Big Al's Featured Car's
1940 Buick 41 Special
Owned by David L. Payne
Pictures by Buddy Scoville

I have, for some reason, always liked 1940 Buicks and nearly bought an identical black four door back in 1960, but it was lacking a title, so I choose to not buy that one. Two friends and I found several cars in Canton, Ohio in the winter of 1966. We went down to the “Auto-You-Drive-It” store where I bought a 1924 Model “T” coupe, one friend bought a beautiful 1950 Ford two door sedan and my other friend bought the Buick. We believe that it was a one owner car due to the care and detailing that it had. The owner even put dual exhaust on it by running a piece of “Flex Exhaust Pipe” from the engine breather pipe all the way to the back and put a chrome exhaust deflector on it to match the original on the left side.

I bought the car in 1968 and we drove it stock, un-restored for the next thirty five years to tours all over Ohio and it has been parked in front of the Olympic torch in Lake Placid, New York. In 2002, my son Kevin and I disassembled the car and he fixed the few minor pin holes that it had. My brother in law, Dave Palmiter, a body man of Fifty One years then painted the body with PPG Black Omni-AU-Base coat / Clear coat, while I spent over 12 hours painting the chassis from underneath. The body was not removed. The interior is all original Tan Broadcloth except that a local artist touched up some of the wood-graining, we added a new front floor mat and the steering wheel has been rebuilt by Doug Seybold Restorations of Westlake, Ohio. Doug also put in a new wiring harness.

The carburetor, starter and generator have all been rebuilt and we finally put in a new clutch disk. We put all new brake linings and wheel cylinders on the car. This car came with black wheels with silver stripes. I always said that if I were ever to restore this car, I would do the wheels over in red, which was a factory option on any 1940 Buick. So the wheels were sand blasted and powder coated red with a stripe by Doug Seybold. Doug also installed new running boards and polished the stainless trim while the bumpers were being re-chromed. The 248 cubic inch 8 cylinder engine has only been cleaned and painted as it did not need any repair work. The 3 speed manual transmission also works well and needed no repair! I did install a new trunk upholstery kit.

I have owned this car for 42 years and have driven it for 35 of those and worked on it the last 7 years. In summation, the total amount of restoration was taking it apart, cleaning and painting and having some chrome work done. I do not consider this to be a total restoration. It has always been a good original car that now has only 69.500 original miles on it. It is a Great Driver and Road Car. I own 5 other stock or restored cars and have shown them over the years, but not this one. Belonging to a couple clubs like Antique Auto Club of America ~ Western Reserve Chapter and the Vintage Chevrolet Club, my wife Shirley and myself plan to put some miles on it cruising to all the Events with our friends.