Dennis Hagen

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  1. I had a not so bright idea of putting my 51 Super on the dolly backwards for a trip from Mn to Az, after a 5 mile test drive I realized it was a bad idea and had it shipped. I bought a 56 Century about 25 miles away and could of used it but called a flat bed instead. I was concerned about the torque ball but when I got it running found I had to replace the torque ball anyway. Think I will try to sell the dolly. Thanks for the reply’s.
  2. I have a Demco tow dolly and have not used it for a torque ball Buick. Has any one used one and what distance did you tow? I am thinking it could be used for short distances. Thanks
  3. Temps are over 100 now so just driving in the am and evening. Heading for Minnesota soon so 51 can rest and I will my drive my 56 Special and 56 Century there in cooler temps.
  4. I have vapor lock problems on my 51 Super in Phoenix sitting at long stop lights in 85 degree or higher temps, have a electric pump that I usually just use on start ups (blew a plug out of the float bowl with too much pressure). I installed a 12 volt 4” blower made for exhausting the engine compartment on a inboard boat with a flexible metal hose pointing at the front of the carb. If I get stuck at a long light I flip the switch to blow air over the carb and this has worked so far. Yes, I am using ethanol gas with lead additives and some Marvel Mystery oil also.
  5. I believe you’re right, the tin woodies have a flat tailgate and window while the Buick’s are curved making left and right upper and lower hinges different side to side.
  6. Thanks Jay I will try to find out
  7. Want to buy, 50-53 Estate wagon rear window and rear gate hinges and any other rear hardware.
  8. After reading all the posts I realize that I created a monster converting my side opening hood (51 Super convert) using 53 hinges to front opening. It fits and functions ok but I would like it to be “perfect” but realize that isn’t possible especially when you drive it regularly as everything moves.
  9. I had same problem with my 56, strong vibration at 30 mph. Trans fluid flowing down torque to rear end left bushing in torque un lubricated.
  10. Send an email to I have a 39 that is complete (disassembled) in inside storage I have no title for car owner passed before we got that done but in my possession
  11. I purchased ready made interior from Autocrafters and it is beautiful. Ready made with foam backing, Installed it myself and it was easy, door materials were foam backed and oversized. I chose burgundy to go with my Sequoia Cream exterior. Bought a black top from The Convertible Top Guys and installed it myself, very happy. Interior was under 500.00 and top about the same. That’s the good news, I tried to find Autocrafters and believe they were bought by Lebanon Bonny (which raised prices a lot) and now I believe they are both gone. I think their workers were retiring and could not find skilled replacements. By the way the interior material I believe is called Plethera, looks like leather, very soft. I believe McDonalds used it on there booths a few years ago. Good Luck! Please share what you decide.
  12. Thinking about this overnight finding the stainless may be impossible, I do have the capability of machining from solid stock if I would go this route. I have printed the rendering so I can “admire” it.
  13. That is beautiful! Something to dream about! My 51 convert has 53 hood hinges and is front opening, this car has linear actuators and hood goes straight up 2 feet. I’m not a fan of the side opening hoods.
  14. Thanks, that is almost the same shape that my 52 was in when I rescued it but it was in junk yard so a lot of parts were gone. I will send you my email.