ol' yeller

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  1. 1964 Lesabre 79K $3700

    The 300 was introduced in 1964. It was originally a cast iron block with aluminum heads. I know the 4 barrel had an aluminum intake, I am less sure of the 2 barrel as I never had one of those but I suspect it was aluminum as well. The first year of the 300 had a hot water choke as described in a previous post. It sat off the carb on the passenger side. They were problematic. In 1965 Buick changed from the aluminum heads and intake to cast iron reportedly because the earlier heads had head gasket issues due to the dissimilar metals. That said I have seen '64 300 engines with over 100K on them and still have the original head gaskets so... The heads do not interchange between '64 and '65 without changing the intake as well. Buick also changed in '65 to a hot air choke off the passenger side manifold. Restoring a '64 300 also brings the added challenge of corroded head surfaces which is very common. I know a lot about 64-65 Skylarks having owned, restored, and parted many of them. I think the 300 soldiered on through 1967 in the Skylark/Special line, where it was replaced with the 350 in 1968. In 1967 the only way to get the 300 from the factory was as a 2 barrel carbureted engine. If you wanted a 4 barrel you got the 340. I know that the 340 was not a factory option in 1965. The air cleaner on the 300 either said Wildcat 310 (2 barrel) or Wildcat 355 (4 barrel). That was the torque rating of the 300, not the cubic inches or horsepower as less informed sellers try to protray. That might have been the case in 1966 as well. I am not sure about engine choices in the larger series. I owned and restored a 1965 Skylark that had the 300 V8 with the factory 4 barrel hardtop. The lower end was never touched (it had around 120,000 miles on it at that point) but I did have the heads reworked and set up for unleaded. A buddy and I drove it from Seattle to the Colorado Springs National meet. We took several mountain passes, some 11,000' high with absolutely no issues at all. We had differential trouble on the way so we had to make up for lost time. We pushed that 300 to speeds of 75-80 almost all day long on the last day over those passes and along the highways, stopping only far gas and bathroom breaks. It didn't use any oil and it ran cool despite some impressive temps during that day. I had dual exhaust with Walker turbo mufflers and in the sections where the AM radio couldn't pull in a station I loved listening to the low growl with all the windows down. It was a great trip, even with the differential trouble in Twin Falls. I loved that car and hated to have to sell it which I did almost 7 years ago.
  2. Please welcome your new Moderator

    Congrats Ronnie! Even though I sold my convertible a couple of years ago, I still lurk around here and offer help when I think it is helpful. Greg
  3. Looking for bumper bolts

    He's not asking about the chrome topped bolts that most car manufacturers used in that era. He is asking about hidden bolts that slide into a slot on the backside of the bumper. They didn't go through the bumper. The "T" shape allowed the bolt to slide in the slot on the back of the bumper. I have seen them but I can't remember which car used them. I'm thinking they were used on the front bumper of the '64-65 Skylark/Special. I also restored a '69 Riviera so that might be the car I am thinking of. Sorry. I don't know where you could get them but I hope this narrows your search.
  4. ISO Buick Reatta convertible project

    Convertible Reatta's were only offered in 1990 and 1991.
  5. 1971 Buick gs

    It's always nice to know where the car is.
  6. Advice Needed - 1953 Special Riviera

    That is a nice car. I am attaching a picture of my Dad's 1953 Special Riviera that he purchased new in 1953. I rode home from the hospital in it. He traded it in in 1959 on a Mercury Colony Park wagon. Pay no attention to the cute kid in the Heisman pose. His football career didn't pan out anyway. This picture was probably taken in 1956-57.

    Wow! there is something seriously broken on that Rivi's suspension!
  8. I just DON'T like the picture of this Buick

    This was taken in 1969. My Dad's beloved Golden Streak was rear ended. He was at a complete stop, signaling a left turn when a stewardess in a Mustang plowed into the back end at 50 MPH. According to the Police there were no skid marks. It turned out very badly for her. Mom and Dad were pretty sore but walked away from the wreck The wagon did get repaired. A testament to how tough those old Buicks were. notice all the glass was still intact.
  9. Here's my contribution. This was my Dad's 1965 Sportwagon which he named the Golden Streak. He bought it new in 1965. This picture is how we were typically loaded for camping. Inside the wagon was everything we needed for 2 weeks of camping, 6 kids, my Mom and Dad, and an Irish Setter named Kelly. This was taken in Mount Rainier National Park probably around 1966. This was in the days before reservations for camping. I can remember my Dad passing campers and trailers on the way to the campground to be ahead of them so we would get a campsite. The bag on the luggage rack was a Buick accessory and had the tri shield emblem on the zippered flap. The old Sportwagon soldiered on until 1976 when my Dad passed away. It had around 180,000 miles on it but it was on its third motor and second transmission. It was pretty beat and tired when we sold it to a guy who said he was going to use it in a demolition derby.
  10. New Owner Seeks Reatta Tech Help

    The "headlights suggested" prompt is triggered by the photocell up on the dash. When it senses not much ambient light, it sets the warning. If you place something on the dash over it, or if you have an ill fitting dash cover (which you appear to have), or if the photocell is defective, the warning is also triggered. I also strongly recommend a Factory Service Manual. Be sure Not to get the supplemental one which has red writing on the cover. It only details the changes between 1989 and 1990. It looks very similar to the real FSM. Nice car BTW
  11. Car Club Question

    I was editor of our BCA Chapter's newsletter for 5 years. I was never paid nor did I expect payment. In fact, There were times when I covered extra costs out of my own pocket for a feature or equipment for publishing the newsletter. As I was also a board member, I knew what the treasury looked like and realized that there no money for the newsletter outside of postage. I took the newsletter from a true cut and paste (real scissors, real paste) to an electronic version and color pictures. Subsequent editors (also non paid) have taken what I did and improved a lot upon my work. I still chuckle when the newsletter comes out and I recognized something (boilerplate) that I wrote probably 20 years ago.
  12. How Many Cars, How Many Buicks

    I know I'm going to get shown up here but I'll kick this off. Just for fun, please tell your age, how many cars you have owned in your lifetime and how many were Buicks. I'm 64, I have owned 63 cars and 1 RV. 12 of those were Buicks
  13. Looking for any history of a Buick Reatta

    While things are never cut and dried when it comes to Reattas, it is most likely that that car came with a white top. I'll defer to Barney's opinion when he is able to answer.
  14. '67 Special dip stick

    Ahhh the joy of working on old cars. Parts are sometimes hard to scrounge up. I'd suggest cultivating folks near to you and elsewhere that you can share and swap parts with. Joining your local BCA chapter and of course, the BCA are a great way to start. I am more partial to the '65 Skylarks but I understand the struggle. The parts we have in common with other more popular A bodies are readily available from aftermarket suppliers like OPGI and others. Parts that are specific to your car only are sometimes hard if not impossible to find. Sometimes the only way is buy a parts car that has the parts you need. There was a company that I know has changed hands and may not be around anymore, The Buick Farm (buickfarm.com). They offered mostly NOS stuff and had some of the more obscure parts. Their pricing wasn't too bad considering what they had. This information is years old as I haven't done business with them for a looong time. Good luck with your toy!
  15. '67 Special dip stick

    Joel, I am very familiar with the 64-65 300's, not so much with the 67 but I suspect they are the same. In the earlier models, there is no dip stick tube, just a hole in the block between the spark plugs in the middle of the engine on the left (driver's side) into which the dipstick slides. If you are missing a dipstick, I have a good friend who might have one and I'd be happy to provide his email address in a PM. If the '67 300 has a tube then I'd stand corrected and withdraw my comments. Are you certain it is a 300 and not a 340?