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  1. This is pretty much how my wife is seeing it. Cleaned up it will be a sharp looking car. I told her she might get chatted up at the gas station in that car....
  2. I'm with you on this, but here's the big "But", my wife, Glenda, really likes it and likes the size compared to the big ones. She drives the Electra (the '56 too) but finds it a bit large. The Wildcat is only 5 in or shorter. You are right, as that poorly done trunk would bug me till it's done right. If this was for me, I'd definitely take a pass. Just like you I've too much experience with cars which have been messed with to want to get into this. So I have to keep a balance read peace, in the household. The owner is supposed to be very motivated, and I agree the price point needs to change. Thanks a lot! Keith
  3. The other thing is I'm thinking the engine colour is wrong too, though it sure looks like a SBB, but I think it's closer to a chevy engine colour than Buick. Keith
  4. Well folks, I thank you for your replies so far. We went to take another look at it this afternoon and a few more things come to light. I've posted a few pictures. You can see by the pictures the fit of the trunk floor is a bit odd. I'm not sure if the correct trunk pan was used, as it looks a bit odd though some parts of it seem to fit just right. Also I got under it again and had a small poke at the inner wheel well above the rocker, and the front part in front of the wheel, and I believe I could have made a hole in it. Also the wheel well has had filler and then, my old friend, roofing tar, or something similar. No pictures of those parts. Then it looks as though the disk brakes are an add on, due to all the extra lines. This brings up another concern, the concern that the disks are larger than stock and that is why it has the aftermarket 15in mags, so perhaps then the stock rims might not fit properly? Also the carb is not stock, and I had a tough time getting it started from cold a start, it has an electric choke and maybe it's not working? The carb says Edelbrock on it but Weber on the side? Once running it ran well as it did before. We did put a lot of fresh gas in it the other day, but the stale gas might have caused some issues. I would prefer the stock Q-jet, but these carbs have a good rep, as long as it is the correct one. So, we got more questions than answers! It is still a good looking car, so it comes down to how much are we willing to get into to get it sorted and how much we can get the car for. Keith
  5. Wow, I'm just catching up on things here, and as everyone else is, I am shocked and immeasurably saddened to hear of his passing. He was a good friend and I saw him a few months ago when he kindly gave us an engine for parts to go on a car my son and I are working on. Keith
  6. Thanks, John. I found that info also, and mine checks out as a model 44467, so is adding up. Incredible the way a car could be optioned at the time. I have contacted the guy selling it and we are setting up a day and time to see it again. I did not check the engine number the other day either, and that is on my list of things to check out. Honestly I'm hoping that it checks out alright, or to put it another way I don't find a good reason to not buy it! My Sweetie supports me and all of the crazy stuff I do, which is why I took on the Wildcat, but between family illness, and then getting into the '55 of my son's her 'Cat is sitting in safe and dry storage, but nothing else is happening with it. She is a good Mom, and is letting the '55 of our son's take precedence over hers. Plus I am not nearly as productive as I used to be so it seems to take me much longer than when I did the '41 Roadmaster 10-15 years ago.
  7. Thanks for the comments. I have been looking into decoding the vin info, and so far it all checks out. The colour code is correct, as is other things on the vin. What I can find out is telling me there isn't a code for a GS, but then other folks here with better knowledge than I can chime in. Our feeling is very much how you put it. It is well enough optioned to make it a nice car to drive and own. I said to my wife it certainly will look nice all spiffed up and she will get a wee bit of attention driving around in it! My thoughts are that this size is better to her liking than the bigger Wildcat. She doesn't like driving the Electra all that much because of it's size, and of course a Wildcat is the same width and only a bit shorter. I don't know what the performance of a 350/4 in Skylark is typically compared to my larger Electra, but certainly didn't have the punch the Electra has, though it now has a Stage 1 cam in it, which helps a bit. Keith
  8. OK thank you John. That is my thoughts too, no where does it say GS, and I don't think it is. This was obviously done quite some time ago, thought the current owner has had the car over 28 years. Back when this stuff was populating junkyards it would have been an easy swap to get the parts off of a wrecked one and put them on, and likely cheap enough then too. Greatly appreciate your input!
