My ’47 Buick Project

Warning:  reading the minutiae that follows could be dangerous to any attempt to stay awake {big grin}

Note:  most of the photos on this page (including the photos in the galleries) are thumbnail.  You can click on them to enlarge the photo.


This site will document what has been a very long-term project.

Some readers will suggest that my spelling leaves a bit to be desired (true).  However, the word “kustom” (see site title) and “kustomizing” reflect how folks spelled it during the ’50s and ’60s.  Indeed I have been a member of Kustom Kemps of America (link) for almost three decades.

In 1988 we drove our ’56 Chevy to a KKOA event in Holland, MI.  At that event, there was a ’47 Buick that blew my socks off:


In 1991 I responded to this ad:

The ad that started it all

The wrecking yard was in Cheyenne Wyoming.  Needless to say, I could not resist.  I about fainted when I saw a ’47 Buick Roadmaster fastback in the yard that was in reasonable condition.  The red Buick (above) immediately flashed in front of my eyes!!!  While the Buick was not badly damaged, it was missing some body parts.  I purchased the car along with some body parts off a 4 door ’47 Buick so that I would have enough body panel parts to make a fairly complete car.  The photos in the header show the Buick in the condition I obtained it from the wrecking yard.

In the first couple of years after I brought it home, I modified the chassis and started the kustomizing bodywork.  As is often the case, life got hectic and I relegated the unfinished project to life under a tarp.  Even though the project was on hold, I continued to gather parts for the project.

In the past couple of years, I have really enjoyed working on some of my car projects.  I am in the process of repainting the ’56 Chevy and have started a major rebuild of my ’59 International truck (link).  However both of those project are being worked on in the shop where I keep our ’87 Eagle bus conversion (link).  That shop is not heated.  In December of 2014 I decided to move the Buick into our garage (which is heated) so that I can do the body work during the cold winter months.

The photo above is a teaser that shows the Buick as of 2021.  Below is a set of menus that will let you navigate the Buick pages.  The menu blow links to several pages that document the project progress.