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  1. I may have missed it in this thread but insurance for damages is a very important thing to know prior to transporting. What is the value of the car? Bill of Sale or Market Value in your area? I had a recent run in with bad damage, I got lucky...the carrier is taking care of the full repair costs which will exceed the value of the car. I could have been screwed for thousands.
  2. I don't think any of us can comprehend what a thread like this will mean to so many over so many years. I can go back to some forums that I posted on 15 years ago, I can only wonder how long your words and images will help throughout the ages.
  3. I have thought long and hard about this one but all I can come up with is my normal location for a problem..... For me it's always between the keyboard and chair....or in car parlance, between the boots and the tool.
  4. LOL...reminds me of my favorite quote by Churchill: "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm" That being said, I won't lie...I was pretty beat up over this at the start when it was looking like I had another project car to deal with and not a driver. My first attempt turned into a project quick...now this? Just glad it is working out and that I will have a chance to drive to the Nationals this year in a 54 Buick...hopefully with my Dad
  5. Thanks you Pete for clearing that up for me...my fear was that the "Survivor" status would be lost forever. I plan on driving it from Perth Ontario to South Bend this year...you can all come by and see Harriet and her new repair. Just some more background, turns out that "Harriet" was owned by Harriet R Wilson Mother of Virginia Harriet Wilkinson of Wilkinson Buick in Bountiful Utah. Yes there is a Buick dealership in the provenance of this one owner Buick. I have inquired a bit about this from the seller (Grandson of Harriet, son of Virginia) but he doesn't seem too interested in any in depth
  6. All I have to say is after meeting the owner of the company and spending an afternoon together I would use them again in a heartbeat. I have not felt that level of respect from any business I have dealt with, ever. It was not contrived nor a feign attempt to make me happy....it was if a good friend made a mistake, felt horrible and just wanted to make it right.
  7. Well I got to finally see her, the damage does not look as bad in person. Its isolated entirely to the center section of the roof, no side damage at all! Also the depression is not as deep as thought, the glass makes it look alot worse. I have to say, I met a real gentleman yesterday. He is the owner of the company and has quite the history. He was a trucker his whole life, he shared many stories of his exploits over his 78 years. He gave me a tour of the facility and made a point to introduce me to every staff member I have been in contact with. You can just feel the respect they had
  8. I can't help but think that maybe my posting here has had an effect? He is a car guy and they are a huge car hauler that deals with high end stuff. It seems odd that a owner like this man would know to call me, also ask about calling me Robert or Bob? My sig says Bob....all they had was Robert? Regardless they (the owner) has come in with great respect, which is why I am so very glad I kept my head through this. I posted that these things happen, the measure of a company is how they deal with the issue. I hope I can proudly post the name one day of a great company that stood up to a mistake an
  9. The Buick Gods are looking down upon me! Thanks to everyone for their well wishes and Buick prayers because it worked. I was called by the owner of the company...he is 78 years old and obviously a car guy. He was appalled by what happened and wanted to personally express his apologies for what happened. He mentioned that he recognized the intrinsic value of such a car and was truly saddened that it was treated in such manner. He continued to offer me the chance to come down a see it, all expenses will be covered including gas and hotel. He also wants to introduce me to his car restoration
  10. Agreed...to me though it shows they are backtracking away from their responsibilities. They may come through...which is why I have chose not to mention who they are. In the end this stuff does happen, its how a company makes it right is what matters. This is not done, rather it is quite preliminary...its also a very small claim considering they haul some heavy hitters. Not sure if some of you guys know where I am coming from, why I am so banged up over this....I explained it at 54B which I will copy here: Since I was little I always thought that Dad's Roadmaster was the car of cars, he went o
  11. The advice I have received is to allow the process to continue, to have delivery made but not to my possession. Basically the the damages need to be quantified by an estimate. So I am having it shipped to a good Antique Auto restoration shop in my area where they will provide a written estimate. I have tried to push them into accepting responsibility up to the value of the car and they returned with they need a written estimate to move any further. One thing of note, I also said that they have admitted already careless negligence and the response I got was "Oh no, it was a mechanical failure
