All since the old Essex was sold, there has been an urge to build another Hot Rod.
Two door Sedans being the favorite body style, this 1930 Marquette by Buick was chosen as
a foundation for a new project.


Of course a few other cars were inspected before anything get purchased.
This Graham-Paige was in surprisingly good shape, even the roof liner was intact...ish. Turned out it wasn't for sale after all
(September 2019)

... Turned out it was this one that was for sale. Way too far gone, and the price didn't feel appealing either. Not that it mattered.
In hindsight it would at least have provided great ventilation.



There were all kinds of old body parts in this yard, but nothing that felt even mildly interesting as a basis for a hot rod build.

This rat rod project was offered to me at one point. Looks to me like a random cowl, home brewed DuVall windshiled, Mark I 1963-1966 Ford Cortina rear sheet metal, at least partly home built frame and some axles, no paperwork.

Fun looking thing, but as I have a cowl and a Ford Zephyr rear half already, this seemed like someting I already had. As the asking price without wheels was about the same as for the Marquette (going to call it the Buick from here on), it didn't seem interesting at all.



This green machine was found some 250 miles from home. After negotiating the price, it was winched up on the trailer.

After just a few miles it was time to fuel up the trusty old hearse, and get us some pizza.

Looking along the green side of the new car, I was amazed it still had paint on the 90 years old sheet metal.



This car was sold as a 1931 Buick, but turned out to be a 1930 Marquette.
The herringbone grille is the obvious Marquette give away, if you know your thirties cars.

After a ton of things ticked off on the old To Do-List, the Buick was finally moved inside the shop.
(December 2019)

For the moment being there's not really a plan for this build, other than to get the body repaired. General Motors automobiles of this era were wood framed, and of course the wood is rotted. The sheet metal is in pretty good shape, but a "new" skeleton for the body will have to be built.

Fendered with a lowered stance is about all the plan there is for now, but a theme or style is yet to be decided on.



Parked in its space for the foreseeable future, the doors were removed, to gain access to the front pillars.
It sure feels great to have a new hot rod project in the shop, first time in over 11 years.

This is what the old lumber looks like. I don't really like my car being made from wood at all, and when it's in this condition, I feel great about getting it all out, and making substitute contruction out of metal.


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