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TG57Roadmaster

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  1. Zowie Stuart, You really know how to get us going! A great photo; I wonder if there are any company shots in Flint or Detroit. I'll do my darndest to find out, as I have to go up there soon. Are Barnet Glass Aerotypes similar to our Goodyear Balloon tyres (the spelling's for you) of the era? It's most refreshing to discover something new, and proves that at times one must go to the ends of the Earth in that quest. Thanks VERY much for sharing it with us. Tom Gibson
  2. So YOU were the one who showed David Buick how to put porcelain on cast iron bathtubs. One of life's great mysteries solved. Betcha never saw a prettier '50 Buick grille than this one, either. Tom Gibson
  3. I think all the forums are a GREAT way to express the many facets of the hobby. It's like shopping around at a swap meet; you wouldn't go to Hershey or the other large shows, stop at one or two vendors, then gripe 'cause you didn't find the widget you're looking for, would you? Shop around, spend some time, share your experience/knowledge/expertise. Of special interest personally are the challenging What Is It's?; Help me ID this car. I don't think we realize how important it is for folks, especially novices, to find out that Granny's sitting in a (fill in the year, make, model) car. At least
  4. Last but not least, here's one of the fine autos routinely found at Charlotte AutoFair. I can't recall, but it was either a Model 58 (119" WB) or 68 (128" WB), with an old repaint, and original, very presentable interior. It showed up several years ago, had fairly low mileage, and the price was around $20K. The cars are out there folks. Happy hunting! Tom Gibson
  5. Here's the color interior shot from the same brochure. TG
  6. It took awhile to realize I had these, but here's the '34 Model 41 as shown in the brochure heralding its initial release. The '35's were virtually the same, and both of these years are among my all-time favorites. The artistic license not withstanding, there's a timeless beauty in all the series that's unbeatable. Tom Gibson
  7. You folks Down Under are lucky indeed to have such beauties; the black roadster in the old ad speaks a thousand words. It's almost worth a trip to other side of the planet just to see one. What never ceases to amaze is the effusive drivel that goes hand-in-hand with "Classic Car Dealer's" attempts to foist "One-Off Custom Ownership Opportunities" on an unsuspecting public. Okay, I'm guilty (here) of a bit o' drivel, but compare the right 3/4 rear shot of the Red Car to the beauty of line on the real '34 Roadster posted above. The "Masterfully-Executed All-Steel Bodywork" doesn't even fit aroun
  8. If it had some holes in it, I'd say it was one of those deer whistle alarms to alert the hapless critters of their impending demise. They'd still probably just stand there in the middle of the road, like Bambi frozen in the brights. As to three of 'em??? Even Dagmar was well-equipped with just two, the way the Good Lord intended! Tom Gibson
  9. Greetings Buick Fans, Do you have a shot of a Buick that has been modified beyond belief? C'mon, I know you do; I wanted to use another word that starts with b & ends in d (think: illegitimate), but I didn't want to get edited out from the git-go. All it takes is a cobbled-up Caballero, a raunchy Riviera, a ludicrous LeSabre...now you're getting the hang of it. Let's start the (fire)ball rolling with this gem, found at a popular tourist trap in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. And let's hope David Dunbar Buick will stop spinning in his grave and forgive such transgressions. Have fun, Tom Gibson
  10. And finally, as the autumn leaves begin to fall, our gal, mohair sweaters and saddle shoes packed, heads back to campus. Whose heart and fraternity pin will she capture this semester? Tom Gibson
  11. What a (non) bloody relief...I didn't have that much to worry about anyway, 'cause she's not allowed to carry ANY weapons while she's still on parole. TG
  12. And with Summertime, it's a Girls on Buicks ROAD TRIP! <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Muriel, give me that map...I just KNOW we were supposed to turn right at Newark! </div></div> Tom Gibson
  13. Then comes the Spring, and Milady needs a big trunk for all her shopping. Tom Gibson
  14. Cold winter days bring on warm thoughts of tropical locales and Girls on Buicks. This from 1951. Tom Gibson
