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23 hours ago, B Jake Moran said:

...and that's not a bad color.  I found a really nice reproduction 1939 Century ad for sale on ebay in a dark maroon, also nice.  I am a big fan of Sequoia Cream or similar Desert Yellows but not so much on this coupe.   the beltline moulding helps on this car to accentuate the length. 126 is about perfect for a "normal" production coupe.

 

I found it interesting to see that jump seat in the mess of the interior. So, I guess there was a jump seat or two back there.  Seeing the rotted wood framing between the trunk and passenger compartment must really scare some folks but that wood is 80 years old or so. 

 

What I am worried about in addition to the missing exhaust manifold is the sill plates.  I remember from the older cars I owned that these sill plates are a nice shiny stamping of soft metal.  These I suppose are either long gone or as often I have seen - corroded on the lips or edge and unusable.  I don't know where a person finds reproduction sill stampings.  

 

1939 Buick Door Sills 2 Door 40-60 Series NEW https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F401522585944

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There was no wood in the body construction for 1939, so the rotten wood you saw must have been from something else.  1938 was the last year and only in 80 and 90 series cars.

 

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Someone not wanting to do a full resto could do like Bryan mentioned earlier. Drop in a nailhead, ST400, open drive line and rear from a donor; drop in a couple of big full sized bucket seats and a vintage air unit, weld in sme floor pans, and have a fun way to tool around on a weekend. Or, do Rte. 66 in 39 style with a fairly modern drive train.

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19 hours ago, 39BuickEight said:

 

Billy

Stop that.  That's like leaving a pint of whiskey in front of an alcoholic and stepping away!

Just kidding, those are so beautiful, and frankly at $400, that seems fair.   

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16 hours ago, Thriller said:

There was no wood in the body construction for 1939, so the rotten wood you saw must have been from something else.  1938 was the last year and only in 80 and 90 series cars.

 

Actually, I believe the wood in this is correct.  It's not structural. It was a separator between the back area and the trunk.  I think that is correct from what else I have seen in this deplorable condition.  I could be wrong - and since it was not visible, it may not need to be replaced. But replacement would be something you could get at Home Depot.  Experts? 

 

Still waiting to know what trim code 15 stood for?  The data plate seems kind of vague and uninformative to me. 

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In 1939, the seat frames had wood in them, and rear seat arm rests (in cars that had them) were wood.

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Ah...ok...in that case it would be more carpentry than woodwork, so I don’t think of it as a big issue.

 

The seat frames and armrests could be a bit more challenging to do nicely, but manageable.

 

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