'39 Buick Team Membership??

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Hi, Gang. I have long admired the good spirit and excellent information provided by '39 Buick Team members here on the pre-war Buick forum. As the long-time owner of two of these great cars, could someone please tell me more about this esteemed group of 1939 Buick nuts? Thanks. John

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

Well John, were a group of guys who have an association with 1939 Buicks, and who accidentaly discovered how to change a few settings in the User CP. Membership can be gained by going into your garage with your favourite beer and toasting your good (or mis) fortune owning one. In New Zealand, an acceptable beer would be Steinlager Pure or Speights Summit. There may be other stuff as well. I'm sure the others will let you know!



PS A great sense of humor is an advantage!

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To be a member you need an appreciation of '39 Buick's. Apart from that, no other requirements. The '39 Buick Team only exists here in the forum.

To join edit the text under your name to '39 Buick Team Member. That's all it is
Click on your name (top right)

My settings

Profile settings

Profile info: add '39 Team member

Then shows under you name in a post

Danny started this so he is official team captain.
He has a photo of the team headquarters (his Buick shed)

'39 Members (in signature or under screen name) [1939 model type]
- airbrushguy Frank, NJ [61]
- ANZAC Buick64 Andrew, Australia/NZ [41]
- BJE ??,ID [46]
- buick4547 Jim [?]

- BuickBob49 Bob, ?? [81]

- bushocker Ron, PA [46C]
- danhar1960 Danny, Australia [41]
- dynaflash8 Earl, FL [41 41C 46C and many others sold]
- fordman2 Geoff, New Zealand [90] An impressive car ex NSW, Australia
- glassesguy Dave, OH [41]
- gmorse Gary, FL [48]
- Grant Magrath Grant, New Zealand [46]
- grhouse Gene, TN [41]
- ipswichbuick John, MA [41 grandfather's car from new]
- jck55buick Jeff, NE [90H]
- jshaw Jim, MN [41]
- JT 39 Jim, NV [41]

- JRHaelig John,NJ [46] 

- jvelde John, TX [46]
- John R Murray John, NJ [61]

- lunchbox_xx Jamie, WI [41]
- Locowrench Guy, MD [41]
- m_kent Mike, NM [46]
- Machinist_Bill Bill, [41]
- Rexbuick Rex, Australia [41]
- sherwood3333 Sherwood, NM [41]
- sleeve-valve Dave, RI [46]
- TECAKE ?, CA [61C & ?6]
- terryky Terry [41]
- Terry Stock Terry, New Zealand [41]
- Tom_Tams Tom, BC Canada [41]
- Vette58 Uli, Germany [41]
- 1939_buick Allan, Australia [41 x 3]
- 2carb40 Greg, MN [46]
- 39buickeight Billy, KY [41]
- 39Cent Dave, CA [61 & 66]
- 39time ?, UT [61]

May be others

Honorary members (who should join)
- FLYER15015 Mike, CO [1940 Ltd] but it was built in 1939
- 39convertible, Janne, Sweden [66C & 46 parts car]
- Jolly_John, John, WI [41]
- barney-eaton Barney, TX [66]
- 39Limited ?, MN [90]
- frazer51 ?, PA [41]
- belkus8 Mike, NE [41]
- vt39 Richard, ?? [??]
- Bob H, Bob, OR [41, 46 & 46C] How to Restore a 1939 Buick Special Convertible
- Ken J Ken, NM [41]

- Larsg Lars, Chile [46]
- OwenC Owen, New Zealand [41 x 4] 1 owned since about 1960
- 39pickels Vernon, AZ [61]
- londi Morris, Switzerland [81C]
- bobgould Bob, ?? [66S]
- 36 cad Frank, ?? [4?]
- collision454 ??, ?? [41]
- steamgas Tex,?? [46]
- Alr116 Lou, Australia [??]
- bujumbura ??, ?? [61]
- RDMSTER ??, ?? [81C]
- OneSpecialBuick John, WA [41]
- Downtimesfl ?, FL [46 x 1.5]
- Brad Donaldson Brad, ?, ?
- 66Grandeguy Ken, Alberta CA [41]

- Roadmaster Russ Russ, GA [81]

- tadp Tad, ??? [4?]

- vegabill ??,??,4?

- Boaterhat J?,CA [61]


We like photos.

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Do you accept "honorary" members ?

According to my numbers the "Baby" was built in Flint the second week of September "39.

