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    Question 1936 Buick

    Looking for drivers side door for my 1936 2 door sedan series 40. Does anyone have an idea of what make or model that may fit this car? I would prefer to find an original 36 Buick door. But if not at this point I'll take anything that will fit. Thanks

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    Dave T is the man to contact by phone (no email)
    http://forums.aaca.org/topic/206688-dave-tachney/
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    Sounds like your car is the Model 48 Victoria Coupe, body style 36-4411. The left door shell is a part no 4067301 which does not cross exactly to another car except maybe the same year Century Model 68.

    Old parts books and Fisher Body manuals from the time show the nearest relatives to be many of the 1936 Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Oldsmobiles with 2-door coach bodies. Some of the door components are exact matches. For example the door glass and ventilator glass have the same part number on the Chevy, Pontiac, and junior Buicks. Whether one of those doors could be made to fit would have to determined by comparing to your right door or relying on somebody who has done it already. Just going by Internet pictures, they all look close.

    Fisher bodies for the smaller cars (Chev/Pontiac/Olds/junior Buicks) were generally on 2-year design cycles back then. The '33-34 bodies used full wood frames with metal panels attached to the exterior. Most of the roof consisted of wooden slats covered by a rubber? coated-fabric material.

    Turret Top bodies were introduced in '35-36 which had all-metal tops. However they still used structural wood in the floor area. Some wood was still used in the doors for non-structural purposes. The exception was Buick did not go to the Turret Top design until '36. On top of that, '35 Turret Top front doors are hinged at the center post. As a result, '36 Specials/Centurys have a lot of one year only body parts.

    The Unisteel Turret Tops were used in '37-38 which did away with most of the wood except for seat frames etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1939_buick View Post
    Dave T is the man to contact by phone (no email)
    http://forums.aaca.org/topic/206688-dave-tachney/
    Thanks .. I did talk to Dave...no luck but thanks for the comeback, really appreciate it..

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    1936 door

    Thanks Todd. A wealth of information. Really appreciate it. My doors and floor do have some wood in them.the top seems to be all metal.

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    You did well getting Dave T by phone

    Buick & larger Olds Ponti (BOP) B body may be your best hope. Maybe LaSalle & the junior Cadi
    Not many Buick model 48 & 68 2 door sedans around

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_A_platform_(1936)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_B_platform
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