Motoexotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr.
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO
1938 Buick Eight Business Coupe Restomod oComplete frame-off restoration between 2002 and 2004 by Regal Roadsters in Madison, WI o248 CID "Dynaflash" straight eight-cylinder motor overbored .020 with dual Stromberg Aerotype carburetors on a split-intake manifold with a prototype Du Rousseau, finned aluminum valve cover oSingle-wire alternator and Walker radiator with electric fan oThree-speed manual transmission oSahara Silver Metallic exterior and Cranberry velour interior with black trim oRe-chromed exterior trim o12-volt electrical system oUpdated power steering, power brakes; brakes have new shoes, lines and hoses oPower windows and a Jensen AM/FM stereo with cassette deck and four speakers oHunley Acuff running boards Looking for your own version of Buick's Y-Job show car? While it lacks a convertible top and hidden headlights, this Buick Eight Business Coupe was made during the same year as the Y-Job. A noted Minnesota car collector owned this Buick for years before it underwent a complete frame-off restoration between 2002 and 2004 by Regal Roasters in Madison, Wisconsin. It presents a very period flavor with many modern conveniences. Business coupes were offered by many automakers before and after World War II, catering to the needs of traveling salespeople. The area aft of the front seats held storage shelves for sample cases and other items. Nineteen thirty-eight Buicks were quite fast and comfortable, offering full coil-spring suspension for the first time. The suspension was upgraded with modified coil springs and GM ZQ8 progressive bump stops. The body and fenders have Mar Hyde rubberized undercoating. The frame and undercarriage are sealed - painted with Hirsch Miracle Paint. There are new kingpins, "A" frame inner bushings, upper and lower steering knuckle support pins and bushings, tie rod ends, spring insulators, upper and lower limit bumpers and stabilizer bar bushings. Altered front shocks serve as upper control arms and there are tube shock absorbers added. Tasteful body modifications include grey-tinted glass, bumpers moved closer to the body and custom turn signals. Dressed in Sahara Silver Metallic with re-chromed trim, the car's paint and trim are in overall excellent shape, as expected. Moreover, the paint and trim highlight Harley Earl's styling, which was near the top of its game in the late 1930s The Fisher bodywork still remains straight and strong, including the split rear window. The engine bay is extremely tidy, the battery appears newer and the bumpers, are in great rechromed shape. A pair of amber fog lights are mounted above the front bumper. New vulcanized running boards from Hunley Acuff were fitted and the full rear fender skirts carry chrome deco spears. Even the turn signals are customized; they don't self-cancel. This Buick rolls on newer Dunlop radials, size 215/70R16 at every corner. Each tire is mounted to a restored steel wheel topped by new wheel covers from Bill Hirsch. The tires and wheel covers are all in very good order. Under that long vee'd hood is what is reportedly the car's original "Dynaflash" 248 CID straight eight-cylinder engine that has since been warmed-up a bit with few upgrades - a cylinder overbore, dual Stromberg Aerotype carburetors on a split-intake manifold with a prototype Du Rousseau finned aluminum valve cover. The valve cover made by a foundry owner who supplied parts to Crosley and is the only one of its kind. New parts include pistons and rings, timing chain, camshaft bearings and crankshaft rear seal. There are polished camshaft and crankshaft journals, hardened valve seats and a reconditioned head plus a rebuilt harmonic balancer with double pulley. The oil and water pumps are rebuilt and there's a new fuel pump kit. The engine rests on new motor mounts with transmission support. There's a new clutch throw-out bearing and the clutch itself was re-lined. A resurfaced flywheel and clutch plate are installed plus a new torque ball seal. Lastly, the car has a rebuilt distributor vacuum advance unit. The engine is mated to a three-speed manual transmission. The electrical system, including the windshield wipers, has been upgraded to 12 volts everywhere, including a single-wire alternator. Other intriguing bits include power steering from a 1975 Buick LeSabre with a rebuilt Pitman arm to connect to original tie rods. The original steering shaft attaches to box at the "rag" joint; power brakes donated from a 1963 Ford Ranchero, using original brake pedal linkage and re-lined shoes; and a Walker radiator with electric fan cooling. There's also an electric wiper motor from Newport Engineering. A upgraded Vintage Air heater warms the interior, which reveals delightful Art-Moderne touches in the fully equipped dashboard and interior. Inside, the freshly upholstered marine grade leatherette front bench seat looks supple and ready for a new driv
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