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  1. Skylark for sale on Ebay

    Try years, not months. Just a few possible reasons: ♦ The prices for rebuilt 1953-1954 Skylarks peaked out years ago. One is lucky to realize a return of 75¢ on a dollar spent nowadays. ♦ Current owner trying to recoup close to what they paid for it that might have been an over-priced Skylark. Prior ‘high-test’ owners do not necessarily mean it’s worth more dollars. ♦ Too many Skylark barn-finds have been ‘restored’ recently resulting in an over-supply. ♦ People finally woke up and realized that they are not as rare as everyone thought they were. ♦ High-rollers are more willing to spend their $$ on a 1960sor straight-off-the-showroom-floor muscle car today rather than an older collectible car. You can buy matching his and hers new Corvettes for about the same $$. ♦ According to my records, the restoration was completed around 2010.There could be issues. ♦ Too nice to get it dirty and putmore miles on it. ♦ It's not painted RED. There are a few noticeable details and authenticity issues that haven't been addressed but nothing major that can be picked up from the pictures. Missing pictures of the underside might reveal additional items. For ±$175,000 you would think that you would get the$150 hubcap (not shown)for the spare tire wire wheel. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 “500 Miles West of Flint” https://classiccars.com/listings/find/1954/buick/skylark
  2. Convert 2 door hard top into convertible

    ♦ If you are comparing the frames for all models within the40-60-100 Series,I do not agree based on a picture in the 1954 Buick Shop Manual.That picture shows the number and locations being the same for all 10top-railand 10 outer bracket body supportsfor all 40-60-100 Series models. The trunk/floor pan conversion or swapping framesshould work. ♦ If you are comparing the 40-60-100 series narrower frames withthewider 50-70 Series frames,I agree based on a different picture in a 1954 Buick Shop Manual that shows two more top-rail body mount locations(12) and two more outer bracket supports(12)for just the 56C and 76C Convertibles. In 1953, 50-70 Series Convertible and Estate Wagon frameshad .250"-thick reinforcing (stiffener) plates welded to the underside of the X-member only. Hardtops and Sedans didn't. I doubt it but could you verify ifyour195446C Convertible frame has these reinforcing plates? A BUICK MASTER CHASSIS PARTS BOOK shows a different part number for 40-60-100 Series Convertible frames than it shows for the 40-60 Series hardtops, Estate Wagon, coupes, and sedans and I'm trying to find outwhy. Buick probably changed this detail in 1954 and just went witha heavier than the side rails X-member like Mr. Earl mentioned above. There is a local 1953 Skylark owner here who is converting a 1953 Roadmaster two-door hardtop tub into a Skylark convertible tub by salvaging the bottom of the hardtop body (that has good floor and trunk pans) and welding inthe top beltline of the Skylark convertible tub from the doors back, along with the pockets for the convertible top cylinders and the supports for the top bow hinge's operating mechanism. Therear seat is wider in the hardtop than the convertible too due to the back seat side quarter panels that hide the stacked convertible-topside rails when the top is lowered.Lots of work and fine-tune measurements before final welding and expensive if you don't do your own sheet metal fabrication and welding.Good luck. EDIT:Is there anybody else out there that would be willing to measure their 1954 Buick hardtop, sedan, or convertible side rail and X-memberthicknessand comment? Thanks. Al Malachowski / BCA #8965 / "500 Miles West of Flint"
  3. Trying to find...wheel centers

    I came across this ad in a 2016 magazine. The center cap pictured was the style that I remembered back in the 1970s. Anything with crossed flags was popular back then. TRUERAY was one of the wheel designs made by TRUESPOKE.
  4. Trying to find...wheel centers

    Google TRUESPOKE. They still might offer new center caps for these wires.
  5. Trying to find...wheel centers

    Adam, They look like the old aftermarket 60-spoke TRUESPOKE wheels.We used to call them TRUE JOKES and don't ask me why. You might also want to post a wanted ad on the H.A.M.B. forum for used ones. Good luck. Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  6. Trying to find...wheel centers

    Your 5 1/4" dimension is confusing. The original 1953-1954 Buick Kelsey-Hayes 40-spoke wire wheel hubcap opening is only3" in diameter.Aftermarket wheels? Al Malachowski BCA #8965 "500 Miles West of Flint"
  7. 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"
  8. Super with factory air FS...

    Not enough doors.
  9. 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"
  10. 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"
  11. 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"
  12. 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"
  13. 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"
  14. 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"
  15. 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"