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  1. Matt, I quit the hem and haw routine five years ago when I made the decision to send the earnest money check to purchase the late David Corbin's 1939 Roadmaster 81. I've never looked back. What a companion car to my 1949 Super 51--one that I've owned since 1978. I truly have fun with both of them. We all have a limited time on Earth to enjoy these cars!
  2. Six years ago, my mechanic and I replaced the rope rear seal on my 1949 Super 51 during a minor engine rebuild/clutch job because it was leaking. We used a neoprene seal instead of a rope seal. The neoprene seal started leaking a few years later. I'm back to living with a chattery clutch just like what I had before the rebuild.
  3. Maybe your alarm system has issues. Do the lights flash when you lock the doors with the fob, meaning that the system is armed? The battery back up on the alarm system in my 2001 SAAB 9-5 wagon was failing. It caused the alarm to go off on its own once in a while. A new back-up battery cured the problem.
  4. I had the same problem with the green cutoff switch on my '39 Roadmaster. In fact, it died at an intersection one day because of the cutout switch. I removed it and the engine spins much faster now.
  5. Matt, great story about your recent trip! The transmission in my 1939 Roadmaster whines from 50 mph and up. My mechanic, who is 80+ and has worked on these old Buicks since he was 16, tells me that it is a typical sound associated with gear pitch. This is after he installed NOS gears a few years ago. The car has a sweet spot at about 60 mph. (See the cover story in the March 2019 issue of the "Buick Bugle" for more info on the Roadmaster.) When I start out from a stop in that car, it has a noticable transmission whine, not unlike what you hear in the movie 'The Sting," when Robert Shaw's mid-1930s Pierce Arrow starts out from a stop. My 1949 Super is somewhat different. You hear a much less pronounced gear whine from the transmission at start out, and it is noiseless at higher speeds. (Different transmission.) I finally installed the correct long muffler on that car a few years ago and now I hear what some describe as a characteristic Buick exhaust "moan" at 60-65 mph. (It had a much shorter muffler on it for two decades, and I never heard that sound, then.) Happy Motoring! Bob
  6. Out here in the Pacific Northwest, I've been getting my old Buick batteries from Les Schwab Tire Centers for over twenty years. The 3EH costs less than the 2E and has more cranking amps, and the original hold-down frame and J-hooks work fine. If you are lucky enough to get the car down to one of their stores, they will install the battery at no charge. That saves you having to lift out that old, heavy battery and drop in the new one!
  7. Get yourself a set of wide white American Classic 8.20R15 radials and you are ready to cruise in style! (See the photo of my 1949 Super that I've owned since 1978.) I've had American Classic 7.60R15s on it since 2014. They're great! They look very much like the original old U.S. Royal 7.60 x 15s that came with the car. Same size white wall. Great ride at 65 mph down the freeway.
  8. My neighbor's four outdoor cats keep the rodent population in check. The cats always make a beeline for the garage when the door is open. Years ago, I stored my 1949 Super in a friend's barn. Never a problem there because the resident barn owl was always on the watch for food!
  9. Priceless! I just rode in a good friend's 1954 Skylark on Saturday. Wow! Again, priceless!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. Boyer's Restorations in Pennsylvania.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. The car fits well with the 1920s/30s vernacular homes that form the backdrop for the photographs!
  18. 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
  19. My '39 model 81 is set up the same way as Senbotsu's '39 model 81. Appears to be stock.
  20. Great thread! Do you have any ads for a 1939 Roadmaster that you could share? Thanks.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
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