lancemb

1957 Roadmaster Convertible

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Well I accidentally was hooked into buying another Buick, by way of coming across one of my dream Buicks.  Being so original, and only 30 minutes from my house, I really had no choice.  The top color is even the same as my other 57!  Not only that but it also has the original optional blue paint in the sweepspear, same as my other one!  It was meant to be at my home!

 

The car has about 62k miles, which appear to be original.  Despite not having undercoated (which is the first I've seen around here, although the car originated out west and lived in Texas much of its early life), there is not a single spot of rust through anywhere on the body or underneath.  The car wears its original paint, except for the lower passenger door, although its not in the greatest shape.  It is running and driveable, although there are a host of small things that I will give attention to as soon as I can, but I need to finish some things on the 4 door hdtp first.  Most of the chrome is at or near perfect.  The interior is original except for the carpet, and is in exceptional condition except for some cracking in the seats (especially front).

 

I did NOT think I'd get the chance to own one of these any time soon, let alone one I can actually drive.  I can't wait to go cruising with the top down!!

 

 

 

 

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What a lucky guy you are! That a Super looking Roadmaster!

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Awesome awesome awesome!!!!

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Oh! What a pair to draw to....

 

Dan

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what a fantastic pair!!  Way to go!!

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Thanks folks! Trust me I feel very lucky to have had a chance to buy this car!

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Wow! A dream come true for you, and hope for the rest of us that our dream cars are out there, too. 

The Fates must have intervened with the color, and now you have bookends!

 

 

TG

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Lance!!! in the words of Harry Carey. "Holy Cow"!!  What luck! What a great looking ride, and unbelievable that they are a matching pair! What's the probability of that? Looking forward to seeing you at Nationals on Friday. Have a safe journey and see you then!

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Lance!!! in the words of Harry Carey. "Holy Cow"!! What luck! What a great looking ride, and unbelievable that they are a matching pair! What's the probability of that? Looking forward to seeing you at Nationals on Friday. Have a safe journey and see you then!

Thank you Jim! Unfortunately a last minute change in a business trip and my inability to get some brake work done on Big Blue will prevent me from coming down to the show

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We are happy for you.  You have a really good calibrator and survivor for the rest of the Buick gang to refer to as what is rich and proper, so please resist the temptation in repeating what you did on the other bookend Buick.  Just clean it up really good on the inside and out and drive it.  Preserve it -  Leave the patina even if don't like patina, as the classic character will grow on you as well as it's overall value.  It can only be original once !

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Buick Man, if you are referring to the fact that I painted the other 57, please note that it had already been painted in the past and was flaking off and rusting. This one has been quite poorly repainted on the lower door and has damage in several large areas on the paint. Thus, I will consider trying to touch those spots up if I can do it with original type of paint. However, just leaving the damaged areas is neglect, not preservation in my opinion.

The engine has almost no paint left on it and appears mostly bare metal, so I will certainly be painting it. I believe leaving the bare metal to rust is neglect and not preservation.

The interior will be kept mostly as-is for the most part. The leather is cracked but complete. I will try to repair where the seam is coming apart and repair where the dash vinyl is peeling up. The carpet had been replaced with loop style so I may replace it with cut style closer to original at some point. The top has no tears but staining so I may try to redye it or something but don't anticipate replacing it anytime soon. I fact, it may even be the original top as it is actual cloth and not vinyl as most new replacements are I've seen. Most of the chrome is very nice so I'll only replace a few pieces that are damaged.

A very finely kept original I agree should be kept as such, but damage or heavy deterioration is not "patina" or "originality" in my opinion. I know some have different views on this, but I don't romanticize on a deteriorated classic, but rather on how it was designed to be enjoyed!

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Got the engine out! Wow that was a chore and thank the lord I was able to summon help or I don't think it would have gotten out any time soon. Now it goes into hibernation for a couple months for rejuvenation!

It has almost no paint but plenty of grease.

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That is right, often referred as a road draft tube.

Dan

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DON, yup, it's the crankcase breather pipe. Not an essential piece to keep the car running but it does keep the engine compartment less oily.

 

LANCE, let me add my Attaboy to the chorus. You picked up a real winner here - or rather, it sounds like it picked you. I note that you've left the Dynaflow in the car. Boy, those top bell housing bolts must have been a bear to access and will likely present a real challenge when it comes time to put the engine back in. You're right about engine removal being a two-person job, although maybe a little less so when you're not manoeuvring the transmission, too.

 

What's your plan for the engine? Just a cosmetic freshening-up or are you going to open 'er up and see where that leads you?

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LANCE, let me add my Attaboy to the chorus. You picked up a real winner here - or rather, it sounds like it picked you. I note that you've left the Dynaflow in the car. Boy, those top bell housing bolts must have been a bear to access and will likely present a real challenge when it comes time to put the engine back in. You're right about engine removal being a two-person job, although maybe a little less so when you're not manoeuvring the transmission, too.

What's your plan for the engine? Just a cosmetic freshening-up or are you going to open 'er up and see where that leads you?

Thanks Rob! I feel very fortunate to have found this car. See what happens when you are away for awhile?

The bell housing bolts were actually easy providing you have a crazy long extension, which my assistant did. I think it was about 3 feet. Otherwise it would be damn near impossible perhaps.

The car only has 62k miles so I am going to leave the engine intact, unless I see something suspicious when I remove the oil pan or top covers.

I will also replace basically every consumable component on the engine when I put it back together so I minimize issues down the road.

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Hint: Reversable ratcheting box end wrench from the engine compartment side!

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Lance,

 

You really have a beautiful set of Roadmasters. I showed my wife the photos from this thread, and she commented, "Wow! That is a pretty car! I love the blue color."

 

I've been trying to get her excited about my 76C ever since I brought it out to NM, and she doesn't seem to care either way, but your car gets the "Wow!" comment. Maybe she doesn't see the $ signs in front of yours like mine has.

 

Post lots of photos of your work. I'm using the info to document what mine should look like.

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Lance's car is a beauty, but so is yours. If the wife is concerned about $$ in front of the car, make sure to show her pictures of the ones going thru the auctions. She will be much more interested when she sees the $$$ after the car.

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