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  1. https://lincoln.craigslist.org/cto/d/schuyler-1941-buick/6982028722.html Long hood ?
  2. https://waco.craigslist.org/cto/d/longview-1930-hearse/6988031290.html 1930 Buick Hearse with original 330 inline 6 motor, with 3 speed on the floor trans. I have a later model 318 v8 available to purchase separately. It has all the body panels and front windshield, 2 side windows. All the the tires hold air. All hinges, brake, clutch and accelerator linkages are included along with a list of other parts that I have for it. Clear texas title. For more details contact Eddie @ 903-241-29seven seven or 903-241-27one seven
  3. This car would look good in Maroon. Thanks for the comments all. I am going to casually look for one BUT in my Auto Tempest search tool I used I found very few with "low miles" because these cars are reliable and have been handed down and driven hard. It's 14-15 years since the last one. All I can hope is that a few of these are tucked away with elderly drivers. I just hope a few are preserved and shown at BCA meets in the next 20-30 years.
  4. KBS is better than Por 15. But - why not just powdercoat it?
  5. There are few modern collectible Buicks in the sense of special halo models such as the Riviera (1995 to 1999), Reatta (1988 to 1991) and even fewer after that. There was a collector's edition of the last LeSabre in 2005, but generally LeSabres are considered 'jelly bean' cars without much style or reason to collect. I have often wondered about the last generation Park Avenues as a potential collector car, seriously. They were high content cars, and by now, you can pick and choose if you can find a nice one - and get the Ultra, which was supercharged. As with most of us, I have checked out Park Avenues in traffic and noticed a wide variety of chrome wheel sets, colors and conditions. They probably take an interest hit from being 4 door models only. It is not just that they are cheap now. I am just curious if others consider them one to add to the stable. To bring to BCA events including the occasional national meet. Would one in pristine low mileage condition, highly optioned be admired - honestly - at a club event? Or neglected for a few more years as just a newer used Buick brought out in less favorable weather while the "classic" was laid up. What I found interesting in reading the Wikipedia essay on these is that they made a last of collector run of them - The last 3,000 of 7,000 Park Avenues carried Special Edition badging that featured the namesake script underneath a silhouette of the New York City skyline. 300 of these were painted with a special two-tone black-on-platinum finish. Production ended on June 18, 2004.[17] The Park Avenue was discontinued after 2005 in the North American market and was replaced in 2006. I would be interested to find one of those last 300 in low mileage condition. With the push away from passenger cars altogether, and the now dated but authentic and attractive styling of the Park Avenues, here is hoping a few get saved for posterity. The rear quarter shot DOES SHOW styling consideration in the jelly bean era - note the styling of the rear taillight section where designers gave some thought to the housing. Here is one in a darker shade, not an Ultra - One of several optional wheel sets available - Comfortable interiors made for touring - Another nice Ultra - also note the additional details in an Ultra Interior: An Ultra in a bit more sporty shade:
  6. Yes. EGR is to be released only when the engine reaches operating temperatures, as most of us know, and the amount coming in is to be metered. That's all a person needs to know. Two things - and I am no Reatta expert but I was a Mazda-Subaru factory trained dealership mechanic from 1998 to 2005 - the amount metered can be too much and cause drivability issues OR it can be clogged and the computer is making airflow and fuel adjustments "thinking" EGR has been released. Others who know the EGR issues for Reattas can chime in, but for my restoration of my 1988, I am just assuming the EGR Valve and system are worn out and am replacing. Keep plugging away. Let us know what you find out.
  7. OregonDesert - thanks for posting. So many times we as pundits and interested lookie loos never know what the real sale, real value of these greedy for sale ads end up at. Once the original seller wanted what? $125,000. He could have sold these many months ago for reasonable offers, and some would have ended up with parties that would have used the rare parts, maybe combined a car or two for restoration. The long and the short of it is, after buyers fees, this whole collection will be worth about $10,000 or so, or 10% of what the inflated asking price was. How many times do we hear "none of your business" what a car sold for. Price guides will look at this real world sale as an outlier and make no adjustment to #5 or #6 cars, and we will go through this exercise all over again with the next "collection."
