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newbie: 1956 super . where to buy parts to restore?

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hi guys . im new to restoring car pre 60's

so a friend of mine called me that he found a 1956 buick super . its a complete car all original. the problem is that the owner parked it in the back yard over 30 years ago in the elements and it has not moved since.

so it need a complete restoration . so im wondering if parts for these cars are hard to come by?

where would i find say a rocker panel if it needed replacement?

car looks solid its a california car it has a few little areas that look like i might have to patch up but not much rust at all. i just dont want to end up purchasing something that will end up being a nightmare trying to chase down parts for.

im not looking to restore the car to 100% original. but would like to know that if i needed a patch panel due to a rust spot i find that it wouldnt be next to impossible to find.

right now im finishing my 63 nova . there are some things that i had to make cause no body panels are made for it.but it was no big deal. most of the other parts you can order from several sources.

any info on taking on this 56 super would be greatly appreciated . i wasnt looking for a new project but the price is so good i dont think i can pass it up. unless its hard to find replacement parts.

if i do buy it i would do a frame off restoration .

any way thank you guys for any info you can provide me.

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Guest shadetree77

Welcome to the forum and the to the world of Buick funnytoe! I too was new to 50's cars when I bought my '52 in 2011. Older cars are not like anything you have probably worked on before. But with the help of a service manual (easily located on EBAY) and members here on the Buick forums they are easy to figure out. Things weren't overly complicated back then, just different. Once you figure them out they are easy to work on. Replacement parts aren't impossible to find. EBAY and Craigslist can be a good place to find parts. I found a fender and a door on EBAY at one point. There are also some companies out there that cater specifically to the Buick guys. There is also a Buy/Sell Buick forum here. As 49_Super mentioned above, you can also join the Buick Club of America to begin receiving the monthly club magazine the Buick Bugle. It contains a Buy/Sell section as well. In the meantime, here is a list of parts suppliers I've compiled from my time here. If you do make the purchase, hop on over to the "Me and My Buick" forum and show us some pictures! :)

NOS and used Buick (and others) parts:

Bob's Automobilia

3352 South El Pomar

Templeton, CA 93465


805-434-2626 (fax)

Bob's Automobilia

Classic Buicks

P.O. Box 28

Dallas, OR 97338-0028

503-831-4913 (fax)

Classic Buick parts, high quality and exceptional value! Classic Buick parts, high quality and exceptional value!

The Buick Farm

PO Box 384

Clayton, DE 19938

NOS Buick Parts & Original Literature, 1935-2012 or Present

CARs, Inc.

205 Pearl St

Neshanic Station, NJ 08853


Old Buick Parts - CARS. Inc.

Antique Auto Supply

1225 Colorado Ln.

Arlington, TX 76015


775-234-9858 (fax)


Antique Auto Supply, Keeping the Old Car Hobby alive for the last 50 years"

Classic NOS Parts



Classic NOS Parts

Used Buick parts:

Ken Schmidt

The Buick Bonery

4700 8TH Ave

Sacramento, CA 95820-1511



Moore's Auto Salvage

1761 Country Road

Rapid City, SD 57701


605-348-0499 (fax)

Moores Auto Salvage: Quality parts for antique and classic cars and trucks from the 1920s to 1980s.

Various Buick parts (engine, suspension, etc.):

Kanter Auto Products

76 Monroe St

Boonton, NJ 07005



973-334-5423 (fax)

TA Performance Products

16167 N. 81st Street

Scottsdale, AZ 85260


TA Performance Products Inc. - Your Leader in Buick Automotive Parts and Accessories

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You may want to inspect that frame closely. 30 years on dirt that has any chance of getting damp may have done a good job of distintegrating the integrity of the metal.

BTW, is this a 2/4 dr? Pics please. Just love those Supers...

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