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  1. I looked at this car last Saturday because I would like to get 3-speed parts for my 53 Super. It was a donor parts car and missing a lot, but it has a complete 3-speed steering column and pedal assembly. It does not have an engine/trans and is missing the clutch and shift linkage and trans brackets. My research determined that all these straight eight 3-speed parts would not work for a nailhead car. Body is actually pretty solid except for front floor pans, has dash, seat frames and all glass. It's on Craigslist: https://sandiego.craigslist.org/esd/cto/d/la-mesa-1953-buick-soecial-door/7280906424.html
  2. Well, looks like this will remain a mystery to me - I got a reply Thursday that the California Regal had already been sold. But the Craigslist listing is still up, so I can at least share the pictures I saw: https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/cto/d/san-diego-buick/6742654725.html Over the years, I managed to get ahold of 67 and 69 California GS Buicks, and had a magazine ad for a Colorado GS. I used the 69 hood, cold air intake, steering wheel and emblems to turn our family hauler - a 68 Sportwagon - into a "California GSportwagon". Besides everyday use, it hauled our family to the 89, 91, and 93 BCA Nationals.
  3. I'm hoping to look at this Buick in the next day or so. I know it's "too new" to be of much interest to most BCA members, but the first Buick I bought the year after I graduated from high school and joined the BCA was only 17 years old - a 57 Caballero wagon. Wish I still had it. Anyway, I can't find any reference about a "California Regal". Does anyone know if this was a regional or specific dealer badging? It is an all red exterior with tan leather interior, badged on the dash as Regal LS.
  4. As for interior colors/ materials available, I believe all wagons used only the pebblegrain Cordaveen vinyl material (no cloth or woven fabric options). The bodies were built and trimmed by Ionia with usually only 4-5 or so color options.
  5. The reason I found this forum thread was from Googling "Ballantyne Buick". I found the license plate frame below, and remembered the name, but was trying to remember where they were located, as I lived in El Cajon in the 60's. Back then, the Marvin K. Brown dealership was only Cadillac.
  6. Indeed I bought this Buick shortly after I joined the BCA in 1974. I knew it was rare, and even though it needed a paint job, I thought it was worth the $200 agreed on.
  7. I'm in agony over what to do with my 1953 Buick Roadmaster wagon. I bought it 30 years ago as an extremely complete restoration project. Being a non-runner, it went into the back corner of my then new garage. And over the years it was buried with other projects and parts. With life passing by too fast, many of those projects were sold so I could get back to my core interests - my 40 Special and 53 Woodie Buicks. The wagon was unburied and set up on jack stands a couple years ago, and I was STUNNED at how original it was, and VERY thankful that I had not started restoration as planned. I believe it's currently about 95+% factory original. My current goal is to get it running well enough for local cruise nights, and to be able to drive it onto a trailer and onto a show field. But even in this process, I'm destroying some originality. I know that it's my choice to do what I want with it. I'm a historian at heart and it would drive me crazy to restore this car, but my big quandary is what to do with the wood. Even though it's been in dry storage for approx 40 years, it was stored outside long enough for the finish to completely disintegrate, and I have the typical wood rot at the bottom of the rear corners and lower rear sill. So as it sits, I don't believe the wood has ever been re-sanded, which fascinates me, but I dare not get it wet. It also has traces of the factory decals that were used for the mahogany-grain accents. In the 40 years I've been actively persuing every opportunity to look a last-generation Buick woodies, I've only seen two cars with original mahogany-grain decals intact. I believe there are a couple more that I've not seen, but it's usually the first thing that is restored along with filling loose wood joints and splices and then sanding and finishing. With the goal of reaching AACA Original status, I would appreciate thoughts and comments about how to proceed with this car. Fortunately, I have a second one that I can restore for practical use, and my current goal for this one will be a mildly modified car capable of towing. However, one of my questions in proceeding with these wagons is if it's ethical to harvest some better original wood from the second car to upgrade rotted pieces on the original car.
  8. Ditto for me - I've tryed many times over the last few months to delete the "converted" section of my profile without success. I've successfully edited other info using the edit button.
  9. MMMM . . . Ain't much better that a pitcher of New Belgium Flat Tire with a few friends!
  10. Thanks David, I'll check out the Yahoo forum. I agree that the price listed is VERY optimistic. It would have to be significantly softer for me to get serious about it. In my research earlier today I did see where this was " the smallest engine ever produced by Buick", but didn't think about the possibility poor uphill performance. And title is an issue, but it should be relatively easy for the current owner to get a duplicate title in CA if everything is indeed legitimate.
  11. I already have too many projects, so normally don't go looking for more, but in my 40+ years in the BCA, it's always been a dream to get an early Buick. By chance, I checked the local Craigslist this morning and found: https://sandiego.craigslist.org/esd/cto/4979028952.html I certainly hope to look at it tomorrow, but would appreciate any feedback from anyone more knowledgable about this era/vehicle to help determine if what's there is correct, and what might appear to be missing. My references at hand are 70 Years of Buick and The Buick by Dunham & Gustin. By their limited photos, it seems this car may be reasonably original. But I wonder about correct original frame & wheel color, and if it should have a set of lights on the cowl. It's doubtful that I can seriously persue the purchase of this one at this time, but if it's a running original car, I'm more motivated to try. And if any other BCA members are interested, let me know what additional details & photos I can provide if I'm able to make arrangements to see it. Thanks,
  12. FYI, I had a 1972 International Travelall that used the same perforated hardboard and retainer bars as the Caballero wagons.
  13. This is a car I got 5 years ago and traded a couple months ago for some 53 Buick stuff. When it left, I had it apart for paint. It was a very nice 100% rust free car that had a slight side impact behind the drivers door that I had roughed out. It had no other evidence of any collision damage. I considered it ready for a little bondo and/or a few stud pulls and then new paint. Over the years I had it, I upgraded the interior with parts from junkyard cars and the parts car. I would consider the interior condition to be a good driver. It appears the new owner put it back together and I see it's currently listed on San Diego Craigslist for $3000. Here's some pictures from 3-1/2 years ago when I had it for sale: http://forums.aaca.org/members/buick-bruce/albums/reatta-pics/
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