In Nov. 29 IssueBy Ron Cowell, Columnist
In the past we have covered a lot of nice cars that have been brought back to life by true Car Guys! This is the story of a friend of mine out of New York who loved the old Buicks.
She and her brother brought a 1952 Buick back to life.
Ann Oelheim grew up around Buicks. Her Father was a Buick salesman and had a love for cars. That love for the old cars rubbed off on Ann and her brother, Tom also.
As her kids grew up and left home she found she had some extra space in the garage and got to thinking of how a classic old Buick would look setting in that spot.
Not knowing exactly what she was looking for she set out on her quest to find just the right car. While looking through Hemmings Motor News, she saw an ad for a car that had been setting in a barn for several years.
She called her brother Tom who was the manager of a transmission shop and knew all about the mechanics of putting this baby back on the road. The two of them took off to check out this car.
Once inside the barn they saw a 1952 Buick setting there with a couple of flat tires, three broken windows and a lot of dirt. When they opened the door the smell of mothballs hit them.
There were some rips and tears in the interior but nothing that could not be taken care of. They both knew right away, this was the car that was to fill the space in Ann’s garage.
They did a lot of work on the car but left the car all original. They decided it was time to take the car to some shows and show it off.
The first show Ann went to was in Grand Island, New York. Although she didn’t win anything at this show it just felt good to have the car there and mix with other car lovers.
The next show she went to was the All Buick Antique and Classic Car show in Tonawanda, New York where the car took first place in its class.
Then it was time for the big test of the car. It was time for a real road trip. Nope, no trailer for this car. It was off on a 400 mile trip from Buffalo NY., to Columbus Ohio for the Buick Club National Meet.
The car drove like a dream but after that long of a drive, Ann really could appreciate what power steering could do for a car. After the trip there she knew she had driven a car without power.
She drove away from this show with the BCA Archival Award. She won the Archival award three years in a row. When they called her name out as a winner at the banquet the third year she was just as excited as she was the very first time she received the award.
After getting the car on the road and off to shows sadly Ann’s brother passed away. He had put many, many hours in working on the car, making it look good and safe to drive on the road. After that when she drove the car it gave her great pride and made her feel good to hear people shout out, “Nice car,” or “my Father or Grandfather had a car just like that.”
After Ann’s brother passed away she started to realize she could not give the car all the love and attention it would need so she sold the car to a couple from Indiana.
She is happy to say that the car is now getting all the TLC it deserves. She still sees the car now and then at some of the Buick shows.
It’s still the same “Jeannie” as she so named the car when she had it. It makes her feel a little bad that she does not still own the car but makes her feel great to know the car has new owners who are taking care of “Jeannie” just as she would have.
Now and then she is ask, what are you going to do now that your car is gone? Ann says the day could come when she will buy another old Buick to fill that space in the garage. She is still very active in the Buick Club and her love for the old cars has not gone away. Her friends in the clubs are always on the look out for another car for her.
Whether she gets another old car or not Ann says she will never top the experience of bringing ‘Jeannie”, her 1952 Buick back to life.
If you would like to read more about Ann and her 1952 Buick check out her web page at:
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Until next time… Keep Cruisin!