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  1. my 54' super

    Hey, Seth, tell us when you have it ar a local show orvsome mthing. I would love to see the car...
  2. my 54' super

    Nice to see the progress, keep it going!
  3. What oil for lifter break-in?

    So as I understand it, all the new cams are of the softer metal and have to be used with newer lifters. I guess it is best to buy a complete set of lifters and pushrods to be safe. I was also advised by Russ Martin to use a 56 distributor, as the gear will mate better with the softer cam. That also means the set of NOS 54 lifters I have been trying to complete - only missing one! - is practically useless...
  4. I have good used, if interested. PM me.
  5. The 4brl swap does make a nice difference over the 2brl I tried my hand at rebuilding a Carter, found a set of correct hard lines and filter, and put it on my Super. Consensus seems to be that the Carter is better choice, but expensive and hard to find. There was a Stromberg off a Roadmaster in New York recently on Ebay. It may still be available. Oily and grimey is far better than dry and crusty. It preserves the carb.
  6. 54 buick special parts

    The most valuable thing will be the pumpkin, if the gears are still good. Forget trying to ship the whole thing. I would suggest you advertise on the Buick Club forum. A lot of the guys with earlier Buicks - back to 1941, I believe - can use those gears in their original rear end for better highway driving. You might get a better price if you have the pumpkin examined at a local rear end shop for lash and wear. Clean it up REALLY GOOD before you pull it off the axle housing. You want the bearings and all to stay super clean. The Buicks with big engines came with 3.4 gears in '54 and '55, and these are the cat's meow. The Special, I believe came with a 3.6 with Dynalfow. The guys with the older straight-8s think that ratio is a nice balance between highway and off the line. Be patient, and the right owner will be desperate. For current pricing, there is a set of 3.4s out of a 54 Roadmaster in NY for $199 on Eaby. That strikes me as a good deal, but it has been sitting there a while, which is the market talking. If you can get yours checked out professionally, you might do better BTW, if you drive one of these Buicks with an eye towards miles and long-term ownership, you want an extra set of gears on hand. Have the brake drums measured with a micrometer, and they may sell too. The Specials had unique drums on the rear for a 1.75 inch shoe. All the other models got a 2.25. The rest of the rear end aint worth much... All depends on space for storage, your persistence in advertising, and your patience.
  7. Parts around Miami/Orlando

    Here he is below. Russ is located in California. http://centervilleautorepair.com/
  8. Did you ever get the pictures I sent?
  9. There will be a few dabs of color on the steering housing. They seem to be factory assembly marks, and the guys who knew what the would signify are long gone... I left mine on the housing, cleaned up the rest with wire brushes and degreaser, and clear-coated the bare metal. It was not painted at the factory. Follow the service manual step by step, and you will be impressed with your own talents! One word of advice, fill it with gear oil on the bench and leave it for a few days to check for leaks. Mine leaked out the side plate and its attaching bolts, and fixing that on the car was no fun.
  10. Parts around Miami/Orlando

    Talk to Russ martin at Centerville Auto Repair. You will find him on the web. He knows what you need, and likely has it on hand...
  11. WTB 1954 Buick Special parts car

    I might have a few good pieces for you in SoCal. Where are you located?
  12. '54 better than other years??

    Looks wise, you bet. Vastly better looking grill and hood ornament. Steering wheel also more impressive. A nice mix of traditional Buick elements along with the newer GM body design. But 55 had more horsepower and an improved dynaflow. De gustibus non disputanda.
  13. 1954 Super 4-door

    Welcome, and what a great car! I have been driving and working on them since high school. You will find good help here. Also jointhe Buick Club, hopefully there is an active local chapter, as guys are often happy to help out. Where are you located? Search this forum, many issues have already been discussed. Brakes first, replacing the 3 rubber hoses and 4 wheel cylinders, all locally available, and rebuild the master cylinder. Before you start the engine, do some careful prep before. This has been discussed. Have fun!
  14. Out from a long hibernation in the barn

    Wow, congrarltulations!!
  15. On this day in 1954.....

    Love that song...