This ’52 Buick Roadmaster hardtop sat in a Nebraska field from 1965 until 2008 when Jerry Gray discovered it on eBay. He bought it for $1,500, brought it home to Belgrade, Montana, and started its frameoff rebuild.
An Art Morrison chassis upgrades the Buick with rack-and-pinion steering, Wilwood disc brakes, a triangulated four-bar, Ford 9-inch rear with a Posi, and 3.50:1 gears. Jerry’s resto custom rolls on Truespoke 15-inch wheels with 225/76R15 Coker American Classic radials.
Jerry retained the exterior trim, adding 455 and fuel injection badges to the front fenders. He told us, “It was painted by me in my garage with colors chosen by myself and my wife, Suzy; PPG Copper Metallic on top and Desert Rose on bottom. Brett McGinley helped with bodywork and airbrushed Marilyn under the hood. LED lights behind the Dynaflow trunk trim are also turn signals and a third brake light. LED
lights behind each modified porthole flash with engine timing and the speed is adjustable.”
A ’72 455 updated with throttle body injection from Howell Engineering provides Buick power. A 700-R4 trans backs the 455.
Mike Wood covered the original seats in brown and ivory distressed vinyl. “Cool fall and winter days are enjoyable with the heated front seat. Custom Autosound, Vintage Air, and Sirius radio keeps everyone happy,” Jerry says. The stock steering wheel is mounted on an ididit column. StewartWarner gauges are integrated with stock ones.
In the five years that it’s been finished, Jerry and Suzy have driven it more than 50,000 miles. “Each year we head different directions, visiting many states, making friends, and driving to numerous car shows,” Jerry says. “We have to burn the good stuff, but 22-26 mpg at 70-75 mph eases the fuel bite.”
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