
  18. Hey guys, I'm hoping to get a '50 Buick sometime next summer. I'm just wondering about things like parts availability, maintenance, and even finding a car in the first place. I'm up to the challenge of working on one, but am just wondering if this year is a realistic entry into the Buick community. Anybody have experience with one? And what should I expect to pay for one? I was hoping to get a running & driving one ( I don't need it to be too pretty) for around $2500, but have no idea if this is too low a number, or what people are asking for them. Obviously people will ask more for the coupes and fastbacks, but I'd be happy with any of them when faced with the alternative of a Toyota or a modern car.
  19. Awesome color combination. She's a real beauty.
  20. Maybe one of the Fisher body plants? Either 21 or 1 in Flint MI, or Detroit MI. Those windows look similar to the Fisher plants, but then again, a lot of factories in the 50's had those windows. It could be that they were prepping it for one of the Motorama shows that year, since it missed the '53 Motorama.
  21. That green looks great on that engine.
  22. Yep, definitely something out of the 1920's. Most likely '23-'27 like Leif said.