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  1. - Buick published a 6-page pamphlet that came out for 1951 thru 1953 Buicks. Towing with a 1949 Buick should be similar. - I am sending you a PM with my e-mail address if you are interested in receiving a copy of this with Buick's suggestions addressing hitch design, overload springs, tires, trailer brakes, etc. Thanks. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  2. No, it's TURQUOISE. If you're interested in looking at 1955-1957 Nomads, station wagons and sedan deliveries, check out this one hour video on this year's Minnesota Street Rod Association's BACK TO THE FIFTIES WEEKEND car show. How high can you count? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRXp2wDCmKg I spent a few hours walking the show and you will not find a larger show (10,630 announced registrations this year) for 1964 and older cars with one exception: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Mustangs allowed. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  3. - It sounds like you haven't received your 2020/2021 BCA Membership Directory & Handbook in the mail yet. - The 1954 Skylark list under MEMBER CARS BY YEAR/MODEL in that Directory is not inclusive of known 1954 Skylarks still out there plus a same Skylark might be listed as being owned by two different-named current, non-current or deceased members. - Not all 1953-1954 Buick Skylark owners belong to the Buick Club of America or the '53-'54 BUICK SKYLARK CLUB. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  4. - Correcto mundo on "1" = a White convertible top according to Sean's similar post: https://forums.aaca.org/topic/317062-1962-buick-special-convertible-acc-codes-and-v8-questions/ - Your best bet would be to send Sean a Private Message for an explanation on your Accessory code A6. It might be related to the type of transmission you have since code A7 = a four-speed manual transmission. What do you have for a transmission? Thanks. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  5. A few more tips to check out a car that is complicated to restore: 1. If you’re fussy about originality and authenticity, bring a 1953 Skylark owner with you that has worked on his own car and knows 1953 Skylarks. If not, it might be okay to bring a Chevy, Ford or Mopar guy with you since a few of the tips below would not apply. 2. Spend at least a couple hours checking out the car, talking to the current owner while checking out the topside (doors-hood-fender fit and gaps and workmanship), taking it for a test drive and reviewing restoration receipts plus additional time with the ’Lark in the air and hood up at a knowledgeable auto repair shop checking out the underside to get a look-see understanding of what the current owner’s definition of a “restoration” is. Are there receipts for engine and transmission rebuilds? If not, get the shop to check engine compression and transmission read-outs at the least. 3. History: how long ago, who did the restoration work and why has it been sitting in a museum for seven years? 4. If an old Buick starts, you're on your way — but will it stop? Troublesome system #1: first-year power brake system. OEM or replaced hydraulic soft and hard brake lines, OEM or replaced power brake cylinder, working check valve or added backup electric vacuum pump, wheel cylinders, etc.? 5. Troublesome system #2: the Hydro-Lectric power system that operates the 4 side windows, the two-way tilt-away front seat and the convertible top. Lot of items to go haywire including 7 window switches, 7 hydraulic cylinders, convertible top control switch, convertible top/rear quarter-windows’ control solenoid valves, rubber hoses and hard hydraulic lines. 6. Hard to find parts: non-pitted, not cracked front upper grille bar (mustache), one-year Skylark-only fender-mounted electric radio antenna with toggle switch. 7. Fussy substitutions #1: were the OEM trim, convertible top and paint color codes now on the car available as standard color choices back in 1953? 8. More substitutions: do the engine and transmission numbers and codes indicate 1953 vintage or have they been replaced with late units? 9. Wheels and tires: OEM 6 1/2" wide wire wheels with bias-ply tires running inner tubes? 10. Non-matching numbers: different states used either the Car Serial Number or the Engine Serial Number for titling a car — two different numbers. If it's titled using the C.S.N., can the owner prove that what's on the title card matches what’s stamped on the frame and the driver’s door metal tag, or if the Skylark was titled using the E.S.N. that is stamped on the engine in two different places, can he prove that those match? Do both numbers fall within the known production month ranges? Good restoration documentation/records should have pictures of these numbers. Good luck. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  6. When I used my Dremel tool with a cutoff wheel to splice the filter in half is when I destroyed the INLET and OUTLET covers, not the paper gasket. You should be good to go with dipping it in Evapo-Rust and pressure washing the assembly from the OUTLET side. I've added more pictures for comparison — the top-right one before the filter element was scraped-clean and dipped in Evapo-Rust. Thanks. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  7. I agree it's the only way to go — both the original or an over-the-counter one requires maintenance. Two flared nut wrenches are all you need to remove it after the air cleaner is taken off. I wouldn't worry about using the more-convenient style later filter either. That porous bronze micro-beaded filter element was first used on 1942 Buicks and WWII military amphibious, air and ground-transportation vehicles. You're talking millions of applications and miles; more durable than paper filters. Here's a pic of the front half of my destroyed 1953 filter after I sliced the crimped assembly apart; it was then dipped in Evapo-Rust. Worthy to note is that this early disc-style filter used a paper gasket (remnants show around the edges) whereas the later take-it-apart style used a rubber gasket. Good luck. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  8. Buick published a Master Chassis Parts Book (Groups 1-9) and a separate Master Body Parts Book (Groups 10-15) on loose leaf 3-hole paper for their dealerships. Each book typically covered a range of several years and each book contains 600-700 pages. I have never seen a book published for one specific year. Original books in loose-leaf form and bounded repops show up on eBay covering various eras. For straight eight owners I would suggest getting a set that covers through 1953 — for early V-8 engine owners I would suggest getting a set that covers through 1956. Thanks.
