John_Maine

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  1. Regrettably, I have only driven my '71 LeSabre 9 miles this year. I took it out once prior to the registration expiring in July to a local cruise in. I didn't bother to register it but I may yet so I can take it out once more before putting it up for the winter. It's perfectly driveable but needs work to make it more enjoyable to drive.
  2. Made reservations at LaQuinta on Eisenhower Dr. for this year when I checked out last year and was pleasantly surprised at the price. Have stayed there 4 of the last 3 years, easy to take the back way in to Hershey and close to Capital Diner.
  3. It's disappointing to take the time to come to Hershey and plan to stay the week only to have vendors pack up and leave early.
  4. Took my '71 LeSabre to the garage for it's annual oil change this afternoon before I put it up for the winter. It needs some mechanical work, but hate to not get it serviced. Only drove it 64 miles since I put it up last year.
  5. Really, really nice. I'm not a fan of black walls or dog dish caps, but gotta admit, they look good on it.
  6. Yes, I've seen this one advertised many times. It looks really nice but I agree it is overpriced. I sold my '66 LeSabre with 19,000 miles on it for $4500 in 2005, albeit the paint was nowhere near as good as this one. I'd say this one is worth about half of the asking price. My .02 worth.
  7. Wow, there is an identical car for sale in my area - same colors, same narrow whitewalls, unrestored original car with 60-70K on it. Not as nice as yours, though.
  8. I know long range forecasts aren't terribly reliable, but just checked Tuesday - partly sunny, high 70 / low 55 Wednesday - mostly cloudy, 70 / 56 Thursday - mostly cloudy, 72 / 53 Friday - mostly sunny, 73/51 Saturday - mostly cloudy, showers possible, 71 / 46 Looks like pretty much ideal weather for wandering around - not too hot, not too cold, small possibility of rain on Saturday.
  9. As a retired banker, it can be difficult to get a loan at a bank or credit union for an antique car if you don't know what you are buying. Most banks that I am familiar with will not finance a vehicle more than 5-7 years old; if they do, you generally pay the personal unsecured loan rate which is much higher than a "normal" car loan. Your best bet is to use a Home Equity Loan or personal Line of Credit. Take cash from that and bring it to Hershey for your purchase. Another option would be to arrange a Letter of Credit or check guarantee similar to what you would need to bid at an auction. However, that can be a time consuming process and might involve significant fees. Just my .02 worth.
  10. I have my uncle's '71 LeSabre Custom sedan. He gave it to me in 2000 with 106,642 miles. It now has 112,700 on it, but she needs work in spite of a reasonably well cared for life. I drive it around town occasionally, but don't take it far from home. It was purchased new in October 1971 from Lindemann Buick in Westfield, NJ by some good friends of my uncles, so I have known it since it was new. When they bought a new Century in 1979, my uncle bought it from them for $600. It had 40,000 miles on it then. Unfortunately, it was used in winter salt, so it has had some body work / filler through the years. I need to have the heads and manifolds planed, the tranny is weak (no reverse until the car has warmed up), water leaks in the trunk around the base of the rear window so there is some rust through in the trunk, there is a vibration in the driveline over 50 mph (which started after I had the U joints replaced) and the sending unit for the gas gauge doesn't work - have had the gauge tested and it is ok.
  11. Route 66 is on my bucket list as well.
  12. I used to but when gas got so expensive, I stopped taking unnecessary trips / rides. And now that gas is a little less expensive, I've just never gone back to my old habits.
  13. The only thing I got automotive related was a new chamois.....