  8. Craig I was looking for this kind of comment. Not picking on you, but as I understand it you don't want a C4 Corvette unless it has the 405 hp ZR-1 engine, providing a higher level of performance. 99% of C4's are not ZR-1's. I appreciate they are more collectible and prices warrant that out. But, the rectangular taillights came along late to freshen the old body. If a person needs an enticement to buy a model, then overall - they don't like the model. That's my take, and this is maybe why the C4 remains an under appreciated market place dog, relatively speaking. The ZR-1 seems like a good choice until someone notes that subsequent Corvettes, C5 C6 all came out with performance packages and even base packages that blew ZR-1 performance away. This happens all the time now. A modern sports car is always faster and handles better than previous generations. The new Mustang GT comes tock with hp in the high 300/400 range. 0-60 times probably beat the ZR-1, but it's just another modern muscle car. This is part of the reason for the phenomena witnessed at festival car shows and show n shines at drive ins. 90% of the cars are less than 5 years old, many less than 3 years old. Why buy a C4 Corvette, meh! I have 3 collector car now so am not in the market for a C4 Corvette but if I were I could (would) buy Matt Harwood's Polo Green convertible for $10,000 ish and a coupe for the same scratch. That would put 2 reasons to smile in a garage for about $20,000 when we all know how expensive some old "classics" can get. Just seems like a good alternative in the marketplace. But needing a ZR-1, as much fun as they are, implies a general dissatisfaction with the body and interior. Not enough joy in the shape to justify a purchase.
  9. This topic comes up every year in one form or another and is no different than the disdain we have for Cadillac Escalades (or pick your car) that park at Walmart and the owner gets out and bounds into the store looking perfectly fine. This is the America we live in. I was born without hip sockets and have an artificial left hip and my right one needs replaced. But, I wear it a bit like a badge of honor, refusing to get a handicapped placard/license plate and struggling at walking events like car shows. I was at Hershey in 2010 and the walking was tough. My artificial left hip was only 5 years old, my right one was fine. My feet hurt despite decent Rockports. It is what it is. We all want the Super Bowl effect of Hershey, the massive size, but we don't want the inconvenience of walking. Administration should vet better, even with political correctness and ADA. Maybe they do but once carts are on the ground, it is a no win battle. Just wait till one backs into a high dollar car corral car.
  10. Showing that engine compartment on an early C4, all for $14,500 or best offer on a car with 24,500 original miles --> A Bright Aqua Metallic, with 49,000 original miles for $10,900 or offer, if red, black or white bores you -
  11. I found very few cars in my search for 1983-1984. Most offered are from the later years. Here is a 1983 (1984) with only 39,000 miles offered on ebay for $12,900 or Make Offer. Question is, would it satisfy your collector car itch, or would you park it at a festival car show and watch as the crowd walked by yawning? These early wheel sets are considered boring, and Chevy improved the visual cue later on (see above), but personally I like these. They are a bit bland but this was 1984, and they are evolutionary from what we saw in the 1978 to 1982 Corvettes, while accommodating much wider tires. I never drove one of these on the street, but I understand they corner like they are on rails. Above is an early car base interior on a nice offering. GM borrowed from the Camaro and pedestrian cars for interior tidbits but this interior represented the space age optimism of the mid 1980's. I like it, and this one has been well maintained. You would probably be one of the very few to show up at a car show with a clothe interior Corvette!
  12. Above is a 1991 convertible with the updated rectangular taillights, and this one has less than 50,000 original miles (if the ad can be believed, which is likely) and for sale for $10,500 asking in mid October. You see so many red ones, white ones, and black, I like this one. Basic body shape unchanged, getting long in the tooth as the C3 did. Perhaps seeing it over and over again without much change led to ambivalence to it's shape.
  13. I drive a lot for work with plenty of time to think. I heard about the new Corvette coming out. I remember the hub bub over the C4 Corvette made from 1984 to 1996. Years later it is the dog of the Corvette world. Obviously the C3 Corvette was long in the tooth and the 1976 to 1982 versions are less admired than the 1968 to 1975s, but because of the shape and design, most still agree the 1976 to 1982 Corvettes are fun to own and collect. The C4's - the shape is considered by many to be lacking, styling is bland and interiors fair. Build quality during the 1980's was hammered hard and if I recall from working at a Chevy dealership in 2005, deserved. I typically buy in the "value" grades of collector cars. I own a Buick Reatta and a Cadillac Allante, for instance. I am not considering a C4 Corvette, because my garage and lot are full, but why not? For a period piece of automotive collectability, it seems like a good fit. And I would hate to see more of them be run down and sent to the crusher. No, I never see them at the U Pick It Yard, but their prices are not outrageous. It's still a sports car, and it has cool features like the front flipping hood, wheelsets which were attractive and distinctive, great handling but what about the looks? Like it or hate it?