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HOW LONG HAS YOUR CAR BEEN SITTING?

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I am interested in HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU HAVE DRIVEN YOUR BUICK?

Maybe, NEVER, also how long have you been working on it if you haven't driven it?

Our 1941 Limited sat in our garage for nearly 20 years before I laid a hand on it. I got it on the road in 1997 and have since driven it over 25,000 miles.

Just wondering............

Dale in Indy

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Last time I drove mine was about 3 hours ago. :D :D

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Cool beans.................was that to see Duke beat NC? LOL

Dale in Indy

Haha nope! It was to take some parts to the post office. :)

Anyways, I'm a State fan. but I am, nonetheless glad Duke won. :D

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Not sure how long an explanation you want here but.......

My 1958 Buick Special convert has been off the road since October 2007 due to a blown power brake booster. It is still off the road after having rebuilt the booster/master cylinder and purchasing a complete brake package from Kanter and new SS brake lines.

The delay....... as my business partner's wife used to say, "Life Just Gets In The Way". My other excuse... I live in what used to be the Automotive Capital of Canada, Windsor Ontario (just announced Feb 8/12 we lost that title to Oshawa, Ontario production number wise). From 2008 till now things just are not what they used to be and........ like my relatives in Michigan (which I think might have been hit even worse) just getting by. What has happen now is, with sitting up on jack stands, the rear trany seal has dried out (not uncommon with dynaflows) and needs to be rebuilt so......... while not undoable, time, cost and priorities are in play still.

OK so..... time to get off the whine box and .... my youngest boy said last week that it would be nice to get it back on the road this summer. Guess time has slipped away and he is right!

Doug

BCA# 35039

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Beautiful car Dei. Your son is right. It would be nice to get it back on the road this summer.

For me, I drive the Wagon everyday. Going on three years worth and I still love it. I had the GS out of the garage this past weekend, although there's too much residual salt to drive it anywhere. The 56 hasn't been run since Thanksgiving when the carb malfunctioned, a lot! Carb kit is on the way.

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Before bringing the 76C car home, It had sat in the desert since 52 or so. But, this year 2012, it will purr again and will again hit the streets. Got the rest of my body mounts today. hehe:) Matt

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Drove it Tuesday. The weather has been great mid to high 60's F. I have been enjoying my Buick.:D

I wanted to drive it today but I didn't get out of the garage.( as another poster said, life got in the way), I did finish the wax job I started last week and I think it looks great even if I say so myself.:)

Photo is prior to recent waxing.

Wayne B.

1941 Super 51

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Great stories, lets hear more. Love the 41, I really like pictures of cars in their natural settings. At the curb, houses abound, NEAT.

Cool/great 58 toooooo.

Dale in Indy

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My 1950 41D was parked in 1971. I bought it in OCT. 2008. Did a frame on restoration and drove it to the Nationals in Ames in 2010. I try to drive it often. Last time was a month ago.

Ben

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I've had my '52 since April of last year. Before I got it, it sat in a barn for roughly 40 years. I thought it would be quick work to get her back on the road. Boy, was I wrong! I've fixed one thing after another and life has definitely gotten in my way a few times(as well as a shortage of available funds!). I've only driven it 30 miles or so since I've had it. First trip was nice. Took a ride at dusk to the local Sonic drive-in with the wife to have some chocolate malts. Second trip wasn't so great. I got 20 miles from the house on my way to a car show and, well.....you can see the results of that trip below. Hope to finally get her on the road by summer. Wish me luck!:)

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Hello, my name is MrEarl, and I have BADD. (Buick Attention Deficit Disorder) Every time I buy a Buick and start working on it, my attention is drawn to another one and I purchase it. That coupled with Buick Garden projects and keeping the Buick Garden grounds maintained has caused to many projects to sit far longer than I care to even think about. But all that will change when I retire next year. I will be broke but have plenty of time to get every one of them on the road.

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Posted (edited)

Hi Dale! My poor Old Bessie (as I commonly refer to my 1957 Special) has been in hibernation since December, but next month, my caterpillar will become a beautiful butterfly again and will hit the road in preparation for Charlotte. This is is the year to drive the Buick and get some miles on her. Had her 26 years - going on 27 and only put 1200 miles on her. She needs to get up and go!

