RivRider

'68 LeSabre 400 Survivor-unbelievable update

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RivRider    84

Here's an old girl I never should have let go.I found in a storage unit in 2008 with a stuck engine with 17,000 miles,was parked in '86 with all her original parts,including the tires.Three mechanics gave up on trying to get free before I discovered her.I knew with that mileage she shouldn't be given up on,so I brought her home in November and filled up the engine with Marvel Mystery Oil until it wouldn't take anymore and left it until April.I then let drain for a day,then refilled with new oil,cleaned the cap,rotor and points,put in new plugs and battery,the only things not original,got in and hit the key.Scared the hell out of me and turned over immediately and started on about the 6th turn.Also scared the neighbors,they thought the garage was on fire because of all the smoke.After about ten minutes the smoke cleared and I put her in gear and drove around the block ! Two weeks later,I drove her slowly to a local car show because of the original tires,out of 400 cars,took first prize in my class and best car on the field.Later that year,decided to sell and she went to an 80 year old gentleman south-west of Chicago.Does anyone know of this car?P1000189(1)(1)(1)(1).thumb.JPG.175a94fd6bcc8fd940bd7b39e2ae5f9e.JPGP1000190(1).thumb.JPG.607141ef7f773155f380abba7b24f323.JPGP1000193(1).thumb.JPG.c33b15691c86fabeb749af3a332dd96b.JPGP1000197(1).thumb.JPG.ee11ebd66274218201744ad8410eb338.JPGP1000198(1).thumb.JPG.d65365d8b3cb7407cce057f74bb9def6.JPGP1000199(1).thumb.JPG.00cde97896693697251b3ea18a7e7d45.JPGP1000200(1).thumb.JPG.6aa1e4036360004b9f27191b4dda39f2.JPGP1000201(1).thumb.JPG.e5cc4c2cb648a2d7ec5b47f3af96d2ea.JPGP1000202(1).thumb.JPG.4cc2c2504d5dcca3e320c6afb30e06fb.JPGP1000203(1).thumb.JPG.8bbccf685481148598cf012f686b6f83.JPGP1000204(1).thumb.JPG.a07dc760056e5cae46b4d1ae0cf6d14a.JPGP1000205(1).thumb.JPG.9c28c51401003f6627e45cd6225007bd.JPGP1000209(1).thumb.JPG.f52a219ad4619f97777f4e79f479d107.JPGP1000210(1).thumb.JPG.fca4a32840452679f9fec4912c323959.JPGP1000211(1).thumb.JPG.5e41cef26ce9b8ab50e89008d5b3abe0.JPGP1000191(2).thumb.JPG.f52c9c9594095114f6b686d37fd38e4f.JPGP1000192(2).thumb.JPG.1fb4922f85e2df2843b929919a048452.JPGP1000194(2).thumb.JPG.0e34784bb61a4a64fe7aba89a1e9261a.JPGP1000195(3).thumb.JPG.c45311914226217f6163999f2ca93015.JPGP1000196(2).thumb.JPG.96fc549026b09024568501778e6f6529.JPGP1000206(2).thumb.JPG.a7a5f6fdedbf1ee802c47b00d01c33bb.JPGP1000207(2).thumb.JPG.cd27802c3fcb5330ba573d3da4760692.JPGP1000208(2).thumb.JPG.58a490ec7d2ac00016a3d5920e737732.JPG  

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RivRider    84

Thought I should add to the history of this car,original owner was Helen Foley of Binghamton NY,and she was a favorite teacher of Rod Serling of Twilight Zone fame.Her name was used in one of the original series and the '80s movie her name was used as a main character.

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EmTee    562

Today, some would think of this as a 'certified' used 1968 Buick!  ^_^

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RivRider    84

I had to jump back in as I can not believe what just happened, an hour ago I received an email from the people who bought this car from me back in 2009 and offered it back to me !!!!! Speak of the Twilight Zone !!!! They don't belong to any clubs and would have had no idea I posted this,he is now 90 and decided its time to start thinning his hoard of 40 some cars.My old LeSabre has been in a heated garage and only a few miles put on her in the last 8 years,other than a new muffler and tires,still like the pictures.Someone is looking over me,maybe it's Ms.Foley! Looks like I better make some room in the barn. 

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RivRider    84

I thought the same thing,when she comes home,she's getting a new name with front plate to match,her new name is now "Helen".        Ms Foley passed away in 2002 at 90,interesting article about her,google "Helen Foley Binghamton school teacher".Another weird fact,I met her in 1973 when I worked at Botnick Chevrolet in Binghamton when she brought her '56 Belair with 23,000 miles on it in for service, and never saw her again.A friend of mine now owns that car and only has 27,000 miles today.

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RivRider    84

I just heard from "Helens" current owner and she will be coming back home this fall,she is up to 17,311 miles !! 

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Jolly_John    36

Dan, what a wonderful outcome for you. This is one of those very neat, old car hobby stories. Congratulations on getting this special Buick back to enjoy. John (your hubcap buddy)

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JohnD1956    2,133

Just looked at the photos again and realized; this may be the one last surviving steering wheel without cracks.

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RivRider    84

This car is so close to perfect it's unbelievable,the only reason she ever left to begin with is that my auto parts store that I ran for 15 years got bought out by "corporate america" company and I couldn't put up with they're bullshit and left then realized who the hell wants to hire a 56 year old. Didn't want to loose my house and got close to the bottom of the bank account so had to let her go.The one thing I would like to replace when she comes home is the carpet,which is faded.Anyone know of a good place to get replacement? People always say "but it's got too many doors!" in this case who cares!When I was driving her,one night we put 8 people (we where all small people) in her and went to dinner,laughing about it the whole way.

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old-tank    1,561
5 minutes ago, RivRider said:

The one thing I would like to replace when she comes home is the carpet,which is faded.Anyone know of a good place to get replacement?

Unless the carpet has other problems, look into re-coloring.

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old-tank    1,561

I used Duplicolor Vinyl & Fabric Spray on Daytona carpet in my 55 (yours is different).  There are services that dye carpets and fabrics.

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lancemb    300

You can alsoget fabric paint at hobby store in many shades.  A car this original - definitely don't replace carpet if it only has fading!

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EmTee    562

Anything you buy today will not fit as well as the original, so re-dyeing it would be best if you can find someone to do it.  With a car that original it would be a shame to replace it just because of the uneven color...

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RivRider    84

For those who noticed the '77 Coupe DeVille in the pictures,wish I had that one back too,bought the same year from original owner with 31,000 miles,and also parked in '86,last hoorah for Cady with 425 4-barrel,crushed velvet full bucket seats and console.I never thought that anything built in '77 would do anything for me until I drove that car.Can't keep 'em all ! Wait till I post the pictures of my '60 LeSabre survivor off the road since '78,coming soon.

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RivRider    84

I forgot another unbelievable fact about both these cars that make most people squirm,I payed $1500 for the '68 LeSabre with the stuck engine and the son-in-law wanted the Cady out of his garage and paid $999 for that one !

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