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It's a Standard I think. Haven't researched how to post pix but in the meantime here's one I took after pulling it out into the sun for the first time since late 1961.

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Wow! First sun since 61. What a title and what a nice car. Have you washed it at all since? And Welcome to the Buick Forums. Hope you consider joining the Buick Club of America. Buick Club of America - BCA - Welcome Lots of Buick oriented vendors there.

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Hi folks I'm Robert nice to meet you all. I have many 1960 Buicks, I have a love for the car that runs deep. Take care...

Hi Robs. Welcome to the forum. How many 60 Buicks do you have? Which models. Sounds like the Buick Club of America is just right for you, and for us too as we love 60 Buicks too.

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Hi, my name is Randy Salyers and I love old Buicks!!! I have finally been able to get my first old car. It is a 1950 Buick Special 4-door Jetback. All original, so far!! I need the hood fasteners. I've been told there are 3 0r 4 types for that year. I need the earliet type ( I think). I am new to the computer ,but have tried looking for 2 months now. Everyone has suggested I join the BCA to meet people who might can help me locate these fasteners. The car runs great, but I am worried about driving it until I get the fasteners. I still have the old ones, but they are worn out. Any help would be very appreciated. My phone number is 409=681-9007. My e-mail is salyers.b@att.net

Hi Randy, and welcome to the Buick Club forums. What model is that Buick you just got? The model number should be on a metal tag rivited to the top part of the firewall under the hood. Also what makes you think your hood latches are worn out? Might it be that the cables to the latches need some lubrication? I'd recommend buying a can of PB Blaster from your local NAPA or Auto Parts dealer and then before spraying it on the length of the cables, lay old newspaper on the floor and on the side opposite from where you intend to spray. This rust penetrator is made from petroleum distillates and does produce a strong gaseous odor, but it's one of the better rust penetrants on the market.

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Hello. I'm new owner of a 58 Special Riviera model 46R. Has great looking true knockoff wire wheels and added AC. Always loved the look of the '56. Considering making the change to a front disc brake setup from a kit at Kanter. Would also like to put in a Pertronix EI system if available. Any thoughts or suggestions. Thanks.

Hello Dave, and welcome to the forum. The 58 must look great with those wire wheels. Can you post a bigger picture, especially of the wheels, as true knockoff wire wheels would be very rare on any Buick.

As for Disc brakes and pertronix, you'll get as many opinions as there are people on the earth. My narrow perspective is unless I was planning to use the car everyday as a daily driver, neither is a cost effective modification. But if your car has an aftermarket A/C, chances are it already has a pertronix unit in there.

Welcome to the Forum and look into the Buick Club for others who love their 58's Buick Club of America - BCA - Welcome

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Thank you john, as things go, I hate old cars. I remember getting the hand me down Oldsmobile Vista-Cruiser wagon in high school, then saving enough money to go buy my own car. A 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. It was a heep. It ran good at first but the starter went out, then the alternator, then they thought it was the fuel pump so I had that replaced but it didnt solve the stalling in it, so it was something else, in the end I replaced the gas tank and it never ran right after that. Then the transmission started to go on it It Always needed work. I drove the heck out of the car and dumped a small fourtune into it. Every week it was something. I gave it to the high school autoshop and found a beater 1985 Ford Escort wagon. Not knowing anything about cars all I wanted was something I could drive and not dump thousands of dollars into. I was tired of cars that constantly need work done to them. Im not a rich person, I dont have endless acres of land. I have a studio apartment in downtown Frisco, so I didnt want another boat for a car. Just as my Ford starting making a unpleasant knocking noise from the motor, I knew judgement day for the car was coming. A shop here told me the motor had a rod knock and they wanted $3800 to replace the engine. I thought that was too way much money to spend. As I mulled over walking into a 5 year marrage to a finance company on some new Honda or Toyota , the Buick came along. I went for it. Theres no blue book value on a 62 Skylark since the car is so old, so I was sure theyd crush it down for scrap metal. Myself and Sarah rode with her mom to school in that car when we were little kids. She has long gone and gotton married, has kids and a nice new BMW and I ended up with her mothers Buick. But as old cars are famous for, they eventually break down. I plan on keeping this one, and so ive joined this forum to try and gain some knowledge on the car so some mechanic dosent try to take advantage of me being a woman and all. Im still getting razzed by people I work with on why I just didnt buy a new Accord or Camry. With the economy so unstable last thing I need is a car payment. The Buick is small for its time, it still has go to it, with the 215 V8 , 4 barrel carb and ..... Its paid for. Im into the car for a battery and a muffler so far and ive owned it since last October. It will need a new vinyl top before next winter.

