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  1. 13 points
    I can't believe it's been a year since I purchased the Slattery 53 Skylark at auction. I really started the restoration in May/2018......lots of rust repairs...floors...rockers.. I got the motor to run pretty good....no smoke...transmission feels ok..... I got the car in Rust Defender today.....i thought I'd post an update photo. The goal is a nice driver.....so far so good....lots of work though....but having fun. Thanks, Mike B in Ct
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    I agree that they're savable. But the math doesn't add up, and my experience says that the only thing today's enthusiast really cares about is making the numbers add up. Sorry, but every single guy who walks into my shop, buyer or seller, expects to make money on his old car. Without exception. Around here we talk a pretty good game, but there aren't many guys even on this message board who would be willing to walk away from $50-70,000 on a car. If those were 2-doors, or club sedans, or convertibles, of course they would be easy to save (and they would likely have already been saved). But 7-passenger sedans are a pretty tough sell, and this is coming from a guy who only owns sedans including a 7P model. All of those cars are $100,000 or more away from being worth $50-60,000 (a reasonably nice '35 Lincoln 7P sedan has been bouncing around the auction circuit selling each time for $28-36,000 for the past three years, each guy trying to scrape off a few extra bucks from it and failing). There's no reasonable upside argument to be made for restoring such a car. Yes, I agree, they SHOULD be saved. I would love to see all of them restored. But the numbers aren't going to add up and they will be tough to sell as anything but parts cars. Those Lincolns aren't good starter projects for a guy just getting into the hobby, there's not a single part on any of them that will be cheap and easy to restore, and the finished result, while a great car, will be worth pennies on the dollar no matter how spectacular the restoration. You can't restore one of those cars cheaply enough to turn it into an economically viable proposal--I recently had a quote on rebuilding the engine in my '35 Lincoln K and was told it would take a year and cost $30,000 if I can supply the needed parts. That ain't entry-level and that's easily 50% of any of these cars' restored value, all before paint, bodywork, chrome, and interior, never mind the purchase price. For those reasons, I'm perfectly OK with calling these parts cars.
  5. 9 points
    Mounted the tires tonight. Used the plastic bag method but still needed irons to get them on. Used pieces of thin flexible cutting boards for the kitchen as protection for the rim from the iron. Worked perfectly but I’m pretty tired after a day of work and 4 more hours on these wheels. My wife asked me where I was storing them until I was done and before I could say anything, she says, “ they’re so beautiful I’m fine with you putting them in the spare bedroom.” 😮 now that’s something! The two wheels with the hubcaps on are my spares.
  6. 8 points
    It used to be that project cars would sell for OK prices, to a hobbyist who would salt it away in his garage and, using his own labor, whittle away at it. Engine rebuilds were reasonable, chrome wasn't prohibitive, and he might even talk his wife into sewing the upholstery. Visits to Hershey for those missing parts were fun and parts were actually found at fair prices. Not so today. The market for project cars is dying a quick death. Matt is correct on every count, the old days of buying with your heart are mostly gone, and now a financial analysis must take place before any old car acquisition. It's a different world in so many ways. I'm glad I was part of the period from the 60's through the 80's, great years for car collecting....
  7. 8 points
    Absolutely nothing. I guess I get that from AACA guidelines. I suppose it depends on what type of show you are attending and perhaps I might add the 1954 Ford Dealer Showroom catalog. Otherwise, AACA likes it clean. Let the car speak for itself. For the record: I hate a display surrounded by bowling trophies - err event trophies.
  8. 7 points
    Thanks for the update. Considering that is a 24,000 mile car, you really should go over and make sure it gets done correct, per the thread on the ‘54 Buick Highway. Just a thought. Sorry for the highjack Matt, now back to your story. Here’s a few teaser pictures. Check these sweet door panels! And the trunk (with all 10,454 parts to be reinstalled)
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    Actually I believe it was only a couple of Blue Moons over dinner at Red Robin in Hershey with Matt and Matt (no I wasn't seeing double, Matt aka Jackofalltrades). Later, Matt took off to the casino and Matt and I were headed back to the hotel. Matt had just heard from the insurance adjuster what he would be getting for his wrecked Century. When I heard it, I exclaimed something to the effect of "well how about that s***, that's exactly what I was planning on asking for Buttercup.....) and the rest is history. And let me add this. Matt, aka Yung Mi, there is nobody else I know that I would rather see Buttercup go to than you, a truly great Buick guy who I am proud to call my friend. As I've stated before, while it is sad seeing some of my '54's leave the Gardens, I am happy to be able to place them with fellow Buick friends rather than the possible alternative which we just witnessed last week at Bob's. I was so happy to see what you did with the barnfind Century and love hearing your plans for the lil 2 dr sedan I sold you. I figured adding the Roadmaster may be just what it would take to finalize converting you from being such a '55 nut. Guess we will see. By the way, I freshened the MMO in the cylinders and gave the engine a spin the other day. Oh and I also put Kowpi on mouse patrol so she is good til you get the NC Pole Barn cleaned out. after all all we don’t want the poor meeses doing this going up the road
  10. 6 points
    Your car will go faster now that you have shed that extra weight. Save the mud, you can sell it to someone wanting that original/unrestored look.
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    Well, if I ever actually put my car in a show, I usually display my wife in it....
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    Things have started to change here.
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    I have a small sign describing how the car was brought back to life. I never display the car with the hood or trunk open. I like to display the car as the designers intended the car to look as it drove.
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    What’s more important, a guest here or there, or my Olds wheels? That’s a no brainer!😂
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    The leaves are starting to loose their color and autumn is about to go brown in a day or two, was out back enjoying a cup of coffee and decided to take the cover off the 60 and take this photo. Those trees and my privacy will be gone to a sub division, it was a great 35 years of privacy.... soon to be gone
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    How does "10 original miles" have any meaning for a car that was built 10 years ago? I love that there's a 3.5 million dollar asking price, but you have to put down a $500 non-refundable deposit.....
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    Tom, this is a great car and you should fix it up and keep it. The drum brakes as everyone said will stop the car fine. The joy you will get out of owning this car will be far more than the dollar value. Listen to the advice on this car and have fun at the same time doing some of the work yourself. The Buick Club is a strong club for your car, literature is easy to find and when the top is down in summer you will love it. If you keep the car let me know...a free membership to AACA is yours for the asking. Just PM me with your name and address!
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  23. 4 points
    Johnnya101, Whatever you do, make sure to see the title before putting down any money. Make sure that the name of the owner on the title is the same as the person selling it. Don"t be shy when you ask to see his identification. If the sellers signature does not match the titled owners signature, he still owns it! NEVER BUY A CAR WITHOUT A GOOD TITLE! ANOTHER PROBLEM IS TITLE SKIPPING. THAT IS WHEN THE CAR IS SOLD MULTIPLE TIMES WITHOUT BEING RETITLED. THE REGISTRY MAY DEMAND SALES TAX AND PENALTY FOR EACH SALE. Caps are intended as it is a very important issue.
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    leaves are late this year , same old spot
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    Congrats Matt, beautiful car! last time I saw it it has less than 13,000 miles. Have to dig for the pictures. The only thing I still don’t understand is what Lamar has been drinking lately. I would never thought he would get rid of it!