Grant Z

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  1. I'm in the process of purchasing Buick accessories for my 1941 Buick through a guy called Alvaro Gonzalez in Antioch, California through Instagram. His Instagram name is Buick1932. Otherwise you can email him at or Phone (925) 382 7088.
  2. Wow that is spectacular. Thanks for sharing. I know a guy here in Australia who has a 1918 Buick roadster, and is restoring a much earlier one also (1910? I think). I hope to visit him in a couple of weeks so may get some pics for you.
  3. Is that photo above of your glove-box lid showing engine-turning that is original (no restored)? If so, could you measure accurately the diameter of each 'circle' swirl of the engine turning please? Alternatively if you hold a ruler on the lid and take a close-up high-resolution photo for me, I'd greatly appreciate it. I'd like to restore mine and I live in Australia so don't have the opportunity to see other 1941 Buicks.
  4. Drove my 1941 Buick Series A Special Coupe 322 miles (518km) to a car event in the country here in South Australia. The car ran like a dream. Nothing like getting out on the open road. Since getting the car on the road, I've covered 2,700 miles (4345km) in 7 months. Many more miles to come!
  5. Was great to finally see the car on the Anzac Day cruise Rob. Fabulous!
  6. Sorry Morgan Wright, but I'm an Australian and Lawrence Helfand and I were obviously speaking with each other within the context of the Australian culture (which Lawrence clearly understands).
  7. Do you still have this tacho? If so, does it work?
  8. Many thanks Matt for your very informative comments. Yes there is much confusion no doubt when someone like yourself isn't sure and the passing of time makes it very difficult to verify. I assume you would agree that my fender spears appear to be the long versions? If I decide to go with skirts, I may get a very talented friend to style up and hand-make me some. That way they will fit and can be made to match the fender spear shape also. I doubt this would be more expensive than buying some in the USA and shipping them here to Australia (remember the Aussie dollar is only worth 72.2 US cents). Shipping is cheap though as I have friends who import so can come in a shipping container. Thanks again Matt! Cheers Grant
  9. Thanks Ben Bruce for your information. It helps to make things clearer. Many thanks Matt re the explanation on Fisher Bodies. That makes more sense to me now. Yes Rooster, my Buick is RHD but was converted in 1989 by the gentleman who imported it that same year (Dale Collins). He was a Marine Engineer (now retired) who sourced an Australian 1946 Buick (they use a 1941 RHD dash), and he used the RHD steering also. I've got to know him and he's very helpful & knowledgeable. He currently drives 2 stunning cars (1941 Packard 120 coupe & 1946 Ford Convertible). He sold the car within 6 months (in 1989) to Jack Provan who stopped him in the street one day insisting he buy the car. Jack's brother David also owned a 1941 Buick Super Sport Coupe (Model 56S), so yes 1939_Buick you are correct when you say .. I believe Jack's brother David's car is 2-tone (grey & silver) and is around the Bendigo (Victoria) area now. Anyway, Jack Provan died in 2007 and left the car to his (then) 16yo grandson Jack Drewitt. He is now 27 and put the car up for sale on and I purchased it in early August this year.
  10. That's very interesting to watch and fabulous also just seeing those brand new bodies. Thanks very much Gary
  11. Many thanks for you time Matthew. On the website ( the following words are interesting - ' IMPORTANT NOTE: Sometime in early 1941, Buick decided to build a smaller Special series based on a 118-inch wheelbase and using Chevrolet bodies. These are referred to as “A-Series Specials” and are the only Series in 1941 to use the _4 (mine a Model 44 making it one of these) and _7 model number designations. These A-Series Specials featured traditional trunks unlike the regular production Specials (B-Series, using the standard _1 and _6 designations) which were all of fastback or “torpedo” design. Station wagons were only available on the 121-inch wheelbase B-Series Special chassis.' This clearly states "Chevrolet bodies' were used just in the '41 A-Series Specials (of which my car is one). Do you understand the difference to Series 40A & 40B (see image below)? The 40A (Special) obviously has a wider body, longer wheelbase & heavier body than the 40B (also a Special). So there are 2 different 1941 Special 'bodies'. I trust you know much more than me however if the information above is correct it does cast doubt it seems. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding something? Also, I've heard of Fisher bodies many times over the years, but don't understand exactly what they are. Can you explain please?
  12. Many thanks Matt. I do prefer the Buick skirts (even though off the car I think the Chevrolet ones look a nicer shape). They change completely once on the car. Unfortunately it seems the Buick skirts are extremely expensive.
  13. As I've only just purchased my 1st Buick (a 1941 Series 40A Special Business Coupe), I have much to learn. In my research online, I've discovered that as my car is a Series 40A, it therefore has a 1941 Chevrolet body. If this is the case and I wish to purchase rear fender skirts for my car, should I be buying 1941 Chevrolet fender skirts? It seems obvious I guess, but I want to make the right decision as I live in Australia and don't wish to return the wrong product with expensive shipment fees. If anyone can help with the correct advice I'd appreciate thanks.
  14. Yes it's hilarious indeed. I'm not sure we can call ourselves 'English speaking' after that. Cheers Mate!
  15. Yes us Aussies have certainly mangled the English language seriously. On my several trips to the USA, after several weeks my wife & I may be in a supermarket and hear another Aussie ranting and we both cringe - and them realise we probably sound just like that to all Americans. Embarrassed! I highly recommend watching this hilarious YouTube clip on Aussie lingo (language).