1949 Buick Roadmaster

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Barry writes

is that that draws us car to the smell of old oil, rancid and mildewed upholstery to make us take our overtaxed, hard-earned and, against the advice of and friends, dump it into old wreck and think we can restore it? It be that those odours some type of pheromone draws us blindly to our new loves and us willing to throw caution to the to satisfy our lust! My lust for started at an early age of 13 when a of my Dad s decided he needed someone to lay off a 1939 Chevy sedan on, and delivered it to my parents back where it annoyed every and my family, both from its as a wreck, and from the noise I roaring up and down the back of Winnipeg with no exhaust, no on the car or myself.

How we survived those rips around the neighborhood in the of the night, hanging onto the boards, is a story all on its own.

a series of trades, and years of wrenching with various I lucked into a 1948 Super which I squandered a $90 on to have it become my first car. After a few minor and a good paint job that old gave me 4 good years and 200,000 miles of pure and reliability even to the point of four of us from Winnipeg in Canada close to 5000 to Quebec and to the 1967 Montreal s fair, and then another mile return trip out to the Coast and Vancouver. It was that that made me fall in with British Columbia and the desire for me to live there one After basically tearing my out to part with her I was forced to a “better” car for my emerging career and her for $500 with almost a few as we parted.

From that time on I always wanted to get another and promised myself that one

Now we fast forward to 2000 and half heartedly searching for the old Buick for almost 9 years, I a long look at the prospect of and knew that if I didn t get into the hobby soon, I d be too old to much less work on and an old car. Fortunately my memory me well and all those early of crawling under cars in 40 temperatures taught me that I t really want to start scratch again. Whether had made me smart or lazy we ll to conjecture.

And along came the and the search became too easy, and now I had the car I really wanted – a partially 1949 Buick Roadmaster with much of the upgrading to specs almost completed. And she was gone, some dirty dog had bought her right out from me and my dream car had vanished. I can t remember if I was or broken hearted but I was still a toy so the search continued.

It was about six months later I discovered the same car up for resale some of the work completed and only final simple work needed to make it a car – yeah right – so I had the car appraised and it out of Florida sight unseen, all the red tape to export it to Canada, about 20% in duties to import it, and it needed major “finishing”. beware, but I had the basics to what I and now “all” I had to do was finish it off. The had arrived and our “real” cars banished out to the driveway.

What I now learned, like all car guys new to the is that these things really finish. All I truly to do was wash and wax it, but, after the brakes, rear suspension, new cooling, etc. I soon there was a plethora of other before I could feel driving it. To top it off, all those bad of crawling around under a car all real again, I was covered in and grime, but this time I had a big grin that probably thought I had some secret And, in a way, I did!

Those pheromones had me hooked

I can t decide if it was the rattles, or the squeaky that drove me the craziest, and I now gradually gotten the worst of my out of the car and once I finish installing an HEI system I might actually be to drive it more than a few from my house. In the almost two of having the car I have only put 200 miles on it, most of which was and forth to my mechanic. So much for of effortlessly cruising down the wind in my hair, and carefree under foot!

So what I been ranting on about This is a 1949 Buick Convertible, model 76C, has a totally restored body to 49 The 49 Buick Roadmaster is considered by to be the ultimate example of the “Art era with its overabundance of chrome and magnificent four portholes on front fender to emulate the and speed of a WWII fighter along with its sparkling “sweepspear” slicing down the and a “bombsight” mounted on the hood. is a big 2 ton car, and riding in it was like “a on wheels”, as quoted by a past era Unfortunately these big old boats scrapped by the thousands in the late and sixties due to their sluggish and huge thirst for gas and left us a relatively scarce automobile especially since collectors up any they could find Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman s movie glorified the 49 convertible.

Roadmasters and Cadillac Fleetwoods 49 50 are especially rare in Canada due to sort of an embargo on them a trade dispute with the US at the and thus makes it very to find the cars, and even difficult to find specialized It amazes me how the Internet has taken our former habits of scouring old scrap yards to find key parts and it really does

Our Buick is a retro rod and the 19 foot is mounted on a 1970 Trans Am duty front clip lowered springs, power and 4 wheel power discs. The end is a 1996 Caprice Police with heavy duty sway bar, and adjustable gas shocks. The frame is totally and has additional cross frames to the torque.

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All this is powered by a Buick 455 hooked up to a turbo 400 pitch transmission and dual The engine has a Qjet 800 cfm on a B4B Edelbrock and puts out about 370 HP with a 510 ft lbs of torque.

The interior has power power windows, power Grant steering wheel, speedo and tach, 12 volt and air conditioning. The radio works but I be installing a new stereo CD system I also had to install a heater turned out to be quite a serious job but it my Aussie wife warm it is “only” 65 degrees outside.

One of the first treats I had with the was a broken window frame I managed to accomplish within 8 of having the car as I tried to manhandle it position. It has taken almost 8 to remove and repair the old pot metal as I couldn t find a replacement anywhere after months of and managed to go through true as different “expert” welders totally ruined the part and the shop had to replate it 3 different due to poor results and delays due to strikes. I constantly seem to new jobs for myself with mistakes.

I have been fortunate during my life to experienced many different of cars and trucks and especially the specialty Bimmers and Benz, but I to admit I have never or known, many cars get such amazing attention and as our gleaming Roadmonster. Any time I or park it immediately attracts a and I m faced with the usual of “Wow, what year is or “My Dad/Grandfather had one just like or, “Is it restored?”, and I m so tempted to say, I just pulled it out of the wrecking and had her washed!

Now that I ve written little ditty I suddenly that I m glad that I got grand old dame, even her flaws, because soon we be able to do our cruising and tours and the fact that she s not perfect is gives us the chance to really and enjoy her. In the meanwhile of all those old car smells will to make me realize that car is also blind and I m hooked on de Mobil 1” and whatever uses it!


Barry, your car is beautiful. When people about Buicks I m sure this car is the image that to many of their minds. brassy, sleek and luxurious. is what this car is all about.

We are thankful that you have the 49 Roadmaster to express your individuality and I m glad that you the time to submit the fascinating of it s revival. You must be proud.

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