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Hello Everyone,

 

  I am new here and want to introduce myself. My name is Brian Giancola and I recently took in my dear friends Buick after her 

 

husband graduated on to Heaven.  She had her son bring the car out to AZ from Wisconsin. Now it is in my garage and I am trying to

 

figure out what the car is worth to see if I can afford to buy it without taking advantage of her.

 

Please help me out to learn a little more about the car and place a value on it.

 

I currently have a 1930 Ford and am restoring it. The Buick is running and drivable but the paint is from 1979 and is showing its age.

 

It needs work on hood strip and latches and a few other little things. It seems to  drive nice and has nice upholstry. All the chrome and

 

SS is nice condition. I haven't found anything missing or that does not work, yet.      My 6 yr. old son loves it and said we should buy it!  My wife doesn't want me to have it, so it will be posted on here after I figure out a good asking price.

 

Thanks in advance for all your input. 

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Nice car.  1905 model 56S cars were built in 1932.  The 50 series is the smallest and most common series. 

 

I use the Hagerty Price guide to get a good approximation on market price.  The use auction sales to establish their charts.  The trim code is for grey bedford cloth and the paint code is for Avirill Green with black fenders and moldings.  

 

There are many missing or altered components that would be deductions at a judged points show.  It still would be a great driver.  Sell the model A and keep the  much more driveable Buick.  Ride Quality, comfort, and power are far superior to the Model  A's.

 

Let me know if you want any other details about the car that I can discern from the photos.

 

Bob Engle

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Your son has it right!!!

Sell the Model A and anything else you have to to buy it.

Tell your wife you won't be spending all of your time (and $) fixing up the model A. You will have more time to spend with her and the family.

She won't like riding around in the Model A anyway.

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Well I am the owner of this fine old Buick now!

Can any help me identify the engine?

number is 2922039

I also need help getting it to run better, I believe it is a carb problem

any advice would be appreciated

Thanks , Brian

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You made a wise decision.  there are many threads on this forum where the marvel carburetor has been discussed in detail.  The distributor set up is a little odd and attention to detail on setup is necessary.  With the dual point distributor, one set fires and then the next set fires the next cylinder in the firing order.  Setting the gap on both points is critical as well as setting the spacing between the two set of points.

 

The 50 series engine is 230 ci. 2 15/16" bore, 4 1/4" bore. 78 hp.  50 series engines are easy to ID from the larger series engines.  starter is on the driver side and fuel pump is on the passenger side.  There is no watertube on the cylinderhead, just a single outlet at the front of the head.

 

My info says the 1932 engine numbers started at 2751922.  Your engine # appears to be a late 1934 as 1935 started at 2922072.

 

Bob Engle

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Hello to the Buick community on AACA from the beautiful country of Austria.

 

To introduce myselfe: My name is Georg and I live in the heart of Europe, in the beautiful country of Austria.
I'm a small collector of vintage American cars with a 1940's Harley Davidson WL(A),

a 1943 Willys Overland MB with a 1944 Bantam T3 Trailer (I'm an expert in this field),

a 1967 Mustang GT convertible

and an Exotic, a Kawasaki LTD 440 of 1982 (which was my very first motorized vehicle).

I've been looking for a classic car from the 30s for quite some time.

However, buying and inspecting a car is a bit hard when you are 6,000 miles away.

So you have to use opportunities, that friends live nearby, who can take over this job.
That's why I stumbled upon Brian's 1932 Buick 56S in craigslist, as one of my buddies lives in Phoenix.

Thus, this interesting piece of American history finds a new home in the country of Styria, Austria.
It will have a good time here and I'm glad to have saved it from possible destruction by a Hotrod Shop.

I'll keep you informed about his future story here on this forum.



But now a few questions:
- can anyone estimate how many 1932 56S still drive in the original condition on the road? (1905 were build)
- I read here in the forum that the original color code was in green and black, with a gray interior?
- are there any tips or hints that you can tell me?


 

Thanks a lot and nice greetings, Georg

 

 

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Welcome to the 32 Buick world.  I would be glad to answer any questions you may have.  What are your plans for the car?  Keep it like it is and enjoy driving it? restoring to correct condition and appearance?  

These cars are good drivers and function best when driven frequently.  There are many items that are not original or correct.  This is not a criticism, as the car looks great and should give a lot of enjoyment as it is.  I prefer not to dwell on the non original issues unless you want me to.  This forum is to encourage owners, not respond negatively.

Feel free to PM me if you want any info.

Bob Engle

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There are no definitive records on the number of antique Buicks still on the road, let alone their condition of unrestored,  restored or modified.  The only known record comes from the BCA roster.  There are 8 1932 56S  cars listed with BCA.

 

I can be reached at bengle1917@gmail.com

 

Bob Engle



 

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I have one, a 56-S, but it is not up and running yet. It does have its original paint and pin-striping and is mostly unrestored. I was hoping to get it up and running before the Buick Cl140717874_1932model56Sandmeondayofpickup.thumb.jpg.e179267cd7d82efc4b0338db73a7ac40.jpgub's national meet in Oklahoma in June, but not sure if there is enough time for that. Photos are from the day I bought it in Dallas, Texas.

Georg, you need to join the Buick Club and get the monthly magazine. I also have a lot of extra parts for the 1932 50-series Buicks, if there is anything you need.  I have generators, starters, water pumps, manifolds, distributor parts, bumpers, headlights, parking lights, transmissions, engine blocks, cylinder heads, etc.

Pete Phillips, BCA #7338

Leonard, Texas

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I have a ‘1935’ 50 series Vicky.   Be careful with the wheels.   Buick had a bad hair day in the wheel division.   I believe the ‘34’  and ‘35’ had three sizes.   All the wheels mount 16” tires - BUT - the bolt circles differ.    The 40 series had a 5” bolt circle,  the 50 series had 5-1/2” bolt circle and the 60 and 80 series had a 6” bolt circle.   Whew !!      Fortunately when I bought mine (5 wheel version) the wheels were like new.   My spare tire wheel was a black one (mine are yellowish / tan) but still good.    If you need a wheel,   they are few and far between.   According to my Buick supplier, 40 series are very rare due to “hot rodders” in So. Calif.    I just ran across a set (6) of wire wheels - 50 series.     Had been sandblasted and painted.    I bought them  as a JIC.    The 5-1/2” wheels were also on a few of the 1936 cars.     I believe that only the  36-80 series used the 5-1/2” wheel bolt  circle.   Check your service manuals as they will let you know.     PS, like your 5 window coupe.   I also have a ‘38’ - 46S coupe.    

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