- Hero image, text, art and errors by: Chris Breeden

... from the Garage!

The 3rd attempt at installing a windshield in this '38 Buick

This '38 Buick is covered in Special badges. After ordering the gaskets for a '38 Buick Special we found them to be too small (1st attempt). After a call to our supplier, we found out the gaskets for a Roadmaster would be the correct size. We ordered them and 3 days later they arrived. The problem? The sales person neglected to mention that the Roadmaster gaskets required chrome trim to install (2nd attempt).

The only option left is to buy "universal" gaskets, cut them to fit and use industrial glue to seal the two ends of the gasket. When installing the custom gasket, the glued gap will go on the bottom (future 3rd attempt).

So what model of car is this? It's not a Special, because everything for a Special is too small. It's a '38 Buick Roadmaster trunk-back four door sedan. During construction the car was made to have non-chrome gaskets installed, instead of the upgraded chrome trimmed window gaskets.

It's odd, considering the car had to be made that way from the beginning. The steel panels that make up the windshield and the back glass were stamped this way to start with. Why would Buick do that? It's hard to say. It was probably a special order.

A organization wanted the larger size Buick car, but didn't want the flashy chrome trim. Sounds like the US government to me!

The confusion comes into play when you see all of the Special badges on the car. That makes me think that the car didn't have any of the Roadmaster badges. Since the Special was the best selling model of Buick in '38, those badges are easier to find. So a previous owner put them on.

This has been a long ... from the Garage post today. I had to make it with an article template instead of a single image post. That means I get to tack on all this extra stuff!

Keep on Cruisin'!

Art by: Chris Breeden

Art by: Chris Breeden

About the Author:

Chris Breeden is a Social Media content creator for Custom & Hot Rod Life on DRIVETRIBE, YouTube and Facebook. After spending 5 years in Southern California, a.k.a. Hot Rod Heaven, while serving as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, he moved back home to Tennessee with an even greater love for Hot Rodded Vintage Tin. Since then he has worked in retail sales and the transportation and logistics industry. In 2018, seeing a gap in Hot Rod and Custom Car coverage on DRIVETRIBE, Chris began advocating for their inclusion on the platform. During the summer months, he can be found all over the Tennessee region covering car shows, meets, and cruise-ins. During the winter months, he can be found in the garage working on his custom 1949 Ford two-door sedan and 1954 F100 truck.

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Comments (2)

  • Interesting. At least the first two attempts didn’t involve cleaning up glass bits. Lol

      1 year ago