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  1. I have just replaced the stock springs for 3in lowered springs in the rear of my car, Looks amazing so far, I ran out of light for better pictures. But you will notice before and after shots. Tomorrow is a new day and more to come...
  2. Ok, now she's lowered, has functional lakepipes and12" glasspack mufflers, wheels painted red and new 50's style flying saucer hubcaps.custom flame paint coming soon! Still drives like a dream!whatcha think fellas?
  3. I have an opportunity to buy a front lower NOS bumper that has never been installed at a reasonable price (considerably less than having one rechromed). I have a couple of concerns. 1. I have been told by others that 1954 chrome bumpers are of poor quality because during the Korean War nickel wasn't used. Is this true? Would I be disappointed over time? 2. If I would buy this NOS bumper, would it match the upper bumper that I plan to rechrome or would there be a noticeable difference in appearance between the two? Thanks
  4. My 1954 2 Door Century

    Hi There, I'm a Newbie, Here are pics of my 54 2 door Century. I live in Melbourne Australia
  5. Barret Jackson Sold

    Yesterday @ WPB, FL for $155,000, if anybody knows the guy in the orange shirt, please let him know of the Highway!
  6. Well another long weekend of preparation and patience resulted in this: All I can say is
  7. Dream car, anyone? :-) Located 235 miles away from Athens, Georgia.
  8. Girls on '54 buicks

    Well here goes. This here is a take off of a thread I started sometime back over on the BCA Forum called "GIRLS ON BUICKS". It was a big hit and has been imMENsely enjoyed. * I have had several requests off and on line to carry it over to here. So with no further ado, here it goes. PLEASE feel free to add your own "Girls on '54 BUICKS" Remembering of course that this is a family oriented site and to keep your comments gentlemanly (and lady like) *The first pictures are of my wife's and my good friend Terry that came to visit at the time that the 05 Buick Nationals was going on in Batavia and I was missing it. Sorta as some solace. I was showing her Buttercup and noticed that her dress was the same colors as Buttercup and even the peachy Fuzzy Navel she was drinking from the Buick goblet all matched. So I asked her if she would mind if I took a few pictures. * The rest is history. (As I thought I would probably be as soon as Terry left.) I have since asked that when she comes to visit she wear something in Gulf Turquoise and Cavalier Blue. That sadly hasn't happened. * Yep, I is one lucky guy........(to still be alive that is) *;D
  9. First time Buick owner. My wife has had a long fascination with old Buicks and I searched several years for an affordable Convertible. Found the 1954 Super Convertible locally from an elderly woman who's late husband was the original owner. In fact he met her while driving the car in Las Vegas on the Strip. He pulled over and started a conversation and a romance blossomed. They were married in Vegas and were together over 40 years until his passing about 7 years ago. She is thrilled that we now own the car and intend to restore it to its original glory! I boughtthe car as a surprise gift for my wife about 5 years ago for her 50th birthday, but had to use the restoration $$$ for my daughter's wedding. I've been saving up and recently got it into the shop for tear down, body, paint, and chrome. Car has currently been media blasted, patched, repairs, primed, and is just about ready for paint. Will post photos and progress as we go forward. Thanks for the great site to get 54 Buick owners together! I'm very excited and encouraged by the vast body of knowledge and resources that the members possess. Was able to meet with Father Buick yesterday and spoke by phone with Mr. Earl today to help with a few missing trim parts. OCSuper (Kirk in OC)
  10. Skylark Pictures

    Mary Kay Lark?
  11. A bit of background music seems appropriate.... click, then click back here A couple of weeks ago I got an email from my good friend Bob Coker, owner of the 1954 Buick Landau Concept Car. He reported that he had found a buyer for the Landau and it would be heading to a private museum in Louisiana within a week or two. As a lot of you probably know, ever since Bob purchased the car at a RM auction at Amelia Island back in March of 2010, he has most graciously allowed me to participate in helping to carry it to shows and act as chauffeur and custodian to display and reveal it to the public unarguably more than it has ever been since it's debut at the General Motors Motorama shows back in 1954. There were many miles of smiles during the making of one of the best friendships of my life during these travels. From Ames, Iowa where the car WOWED it's place into a Gold Senior and ladies were welcomed to pose in the back seat... to Amelia Island Concourse De Elegance where it sat proudly amongst other similar Landaus of it's day. Bob is not one to pose for the camera and this next picture was taken the first day I visited Bob and the Landau back in 2010, and is one of the few I have ever been able to get of him and the car. Upon hearing that the Landau would be leaving Bobs shortly I quickly put all else aside and made plans to visit with Bob and the Beautiful Landau one more time. Here are a few shots of that day. I hope these pictures show half of how beautiful and exquisite this one of automobile is. I wanted to capture as many good and detailed shots as possible as I know many of you have never seen the car in person and now may never will, since it is going to a somewhat private museum with limited showings. Enjoy!
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    Facebook is a great way to connect people. So why not connect 1954 Buick people and lead them to our forum family?
  13. I am ready to order a set of bias ply tires for my '54 Special 2 dr. HT and want to be sure that I get the correct whitewall width and also the correct (as original) size tire. I guess I will need a crossover size from the original size? At present I have a good set of whitewall radials, but for judging want to go for a set of the bias tires (and tubes), if correct. Also any vendor recommendations after I get the correct size and whitewall width? I saw a spare tire that Steve from I Motors had in his '54 Skylark and it had what appeared to be an original label attached to the tire, except that it said "Tubeless". Steve's tires were bias with tubes as I understand it. I am hoping that I can get a similar label for my spare, and I may be able to remove the word tubeless - not sure but might be worth a try. What would it say on this label for a bias tire with tubes? Maybe just remove the word "Tubeless"? Thanks, Fred
  14. Tires

