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  1. Don't sell it plain and simple, I peruse craigslist quite often for all sorts of cars just to see what's out there and prices things are going for. I can personally tell you that over %80 of the vintage cars that get sold to the guy that wants to put large rims on it. Get bought, Get those rims, usually a sound system, crappy interiors and plenty of hacking and half assed fixes to keep it going. Then they sit and rot. Your car is too low mileage for this kind of thing. I've seen a couple really nice cars(1975-76 gm cars(impala,lesabre,electra, ETC.) that were very nice original cruisers 1 of which had 5600 miles on it(1976 lesabre) and was super nice before the attempted sbc engine swap. Now it sits in the drive way with the frame all hacked up for a lift kit, the guy sold the 26 inch rims he was going to put on it and a pos small block sits In the engine bay half disassembled. The wiring is a mess. Basically the car is junk now. I'm ok with modified cars done right and not to super rare or low mileage cars. But this one hurts to see. Keep your car and tough out this rough period and you won't regret it later!

  2. Yes the deville interior is different from the calais. I think I'm gonna have to order material and have the covers made as no where seems to make covers for the Calais. I will keep that in mind on the convertable decklid and I was kinda wondering the same thing knowing that covertables have all sorts of extra bracing and might differ in the trunk area specifically due to needed a place for the folded down top to go. The car is in a junkyard I know of and was parked sometime in the 1980s with the top halfway up. Its a parts car for sure but I figure there are some convertable specific parts left worth saving this will give me plenty of spares drivetrain wise. The car wasn't in horrible shape when it was parked and might still be restorable for someone that really wanted one but there are far better candidates out there. There is a fender skirt on it I'm going to grab and I hope the other is in the trunk or something. My plan was to buy it, part out what I could, and use whats left on a 4x4 suburban frame for a mud toy. I know that sounds sick but with a car in this shape its better than the scrapper.

  3. I'm gonna pull all the ac components for now, bag tag, and store along with blocking off the tubes for the main housing. Save weight and I don't plan on having ac anyways as I've always been a windows down if its nice(sometimes even in the rain) kinda guy. The hood with some minor patchwork would be good, bottom rear quarters on both sides are solid. I have a line on another trunk lid but might just buy the whole car to part out that its on as its a 1967 convertable Deville. For now I'm gonna bend the corners back down and use a screw driver to open it. I'm gonna have to buy new seat covers for the top and bottom on the back seat maybe new carpet and clean the rest really good. But overall it will be a nice cruiser. I need to find fenders skirts too. Front fenders are shot as are the bumper ends but I know where some bumper ends are. Thanks for the compliments! I'm not done with Buicks yet! My love for cars is really split between Buick and Cadillac. I always liked Cadillacs from 53-68 for their style and just king of the road attitude they have. But then I loved Buick for the more elegant and understated beauty. They were always as good as Cadillacs just not as flashy most of the time.

  4. She is it really good shape for a $600 Cadillac no rot in the floors or trunk. I'm the 3rd owner. I have the original service manual with protecto plate, original owners manual, and the original bill of sale. Nanabelle Rudd was the older lady who bought this car new after her husbands death. This car stayed with her until june of 2011 where after she stopped driving it it was put up on blocks for 26 years in her garage. The older gent I bought it from had plans of restoring it as his last ride, sadly he had money stashed in the trunk and the wrong people got wind of it. So they broke into the car cut up the back seat in an attempt to get into the truck then after they found out there are springs in seats moved on to prying the front edges of the trunklid up. After that failed they moved on to just destroying the area around the rear truck lock. Amazingly I found the lock laying in the mud undamadged. The vandals were never cought and made away with $4500 in cash that was supposed to restore this car. After that the older gent was so heartbroken over it he never did anything else with it. I saw it on craigslist last week and initially offered $800 then through negotiations with his son got it down to $600 based on the rear seat condition,trunklid,incorrect gas tank, and the fact that I was told the car ran(we got it to run but not for long due to a bad negative battery cable). I would have given the man $800 but I didn't get to meet him till the day we went back to get it. He made me promise to do something with the car and to either bring it back to him so he could see it or if he passed away before that happened to drive it back to where he would be buried and rap the engine up a little for him. He had to leave before we loaded it on the trailer and I could see the tears in his eyes so I will do my best to do right by him and the history of this car. If I can get it running and driving anytime soon Ill take it back to him and take him for a ride and let him do a country mile drive with it. He never got to drive it and said he never owned a nicer car.









  5. Sadly I sold this car but my intention was not so much to modify any more so than what could have been done right when it was sold originally but just lower it, hop up the motor a little,exhaust, and that country club kit. I'm gonna hold onto the roadmaster parts I have stashed and wait for a 1948 Roadmaster 4 door sedan to pop up. I want another one like the one I had just without a dynaflow.

