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  1. My Dad was a lawyer. Not as rich lawyer as there were 8 mouths to feed in my family. He preferred Buicks but he couldn’t turn a wrench to save his life. He had a 1965 Buick Sportwagon that saw a couple of engine replacements as well as several repairs throughout the 9 years he owned it. As I developed my skills at car repair, he would often come out and watch me work on his car. I’m sure in his mind he was helping and encouraging me but sometimes it was brutal. He would often cross examine me like I was an known perjurer about why I was working on that piece when the one next to it looked pretty dirty. One time I actually replaced a carburetor because he insisted it looked bad. The issue was a broken rocker arm from him trying to get 60,000 miles out of an oil change. It was his money. My Dad has been gone for 45 years now and I’d love to hear his voice questioning me.

     

    He did instill a love of Buicks in me as I’ve owned several over my lifetime. My daughters never expressed an interest in anything automotive so I had to enjoy this hobby with my friends

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  2. Buick didn’t use the Powerglide trans. For 1964 it was the Super Turbine 300. The confusion comes in because this transmission is a 2 speed transmission like the Powerglide but that’s the only thing common to them. The ST300 has vanes in the torque converter that open and close via switches installed on the Carburetor and the gas pedal linkage. These gave the transmission the appearance of a lower gear or passing gear. For once and for all, there is no similarity or commonality between the Powerglide and the ST300.

     

    Also, the number on your air cleaner is the torque rating for your engine, If it says “Wildcat 310” it is a 300 CI V8 with a 2 barrel carb. A “Wildcat 355” was the same 300 CI V8 with higher compression pistons and a 4 barrel carb.

  3. I guess I’m a Luddite. I am well into my 67th year and I’ll never buy a solely electric powered car. I have a 32.5 Class C RV with one of the last Ford V10s produced. It is a great engine for its purpose as I’ve had 3 of them. I also bought my last car last June, a 2019 Dodge Challenger with the 5.7 Hemi. My 3rd vehicle is a 2007 New Beetle that I use as a toad behind my RV. I’ve always been a GM guy (mostly Buicks) over the years but I found no excitement in the newer models, especially when compared to the performance of my Challenger.  These will all likely be my last vehicles barring an accident.

     

    It is sad to see great brands like Cadillac and Buick become mere shadows of their former selves. I agree it is even sadder to see longtime dealerships close and those jobs and community support disappear. I realize what works for me isn’t for everyone but it does work for me.

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  4. The late Bud Melby (well know car collector here in the PNW) had an American in his collection. I was treated to a private guided tour of his collection before he passed away a few years ago. I was there to purchase another car and he took my friend and I on a personal tour. I remember him rummaging around in the trunk of the Underslung as he pulled out treasures he had collected. One was Thomas Alva Edison’s watch. Then he handed me a piece of paper which was from Las Vegas. It was a gun permit for Elvis Presley.  Then a heartbeat later he had Elvis’ handgun. Those were just a few of the amazing things he showed us that day. What I remember most was how he presented his stuff to us. It wasn’t a rich guy showing off, everything he showed us was with wonderment in his voice that said, “How cool is this?” I know some of his collection has been sold/auctioned off since he passed and I have no idea if the Underslung was one of those sold. My friend and I both will remember him and that day forever.

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  5. Another concern for a 65 front bumper are the parking lights. The openings on the Special and wagons are smaller than the Skylark as they don’t have the pot metal parking light grilles. It will fit but you’ll be looking for different parking lights and it won’t be original if that matters to you.

  6. My 2007 VW New Beetle has a 5 speed manual. I use it as a toad behind my RV. I recently purchased a 2019 Challenger R/T with the 5.4 Hemi. They come with a 6 speed Manual or an 8 speed Auto. As this is my daily driver, I opted for the auto. It has been an awesome transmission so far. At my age, I like the comfort of letting the car do the shifting, although it does come with a “Sport Mode” where you can paddle shift it if you so desire. If I need to keep my clutch skills up, I take the bug for a drive.

  7. 1 hour ago, Gary_Ash said:

    Check the weights on a new Dodge Challenger or Chevy Camaro: the fully-equipped V8 versions are way over 2 tons.  The 1967 Camaro was under 3,000 lbs. as were the early Mustangs.

    You’re right Gary. I just bought a 2019 Hemi Challenger and I believe the curb weight is 4,400#. However, with 375 HP it really accelerates and rides beautifully. It is a great car to road trip in. Best of all, it is rear wheel drive.

  8. I just picked up this gem a couple of weeks ago. It is a 2019 Challenger R/T which came with the 5.7 Hemi and 8 speed auto. Will it be collectible, no. Will I likely keep it and pamper it until I can’t drive anymore, possible. I’m hoping it will be a long time as I’m almost 67. As a caveat, I’ve now had 3 “last” cars. I traded in my 2013 Lincoln MKX which was not only a great driving machine, but one of the most reliable cars I’ve ever owned.

     

    This car is a throwback to the muscle cars of the late 60’s and 70’s.  While there are options for incredible more horsepower, the 5.7 will put you back in your seat when you nail the loud pedal. The exhaust has an amazing burble to it that changes to a growl when revved.  It will boil the rear tires with the traction control turned off (not that I done that Hee, Hee). It is a very comfortable car sized for a big guy like me. As a kicker it has continued the beautiful styling of the original Challenger and remained virtually unchanged since its reintroduction in 2008.  While visibility isn’t the best, it is better than the Camaro or Mustang although those both hold an edge in power over the 5.7 with the right options. The Challenger has an actual usable back seat unlike other pony cars and a huge trunk.  It is a most comfortable driving car for long trips and guaranteed to put a smile on the face of anyone who appreciates a car with muscle.  Best of all as I bought it used it was very affordable.  Oh, and as of right now, since I purchased it, I’m averaging 22.8 MPG on regular gas. I also have to say that I never thought of myself as a MOPAR guy but this car just might change that.

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