Restored 1922 Buick Five Passenger Sedan / Photos, Specs

Featured in this article is a nicely restored 1922 Buick Five Passenger Sedan. Buick, having established itself as a luxury brand within General Motors, touted the comforts and quality of construction of this five passenger automobile with it's advertising and marketing.

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1922 Buick Five Passenger Sedan

Buick Offered Style, Comfort, Quality and Performance

Buick targeted this sedan model to those buyers who preferred a closed-in quality automobile with extra room. Enough room to comfortably seat five people as demonstrated by it's extra wide front seat. As a side note, Buick also produced a roomy seven passenger sedan during the 1922 model year. The 1922 Buick Five passenger Sedan also provided tastefully chosen carpet, shades and other interior trimmings.

In an advertisement appearing in a 1929 issue of Ladies Home Journal, Buick claimed that more female drivers preferred Buick over it's competition because it offered not only better dependability but also the ultimate in comfort and a smooth ride. To quote a statement within the ad..." Buick offers the highest standard of motoring comfort ever attained; and this is one vital reason why more women drive Buicks than any other fine car".

buick five passenger sedanThe Early 1920's Auto Industry

The Buick Motor Car Company was founded in 1903 by Scottish industrialist David Dunbar Buick. It was headquartered in Flint, Michigan. Not long after Buick arrived on the scene it was acquired at the beginning of General Motors.

Things were going quite well for automakers during the early 1920's. After a recession in 1920 the economy picked up. Efficient production methods advanced allowing car prices to actually come down.

Beginning in 1925, all Buick models were equipped with six cylinder engines. Buick also is known as the first American automaker to introduce four wheel brakes on mass production models during the 1920's. Another interesting note regarding Buick history is that the 1911 Buick was the first built as a completely enclosed American automobile. Buick beat Ford to this milestone achievement.

1922 Buick Sedan Specifications

The 1922 Buick Five Passenger Sedan was built with a 242 Cubic Inch Inline Six Cylinder engine providing 35 HP.

Power came to the rear wheels via a three speed manual gearbox.

Wheelbase was 118.0 inches. Shipping weight was 3,425 lbs.

New car price for this model in 1922 was about $1,550. Total model production for 1922 was 4,878 units.

The car's serial number is stamped on an oval plate attached to the left side of the frame near the gas tank. Look for the engine number on the upper left side of engine near the carburetor.

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Excellent reading material regarding Buick cars and their history include…The Buick: A Complete History (90th Anniversary Edition) by authors Terry B. Dunham and Lawrence R. Gustin. Also, David Buick’s Marvelous Motor Car: The Men and the Automobile that Launched General Motors (Updated 2013) by author Lawrence R. Gustin.

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Large interior both front and back

1920's Buick Collector Cars

Classic and vintage Buick’s have always been popular collector automobiles. Buick’s had a history of good quality and creative designing.

Current valuations for the 1922 Buick Six Cylinder Sedan are in the mid $20,000 range, some higher.  This is for a finely restored model.

Buick produced both four and six cylinder powered automobiles in 1922. The four cylinder Series 30 models appear to have sold at about ten to twenty percent higher than the six cylinder versions.

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Dashboard on the 22 Buick Sedan

There are also several Buick clubs which work to preserve their classic and vintage vehicles. They include the Buick Club of America with several chapters, the 1929 Silver Anniversary Buick Club, the Buick Car Club of Australia, the Buick Club of Norway and the Buick Club of Germany.

For those thinking about restoring a 1920's era Buick you may want to check out the Buick Club of America forums where you can get a lot of questions answered by vintage Buick owners and possibly find sources for old parts.

(Article and photos copyright 2015 Auto Museum Online)



Nicely Restored 1926 Ford Model TT Pickup / Photos, Model History

The vehicle featured in this article is a 1926 Ford Model TT Pickup Truck. Ford sold the Model TT truck for the last ten years of Model T production. Interestingly enough, Ford tried to get a truck version sold twice prior to 1917. Both times the concept failed to catch on. Finally, the aftermarket builders led the way to make these vehicles popular with farmers and haulers.

