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  1. maybelle

    Resurrection!

    Madam Maybelle attended her first Cruise-In tonight. Such a thrill to have both Madam and the Beast (my Ford truck) parked side by side! All I could do was just sit and stare, still not believing how beautiful Madam turned out.
    7 points
  2. They were full of s***. They hunted up "comps" online. Found a 55 and 57 that recently sold within 800 miles of me. I argued with them providing the hagerty valuation tool and asking them to expand their comps (hemmings, ebay etc). We've reached a settlement and I've already got a "new" 54 lined up... More on that later.
    6 points
  3. Father Buick

    Resurrection!

    Nice to see both you and Maybelle back on the forum!! Oh, the fun of a brake adjustment....
    6 points
  4. Thanks for the kind words yes she is beautiful. I also own a '56 Roadmaster is much much nicer condition but still prefer the '54 style slightly over the '56. What do you all think... heres a photo of the RMS
    6 points
  5. Unexpected Best of Show
    6 points
  6. 5 points
  7. Funny, I was just farting with this lately... You have to remove the switch from the dash, no way around it, to clean and seal it up again. The shorter tube on the unit goes to the vacuum source, the longer one to the pump. First, undo the headlight switch from the dash, and it will set to the side without removing any wiring. It will lay off to the side, just enough. To remove the wiper/washer control, disconnect the cable at the wiper motor, and feed it back under the dash. I connected the loose end to a piece of vacuum hose so as to keep the original routing around and under
    5 points
  8. Well as you all know, my Century was totalled and is being used as parts for my special. However, I couldn't resist the opportunity to own a beautiful, low mileage roadmaster. Thanks to Lamar for trusting me with it. It'll be a while before I have space (at home and on my calendar) to go get Buttercup, but I'm looking forward to it for sure!
    5 points
  9. maybelle

    Resurrection!

    Sorry that I have been away from my 54 family for so long. Too much time now required on computers for the job leaves little desire to deal with one in my off time. I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all of my 54 family (MrEarl, Stealthbob, elpad, Father Buick, and countless others!) for all of the help, advice, and parts in getting Madam Maybelle finally restored. Sometimes it takes a village. In this case, it took a Forum to get the job done. A Forum and Mark with Graveyard Run Restorations to be exact. Madam will be making her first appearance July 15th at the Keeneland Con
    5 points
  10. Just picked up another Buick from down in Georgia. This one needs a lil more love than my last. Currently a 264 and 3spd. Planning for a 1956 322 and matching 3 spd install. Also doing dual exhaust, upgraded brakes, and probably paint.
    5 points
  11. 72gs455

    Moraine pumps

    Update... took it apart because the motor was stuck, Freed it up ang got it to run on 12 volts. They must have sprayed them with undercoating or something. Anyhoo, fresh primer and a coat of paint. Once it’s all dry I’ll cover it with new undercoating or seam sealer to weather out. I don’t think it will see much weather though! The manual ( or something I read somewhere) says to put sealant over the wire penetrations. At least it works!
    5 points
  12. maybelle

    Resurrection!

    Another great time was had this weekend in Atlanta. Lots of friendly people, lots of beautiful cars of all makes, and no rain!!!! Visited with Corky Coker and reminisced about “Uncle Bob” and the 54 Landau. (Somewhere I do have a picture of “Uncle Bob” with the car. 2012 BCA National?) Buicks ruled in my class, American Post-War Production, with Madam Maybelle taking Best in Class and a lovely 1950 Buick taking second. Every car at this show was top quality! Now for a little brake adjustment and a realignment and I am ready to hit the backroads for some fall touring!!
    5 points
  13. Got her running this weekend.
    5 points
  14. At the gym this A.M. I just hit 2k miles since owning it.
    5 points
  15. Avgwarhawk

    54 century 4dr sedan

    I always chuckle a little when others in modern vehicles do a double take as you cruise by on the highway at 70 mph. Or those that attempt to get around me on the on ramp thinking that old green 60 will be putt putt down the road, better jump the on ramp lane and get on the highway ahead of that old green 60. Let me tell you, that old green 60 with the 401, mash the pedal at 45-55 mph and the secondary open up....bye bye baby. I just chuckle...... Glad you enjoy your Buick!!!
    5 points
  16. Almendrón latest pictures, March 2018
    5 points
  17. IIntroducing, jaded 7. She has 41000 original miles Someone got to her nail head and trans..M.I.A.. all stainless is in trunk..
    5 points
  18. Hi everyone. I’m a newbie to this insightful forum. Owned my first 54 Buick in 1977 at the age of 11. A 4 door special. I saved up my money and paid 75 dollars for the car. I still own the car. In 2006 I bought a 54 skylark out of Billings Montana and put it in storage in a barn at my fathers farm in Pennsylvania. 12 years later it’s out of the barn and ready for restoration. The last inspection sticker on the car is from PA dated 1966. I attached a photos of it being taken out of the barn, a picture of the PA inspection sticker, and a picture of it 2 weeks ago in my garage in the early sta
    5 points
  19. charleshane

