Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: Sad-Faced 1949 Buick Super With Its Straight Eight Exposed To The Elements

I’ve been meaning to post this shot by Curtis Perry for some time. I love the faces on this vintage Buick; what a face. But there’s something rather jarring about it having lost its beautiful hood; a bit like a person with a hole in their forehead. And look at how tall that radiator is; it’s almost hard to imagine the hood clearing it.

And what’s going on with that radiator anyway? I cropped the picture (below) and I’m still a bit confused.

There’s some kind of rope or something tying those radiator supports to the front of the radiator. And that horizontal piece the rope attaches to isn’t seen on other images of similar cars. Some kind of jury-rigged support? Odd.