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1926 Ford Model TT Pickup

The Ford Model TT essentially replaced the horse and wagon. In fact, the period of the teens were very interesting culture wise. Many people found themselves having to choose between the automobile and the horse. You may think that this would be an easy decision to make, and for some it probably was, but this era ushered in the most radical change in transportation for millions of people. Some automobile promoters tried to show that the upkeep of an automobile was less than a stable of horses.

It's been said many times that Henry Ford was reluctant to make changes to his automobiles. This was the fact even when Ford's competitors such as GM would make what they believed were positive changes to their line. In this regard, 1926 was a pivotal model year.

Changes During the 1920's

Ford Model T sales were losing steam during the middle of the 1920's. Because of this they announced that their would be an "improved Ford" for the 1926 model year.

Some of the new changes Ford made were a new nickel plated radiator shell, wire wheels, wire wheels and a vacuum operated windshield wiper. Probably the biggest change Ford made in 1926 was the availability of several colors to choose from. For the past twelve years all Ford Model T's were painted black. This was the first major change Ford made since 1917.

The 1917 Model TT chassis was 25 inches longer than the standard Model T.

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Standard Ford 20 HP engine

Chassis Only

Just the same as the Ford Model T, the Model TT Truck was originally sold as a chassis and engine only. The chassis was built heavy duty compared to the regular Model T.

In 1917 this cost the buyer about $600. The buyer would take the chassis and engine to a body builder who would construct the cab and bed. Each one of these trucks were essentially a unique piece of work. There were a variety of standard plans but the fact was that a buyer could have a truck body built to personal specifications. Where the owner resided and for what exact purpose the Model TT was needed might dictate wood body plans.

Many Ford Model T's had bodies built to serve as depot hacks. These were the first taxi cabs and during the 1920's the depot hacks would typically transport people between hotels and train stations, luggage and all.

It would not be until 1924 that Ford would sell the Model TT with a factory manufactured body. They named this model "Express" and it became a popular seller. It's interesting to note that by 1924 the price of the Model TT dropped to about $325.

Modifications were many, some were the result of here you happened to live. In the north some of these were built with skis on the front end. Wreckers were built as well as Model TT's with tandem axles and dual rear wheels.

The Ford Motor Company sold about 13 million Model TT's from 1917 to 1927.

1926 Ford Model TT Specifications

The particular specifications for our featured restored1926 Ford Model TT Pickup is as follows. This truck has a standard Model T 20 HP engine.

The Model TT weighed several hundred pounds more than the regular Model T automobile. The Model TT's were built to haul freight of various weights and had heavy duty chassis'. The Model TT's were rated at one ton. This made the Model TT a slower vehicle with a typical speed of 20 to perhaps 24 MPH.

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Cab of 1926 Ford Model TT

The gearbox offers high and low drive with no clutch.

The rear axle of Ford's Model TT had a worm drive. This is a screw like gear arrangement that meshed with a worm wheel. The axes are 90 degrees to each other.

This 1926 Model TT has a wood body.

Brakes are rear only cable operated. No front brakes.

Suspension for the Model TT differed from that of the Model T. The Model TT truck was built with twin rear leaf springs. The Model T automobile was typically built with only one set of cross beam leaf springs at both ends of the automobile.

This 1926 Model TT has a wood body and original mechanics.

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ford model tt one ton pickupFord Model TT Collector Vehicles

Original restored Ford Model TT's are popular with car collectors. There may not be any other vehicle that came in so many different styles, everything from depot hacks to pickups to flat bed haulers.

Because of the different styles and degree of restoration and general condition, asking prices for a Ford Model TT are all over the place. Most antique car and truck price guides give a range of $3,000 to $27,000. The top prices are for fully restored original show quality models.

(Article and photos copyright 2015 Auto Museum Online)


See This 1929 Phantom Woodie / A Surfer’s Dream

Featured in this article is a 1929 Phantom Woodie. One definition of a Phantom vehicle is one in which a wooden body was placed on a chassis, either a custom chassis or a chassis made for an all steel body. Some of these creative vehicles you see may be hot rods.It was probably in the 1980's that the Woodies started to be popular at hot rod runs.

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1929 Phantom Ford Woodie

The Early Woodie Wagons

Ford Motor Company became the chief builder of wood bodied station wagons although Woodie Wagons were never really produced in huge quantities.

