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  1. Hmm -- I think my earlier post about the unexpected marginally incorrect restoration of my '54 76R needs some elaboration as to how I was caught unawares in that respect in the course of buying the car sight-unseen. That is, the purchase occurred 22 years ago, when internet photography was generally fuzzy and of poor quality. So, rather than undertake a 6000-mile round trip to examine the car, I hired a well-recommended collector-car judge to do the job for me. But, because he was not a Buick guy, he failed to notice the car's incorrect aspects. Further, in some respects,
  2. Dynaflash -- In spite of my previous post, you make a very valid point, one that correlates with my own experiences. In particular, some years ago I bought sight-unseen, for a low eBay price, a '41 Cadillac that turned out to have been badly misrepresented and therefore not the bargain I thought it was. But that car wasn't as bad as one that I purchased after a personal inspection, only to find later on that it was a masterpiece of deceit in the form of some very skillful Bondo-applied rust concealment. Sometimes I've thought that the best strategy to avoid getting stung is t
  3. Re: buying sight un-seen . . . Since I do not live in a populous area, interesting cars for sale are invariably located at a considerable distance from me -- leaving me with the choice of costly travel, as well as considerable time and trouble, in order to investigate the item. . . or to (as prudently as possible) purchase sight-unseen and hope for the best. Having used both approaches, I find my results with the sight-unseens to have been acceptable while saving me considerable time and money over personal inspection trips. Further, I've found that traveling signif
  4. What is the knob under the dash just below the heater controls? Neither of the '54 76Rs I've owned had this item. Could it be the convertible top switch? Concerning the confusion over '53/'54 Buick engines, I suspect that some folks take the continuing presence of the straight 8 in '53 Specials to mean that all Buicks retained that engine that year. Further confusion arises over the fact that when the Special finally got a V8 in 1954, it was smaller than than the 322 supplied in the other models -- which continued to be the case until 1956.
  5. I'm wondering about the red steering wheel and column in combination with the black dash. In a '54 Roadmaster, I'd have expected a wheel/column/dash color match -- at least in a coupe or sedan. Were steering wheel colors optional? It's also interesting that (per the C/L text) the seller thinks that '54 was the first year of the 322 "for this model." That qualifier sounds more pertinent to the '56 Special. Given all the current enthusiasm for good original unrestored cars, this one is little short of spectacular!
  6. Have you ever wondered why these extremely well-preserved, very original Buicks tend to be sedans rather than hardtops or convertibles? Maybe they originally appealed to a more conservative audience, and surely, as they aged they were less likely to fall into the hands of juveniles -- ??
  7. Native -- Good on you for taking this Buick on. Seems that not many folks are willing take the trouble anymore to save a meritorious car in need of a friend. Best of luck to you!!!
  8. This is a phenomenal car -- especially at the price. What is the apparatus protruding through the floor on the passenger side? On a car this correct, it's surprising to see the original 3EE battery replaced with a . . . 29F (?). On my screen, the engine appears to have been painted in '53 straight-eight aqua instead of the green used for the V8s (is it even humanly possible to restore a car without such minor errors?).
  9. Some of the major red flags in ferreting out scam ads include odd phrases, grammar, and/or syntax that suggest a non-native user of English posting from overseas. If the phrase "no rust never no rust" and the repeated use of the school-British term "motorcar" is not clue enough, then I'm hard put to imagine what would be.
  10. FWIW . . . Bob's Automobilia sells stainless repro steering-wheel-center controls (quite nicely finished) for '29 and '30 Buicks, which used three levers. Perhaps one or two of these could be adapted into the similar-appearing two-lever layout used in the '31s -- ??
  11. Hey, Hans -- I think you're leaving something out in characterizing that '48 as a better buy than your '49s: that is, the '49 Supers and Roadmasters are considerably more desirable than their immediate predecessors. Not only are they better looking, but they represent something of a milestone in the transition from leftover-pre-war to true postwar design. Besides, ever since that stupid movie was released in 1988, the '49 Roadmaster "Rain Man" convertible has maintained an iconic status that few other designs of any vintage have matched. And decent-or-better ones are invariabl
  12. Old Tank -- thanks for the lead to a rebuilder. That is very encouraging!
  13. Thanks, Guys -- more hamfisted damage averted . . . maybe.
  14. Another puzzle, Guys: it appears that the antenna nut above the fender calls for a special tool for unscrewing it.. It is tempting -- but far too scary for a confirmed chicken-heart like me -- to use a padded pair of Vise-Grips for this operation. Any suggestions for a safer and less knuckleheaded approach? Thanks!
  15. Barney -- Greatly appreciate your excellent, clear photos! Just a question about the soldering . . . I don't recall solder (due presumably to its softness) previously being specified for anything that had to bear a physical strain or load. Is solder alone strong enough to withstand the cable's tendency to pull out of the ferrule? If not, should the ferrule perhaps be crimped or swaged? Would a modern adhesive such as epoxy perhaps be more appropriate for resisting tension than solder? One more question, if I may: Can solder be expected to adhere to stainless as well as to ordi
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