Early Iron

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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.”

For the dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence: https://bit.ly/2O09wBg

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