1937 Buick Special

1937 Buick Coupe

I purchased my 1937 Buick in 2018 at an estate sale in Graham, Washington.

Since it’s purchase I’ve stripped the trunk of the weathered cardboard panels and rust where it leaked in around the weather seal. I also stripped the interior, seat, carpet, windows, window trim, door panels, knobs, etc.

1937 Buick Underside

The engine was froze up when I purchased the Buick and I removed the intake manifold to work on trying to free up the engine. Additionally I have been working on removing the dash and gauges to prepare for fresh paint. The rear seat was missing and will certainly give me something challenging to look for! I’ve reworked the brakes, new wheel cylinders, brake shoes, turned drums, installed new wheel cylinders. Finally the headliner has been removed to evict the mice and their nests.

My future plans are to remove the straight 8 engine and get it running. Hopefully the drivetrain is in operable condition. Looking ideas to change out dash gauges, or whole cluster.

Monte Truesdell

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4 Responses to “1937 Buick Special”
  1. Preston Orr
    Preston Orr

    Is you rear bottom seat one or two pieces. I have a ’39 Chevy sports (or opera) coupe. The bottom is two pieces and they can be folded up against the side walls. I have never had the two pieces. If yours is the same and you find a source, please let me know.

  2. Glen McCall
    Glen McCall

    Hi Monte, I too bought a 1937 Buick in 2018.
    Mine is a “flat back” sedan. Not very many Buicks in Okla. & N. Texas. This ’37 had no motor or trans. Can’t figure out what motor to put in. Also, purchased a ’46 Buick with a seized 8. I am anxious to try pulling the head and pouring boiling oil into the cylinders. The expansion from the heat, hopefully, will break the bond. I would like to know the progress on your work.
    Glen at glencrs@gmail.com. text – 214-906-7538.

  3. Jon Evans
    Jon Evans

    If you hotrod it, consider either the Buick Turbo V6, the Buick GS Series Engines, or a supercharged Buick 3800

  4. Fred Drumm
    Fred Drumm

    I have a 1937 Buick 2 dr Sedan it needs total restoration but it’s a very solid car. I haven’t started yet but I’ll have plenty of questions when I do. Thanks Fred