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  1. The 1954 BUICK Highway Adventures in Roadmaster Aluminum Brakes Historical Note: I drove a ’54 Special on a daily basis from high school through grad school, and know well what brake fade is. On the fast freeways of SoCal, the old gal, “Louise” was good for the first quick stop, barely OK for the second, and frightening for the third. No matter how well I kept them adjusted, and that does make a big difference, you had to be careful until the drums cooled down. If a new car can stop on a dime, I old Buick needed two bucks and change. Even in the day, Buicks
  2. In October, I flew to Dayton, OH to pick up a brand new 2015 Chevy SS. Made in Australia, it has a 415 HP Corvette engine (LS3), is rear-wheel drive and has a 6-speed manual shift gearbox. These are actually Holden Commodores badged as a Chevy. Chevy imported only about 3,000 of them in 2015 and same in 2014. Only about 20% in 2015 are manual. 2016 will be the last year for them as Holden is ceasing manufacturing in Australia. It was hard to find the exact car I wanted in the color I wanted, so I made a deal over the phone and flew to Dayton and drove it home to Virginia. Got about 2,00
  3. Hi everyone! I became a happy 1954 Buick owner this past Monday, acquiring a '54 Century 4 door. Had been in a barn since 1977, is in very nice shape for it's age. The 322 nailhead runs good, although it's suffering from a loose hub bearing, and has a possible front trans seal leak. I got a spare pair of bumpers, a good drivers side 1/4 panel section and some other parts. Here's photos on the trailer, and once home in My garage
  4. Hi guys, I need front inner and outer wheel bearings and seals for my 54 Century. Has anyone had luck ordering these (or other such parts) from any online parts dealer? There are lots of these on ebay, but no one to talk to to make sure I am getting the right stuff. Thanks for any advice... Kevin
  5. Just got my first classic a 54 Special, 2dr sedan. It needs some work, but I'm excited to get started. Glad to find this site, I'm sure I'm going to have plenty of questions along the way.
  6. For all the 1954 Buick Skylark enthusiasts out there. Ran across this on the H.A.M.B. site. Talent extraordinaire in both the wire wheel builder and the Model Builder. Check out all the pictures. http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/1954-buick-skylark-convert-wire-wheel-project.938258/ As long as I have your attention and for those who don't get THE BUICK BUGLE, I would like to add your name and Skylark Body Production Number/info (if I don't have it already) to my 1953-1954 BUICK SKYLARK OWNERS REGISTRY project as advertised. Let me know if you want to be included in the next editio
  7. Downsizing all my Buick's i have two 54 Century 2 door hardtops that must go both of these cars have current Minnesota titles - both have drive trains update - April 24 2014 price dropped to $800 each for the Century' located just west of Minneapolis Mn about 25 miles from Kansas old photos - from North Dakota old photos - if your interested pm or email Thanks
  8. I'm lucky enough to have three beautiful collector cars. Two of them have very complete packages of Ownership history, receipts, photos, awards,etc. Unfortunately, The car most important to me, my "54 Skylark, has none. I was told the car was owned and restored by a Buick dealer in the Chicago area. Does anyone know of a service or a way to track down previous owners so a current owner might obtain any history of the car? Thanks for anything
  9. not mine http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/5295949813.html
  10. Where does the time go? I bought Cali in 2000, hoping to have it restored for 2004 - the 50th anniversary of both the car, and my parents wedding (yep, they were married in 54). I had hoped I could chauffeur them to their reception, but of course, in 2000 I was 30, young family, house, payments, savings, and of course, no money and no time. At least I was able to borrow a 54 Chev to chauffeur them in on their 50th, but I digress. Fast forward 13 years, and while I have dabbled with the Buick, at my current rate of progress I can expect to drive it when I am 137 years old. Given a recent h
  11. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by seeing these old travel decals on vehicles and campers. It probably goes back to growing up in the back seat of the family cruiser on road trips. The difficulty nowadays in getting these things to work is that they are all old and most of the glue is not useable. It might take a few vintage ones to get one that actually sticks, but as all of you know, there's no substitution for original. Now I know that they reproduce some of these in a convenient vinyl sticker, but where is the soul in that? I wear them like badges, showing places wher
  12. Hello everyone. I'm Matt and this is my first Buick (2 door hardtop). I actually bought this car for my son, Ian, as his first project car. He is absolutely in love with the car and we can't wait to get started restoring it, but we're still in the research and parts scrounging phase. The car is beautiful, but seems to have had a rough life. It will take a lot of hard work to get the car back on the road. I have restored a couple of old chevys before, but have never had the chance to work on a Buick. I am really looking forward to learning all that I can about the car and teaching my son
  13. Can someone tell me where these go. There are two of one kind which have a metal plate with a rubber top. One is shown as one piece the other is shown with the two pieces separated. The other two bumpers are just diagonal rubber. I think they might be for convertible top. Thanks in advance Terry
  14. All: I just received a pair of the glo-brite lenses for my 54 Special. The ones that are on there right now are fine but they've dulled a bit due to age and have a few small cracks. They're free to anyone who wants them. Just pay shipping.
