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  1. One month later and you have a second shot at buying it for $92K. https://www.ebay.com/itm/223709618466?_trksid=p11021.c100851.m5053&_trkparms=aid%3D1110001%26algo%3DSPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20170803121420%26meid%3D6537bcc1f0ef4cdf920bab145d0d6313%26pid%3D100851%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26b%3D1%26sd%3D362783327832%26itm%3D223709618466%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D11021&ul_noapp=true Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  2. ♦ The parking brake lever assembly under the instrument panel is the same for all 1953 Buick Super 50-series and Roadmaster 70-series models. ♦ The parking brake cable length is the same for all 1953 Buicks EXCEPT for the 4"-longer (125.5"-wheelbase) Super 52 and Roadmaster 72R four-door sedans. ♦ The rear brake cable length is the same for all 1953 Buick Super 50-series and Roadmaster 70-series models. ♦ There are numerous earlier 121.5"-long wheelbase Buicks that use the same parking brake lever assemblies and cables. Let me know if you need additional interchange year/model info. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  3. First year for Buick's alligator-style opening hood. All ±487,000 1953 Buick Specials, Supers and Roadmasters used the same hood springs: Group 8.013, Part #1161630. They are not listed as Interchangeable with any other year or marque. Why re-invent the wheel? Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  4. 1953 Buicks used screws for both the Body by Fisher Number Plate (located on top of the cowl, passenger side of the engine compartment) and the Car Serial Number tag that was located on either the driver's door latch-jamb or forward of the stainless steel door-sill trim near the A-pillar. 1954 Buick's used rivets on both items. (EDIT: The 1954 Buick Body by Fisher Number Plate remained on top of the cowl similar to the 1953 but the Car Serial Number tag was relocated to the A-pillar below the driver's-door top hinge.) Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  5. The results of the RM/Sotheby’s Fall Auction in Auburn, Indiana, reported that the subject 1954 Skylark sold for $67,100 “inclusive of applicable buyer’s fees.” FWIW. A repaint and a correct standard Trim package would easily put the total cost in the six-figure bracket. A $100 reproduction Body by Fisher Number Plate with correct TRIM and PAINT code numbers would not devalue any Skylark. There are weirdo stories out there where you read about owners painting their cars to match their wife’s underwear or the color of her favorite dress. This not-even-close to a Casino Beige Skylark, painted a peachy-tan, might be one of those cars. 1954 SKYLARK PAINT COLORS ♦ In the early 1990’s, the ’53-’54 BUICK SKYLARK CLUB published a list of 83 1954 Skylark owner’s names of which 71 (8% of all 1954 Buick Skylarks built) reported their exterior paint color. Out of the standard 19 color choices 1954 Skylark customers had to choose from, 15 colors were represented on the list. Starting with the most common, here were the results: 13 Arctic White 12 Malibu Blue + 2 reported as only “Blue” 11 Carlsbad Black 9 Lido Green + 1 reported as “light Green” and 2 as “Green” 5 Titian Red + 1 reported as “Maroon” 4 Condor Yellow 3 Gulf Turquoise (not available until March) 1 each: Gull Grey (see fourth post above this one), Jordan Grey, Tunis Blue, Cavalier Blue, Ranier Blue, Baffin Green, Willow Green, Matador Red 0 Casino Beige, Marlin Blue*, Ocean Mist Green*, Aztec Green* (* = discontinued in March) ♦ imotors’ Malibu Blue Skylark was not included in the above list. ♦ The 1954 GM Motorama's 1954 Skylark (#1 built ?) and the last 1954 Skylark built (#836), both painted Condor Yellow, were not included in the above list. ♦ IMO, If you multiply the above quantities by 12, that just might be a close representation to what the actual Skylark production-run colors and quantities were for all 836 Skylarks . . . at least for the top six most common colors. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 “500 Miles West of Flint”
  6. A Master Parts Book says that one #10-32 x 7/16" round slotted-head bolt holds each of the two map lights to the instrument panel's control plate. A light and a mirror reflecting what's behind the instrument panel should give you a better idea where this plate and bolt is. Good luck. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  7. The auction docket for this Skylark never mentions that the 'Lark is painted Casino Beige. IMO, the pictures do not show a true representation of Casino Beige paint on this non-original repainted Skylark. The incorrect matching instrument panel and steering wheel along with the questionable upholstery colors don’t help with the style points either. The color appears to have more of a peachy-tan look although it could be due to camera/lighting/copying/computer issues. 1954 Buick Casino Beige was one of the least common of the 19 standard paint choices that were available on a 1954 Buick Skylark at one time or another during the 1954 production run. There could have been a good reason why: only four standard interior upholstery-color choices were available for 1954 Skylark customers . . . all Red, light/dark Green, light/dark Blue and Cream/Black. An all-Red would have been the no-brainer logical choice. Not everyone likes Red. A more subtle look with the correct Casino Beige paint formula could be achieved with an all-Red TRIM #65 interior, Black convertible top and Black brake drums and inner wheel-well panels. Check out another Casino Beige repaint job toward the bottom of this recent Thread that looks to be closer to the real McCoy: https://forums.aaca.org/topic/322466-2019-mason-dixon-aaca-museum-show-june-22-2019/ Al Malachowski BCA #8965 “500 Miles West of Flint”
  8. Welcome aboard. Your wagon will definitely draw the crowds more-so than the two-door coupes or four-door sedans. I saw your other Thread looking for wheel suggestions. Ran across this wagon with Michigan license plates a couple of weeks ago at the 2019 Minnesota Street Rod Association's BACK TO THE FIFTIES car show that drew an announced-11,345 registrations 1964 and older and NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUSTANGS allowed. What do you think? Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  9. FWIW. It looks like a "36" to me (for 1936?) and not "GO" . . . the font fits the era too. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  10. Not mine. Serial Number on frame looks like 1607981 and falls within the range for 1926 Buicks. https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/wsh/pts/d/forest-lake-buick-frame-with-wooden/6924498476.html Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  11. In your original post you were looking for ways to adjust your steering box. Now, you and others are thinking that front suspension components like sloppy tie rods (or king pins, king pin bushings, alignment, etc.) might be responsible for the 12" of play in the steering wheel when the tires are pointed in the straight-ahead position and the tires are not moving. Two different problems. Your 12" of play in the steering wheel equates to almost 4" of tire movement . . . hard to imagine a tie rod or any one front-suspension component could contribute that much. You also mentioned that you have adjusted boxes in the past and all it usually does is causes binding. The 1952 Buick Shop Manual describes exactly why you should not have play when the tires are pointed in the straight-ahead position and how to eliminate it. The Shop Manual also addresses what causes binding, where to look for contributing factors and how to complete the adjustments correctly. It would be interesting to know what the problem was. Good luck. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  12. Could use more information . . . ♦ How did you arrive at the 12" dimension? Did you measure along the circumference of the original 18"-diameter steering wheel that would equal just shy of a quarter turn or another way? ♦ Where are the wheels pointed when you are noticing the 12" of play: straight ahead, when the tires are at extreme right and left lock or throughout the entire travel-range from right to left lock? ♦ Does your car wander down the road or not while holding the steering wheel in the same position? ♦ Do you own a 1952 Buick Shop Manual? I never owned a 1952 Buick Special but I do have a 1952 Buick Shop Manual that should pinpoint where your problem might be. Please advise. Thanks. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  13. Send a PM to KOSAGE CHAVIS on this Buick Forum if you're still looking for a speaker knob. https://forums.aaca.org/topic/276541-1955-buick-century/
  14. 8 3/8" (8.375") is the nominal length.
  15. You might want to try these guys the next time you're shopping for tires.