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  1. Fabulous, many thanks for all that info. You have done some serious work there. My car runs a stock 248 with single factory Stromberg carby, but the car is more custom (low & slow) so I'm happy with it and everything works superbly. I haven't the energy & knowledge to do what you have done especially when my car works & runs superbly (I use it often). Cheers Grant
  2. Hi Neil, what a fabulous observation by your good self. Since owning my '41, I've felt it's a shame the Buick hood ornaments weren't as 'inspired' as the Chevy versions (which are quite stunning over this whole period). From now on however, I will always see that fabulous train when I look over my hood. Many thanks for sharing!
  3. Magnificent building as backgroudn to such a nice car.
  4. Hi Phil, my car was converted by an Engineer and he used an Australian RHD 1946 Buick dash & steering column etc. The Australian 1946 Buicks used a RHD 1941 Dash (presumably leftover from previous years).
  5. Well that is very interesting Tom. Many thanks for that information. Cheers, Grant Zippel
  6. Hi Tom, I've asked a guy here in Australia about the engine-turned dashes here and he said there were no 1941 Buicks produced in Australia due to the cut-off of production of domestic cars for WWII (obviously earlier than the US cut-off). However, my dash came from an Australian RHD 1946 model so I'm pretty sure they would have been left-over dashes meant for the 1941 models but saved and used in later years. Whether it was originally engine-turned I'm not sure yet but am keen to know. I'm aware that 1940 Buicks also had engine-turned dashes so want to find out if they had that feature here in
  7. Hi Tom, many thanks for your message. You must look me up if you come near Adelaide. We will look after you for sure. Your Buicks sound fabulous, and you may have noticed I mentioned a friend with a 1918 roadster and he's restoring a 1910 roadster. He lives about 5hrs drive from my home but well worth the drive (mileage doesn't scare me). Great to hear from you. Cheers Grant
  8. Hi, I'm not sure if Aussie '41 Buicks had the engine-turned panels or not. My car is from the USA (30-yrs ago) and was converted here using a Australian RHD dash from a '46 Buick (we used the same dashes for several years apparently which is why it appears to be a '41 dash). My dash has been resprayed at some stage anyway so unsure about mine. I suspect the Aussie dashes may not have but I need to ask the old guys who've been into Buicks for decades. They will know. Cheers
  9. Hello Paul,thanks for your comment. Yes it's sad about the Nationals being cancelled, but rest assured my wife & I will be going on a driving holiday somewhere (even if we can't cross the border) and it will be documented. I'd want several weeks to do Dubbo. When I'm retired I'd like to go around the coast as have never been there before (only Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns by plane). I will catch up one day with you guys over there for sure. Cheers Grant Zippel
  10. Many thanks for your comment Ian. The Cockatoo was a treat I wasn't expecting.
  11. He thanks for your kind words. It's also great to see some of you come over the the previous Buick Nats, but sad about this year as I would have met you at Lakes Entrance. Never mind, hopefully at a future Nationals. Cheers
  12. Many thanks. You should come down sometime. I’ve been to the USA 6 times and been to around 28 states.
  13. Many thanks. I loved every minute of it. There were many more photos but I could only put so many in the post. Cheers
  14. Many thanks John. As you can tell I had a ball. Cheers
  15. Too short? I was afraid of making it too long for others to read and too boring. Thanks Ben.
  16. Yes many don't realise our size and sparse population.
  17. During this strange time in history (Coronavirus) I thought I’d share my recent 11-day journey in my 1941 Buick Series A Special Business Coupe which I purchased in August 2018. I hope you enjoy reading about my trip here in Australia. I named this trip the ‘1941 Buick Reliability Run’ and I departed on March 9 (1 day after my 58th birthday) sadly without my wife Stephanie due to her work commitments, but I was more than happy to be alone in my beautiful Buick. I named this trip the ‘1941 Buick Reliability Run’ and I departed on March 9 (1 day after my 58th birthday) sa
  18. That is great news. I'd love to be there to help you out. All the best my friend. Hope you don't read this before the weekend (you haven't time).
  19. Hi Jim, you pop up everywhere. Of course it had to be you. Love to Della. Hope you're surviving these crazy times ok, but I know you've had to cancel some of your events sadly.
  20. Is this Jim Wirth I'm responding to?
  21. Great photos and preparation for the engine turning. I'm afraid as my car is on the road, I couldn't stand taking if off the road to polish both panels, then send them to the USA (freight is horrendous) plus the cost of the work (Australian dollar is just as horrendous against the US$ at the moment (.66c). I'm having too much fun driving my car. In 4 days time I'm going on a 1200+ mile vacation along (wife can't come), interstate to visit several car friends and attend a large car event. I will take around 12 days to do this and cannot wait.
  22. Many thanks Matt for taking the time to do this. Below is the photo Neil Morse kindly sent me with a small ruler for dimensions. This is of his original (unrestored) dash. I've put the image into Microsoft Visio (drawing program) and carefully calculated the diameter of several circles to get an average and I've come up with circles which are .009" larger than 3/8". So allowing from some error, it's hard to argue with 3/8" being the diameter. Matt & Mike both seem to agree with this so it seems very reasonable assume this is the size.
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