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1952 Roadmaster Estate Wagon project.

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Well, we have made a great deal of progress on the 53.

We have both sides all fitted from front door to rear corner post.

We have to make the tailgate, yet, but the upper gate is carved already.

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Since I got the above pics posted, let me try again with the 47 Woodie pick-up...

Great, success!!

It is scheduled to be picked up in Indiana this or next week, then travel to Kingman, Arizona, where

I will meet it and haul it here.

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MIKE, have you picked up the Buick Ute yet?

Yes, Rob, just this last Monday/Tuesday.

It was supposed to be a one day round trip, but a tire repair went bad after the guy didn't tighten the lug nuts!!

5 miles down the road, the trailer started vibrating badly, and while was pulling over I saw that tire take an offramp I had just passed!!

The wheel had broken all 5 studs off the drum, and the lug holes were pounded to about 3 times their size.

That set me back a few hours and about $400!!

I had left here Monday at 3:30 AM, got back Tuesday 1:30 AM, very tired!!

I will unload it later this week!!

The good thing, I got to drive it around a bit before loading it.

More later.

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I have come to the realization that I have more projects than time left!!

Therefore, I want to offer the namesake of this thread, my 1952 Roadmaster Woodie up for sale.

It has become a burden to me, although much has been done, it is still a major project!!

If you need some current pics, I will try to comply, but it is not easy to photograph.

It needs a full set of wood, which I will not only produce, but also give a 20% discount, or you can take it elsewhere...up to you.

I also have a 1953 Super which I want to sell...same deal on the wood.

Both wagons need for the metal work to be finished before the wood can be fitted.

Please don't PM me, as I am a clutz in that area, but improving daily!!

I would rather you send me an email for further info, or call me on the phone.

Email: mikewoodieworld@hotmail.com

Phone: 661 766 9141

Thanks, Mike

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Wow, how did this slip past me?! MIKE, the turning of the calendar reminds us that we won't accomplish everything we set out to do. Mind you, you have accomplished a lot in Woodie Heaven and we all are thankful to you for sharing it with us, in pictures and careful explanations. I hope you're well and are continuing to craft lumber into rolling art.

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It has been a while since I have posted anything here, my bad!!

I have been trying to keep up, but other things get in the way.

All the Woodies are fine, and some progress has been made, but no pics to prove it as yet.

I will try to add as I can.

Hang in there, as I am trying to,  Mike

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Well, guys, I have found a local buyer for the 52 Roadmaster Estate Wagon project.

He plans to do much of the work here, so pics & updates will be forthcoming.

At some point, we will furnish a full set of wood for it.

I am saddened at the loss, but really thrilled that it will not only be finished, but right before my eyes!!

I will especially enjoy working on it, as the buyer is a good friend, and I have made my whole facility available to him.

(I would do that for any Woodie lover, not very usefull if you are not local, though)!!

He will be visiting in the next few days, and we will be moving it around in the shop soon.

It is not in a good photogenic position now, but soon will be...numerous pics will be added then.

 

This will allow me to make more progress on some of my other projects, so I will update on those also.

 

Meanwhile, Alex & I have made good progress on the light green 51 Super, and plan to wrap it up next week.

All of the wood is made, and about 85% fitted.

I will brush the dust off my camera and get some pics soon.

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MIKE, it's good to see you back on the forum. I've also taken an extended break from it but hope to become a regular contributor again. Pictures, please!

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We have also made progress on the green 1951 Super.

Planning to actually finish the wood this or next week.

Here are some pics from today:

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We will be starting the varnishing process soon, Mike

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Hard to say at this point, Keith, we usually go by how it looks.

Usually it gets 4-7 coats to reach the right color, sometimes more.

It depends how much sanding is required between coats, among other things..

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Well, so far 5 coats, looks like we will be adding 3-4 more.

Each wagon is a little different, the wood varies, and so does the weather.

It all comes into play.

As we add the varnish, some of the wood which is a different color than the piece next to it, tends to blend to a similar color.

Wood is that way, you never know what color it is until it is shaped & sanded.

Some pieces change color all in the same piece of wood.

So, we just keep going until it looks right.  

 

On this particular wagon, the green is controversial, it is either loved or hated!!

I didn't care for it when it arrived here, but it is growing on me!!

Not that I would do one this color for myself!!

We cannot wait to put it all back together to see how the wood will add or subtract to it!!

 

 Cheers, Mike

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Mike;

 I was wondering about that colour myself, I do not remember a green like that in '53 colour choices, but it is an authentic Buick colour?

 You are an artist with the wood, Mike, I wish that I was there to see it in person!

 Keith

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No way is that green an authentic Buick color!!

This one is a '51, but it wasn't offered in '53 either!!

 

They were also not two-toned, but all one color (note the white roof on this green '51).

 

We added more coats since, but I will only post pics when done with the varnishing.

 

Keith, thanks for the kind words, but I have to admit, Alex, my partner, needs credit for most of this work.

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As we progress on the object of this thread, the '52 Roadmaster Wagon, we will keep you informed.

 

As a recap:

 

I sold it in its present condition to a local fellow Buick Woodie lover, and he is planning to do much of the work here.

So we will be showing it soon.

He and a buddy are planning to come here next week to weld up the rotted floor.

He is anxious to get started, but we have been holding him off as we varnish the '51.

Varnishing doesn't mix well with other doings!!

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wood looks nice... great pics of your progress!

I see you have a '50 Woodie, my favorite year!!

I just love the one year only grille!!

I have a '50 Roadmaster major project that I would love to get done, but so many things get in the way!!

Maybe, some day...

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May I ask if there are major differences between the 50-53 wood parts?  The bodies look so similar, I just wonder if things were different in the wagon departments or not.  I am mainly wondering just how these were ever sold for a profit considering how much time is invested in developing all the parts to fit each panel. 

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