49_buick_super

1949 Buick Super 4dr restoration project

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A bit of time has gone by since my last post. Working a few bugs out of the project. The front springs needed some adjustment to level the front end properly. That has been done. Also, the car has been back to the transmission rebuilder twice for leaks. They seem to have got it right this time as we are nice and dry now. (Yeah, I know, but dry for now.) We've been busy in the short time we've had the car back trying to get some break-in mileage and have some fun at the same time. We've been out to a local 5 and Diner and parked with the regular pack of old dogs while enjoying dinner. We also have attended several Friday night Cruise-Ins and had a great time. Today, we participated in the parade event for the Fiesta Bowl. The parade promoters recruit local cars to kick off the parade with a "pre-parade" caravan along the parade route. Good fun for clubs and solo cruisers, which we were today. Only saw one other Buick there - a 55 station wagon. Here's a few pictures of the event. We arrived earlier than the Studebaker Club and got sandwiched in with their cars. Lot of good looking Studebakers there today.

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So what did you end up doing with the springs new ones or did you end up cutting them? The car looked liked it had a straight axle under it before, looks proper now.

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So what did you end up doing with the springs new ones or did you end up cutting them?...

The front springs were cut enough to lower it to where it should be. In hind sight, the largest problem I had with the restoration of this car was the springs. If you read back in the posts you'll see that the vendor first sent the wrong springs. Then I got the "right" springs and the "right" springs turn out to be too aggressive. This was complicated by the shop when they discarded the original springs before the end of the project. All is well now and I'm satisfied, but it could have been easier in this step.

Dan

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could you give me your paint codes for the 49 buick i have a 51 and i can't seem to match the same colors!

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could you give me your paint codes for the 49 buick i have a 51 and i can't seem to match the same colors!

Dupont ChromaPremier Pro B8146F

Dan

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Dupont ChromaPremier Pro B8146F

Dan

.... you will never match an original lacquer or enamel paint with it's great tint, hue and depth of color to that of of a base/clear coat paint scheme system. The base/clear will always look like a hospital floor wrapped in saran wrap with a shallow flat tone, lack of depth and no matching hue. But hey, it will be shinny ... :)

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.... you will never match an original lacquer or enamel paint with it's great tint, hue and depth of color to that of of a base/clear coat paint scheme system. The base/clear will always look like a hospital floor wrapped in saran wrap with a shallow flat tone, lack of depth and no matching hue. But hey, it will be shinny ... :)

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I was at the airport today and took a picture of the Buick in front of a Beech V-35. The V-35 was first offered to General Aviation in 1947 and Beechcraft still builds this airframe today. It is the longest running airframe production. My friend and I both believe the airplane in the picture is an early 1950's production. I thought it was a good picture with a car and plane that are about the same age. The Buick is running well. I've got a little over 500 miles on it as of today so I'll be doing the first oil change.

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Where's that pesky LIKE button when you need it...............

Oh well.......LIKE!

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I had the privilege of participating in the City of Phoenix "Motoring Through Time" car show yesterday in Heritage Square. My space was between two beautiful cars - a 1950 Hudson and a 1948 Cadillac limousine. The Hudson has been driven within 46 of the 48 mainland states and has also been on one coast-to-coast trip. The Cadillac was a recent acquisition of its owner. I had a great time at this event. Every car has a story. I also saw a gorgeous 1929 Buick Coupe. I posted some pictures of that car in the AACA General area.

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The event is held annually in a several-block area in downtown Phoenix in which commercial and residential structures have been preserved from the late 1800's and early 1900's. The event was well-attended and there were a lot of beautiful cars.

I've posted a lot more pictures of cars at the event here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/116141073@N04/sets/72157640426702144/

Dan

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Beautiful car Dan and it looked like a great event. Your restoration has to be one of the best I've seen on these forums, yours and Landman's 34 Chevrolet.

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During the restoration, some of my friends encouraged me to drive the car and not worry about the resulting wear and tear. My position throughout was that the car was being restored to be driven. Here's a bit of proof.

We just finished the longest road trip with the Buick since we finished the restoration. From May 2 to May 5, we participated in the 27th Annual Route 66 Fun Run which starts in Seligman, AZ on Old Route 66 and travels all the way to the Arizona/California border at the Colorado River on what is described as the longest remaining original segment of Route 66. My mileage figures the run distance to be around 138 miles worth of Route 66 roadway. The driveway-to-driveway miles were 583.

This event is just packed with fun. I'm conservatively estimating that 2000 cars participated in the Fun Run and there were 870 cars that participated in the Car Show that happened in Kingman at the midpoint on Saturday. We participated in the show and were stunned and honored when we won not only Best Buick in the Fun Run but also Best of Show. Wow. My wife and I were speechless.

This event just finished its 27th year and everyone says it gets better each passing year. There was a group of 14 French tourists who came here just for the Fun Run and spoke of the popularity of Route 66 in Europe. We also saw cars from Virginia, British Columbia and South Dakota. This post is sharing some of our adventures with our Buick, but I would encourage all of you to come on out west during the first week in May and enjoy this spectacular car event and get some kicks on Route 66.

Here's some pictures.

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No surprise here on the awards! Looks like a lot of fun - did 'Mater show up?

Geoff

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Awesome!!! First week of May? Where were the hotels? Was that something you had to book privately ? Is the Fun run set up so everyone proceeds at their own pace? Or is it like a tour? Looks like a grand time.

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Awesome!!! First week of May? Where were the hotels? Was that something you had to book privately ? Is the Fun run set up so everyone proceeds at their own pace? Or is it like a tour? Looks like a grand time.

John, it is a full weekend of go-at-your-own-pace fun. There is a formal kickoff to the run in Seligman but cars string out their starting times over the whole morning. You just take it all in at your own pace. The lodging at the mid-point is in Kingman but plenty of folks stay in Flagstaff and Williams, then head into Seligman for the start of the run. The car show is in Kingman on Saturday. Final get-together is in Topock-Golden Shores on the Arizona/California border.

Here's the link to the sponsor, the Arizona Route 66 Association: http://www.azrt66.com/

Here is a link to a YouTube video I made. Ride along with us as we cruise from Kingman to Oatman over Sitgreaves Pass.

http://youtu.be/KD6dpgighao

Dan

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