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New member 54 Super Convertible, Orange County, CA

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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 bought  the 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)

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Welcome to the 54 Buick Highway Kirk, what a great story behind your Super? look forward to following the restoration and helping in any way we can. 

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Welcome!

These guys on this site are very knowledgable and passionate about the 54 Buick. They helped me greatly so far in my little project and hopefully will continue to help all of us in keeping these awesome cars on the road!

would love to see your Buick photos.

jerry

 

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On 30.11.2016 at 0:34 AM, OCSuper said:

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 bought  the 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)

Welcome!

Also from a 1954 Buick owner in Norway! I also look forward to see the photos!

 

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Lamar, the parts arrived this morning and I'm very pleased with them. Exactly as you described.  With the exception of one sweepspear piece that I'm still hunting for, this completes the needed trim parts for our 54.  They will all be heading to the plating shop next week for new chrome and polish. Thank you for making these available and the very fair pricing and service.  Let me know if you received the payment ok.  Also, excellent job on the packaging!  

Thanks again,

Kirk

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Ahhh,  thank goodness they all arrived ok, I always worry, no matter how well I pack. I spent about 3 hours building the box and packing so looks like it paid off. Glad you're happy with the parts, I was happy to see them all go to a good home. 

Holler if I can help with anything else. 

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On ‎11‎/‎30‎/‎2016 at 5:34 PM, OCSuper said:

. . . Found the 1954 Super Convertible locally from an elderly woman who's late husband was the original owner. . . They were married in Vegas and were together over 40 years . . . I've been saving up and recently got it into the shop for paint . . . OCSuper (Kirk in OC)

Let me guess what the original color was . . . Santa Baby, a '54 convertible, light blue will do . . .

That car will turn some heads. Good luck.

 

Al Malachowski

BCA #8965

"South of the North Pole"

 

  

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Love that song, and Ertha Kit was a real dish too.

I forgot to point out that Kirk here is local to me, just up the hill a bit.  Finally, someone on the forum nearby!

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Thanks Doug. Ed told me you came by Duffys to see about him painting your car.  Hope you guys can work that out.  He does such great work.  Get it in there as soon as possible before he moves north to Oregon.  

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Body and metal work done. She's just about ready for paint!  Body man will be working up some white/cream/tan samples next week to choose from.  All trim and chrome is off to the plating shop for refurbishment. With any luck, we'll have the car drivable before next summer. Can't wait to drive her down the coast on Pacific Coast Highway with the top down.  

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She's coming along nicely, almost ready for reassembly.  ChRome and stainless at the plating shop for another couple of weeks.  Hope to have her back home sometime in April.

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Is that Casino Beige? What paint did you use? how many coats of base/clear you doing? Details, Details...

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It's PPG Thunderbird White.  Two base coats, color sanded, one clear topcoat.  I recently purchased most of the rubber from Steele Rubber Products.  Holy cow, nearly $2k....!  Wasn't expecting that.  Anyway, assembly in progress, chrome and stainless almost done.  I really excited about how well the car is turning out considering the shape it was in when we started.  When I get it back, I'll have a lot of work going through all of the mechanicals and electrical before the upholstery and top is done.  When I get to the brakes, I hope to pick Father Buick's brain on how to convert the plates and drums to the Roadmaster series.  He seems to have a good handle on that.

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Yes sir. This love, hobby or whatever we like to call it ain't cheap!   In the end the cost will not amount to a hill of beans as you cruise your hard work down the road.    

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Just a quick update, body and paint done.  Chrome done and reassembly about 85%.  As soon as the rest of the bits and pieces are installed and the convertible top frame rebuilt, the car will be back home.  I imagine I'll have a couple of months getting the fuel system, brakes, etc, back in order.  Once all the mechanicals and electrical are up to par, she'll be off to the upholstery shop for the interior, carpet, and paint.  I'm really loving how the car is turning out and can't wait to drive it!

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Question for you 54 gear heads: from reading the forums, it would appear that most people prefer the look and ride of bias play tires.  I've been looking at the Coker, Bridgestone, Goodyear, etc. and can't decide which to buy. Any recommendations?  I need to order tires and get the rims to the powdercoater in the next few weeks.  

Thanks, Kirk

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