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    Well here it is, my big anouncement. My dealer has supplied steady feed to my addiction and this time I've been entrusted with one of his favorites. I am purchasing buttercup from Buick Gardens. After fixing some errors made by the owner previous to Lamar, she will be well cared for, driven, and enjoyed. Oh did I mention insured to max also? More photos to come.
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    Here is another Smoky Mountain shot. The car is a 1966 Morgan drophead coupe. The shot was taken a few days ago, when a front had moved through and the weather was great: Crisp, cold air, lots of sunshine, no clouds, and lots of leaves. The road shown here is straight, but we spent the afternoon touring windy mountain roads, with lots of steep and lots of switchbacks. The only thing that could have made it better was other old cars and friends (not necessarily old) joining us. P
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    I would not start modifying it if you want maximum value. Stock Sells. Get the brakes fixed, detail it and sell as a running/Driving car. Easy restortions are every buyer's dream. A drivable car is just so much easier to sell and increases the number of prospective buyers with that impossible dream.
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    I'd buy it just so I could yell at my mechanic, "Why didn't you put the cotton picking grease in the car?!?"
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    @wndsofchng06 Alrighty! Just be aware, when you get that full sized car experience it is hard to go back to the small series! LOL... Good luck!
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    Just setting it up on some used, but clean, tires will change a lot of attitudes. It's just easier to like a car you can imagine driving down the road.
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    If you are looking to sell it, just detail it up the best you can as is. Any brake work you consider is only worth it if it runs pretty good and then can be a driver. Restoring the original drum brakes will be cheaper than converting to disc brakes. If it needs minimal work to make it run good, I would consider doing that. Then brakes and pretty much put it up for sale if you are looking to sell it. If you can't get it to run well, then don't do the brakes. The brakes are a toss up. It will make it more marketable, but then again you have to charge more for it especially if it doesn't run very well. If it is original paint there it is alot more forgiving than if it has been repainted. People love cars with original paint, even if it isn't exactly in real good shape. Show us some more photos. Maybe we can throw some educated guesses your way as to a value and better guidance as what to do to market it or make it more marketable.
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    Mark I have no idea how old you are but from all you’ve told us you seem to be a younger guy. I’m an old man physically at 72 ( that’s 36 with twice the experience in my head) that’s all busted up. Life is getting short, so I’ve learned to enjoy what I can and forget about things I couldn’t control. My advice is to write it up to experience, get it fixed, enjoy it with your bride (mine has been a bride for 48+ years but still a bride), get on with life and have fun. You’ve done all you can to make it right. Dave S
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    Posts 1 & 2 are from 2005. I suspect the problem has now been resolved
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    This is my 1935 Lincoln K club sedan, known in period Lincoln literature as the "five-passenger two window sedan" (impressive name, I know). I was attracted to it because it's a 12-cylinder Full Classic that isn't a frumpy limousine. I thought it represented something of a bargain. I like the way it looks, I like the idea of owning a 12-cylinder motorcar, and I've never seen another one like it, have you? The fact that it looks very much like the maroon 1934 Ford 4-door sedan that was the first old car my father bought in 1973 is purely coincidental. In short, I really wanted it so I bought it. You may recall that I started a thread on this car once before, then deleted it right about when it started to get interesting. Sorry about that. A lot of things in my life were going sideways at the time and my mental resources were stretched thinner than I realized. I placed a lot (probably too much) hope that a thing--just a car--would mend my mental wounds, but you all know how that goes. Of course I knew it would be a project and that it would need a lot of TLC, and I accepted all that with my eyes wide open. In fact, sorting cars is one of my favorite things to do because it's so rewarding. Few things with old cars offer instant gratification, but fixing something small that's broken always lifts your heart. Sorting is a series of small projects that build into a larger success, but each one brings a tangible improvement that is very satisfying. It's distinct from a restoration which is a process whose payoff comes only at the end. With sorting, you fix one thing and you can enjoy the results right away. For someone like me, small successes bring big rewards. I started addressing a few of the more notable issues: a hot start problem, a leaky water pump, overheating issues, a fuel system full of gunk, a wobbly distributor, bad wiring, and all the other little things that go into making an old car healthy. I'll try to re-create the projects I showed in that old thread , and I'll continue with some new ones, because as another experienced forum member wisely pointed out, it's worthwhile to show folks that even those of us with substantial resources hit roadblocks and need to overcome them. So I started down the path. The snag, of course, was that shortly after cleaning out the cooling system with my 9-year-old son on a Saturday afternoon, he pointed to the side of the engine block and said, "What's leaking?" Uh oh. Sure enough, there's a hole in the block. A hole in a Lincoln V12 engine block. Dollar signs started spinning around in my head like the drums on a slot machine. The car I just wiped out my savings to buy had a hurt motor. I couldn't drive it, I sure as hell couldn't sell it knowing there's a hole in the block, and it could cost anywhere from $2000 to $35,000 to repair it, depending on what needed to be done. What's worse, someone had already smeared JBWeld over the damage and painted over it, so it was a known issue to someone. And that really felt like a sucker punch. Here's what we found: That, combined with all the other nonsense going on in my life at the time, put me in a particularly foul mood all the time. All. The. Time. I was a lousy husband and dad for a few weeks and I couldn't snap out of it. I'd invested too much in this car, and I'm not talking just money. It kept me up at night and it woke me up in the morning. I hated turning on the lights in the shop