  15. I have had two 54's and had to sell them. Now I want a 53 Skylark. I just missed a white restomod 53 on ebay a week ago. If you all hear of a 53 Skylark for sale Project and not a rust bucket I would appreciate it. Wanting to build one similar to the one on ebay. I know its not a 54 but I would like to try something a bit different. Thanks, Joe Riley
  16. Hey guys, talk about rare. This is a 76R with factory A/C with an asking price of only 1,800. Might be worth a look if you are wanting a project. http://akroncanton.craigslist.org/cto/5009777985.html
  17. That's my question, I have a set that my machine shop got with bearings and machine work. The original (or at least what was on the engine) were pretty flat metal, the ones I have are a composite material. I'm guessing I should be using high compression gaskets, in my build. The engine has been bored out .040, new Pistons bearings and everything is new. The heads have all new valves, guides, springs and new rocker assemblies... How do I tell if the head gaskets are high or low compression? Sorry to seem like a dumbsh## but I have too much money tied up in the unit to start doing stuff wron
  18. Anyone with a '54-'56 Buick knows two things: They came from the factory with a front sway bar, and the front sway bar is a Tinker Toy. Stock bars are .69-inch diameter, with a 113lb/ft spring rate. Wanting something that kept me in the seat around corners, I started manufacturing 1.00-inch bars for these cars, with a 500 lb/ft spring rate. I could have gone up in diameter, but 1.125-inch bumps it up to an 800-lb spring rate, which I thought was too stiff for our Buicks. These are true bolt-ins, attaching to the frame and control arms with the factory mounting points. I've test-fitt
  19. Here is another one up for grabs. Seller claims it is a solid west coast car. Like the saying goes, "Let your money buy you happiness!" http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/4975793188.html
  20. Josh, here is your Century. SOMEBODY needs to jump on this. Too late tonight to call but I will be calling in the morning just to see what it is about. But if it has floors and runs it's worth the asking. It's 4 hours from me but if anybody needs my eyes on it or help getting it let me know. This is a CENTURY folks, a 2 door hard top CENTURY!!!! http://chattanooga.craigslist.org/cto/4932228005.html 1954 Buick Century two door hard top, automatic, 322 nail head engine, car runs and drives. Good project car. 4500.00 obo. Milford 256 878 5563
  21. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1954-1953-Buick-Headlight-Bezels-Fender-Sections-Custom-Frenched-Kit-Barris-/121590915895?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item1c4f622337&vxp=mtr Custom French Kits?
  22. This week I had the greatest 1954 Buick experience of my life. A couple of weeks ago my friend Bob Coker from Winston-Salem North Carolina purchased the one of 1954 Buick Landau at the Amelia Island RM Auction. He invited me up to see it and and that's all it took for me to take off the first day of work that I could and my son Jordan and I headed up there. I have never seen it in person and believe me pictures do not do this car justice. It is the most stately automobile I have ever seen. Stealthbob offered to put some of my pictures on a video so I sent them to him. This he says is his p
  23. Hello. I stumbled across your forum looking for information and parts for....you guessed it...a'54 Buick. A '54 Roadmaster 2 door hardtop to be specific. The Buick doesn't "belong" to me...it's a project our business has and is assigned to me. "The Boss" had this same car new in '54, while working for Kaufman Buick in Spokane. Don't equate "aged" with slow. He's still hell on wheels. AND he wants his Buick up and rollin'. So I am on a mission. Not on a mission for God. On a mission to keep me from meeting God sooner than anticipated. With all that revealed, please be patient with me as I t
  24. My car is an early example (#3085 off the Southgate CA. line) and was equipped only with a steel core seal mounted to the body and the main seal around the edge of the front door. Steele Rubber has a seal #70-0551-73 that they call a jay seal. This seal is held in place by 2 pins and glue. My doors do not have any holes drilled for the pins to suggest where the seal is to mount. I would like to use this seal as my car shows ample evidence of water entry and the Steele web site indicates this seal is used on many cars '54-'56 and beyond. Does anyone have a photo of a car with the jay seal ? A
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