  12. Only one vid per post...at least I feel better now. Forever Beautiful....
  13. Just going through some of my vids I made for lasts years meet. It always brings a smile to my face.....
  14. NADA is a respected guide for these things: 1954 Buick 70 Roadmaster 4 Door Sedan Value, Prices & Specs | NADAguides | NADA 1954 Buick 70 Roadmaster Book Value & 1954 Buick 70 Roadmaster Market Price I would say it is between the low and average estimates at a minimum. I also have recommended getting it appraised locally, CDN values for this car will be much higher. Seriously, if undamaged I could have gotten 8k easily up here.
  15. Well put...and thanks In the end I am requesting respect here and if I fly off the handle I loose that position. My Lawyer (Brother in law) says that it would be best that they did not know I was getting legal advice, It might escalate and back them in a corner and hold a position not favorable to me. I only want what is fair...for them to pay for he repairs in full. I will pay for the shipping once that is done. To all you guys who are here supporting me....it does help. Thanks! It will be fixed and it will be a back story to show tell one day...maybe with a couple of you guys in South Bend,
  16. Couple of things... My Lawyer basically said its convoluted when it comes to value but that if it did go to court a Judge would likely try to make me "Whole" That is force them to pay up to what I would get if I tried to sell it, not what I paid for it. That it truly comes down to what the market says its worth and not what one single transaction says its worth. Oh, he also said do not let them ship this to me until we have settled. What I may do is have it shipped to a really good Antique Resto shop near me, have them do an estimate and also an appraisal. The thing is they are non com
  17. Well its the next day, I barely slept. Also this has yet to be delivered to me, its in a warehouse 4 hours away. Now here is the rub....I got a very good deal on this car, well below market value. They are offering free shipping which was $2100 and more than what I paid for the car but surely it would be around 5k to repair. What is the value of the car in a negligence case? What I paid or appraised market value? If I paid 10k for a car and it was worth 5k I'm sure they would use the market worth limit of a payout of 5K. To me it should work both ways. I have called a lawyer (I have 3 in the
  18. I have some very disturbing pictures to show..... I bought a beautiful 72R off ebay, all original 40k miles, one owner, warm storage for over 30 years...still has original seat-covers. It was the guys grandmothers car....original title with her name on it "Harriet" Harriet (now the name of said 72R) was severely damaged during shipping, they forgot to tie her down properly and she bounced up into the upper deck. I am devastated, this was a truly beautiful survivor that was kept in beautiful condition for 59 years only to receive this abuse. I am now going to have to try and repair her but she
  19. I will lose sleep over these images....I now have to explain the coming night terrors to my children. Thanks Guys
  20. Love the term "Sub Goals" = Eating an Elephant one bite at a time. That is a major hit in the process that many of us first time dreamer wannbe restorers gets stuck on....that mountain that develops in front of us that seems suddenly impossible to climb. ......like others have said, this will be an archive for guys like me. Thank you for taking the time to document it here.
  21. Might be a good idea to ALWAYS disconnect your battery while unattended until you have this figured out. A sudden dead battery tells me you may have turned someting into a small heater for a while.
  22. Just to show an example of what the "Might as wells" did to me.... I Blogged about my adventure starting here: How it all started... - Blogs - 1954 Buick Highway... "This is the part of the story of where it started, the actions that brought me and Shelby to our current state. This is the part of the Blog that delves into the slow and gradual motion of taking parts off a car....an advance forced along like the pull from some strong gravity field, an inclination fervently powered by the compelling notion of the "Might as wells"" We buy these cars to drive and enjoy but when you see all the fun
  23. Just make sure you only do what it needs to get it back to the road safely first....rust and all just drive it and enjoy it if you can. Please don't let the "Might as wells" leave you with a long term project without having enjoyed the fun of driving it first.
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