1952 Buick Super – Sean Solus

Sean Solus had always wanted to build a classic car. with a mechanical background and sons to share the experience with, he chose this 1952 Buick Super.

This is a project in progress, so make sure to keep coming back to see what he does and has done.

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What type of vehicle is this?: Car

Make, Model, Year of Project

1952 Buick Super

What stage is this in?

Somewhere between complete and not sure if it will ever get finished

When did you purchase it and for how much?

I traded a 1994 Ford f350 for it, estimated value was about $3500.

Why did you choose this vehicle?

I have always wanted to build a classic car. I have built many other modern cars and motorcycles.

This is a great project for me and my son’s to work on together.

What sort of condition was it in when you started the project, what was wrong with it, etc.

A friend owned this and had already started to hot rod/ rat rod build it. He had already replaced rusty floor pans, swapped the sub frame out with a Chevelle front clip and replaced the stock rear end with a disc brake Ford 8.8.

The foundation was great but we had to remove all the rattle can paint and decided to go with a different engine than the 454 that it came with.

The engine was in pretty bad shape and I felt it would be more reliable and better mileage to go with an LS motor.

What, specifically have you done, or had done to it?

Engine, transmission, full suspension, interior etc.

Can you list any and all parts that you have put in?

2004 Lm7 5.3 Engine with btr cam

Turbo 400 trans, 300 stall converter

Speedway disc brake kit front

LSX wiring harness, speedway wiring harness

Full airbag suspension, 4 link rear suspension, tubular upper and lower control arms

And hours and hours of sanding to remove spray paint.

Where have you purchased your parts?




What about you?

I’m a broke amateur and have no formal training, just learning as I go

Any stories regarding this project?

It’s been a long road so far and I’m not sure when it will be done, but I love every second of it.

My son’s have learned a lot as well as myself.

This project is about time with family, the car is just a by product.

It will probably never be 100% done and I’m OK with that.

Any garages, parts stores, fabrication shops, etc you want to call out specifically?

I want to thank Josh Woolery for all his help and pointers along the way. I also want to thank my sons Chance and Brendon, I wouldn’t trade the time and experiences working along side you two for anything.

Check out the pictures below, make sure to click on the picture to see the full version.

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