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  1. Production numbers were pretty low for that car (one site shows 22,900 of them produced), and the model I have (72R) shows just over 50,000 produced. Roadmasters were expensive cars; you had to be fairly well-heeled to buy one of these in 1953.
  2. I’ve seen a few later model straight eights that have aftermarket shrouds on them. Anyone know if they make a significant difference in cooling or performance for the Fireball Eight?
  3. Just for an excuse to use the impact wrench, mounted a set of ‘53 wire wheel covers onto the Special, to see how they looked. Bought them as a spare set for the Roadmaster, but I am really drawn to them on the Special too (I’m looking for the correct shield inserts for them, if anyone knows of a set). Then did an oil change, cruised around and showed them off to the adoring public. As you can see from the photo, I was successful in beating back the throngs of people.
  4. “And in other news, police are baffled by two mysterious hit-and-run cases where two men in two different countries were seemingly run over by antique cars on the same night. Detectives are unable to explain why both crime scenes feature tire tracks of an unusual pattern, apparently linked to a 1927 model car. No arrests have been made and none are expected. We’ll be back with your weekend forecast, right after this...”
  5. That’s just the metal, Dan. The guys at Terrill do terrific work. - far nicer than the old one I yarded out of her...
  6. I laughed, but this is the wrong audience, Bernie. You’ll have to find a group slightly less fanatical in their level of devotion, like the Branch Davidians.
  7. Think that 1953 may have been the first year for them, Bill, with the intro of the nailhead. My Roadmaster has one, but my Special, with the last 263 straight eight, does not.
  8. Speaking from experience of managing an extensive archive of documents, images, art, and physical objects, I would offer this observation: As much as you can, separate the emotion and personal feelings you have for the material out of your decision making. Do what’s right for the collection, but don’t let your emotions rule all your decisions. People get surprisingly territorial, proprietary, and stupid about these things really quickly - and the emotion fuelling it is a killer. An archive is a collection of memory and shared experience, and for those reasons - even though it SHOULD be nothing but a joy and a blast for those to work on/in - sometimes it can turn rational adults into screaming children: you’re dealing with people’s memories here, and if they feel slighted or left out or that “you don’t understand what this is,” it amplifies all the negativity and makes dialogue difficult. Just like people, an Archive comes with baggage. Sometimes lots of it. But don’t let that stop you from trying, if you want to start one. There are moments that I treasure with the experiences I’ve had, and those are what you carry forward. Go for it - the past is worth saving.
  9. Great looking car, Daron. If you do a search within this forum, you’ll find a few threads where people talk through the steps for removal and replacement of the bumper and grille. Bribe a family member or a friend to help, especially with the removal of the bumper (“Trust me; this will be way better for you than doing deadlifts at the gym.”). Deep sockets needed to get at some of these bolts, and likely some penetrating oil/PB Blaster to soak them for a day or so first.
  10. Victoria Day Long Weekend here in Canada, and has probably been the best weather we’ve had for it in 20 years (no rain or snow), so with everyone still kind of isolating, perfect time to perform a little surgery on the Special. Received a rebuilt pump from Terrill Machine, and installed it this afternoon. The orientation of the brass fittings to mate up with the hard lines takes a bit of finessing, but went on without too much struggle - however, my install took longer than the Buick Flat Rate book said it should take...😉 Not sure how long the pump had been on the car, but somewhere around 25 years, I’m guessing. Someone had made a homemade gasket for it at the engine block, which made me feel better about the replacement. Always glad to undo some of the “home repairs” where I find them.
  11. Let me have a look in the archive, Rusty; not sure if I took any during the process of changing the tank, but I’ll check 👍 - and I was incorrect on my memory. Just checked my old invoice, and it was the 1-A model I bought, with the 12.5 filler tube position.
  12. Rusty: It was my Special that had the tank replaced.
  13. Rusty: My car is a year off from yours, but I purchased their B-1 tank with the 11.5 inch neck placement a few years ago. Great tank and no issues - but the straps they sent weren’t long enough, so blasted, cleaned up, relined my old ones and reused them. The rubber u-joint at the base that connects to the filler neck made me raise an eyebrow as I thought it might not have enough tension to hold the pipe securely, but it’s not moved and doesn’t flop around. The other “advantage” is that the two-piece set up allows you to angle the filler neck one way or the other to best position it up to the gas door. If you can eyeball where the front straps connected and then roughly measure from that point to where your gas door is positioned, that should ballpark you for which filler neck position would be best for your ‘52. I did saw off the fill pipe from my original tank and keep it, as a pal said he would weld it onto the new tank one day, if I wished.
  14. Steve: Screen shot from Bob’s website attached for you. For the princely sum of 4 bucks, this quality item can be yours!
  15. Anyone happen to have a set of the centre caps for the ‘53 Special wire wheel covers that they’d care to sell? Just need the centre inserts (with the Buick crest), as I already have the wire wheel covers. Josh