Mike in Colorado

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List of useful threads & information for '39 owners

1:- '39 Buick Team member car's
1.1 39Buickeight Ongoing restoration of his 1939 model 41. Many of us keenly follow this fine restoration (at home)
03 Dec 2009 - 1939 Buick special restoration

1.2 ANZAC Buick64 Restoration of a 1939 model 41 in New Zealand. Car has been in family ownership for a long time
27 Mar 2013 - Vehicle identification Plates on 1939 series 40 for NZ Buick
18 May 2013 - Progress and A Question
12 Oct 2013 - The more you look the more you find(sigh)
03 Feb 2014 - Rust Conquered in the '39
06 Mar 2014 - Colour of 1939 Buick
11 Dec 2014 - Vanishing Speedo Numbers on 1939 Sedan
18 Dec 2014 - Wood Graining in the 1939 Special

07 Aug 2015 - The 1939 nears completion


1.3 Grant Magrath & family restoration of a 1939 46. Imported from USA to New Zealand and restored in a suburban garage, including painting & engine rebuild
30 Jan 2009 - 1939 Buick Coupe work in progress!
20 Mar 2009 - More pix of the 39 coupe!
26 Sep 2009 - 1939 Buick upholstry options!!!
27 May 2010 - 1939 Coupe before and after pics
27 May 2010 - 1939 Coupe before and after pics part 2
22 May 2010 - Speaking of 1939 coupe interiors.....
06 Nov 2010 - 1939 Coupe update
03 Feb 2011 - A Beautiful Series 40 Came to Visit

1.4 lunchbox_xx Restoration & modification of his 1939 model 41
10 Jan 2012 - 1939 Buick rebuild Wisconsin (in Buick pre-war forum)
10 Jan 2012 - 1939 Buick rebuild Wisconsin (in our cars & restoration forum)

1.5 RexBuick Restoration of a GM Holden 1939 series 40 in Australia.
1939 Buick 8/40 Special Sedan web site

1.6 39convertible Restoration of a 1939 66C in Sweden. Restoration has slowed as Janne is enjoying his new '58 Roadmaster and Indian motor bikes
29 Jun 2008 - '39 66C
31 Dec 2008 - more pictures of the '39 convertible project

1.7 Unknown 1939 Buick coupe blog    ( Link not active)
Some good workmanship and very good photos. The car, in the condition at the end of the blog, was sold on ebay. Was a good buy. Hope it has been restored and not hot rodded.

Chris Ritter (Head Librarian AACA Library) 1937 Buick Special Business Coupe: A Restoration Journal (this is good)

2:- VIN and Numbers
Cars up the early 1950's did not have a VIN as we know them today. Wikipedia Vehicle Identification Number
For 1939's it will/should have a
- frame serial number on a plate riveted to the the frame near the starter motor (on other years can be in a different place)
- an engine number near the distributor
- a data plate on the firewall. Should have 39-4xxx, unique body number and have codes for paint & trim (xxx= depends on style)
Threads on this topic
VIN  1939 Buick Century, with a good summary of 1939 coding by Sean1997
1939 Buick VIN  With information by Sean1997
vehicle identification plates 1939 series 40
1939 Buick   - VIN decode   (link lost)
1939 Buick 80 roadmaster question
VIN numbers - for 1939 Century?    (Link lost)
1940 Limited - Inquiry  Decoded
1953 Buick Super Engine number Info that Sean & others can provide
Identifying your Buick - Buick Heritage Alliance

3:- Literature
Buick Books etc

Buick owners Bookshelf

Found cheap master parts book on CD Rock Auto


4:- Information

Buick production by plant by Sean1997. Very good reading

1932-1975 Buick trim codes by model by Sean1997. Very good reading

Buick Straight 8 Engines  Buick Heritage Alliance

wikipedia  Buick Straight-8 engine

Classiccar data base . com  Not always accurate  Not always accurate

Straight eight engine numbers serial numbers

36-38 division of Buick Club of America (BCA)


