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 Post subject: 1958 Devin
PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:49 pm 
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I am new to this forum. I am in the process of completing the restoration on a 1958 Devin. This car was known as the Buick Special or the Tashjian Special. I have been able to recover all of the car's original racing history. The car has a 1959 Buick 401 Nailhead engine, a four speed, four link rear end, rack and pinion steering, four wheel disc brakes, and coil over shocks.


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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Devin
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:35 am 
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Welcome Dan!

I'm very interested in your car. I remember that one as a kid. I knew it as the Tashjian special and learned about nailheads from this and Ivo's work. I would love to hear the history; take as much space as you need to tell it. Where did you get it? Where is it? Photos? Lots of Photos!


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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Devin
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 10:56 am 
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Indeed, we would love to see photos and hear any history you'd care to tell us.

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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Devin
PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 11:38 am 
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Yes, photos please. That is a really beautiful car.


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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Devin
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I believe I found some of Dan's postings on barnfind.com

scroll down the page...its quite lovely

http://barnfinds.com/derelict-devin-mystery-racer-1958-devin-ss/

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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Devin
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:22 am 
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I sent an e-mail to the guy who currently owns the Max Balchowski Buick and invited him to stop by and say hi. I hope this was appropriate.

I like nailheads because they are one of the few V8's that you can cram into a locost and still have footroom. Before I die, I will build a 6-71 blown nailhead locost.


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 Post subject: Re: 1958 Devin
PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:46 pm 
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Dan Vargus wrote:
I am new to this forum. I am in the process of completing the restoration on a 1958 Devin. This car was known as the Buick Special or the Tashjian Special. I have been able to recover all of the car's original racing history. The car has a 1959 Buick 401 Nailhead engine, a four speed, four link rear end, rack and pinion steering, four wheel disc brakes, and coil over shocks.


Oh yes, please do post photos. I loved those bodies (most put them on their own chassis) as a budding hotrodder back in the day. In something totally coincidental, I saw a TV show last night that dealt with fiberglass bodies of the Devin era including their influence on Harley Earl and his choice of fiberglass for the Corvette. It was basically a visit to these folks:

Early fiberglass era ==> http://www.forgottenfiberglass.com/

You may already know about them.

Cheers,

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