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Jon Barker

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  1. No it has never been out of England.
  2. I will put together as much as I know about its history in the next few days. It was built as a right hand drive convertible coupe so must have been specially ordered as I don't think Centurys were built for export. The hard top you can see is a pre war Jaguar roof welded to it and internally it was made into a four seater with an old bus seat. More to come when I get the info together.
  3. Here's what the car was like before my friend restored it
  4. I haven't been on this forum for a long time. Had a 1937 Century sedan which I have now part exchanged for this. Thought some of you might be interested to see this model.
  5. Thanks for the info. Getting in touch with Dave Tacheny isn't that easy from here but I'll try. Yeah, I am dreading the cost of shipping it but needs must !
  6. Just discovered that the cylinder head has a crack in it and I need a replacement. I have little chance of finding anything here (England) but wondered if you guys know of anyone who might be able to help. Thanks.
  7. Welcome from yet another prewar Buick owner (a 37 this time). I think you'll find the forum invaluable although I doubt it stretches as far as convincing your wife about anything !
  8. Welcome to the forum Tyler. I have found it an invaluable source of information and inspiration. You'll get the answers you need I'm sure. Got any photos of the car ?
  9. I though this link might interest some of you. This is probably the biggest American car show in England and the link provided has some good photos - you'll find a few Buicks in there. http://www.pre50aac.com/2014rogcm.html
  10. Carl, I couldn't agree more. In fact, although I have little experience of addiction, I think that may be the word I would use to describe my relationship with the Buick! But I have learnt (and spent) a lot in the last year and it has only served to encourage me. There is simply no substitute for these type of cars.
  11. A later update to the saga of this car, but a more upbeat one. The rewiring and brake overhaul is complete along with other alterations such as removing the ugly semaphores and the mirrors on the spare wheel covers. A new battery also was required. It is now awaiting a new exhaust manifold, which has just arrived here from the US, as the existing one is leaking badly and has been patched up in the past. Hopefully that will make a big difference. I have taken the car to three shows this summer and, as you can imagine, it attracts a lot of attention as these Buicks are not too common in England,
  12. Thanks Tom. Just need to get as tight a fit as possible I guess.
  13. Interesting article. Could you tell me the exact size of the freeze plug to be used please (I guess 1 3/8"), and if any particular type of metal is needed ? Thanks.
  14. The forum has been invaluable both for technical know-how and the encouragement I have received. Never thought I'd find some Buick fanatics in this country as well ! Many thanks to all who supplied the support - I would have been devastated not to have got it right. Will provide more when I get it back.
  15. Another update now that I have calmed down and come to my senses. I have discovered a great guy over here who knows these cars inside out and is now working on all the essential repairs to make the car roadworthy. Our conclusion is that this is a Flint car, imported to England at an unknown time but as a left hand-drive. Someone did a rather patchy RHD conversion leaving the clutch mechanism as it was but incorporating a weird set of levers from the pedal to enable the clutch to still work. We have decided that the car is definitely worth saving so it is currently undergoing a total rewire, br
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