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I am restoring a 1922 Buick 6-cylinder Roadster (model 22-6-44) and have entered a contest sponsored by Liquid Wrench to try and win some $ to aid in its restoration.

All you have to do is click on the following link and then click the button "VOTE FOR THIS ENTRY" - it doesn't cost you a dime and it might help an old BUICK win this contest. Seems like most of the other entries are for late model pickups or later model Chevys. As far as I can tell I am the only pre-war car entered. I need my Buick Buddies to lend a hand and get Buela into first place!

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I bought this car 30 years ago as a "future retirement project" and have had it stored in my barn since 1982; when I bought this barn fresh beauty it still had its Texas 1947 license plate on it and it has been stored in a barn and not started for 65 years. Last year I retired and have disassembled the car and am in the process of restoring it - the engine was frozen and after much effort I finally got it apart. The contest limits me to 700 characters (one small paragraph) to describe my project and only one photo but those of you who have early Buicks know some of my difficulties in finding parts - according to the Buick Club of America there are only three 1922 6-cylinder Buick Roadsters left including mine! I have owned and restored Model A Fords for 40 years and have been spoiled by all the available parts and 1-800 parts dealers - I'm used to dialing 1-800-SENDITTOME and the parts arrive in a couple of days. That sure isn't the case with an early 20's Buick! I have been fortunate to locate three NOS fenders on my 10 trips to Hershey over the past 30 years in anticipation of restoring Buela; I have advertised several times looking for the passenger side rear fender on this forum and also in Hemmings to no avail.

The photos below reflect what Buela looked like when I bought her, the second photo is as she came apart, the third is with some of my grandkids "helping" me take it apart and lastly what it should look like when finished (however I'll go with blackwalls as original).

I would really appreciate your help in getting this PRE-WAR BUICK into first place!

UPDATE: Buela just dropped from 2nd place back to 3rd place today (Dec 19); you can vote once per day every day until the contest ends Dec 28th. Keep pushing - she needs to be restored and the prize money would help make the restoration correct...leather seats like she had originally, lots of sheetmetal work, correct top, etc. Currently a 1950 Ford (which appears to be already restored) is in first place - how many thousand '50 Fords are there still around (?) and in 2nd place today is a 1951 GMC dumptruck (?). Since she is one of only three left, she deserves to be restored and done right!

Thanks for your participation!

Fred:o

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Already voted twice - because we're a day ahead down here I voted yesterday ( your today ) and today - that's your tomorrow - good luck.

Thanks Stuart, since you are a day ahead of us, will you let me know if I win the day before the contest ends?:rolleyes:

Remember you can vote once a day (every day) until the contest ends December 28. I have discovered that you can vote from each computer at your home, your office, your iPhone and iPad and each separate vote counts. Vote early, vote often!

Best regards Mate!

Fred

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Fellow Pre-War Buick Guys - she seems to be stuck in 3rd gear (actually 3rd place). Keep pushing!!! Everyone can vote once per day from any iPhone, iPad, home computer, work computer, etc. and each vote counts. Buela has been neglected for 65 years and wants to get out on the road with her other old car buddies. Currently a 1950 Ford and a 1963 Corvair (!!!) are ahead of her. Tell your friends to vote for the 1922 Buick! We have two weeks until the contest ends Dec 28 so vote early and vote often.

Thanks,

Fred

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I've actually voted three times today, and it has taken the votes each time. Try voting more often - it can only help.

What I don't understand is that the Buick has many more votes than the corvair, but is behind it in the rankings. I once owned a corvair (which is why I don't capitalize the name - it wasn't a real car) and I own a 1922 Buick and the Buick is a much more siginificant car.

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I just voted for your project (As a 1935 Buick owner) What I want to know now, is the story on your avatar photo.

Paul

Thanks for your support Paul. My avatar is a picture of "Jethro", my 1929 Model A Ford Tudor Sedan, a Grapes of Wrath Okie Dustbowl Buggy which I found in a dirt-floored garage here locally in 2004. It still had the Texas 1953 license plates on it and had been hibernating for 51 years. I put a freshly-overhauled engine and transmission in it, new tires, new glass, rebuilt the brakes and left it "as found". The following year I tied a bunch of junk on the top including a rusty bed spring, a turkey coop, horse collar, an old rocker, a wash tub, several old suitcases, hung a rubber chicken on the headlight bar along with a desert water bag, applied several "bullet hole" decals to the rear of the car, etc. and entered it in the Sun City Texas Car Show which was limited to 150 entries which included everything from Corvettes to XKE Jags to Street Rods and beautifully restored antique cars and Jethro won "People's Choice - Best of Show". That pleased me a great deal since one of the entrants had a card in the front seat of his Saleen Mustang convertible bragging that he had paid $150,000 for the car and Jethro kicked his tail biggrin.gif. (I had a little bit less than $150,000 in Jethro wink.gif.) Everyone commented as they walked by, "Now that's the way they're supposed to look. I remember one just like that my Uncle had."

The second photo is of Jethro on a movie set with me getting into "costume" to drive him in the next scene. The movie director and writer were thrilled with his condition and preferred to use Jethro over some of the nicely restored Model A's available for the movie.

You might note in the third photo that I modified the radiator cap by adding an antique kitchen faucet with a porcelain knob on top that says "HOT" - get lots of comments about that little accessory. :P He's really a fun car to drive and I get lots and lots of thumbs up going down the street!

You can't see it in the photos but I have a small embossed "license plate" style sign attached to the radiator which I bought 40 years ago at an antique store and now finally have the right car to put it on - it reads, "BABY - HERE'S YOUR RATTLE!". He also has an assortment of rusty parts tied to his bumper such as a vintage "thunder mug" (older readers will know what that is), a couple of rusty cowbells, a couple of reflectors from a gin in Arkansas (a nod to his hillbilly roots), etc.

Having an unrestored "Dust Bowl Buggy" leads to other fun things such as a magnetic sign on the back reading "SAVE THE FIRE ANTS", a bumper sticker reading, "HONK IF YOU WANT TO SEE A SHOTGUN FIRED FROM A CAR WINDOW", a sticker, reading, "GOT POSSUM?", and a small movie poster on the passenger side of the windshield promoting the movie, "MA AND PA KETTLE GO TO TOWN." Driving Jethro around town sure beats collecting clocks!

Remember, a car can be restored several times but they're only original once!

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I live about 100 miles from Chicago, and voted once tonight. Do you think they'll honor my proximity to the windy city and leave me vote again? Oh well, it's worth a try. Good luck Fred!

kaycee

Thanks Kaycee - what ever it takes (ha). Just noticed that Buela has moved up into 2nd place nationally today. Keep up the support and she'll be on the road in no time!

Remember you can vote once per day from every iPhone, iPad, business computer or home computer and each separate vote counts. Only 12 more days of voting left!

:)

Fred

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Hi Fred,

Maybe I'm too rough on Buela. I just voted again, and apologized to Buela. She evidentally

does'nt like my double clutching and wants to climb the hill in third gear. To caress her, I've got my son in law (fresh up from San Angelo and Dallas) voting for her daily. He's a former Riviera owner and now has a 2001 LeSabre, so I guess he qualifys as a Buick man like I've been all my long life.

kaycee

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