  9. Looking great John! Yes there is not too much left this year, though it depends on the weather. As restrictions in Ontario have loosened up here suddenly there is too much to do all at once! Keith
  10. Thanks guys, I have a question about the forced air induction I think it's called. Was this an option, as I've seen other 350 4 bbl Skylarks which don't have it. My '69 FSM doesn't show anything, or at least I cannot find it in there. Can anyone shed some info about this? Or has someone added this? Thanks. Keith
  11. Well folks, this car kind of popped up at us about a week ago. Like the title says, it is a 1969 Skylark Custom Convertible, powered with the 350 4 bbl, three speed auto, power steering, brakes, and windows, AM radio. This one would not be for me, but for my wife, as I'm taking too long to finish the '68 Wildcat she has! That's a Canadian car with all the rust to prove it, on a thread here in Me and My Buick. There is a longish story about the ownership of the car, but the short version is the current owner has some health issues, and needs to sell it. The car has been in dry storage since about 2016, and the gent storing it has exercised the car every Spring and Fall. With the difficulties the owner has been having a mutual car guy friend stepped in to help him sell his car, and knowing about the Wildcat called us. I was able to get the Ontario ownership history, it came into Canada from the US in '92, and was flipped a couple of times till the current owner got it in Spring '93. At some point the car was "restored", but that becomes my issue, what was done. That can be a very abused term I've found. Word of mouth said that it came from somewhere in the South, but no one can tell me any more. So yesterday we got the chance to go look at the car, and arranged to get the car to a nearby shop who put it on a lift for us to see. We did get to drive the car but it is currently unlicensed, so we could only drive it a few miles on the paved rural road, but it did run well, no smoke, pulled strong, and a gentle matting the pedal from a stop had it rev well, then a very crisp shift into second. We only hit just under 50, then slowed down. I purposely avoided trying any kind of a burnout, given the circumstances. The steering was accurate, brakes felt good, no pulling, etc. Of course everything would be looked at closely prior to licensing. The underside is pretty clean, and the frame and rockers look good, however there was evidence of patches in the trunk floor, and looking further it seems the whole trunk floor was replaced, plus one other small patch near a floor plug. Some undercoating is peeling on the inside of the right wheel well, but did not poke at it. Wish I had now though. The trunk floor was what had my attention. It appears to have come from a donor car, but it is only pop riveted in, and sealed with silicone, not seam sealer. There are also a few gaps at the edges where it wasn't fitted as well as it should be, one large enough to put a couple of fingers into it, and I could see the side marker light through it. Current Ontario regulations prohibit these kind of repairs now, though the mechanic at shop felt it was solid enough to safety. However it wouldn't pass muster with a really stringent mechanic. This would be an issue if we were to sell it in the future. So this is an issue we have to decide the best course on. If we could safety it with the usual brake, steering, etc., then Glenda would have a decent convert to drive in the meantime. The rivets could be drilled out and plug welded, which then would pass. The right side quarter front at he bottom looks like it had a patch, and the body work could have been better before it was painted. This is of course a pretty typical area for rust, so likely there was some there. The engine compartment is pretty dusty, and needs a few things done. The paint is really really nice, and it seems to have been cut and buffed, and though 10-15 years old it presents very well. The top is good, though a bit faded perhaps, though there is dirt on it, so maybe a good cleaning will help. The interior is very nice, though the side of the column where the ignition switch is bad scarred from keys, or whatever. Honestly I'm not sure I've seen one as bad, though there are no other tell tales which suggest a very high mileage car, like pedal, seats, floors etc. It nice Skylark mats in too. The vin checks out as a Flint built car, the paint and interior codes check out, except the colour, Signal Red is a bit brighter than I think it should be, looks like a similar Chevy colour, but the code is red, and the car is red at least. My wife quite likes it, and my thoughts are to go back next week have a second look and listen, and check a few other things out, and if all looks alright make an offer on it. The seller seems to be very motivated to sell the car this Fall, so there might be a good deal to be had. However I really don't want to get into a big project no matter what the price. Here are some pictures I took. Keith
  12. I have bought from SMS several times, and though once they were a bit slow, but otherwise I have been satisfied with what I got, and the service too. Anyone can have a bad experience anywhere in my humble opinion. Keith
  13. My condolences also. They are such wonderful companions. Keith
  14. So we had a great weekend, and drove the '41 over 300 miles all together. The Reatta nearly as much mileage, but since there were three of us we used the '41 for the tour on Sat. The cool thing was the '16 was there as well, for the first time to the former home of it's builder, Sam McLaughlin. The mansion pictured was started in the year me car was built, 1916 too. My '16, the '41 and the Reatta where in attendance, with my wife driving the Reatta. The '41 is pictured in front of the Canadian Automotive Museum which has a great collection of Canadian cars, and cars with Canadian history. It was also a McLaughlin dealership in the early days. This is a shot I've wanted to do a few times, only there are parking restrictions, so you can't do it most weekdays, and when I've been there on weekends with the car there has been cars parked in front. Unfortunately I lost a hubcap somewhere on the road, which is too bad. Also pictured is a shot of the '41 behind the mansion with the greenhouses and upper stories visible. I'll post a few more when I get them off of my camera. A great weekend all together. Keith
  15. My Dad bought me one of these for Christmas or my birthday over 40 years ago. I still have and it's one of those tools which sits in the tool box for years without being touched, but when I need it's worth it's weight in gold. That would be a lot of money these days, so maybe only worth it's weight in silver. Keith
  16. My '90 has a driver's airbag. Keith
  17. Well we have made safe and sound to the hotel, both the Reatta and the 41 Roadmaster ran great, however I lost a hub cap on the highway and it went into the median area where there were no shoulders, so no way to retrieve it. I have spares, and my daughter is coming out on Sunday and will bring another with her. Too bad to loose one though. That wheel has the poorest clips on it, as they are replacements for the original ones which had rusted out. I intended to remove it before the long highway trip but forgot. The trip was a bit over 140 miles and drove at an indicated 70 most of the time, which means the only vehicles I passed were some particularly slow trucks, as everyone else is driving way faster than that! Here's a picture of the '41 at the hotel near Oshawa Ont. Last night the we wrapped the '16 up and secured it on the trailer for my friend to bring out for the main event. Also the paint came out pretty well on the valve cover so here's a picture of the reinstalled, but with the air cleaner and plug cover still to go. The bit of red lettering seems to dress up the engine compartment quite nicely. The paint was still soft so there are still a few specks to clean off it once it gets some heat to fully cure it.
