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I removed, cleaned and painted my oil filter canister black. I also applied the decal I got from Cars. Then, too late, I started seeing engine pictures here and elsewhere that look like it probably was Buick green with maybe an orange top. If so, I may still may repaint the top orange but since it is not a show car will probably leave the bottom black ( I don't really want to buy another decal). Am I right in assuming it was green with an orange top? Thanks

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You are mostly correct. The oil filter canister had an orange top but the bottom wasn't the same color as the engine. It was actually a genuine blue as opposed to the turquoise color of the engine. Also, don't be fooled as to the engine colors that some paint suppliers are selling. These years had a turquoise color on them that was more blue than green. The green color is not correct. Over the years, heat and corrosion turned the original paint more of a green color so I believe a lot of the paint suppliers have gotten the color wrong based on this faded paint. Im basing that on spots of original paint on my own engine as well as seeing lots of pictures of "survivor" type all-original cars. Good luck and feel free to post some pictures of your car. We love pictures here! :)

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Thanks again Shadetree. I guess I will just do the top and leave the bottom the way it is. I will try to get some pictures up before long of this old Special. It is pretty ugly but I have high hopes for the old girl. It is a real solid Arizona car. I am sure happy I found this site and will probably make a nuisance of myself with posts as I go along. I just finished my 1930 Model A Town Sedan last year and was looking for another project when I found this Buick.

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Not a nuisance at all sweet. That's what this forum is for. I too stumbled across it almost 2 years ago now when I bought my '52 Special. If not for the extremely helpful and knowledgeable fellows on this site I would be lost. Definitely the most helpful and friendly automotive forum on the 'net. When you get around to it, start your own thread about your car over in the "Me and My Buick" section. Lots of us have build threads over there that we update all the time with our work. If you haven't already, cruise through those threads. Lots of information contained within them. You might also consider joining the Buick Club of America - BCA - Welcome. Membership has lots of perks not the least of which is a monthly magazine called the Buick Bugle which contains interesting stories, parts advertisements, and a buy/sell section. Here is a list of parts suppliers I have compiled from my time here on the forum. Lots of Buick parts available from these guys. Anyway, I look forward to seeing your Special. Have a good one!

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Bob's Automobilia

3352 South El Pomar

Templeton, CA 93465


Bob's Automobilia

Classic Buicks

P.O. Box 28

Dallas, OR 97338-0028

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 Automatic Trans. Parts

David Edwards

56 Dale Street, Dept. A

Needham Heights, MA 02494-1218


Dynaflow Parts

Fatsco Tranmission Parts

337 ChangeBridge Road

PO Box 635

Pine Brook, NJ 07058



For Sales Dial #2

Welcome to Fatsco Transmission Parts Worldwide distributor of Transmission Parts

Antique Auto Supply

1225 Colorado Ln.

Arlington, TX 76015


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

Classic NOS Parts


Classic NOS Parts

Classic 2 Current Fabrication, LLC

Reproduction Floor Pans

24536 Capitol St.

Redford, MI 48239



Inline Tube

Brake Lines/Brake Parts

15066 Technology Drive

Shelby Township, Michigan 48315


Inline tube The brake plumbing experts

Steele Rubber Products

6180 E. NC 150 HWY

Denver, NC 28037

Phone: 704-483-9343

www.steelerubber.com - Automotive rubber parts and weatherstripping for restoration cars, trucks and street rods.

Kanter Auto Products

76 Monroe St

Boonton, NJ 07005



Kanter Auto Products - Classic Antique Auto Restoration Parts

TA Performance Products

16167 N. 81st Street

Scottsdale, AZ 85260


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

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


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

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