  6. The interior in my 1967 Calais(hardtop) is actually a little more elegant than what was in my 1966 Calais(hardtop) There is actually more brushed stainless in the 67 and I find the quality to be a little nicer. The dash board isn't even cracked! But someone cut up the back seat with a knife and thats a story in itself.

  7. Im not completely done with buicks, in the end I finally came to the realization that I bought the special for the roadmaster parts that came with it. I loved my original 48 roadmaster sedan. I want another one when I can find a really good one, really worth restoring. You're right flattop in the notion that I wanted a driver. That Buick was gonna take a while and in the end decided it needed a new home. This caddy is gonna be my first amature resto doing a little at a time and keeping it driveable. I've gotta do brakes,tires, and a gas tank. Then she will be at least cruise worthy. She is on the rough side but it she runs! I can make mistakes on this car and not feel to bad as long as I do them right the second time(or third). We just got the caddy today after a 7 hour round trip to get it. I will always be a buick man just this time I will wait for the right 4 door 48 roadmaster to pop up. Thats my dream buick and I'm gonna stick with it. Thanks for the support guys(and gals)!

  8. So I know you guys were hoping to see my Buick come into its own, but I just watched it leave on a trailer yesterday. After much thought and a junk engine(badly rusted cyclinder walls) I decided that all the parts in my storage unit would in the end make a better car than a base model special. I greatly miss my 48 roadmaster 4 door. I was thinking to myself Ill just sell the 47 and find another 4 door roadmaster! While my search will go on for the right car something with ok paint and interior but maybe a bad motor or less drivetrain. Someone offered me a considerable amount more than I had in the 47 without all the roadmaster parts and I took it. I'm sorry to let you guys down. I am going to get back to buicks when I find another but in the mean time I just bought a 67 2 door cadillac calais. Runs, needs brakes,tires, and trunk lid. Keep motoring on guys

  9. As a young guy who got 1994 lesabre as a first car I can say that you should probably dirve the car yourself and find something else for your son. I don't know your son personally but I know for a fact that I got in plenty of trouble with a fwd lesabre with just the v6. If I had a rwd v8 I would have probably lost my license more than just the one time I did. I know kids are gonna have fun no matter what but a car of that size with v8 power and rwd is asking for many a rear tire replacement on a regular basis. Lots of friends will also fit in this car which is illegal at least in Ohio. I got cought more than once for that but I had the car that everybody fit in and the extra gas money was always so tempting. Also a car of that size( mainly the wideness of that car) will make parking lot manuvering more complicated which is something your kid will do every day at school, anything that happens to the car will effect its nice 1 owner 100,000 mile niceness. JUst my .02 Coming from a 20 year old.

  10. Ended up buying the 95 lesabre custom with 147k for.....$1500 only problems with the car are a front wheel wobble(they thought a front wheel bearing was going out feels more like an out of balance wheel to me.), the 4 switch power cluster for the drivers door, and the interior needs a good cleaning thats it. Ran flawlessly on the hour long trip home and a couple of hours of parts running and other shopping. I think we got good deal as in my area no one would have taken under 2000 no matter what kbb says. These people looked up the kbb value and decided to let it sell at book value. I t was worth it will have pics soon.

  11. Were staying away from supercharged cars, this will be my girlfriends main car and it doesn't need a whole lot of power. Thanks for all the help guys! We are still looking there is a really nice 95 lesabre with 147k miles that popped up and a 2002 park avenue with 187k miles( different one than the original car posted) that was elderly owned and serviced at the dealership regularly and it shows that car is super nice looking and seems very well taken care of hopefully going to look at that one tonight! Then the 95 Lesabre tomorrow and possibly the original car posted if we can find anything else.

  12. Progress is progress, funds are tight right now so I wanted to do something with Buick. I had these roller rims and tires laying around and decided they would look better and make the car easier to move than the 4 flat tires it was on. I plan on going back to the originals but I have to track down 2 more good ones. Anyways I think the car looked so much better with these I took some pics. Sadly the pics also show how bad the driver side is eaten up, both rear fender mounting areas and inner fenders behind them will need attention as will the rockers. I may have picked a really rusty car but it's better than most in the area and I've seen some really good things done with worse. I've also been letting the stuck cylinders soak in a concoction of various penetrating and automotive fluids. I think I'm gonna check every week and refill then in a couple of months try really hard to get her free. If not I will pull the head and see what is going on till then I'm watching all the other projects being built! Thanks for the inspiration! Thank you to everyone who offered up parts to get this project going and I will buy as funds allow.







