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About Buickborn

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  • Birthday 10/12/1946


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    1930 Series 44 Roadster
    1954 Roadmaster Hardtop Coupe

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  1. Buickborn

    '49 Riv -- not mine

    Sequoia-and-Cream? Uh, make that Sequoia Cream-and-white.
  2. Buickborn

    '49 Riv -- not mine

    FYI, for anyone weary of the same old items for sale forever on Hemmings.com: a stunning high-end Riv restoration has recently appeared on that site. Looks essentially flawless. Maybe I've been gaslighted by too many stratospheric numbers constantly being flung around in the market, but the $47k asked for this spectacular Sequoia-and-Cream/red leather Riv doesn't seem particularly hideous: Well, as usual, the link won't post. Someone smarter than I, please?
  3. Buickborn

    49 Roadmaster sedanette on Ebay

    Pete -- they show an available '49 sedanet replacement rear window at (obviously misnamed) classicflatglass.com in Placerville CA. I found this gent very knowledgeable and helpful with the glass I needed for a '35 40 coupe I was resurrecting a few years ago.
  4. Buickborn

    Very Nice 1949 Roadmaster Sedanette on eBay

    Well, that sedanet went for $32,100.00! I'd have thought that one of these would have to be in strong #2 condition (defined as showing little or no wear) to fetch that kind of dinero. But, then when you consider what it would cost to buy and put a lesser-condition sistership into the shape of that car (and that you can't re-install low mileage at any price), it was probably a bargain.
  5. Buickborn

    Very Nice 1949 Roadmaster Sedanette on eBay

    Except for the paint and detailed engine, that sedanet appears to be extremely original. Question: given the current adulation (in at least some quarters of this hobby) of originality over restoration, does originality still trump restoration in cases where partial restoration has been done? That is, given what has already been restored on that '49, wouldn't we rather see a correspondingly refreshed interior rather than a discolored one, refinished dash rather than a seasoned one, ultra-bright grille, etc., rather than a somewhat dim one? Or is this car's remaining originality contributing to its impressive bid-fetching strength more than would have been the case were it 100% restored?
  6. Buickborn

    '49 Roadmaster -- not mine

    Stumbled across a very nice '49 Roadmaster sedan on Louisville Craigslist at $9500.00. Unfortunately, I am befuddled as to how to paste in the URL. Maybe someone more tech savvy than I can do the deed?
  7. Buickborn

    Want to Buy 1949 Roadmaster Convertible

    Hi, Pilgrim -- Well, in using the G-word, I was referring mostly to the "carnivorous" (much better word choice than mine, by the way) '50, which seem to present almost a digression from the '49-'54 iterations of Buick toothsome-ness. One explanation I've encountered for the popularity of the '50 version is that, after years of Depression+wartime deprivations, newly-prosperous consumers were more than ready to rock out with copious glitz and razzle-dazzle. (Clearly, by 1958 the mood was far different, as evidenced by the sales flop of the heavily chromed Buicks of that year -- resulting, along with other factors, in the cashiering/retirement of Harley Earl.)
  8. Buickborn

    Want to Buy 1949 Roadmaster Convertible

    I've long suspected that one of the reasons for Buick's tardiness (compared to Olds, Cadillac, Chrysler, Studebaker, etc.) in developing a new V8 engine may have been that Buick didn't need a new engine as urgently as did the others, which had been running decidedly old-fashioned flatheads as, opposed Buick's highly respected OHV mill. And, of course, there was (as Buicknutty reminds us) the challenge entailed in designing a V8 to fit into the narrow Buick chassis, which had no chance of being replaced before 1954.
  9. Buickborn

    Want to Buy 1949 Roadmaster Convertible

    Hi, Ben -- Goll -lee, it took almost an hour to get some blowback on my perhaps, somewhat, maybe, slightly indelicate choice of words. But before offering those pearls of wisdom, I was beginning to wonder if this thread would ever attract any participants besides Larry and me. I knew I was stepping in it with my . . . uh . . . intemperate (?) crack about the '50 Buicks. But that, you see, was merely devil's advocacy. Truth to tell, I can see that your '50 is a gorgeous knockout -- even the grotesque part😉 ~ Charlie Manes
  10. Buickborn