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It does have a NADA book value though 1962 Buick Skylark 2 Door Hardtop Prices, Values & Specs - NADAguides

Thank yopu john, as things go, I hate old cars. I remember getting the hand me down Oldsw Vista-Cruiser wagon in high school, then saving enough money to go buy my own car. A 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. It was a heep. It ran good at first but the starter went out, then the alternator, then they thought it was the fuel pump so I had that replaced but it didnt solve the stalling in it, so it was something else, in the end I replaced the gas tank and it never ran right after that. Then the transmission started to go on it It Always needed work. I drove the heck out of the car and dumped a small fourtune into it. Every week it was something. I gave it to the high school autoshop and found a beater 1985 Ford Escort wagon. Not knowing anything about cars all I wanted was something I could drive and not dump thousands of dollars into. I was tired of cars that constantly need work done to them. Im not a rich person, I dont have endless acres of land. I have a studio apartment in downtown Frisco, so I didnt want another boat for a car. Just as my Ford starting making a unpleasant knocking noise from the motor, I knew judgement day for the car was coming. A shop here told me the motor had a rod knock and they wanted $3800 to replace the engine. I thought that was too way much money to spend. As I mulled over walking into a 5 year marrage to a finance company on some new Honda or Toyota , the Buick came along. I went for it. Theres no blue book value on a 62 Skylark since the car is so old, so I was sure theyd crush it down for scrap metal. Myself and Sarah rode with her mom to school in that car when we were little kids. She has long gone and gotton married, has kids and a nice new BMW and I ended up with her mothers Buick. But as old cars are famous for, they eventually break down. I plan on keeping this one, and so ive joined this forum to try and gain some knowledge on the car so some mechanic dosent try to take advantage of me being a woman and all. Im still getting razzed by people I work with on why I just didnt buy a new Accord or Camry. With the economy so unstable last thing I need is a car payment. The Buick is small for its time, it still has go to it, with the 215 V8 , 4 barrel carb and ..... Its paid for. Im into the car for a battery and a muffler so far and ive owned it since last October. It will need a new vinyl top before next winter.
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Thank you john, as things go, I hate old cars. I remember getting the hand me down Oldsmobile Vista-Cruiser wagon in high school,...

But as old cars are famous for, they eventually break down....

.... Im still getting razzed by people I work with on why I just didnt buy a new Accord or Camry....

The Buick is small for its time, it still has go to it, with the 215 V8 , 4 barrel carb and ..... Its paid for.... QUOTE]

Lisa, Hope you don't mind but I picked out a few things you said for a response.

You'd be totally surprised what that hand me down Olds Vista Cruiser is worth today. I think you'll also be surprised to see what that 62 Skylark is worth today. Regardless of the economy these things are still on the up side and going up as time goes on.

And I have heard that new cars break down too. I broke the remote control key fob on my 06 LaCrosse this winter and I was astonished to learn what that will cost to repair. I repaired the rear quater panel on my 69 GS for less money than this will cost.

People razzing you about a new Toyota or Honda are just jealous. Afterall, you can find your car in the parking lot because of the crowd of people admiring it's unique shape and what it represents.

The last line is the best. The Buick is paid for! There's a lot of satisfaction in that aspect of ownership.

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Thank you for the link Buick Racer, I will be getting in touch with the compact Buick group this week. I have bookmarked it. I hope it is still ok to be part of the boards here.

I did look at the link posted by retirednow and I had no idea that the car was worth what the nana guides says it is. I offed the wagon which my grandmother bought new in 1970 back in the early to middle 1980s , when wagons werent worth anything. It leaked bad. Some kind of fluid, so bad I was not allowed to put it in our driveway or in front of the house because of the big puddles it left. I was offered 200 dollars by the wrecker here for the Monte Carlo. Instead I gave it away to the high school. Im sure the kids gutted it. Had I had any knowing that people actually wanted these cars, id have kept them and done the repairs. I wont go into the 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Model J I passed on that was offered to me by my uncle, it was free of rust and had a nice what he called a Tick-Tock-Tach in it, I had never heard that phrase before , he said the car was sound and that he would not give me a car for christmas that he thought might break down and leave me somewhere but it was an old car in 1988 so I wanted nothing to do with it. He sold it to some guy who wrapped it around a tree somewhere in Sacramento. You all have been great people and have opened me up to these old cars, thank you all very much. I have gained alot of knowledge about the whole old car thing. I will keep this Bucik forever, in fact I am thinking about going out and buying some cheap Toyota and keeping this car parked. I only wish I had somewhere to keep it, instead of sitting on the street, moving it every other day for the street sweeper.

