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Derek:

Nice 29 car!!!

If it were mine I would think twice before restoring a car this good. A car can always be restored but never unrestored.

The Archival Award for my 29 is the best award I have (close second is the 95 hard luck award).

The best part of owning these old cars is driveing them. Many owners of these old Buicks fear driving them on long trips but have no fear a 29 was ment to be driven just as it came from the factory. Bill McLaughlin and I have driven our unrestored Buicks thousands of miles with less problems than newer cars.

I hope you enjoy your Buick as much as I do mine.

Terry29-26

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Thanks, but I'm not sure it would qualify for archival anyway based on some stuff that has been changed on it...I suppose I should look into that...there is enough that needs to be done to get it up to snuff that it is probably worth doing it all (or at least what needs doing).

I've e-mailed with Bill and now have a small box of material that I need to read through...not sure yet when I'll make the time.

I do look forward to being able to drive this car. My wife really likes the body style and I think this will be the impetus for her to get comfortable with a standard transmission (she has driven one before, but not much and doesn't have a pile of confidence).

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Derek,

There has not been much communication on this since this new forum section was started, and I think your questions initialy was what age cars do the people on thie site owning/driving. My advise on the standard transmission - I wish all my drving cars were automatic, so I just had the '32 with manual. One time I may back into someone - last time almost my son, as my Diesel VW used for work, has the 1st gear in upper left, while the '32 (I need to keep reminding myself) that is reverse. I guess, when I first take it out in spring, I should use a Post It note with the H outline to remind myself as I have seen others do. Maybe you can do that for your wife once it is on the road.

John

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John,

You're right, very few have responded to the original question. I currently have a 1913 Model 31 Buick touring, a 1915 Model C25 speedster project car, & a 1931 Model 57 sedan with side mount. I gave my son a 1929 Model 27 sedan with side mount for his college graduation gift last summer.

Mark Shaw

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John,

I hope this forum will be informative and helpful for owners of prewar Buicks.

I myself have one Roadmaster 4-dr Sedan from 1936, which was restored 25 years ago and one Roadmaster 4-dr Convertible Sedan, ready 11 years ago. The last one is in the forum "Me and my Buicks".

Mats Ahrin

Sweden

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Looking forward to seeing a lot more posts on this forum from pre-war Buick restorers!!

Having just sold my 1928 24X Sport Roadster ( through the for sale forum ) I am now preparing to restore a 1934 Series 40 Roadster. These were unique to Australia with General Motors Australia producing only 46 of this body style in 1934.

Mine is body number 26, three other 34 Roadsters are known to have survived. Because of the rarity of this car I am keen to restore it and is the major reason I parted with the 28 Roadster. When purchased it was 95% complete, but has seen a tough life with its last working days seeing it used by roo shooters on a station.

I'll attempt to attach a photo.

Would like to hear from any other 34/35 series 40 restorers.

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As of June 17th I am the owner of a 1932 Buick Model 67 with 9566 Miles on it!

Black car, several options, wood wheels with spares, no rust, car runs after sitting in storage since 1932/33. Widow did not know husband had the car (it was his father's we think. Car was in storage with lots of other stuff and when Widow and son/daughter went to see what was there found the car and lots of other stuff.

I bought it from a restorer in Connecticut who will restore it after I see it first hand and decide what to do. I have attached a photo of the car above.

Chuck Nixon

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I have a 1930 model 46 Business Coupe. It is a "driver", not a show car. I have kept it pretty much stock except I have installed 3.55 gears in the rear (Joe Krepps). I drive it A LOT. However, my baby needs an engine rebuild which I will do this winter. Too bad, it runs great and doesn't knock. The oil pressure goes way down after it warms up as the bearing clearance is in excess of .004".

I'm sure I'll be begging for advice when I start tearing it down.....

thanks all.

Mike

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Chuck,

I am glad to see your posting. In some respects, I feel like a godfather to this car, as one of several invited to look at it when first discovered. I wish you well on this project, and am ready to help. I am also glad you joined the forum. I am sure you will find it useful. I will try to get as many pics of the 32s, especially this series for you from Batavia, as I hope we see many more there.

John

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Derek,

Great shots of the 29 Buick. I restored a 29-27 116 series and gave it to my son for graduation from college last year. It included a spare engine now being rebuilt. Although there are size differences in most of the parts, I may be able to help with some of your restoration questions. Check online for Bob's Automobilia to get your radiator script.

Mark Shaw

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I do not have an "old" Buick anymore. I drove a 32 model 97 all over the country back in the 70s, but I opted for hydraulic brakes after a few close calls. I have a 1940 model 56C which I have driven over 100,000 miles, and enjoy immensely. I also have a 37 model 46 which has been "modified" ( there was not enough of the coupe there to ever bring back to stock"

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Check online for Bob's Automobilia to get your radiator script.

Mark Shaw </div></div>

Thanks for the heads up Mark and the compliments on the photos. Some day it will actually look nice in the photos.... As it is a McLaughlin Buick, it actually had a script on the headlight tie bar instead of the radiator...there are a few of those slight differences that I will need to work through. Thankfully, Bill McLaughlin, who runs the '29 Silver Anniversary Buick Club is also Canadian, so is aware of some of those differences and will be a valuable resource for me.

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Picture attached of my newly aquired 1934 8/40 sedan that we drove out of a shed where it had been sleeping for over 40 years! Nice and complete and solid as a rock. Needs a resto but it is all there and drives nice. It's Right hand drive, body made by Holden GM Australia and has some subtle differences to the Fisher body.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">That's such an exciting McLaughlin! IMHO, Buicks in the rough have a visceral appeal unmatchable by restored cars. Does it run? I'd like to include one of the images, with your permission, on www.PreWarBuick.com. Drop me a line if that'd be OK. The 1929 year was a honey and a real watershed year for Buick. You've picked up a winner. </div></div>

The car is supposed to run, although I haven't heard it yet. The owner had rebuilt the carb last summer before passing away some time in the fall / winter. I have to go out to where it is stored and do some mucking around / taking more photos - if I have time on that day, I might try to start it.

I'm flattered you want a picture - feel free to take a photo from my '29 McLaughlin Buick page. If you want a higher resolution shot, let me know which picture tickles your fancy and I can e-mail you the original high res shot from the camera.

I'm still not sure why I own it, but I'm not upset about it. cool.gif

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I just picked up a '40 Special 4dr sedan.

Engine runs strong and tranny seems good. Brakes are locked up so that's the first order of business.

Body is good, but needs new running boards and both bumpers.

Also needs all new glass and rubber, plus interior.

If there are any parts out there available, please let me know what you've got.

Is anyone aware of a website devoted to '40 buicks?

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Congrats on the recent procurement...be careful though as you don't want Lucille and Roxanne to get too jealous <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

I can't speak to parts at all as that is a gap in my collection, but Bob's Automobilia is a good place to start. Also, The Buick Farm may have a few things for your car.

Good luck with it.

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