  18. Hey Doug, I too wish you well! That flywheel we got from you is happy on my son's '55 still. The rest of that engine is now a nice piece of "Garage Art" for now at least. Take Care my friend. Keith
  19. I have been getting the three cars ready to take Oshawa for the final Homecoming of the McLaughlin Buick Club this weekend. On Tuesday I drove the '16 back up to my friend's place who is going to trailer it there and back for me. Then we have been getting the other two, with my wife doing the Reatta, cleaned and detailed. The Reatta didn't need too much, and it is now ready. I've been poking away on the '41 for the last week, doing some touch ups and then a glaze and waxing on it. So here is my son Graham checking his work on the back of the car. Then a bunch of detailing on the inside to do as well. My time doing some of this is limited due arthritis in my hand, so I have to do this in short stints. My wife thinks I'm just too fussy! The other thing I never did get done was the correct valve cover lettering. This being a Canadian car it is similar to the US models, but of course not the same. So I had a local shop recreate the lettering digitally and do a cut vinyl stencil for me. Which I applied to the valve cover and painted it red. This is taken right before I started to shoot the paint. I hope to show a nice finished version back on the car in a day or so. This brings up the subject of correct colours. I have never seen a Canadian '41 with a Dante Red engine, including this one and I spoke with owners as far back as the early 50's. I actually talked to a gent who learned to drive on this car, and did his road test in it in 1955. We cannot seem to determine the correct colour for the engine now as GM Canada discarded all relevant info many many decades ago, so all we have now is word of mouth. Some have suggested Canadian engines were black. I just don't know, so in my wisdom I decided to paint the engine 1940 Buick grey, as it is known some early '41s were painted this colour. The valve cover I've pictured was repainted by the previous owner in the 80's, but the grey is too light, but we think the red lettering is right. That gent, long since deceased was a professional sign painter and his widow told me he copied the original, and this style agrees with what we believe to be correct. Who knows, some day if the correct combo can be determined without doubt then I'll repaint it. Till then it stays as it is, which looks nice. Well I hope it will look nice when the masking comes off. Keith
  20. I am prepping three cars to take to Oshawa for an event at the home of Sam McLaughlin, the founder of McLaughlin Motors which then became GM of Canada. The cars are the '16 McLaughlin, the '41 McLaughlin Buick, both built there, and then the Reatta as a modern counterpoint, if you will. The '16 be trailered the 100 miles or so each way, but the other two will be driven. I haven't driven the '41 much for a couple of months so I took it out for a run and to get gas as well, and it was running perfectly, driving great on the new wide whites too. Gassed it up and came home. The '16 only got a quickie spin to warm her up a bit before parking it back in the garage. I'm still doing some detailing on the '16, then I'll start on the '41. It looks nice, and I think it looks fabulous (sorry guys, but it is my car) sitting there in the late day light, but it needs a bunch of little things to spiff it up. I'm slower than I used to be, and with arthritis in my hand this polishing and such is very hard on it, and I can't do too much at once. So about 40 miles on the '41, and only one or two on the '16 today. Also the top if up on the '16, to resecure it, but it is in pretty terrible shape, which is why you have always seen pictures of it with the top down. Keith
  21. On Tuesday we had to make a trip back into the Big City (Toronto) to take care of some other business, and as things would have there is a cruise night run by a bunch of my old friends. There was the threat of rain, but fortunately it held off. We were able to connect with a bunch of old friends, and had an enjoyable time. We left early as we had a two hour drive to get home. We drove the Reatta and put about 250 miles on it. So a very successful day. Keith
  22. I have done this on aged finishes, with success, but using extreme care, and cutting with 2500 or 3000 paper only so as not to take too much off at once then a careful buffing. You really have to trust the person doing the work, because once the paint is gone it's gone. Keith
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