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  1. Judging from your first picture, your Super looks like it took a hardhiton the passenger's side front bumper corner to buckle the top frame rails.My guess is that the bumper most likely wasreplaced along with other parts.Did you compare theleft and right bumper brackets for straightness? For a rough estimate,drop a plumb bob down from the four outer corners of the frame and mark the points with chalk on the concrete floor.Roll the frame out of the way,measure the diagonals to see how far yourframe wasracked from where the diagonals meet at the center point. Plenty of dimensions in the 1954 Buick Shop Manual, page 432, for reference. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  2. Super with factory air FS...

    Not enough doors.
  3. The nuts you are looking for are knownas CAGE or CAPTURED nuts. Check out Fastenal or similar supply houses. https://www.fastenal.com/products/fasteners/nuts/cage-nuts?r=~|categoryl1:"600000%20Fasteners"|~%20~|categoryl2:"600072%20Nuts"|~%20~|categoryl3:"600074%20Cage%20Nuts"|~ Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  4. Your Atlanta-built Car Serial Number A6022602 isof the early format used byBuick until approximately April 1, 1954. If your Roadmaster had the late-1954 C.S.N. format, itwould read 7A6022602. Unless the C.S.N. tag was changed out,your Roadmasterwas built closer toApril 1 rather than in late June. The change point on Atlanta-built 1954 Buick wiper arms is a higher number . . . A6026378 . . . as shown in the pic's footnotebelow. You might want to try and do an internetsearch using either theBuick numbers or the TRICO numberslisted in the pic or finding an old TRICO catalog.Unfortunately, my Buick parts book does not give any information on the part numbers for these wiper arms after the change point. I do not know whether the early vs. late wiper arms had coarse/fine thread differences since my Buick parts book only goes up through 1954. It might be addressed in a later-than-1954Buick parts book though. Could the suffix 9X after the TRICO heavy duty arm part number stand for9" long? If you or Mr. Earlcan't locate any, I will be visiting a salvage yard again in about two weeks that I know has at least one Super thathas wiper arms still on the car.I took this pic two weeks ago. Do these look close to what you're looking for? Maybe you have a better pic. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  5. My Buick Parts Book shows that for the 1954 Series 50-70 Buicks, there were numerous parts denoted as either (1)the first or second type part (windshield wiper transmission nut for use with either a flat escutcheon or a counter-bored escutcheon); (2) standard or heavy duty part (windshield wiper arm) witha change point defined by Car Serial Numbers; or (3) first and after jobs part (windshield wiper motor auxiliary drive).My parts bookindicates nointerchangeability of these parts with any other GM Marque. Do you knowif you are looking for early or late-1954 parts?The first few digits after the "A" (early format) or "7A" (late format) of your Car Serial Number wouldclarifythe early/late issue. Care to share? Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  6. There is a picinthe 1953 Buick Shop Manual thatis applicable tothe 1953 50/70 Series V8 engine with single exhaust pipe/muffler/tail pipeon the passenger side of the car. Usually if the details don't change drastically, Buick doesn't publish the same pic in the next year Shop Manual.Check it out. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  7. decipher vin plate please

    There were no VIN plates in 1954. States/countries registeredBuicks by either the Car Serial Number (C.S.N.)or the Engine Serial Number (E.S.N.). These two numbers did not match in 1954. ► The first pic isyour E.S.N.:the "V" prefix = V8 engine / 457199falls withinthelate-April 1954 production range / the"6" suffixdenotes it was originally installed in a 1954 Buick Century 60-Series Model. Note that the fourth digit that looks like an "I"in the pic is in reality a"1." ► The second pic is your Body by Fisher Number Plate: G =built and assembledin Flint, Michigan / 5051 = the 5051st Model 66R built / TRIM 61 = GREEN Swiss Dot fabric / PAINT 13K = two-tone paint = BAFFIN GREEN top with WILLOW GREENbelow the beltline / ACCESSORIES B = heater and defroster / I= green-tinted glass. ►The third pic is your C.S.N. tag that is mounted on thedriver's doorhinge pillar. Itshould match the number that is stamped in the passenger's topside of the outer frame rail. The C.S.N. is of the later-1954 format: the first digit =the Buick Model Series / A= 1954 / 1 = built in Flint / 071267 = a sequential build-number for all 1954 Buicks built in Flint, Michigan. Al Malachowski BCA#8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  8. rear axle ratio 54 century 3 speed manual

