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My name is Bob and I have to admit up front- I'm a diehard Mopar guy! I started out with a 1940 Dodge Business Coupe, then found and restored a 1940 Plymouth woodie (only took 12 years), and now I'm working on a 1951 Plymouth Suburban (all metal, 2 dr wagon). My adult son Jeff, who always wanted an old car to restore, found and bought a barely running 1953 Buick Special 41D. We just spent the last month getting it ready for the local BOP car show in Clovis, CA (brakes, new generator, taillights, hoses, belt, plug wires, etc) and it now runs great! It is indeed a time capsule, with all original trim, knobs, no rust and straight frame...it will be a great restoration candidate...Needless to say it was the only '53 Buick at the show. Lots of Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles. I have to say- Buicks are awesome cars! Jeff and I have located a number of great resources, but want a little guidance as to what to look for during a resto- pitfalls, impossible to find whatzits, etc. I know with the Plymouths, a lot of parts are not reposed, so a parts car is usually needed. Looking forward to chatting with you all on all things Buick!

 

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I've been here off and on for a while. Only Buick I personally have is a 1948 Super Woodie. All the wood is disassembled and much of it needs replaced but it's all good for patterns. Years ago I owned a '34 90 Series Club Sedan in excellent original condition which I foolishly sold because I was offered more than 4 times what I paid for it. I paid $1400 and sold it for $6000. I wish I still had it.

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cool looking car .My next car  to restore is going to be bran new like 1939 .I am working my way up to the 1950 stuff some day !!  -Kyle 

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Welcome, Bob.

 

   Nice first Buick. It is the LAST  Buick straight eight. Specific questions about needs are easier, for me at least, to answer. 

 

  We would like to see you and or Jeff here regularly.  Perhaps start a thread in the "Me and my Buick" thread just a little farther down the page.

 

  Ben

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1 hour ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

Welcome, Bob.

 

   Nice first Buick. It is the LAST  Buick straight eight. Specific questions about needs are easier, for me at least, to answer. 

 

  We would like to see you and or Jeff here regularly.  Perhaps start a thread in the "Me and my Buick" thread just a little farther down the page.

 

  Ben

Thanks Ben. That's a great idea. I will propose it to Jeff. To me, the cool thing about the '53 model year - it's the last connection to the styling of the post-war fat-fendered cars and the legendary straight 8, not to mention 6 volt electrics.

Growing up, we had a '55 Buick Roadmaster, and you saw the tri-five era Buicks all the time, but not as many earlier Buicks.

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Hello from Fort Worth Texas, here is my 56 Super Rivera, Original paint.  Looking to get my dynaflow rebuilt.

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28 minutes ago, Dan Hay said:

Hello from Fort Worth Texas, here is my 56 Super Rivera, Original paint.  Looking to get my dynaflow rebuilt.

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Greetings Dan,  Great car.  Whats up with your Dynaflow that you want to get it rebuilt?

 

 

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14 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

Greetings Dan,  Great car.  Whats up with your Dynaflow that you want to get it rebuilt?

 

It only moves in Low and Reverse.  No High.  It's been that way since I got it. I've only driven it 5 miles (in low) in the year I've had it.  Either the seller was dishonest or the shipper ruined the transmission loading and unloading it.

 

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1 hour ago, Dan Hay said:

It only moves in Low and Reverse.  No High.  It's been that way since I got it. I've only driven it 5 miles (in low) in the year I've had it.  Either the seller was dishonest or the shipper ruined the transmission loading and unloading it.

 

Check all motor mounts and thrust pad are not deteriorated or broken.   Sometimes these will cause issue with  Dynaflow operation.     

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Check your service manual for the trouble section and do the pressure tests.  I doubt your problem will not be fixed without removing the transmission, but you won't know without more information.

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Today we switched to the '39 Special 41C convertible sedan and drove it to church again.  Used one of the '39 Specials for church each of the last three Sundays.  It was really hot today too.  It did pretty good.  Pushed a little gas out of the carb after we got to church and she sat awhile, but she was fine when we got home.  The float must have stuck a little I'm guessing.  Mighty hot in south central Florida these days.

