1958 Buick Special

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Odds ‘n Ends

We originally intended on keeping a full parts and price list online too just to know what we need to buy and to keep track of just how big of a money pit this is. Like most other projects, it got put on the back burner and forgotten, so it’s long since out of date.

Here’s an article we found about a ’58 Buick Chrome Dream and scanned in.

I have a a 1958 Buick Special parts car. Read all about it, ask about parts you might need, etc.

I had the radiator re-cored and had a custom overflow tube added so I could mount a overflow tank on the car. Here’s the page about it. It’s still in progress, but the car is running again after the work, so that’s worth something. As part of this, I also converted the car to a more modern thermostatically controlled clutch-style fan .

As part of resurrecting the car, I had to disassemble the steering column to fix a problem with a really tight shifter.

I’m converting to electric wipers and trying to figure out how to integrate the new electric wiper controls with the entirely non-electric original wiper controls.

Since the car is running, I made a recording of it starting up and revving a bit. It’s a pretty crappy recording because the microphone in the laptop I was using stinks, but hey, it’s better than nothing.

Cowl and Body Tags

You can visit my 1958 Buick Identification Codes page for more information on how I decoded these tags to understand what I had. My tags break down to the information below. There are some details that are not clear yet, but I’m still researching those.

1958 Buick Special 2 Door Riviera — Model 46R

Body #2226

Two tone paint scheme

Arctic White Top

Casino Cream Bottom

Gold Pattern Cloth and White Cordaveen Interior (Not sure about this one. Maybe the interior is just that dirty?)

Accessory Code E-P3

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Built in South Gate, MI

Serial #012846

Carpet and Floorpans

As part of the teardown to asses what to do next, it was time to remove the carpet/padding and inspect the floorpans. Not too bad, but there is some rust that will need to be dealt with.

New Fuel Line

The rubber fuel line from the fuel pump to the carb started leaking and needed to be replaced, so I decided to replace it with a custom bent hard-line and a smaller chrome inline fuel filter tucked up closer to the carb and air cleaner. I started with a simple 90 degree male pipe fitting to female hard line fitting adaptor to thread into the fuel pump and a piece of appropriately sized brake line with a connector on each end. I made a template out of a piece of hanger wire and then started bending the hard line to fit the space I had.

I used a small piece of rubber hose to connect the filter to the carb, and cut the hard line so that only a short piece of rubber hose would be needed to connect the filter to the new hard line.

Purchasing Order

This was Car #14. The first car I bought for my wife. My first experience with a Buick NailHead V8. The first car I bought as a result of networking through my local BCA chapter.

My first experience with a 50’s car and learning about the culture of the era. The first car I started collecting advertising and literature for.

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