  9. I disagree with what you're saying unless you can post some Buick documentation here. The OP's lower number plate and surrounding areas show the OEM Shell Grey paint with splashes from the undercoating job. There was a good reason why the factory painted Body by Fisher Number Plates and their fasteners in 1953.
  10. That air intake hose setup is bogus for a 1950 Buick for numerous reasons. In addition to you saying it has large gaps and the pic doesn't show a clamp, the length is about twice as long as it should be and both ends should not overlap both circumferences. Joseph P. Indusi says it correctly: one end of the hose fits over and the other is tucked inside. Look in a Buick Master Parts Book under Group 9.787 that shows only two hose clamps are used on a 1950 Buick installation: one hose clamp for the air intake hose to the RIGHT air tube and one hose clamp for the air intake hose to the LEFT air tube. Anyone care to disagree with the Master Parts Book? Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  11. In addition to all the decoding info that can be found on Hometown Buick's website, consider these: - Your Car Serial Number that consists of the assembly plant prefix "1" for Flint-Michigan + the sequential number of 7I28564 is an August-1953 production build-date number. - The last digit (4) in this sequential number does not designate that this number was assigned to a Buick 40-series Model. Has the OEM Shell Grey bottom color been sprayed over with a cream-colored paint or did the OEM oil-based lacquer yellow-out that much in 68+ years? The two-tone Body by Fisher Number Plate, the lack of paint on the door-jamb's C.S.N. metal tag plus the shiny screws makes me question it. Thanks. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  12. Thanks again for taking the time finding and taking pictures of the stamped Car Serial Number located on the topside of the frame rail near the rear of the passenger's side of the frame. There might be a second "hidden" location somewhere else on this frame to keep honest people honest. Not stamping the first digit "6" (designating a Buick 60-series) on the frame rails makes sense since 1955 Buick 40-60 Series Models used the same basic frame. Here's my best guess of the eight characters. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  13. All the information on a 1953 Buick OEM Moraine fuel filter is pictured and described on PAGE 84 in a 1952 Buick Shop Manual. The 1953 filter is the early style (you can't take it apart) that had a drain plug at the bottom and required disconnecting the filter from the carburetor and fuel supply line and backflushing the debris for a thorough cleaning. You might want to soak it in a container of Evapo-Rust or similar overnight. The preferred later "take-it-apart" style came out in 1956 that had a center bolt that held the front/bronze micro-beaded filter screen/rubber gasket/back together. Moraine supplied several marques with this filter and both styles pop up on eBay often with different part numbers. GOOGLE "Moraine fuel filter" or do a "SEARCH' on this forum for more pictures and info. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  14. Kudos for putting this great video together. This video shows what Buick failed to show 1953-1956 Buick owners (and mechanics) with power brakes in their Shop Manuals. The routing of the vacuum and hydraulic lines to the Power Brake Cylinder and the four wheels are very similar for the four years; the vacuum reserve tank was added in 1955. Any chance of posting a picture(s) showing where the Car Serial Number is stamped on the topside of your frame rails? Thanks again. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  15. Here's the best advice I can give you. You might want to thank me for the rest of your life — maybe not. The novelty of driving an old car these days as a daily driver plus keeping it maintained and/or finding a knowledgeable mechanic to keep it running won't take long to wear out. Consider these two items from a 1953 Buick Salesman's Facts Book: (1) on the heels of power steering introduced in 1952, (2) Buick power brakes are here to take over the final major driving effort — and the most frequently needed one. You don't say whether the Buick has power steering that was available only as an option for the first time on any 1953 SPECIAL 40-Series models plus the fact that it doesn't have power brakes unless they were added after the car rolled off the assembly line. Buick's first-year power brakes in 1953 were not offered on the 1953 40 or 50 series models plus Buick had numerous brake problems then and 60+ years later, they are still difficult to maintain. There's a local club member who owns a 1953 Buick SUPER V-8 56R two-door hardtop without power steering and power brakes and he and his wife don't enjoy driving or parallel parking it whenever they take it out for a cruise. Add to that, his wife doesn't like not having an FM radio. Good luck on your decision. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  16. Pictures of both your 76S and 76C rear bumper areas will clarify your confusing comments. Thanks. The metal deflector in your posted picture is upside down.
