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  1. 46 minutes ago, neil morse said:


    Hi Speedy:


    Matt Harwood's excellent 1941 Buick Buyer's Guide will answer exactly the questions you are asking.  




    As I mentioned in the prior post, sharing of knowledge here is something I very much appreciate.  In this thread alone we (some of us) learned from @neil morse about @Matt Harwood‘s 1941 Buick buyers guidelines.  

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  2. 44 minutes ago, neil morse said:


    Do you know that this car is being marketed by a scammer?  I posted a link to the FB Marketplace ad simply because I saw it and thought it might be interesting to some people on the forum.  Then someone else found the same car listed on a site that apparently some people think is "suspicious" and "not legitimate."  So now the seller has been branded as a "scammer."  I just disagree with you about this.  If anyone finds the original FB ad I posted interesting, they can contact the seller and draw their own conclusions.  As I said in my original post, it looks like an interesting car at a reasonable price, assuming it's what the seller claims it is.  I am not vouching for the seller in any way.  But if I were looking for a Century, I wouldn't hesitate to contact the seller and at least see how he came across in the interaction.

    I appreciate folks who share cars they have found in their search.  More than appreciate- *please keep doing it*!


    Not only do I enjoy seeing what others have posted in their searches, I’ve learned through discussions from those more familiar with the manufacturer, model and/or year.  I am very grateful for those who have selflessly shared knowledge and “interesting finds” with the rest of us.  Most cars I will just enjoy reading about and many who frequent the forum and shared their knowledge / insight I’ll likely never meet in person.  Connecting with others throughout the world is one of the best values this forum brings to our hobby, in my opinion.  


    Please know many of us appreciate what people are sharing! 

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  3. 2 hours ago, daniel boeve said:

    The plymouth has 4 suicide doors ....dangerous when the doors are not closing very well .I would be afraid to put my grandchildren in such car know why ...

    My kids grew up in the back seat of a 1932 Plymouth - very similar to that car.  Those doors wouldn’t scare me at all.  If this wasn’t so far away I’d be pointing a younger guy toward it.  *this*  would be a good car to get started in the hobby with, IMO!


    Front suicide doors make that car easy for ingress / egress.  I love that ‘32.  It’ll never be sold as long as I’m alive.  But perhaps it’s time to get the newly licensed into the front seat of it now.

  4. 42 minutes ago, JamesR said:

    They're big solid cars. I never really liked the way mine handled, though.

    @JamesR, thank you for the input!


    Are you speaking from a steering perspective?  If so, manual or power steering?  


    Lately I’ve been thinking about the old 56 DeSoto I drove as a kid, and am casually searching for either one of those or a ‘56 Imperial (which I’ve never driven).  I don’t know it my memory has conveniently forgotten the handling, I was just used to driving trucks (literally) or if the ‘56 DeSoto was just a better car from that perspective.  Of course it was just a cool “old” car back then.


    What about the handling do you not like?

  5. In 1939 the Saratoga, New Yorker and Imperial had red badges - the models were distinguished by interior differences such as seat and door panels and some of the badging has the model type imprinted in it.


    Royals and Royal Windsor’s had a blue badge.


    I believe the nose is the same on all of them and the badge only has a pigment difference.

  6. 3 hours ago, Matt Harwood said:

    I will echo everything Ed said. Open transport seems like a bargain until something happens that enclosed transport would have prevented. Then the few hundred bucks you saved will make you feel foolish.


    I had a client ship a '30s Chrysler convertible sedan to us in the middle of winter. OPEN. The header bow on the top, which is of course made of wood, wasn't quite as stable as everyone thought. It stayed in place at 45-50 MPH speeds that the car would drive, but on the leading edge of an open trailer hammering down the highway at 75 MPH in a snow storm, well, it cracked and gave up. The top flipped up and back, flapping in the wind all the way from the east coast to our shop in Cleveland, about 350 miles. Again, in a snowstorm. The car arrived with the top in tatters, the top frame twisted beyond recognition, and the new leather interior filled with snow, slush, water, and salt, and the car behind it damaged by the top bashing against it for 350 miles. It was very nearly a total loss, as the cost to repair it was close to its value, and the repairs to the second car required a lawsuit to sort out. All to save $300 on the shipping.


    I also had a 1957 Thunderbird show up on an open trailer and one of the fender skirts was missing. Nobody noticed until we did our usual check list on the incoming car, and even then it took three of us looking at it before anyone noticed. By then the truck was long gone and who knows when the skirt vanished? I suspect at a truck stop since there was no damage. It was just gone, removed, I assume, by a guy who owned a black '57 T-Bird and needed a right side fender skirt. Remarkably, original steel fender skirts are not cheap or easy to find and painting to match was another few hundred bucks.


    I've compiled a small group of photos demonstrating how NOT to ship cars, maybe I'll share them someday when I know the people involved won't be angry at me for calling them morons.