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Tick Tock Tach - great name - it is a round instrument with the clock and tachometer both inside. Large cool factor.

Bruce Andren runs the Compact Buick Club. He is also on these forums and is the Buick Club of America technical adviser for the 1961-63 compact Buicks (Special and Skylark).

Enjoy your ride.

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Hey everyone! Im artie and this is my first buick restoration, and actually the first american car i have owned in my 25 years of living. My buick is 1955 century sedan, with the 322 motor. Prior to this car i have only worked with lexus and hondas. Currently driving a lexus is300, so dont hate me for it.

I have alrwady got my hands dirty, but looking forward to getting even deeper into this peice of history and learning more about these legendary cars.

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Hi, I'm Rich in name only been a AACA member since 07 just got back on the forum today i had log in problems which Peter solved for me - Thanks Peter :)

So i've been checking out the threads and posts

and listing Olds parts this morning you might call it spring cleaning

I have had well over a hundred cars most not running a few drivers through the years

currently have 8 and have decided to sell off all but 2 maybe 3?

I've chased all over the USA putting on many miles and seeing the country from coast to coast

but that's over with ran out of space and can't get anything done on what i have

Time to pass along projects and get my 50 Olds 88 coupe & 53 Studebaker coupe

under way and drive them of course putting the Olds mill in the 88

would help

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Hi to all from Australia, This is my first time on the forum also. I'm a confirmed petrol head and have acollection of cars and motorcycles (including a couple of Indians) to prove it. My current project is a 1956 Buick Roadmaster Riviera. This car was recently imported to Australia. It is in need of a good tidy up but should be back on the road in the next month or two. Also have a restored 1928 Faster 4 Dodge owned by the family since new and the remains of a 1919 Baby Grand Chev, also owned by the family. Hopefully one day I will get Chev back on the road, but it is a big project and will require a new body to be hand build.

Getting back to the Buick RM, my car is in need of a couple of Jbars to replace the rusted out ones that were on it. Can anyone help?

Binnsy

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hi folks,

i'm pretty new to this forum. my lovely girl has a '63 skylark convertible that we're trying to save after a hit and run in brooklyn. i posted a wtb before introducing myself. i'm a bit of a vintage motorcycle guy. that's it in a nutshell. this forum looks great.

best,

jeff

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Hi to all from Australia, This is my first time on the forum also. I'm a confirmed petrol head and have acollection of cars and motorcycles (including a couple of Indians) to prove it. My current project is a 1956 Buick Roadmaster Riviera. This car was recently imported to Australia. It is in need of a good tidy up but should be back on the road in the next month or two. Also have a restored 1928 Faster 4 Dodge owned by the family since new and the remains of a 1919 Baby Grand Chev, also owned by the family. Hopefully one day I will get Chev back on the road, but it is a big project and will require a new body to be hand build.

Getting back to the Buick RM, my car is in need of a couple of Jbars to replace the rusted out ones that were on it. Can anyone help?

Binnsy

Welcome to the board Binnsy. I can't recall which thread it was in but someone made their own using the top corners of a lesser quality rear 56 bumper. You might poke around in thos eof the 56 Buick threads to see this. Otherwise those things in good condition are difficult to find.

Meanwhile, welcome to the forum. There's quite a few Buick Club Members in your area. Hope you can hook up with them. Put a post with some pictures of your car in the Me and My Buick column, and you'd be sure to find these knowledgeable people.

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hi folks,

i'm pretty new to this forum. my lovely girl has a '63 skylark convertible that we're trying to save after a hit and run in brooklyn. i posted a wtb before introducing myself. i'm a bit of a vintage motorcycle guy. that's it in a nutshell. this forum looks great.

best,

jeff

Hey Jeff, that car looks like it took quite a hit, but survived well. Should be worth fixing. If you have not joined the Buick Club of America I would recommend it Buick Club of America - BCA - Welcome. There are quite a few Buick vendors advertising in the monthly magazine and it looks like you're gonna need a few parts to get that Skylark back in shape.

