My Buick Story

View of Tim standing with his 1956 Buick Special, Torrid Lady

My Buick experience began when I was 20 years old.  I was driving home from work one day when I saw this gleaming red and white car in the front row of a used car lot. I remember it as if it were yesterday.  My head snapped around as I passed by it.  Wow!  What a beautiful car I thought to myself.  Without holding back any excitement, I told my Dad all about it when I got home.  Unfortunately, his initial response was somewhat deflating as he reminded me that I already have a car.  All it took was my simple plea, “But Dad,” for him to recognize the same wide-eyed look that he knew all too well because he shared the same passion for cars.  How many cars he had purchased, I couldn’t tell you.

So, that red and white 1956 2-door hardtop Buick Century became mine.  I only owned that car for two years-1960 to 1962-but it was the best car I ever had.  30 years later I decided I wanted it back!  I found a ’56 Buick Special in Sacramento, California and hauled it home to Carson City, Nevada.  Admittedly, it wasn’t the exact car I had, but the difference between a Special and a Century lie within the powertrain only, the body looks identical.  Plus, the reason that I only owned the first one for two years was due to the fact that I got too many tickets and lost my license.  Thus, it would probably be better to have a little less power!  Unfortunately, I did not realize at the time that the bottom platform of this car was completely rusted, and I decided that I was not going to put in the time and money to fix that.

View of 1956 Buick Special Hood, with Hood Ornament Shining in the SunSeveral years later at the largest classic car show in the country, Hot August Nights in Reno, I decided to buy another ’56 Buick while perusing the swap meet and car corral.  This time, it was a Century Station Wagon, and it was massive!  I took it home and for the next 10 years tried to restore it.  Finally, in 2011, the reality had sunk in that I probably did not have enough years left to complete the restoration at the rate I was going.  So, I told my wife that I was going to buy a car that actually ran.

I found another 1956 Buick Special in Reno with the same red and white paint job as my original.  The car was an unrestored original, and she was a beauty.  It ran, and it was ready to be shown off.  Last year, I entered the car in a number of local car shows, and I had a blast.  I am currently in the process of repainting it and restoring all the chrome plating.  I have decided to document my story and the restoration of the car on this website.  I will be documenting all the restorations and upgrades of the car as well as further in-depth information on the world of classic cars.  So stay tuned for further information on the progress of the restoration, events that I am entering the car in, and I will also share some tips & tricks and how-to’s on car restoration.

Comments

  1. I love the story.

    I can relate to some of it.

    ’68 Impala Fastback, will be up there 8/2, 8/3.

    Have fun.

  2. The Boss says:

    Thanks for checking out the site bdellinger. By the way, I think you are the first comment on the site, so congratulations and thanks for your feedback.

    Are you talking about coming up for Hot August Nights?

  3. I really like your blog. the color of your car is sweet. I have a 1955 buick special 2 door 264 3 speed.

  4. Hi John, Thanks for checking out the site. Thanks for the compliment on the car, the body shop did an excellent job! We can’t wait to get it put back together. Do you have any galleries of your car, it’s always fun to see what everyone else is driving. Leave a link if you have photos up on the web.

    Also, we are excited about the content and other goodies we are working on for the site, so make sure you check in every once in a while or subscribe to the RSS feed to get updates when we post new content. We finally ventured into the video realm, and I just have to figure out how to edit it and get it posted. We did a little spot on the ’56 speedometers and common problems. Figured it would be pretty difficult to explain with pictures and words, so we gave the video camera a try. Also, we’re going to start up a monthly e-mail newsletter soon, just have to put all the pieces together and we’ll be rockin’ and rollin’.

    Thanks again for visiting our site,

    Zac

  5. Wayne Whittenburg says:

    Hello, love your car. I found a 56 2dr ht in a storage facility in Atlanta Georgia three years ago. It had been sitting there for 8 years. I bought the car and had it towed to my house. It didn’t run because the gas tank was full of rust and the complete fuel system was a mess.Have done a lot of work on it in the last three years. It looks like a new car. It runs and drives great and is a blast to drive. It’s three tone paint scheme is a hit at the local car shows. It has a white top, black middle and red bottom.There are not many 56 Buicks around in this area.
    Happy motoring!
    Wayne.

  6. Thanks a lot Wayne, sounds like you have quite a rig yourself! It’s really great to hear that you took one that wasn’t running and turned it into a head turner. I like the color scheme you have on it, you don’t see a whole lot of them with 3 colors, lots of 2 tones. I’d love to get a look at it, do you have any photos posted on the web anywhere that I could go to?

    Thanks for commenting, it’s great meeting other ’56 owners and enthusiasts.

    Zac & Tim

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