BTW, she hadn't been on the road since 1965 when I bought her in 1985. 17,652 original miles when I got her.

Edited by 1957buickjim (see edit history)

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Hello Dale,

My '39 Buick Coupe was last driven yesterday afternoon. I take it for a drive at least every few days to keep everything limbered up. Always enjoy getting the honks and waves when out and about in it.

John :D

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I'm HAPPY for those that are DRIVING their Buick, I thought we would hear from MORE that have Buick's that have been sitting A LONG, LONG TIME.

MrEarl, sure would like to see pictures of the Buick Garden grounds.

Oh, I can tell you DON'T like 54 models...............I also see that your Riviera model # has a 5 & 4 in it toooooo. 54 must be your lucky number, LOL.

Dale in Indy

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I'm HAPPY for those that are DRIVING their Buick, I thought we would hear from MORE that have Buick's that have been sitting A LONG, LONG TIME.

MrEarl, sure would like to see pictures of the Buick Garden grounds.

Oh, I can tell you DON'T like 54 models...............I also see that your Riviera model # has a 5 & 4 in it toooooo. 54 must be your lucky number, LOL.

Dale in Indy

.....you should see the guys left arm!

Think sweepspear portholes and ink.

Anyway, I got to have a wonderful 50 miles with my ride until it left me on the side of the road back in the fall of 09...the last time it moved under its own power.

The last time it actually moved though was this month...off to the powdercoaters.

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I actually have it in the garage now but my camera is not!!!

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Bob, all I can say is WOW! I thought I was going deep..man, you are back to square one! The frame looks great. I am clearly impressed with the powdercoating on the frame. Mine will just be sprayed on K2 stuff..Keep up the good work and pictures!

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So HOW expensive it it to POWDER coat a frame?

Must be nice to have a POWDER COATED FRAME, good for you!

Dale in Indy

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Not sure how long an explanation you want here but.......

My 1958 Buick Special convert has been off the road since October 2007 due to a blown power brake booster. It is still off the road after having rebuilt the booster/master cylinder and purchasing a complete brake package from Kanter and new SS brake lines.

The delay....... as my business partner's wife used to say, "Life Just Gets In The Way". My other excuse... I live in what used to be the Automotive Capital of Canada, Windsor Ontario (just announced Feb 8/12 we lost that title to Oshawa, Ontario production number wise). From 2008 till now things just are not what they used to be and........ like my relatives in Michigan (which I think might have been hit even worse) just getting by. What has happen now is, with sitting up on jack stands, the rear trany seal has dried out (not uncommon with dynaflows) and needs to be rebuilt so......... while not undoable, time, cost and priorities are in play still.

OK so..... time to get off the whine box and .... my youngest boy said last week that it would be nice to get it back on the road this summer. Guess time has slipped away and he is right!

Doug

BCA# 35039

Doug, that's one beautiful '58 that should be driven.......!

As far as my '62, I've been driving it quite a bit this nice warm winter.

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Yes, I'm currently on the look out to remedy my Buick-less dilemma but the current selection of reasonably priced worthwhile Buicks in the Portland metro area has sadly been non-existent.

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Well, it was -14 here this morning and my car is stored in an unheated garage in town. Does have the taillights back on((after re-chroming), so can drive it if it ever warms up. Got some springs from Wheatbelt to get it back up to stock ride height-which I hope to be more comfortable than the cut down springs it has now.

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So HOW expensive it it to POWDER coat a frame?

Must be nice to have a POWDER COATED FRAME, good for you!

Dale in Indy

Thanks...it sure looks great and it will last a long time for sure.

There is a local company that does it, the frame alone was a thousand but that included everything including shipping. They also did two coats! I had some other items so the final bill was a bit more. I plan on PC'ing every part I can, most at home though. Next is a test on a true flat clear for my bare metal parts, hope they look uncoated but I have my doubts.

Jim...I envy you and your approach, you will be driving long before I will. You ingenious way of doing a frame on is a model for us to follow.

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