Old Buick Car Painting
Tom Brizuela’s 1938 Buck Century car painting. I met Tommy at a recent street car show on Main Street in Ventura, Ca. (Classics on the Coast). There were over 300 cars on display and I took the opportunity to photograph this beautiful Buick Century. Tom has worked for BMW for
a number of years, and, as you can see his main hobby is auto body restoration on pre-1960 vehicles and he does custom car painting.
Facts about 1938 Buick
Some of the interesting facts about a 1938 Buick Century is that the base price started at $1,297. They made a little over 12,000 of these cars. It had an Overhead-valve straight-eight, cast-iron block and cylinder head with a displacement of: 320.2 cubic inches. Horsepower @ rpm: 141 @ 3,600 and Torque @ rpm: 269 @ 2,00.0. The transmission was a Three-speed manual, floor lever. Steering – Saginaw worm and roller. I just put this information in about the steering because I liked the sound of the words ” Saginaw worm and roller.”
My First Cars
When I was growing up in the 50’s my step dad had a gas station and garage. It had one bay and he did every imaginable kind of work on a car. He did ton’s of engine exchanges outside with block and tackle suspended from an “A” frame wooded structure, besides rebuilds from the ground up. Anything a customer wanted he could do. I grew up around a lot of different cars, first working as a gas station attendant, pumping gas, washing all the windows around on the car, checking the oil, water, etc. Later, as I got older I helped out in the shop with the engine work, starting with cleaning parts and working my way up to assembly. I learned a lot about mechanical cars.
My first car was a 1940 Studebaker half ton pickup. I was 15 years old and would get about to get my driver’s learners permit in a half of a year.. My step dad brought the truck home from work (as I recall I paid $100 for it with the money taken out of my earnings at the station) and parked it in the driveway. I had already driven a few cars around so I had some confidence driving. I remember getting into the driver’s side of the cab, with my dad next to me. He was going to let me back it out of the driveway. I promptly engaged the clutch, put the three speed floor shifter into reverse to back out of the driveway. I popped the clutch and promptly drove the truck forward through the garage door. I had put it into first instead of reverse. Thus began my experience of driving my own car.