  17. IMO, IF the Iowa feds didn't visually verify to see if your frame rails were stamped with the same number as what's on your Car Serial Number metal tag . . . 14819100 . . . they didn't do their job and you were given a free get-out-of-jail pass. If they only checked their "super secret files" for number 14819100 and didn't find it . . . a 1948 Flint-Michigan build number attached to a car with a Linden-New Jersey Body by Fisher Number Plate . . . that doesn't prove anything in my books. Who's to say that a previous owner of your Buick didn't own a roached-out 1948 convertible and somehow came up with a better "stolen or wanted status" 1948 convertible and swapped out Car Serial Number tags? Do you know if the C.S.N. stamped in your frame rails match your C.S.N. metal tag? Thanks. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  18. ● My answer to what’s wrong with the picture puzzle above is NINE items. In addition to 71GS’s catch of the four hubcap emblems not being clocked correctly, add five more for the incorrect orientation of the two-eared hubcaps not being clocked with the tire’s valve stem holes in the wire wheels. The ears should be pointing to the 9:00 and 3:00 positions when the white segment of the red/white/blue emblem is on top and the tire’s valve stem is at the 12:00 position — same location as on a 1953 Buick V-8 wheel cover. Buick engineers got it right in 1953 a la Henry Ford’s idea. (Let’s hear it now from all the 1954-1955 whiners!) Pics from the internet . . . MORE CORRECTIONS/CLARIFICATIONS TO INFO ALREADY POSTED ABOVE ● It’s not a “best to run tubes over trying to seal them” choice. The OEM 40-spoke 1953 KELSEY-HAYES (K-H) 6.5”-wide and the 1954 6.0”-wide Buick Skylark wire wheels were designed and built to run a bias-ply tire with an inner tube before Buick started providing tubeless tires as standard equipment on 1955 Buicks; they do not have the safety beads. 1955 Buick buyers who purchased the factory wire wheel option received inner tubes with their wire wheels. Running bias tires without inner tubes or radial tires with or without inner tubes on original 1953-1954 Buick K-H wire wheels, sealed or not, is asking for nothing but problems. Check with your auto insurance agent. ● Both the 1953 and 1954 Buick Skylarks were provided with the 2”-diameter gold-plated and then tri-color painted hubcap emblems that had SKYLARK stamped in them. The SKYLARK letters were painted black. All other selected 1954-1955 Buick models received the plain (no SKYLARK lettering) emblem when buyers purchased the optional set of five wire wheels and five hubcaps. ● In the picture of the black Riviera in a post above, if those wire wheels are repops, they would be 40-spoke 6”-wide WHEEL VINTIQUES (WV) wire wheels. WV does not make a 6.5" 40-spoke Skylark style wire wheel. In the picture of the red Riviera in a post above, the wire wheel shown appears to be a 56-spoke TRUESPOKE (TS) wire wheel. TS does not make a 40-spoke Buick Skylark style wire wheel — only 50 or 56 spokes. They advertise rebuilding K-H wheels only. ● Buick suggested checking for radial and lateral run-out before a different tire is mounted on the wire wheel. ● The stronger polished stainless steel spokes and nipples are preferred over the OEM K-H carbon-steel chrome-plated spokes. ● The two obvious differences that can be detected when comparing a WV wire wheel with a K-H wire wheel with mounted tires on both of them are: the .453"-diameter tire’s valve stem hole on the WV wheel is smaller in diameter than the .625"-diameter hole in the K-H wheel and you can see and feel the stamped indentations for the safety beads on the WV's exterior rim flats (like below the valve stem hole). Once you remove the tires, you should be able to measure and spot numerous other visual differences between the two wheels including the rim profiles (J and L style) and the 3/8” shorter flange-to-flange dimension on the WV wire wheel height. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 “500 Miles West of Flint”
  19. The first digit "1" on the C.S.N. tag (top) = built in Flint, Michigan . . . the "L" on the Body by Fisher Number Plate (lower) = built in Linden, New Jersey I can see why the Iowa feds might have questions . . . (1) Anytime I see paint removed from either the Car Serial Number (C.S.N.) metal tag, the Body by Fisher Number Plate or any of the fasteners (rivets or screws), that raises a red flag in my mind and tells me to keep digging for more possible tampering/switching of number plates and tags. (2) Can you explain why the two different shades of green and no paint on the metal tag? The crease in the Number Plate by the right rivet is not OEM. (3) The slotted screw on the right in your C.S.N. tag picture has a rounded top . . . it most likely should be a flat-topped single-slotted pan head screw like Stripgear's two screws pictured in his post above and the picture below of