because I could see it in the corner. I had thoughts of just pushing it outside and hoping it would get stolen or hit by a truck. I thought about saving it for our open house next July and letting people take turns whacking it into scrap with a sledgehammer for $5 a throw. I even thought about turning it into one of those grotesque resto-mod hot rods--I've got a Chevy 454 and a 700R4 transmission sitting in the storage room, and I figured I could install those A LOT cheaper than rebuilding the V12 engine. Important note: I should point out that I do not believe Tom Laferriere knew about this issue, let alone did the JBWeld job. To his credit, he is taking the car to his metal stitch guy to see if it can be repaired. After a rocky start to our discussions (mostly my fault), we spoke in person at Hershey and he owned the issue. A great weight was lifted from my shoulders and my wife says I'm a different person today, maybe better than I have been in years. A tip of the hat to Tom for stepping up and doing as much of the right thing as is possible under the circumstances--thank you, Tom. You are the person I hoped you would be. Besides, despite hating the car with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns every second of every day between the discovery of the leak and that conversation at Hershey, I have come to really like the stupid thing. With luck, this big hurdle will be cleared without major expense or difficulty, and in the mean time, I've been getting it into good shape so that the leak can be properly addressed without being masked by other problems. In a few weeks, I'll ship it back to Tom, he'll take it to his metal stitching pro, and we'll all keep our fingers crossed. Sometime later, it'll come back, I'll finish sorting it, and I'll have a 12-cylinder motorcar for touring next summer. I'm not permitting myself to get excited about it, but at least there's a path now that I couldn't see before. Over the next few days, I'll try to re-create the steps I took in that old thread and add those that I've taken since then. There's information from which others can benefit and I've learned a lot along the way, too. If I can help others, well, maybe that makes all this nonsense worthwhile. Thanks for bearing with me and stay tuned...
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    Finally, my favorite out of all 5, the prototype 55 Buick Century. Also ran beautifully.
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    One task at a time. Is the only way you will finish. Start by cleaning, removing old carpet, freeing up brakes, sanding, priming the car so is one color. (Will make them look at the car differently) even if it still has rust repairs that need to be made. Little things will help keep you motivated Matt
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    It’s not just beaters or common, easy-to-fix cars that ought to be driven. Last April, the Horseless Carriage Club’s annual meeting, including a national tour, took place in Yosemite National Park. Tracy Lesher, editor of the Horseless Carriage Gazette, wrote about the tour and took lots of pictures. At one point, a 1910 Buick, 1910 Parry, 1914 Ford and 1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost went bushwhacking. The picture and quotation are from the July-August Gazette, with Tracy’s permission. “Instead of taking the civilized paved road back to Route 41, we took the road less traveled - - - through what could be described as a wide mountain trail more than an unpaved road. We hesitated at first trying to figure out if this was going to be worthwhile. It didn’t take too long to come to a decision. We were not turning back. This thrilling adventure involved a waterfall, fording a stream, mud so deep our tires on the T spun in a few spots, downed branches and potholes bigger than anything I had ever seen in Pennsylvania. The nimble Model T flexed as it moved through the mud. It was a blast to look over my shoulder and see the Rolls-Royce stealthily maneuver through the terrain. John and Denise Dolan aren’t afraid of a little mud. At the end of our off-roading trip there was a lot of cheering.” Yeah, they should be driven. Gil Fitzhugh the Elder
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    My '37 did not come with a radio, so I secured one with all necessary knobs, plates and do-dads from Dave Tachney. I then sent the radio out to "Bill the Radio Guy" who did the most wonderful job restoring the internal guts so now the radio is bluetooth compatible, there are hidden pigtails to charge a cell phone, and extra wires in case I ever want to install rear speakers under the rear seat. (I ran the wires while I was wiring the car) and he installed an upgraded speaker. So, now I use one of the kids old cell phones, (Of course, "OLD" cell phone to these kids is a 6S.....better than mine!!!), download a few playlists and artists and can listen to Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller all day via bluetooth. It adds an extra "authentic" dimension to the drive. (And the radio looks really cool in the dash vs the blanking plate) Have fun! Gary Here's the link to the radio build:
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    Not a bad choice. I love the 264 in my 51 F-1 truck: 55 engine, wcfb 4bbl, dual exhaust, 0.015 head gaskets, unknown specs on replacement cam. Just a couple hundred pounds lighter than your Buick, near same rear gears (3.92 vs 3.90). Research why a 55 engine has over 30 hp more than a 54 (cam, thinner head gaskets, pistons, heads?) With more than double the hp of the flathead 6 or 8 it cam with, I need to have pointed straight and on a good surface before I romp on it. Any more power and an upgrade to suspension and brakes would be considered. I named it what Lamar and others said after a ride (holy sh--).
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    Big announcement: funds are clear, 3/4 down on the new 54, paying the rest this weekend. Look for a new "me and my buick" thread later today. It'll be a bit before I can go get her, I just can't wait that long to post!
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    And there's the catch 22 of this hobby! You can never guarantee any equity in this field, no matter what the brand or pedigree. I hope the Coker family is satisfied with the results of the sale. And thanks for the pictures ! Bob did have these cars in Buickful condition , may he rest in peace!
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    Thanks, gentlemen, for the feedback. Apparently only a few were made, and then only for a couple of years. This one has 36K miles and drove like a new car, so I’m adding it to the stable.
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    Leaves are late turning this year in N/E Ohio, Boomer needed his sunglasses for this shot
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    If you want to raise funds and have a great time also you can come on the National Vintage Tour next August. All proceeds raised go to the Library.