5:- Engine
How do pre-war 39-41 Buick "oil bath" air intake systems work?
1939 Buick crankshaft Second thread on this topic
How I flushed out my Buick engine block
1939 Buick Coupe overheating issue
1939 series 40 crankshaft
1939 vacuum line and fuel line info needed
248 engine general questions about my '39
'39 Heat Risers
1939 special motor mount question
Putting a 263 into the '40
Unusual 1938 248 Engine serial number
Vacuum Spark Advance
Request year information (castings numbers) And Engine identification by year
1939 Engine how to rebuild?
1939 Special 41 engine identification
248 head problem 1949 series 40 sedanette
248 320
Carburator mystery in my '39 320ci
1940 56S Motor update
Vacuum port size on 248 engine manifold
Oil in vacuum pump
Is there a difference between 1936 and 1938 Special engines?
Babbitt bearings and shims on my 1940 248
How to stop rear main seal leaks
Time to pull the engine on our 39 Special 40. Cowl & fender removal?
1940 248 engine - modern engine oil?
Oil Restrictor in head of 263 engine
Wrist pin noise in a 248?
Straight eight engine serial numbers
1941 Buick Flywheel Install
41 Buick 248 babbit bearings
1939 Buick Special radiator removal procedure
1939 Buick front panel removal
248 straight eight head rebuild for a 1941
Manifold Numbers. What year are these? by a 1940 46C owner
1939 Buick Series 40 pistons and carburetion
Alteration to crankshaft For a 1939 248ci
Oil Filter canister for '39 Buick
Saving a 1952 straight 8 4 Barrel intake
WDO Carb questions Carter 419S - 440S - 474S
Broken Bolts in 1937 engine block
1941 Buick dual stromberg carbs tuning?
Valve Job Rebuild Questions 1949 320 RoadmasterAnd acid clean block
'39 Oil Leaks - Advice Needed Distributor & Oil Pressure
1940 248 Distributor rebuilding

Exhaust System Testimonial 1939 46

1939 series 40 Stromberg carb rebuild

Dipstick length on a 248ci 1937

Advice on Rebuilding a Cylinder Head - 1949 Roadmaster 320

1939 248 engine rocker arm assembly question 1942 oil deflector

Rebuilding a water pump

248 Engine ID? - Strange Numbers - Need Your Help RE number in a '38

1939 Buick Special fuel pump/issue?"When the car sits for a few days, it takes forever for the fuel to get back to the carb and fire"


Manifold gaskets post 2 is very good

Big Series (320) Exhaust Manifold Restoration History

1939 Buick 320 issues: manifold holes?

Regular torquing of exhaust manifold nuts?
Straight 8 Exhaust Manifold These crack

Straight 8 exhaust manifold gasket leak (47 super)

248 v 320 Manifold dimensions

Exhaust gasket straight eight  1947 Roadmaster. Post 5 is good

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Software automatically links all text below linked line,(when not wanted) with no ability to remove or recover the other links that have been overwritten (by the software error)

I may have picked the wrong machine shop - St. manifold problems

263 I8 Intake Manifold Ring Seal - 1951, 52, 53 Same for most (all?) straight 8's


1939 320ci manifold leaks

1940 248 manifold frozen bolt/nuts

Help needed on manifold issue1939 Buick Special Business Coupe

Identify year of intake/exhaust manifold - straight 8 263ci 1950-52 series 40 and 50, and 1953 series 40


6:- Transmission & Drive Line
1939 Gearbox rebuild time
Pilot bearing
'39 torque tube/ball/gasket info needed
"39 Torque Ball seal
'39 Transmission
Torque ball question for 1939 Buick
'39 Buick Special pops out of 3rd gear?
1939 Buick rear axle ratios
1939 rear end ratios
1939 66 transmission parts
1939 66 clutch
Torque tube separation from torque ball
1939 series 60 input shaft & retainer
1939 Buick century series 60 clutch/transmission issue
1940 transmission shift levers swapped
1940 bell housing removal
Gear Vendors overdrive
39 buick clutch removal Use a clutch pack for a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee 6 Cyl.

1940 Bell housing removal

The overdrive mod begins for a 1938 model 41

1939 series 40 transmission snap ring failure


7:- Steering, suspension, wheels, brakes etc
1939 Buick Special 40 front shock question
1939 Special steering box
1939 Special wheel interchange
1939 Steering Shaft Worm Gear
1939 Pitman Arm
Pitman Shaft Bushing and Steering Worm Gears
1939 Buick Special lower control arm bushings
1939 steering wheel identification/info
'39 Buick Century 15" wheel specs? Has full dimensions
1936 Special master cylinder blasphemy or good upgrade?
Brake Drums for My 1936 Buick Roadmaster 1936 series 60 & 80 and 1937-38-39 series 80
1936 wheel/hub size
wheel compatibility 1939 special

1939 series 40 rear shocks

WTB 1939 Buick Special Inner Control Arm Shafts info on part numbers


8:- Lights & Electrical
'39 Buick- Check before you throw it out !!
Wanted to buy 1938 Buick headlight lens
1939 Fender Lights
1939 Headlight lenses
Newbie with 38 McLaughlin Limo includes lens info
39 Special 40 Harness
1939 6V Voltage regulator Identification
6 Volt to 12 Volt Conversion '37

