39BuickEight

1939 Buick Special restoration

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some updates for the past couple of months:

We have been continuing to fit panels and doors, making sure our repairs are good. Painted the interior. Everything fits pretty darn well so far. I have been able to sell a few extra parts so far since I have duplicates of almost everything, so that is helping recoup the cost of the parts car.

The next projects are massaging the rear so the truck lid fits better, and taking out the headliner on the parts car so we can cut out the metal above the visors and patch that. That should finish the welding as far as we can tell.

 

 

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The more the parts car looses the better the restoration looks. Keep up the good work. She's coming along nicely. You have to feel pretty good about getting this close.

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Hi, I am looking for the complete tranny for my friend's 1939 Buick Special series 40, do you have spare one can sale us? or have any source ? We are in Taiwan, we are doing same restoration as you done, hope can get your help! Regards Kevin Lo

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No, I don't have any leads on a transmission. My extra one was in the badly wrecked car and I wouldn't trust it. They show up on eBay from time to time.

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Many thanks for your reply! I will keep looking for it on eBay. by the way, I am also looking for the control rod as per attached photo...do you have any spare?

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beetlehouse1528 Welcome to the forum

You would be better to start a new thread here http://forums.aaca.org/f165/ and here http://forums.aaca.org/f117/

Hi, I am looking for the complete tranny for my friend's 1939 Buick Special series 40, do you have spare one can sale us? or have any source? We are in Taiwan, we are doing same restoration as you done, hope can get your help! Regards Kevin Lo

1939 series 40 are 1 year only transmission with many 1 year only parts. Some parts are common with other years. 1939 transmission's have a poor reputation. A used car dealer of the 1960's has told he scrapped many '39's due to transmission/gearbox problems

Do you really want a complete 1939 series 40 transmission or just parts? A forum member has built a transmission from 1939 and later parts for his 1939 series 40. 1940 and later have better parts availability.

Dave Tachney parts out pre war Buick's. But any used transmission will/may need (expensive) work. Any '39 owner is best to keep transmission spares and not sell (I and others do)

'39 Buick team And we like photos

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Many thanks for your reply and info! yes, if possible we would like to buy a complete transmission! if it is not easy to get one ... we will try to find parts to rebuild it!

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Many thanks for your reply and info! yes, if possible we would like to buy a complete transmission! if it is not easy to get one ... we will try to find parts to rebuild it!
Any ~75 year old transmission you buy may be in no better condition than the one you have now.

What is wrong with it ?

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thanks again your reply! the most important missing parts of this transmission is the " selector lever device" as attached photo, by the way, I just started a new thread to ask help...

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Continuing to work on mocking up the interior, coming along beautifully. Installed the new gauge glass, and also found the old speaker grille actually shined better than the one in the parts car. Shopping for some better interior window handles. A few are baked to death and the parts car didn't have them.

 

 

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G'day Billy,

Interesting radio delete. What's going on there ?? Are you going to put the Sonomatic radio in ???

The instruments looks good. I haven't decided which glass type I'll go with yet. From memory, the glasses I got came as a set. Instrument glass, Radio glass and Clock glass.

Danny

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My car had an old Motorola radio in it. Very doubtful it works. The parts car just had a radio delete plate, so we're using that until I decide what to do with it.

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before and after on the steering wheel:

before is was all cracked so they covered it with one of these:

 

now 59aacc8eb5535_partscar(2).jpg.cf73519b14d003135759bc470411ffd1.jpgit matches the rest of the interior and is solid like it should be:

 

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Well, we have been working on disassembling the parts car lately, between fishing trips and whatnot.  Here are some photos.

 

 

 

see how badly the torque tube was kinked in the accident (the actual axle housing is bent as well, not sure of any of the guts would be usable???):

 

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random bolt welded to the frame (maybe for a shock, though the other side doesn't have one)

 

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random bracket and bolt welded (yes that is welded) to the frame???

 

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here is how they mounted replacement front shocks:

 

 

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the best part, someone used garden hose pieces to sure up the slack in the rubber that surrounds the torque ball bolts

 

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This car has had many unique modifications and repairs done over the years to keep it on the road.  I bet the previous owner had no idea.

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We were able to salvage the firewall pad from the parts car.  Refreshed it and installed last week:

 

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before and after on the hardware:

 

 

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