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56 Special 4 holer???

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I thought I knew my fifty four,five, sixes pretty well but maybe not. Went and looked at a 56 Special today that had 4 portholes. I think it was a Model 41?which is a 4 door post sedan. Did these cars have 4 portholes. It is for sale for 500 but is rough. Does have one almost perfect j bar and the other is just light surface rust. Someone had already told him something about part of the back bumper being worth a couple of hundred. MrEarl just shrugged his shoulders and kept his mouth shut.... Didn't have much time to look and there was a junkyard dog barkin and growling at me all the time I was there so didn't get to look very close.

so what about the 4 holes??? and did many Specials come with the J bars or just the 41?

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Maybe someone wrecked the car & put a century front end on it.

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Maybe it was fitted with a 56 Century front end earlier in its life.

In my hometown, there used to be a 1975 Electra 225 4 door hardtop with 3 portholes on one of it's front fenders and a 1976 Electra Limited Landau Custom coupe with 3 portholes on each side and a '76 LeSabre grille... I also knew someone who had a 1984 Regal Limited that received a 1983 front end after an accident... The insurance companies don't care too much about originality when they found used parts to repair accidents, as long as it fits there... There is also a 1975 LeSabre convertible in poor shape that has a '76 front end and rear bumper so it now looks like a 1976 LeSabre convertible...

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Years ago, I would routinely see a very sharp and beautiful 1966 Electra 225 2-door hardtop in Eugene, Oregon. I always did a doubletake, however, because the car wore a complete 1966 Wildcat front end assembly.

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OK, I feel better, I'm not loosing it... I thought the same...that it is probably a Century front end. But then I couldn't remember having ever seen a Model 41 before and thought just maybe they did come with 4 holes. So how about the J bars. My last 56 Special Mod 43 didn't have them. I recall there was recently a 54 Roadmaster with 3 portholes on eBay. And come to think of it someone on here (Jim, Pal Buick?) has a 54 Century with 4 portholes. It did have the 2 barrel carb.

I think I may need to go back and look at this one again. Maybe take a couple of stew bones for them junkyard dawgs.

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If it has the optional dual exhausts (that exit through the rectangular cut-out in the rear bumper), all of those seem to be equipped with the "J" bars as you call them or horse-shoes, as I call them. Of course, dual exhausts are standard on the '56 Roadmaster, so you see the horse-shoes on all of those. Not many Specials came with dual exhausts, but it was a rare and available option on those series 40 cars.

My theory here is that if it has dual exhausts from the factory, that seems to be what triggers the horseshoes or J-bars on the rear bumper. Does anyone know that for certain? The horseshoes seem to protect the flimsy little rectangular housings for the dual tailpipes from being crushed (?).

Pete Phillips, BCA #7338

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According to the '56 Buick order sheet, standard dual exhaust on Roadmaster, and available dual exhaust on all other models, but that didn't drive the bumper j-bars. Our '56 Century 66R had J-bars, single exhaust. I just looked through the "Facts about your '56 Buick" Book and the only model without j-bars was the Special Model 48(2 door- Sedan)

Which is online, but I have a copy, on Budd's '56 Buick page

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stupid me didn't think to look at the data plate. I do recall it being a 2 barrel and I am pretty sure there were two exhausts coming out the rear.A single exhaust is typically on the passenger side correct.

there was no one at home the last time I went except the big dog up on the porch with a gate that he could have very easily jumped if I had made too much commotion.

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Lamar, I'm guessing the front clip was changed, looking at the line up of the fender to door and just observation.

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Lamar,Lamar, Lamar,

You have started another thread that will get them all going. There never was a 4 hole special, they all know that, but you have them all trying to justify the 4th hole.

Me thinks that the moon just might be made of green cheese.

L8R,

Stevo

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What are you using as a guide to say that particular car is a Special? If it's just the door, then that door could be just from the wrecker's.

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Well it really doesn't matter now anyhow as the car is history. I received a phone call from a friend and fellow forumer Brad54 that he had ran up on something I would like in a local junkyard. He began describing it and I finished it off for him with "I bet it's black and white with a Special insignia but with 4 portholes. He said yea how'd you know. From what I can gather the guy that was asking 500 for it was moving out of town and ended up having to sell it for salvage. Brad said by the time saw it it was nearly stripped except for the j-bars and a couple of other things which he luckly grabbed. So there goes another relatively solid southern 4 door Buick to the crusher. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

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that is quite sad, you American's really should be more proud of your old cars, I don't think there would be many Ferrari's crushed in Italy.

I suppose 1 positive way of looking at it, my car just became 1 rarer in terms of '56 Buick's.

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Centurian,

That is the second mention of a 1966 Electra with a Wildcat front clip. One of our chapter members here in Texas had one. We called it the ElectraCat. If my memory is holding up, I believe the owners did some research and discovered some cars (11 of them) left the factory like that. Unfortunately, they took the drive train out and parted the rest.

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Hey--I went back to that car a couple of days after I wrote to Lamar--and it was gone. A guy at a local resto/hot rod shop snapped up the whole car--less those J-bars and the little trim pieces between the doors! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> The yard owner said the guy needed a bunch of parts off it, and his buddy wanted the engine, so at least it's gone to good use.

-Brad

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Heeerrrrre's another one. A 55 this time. And it even has the ornaments on the front of the fender. On Ebay

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