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  1. Priceless! I just rode in a good friend's 1954 Skylark on Saturday. Wow! Again, priceless!
  2. I set the low idle on my 1949 Super at 450 rpm. It helps! (My mechanics over the years--the 41 years that I've owned the car--always set it up too high and I always turn it back down.) Also, be an "active driver" and watch the signal light sequence. That way, you can anticipate when you will get the green light. Shortly before, put your foot on the clutch. Then you can shift into first effortlessly without a grind. I also catch a synchro from second if I am not prepared. My 1939 Roadmaster has an older transmission design and has the one-year cable mechanism. The second gear synchro trick doesn't work as well. Interestingly, the gear teeth must be quite different than those on the Super. I can actually feel the teeth in the shifter on the Roadmaster if I must shift quickly. Maybe fewer teeth. Good Luck and Happy Motoring!
  3. On my 1939 Roadmaster, I have two switches mounted on the bottom of the dash. The left one operates the Trippe lights; the right one operates the heater. They maybe aftermarket, but they are definitely period Art Deco/Moderne. They don't light up.
  4. Boyer's Restorations in Pennsylvania.
  5. Pete, March isn't all doom and gloom. Your March 2019 issue of the Buick Bugle, featuring model year 1939, was a real triumph! I look forward to what you have in store for us for upcoming issues.
  6. Please take photos of the cowl tags for the Special and the Limited (separate thread). You will find them on the passenger side of the engine compartment on the firewall. Here is a photo of the cowl tag on my 1939 Roadmaster for reference.
  7. I had my 39 Roadmaster out for a drive this afternoon (starting the weekend early). It was 50 degrees and sunny in Portland. Much different from the snowy winter weather that we had earlier in the week!
  8. I just had my 39 Roadmaster out for a drive this afternoon in Portland. It was about 40 degrees and the heater kept the cabin nice and warm. Here's a photo of the heater.
  9. The car fits well with the 1920s/30s vernacular homes that form the backdrop for the photographs!
  10. Ben, hang in there! Been there and done that with keeping my 49 Super for 41 years, including 12 years in Pullman while I was in graduate school and after (1983-95). I stored it at friends' houses, in barns, and even in a pea combine warehouse. The rewards are there for you once you receive your degree and have the discretionary income to dedicate to your old Buick. The attached poor-quality photo is of my 49 Buick in front of the old NP railroad station in Pullman, taken one Fourth of July in the late 1980s. Bob
  11. My '39 model 81 is set up the same way as Senbotsu's '39 model 81. Appears to be stock.
  12. Great thread! Do you have any ads for a 1939 Roadmaster that you could share? Thanks.
  13. The 1949 Buicks really rock! I, too, would like to drill down into the BCA registry to learn more about the cars. My Super four-door sedan, model 51, is one of 131,514 produced. It has a manual transmission (15 percent). Unlike gdmn852's car, mine is a late-production model with many late-model oddities.
  14. This sounds really basic, but are you sure that the spark plugs and wires aren't one hole off on the distributor? That happened to me many years ago on my 49 Super. A friend replaced the spark plugs and wires. I tried to adjust the timing and kept hitting the end of the adjustment on the distributor. I then moved the wires over one hole on the cap, as my old Chilton's manual suggested in its troubleshooting section. It brought the correct timing to the middle of the adjustment band. Set at 450 rpm, I could about adjust the timing by ear. I verified it with the strobe and it picked up the yellow mark.