    @Matt Harwood

    Even if not the photos themselves, I think shipping guidelines based on your experiences would benefit the lot of us.  I’ve shipped twice, east to west in enclosed transport.  My experience was positive.  It was expensive.

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  7. On 4/13/2020 at 6:06 PM, Brooklyn Beer said:

    Looked at a couple Imperials and one person had done the entire gauge surround and glovebox in burled stainless.

    I’ve seen several that had dash surround and glove box door painted and looked approximately period correct.  This has me  wondering if that was at all an option in 1939.  Perhaps the plastic just deteriorated so fast in certain conditions that some cars were painted just a few years after new. 


    @Brooklyn Beer hopefully you can find a transporter and enjoy your new purchase as the weather is turning nicer!

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  8. 16 hours ago, bryankazmer said:

    I've had a 56 DeSoto with power steering and a 57 Olds without.  I preferred the feel of the manual steering, especially because Mopars of this era are very overboosted.  No road feel at all.  With manual steering you need to be rolling to park, but how many tight parallel parking spots do you really use with such a car these days?

    There was an all-vinyl interior on the Firedome at least, but it didn't look like this car's.

    I agree, with manual steering it was only slow speed parking spot negotiating that was a bit of a work out, otherwise a very nice driver.  I never drove one with power steering for comparison.


    If memory serves the Fireflite was similar to what @neil morse has pictured 

  9. 4 hours ago, Pilgrim65 said:

    Attractive car 

    are desotos worth more than Buick’s as been looking at 57 super listed on here , much cheaper and now just looked at 57 olds on here too , nice car and less than desoto too , so totally confused .

    greenhorn so good to know 

    I have a particular fondness for ‘56 DeSotos.  This appears to be in good shape from the photos and purported to have just over 20k miles on it.  I will defer to someone with more expertise to comment as to that originality of the interior (seats, for example) and note that several posted pictures are actually photographs of a computer screen.


    Attractive colors, low mileage (from restoration?) and a fun car to drive ...though a challenge at slow speeds (e.g. parking) without power steering.  Price seems on the high side to me, but condition *appears* to be on the high side as well.

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  10. Seattle Craigslist (Not Mine)

    1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe - $5000(Newport Hills)

    1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe For Sale

    Purchased from a classic car museum in Ohio for a father / son resto project. Runs, drives and turns lots of heads. Fun stuff.

    If you are looking for something fun to play with while stuck at home during COVID-19 shoot me a message. And if you want to come check out the car, I promise to stay 6-feet away.

    Happy to provide more photos if wanted. We just pulled it out of winter storage (April 5th).







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  11. 1951 Nash Statesman Super Model 5149 Two Door Sedan LOVE STORY - $5750(Kirkland)

    (Not mine) 



    If you enjoyed the ridiculous ad about that 1995 Pontiac grand am (ref., you might enjoy this one I ran across on Craigslist.  It *begins*, “So where do I start? For what it’s worth, this is not so much an ad to sell a cool 1951 Nash Statesman Super Model 5149 Two Door Sedan, as it is a love story, with a bitter ending. A love story for car nuts, like you and I. 

    Before I begin, please be aware that this story, as all good car stories do involves sex, money, alcohol, questionable judgment and of course a sweet ride. 

    Now everyone knows that a really good story, even a car related one should have some interesting characters in it, mainly a striking young man, a beautiful sexy object of desire, and a hero, or someone who saves the day. 

    However in this (cheaply written) short story, our young man, let’s call him Mark (as that’s his real name) is neither striking or young for that matter and our object of desire is of course not a sexy woman but a Nash Statesman Super. 

  sure to read the keywords at the bottom, like “Never let your friend write your car ad


  12. Beautiful car!  One of the better looking cars of the ‘50’s, in my opinion.


    I was just thinking the other day about the ‘54 Skylark convertible owner in the local car club who made an ignition key for my first car (it came with none... but I was 9, so was in my budget).

  13. 1 hour ago, Brooklyn Beer said:

    with no manual here as of yet, how was the overdrive enabled ?

    Here’s a link to an electronic copy of the owners manual and an imagine is attached:


    While it’s the imperial site, the manuals cover your car, so you might be very interested in the following 1939 literature page that has much of what was available:


    BTW:  shop manuals for 1939 were a supplement to 1938, so you probably want both, if you carry it with you in the car.


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  14. 5 hours ago, daniel boeve said:

    Congratulations ! i hope you will have a good car and you will be happy with your buy .I looked at the pictures and i see the wheel in the trunk that a normal position for the wheel .Maybe its because there is no humpback trunk , i don't like the humpback trunk models if i may say so .

    See the spare tire clamp in this attached picture.    It’s easier to see as a light colored cover has been added over the spare.  The dented air cleaner housing needs fixed, though. 




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