A Website About my 1956 Buick Special

Welcome to Higgs '56

Higgs56 License Plate Photo

This is the beginning of my foray into the world of online, but I’m doing it the old fashioned way… I’m bringing my 1956 Buick with me!  The purpose of this website is to share my experience being a classic car lover with the world, and along the way I hope that my journey is informative, entertaining, and down right fun for everyone.

I will document the work I do to the car, any tips or tricks I learn along the way, and all the tools and such I use in the process.  I’m hoping that anyone else with a classic Buick will learn something new, or inform me of something I don’t know yet.  Thanks for checking out my website, and let me know how you like the website.  If you have any questions or if you would like to say hello, please feel free to leave a comment.

Take a look at my About pages to learn more about how I got into Buicks and my plans for the website.  My son and I have big plans here, and I hope that you will find it useful.


  1. Darcy Sandstrom says:

    I have my grandmother’s 1956 Buick Special .. the speedometer doesn’t work (grinds loudly) and wondering if you have had any experience with these?? help

  2. Hi Darcy,

    This is Tim’s son, Zac, and I wanted to get back to you. The funny thing is we are in the process of writing a post about the speedometer on my Dad’s car. Now, we are not exactly mechanics, but we know of at least two reasons why the ’56 speedometers break. First off, if you reset the trip odometer while the car is moving, it will break one of the parts in the speedometer; and the second problem we know of has to do with another part within the speedometer that often breaks. We have taken two in to get repaired by a guy in Reno, NV.

    Unfortunately, I really don’t know enough about them to diagnose what’s wrong with yours though. I will definitely ask my Dad about it though, and get back to you. Can you give a little more detail? Does the red line move at all, or does it just not do anything? Does the grinding happen only when you are moving? Is the grinding noise coming from the speedometer on the dash?

    When we pick up the speedometer that is getting repaired, we can ask the repair guy about your problem for you and get back to you with what we find out. Do you mind if I email you?