    ♦If you look on Page 214 ofyour 1954 Buick Shop Manual,the 9 could only mean one thing . . . a 3.9 to 1 rear axle gear ratio . . . that was the standard for the60-Series Modelwith Synchromesh transmission and that is what you have.Optional rear axle gear ratios were not offered in 1954. ♦ A 1954 Buick 60-Series rear axle gear setis listed in the Parts Book as 43:11 which meansa ring gear with 43 teeth and a pinion gear with 11 teeth.Whoever came up withthe idea that it was a 4.11 to 1 ratio, most likely misread it and/ordidn't comprehend what they were reading. To come up with the ratio, divide the number of teeth on the ring(43) by the number of teeth on the pinion (11) = 3.9 to 1. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  9. Interior

    Would you have a colored picture of your Skylark that you could post showing the unusualOE PAINT (#19) andTRIM (#69) color combination? I would be especially interested in seeing a picture of the BLACK leather bolsters and the CREAM leather seats and keeping it in my files. Thanks. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  10. Interior

    Even though 1953-1954 Buick Skylarks were advertised as being available with no options, there is documentation that, at least for 1953, special order interior TRIM jobs and other non-advertised accessories or equipment rolled off the Flint assembly line. Rather than two-tone leather, they weremonotoneor a two-tone leather with a bolster color different than the standard Red, Black, Blue or Green (like Tan). I have never seen documentation of an OE 1953-1954 Skylark with a combination leather/fabric or completely fabric interior. My opinion is that the high-test clientelefor these cars back in those days wouldn't chintz on a few bucks and leather was the status symbol, preferred choice, in luxury automobiles. Whether your proposeduse of fabric would devalue your Skylark, I would say yes, but who knows, it only takes one buyer to like what you like. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  11. Interior

    In your link describing and showing colors for Trim #69 leathers, did you doany research to confirm whatyou're saying is correct and that the seats were BLACK and the bolsters were YELLOW? The 1954 Skylarks that I have seenor have correspondence from Owners confirm just the opposite . . . OE Trim #69 has BLACK bolsters with CREAM seats just like the picture below ofthe last 1954 Skylark built (body production #836of 836) that has been floating around the internet for quite some time.To me,YELLOWas in the Condor Yellow exterior paint andCREAM as in theleather upholstery are not even close. The 1954 Buick Showroom Album also calls it CREAM leather. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  12. Dash board

    A BuickMaster Chassis Parts Bookhasdifferent part numbers for thedifferent colors that were available. With your OE 69Trim =BLACK.With your proposed 66 Trim =DARK GREEN.Escutcheons had a chrome trim ring around the slotted openinglike Father Buick describes in his post above. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  13. Dash board

    The original color of the instrument panel, heater/defroster/ventilation escutcheons, and steering wheel was dictated bythe TRIM color.There were only four standardTRIM colors for 1954 Skylarks. What's your OE TRIM code number? Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  14. Grey Sticky Body Sealer?

    It was known as PERMAGUM back in the days made by 3M.
  15. Are Power Brakes Worth the Bother?

    Ifyou are planning on installing the auxiliary electric vacuum pump and you don't have one,useful when the enginestalls, here's one that you don't often see up for sale in working condition. It is applicable for all 1954 Buicks with the power brake option and is not 'Skylark specific'. . . . . just another marketing ployto jack up the price. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1954-BUICK-SKYLARK-POWER-BRAKE-VACUUM-PUMP-MOTOR-5453679-MORVAC-MORAINE/222242454735?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D7aab804b3e194293af350c3391ecbb52%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D8%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D252816618586 Note that it's the later MORVAC unit and not thefirst-type TRICO Electro-Vac. Also, there is no mention of the relay that you need for this to work properly. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"