Gas Gauge 38 Buick


9:- Body & Trim
Reproduction Knob Source Good quality plastic repro knobs for '39's
Plastic knobs for 1939 Buick from Oct 2000
1939 buick front panel removal
1939 Buick heater question
1939 Buick Special Holden Body - Gravel Deflector - Rear Bumper
1939 color options
Colour of 1939 Buick
1939 Buick front panel removal
Time to pull the engine on our 39 Special 40. Cowl & fender removal
1939 Radio Buttons?
1939 grille question
39 Buick 40 Special Coupe Interior?
1940 56S Wiper Questions
Photos of Wood graining in a 1939?
1939 46C sun visors
1939 Buick Special radiator removal procedure
Vanishing Numbers on 1939 Sedan Speedo numbers
1939 Buick Trunk forward wall
39 Buick Special rear stone shields Streamboards & stone guards
Is there a way to determine a cars original color by a the VIN? From data plate on a 1939 model 41
1939 horn ring
Robe rail brackets on the 1939 series 40 sedan
'39 wing window vent seal
How to make knobs from Knobsoup Does make '39 knobs
How to remove headlight switch from '39 dash
1939 Buick Special escutcheon sizes/where?
1939 Special firewall holes - what goes where?

1939 Radio information

How the heck do I service the divider window (1941 Limited)?

Fender supports. What do they look like


10:- Other
Buick Special 41T 8 cylinder model 1939 (Taxi job)
1939 Buick 2 door on postcard
1939 Buick Frames
39 series 40 long frame bumper spacer?
1939 Buick Special Numbers Interesting
1939 difference between series 40 and 60?
1939 Photo difference between Special and Century
1939 sequoia cream sedan?
'39 Fisher vs GM Australia Holden
How do I determine if my 1939 Buick is a "matching number" vehicle
1939 Buick model 48
Little differences for '39
Mclaughlin vs Buick
The Royal Tour Buick - Canada's most historic automobile IMHO
1940 Buick Special 3rd owner and 1st project Good list of links & suppliers
Barn find 1939 Buick
1937 & 1939 Buick Carlton bodies
We like pictures
Original Price 39 Buick Special
Three black 1939 Buick's at North Texas Chapter meeting today
1939 Buick Ivory Soap jingle winner cars
1939 series 40 filler neck/fender info? Replacing with a '39 Chev tank

1939 small and large series jack


11:- Suppliers
Disclaimer for information only: not a recommendation. Alphabetical order
Bobs Automobilia Have a good reputation

Buick Farm
CARS - Old Buick Parts
Classic NOS Parts
Classic Buicks
Buick Parts 1946 - 1976
Dave Tachney Parts out pre-war Buick's. Is hard to contact, but has a good reputation

Fusick Automotive Products

North West Transmission
Olsons Gaskets
Rock Auto

12: High speed diff's for pre war Buick's
Many pre war Buick owners want to put higher speed diff's to be able to cruise on the highway with lower engine RPM.
1940 to 1955 swap relatively easy. With the original torque tube, not much more than a bolt in.
The 1937 & 1938 guys machine the housing & cut & weld torque tubes.  There are several good articles in [ Now in custody of the 1937-38 division of Buick Club of America - Matt Hinson]
1939 diff's are a 1 year only design with many unique parts. No known report of swap, other than 3.9 from a series 60

High Speed rear end gears (1940 80 series, with links to other threads)
third member 
Wanted to buy third member 1940 Special
1939 rear end ratios
40's rear end gears
Ring and pinion 1937 Special  (link lost)
1939 Buick rear axle ratios
Swapping Rear Ends ?  1940 series 90 Buick
Longer legs for my 47 Buick Super
1941 Crown and pinion change Roadmaster
rear gear swap
For a 1948 Buick Roadmaster on
I want to lower my engine RPM at highway speed - 1953 Special
39 Special Rear Gear Swap
1939 Buick rear axle ratios
3.90 Ring & Pinion interchange for '36 Special
Differential interchange For 1940 Pontiac
Rear end ratios For 1937 Pontiac
Rear end question Pontiac
1938 Buick Special rear axle ratios? Upgrades?
ring and pinion
1935 series 40. Modify a 1933-35 Chev-Ponti ring & pinion
'36 Century rear (link lost)
'37 Special diff gears upgrade
1949 Roadmaster ring & pinion or rear end

4.88 gears  Or slipping clutch for 1934 1935?

The overdrive mod begins  For a 1938 model 41

Rear End Gear Swap For 1938 46

Buick Special 1948 rear differential ratio  Good explanation of drive shaft/torque tube change over

1937 Buick Rear End Swap


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I am really happy being a team 39 meamber these guys are great and have alot of info about the car and were to find stuff and they dont care if you are rodding it out or going back to stock this club and the guys are great.