The company even went ahead and owned the forests from where the wood for their wagons originated from. It took all the way to 1929 before Ford added a wood-bodied station wagon to its product lineup. As you can see, the Woodie Wagon featured in this article was a Ford.

Go Surfing in Your Woodie

The wood paneled Ford wagon was actually produced for decades before it became the definitive California surfers' car.

The open air nature of the Woodie Wagon made them especially suited to the mild climate of southern California. Surfing and a Woodie Wagon seem to go together as shown in our photo collection in this article. During the mid 1960's there was a strong connection between rock and roll, automobiles, and surfing. The song "Surf City" by Jan and Dean was a perfect example. Surfers especially liked woodies, thus the line in the song, “I bought a ’34 wagon and we call it a woodie.”

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Ready for surfing with your Woodie

It was not until after World War Two that all steel bodies spelled the end of real wood woodies. After that of course woodie wagons, when they were built, appeared with a veneer wood grain substitute. Woodie wagons are surely rare, but their popularity is as strong or stronger than any steel bodied street rod wagons. It's our opinion and most likely the opinion of most that the Woodie Wagon will stay popular and even increase their popularity as years go by.

Placing a Wood Body on a Steel Chassis

Probably one of the most critical elements in construction a Phantom Woodie is fastening the body to the frame. The goal is to  fasten the body to the car frame so that frame twisting wouldn't bend and damage the wood. Where you're more likely to have problems is, for instance, going up an incline and actually hearing the wood body make a sound such as a creak. One way to alleviate this is to put girders on the frame for added strength. Always consider that wood expands and moves with changes in humidity and weather conditions.

Commonly, you might use a metal floor pan.attached with cushions from an existing car and build from that. With a wood body on the rear of the vehicle the body could be bolted to 2X4 oak runners 4 up and 2 across. This is one example. The car's body will then sit upon this oak sub frame. Everyone knows that wood can and will deteriorate over time. A reason more of the early Woodies didn't survive was that they worked themselves apart with regular twisting and this allowed water to get into the joints and speed up deterioration.

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1929 Ford Woodie Wagon Specifications

The 1929 Ford Woodie Wagon, built on a Model A chassis, came with a Ford Flathead four cylinder engine delivering 40 horsepower.


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Interior and dash on the 1929 Phantom Woodie

Transmission on the 1929 Ford Wagon was a three speed manual.

The vehicles wheelbase was 103.0 inches and had a curb weight of 2,482 lbs.

Everything on the dashboard of the vehicle is quite simple. You have an “On” and “Off’ switch, a speedometer, plus amp and oil gauges. To read the water temperature you look at a gauge set in the radiator cap that's visible from the cabin.

In general, Ford Station Wagon production was very small in 1929. Ford produced a total of 1,507,000 vehicles in 1929. Out of that number only a total of 4,950 station wagons were built.

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Front view of the 29 Phantom Woodie

Collector Woodies

If you locate a Woodie Station Wagon for sale you'll find a variety of asking prices. As of this writing we see a fully restored 1936 Ford Woody Wagon in museum quality condition with an asking price of $89, 900. We also see a 1937 model at $155,000 and a 1931 model at $39,900.

Anyone owning a Woodie or contemplating a Woodie project should check out the National Woodie Club.

On their website... club's purpose is " to promote interest in woodies; to educate owners and the public on their history, beauty, usefulness and uniqueness; and to provide an association through which woodie owners and enthusiasts may exchange information on history, building, restoration or modification techniques and share experiences. The woodie is a special kind of car, which deserves special recognition. The National Woodie Club will work toward that goal".

The National Woodie Club is an excellent source for bodies, parts and tools for sale by woodie members.

The National Woodie Club is an excellent source for bodies, parts and tools for sale by woodie members.

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Another view of the Phantom Woodie surfer wagon

 A few good books and reference material regarding the Woodie Wagons include...Famous Ford Woodies: America's Favorite Station Wagons, 1929-1951 by author Laura Sorensen....American Woodies by author Donald F. Wood and "Do-It-Yourself Guide To Woodie Woodworking: A Hands-On Guide To Restoring Wood-Bodied Station Wagons" by author Richard Bloechl.

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