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Old 02-04-2011, 11:10 AM   #155
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Wow - looks like you finally got a good shine on that trailer - I know you were having problems getting it polished

Nice Buick - I bought at 39 Buick to pull my trailer - its at the shop getting rebuilt...

Seems like the trend is get an old Airstream, get vintage stuff to put in the Airstream, get an old car to pull the old Airstream - whats next? Boy are we sick...

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Old 02-10-2011, 11:24 PM   #156
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Averaged about four miles per,...

I'm here to talk about it, and enjoy and have worked on most of the great vehicles pictured in the posts above. Just thought y'all would enjoy some more history!...

Still got us west on a huge journey!!!! Y'all can read more about it here in this thread;
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...iss-45149.html

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#1. 1949 Buick Roadmaster, Back in the Day !

#2. Longer Than Most, In Them Times!
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:16 AM   #157
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Nice Buick - I bought a 39 Buick to pull my trailer - its at the shop getting rebuilt...
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Hi, Ken. When I was a young boy, my Dad had a 1939 Buick 4 dr with a straight eight engine. I really liked that car and it looked great too. When my Dad was done with the Buick, he offered to give it to my oldest brother, since he was the only one old enough to drive. My brother didn't want it so, I believe it went to the junk yard. Do you have pictures of your Buick and is it original [straight eight] or modified?
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Old 02-11-2011, 07:57 AM   #158
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About 30 years ago I recall one of the neighbours having one of those older Buicks. Was a real nice looking car.
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Old 02-11-2011, 08:51 AM   #159
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1939 Buick

Here is a picture of the car on the trailer - this picture was taken right after if was pulled out of a garage where it had been stored since 1955! Believe it or not, we pumped up the tires and they are holding air just fine - hmmm maybe I should keep them - not...

Sorry its a little bit dirty - its just so hard to keep the dust off for 55 years...

The car is in the shop getting rebuilt - I know some of you may cringe, but I'm going to pull the motor and replace it with a brand new v8 - because its going to pull the trailer, it needs a little more unmph than that old 108hp straight 8

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Old 02-11-2011, 09:04 AM   #160
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You are making me envious.....Luv them Buicks for the task at hand. Will you show me the Buick at the Rally? I wanted to put a new and big Buick motor in mine but it involved way to much because of that closed driveline.....1958 Super.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:22 AM   #161
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I hope to have it back on the road by the rally - just depends on the mechanics schedule who is rebuilding the front/rear end, putting in motor etc - its going slow.

Does yours have a torque tube? Is that what you mean by closed driveline? If so, not that big a deal to convert.

Would love to find a nailhead v-8, but probably go with a 350 - they are really not that expensive

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Old 02-11-2011, 09:26 AM   #162
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What are you going to use to re-power the Buick? What about the 350 Buick engine used in the late 60's? You could use a 4 bbl carburetor or use an aftermarket throttle body system.
I put an aftermarket throttle body system on my Jeep pickup with AMC engine and it drives like a modern day vehicle. Once the initial tuning was completed I have never had to touch the system again. The systems use all off the shelf GM parts that could be sourced in at any automotive parts retailer.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:31 AM   #163
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The Buick purists are really given me a hard time using a new crate chevy moter - if I could find a really good Buick 350, that would be perfect, but a brandy new out of the box 350 is only about $2200 - and yes I plan to us a 4bbl carb. What would be REALLY cool is a 455 - there is tons of room - the 350 will look tiny in there.

You have the right idea, I want a vintage car with all brand new (as in reliable) running gear.

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Old 02-11-2011, 09:38 AM   #164
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Forget the purists, the Chevy crate motor is going to be perfect. Can't wait to see pictures of your restored Buick once it's out of the shop, and then especially pictures of it towing your beautiful Olander.
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:23 AM   #165
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If you wanted to go a with bit more complexity up front another possibility would be getting an engine out of a modern vehicle with the computer and transmission combination. You would have the best of both worlds.
On the other hand 4 bbl carbs will give you a lot of power and simplicity but you will loose more power if you travel in elevation. Throttle body systems and modern fuel injection systems can compensate for elevation changes by changing the engine timing and mixture on the go.

Here are two possibilities for fuel injection.

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Old 02-11-2011, 07:35 PM   #166
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We took a LT1 tuneport engine and a 4L60E transmission out of a wrecked 1997 Camaro to put into our 1936 Ford. We also got the computer (which we had reflashed), gas tank/fuel pump, and drive shaft. When we first put her together, we had difficulty with the speedometer not working correctly. Once we worked through that with Howell (we installed their wiring harness and they determined we needed to get a better ground), we have not had a problem. She has always started right up and purrs so nicely (or rather rumbles). We get approx. 22 mpg, which is really not bad, and we have more than enough power, great get up and go! I'm not saying that this is the setup to have to tow your AS, just that getting them out of a wrecked car can be an ok thing. Oh, we paid $2,500 for the engine, transmission, computer, gas tank/fuel pump, and drive shaft (we only used the yokes from this drive shaft). As you may know, you need to see the car before the engine and transmission, etc. are pulled out so that you are know where and how badly the car was damaged.

The trick is to get both the engine and transmission from the same car, that way they are already set up to work together.

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Old 04-01-2011, 07:08 PM   #167
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Now.....where to first?
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:46 PM   #168
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Hmmm - Vintage Restoration Rally!

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