  15. Greetings, Thankfully the thread isn't called Girls Gone Buick! I can think of few Buicks more suitable for this topic than the '42-'48 large series, with their flow-thru fenders. Hope you enjoy Dave Bowman's 70K mile, 47 Roadmaster HPOF cream puff, which we call Mr. Henry. Tom Gibson
  16. Okay Diz...you got me. What on earth is a BOBITZER? I could only find references to it in German, and since I toiled for four years in high school French, je ne sais quois! How do I stave off the inevitable, when Kate attacks me (with a murderous glare) with her BOBITZER? My only hope is to cloak myself in a cloud of Chanel # 5, n'est-ce pas? That may throw her off my scent; I'd never try the subterfuge of using Evening In Paris, 'cause it's only worn by dowagers and street walkers. And I wouldn't even be able to hide in the trunk of my Dauphine! Tom Gibson
  17. Greetings, The Packard in "Rumor Has It" is a 1940 Custom Super Eight, Model 1806 Club Sedan, on a 127" WB. The 3 hash marks on this ad indicate it has Weather-Conditioner, Packard's new for 1940 A/C system. Tom Gibson
  18. Don't be dissing the Dauphine (Princess in french); my dad traded a '60 Mercury Monterey for one in about 1963. Talk about culture shock! At six-foot-six, he fondly remembered the car as one of most comfortable he ever drove. I have a '61 needing a total resto, same colors, and while this one was pricey, I can understand it selling for what it did. Happily, my younger sis' doesn't ever go on these forums, as she'd KILL me to know this photo is floating around on the web. Tom Gibson
  19. For the 1931 Salons, the new Lincoln K Chassis debuted on a 145" WB. This Willoughby-Lincoln made the rounds of the various shows, with the New York Salon held as usual at the Commodore Hotel. Note how the rear compartment seems larger, and how the door handles have migrated from the window sill to the door panel. A somewhat interesting historical note is that the Commodore was bought by Donald Trump in the early 80's, and was his first big renovation job. Glitz, glamour and loads of mirrors prevailed, a portent of things to come. Tom Gibson
  20. Greetings, I kinda think that forest/field finds should be left for posterity so others can enjoy a found treasure. Judging by the plant growth on the remains of the wood framing, and if you have to have it, do your think your wife would like it as a flower pot/planter? If she doesn't, and you drag it home anyway, you'll likely need plywood for the roof, 'cause it'll be your new, air-conditioned doghouse. As Dean Martin said, "Baby, it's <span style="font-style: italic">cold</span> outside". Tom Gibson
  21. Greetings Juha, In 1970 on a family trip to Europe, we spent 10 days visitng relatives in Finland, from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. In Kajaani, my cousin Esa Antonen was very proud, and the envy of his neighbors, with his Big American Car, a 1963 Rambler Classic. To us, it was just a little 7-year-old Rambler, but it was in good condition, with new paint and a nice original interior. There was an outhouse, and being late summer, I was wearing shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. At the time, I had a pair of Polaroid sun glasses, of which I was quite proud. Upon entering the outhouse, I put my shades
  22. Here's a grainy photo of the Lincoln-Willoughby interior from the Auto Salons in 1930. Fur coat optional. Tom Gibson
  23. Greetings, I'll cast my ballot for the 1929 Lincoln Model L (maybe '30?), for four reasons. The high door hinge on the belt molding, the locking toolbox on and height of the body sill, and don't laugh, the hubcap. Let the Lincoln experts ID the Model number, but I'd guess the Model 157 Willoughby Berline (Landau). Never mind that the 1930 7-Passenger Sedan photo here doesn't have dual sidemounts and wears the still-available artillery wheels. All Lincolns rode on a 136" WB, so you were right to surmise it was a luxury car. The production was 5 (five) each for Model 157, 1929 & Model 187, 1
  24. The Chrysler Building in 1986 taken from the roof of the U.N. Secretariat Building, looking west. The brown box in foreground is the Ford Foundation HQ, and 42nd Street is on left. There are better pix of the Chrysler, but from that perpective, it was the center of Manhattan. That's some big ol' Chrysler! Tom Gibson
  25. Longest Chrysler production car? The Chrysler-built '56 Crown Imperial Limousine, on a lengthy 149.5" WB, LOA 242.5". They continued those dimensions thru the Ghia-built '57-'63's (though none for '62), but I don't have data on the '64 & '65; will edit this when I find it. As for Cadillacs, the '76 Fleetwood Limo and Sedan rode on a heroic 151.5" WB, with LOA 252.7". Big American Cars! Tom Gibson
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