    headliner replacement

    I finally tackled the replacement headliner job I was dreading. The trimmer who does the cars at work kept me waiting fo 8 months so I decided to do it myself.he had told me to take out the old one and although sound it was very discoloured.it started to bother me when spring arrived and I didnt want to use the car with all the interior trim removed.i have posted a few photos, its not quite finished yet.im currently hand stitching the sun visors using the original trim, this was time consuming but satisfying once done.
    5 points
  20. The family Buick back in 54.
    5 points
  21. All good, Almendrón good 2.. thank you all for concerns
    5 points
  22. Finally sat down to read my July issue of the Buick Bugle and spotted Lamars "Barn find Adventure". What a great and entertaining story of how he rescued 8 old Buicks from a warehouse 50 miles from his home. Can`t think of a better guy to pull that off that than Lamar. Had good laugh about his philosophy "that it`s better to seek forgiveness than permission" from his wife when her agreement to purchase one car suddenly turned into a chance to purchase all 8 at once!!! Best of all he found homes for most of the cars. Thanks Lamar for all you do for us old Buick enthusiasts!
    5 points
  23. elpad

    Girls on '54 buicks

    These are the latest girls on 54 Buicks. Enjoy
    5 points
  24. Just like the pictures of Almendrón
    5 points
  25. Hello everyone, glad to be back on with y’all!
    4 points
  26. Some progress to report. I'll just say that my cars have been happy with COVID... I took a break from body work, and put the engine bay back together, and hope to have the Nailhead running again soon, and the car running around the parking lot for a bit of exercise. It's been very gratifying to put painted and zinc'd parts back together again. You might note a lot of AC stuff going on in here...
    4 points
  27. elpad

    My first Roadmaster.....

    Hey Matt, thought you like to have some pictures of your car when she was still at the Gardens!
    4 points
  28. wndsofchng06

    Resurrection!

    Was great to meet you!
    4 points
  29. Is that where the term “granny gear” came from? Low and slow miles...?
    4 points
  30. No spray booth, just a lot of cleaning and some color sanding on acrilyc urethane, single stage. I am really happy with the color and how it went down. Next job will be the roof in Cavalier Blue. Think of Al's blue Roadmaster sedan, that color. Since it has metalic in it, we will do a two stage paint. And for once, I can start putting parts back on the car again, turning wrenches to the right!!
    4 points
  31. Well, it had to be August before I could pick up my ´54 Special in Stettin, Poland and drive it back home to Bodoe in Northern Norway. 2000km (=1250 miles) went nearly as a dream, some small issues along the road, but nothing serious. Thanks to elpad, who gave me the address to SMS Fabrics, where I bought fabrics and vinyl, in the same pattern and color as he did for his car. Also many thanks to Fader Buick, whom I visited in LA this summer. His hospitality towards a complete unknown Norwegian warmed, and we had a nice time in his garage and also at the Newport Beach, where we got a
    4 points
  32. I don't get some of them. A few years back I went to World War 2 Weekend held every year in Reading PA. There's was a P-40 Warhawk owner sitting with his plane waiting for his turn to fly and demonstrate the aircraft. I thought he would not be interested in talking with me. Pilot and owner of an authentic P-40 an all. Low and behold, the gentleman was not only inviting but spoke with me for over 30 minutes and had no issue with me touching the P-40. I was all over it. Sadly though, he crashed the P-40 in the Hudson off Long Island NY. the following summer He and the plane were n
    4 points
  33. Before I hang up the tennis shoes.... I need to own a Ragtop!
    4 points
  34. At good guys today
    4 points
  35. 4 points
  36. Vindictive

    Column Harness

    Completed the horn contact and turn switch re-wire job. It really wasn't too bad of a job. The horn contact was destroyed. A piece of it was completely missing. I never did find it. The rubber bushing that the contact is seated on was completely loose and sliding on the steering shaft. In fact, I believe that the rubber had slid out almost completely from underneath the brass contact as it was much lower on the shaft than where it should have been positioned when I pulled the column off, and there was a rub mark around the steering shaft where the rubber should have been that that would cor
    4 points
  37. maybelle

    Resurrection!

    Thank you, Beautiful 72R. A photo of your car was posted in my shop as an encouragement for what we hoped Madam could be one day. I think it was that fall picture that ended up in the Bugle. Yes, I get a lot of positive comments on the color. And a lot of "what the heck are those?" pointing to the A/C tubes. I just wonder how many of the 54 72R A/C cars were the two tone green ours are? MrEarl's High Society was also a two tone green. HS is resting quietly in the pasture in Middle TN after giving her all to bring both Madam Maybelle and Almendron back to life. She's become a shop m
    4 points
  38. Nothing like resurrecting an old post! Almendrón has been together for quite sometime now, seem some shows, trophies and weddings.... these were last night
    4 points
  39. Put the rear bumper on today...
    4 points
  40. Thanks guys, it was indeed one of the greatest adventures of my life. I was truly and I do mean TRULY blessed to have been given the opportunity by the owner to buy the cars and at a price that I could turn around and sell them to others for a very fair price. See if this link works for bringing up the Buick Bugle article Barn Find Bugle final.pdf
    4 points
  41. mikecad

    54 buick

    just signed up , I've been a car guy for a long time , I just acquired a 54 buick & it needs a lot of help. I'm hoping some of you can assist with some of the things i'm gonna try & fix . thanx in advance . Mike
    4 points
  42. Forgot to post this one. Got me 1st on my class last month at the Fairchild Tropical Gardens show!
    4 points
  43. Like button installed!
    4 points
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