  13. My girlfriend and I are in the market for a good used car for under $2500 we came across a 2002 Buick Park Avenue with 186,000 miles, we have yet to test drive this car but I talked the guy down to 2085+tax,title,and doc fees(they wanted another $85 for the labor and parts just put into fixing the gas and one other gauge where the needles just stayed topped out) the mileage is what bugs me as I know the engines will run well if taken care of into the 220-250k mile range but I know the transmissions don't last as long. There are some decent sized tears in the front leather seats and it needs a climate control switch because the drivers side blows hot/cold and the passenger side stays cold no matter what. Is this thing worth it and are there any other specific things I should be looking for? I'm going based on the knowledge I have from working on my 94 Lesabre Cutsom and a general knowledge of the 3800 series family of engines. I do not know a lot about the 4t60e transmissions. Thanks for any input. These cars tend to move quickly in my area if they have low miles and are under $2500. Was going to look at a nice 94 Lesabre for $2400 with 90,000miles but that car was gone in an hour. There are a lot of other Lesabres and Park Avenues in the higher mileage range(140-220k) usually from (1993-2003) for around $2500 are these ok to look at also? We need a car soon and are looking for something comfortable with a large back seat and truck for our 4 month old sons carseat and later on stroller,diaper bag, ETC.

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    i have 2-1928 rumble lid master series buicks with golf club doors. first car has resto started. There were only around 7000 of these made and only few exist,

    1st- this one is in good condition, it has 4000 original miles. all wood has been started and has all correct wood to finish, all body panels good. has original wood spokes wheels and tires hold air. motor has been gone through and has manifolds and carb rebuilt, rebuilt generator, starter, vacuum fuel pump, reconditioned glass bowl fuel filter. Rebuilt ignition system. has complete new gasket kit to reinstall. New windshield rubber, Comes with new correct hoses with buick print on them. has all glass in good shape. all door mechs working. this car is 100% complete but slightly disassembled. has completely restored headlights that cost $1000 to do. all new chrome, reflectors re plated, and glass polished. has re chromed landeau bars. Rechromed original flying lady radiator cap/ornament. Re chromed cowl lights, rechromed dash stuff. Near perfect taillight with re done buick badge. every piece of wood removed has been marked. every little piece that was removed is bagged, dated, and labeled with little picture of how it went. Restored rumble steps and visor gussets. lots of stuff was blasted and rebuilt. bumpers are off but have been blasted and have all new correct hardware bolted. motor turns and everything looks good!!! has radiator, all seat spring including rumble. also has wood for steering wheel restored.

    the story on this car is: original owner took intake off to do a modified flip in 1931, he broke bolt off in block. he gave up and covered in the barn in S. california. it sat there til his son sold it in 1995 to guy i purchased it from. he was the one who slowly began the resto. he had tons money invested in this one. he bought the 2nd from N. Carolina and had it shipped.

    2nd- complete unmolested car! Bought to use as life size model to rebuild first car. have correct wood to do a wood resto. motor turns. has little rot in lower grill shell and in running board spash pans. tires hold air. has excellent headlights that are off for safe keeping.

    extras: has extra doors in great condition, pair of rear 1/4's, extra rumble decklid, headlight rings and glass, has Buick steel spoked wheels and hubs with buick script to do a swap, boxes of literature on the wood, body parts, motors, and history. Lots of correct hardwood to do wood replacement, extra columns and wheels in great shape. Also pics of the first car showin every detail before it was partially disassembled. There is lots more extra stuff lot listed like gauges, steering Wheels, landaeu bars, tail lights, and lots more!!!

    im looking to sell as package but will sell seperate. $10kobo or trade

  15. I always thought them to be odd and clunky looking. The front end is especially weird looking. I did not mourn the passing of Bricklin. They were the Aztek of sports cars

    That's a little harsh? I can think of a few other vehicles in the sports car realm that deserve that name a bit more. Like a Skelta G Force.

  16. I grew up with oldsmobile and buick cars, my mom drove a 1979 2 door delta88 all the way up to 2005. So I spent my whole childhood riding around in the comfort of crushed velvet velore. I loved that car but it was too rusty and used up by the time I got around to driving age. My grandparents and aunt always had Buicks. When I turned 16 I got my grandparents 1994 Lesaber Custom. I drove that car until the transmission gave out(young male driver abuse). I loved how that car floated down the road. I met my girlfriend in that car and now we have a wonderful 4 month old son and have been together 4 years. That car had power, got great gas mileage and fit me and 5 people comfortably for road trips. Buick is a name that will forever be a part of me and I love them. The least I can do is redo my 47 special. Buick is my brand!

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