    Want to Buy 1949 Roadmaster Convertible

    Larry -- thanks! Not to appear as ornery as I probably really am . . . but the main reason (as if such notions have any connection whatsoever with reasoning) I'll pass on a '47 is that that is primarily a carried-over late-pre-war design. I already have that design generation covered in my garage by means of a fine 1941 Cadillac Sixty Special. The '49 Buick, on the other hand, reflects true 1st-generation postwar styling (if not engineering, aside from the Dynaflow) as well as some major Buick "firsts" such as the gunwale-to-gunwale toothy smile and, of course, the portholes. Further, it was remarkable in being a one-year-only design -- a virtually unheard-of phenomenon in auto manufacturing. 49's also provide grist for lots of interesting stories, discussions, and conjectures. For example, why didn't Buick get the new-for-'48 GM "B" body shell (as encompassed in Cadillac and senior Olds) until 1949? Why, when Olds and Cadillac had new V8s in 1949, was there apparently no new-engine development going on at Buick at that time? AND . . . how did Harley Earl know that the impressive sales of the very pleasing '49 design would be massively outdone by the tasteless and grotesquely overdone Bucktooth Buicks of 1950? In any case, the '49s are hard to beat in terms of being just plain interesting.
  11. Buickborn

    Want to Buy 1949 Roadmaster Convertible

    Larry -- a non-driver publicity car? Well, that's a new one to me. In any case, it seems that non-sedan '49s are a tough nut to crack. In my own case, for years I've looked for a '49 Roadmaster sedanet priced reasonably enough to prevent me from ending up upside-down in it. At this point, I've essentially given up -- although I've been able to acquire a nice, very affordable '30 roadster and gorgeous, reasonably-priced '54 76R. Best of luck to you in your quest. When success is yours, I hope you'll share the good news with the rest of us on the forum! ~ Charlie Manes
  12. Buickborn

    Want to Buy 1949 Roadmaster Convertible

    Larry -- A Roadmaster such as you describe can be found at Hemmings.com . Typically, the seller is trying to make hay out of the "Rain Man" meme, asking the moon for the car -- which, by the way, shows an odd, painted-out mustache
  13. Buickborn

    34 Buick

    Replacement timing gear and CHAIN? My Buick (a '30 roadster -- with a six not much different from the later eights) has a gear-driven camshaft -- using a fiber gear so as to reduce gear noise. Did the eights go to a timing chain? If so (considering that the "silent chain" was a well-developed concept by then), why would they use a fiber gear?
  14. Buickborn

    34 Buick

    I guess the new, more up-to-date '34/'35 series 40 Buicks could run rings around their more traditional bigger brothers (at a substantially lower price, too); but, unfortunately, they suggest glorified Chevrolets or Pontiacs -- at least when compared to the "real Buick" gravitas of the senior editions. However, the 40 series at least had a respectable new straight 8 -- as would have been expected in the days before the vaunted GM brand differentiation devolved into mere "badge engineering."
  15. Buickborn

    1922 Model 46 Coupe -The Only One In The BCA

    Terry -- Taxable horsepower (the historical basis for vehicle taxation in most parts of the world) is derived from a formula which was quite accurate in reference to very early, extremely inefficient auto engines, that is: cylinder bore in inches squared x number of cylinders divided by 2.5. One major effect of this formula was to discourage large bores and encourage long strokes, which is why the very earliest, relatively "square" engines gave way to the relatively-smallish-bore, deep-strokers with which collectors of pre-1949 vehicles are quite familiar. The effect of taxable horsepower was most noticeable in British engines, which largely explains why post-war English cars were so inadequate for American highways. Those very-small-bore, long-stroke engines just couldn't stand up to the rpm needed for American speeds. In any case, the reason I raised this topic is that it is not clear to me why brake horsepower was sometimes expressed in two figures, such as 25-30 or 45-50, etc. Anyone got that one? Thanks! ~ Charlie