Thanks to you all for all the help so far and in the years to come

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G'day to all my yobbo mates out there in the Pre War Buicks forum.

I sit here in the " '39 Buick Team" World headquarters just having come in from the 100F temperature and the family pre Christmas barbie.

I have a pretty full belly of chops, snags and prawns swimming around in a gallon of XXXX and feeling pretty happy with it all. Not sure I should have pushed down that last piece of pav though..........

As your "unofficial captain", you are hereby ordered to have a happy and safe Xmas, to be thankful of the things you do have and to appreciate your loved ones while you still can.

Jolly John, your credentials are more than enough to qualify you for membership in the '39 Buick Team (don't blame us if you lose a few marbles along the way) but I'd go with Grant's suggestion here just for the fun of it.

Mike, it is acceptable at this time of year for special dispensations to be made and as such you are hereby duly accepted into the '39 Buick team.

Go ahead guys and adjust your text as per the instructions from the teams technical guru 1939_buick.

Merry Xmas again guys .



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At least accept the '39 is prettier. It's like who's prettier, Marilyn Monroe or Jane Russell though. :)

Hey, Merry Christmas to all the Team Members.

Earl (the Pearl, a Diamond in the Rough) ;)

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Unfortunate to say during this Chrismas season, but I do care that all '39 Buicks be restored to original. But to each his own as the old lady said as she kissed the cow.

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Hi Cap'n Dan. Two important items are that (1) I've lost your email address and would like to send you pictures of my almost finished '39 Special convertible coupe and (2) I've sent my '41 Roadmaster on to another low-number BCA member in Texas and would like to delete it from my profile, but: I'm too old to figure out how to do that. Any team member know how?

Again, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Earl Beauchamp BCA #55

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Thank you captain Danny.

But so as not to confuse the "newby's" I'll keep that round in the chamber.

How would it look to have (Honorary '39 Buick Team Member) above that great big honking '40 Buick avatar of mine ?????

Merry Christmas to all, and God save the queen !

Mike in Colorado

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Danny, Allan, Grant: Thanks for the info on updating the profile and all your contibutions to the Prewar site. Hey, Earl! How about some pics for us??

Merry Christmas to all. May there be a pile of NOS parts under your Christmas tree!!

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Merry Chrsitmas to all the Pre-War Buick folks and to the 39 Buick Team (honorary members included)!

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Do you accept "honorary" members ?

According to my numbers the "Baby" was built in Flint the second week of September "39.

Mike in Colorado

Yes :D. Hey you only need to accept that '39 are better :):rolleyes: :cool:

You could start the '40 Team member's

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Sorry Pal, don't know how to post pictures here. Most times they fail. Write to me at and I'll forward some pictures of the '39 convertible coupe. And hey! Merry Christmas to all. Earl

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Merry Christmas to all! Here's a pic of my 39 Special Sport Coupe. Looking forward to John updating his title to '39 Buick Team Member!


Edited by sleeve-valve (see edit history)

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Hey, Earl! How about some pics for us??

Earl has given his permission to post these for him. Warning though, move away from the keyboard as drooling is highly likely. :)::)











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Two things Cap'n Danny and all my friends. Streamboards, hubcaps, trim rings, steering wheel all kept home, away from the upholsterer, so that explains the ugly no hubcaps look. And, the lighting betrays the darkness of the seat upholstery which is more dark red than the light color of the flourescent shop bulbs and flash. Thanks for posting Danny.

To date since bringing the car back to Sebring, we've been working on some mechanical issues from being in the shop and not started for seven months, and there are a few "fit" issues to repair since all of that was first done with no upholstery or weatherstrip.

Almost forgot: Merry Christmas to all!

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I can only dream of an official meeting at the headquarters. Until then....what to order for myself for Christmas....hubcaps....floor pans....the possibilities are endless.

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Merry Christmas and I hope everyone is enjoying the season!

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One for the team:-



4.88 gears  Or slipping clutch for 1934 1935?

The overdrive mod begins  For a 1938 model 41

Rear End Gear Swap For 1938 46

Buick Special 1948 rear differential ratio  Good explanation of drive shaft/torque tube change over

1937 Buick Rear End Swap

Edited by 1939_Buick (see edit history)

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Very cool sign (post #7)! You should make them and sell them to team members!

Anybody planning to bring their '39 to Indiana in July for the national meet? I hope to get my 90 there, would be nice to find a trailer for an easier trip! Drove it to Colo Springs and Iowa, but not to Danvers and Charlotte.

Happy New Year eveybody!

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