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About rodney

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  1. Hi Mike, I live in the Springs. I own a '51 Roadmaster. There are a lot of shows and gatherings in the area. Pretty much every weekend once Spring roles around. Rod
  2. Hi Toolman53, I have owned my 1951 Roadmaster for six years. I live in Colorado Springs where the weather allows you to drive from mid-April through most of October. I change my oil at the start of the driving season and at the end. I use Castrol 10w50 as my engine can get a little warm and I like using an oil with a little more body. I also throw in some Marvel Mystery Oil right before I change it as I think it helps with sludge build-up. If your engine has not been rebuilt, you may want to pass on the MMO.
  3. Hey Thriller, Great suggestions, I would love to get my wife a Reatta but she actually loves the car she has. She drives a 2000 Neon that has over a 160,000 miles. It has gone where few Neons have gone before. I really am going to push for a getaway in the Roadmaster. I think it would be great fun. I have a wine festival we plan to attend in a couple weeks. The Buick it is! Can you think of a better car to attend a wine festival in? Plenty of room for beverage storage.
  4. JohnD1956 - One time I stopped to buy gas and the battery died. I keep the battery on a trickle charge and no problems since. Thanks for the picture of the Skylark but I really am partial to the Roadmaster. I think my wife misses the point. Buicks from the late 40's through early 50's were understated elegance. I've always believed that in the GM pecking order, Buick was for people who had money but really didn't need/want to show it. I kid with my wife and tell her it's a "chick magnet." I no longer take my wife to shows because she makes me give her a dollar every time an elderly gentleman comes up to tell me a story about how his father or grandfather had a car just like it. It eats into my gas money! I wiil admit though that the last time I took her to a show, she rolled on the ground because a guy came up to me and asked if I was the original owner. I'm 48. I had a minor stroke a few months ago, geez I must look worse than I thought.
  5. Hey Folks, My car was in a local Labor Day parade Monday. I took my wife of 22 years with me (possible mistake). A friend who was in front of me drove his 1941 Super convertible and I followed with my 1951 Roadmaster sedan. I thought for sure the Super would be a big hit and I thought it was neat to have such nice Buicks a decade apart. The big hit was the Camaro behind us. I don't have a problem with that as people like what they like and the Camaro was a nice car. My wife says that she feels old in the Buick and would like to have something a little more modern and sexy (i.e. Mustang). I can't afford another car and I would never get rid of the Roadmaster. I really like having my wife with me at car events. Help! Any suggestions will be appreciated. She balks at going for a ride in the country or going for ice cream because she is afraid the Buick will break down.
  6. Hi Dick, I had my radio switched on my '51 Roadmaster. I was tired of burning up vibrators (insert joke here) so I had my radio converted. I can now play FM stations as well as AM. There is even a wire for an Ipod. The only difference is that their is a tiny light that was placed on the station dial that lights up when you have found a station. It was not cheap but it was worth the peace of mind. You really cannot tell the difference because except for the inner-workings, it is still the same radio. My only complaint is that they had to change out the speaker and the original speaker (when the radio worked) sounded better. They can convert your radio even if your electrics are 6v. By the way, I also had a quartz movement placed in my clock and that was well worth it to. It's funny, I don't regret spending the money on the radio but I much prefer listening to the purr of the straight 8. Rod
  7. Hi Everyone, This Saturday my wife and I will be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary. I'm taking her to dinner in the '51 Roadmaster. I'll be stylin' and profilin' with my two favorite girls. I take Estelle (the Roadmaster) to a few local classic car gatherings during the summer. People get the biggest kick looking at the straight 8. I'm very blessed in that as a youngster, I always wanted a Roadmaster and as a bachelor, when I met my wife, I knew she was the girl for me. My Buick My Love and I Rod
  8. Hi Willy, I'm also looking for the windshield washer pump. I don't need the glass jar, just the pump and lid. Thanks, Rod
  9. Hi Willy, I'm interested in the radio knobs. Would you be willing to sell them and how much? Thanks!
  10. I'm fortunate enough to own a '51 Buick Roadmaster. It doesn't have the custom roof or rear window but it looks very much like the car pictured. I love my Roadmaster and the '51-'52 models are the bees knees. Rod
  11. I am very fortunate in that I have the Buick that I always wanted. Several years ago, I had a 1949 Chrysler New Yorker that was at the point that needed work that I could not complete. I took it to a mechanic who restored antiques and he had a 1951 Roadmaster sedan sitting in his lot. I sold the New Yorker and bought the Buick. She was originally all black (aren't they all) but is now 2-tone with a Cloudmist Gray top. I've always liked sedans and since they are generally less expensive, better for me. Merry Christmas everyone! Rod
  12. I suspected that most people who read my question probably felt the same way I do. I love my Roadmaster and had wanted one since I was a kid. The straight 8 engine is a lot of fun and is a real conversation piece. Is there a more distinctive grill than one on an early 50's Buick? The funny thing about my car is that the body is black but the roof is Cloudmist Gray (a stock color for that year) and I have had judges not notice the second color. Come to think of it though, the beauty of a Buick (in my opinion) is its understated elegance (my apologies to '58 owners). I think that I want to stop going to the local shows and just enjoy going on tours with my friends in the club I belong to. One of my friends has a late forties Buick convertible, and with my Roadmaster, we are quite the site going down the road. What I have realized is that I am very lucky to be the caretaker of a 56 year old piece of history. Going on tours and non-judged gatherings while listening to the AM radio is when I am happiest. I'll leave the competitions to the 57 Chevys and muscle cars.. P.S. Real men drive 6 volts at night! Thanks! Rod
  13. I own a 1951 Roadmaster that is in decent shape. She definitely is a driver but the paint is nice (haven't quite figured out how to get a picture posted) and she rides great. I have taken her to several car non-brand specific shows and she hasn't gotten a second look by the judges. I enjoy the car shows because I get to see some great cars outside of the club I belong to and I don't go to win a trophy (altough that would be nice). The problem is that some of the comments I hear at the shows really get me to thinking that I could better spend the entrance fees (typically $20 - $30) elswhere. Comments I have listened to: 1. "Great car but it's black and black never wins." 2. "Was this used in funerals?" 3. Overheard a judge say "Car's in great shape but it is boring." I get a little annoyed that the groupings at the show always seem to be "1950-1960". This means I am in the same category with all of the '57 Chevys and early Corvettes. Also, people enter with performance exhaust and chromed out engine components, listing their cars in the "classic" categories. I was at a show where a guy with a '49 Chrysler won in the classic category, and he had flames on the front. My wife no longer attends the shows because she thinks they are demeaning. She mentions that the only people who seem to appreciate the Roadmaster are the few who attend the shows who are in their 70's ot 80's and begin their sentences with "Back in the day . . ." Is this just a case of sour grapes or do other Buick owners have this problem? Thanks, Rod
  14. I live in Colorado Springs and I can tell you that one reason you saw so few Buicks is that there seems to be a car show in Colorado of some sort every weekend during the summer.I have to be a little careful because all the entry fees can turn into real money right quick. I have a '51 Roadmaster and my wife makes me put a nickel in a glass jar on the front seat anytime someone comes up to me and says, "My father (or grandfather) used to drive one just like that." The jar is almost full. Boy, there must have been a ton of '51 Roadmasters made! Rod
  15. Hi Carl, I sent you a pm. Let me know the specifics as I am interested. Thanks, Rod