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Hello all. I'm new to this forum and looking forward to all the expert help I can get. My brother and I are restoring a 1955 Buick Roadmaster. We are located in Dallas Texas. We are at the stage of needing to locate an experienced machine shop in the area that can work on nailheads. I have decent mechanical skills and I'm willing to learn, but I am out of my depth on the scope of some levels of what will be required. The engine was running when we got the car, but the car was not road worthy. After pulling and inspecting the engine, I found a cracked piston. Bottom line, we know we will be replacing at least one piston but it seems we should do them all then vs. just the one. I also found something odd. One intake valve was concave whereas all the other valves were flat. It was concave like all the exhaust valves. We are highly confident the engine was never pulled rebuilt (plus there was literally 1" of sludge in the bottom of the oil pan which took years to collect). I've been researching 322's for months - ran across Old-Tanks site and the Centerville site so I understand some of the do's and don'ts. Thus, I need a experienced machine shop reference, near this area, to begin the engine work. Thanks.      

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28 minutes ago, buickbrothers said:

Hello all. I'm new to this forum and looking forward to all the expert help I can get. My brother and I are restoring a 1955 Buick Roadmaster. We are located in Dallas Texas. We are at the stage of needing to locate an experienced machine shop in the area that can work on nailheads. I have decent mechanical skills and I'm willing to learn, but I am out of my depth on the scope of some levels of what will be required. The engine was running when we got the car, but the car was not road worthy. After pulling and inspecting the engine, I found a cracked piston. Bottom line, we know we will be replacing at least one piston but it seems we should do them all then vs. just the one. I also found something odd. One intake valve was concave whereas all the other valves were flat. It was concave like all the exhaust valves. We are highly confident the engine was never pulled rebuilt (plus there was literally 1" of sludge in the bottom of the oil pan which took years to collect). I've been researching 322's for months - ran across Old-Tanks site and the Centerville site so I understand some of the do's and don'ts. Thus, I need a experienced machine shop reference, near this area, to begin the engine work. Thanks.      

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5 hours ago, buickbrothers said:

Hello all. I'm new to this forum and looking forward to all the expert help I can get. My brother and I are restoring a 1955 Buick Roadmaster. We are located in Dallas Texas. We are at the stage of needing to locate an experienced machine shop in the area that can work on nailheads. I have decent mechanical skills and I'm willing to learn, but I am out of my depth on the scope of some levels of what will be required. The engine was running when we got the car, but the car was not road worthy. After pulling and inspecting the engine, I found a cracked piston. Bottom line, we know we will be replacing at least one piston but it seems we should do them all then vs. just the one. I also found something odd. One intake valve was concave whereas all the other valves were flat. It was concave like all the exhaust valves. We are highly confident the engine was never pulled rebuilt (plus there was literally 1" of sludge in the bottom of the oil pan which took years to collect). I've been researching 322's for months - ran across Old-Tanks site and the Centerville site so I understand some of the do's and don'ts. Thus, I need a experienced machine shop reference, near this area, to begin the engine work. Thanks.      

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  Ben

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7 hours ago, dennis78 said:

Hello! I am the new owner of a 1950 Buick Super 

 

 

Welcome aboard Dennis, hope you'll make this a regular pit stop, lots of great technical advice and camaraderie here. Also if you haven't already, consider joining the Buick Club of America   Join the Buick Club   and tell us more about that 50 Super down in the   Me and My Buick   forum

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Hello!

My name is Stig I live in Norway and own a 1941 Roadmaster which I am restoring. I will probably have a lot of questions since this is my first Buick.

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Welcome aboard Stig, hope you'll make this a regular pit stop, lots of great technical advice and camaraderie here. Also if you haven't already, consider joining the Buick Club of America   Join the Buick Club   . Also please tell us more about that 41 Roadmaster down in the   Me and My Buick   forum, those are some pretty rare cars!

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Any relation my favorite Top Gear TV personality...?

 

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4 hours ago, EmTee said:

Any relation my favorite Top Gear TV personality...?

 

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Hey there.  Caleb from Baltimore.  Looks like I'm on my way to buy a 64 Riveria 425.  So I guess I'm not technically a Buick owner yet, but I will be soon!  Looking forward to digging into this forum and exchanging resources.  Haven't fully gone over the 64 yet but might need some new quarters.  This will be my first resto.

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Welcome Caleb. Scroll down the main Buick menu and you'll find a forum dedicated to the Riviera.  Lots of great technical advice, especially for the 63 - 65 and 66 - 70 Riviera owners.

 

Be sure to check out the Riviera  Owners Assn.   There's a l8nk to their website in my signature block.

 

Ed

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