Crusing Qatar…in a 1959 Buick Electra!

Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a sovereign Arab state, located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

We don’t hear much about this state in western news and you may be surprised that there is a strong interest in drag racing in Qatar. Also, they will host the 2022 World Cup in soccer and I am sure it will be a first class event. Maybe it was the drag racing part or something similar that attracted Mr. Khalifa Alhussaini to an American car. We do know he picked a good looking car.

Mr. Alhussaini from Qatar checked in with ClassicRoad.com and he is showing off his super nice 1959 Buick Electra cruiser.

Qatar 1959 Buick Electra L side 1

Mr. Alhussaini tells us that he imported the car from New Your in 1988.

1959 Buick Electra 2 door hard top

Probably the best angle of the majestic 1959 Buicks. The Delta Wings.

 

Qatar 1959 Buick Electra side

The car is all original except a repaint in the Silver Birch Metallic color. It is a striking car.

In the word of Mr. Alhussaini: “There is no car like it here.. Catching the eye and twisting the necks”

Well, I bet! Thanks so much for sharing your Delta Winger Flyer with us.

Let’s check out the car corral at the swap meet

Some swap meets have an area set aside for just complete cars and this is a walk through one of them.

Let’s take a stroll:

1964 Plymouth Sport Fury

How about an arrest-me-red 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury? With a Hi Performance 440, 727 Auto it should be a fun car.

Buick Cop Car

Drive around and pull people over in this vintage cop car.

1948 Dodge deLuxe 2 door

Best value at the swap: 1948 Dodge De Luxe 2 door.

1948 Dodge deLuxe 2 door rear

1948 Dodge deLuxe 2 door interior

Your humble Editor need another car like I need a hole in my head but I was close to take this one home. I just love the excessive use of chrome in the grille and dashboard.  How can you not love that steering wheel? This is an older restoration but still in nice condition and it would make a great cruiser stock or modified.

1959 Buick flat top rear

How about a Delta Winged Flyer? The 1959 Buick 4 door hard top makes for a very stylish car.

1959 Buick flat top side

I am not feeling the sixties era Riviera wheels on the car but that is an easy fix. Stock Electra hub cabs and wide white walls would make this car pop.

 

1959 Buick flat top

OK, I admin it! I was very close to take this one home as well until I reminded myself that my garage is only 25 feet deep! The GM four door hard top cars from 1959-1960 offers great styling.

That’s all folks…go to a swap and buy a cool vintage car and DRIVE it!

 

1959 Buick LeSabre Restoration

1959…

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The first programs of Bonanza and Rawhide aired…
Ben-Hur earned a Best Picture Oscar…
Fidel Castro took over Havana…
USA added Hawaii to the Union…
Everybody was humming a Mack the Knife tune…
Buddy Holly died…soob…

and…


Buick introduced the Delta Wing!

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1959 Buick LeSabre restoration.

Come along on a comprehensive “frame-on” restoration of this representative of the culmination of American glory and flash.
A time that probably won’t come again.

In other words: It is really cool!

It was said that the fins stabilized the car at high speeds. Maybe we should test when it’s done? The 1959 model shared the roofline with other GM products. It offered Scenic view rear window and panoramic front windshield.

Other than that, each division was free to design anything they wanted. And they did…

The starting point: Straight and rather solid, some stainless had some dings, but all there. The good news: 58,000 documented miles since new. Owned since new by a local lady.You wouldn’ need to worry about calling out the RAC rac.co.uk, like you do in the UK or whoever you use with a car like this. It seems to be somewhat of a rock, a bit of a car power house.

Not bad for a car that was sold new with 90 days or 4000 mile warranty!!

OK, here goes nothing: Off with the front sheet metal, so the front fenders can be blasted and we can get to everything.

If you were a nice kid when your folks picked up their new ’59 Buick, you may have gone home with one of these…

Interior, glass and chrome was stripped, and the whole car walnut-shell blasted. No chance of hiding anything here!

After blasting all the sheet metal was scuffed to loose any high spots. We don’t want any metal to come through the primer…

Holy Delta Winged Warrior!! Bat-mobile!! The little rust we found was professionally repaired, and a coat of DP-90 black etching primer seals the body, so I can concentrate on the engine for now.

Firewall painted in stock red color. Note the dual line 68 Buick Riviera brake booster. I think it is an acceptable deviation from stock for safety.

After DP-90, the frame got a coat of semi-gloss black. Looks very correct.

Under-hood detail. All bolts was cad plated, and latches that was gold cad, was redone. The fenders was painted red before assembly, so it looks correct.

Have you seen so much stainless??? All going out to be straightened and polished…

“Aerosol Overhaul”

With 58,000 mile on the car, the engine was in great shape, but I did replace all gaskets, rear main seal and water pump.  I did remove a couple of bearing caps, they looked great. Also, water-pump and other items was replaced. After a clean-up and paint the engine looks great.

1959 Buick LeSabre, Delta Winged WarrierSnuggin’ up the new motor mounts. Now, this starts to look like something…

1959 Buick LeSabre, Delta Winged WarrierI added a A Delco Script Tar Top repro battery. Nothing else would look right here.

1959 Buick LeSabre, Delta Winged WarrierChristmas?? Well, almost. Vilma is once again red and white… Yes, she has a name, after her original owner. Now the fun begins…

1959 Buick LeSabre, Delta Winged WarrierYou can’t see my face, but it’s sporting a big grin….

1959 Buick LeSabre, Delta Winged WarrierBuck Rogers, eat this!!

1959 Buick LeSabre, Delta Winged Warrier1959 Buick LeSabre, Delta Winged WarrierDetails, details…These “BUICK” script and rocker chrome is actually from an Invicta, but it is a nice addition.

1959 Buick LeSabre, Delta Winged WarrierA fresh repro lens looks good in the re-chromed bezel…

1959 Buick LeSabre, Delta Winged WarrierThe original license frame from the selling dealer was re-plated and detailed. This adds character to this fine classic. I think old man Hal would be proud of me!

1959 Buick LeSabre, Delta Winged Warrier1959 Buick Electra by Husky, first produced 1960 Scale: 1:66 (England)

When re-chroming the back-up lights, it’s advisable to remove the reflector from the pot metal piece. Then you have to rivet or screw it back, to ensure proper ground.

NOS front blinker assembly. The box smelled like it was 40 years old too…

Using chrome screws to assemble the freshly chromed bumper-bars and blinker assembly. Another tough job!

If you are bored, try masking off 72 grille squares! I will tell you it is easier than learning to speak a new language like learning to speak Spanish.Knitting would be more exciting. The grid behind the grill squares has to be black, so here we go…

No, that is NOT an  American  flag that I am using for underlayment, it is an old Harley throw.

Oh well, the result was rewarding. Use black enamel,  it sticks better to the metal than lacquer.

The rims were sandblasted and painter body color. Radial white walls ($160.00 each!!) makes the car drive very nice, and stock deluxe wheel covers looks just great.

Since we can’t pick-up my Visa card and order a repro trunk emblem, I had to chrome two units, pick the best, and pick from four different emblems the best aluminum inserts. This ain’t no fifty-seven Chevy…Remember: Chrome is GOOD!

Vernon Green & the Medallions hit the charts with their Buick 59 song. For those who wonders why they are posing in front of a Swedish car, this is the cover of the single “Buick59”, and the backside is “Volvo59”!!! Got this tidbit from Ullrik Bjurstrom in Sweden. Takes a Swede to get the facts!

Exterior finally done, looks like we got ourselves a 1959 Buick again.

 Check out the finished product