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About DaveCorbin

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  1. Dear Joe: I think the first digit of the engine number is probably a 9 for a 90 series car, not a 1. The balance of the number 4,162,913 is an engine built in Nov. 1940 around week 2. This clearly is the original engine and matches well with the body #11 at the end of Nov. 1940. It would appear that the frame number (which is assigned at the very first step of Buick's paperwork) was assigned in a large group of frame numbers assigned to 90 series cars and then built right away, ahead of where you would expect if things were done normally. It's also something that someone with "PULL" could get
  2. Let me quantify "not many". In 1963, the total Wildcat 4 speed production was 30. There were also 30 Wildcats with 425's. The overlap of these two groups is beleived to be only 2 or 3 cars. There is in existence a beautiful black 4 door hardtop 425 4speed with all the toys. There's also a 425 4speed convertible being restored now. Regards, Dave Corbin
  3. Let me see if I can add to Brians's observations, all of which are correct. Buick made the 11th 90L right at the end of October 1940, and by the end of the month had produced a total of 14, of which 2 were LHD export cars. There was 1 RHD cowl job for export in November and 1 domestic cowl job in September, 1 in December and 1 in Jan.1941. This accounts for all the 900 series Buicks produced in 1941 (3 domestic + 1 export). What we can't be absolutely sure of is when body 11 was produced, because things could get out of sequence especially at Flint for reasons we no longer know. The frame numb
  4. Dear JC: The RE engines were made just after WW2. Buick could make more engines than they could get sheet metal for bodies. They also knew that many Buicks got driven into the ground as part of the war effort, so they came up with the "Replacement Engine " program. The engines were stamped RE - _________ . The dealer was supposed to stamp the number from the original engine in the spaces, but few did. Regards, Dave Corbin
  5. Dear John: 1938 Specials with the self-shifter transmission have a 47/13 set of gears (3.615-1) as standard. However, since there are so few self-shifters left, it would make hen's teeth look easy. Regards, Dave Corbin
  6. Dear 151: Buicks are indeed solidly built! Buick assigned frame numbers in blocks up until 1932, so it's possible to know the year and model from the frame number alone. Regards, Dave Corbin
  7. 1925 model 45 touring car. Regards, Dave Corbin
  8. Dear Mike: For the rest of you, see Mike's request at post #149. Mke is asking me about what I refer to as "The rule from God." What it is in reltion to a Buick's engine color is simple. If you look at the engine outside, anything that's attached by a bolt that goes thru a GASKET joint will be engine color, since it has to be there to test run the engine. RULE: For many years, it was a discharge offense for anyone at an assembly plant to move or remove a bolt that had been signed off on at the engine plant by the engine tester. (Engine were Flint only and shipped to the assembly plant.) This
  9. Dear Daryll: Here's the production info you asked about. Buick built 529 Model 51C's for USA use and 5 for export. Production for the model year started in July 1939, but there weren't any 51C's built until Feb. 1940, when 17 were made. 56C's had 4784 built plus 40 for export. This information is taken directly from Buick monthly reports of fiinished cars, of which I have copies. Regards, Dave Corbin
  10. For all: Add to the list of people who built custom bodies for Buicks during the 1930's the name Bronkhorst in the Netherlands. They built 5 1933 Buicks with custom bodies on a series 90 chassis for a major funeral home in that country. One of those was at last year's National BCA meet. Big as a small house! Regards, Dave Corbin
  11. Dear Dave: You are correct that the 1940 Townmaster car is in wonderful condition. It was purchased about 30 years ago by a BCA member and restored. So far as I know, he still owns the car. Since he is a low-key very private type guy and a friend, I won't use his name. Regards, Dave Corbin
  12. Dear Eduardo: I checked the engine number of 2,830,538 that you give. It is indeed for a 1933 Buick, probably built in about February or March of 1933. If the car came from the United States, some states used the engine number for what we call today the VIN (vehicle identification number) and it may appear on the paperwork you have. There are some other numbers that are useful and give information about the car, One of these is called the "Frame Number". It's found on a small metal plate about 2 cm wide and 10 cm long, attached to the car frame. It will have a 7 digit number on it, probably be
  13. Dear Doug: In response to your list, here is what was in the Buick factory numbers: (all by engine number) 1485463 1926 model 47 630796 1920 K44 1023423 1923 model 39 362174 1918 E44 468623 1918 E45 570945 1920 K45 195580 1916 D45 984409 1923 model 55 933916 1923 model 45 171325 1916 D45 373470 1918 E35 469629 1918 E45 or E49 883822 1922 model 46 I hope this answers your questions about these early Buick titles. I got the model numbers from using the frame numbers you gave. In all cases, the frame numbers would have had the engine number you gave as the original engine. Regards, Dave Corbin
  14. Dear Nick: BTW, my everyday driver during some of that time was a 1966 Toronado which I bought new and still own. It will be at the Corbin's house 43 years this coming Sept. 17th. Regards, Dave Corbin
  15. Dear Margaret: I was director at Chicagoland chapter of the BCA from 1983 thru 1986, a member there from 1978 to 1996. I knew both your dad and your uncle and they're well remembered here. I lived in Glen Ellyn and we met over at the GM center in Hinsdale at that time. No pics, just good memories. Regards, Dave Corbin. BCA2756
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