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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. The car fits well with the 1920s/30s vernacular homes that form the backdrop for the photographs!
  5. 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
  6. My '39 model 81 is set up the same way as Senbotsu's '39 model 81. Appears to be stock.
  7. Great thread! Do you have any ads for a 1939 Roadmaster that you could share? Thanks.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. A member of the Portland Area Chapter of the BCA had a fully restored 1948 Super convertible. It had leather seats with cloth seating surfaces. I believe that it was a 400 point car at the National Meet in Portland in 2014. You might save on upholstery costs by going that route. The member has since sold the car, but he may have some photos. I'll check.
  11. Many of my relatives worked at the main Hormel plant in Austin, Minnesota, where the Spam Museum is located. Several years ago, I was lucky enough to have my aunt take me on a special tour of the museum. Her last job at the plant in the 1980s was making Spam. It is an interesting part of Americana!
  12. Here's a photo of the three overriders on the back bumper of my 39 Roadmaster. The middle one would be a great addition to your car. A great parts source for you would be Dave Tacheny. He specializes in late 1930s Buicks. Dave lives in Minnesota. He corresponds by phone or regular USPS mail. No emails. I'm sure that others can weigh in with his current contact info.
  13. The older and larger California plates had rounder corners than the larger plates from other states. The California plates take a special adjustable frame to accommodate the rounder corners. In 1956, all states agreed to start using a standard size plate--the ones that we still use today.
  14. They are available. I may be wrong, but California plates may take a special model. You can research it online or go to Bob's Automobilia. They specialize in Buick parts. They're in California.