BTW, do you have 5 lug 14" rims on there?

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1989 Buick Reatta. I would like to have it fixed. I drive it but most of electrical needs work. IF I could find a good honest electrician, I will have it fixed. :confused:Otherwise it is for s:oale $2,500

Have you posted this in the Reatta section of these forums? There are a lot of active and very knowledgeable people who own these cars on there.

Buick Reatta - AACA Forums

And welcome to the Forum.

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It is nice to see so many people into these classic cars. I had a 1972 pontiac gto for two months before I blew the engine. Then trying to keep with the classic cars I purchased a 1964 Buick Wildcat. By the way I am SrA Matta of the United States Air Force.

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I am going to take a stab in the dark for you Reggie, but I watch all those car restoration shows and they always have some kind of adaptor for things like that. I am not sure where you can find one but just figured I would let you know.

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Greeting 67Buick225. I have never done this swap but I am almost certain it can be done. I believe the overdrive transmission is a direct fit to the Buick 350 provided you get the one with the proper bellhousing. Can't recall if it's the 200R4 or 700 R 4 trans but think it is the first.

One question I have is: Why do you want to make this swap? If it's for fuel economy I'd be surprised if this combo will accomplish that. The Electra is a heavy car and the 430 is a powerful engine to move it. The 350 ( unless it's a 68-70 high compression 4 bbl engine ) may be underpowered for the job.

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Hey All!

Just found this site, looks like a great source of information. And a fun place to hang out.

My name is Rob, I have a 65 Rivi Gran Sport, its loaded and stock. Its not perfect but its a driver and in really nice shape. Ive had my own auto repair shop since about 79. Im still working, but now its just me and I take the kind of jobs I like to work on. Anyway, I just wanted to say hello to all the members.

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Take Care,

Rob

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Hi Bryan from Charlotte, this is Brian from Charlotte, chapter director of the Carolina (Charlotte) Chapter of the BCA among other various titles. I will send you a Private Message (PM) this evening with my contact info and some info about us local Buick folks to help you with your LeSabre.

With regards to specific so others on the forum can help, what are your needs...parts, tech help, services, etc?

Hopefully if you haven't already you will join the BCA, you can use me as a sponsoring member. Our monthly magazine, the Buick Bugle, is a great source of parts and services advertisers.

We are hosting the 2012 BCA National Meet in Charlotte (Concord, NC), more info to be made public in July so you'll definitely want to attend that as we are planning to get several hundred (goal of 500+) Buicks in attendance.

Thanks for joining us here on the Buick Forum.

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While not new to AACA Forums, I'm a first timer posting on the Buick site. I've been an old car guy since age 13 and have owned more than 100 cars over the years. I'm a hobbiest but I've done frame up restorations and Buy & Flip. I have a tendency to keep them because I fall in love with them and prefer the car to the cash. To me an antique car has to be older than I am, because I'm certainly no antique and nothing built after me is either. (First Baby Boomer)

Primarily I've been hung up on 1934 Fords, but I'm a Buick guy too. My Buick is 97% Buick, 2% Ford, 1% Chrysler. It's a 1935 Series 41 Sedan that has been a cover car on the BSRA magazine and driven regularly. Found in a barn in Wisconsin in January 1996, it took until October 1999 to finish it. The problem with pre 1936 Buicks is the amount of woodwork required to build a solid car. It takes longer than all steel cars, but is also rarer. [ATTACH]89920[/ATTACH]

Due to living in Florida, a car with A/C is a necessity for old car activities June thru September. We also enjoy touring and would like to take the Buick on some big tours, but it's modifications dis-allow that. Consequently you'll see us in a 1934 Ford on the national tours like the Glidden or Sentimental for stock antiques. That's OK too.

Glad to see the Buick Forum is active. I'm in close contact with many other Floridians with Pre WWII Buicks and will share info with them.

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Hi Paul,

Welcome to the Buick Forums. We know you are well experienced in many areas of the old-car hobby, and your thoughts and comments are certainly a welcome and a positive addition to the site.

You are one of those guys who is always willing to offer advice, tools, supplies, etc. You provided me with wheel bearing grease for my 1934 Buick 50 Series when we drove the VMCCA Nickel Tour in Bar Harbor, Maine -- I think it was back around 2003.

We look forward to having you here with us Buick folks.

See you down the road,

Marty

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