a 1949 C.S.N. tag. BA on the BBFNP = built in Atlanta, Georgia . . . the first digit "6" on the C.S.N. tag = built in Atlanta, Georgia (4) The first digit of your C.S.N. is a "1" that indicates that your Buick was built in Flint-Michigan. The "L" on your Body by Fisher Number Plate's BODY N° line = a Buick built in the Linden-New Jersey assembly plant. In some (or all?) cases, convertible bodies were built by Fisher Body in Flint-Michigan and some bodies only were shipped to other assembly plants closer to a dealer/buyer for final assembly. If that was the case, instead of a "L" for Linden there would have been a "G" assembly plant code for Flint-Michigan on the Number Plate's BODY N° line along with a numeral "3" (3 = the code for the Linden-New Jersey assembly plant in a C.S.N.) stamped usually in the upper or lower left corner on the Number Plate. This might be a questionable item. You might be talking to the wrong person behind the Iowa MVD desk. The State should be telling you what the problem is in writing backed-up with copies from all their reference books that they should have access to after it's inspected. Good luck. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  20. Is this supposed to be a "what is wrong with this picture" puzzle? Anybody willing to let everyone know what they think is the correct answer vs. what I'm thinking? Nice find but 1953-1954 Buick Skylark owners nowadays find that running the required inner tubes with these wheels are a PITA. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  21. ASSEMBLY PLANT ● The K in the BK code = Buicks built in the state of Kansas — not in the state of Missouri. ● Your 1958 Buick was not built in Kansas City, Missouri as the hometownbuick.com website says it was. That website also shows incorrectly that 1950-1959 Buicks with the assembly plant code BK were also built in Kansas City, Missouri. ● In the 1950s, there was a Leeds Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Missouri assembling Chevrolets and Fisher car bodies and ten miles to the northwest there was the original GM Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas assembling BOPs. ● I tried giving you a clue with the F for the Fairfax assembly plant and at the same time adding to your confusion when I purposely mentioned the incorrect BF code. ACCESSORIES ● According to the hometownbuick.com website, Buick listed options in 1958 by a letter and sometimes with an added numeral-suffix. https://www.hometownbuick.com/1958-buick/1958-buick-options-accessories/ ● It is not unusual to see the factory-installed equipment codes or upgrades from standard items on other than the ACC line on Body by Fisher Number Plates. Your 1-4 listed codes are somewhat confusing when comparing those numbers with the info that is on that website, though it should be obvious that options 1-4 are two different options: 1 and 4 — not four options: 1, 2, 3 and 4. ● More confusion: according to that website, option A1 is listed as the Variable Pitch transmission as the standard transmission at no charge for the 1958 Limited 750 model . . . and option A2 is listed as the Flight Pitch transmission for an additional $75 for the 1958 Limited 750 model. Based on other Buick literature, the Flight Pitch transmission was standard equipment on your 1958 Limited 750. ● Option D4 = a Wonderbar radio with manual antenna and a rear seat speaker. It would be informative for all to know what you have for a transmission and a radio that would either agree or disagree with my understanding. Thanks. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 “500 Miles West of Flint”
  22. Welcome to the world of confusing information on this AACA/Buick forum, the hometownbuick.com website and in the BUICK BUGLE. I know you were asking to clarify your PAINT code on the Body by Fisher Number Plate that was answered correctly in the post by Smartin above, but after visiting the hometownbuick.com website, what did you come away with for an understanding of the BF on the Body N° line and the 1-4 in the lower right-hand corner of the plate? I'll sit back and wait for your response. Thanks. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  23. Close. The facts book says that the rear seat back and bottom of cushion and deck platform in a 1956 Buick Special Model 49 E.W. are vinyl-covered rubber, whereas the floor and platform in a 1956 Buick Century Model 69 E.W. have full carpeting.
  24. If you're not concerned about speling accuracy, consider narrowing the width of a 1953 50-70 series upper grille bar (mustache) to fit your 40-series Special. The grille on the 40-series Special is narrower by two teeth or 4 1/4" in width than the Super 50-series and Roadmaster 70-series grilles. These pictures were made possible courtesy of the United Parcel Service company. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
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