Laurel Mist 58 Roadmaster

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Smartin, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Smartin

    Smartin Staff Member

    The folks on the BCA forums have read all about it already, so I thought I would share with the v8 crowd. I'm insane for buying this car, but it was too good to pass up!


    90% original paint (top of pass fender and bottom half or front pass door were painted at one point)
    59xxx miles
    Nearly mint interior
    Mint trunk compartment
    Engine never been apart, but appears to have been sprayed at some point, same with some of the black in the engine compartment
    Rust free, except under headlights where it is perforating
    Chrome is in excellent condition
    Stainless is excellent, couple dents here and there
    Originally an Air Poise car, but was converted at some point. Few bits still remain, but I may pluck them off an sell to raise $$ for the Limited.

    It appears to have been a Kansas car its whole life. I have the original owner's title, that is dated 1976 because they had applied for a new title at that point. The mileage on the 1976 title is 54xxx! So in the last 34 years, it has been driven 5000 miles.

    It needs a few things...

    Front trans cooler lines are leaking pretty badly
    Paint needs buffed (I know a guy who can do this)
    Dash pad is sagging (surprise!)
    Interior chrome needs detailing
    Instrument cluster lights do not work
    Couple dents need repair in the stainless trim
    Engine runs a touch rough, might be a carb issue...appears to have most of its original ignition equipment too.
    FlightPitch transmission seems to stick in low gear until warm, then will finally unlock and run smoothly. I think it's a low fluid issue, judging by the pond of fluid on the floor.
    Minor coolant leak at thermostat housing









    I started polishing the chrome on the dashboard this evening, and it is coming out REALLY nice. I had to take some time to replace bulbs in the dash and roof courtesy lights so I could see when I was working, though. They really put out some good light when they're all working!



  2. Mike Sobotka

    Mike Sobotka Founders Club Member

    NICE!!! What exactly is Air Poise??
  3. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Very Nice!! I think all Buicks should have red wheels! Looking Good!
  4. urbancowboy0307

    urbancowboy0307 Silver Level contributor

    Wow, very nice.
    I'm sure your hands will be hurtin' after all that polishing :laugh:
  5. Smartin

    Smartin Staff Member

    It is Buick's flop of an air ride suspension system that came out in 58 and lasted through 59. Most of them were converted to coil spring suspensions early in their lives due to the constant problems with the systems failing. They are extremely cost prohibitive to restore, and even worse to find parts for them.
  6. GoldBoattail455

    GoldBoattail455 462 -> TH400 -> Posi

    Nice find Adam! :TU:

    Is that interior correct for the corresponding exterior color? Sounds like the engine bay could use a Smartin touch.
  7. BuckeyeBuicks

    BuckeyeBuicks Well-Known Member

    You have done it again! I don't care what most people say about the 58's, I love them. That one looks like a dandy, I see why you couldn't turn it down. CONGRATS!!!!!
  8. Smartin

    Smartin Staff Member

    Yes, it came from the factory this way. Laurel Mist exterior with silver/black interior
  9. 69GS400s

    69GS400s own amusement ride!

    I think I just fell in Love .. with a Gal named Laurel
  10. Smartin

    Smartin Staff Member

    Me too, Alan!

    I just finished scrubbing all the chrome in the interior...there must be a square mile of it in there. I have so many little things I want to get done on this car, but I don't know where to start! I REALLY want to just drive the damn thing, but it's getting to be that time of year when that's not a real viable option.
  11. 69GS400s

    69GS400s own amusement ride!

    Duuude ... you scored BIGTIME on this one.

    Before you even think of selling it, keep it and bring it to a few shows ... mebbe even the BPG Nats and ENJOY having a running driving car this season.

    I have a feeling you may end up keeping it - its a GEM.

    ... and thats from a guy who's not particularly a 50's car guy ... or a purple (or pastel anything) guy BUT - that car in that color ROCKS MY SOCKS !!

    Just like my Sporty - you'd be hard pressed to ever find an original in such sweet shape again. I know Hobart has stolen your heart but Laurel would make a good mistress :Brow:
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2012
  12. rogbo

    rogbo Gold Level Contributor

    "So in the last 34 years, it has been driven 5000 miles."

    Looks like it never saw the light of day the rest of the time either!:TU:
    Even the door and trunk seals look great.
    You might want to see if you can get chrome polish in bulk.
    Don't forget to do the fender spears!:Brow:

    TROSE11SECGN Boost is my drug

    Sweet score Adam:TU:

    I dig that dash a lot and all that chrome. A pain to clean and polish but when finished nothing can compete with it!

    Killer car. How did you find out about it?
  14. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    That car is a work of art, Adam. And to be 99% original and in that shape- probably never come across that ever again.

    I agree with Alan, keep it and bring it to shows. When Hobart is done, then make a decision. (Bet you keep both)
  15. staged70

    staged70 RIP

    I like it too, but if it just had a little more chrome on it..............that would make it perfect:)
  16. Larry Gibson

    Larry Gibson Platinum Level Contributor

    Nice score Adam!! Love the color combo. Good looking ride!!

  17. nineteenfifty5

    nineteenfifty5 Well-Known Member

    sweet ride love the color love the dash :eek2::TU:
  18. staged70

    staged70 RIP

    Hey Adam still have a weird 5 blade fan sitting at your place
  19. Smartin

    Smartin Staff Member

    I'm pretty sure I gave that to John Lasinski :Do No:
  20. rogbo

    rogbo Gold Level Contributor

    Still have it? Or did it get flipped?

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