    Has anybody had any feedback on the 800-15 General Dual 90 3" white wall sold by Lucas? Almost time for new shoes!
  15. Edith is in need of a new headlight switch. Anyone have one for sale? Thanks,
  16. Thought it would be fun to post some of your favorite videos. They can be songs, family or just plain weird. To post a video just clik the "Film strip" button above the box you type in and enetr the link. That's it! :popcorm2::popcorm2: I will start it off:
  17. The restoration of the Buick super 2 door hardtop is going quite well except installing the side windows. The worst part of this restoration has been installing new window glass. I have already broken three pieces of glass. The side window frames came back from the chromer and for some reason they were off square and the glass would not fit. I had to buy new window frames from Cars. Now, the question is: there is a track in the door where the window frame slides down into the door but there isn't anything on either side of the inside of the track to keep the window frame from rattling back and forth. Is there some type of felt that fits into the track to keep the window frame from moving in the track? What can I use in the track? Thanks.
  18. My rear window molding came loose. Took out the rear window and put in a new window seal. Three of the clips holding the molding are rusted out and gone. I have looked and called everyone I can think of, but there is no place where they can be bought. I need three of them to put my window trim back on. I have a picture of what they look like. Please check through your things to see if you might have a few hidden away. If someone out there would make them, then they would be the only one in the world who would have them and they could be sold for '54,'55,'56 Buicks, Cadillacs, and Oldsmobiles.
  19. two more for racepoint

    guys look what we bought coming next month to the netherlands the green one is a 55 century is all original never touched, guy was drive it from manitoba to b.c in 1983 parked it in his garage and did nothing to it until a month ago we bought it original 50006 miles on it and the interior is in a amazing condition the blue one is a 55 too its a special, guy did the engine and transmission bodem and brakes he is 89 years old and lost interest can you believe it:laugh1: lol. i'm going to make some people very happy with these
  20. sticky for subscription?

    Wasnt there a sticky for the subscription to manuals here? Where did it go? how do I find it? i know it was only 1.99 then poof gone! help! I need this!
  21. Howdy folks! After almost four years, my harddrives are full of Buick stuff. Too much to continue scanning for a couple of months. That gave me the opportunity to study which way would be the best to provide you - the 54 Buick Highwayers - all manuals, books and guides I have. Or if you all aren't interested in it. I tried many different technologies over the past weeks. One thing is absolutely sure: There isn't a perfect way to provide our type of literature. So every solution has advantages and disadvantages. I want to present you a way that has - in my eyes - many advantages: Its a pageflip tool with lots of features: The publication is fully searchable. Test it. Type in "screw" and you will see what I mean. The "Table of Contents" makes it easy to find quickly what you want. It also has thumbnails naviagtion. You can set bookmarks (useful for large books with lots of pages). We can link diretly to a certain page. A good feature for our forum! Example: directs you to page 18. It has a zoom function. So you don't have to put on your glasses. If you double click on a page, it will be zoomed quickly in and out. The fullscreen function allows a very good visibility! Depends on your monitor... A small plus for our iPad or iPhone users: Its compatible! You can view ontour. If you have opened the link yet, you will immediately see that its (as Stealthbob called it) "heavily watermarked". Thats true. For a good reason. You can buy lots of manuals as PDF on Ebay. I have put MANY MANY hours into that and don't want to give it away for free. Or do you know anyone that will work a couple of years for free? Thats why I considerred two options: To prevent printing OR to make a strong watermark. I bought this manual for 30 USD some months ago - plus shipping to Germany. Speaking of work: It took some hours to scan this manual. After that, converting into a useful file format. With an OCR software I made the document searchable. The next step was to transform all the data into this pageflip software. The final step is to optimize the document (creating the linked "Table of Contents" for example, that is manual work!) and put it online. All in all, I want to provide all of my stuff to people who need it. Therefore I thought of a subscription method. Maybe 1.99 USD for this manual per year. This way would be great for restorers. They subscribe as long as they need the info. If that particular part of the restoration is finished, he just don't renew the subscription for the next year. I would offer a "package price" for all publications. My questions are: Do you like this software? Do you think this price model would be fair?
  22. Body Colour

    Hello I am restoring my Skylark and the paint code is 16 ie Lido Green. Is there anyone who knows how to get the correct color for the Lido Green and the upper dark green for which I dont know the number or the name. The old paint it probably not authentic so I cant use it for the formula. Many thanks for advice.
  23. Anybody switched to electric wiper motor and retained the look of the stock wiper switch? Most of the electric motor kits I've looked at come with a universal type switch to replace the vacuum switch. I'd like to keep the look of the original bezel ring and switch. Not sure how easily it can be adapted.
  24. Cad plated parts

    Ok....a much smaller idea to my other brain buster of listing all restoration parts and their finish. I want to start assembling together what needs to be done so I can have it done. Help me make a list of all the parts on a 1954 Buick that should be plated. First off, the hardware....should all the bolts be plated? Break Backing Plates Brake booster Carb links Pulleys/Gen fan Is this a matter of if not Chassis Black then its plated? Maybe I should approach it a different way... Just take a pic of every part in my "Pulled Part" inventory and indicate how its to be refinished......yeash here I go again. My ambition is writing checks reality can't cash.
  25. We want the 1954 Buick Forum to be a place where folks gather to not only talk about their cars but also to get to know each other and build long lasting friendships. To that end, we feel it is important to learn a little about who you are. So please tell us about yourself, your family, where you are, what you do when not playing with your 54, and where, why and when did you fall in love with the ’54 Buick. When posting in the Introductions Forum for the first time, please include in the Subject line what country or state you are from. This will help newcomers see if there is anyone near them on the forum. Save your car info and stories for the next forum down, THE BUICK SHOWROOM