Off-Topic 1949–1953 Buick Roadmaster

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  1. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    went to Halfords to pick up some leather cleaner for the Civic and found this.. abandoned all plans and just stood there admiring what a fine piece of machinery it was .The details are just mind boggling... a standard parking bay was too short for this beast that is 439cm longer than a modern Range Rover (5,438 mm vs 4,999 mm). Either running a 5.2 liter Fireball Inline-8 or a 5.3 liter Nail Head V8 paired to 2 Speed Dynaflow Automatic.

    Simply stunning...no other way to describe it
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  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    ....and it's still got all it's teeth ! :Grin:
     
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  3. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    hahaha yeah!
     
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  4. jd1959 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    Beautiful example.

    I had a very rusty 1958 Super for a while as a teenager. I think, but am happy to be corrected, that the Buick Eight on the bonnet was in reference to the straight 'Fireball' engine which was the only overhead valve straight engines in production. From what I can remember the first incarnation of the nailhead v8 was used in '53/'54 in Roadmasters as well as several others.

    By '58 mine had a 364cid, 4 bbl on the 2speeed Dynaflow, one of the most annoying transmissions made as it really was a one speed with a manually selected low gear, drive was such a tall gear it took forever to get up to speed while using the two turbines in the torque converter to get moving from a standstill and keep the engine from stalling and allow for 'kick down' to get more acceleration while moving by locking one and forcing the fluid to the other. They made a triple turbine dynaflow as well but I never got to play with one of those. The engine design in the nail head with very small valve heads and a wild cam in lift and duration to make it work was different as well but created massive amounts of torque.
    Thanks for posting the photos.

    Now to convince the wife that I need an American project car....maybe a '71 429cid Mach 1 Mustang, or '64 Thunderbird would be perfect for Irish country roads. Wish me luck!!
     
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  5. exec Premium Member Club Supporter

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    That is pretty damn cool and quite an oddball sight in the Uk!
     
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  6. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    Wow must be pretty amazing owning one of these cars... I think you are right Buick Eight might mean it has the I8 which must be quite smooth considering people rave on about Nissan and BMW straight sixes. Would love to see if you photos of your car! and good luck convincing your wife :Niceone: Everyone needs a V8 in their life
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    Yeah was quite a sight among all the grey black saloons and tiny hatchbacks. Incredible condition and must be a pain to maintain it in UK
     
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  7. jd1959 Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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    I wish I could, unfortunately between the time of owing that and now I spent several years living out of a rucksack and roaming around. Much of my younger years have been lost to time.

    I would not suggest by any means that my Super was in anything close to the condition of the Buick you found and was much closer to the scrap-pile than the show ground. Still a fun car to own and work on.
     
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