ol' yeller

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  1. I agree with what Bill wrote. I've lived here since 1966 and raised my family here. The Pacific NW is a beautiful and amazing place to do that. Seattle in particular and King County in general have become hard places for those on a strict budget to live. If your son lives in Seattle, no matter where you locate, getting into and out of Seattle will be a challenge even for the most patient. I live in Redmond which is likely one of the most expensive places to live because of the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo folks. It's hard living here (expense wise) but my kids and grandkids all live within 15 minutes of me so I make it work. Anything within 25 miles of Seattle will require at least and hour to an hour and a half commute. I studiously avoid going into Seattle anymore because of the crime and homeless which have ruined a great city. You ask about building. Getting permits through King County is challenging to say the least. I believe you are asking about the impervious surface rule which states that the building and impervious surfaces (driveways, sidewalks, out buildings) cannot exceed a certain percentage of your lot. It is a consideration but I've heard in Seattle they are relaxing the rules so there can be greater density. They are allowing secondary dwellings for family on small lots but there are restrictions on size, who can live there, and what you can do with it after family moves out. I'm not trying to discourage you from coming here. We can always use another car guy here. There are realities that you should know. If you have further questions I'll be happy to give you my opinion. Feel free to PM me. Greg
  2. Sorry Billy. I understand what you meant by classic car (small c) as opposed to Classic with a large C. You were quite clear what you are looking for as in an Edsel or El Camino. You also clearly stated you can't consider 30's cars. So welcome to the old car hobby. Old cars do require maintenance. Ones that don't, tend to be on the higher end of the price scale. You can't compare the repair costs of a 1994 Cherokee to an old collector car. Old collector cars are much simpler in design and engineering. That said you will need some basis of car repair knowledge to keep an old car on the road. Tune ups have to be done more often and there is always something that goes wrong with an old car. If you are keeping it just for going to shows is one thing but if you need to use it as a daily driver that is something else. I'd suggest you start by looking at collector cars the no one else wants. 4 door sedans come to mind. From the driver's seat they look just like their 2 door hardtop brothers. It sounds like you have a lot of challenges in your life. It might be that for you it is best to admire the old cars that belong to someone else, at least until your situation improves. It is an expensive hobby.
  3. My wife of 44 years passed away a year ago. The only time I could get her in the garage was to help bleed brakes which she hated doing. She indulged me in my hobby though. We had a "Don't ask, don't tell" policy when it came to what I was spending on my cars. She did enjoy going to most car club events for the social aspects. My "Chapter 2" lady friend says she would love going to car shows with me. Her late husband was a diesel mechanic. I may have hit the jackpot with this one.
  4. Interesting how a post about Skylark bucket seats evolved into an Oldsmobile tach/vacuum gauge discussion!
  5. I think every 2 door Skylark had this trim except the GS which had different trim. The options were White, same color as the car or vinyl. I don't recall seeing any factory colors other than white. I don't know what Buick called it but i have heard it referred to as "catbox" trim.
  6. The first 2 questions any buyer will ask are price and location? You left both out of your ad.
  7. It's easier to sell something when you tell us your price rather than make us guess. What mounts? Engine? Transmission? Struts? Body?
  8. Since no one else is chiming in i'm going to offer what my flawed memory retained. I think that the nylon bushing just interference fits into the nylon bushing in the center of the steering wheel. No spring or anything else. If memory serves (I'm old) it is not a firm fit but there is little to nothing pulling on the connection. Just make sure you press it in far enough to make a connection.
  9. I'm sure you could find a second dash radio surround for the 1964 Skylark. Once you have that you can experiment with trimming it to fit a Buick radio. If it were me, I'd prefer to have a second radio converted to AM/FM as well for internet or cell phone music. I'd keep the original working radio in case it was important for the next owner to have.
  10. Easiest way is to remove right fender. Access is then much easier. I have done it without removing the fender but it is a much easier job with the fender removed. I think one time I replaced one after just removing the inner fender. Make sure you note the number of shims at the bolt locations in the firewall.
  11. I agree with Y job fan. I know you have invested a lot in it but it doesn't mean someone else will see it that way. I love and have restored several '64 and 65 Skylarks. My favorite was also Bamboo Cream like yours but a hardtop. Sorry, but I don't think your expectations match reality.
  12. I returned mine. I wasn't happy with the quality.
  13. I bought a Gremlin new in 1971. It was pretty much a basic car. It was also a horrid beast. The 232CU inline 6 cylinder engine was very stout. The clutch was too small for the engine and didn't last. The '71 didn't have syncro in first gear with the 3 speed transmission. They also had vacuum wipers which everyone else had abandoned 10 years earlier. The hinges on the doors weren't the only problem. The hinges that held the rear glass were spot welded on chrome which would break if you closed the door with the window up. The seats in mine split in zero degree temps one winter the first year I owned it. The seat had a large screw that would strip and fall out making the seatback recline. If one shifted too fast, the shifter would slip between the shift rods requiring one to crawl under the car and work it back into place. My car required constant maintenence. My happiest day was the day when I traded it in as a "Push, Pull or Drag" promotion. It was unquestionably the worst car I ever owned. Soory OP this is getting off topic.
  14. A price and pictures would go much further in helping you sell this car.
  15. Not a Buick. That's an Oldsmobile!
  16. I've had 3, all 1990's, 2 coupes and 1 convertible. I don't have one now and I doubt I'll buy another. The problem with the desirable cars, those with less than 100K miles, is that the economics don't pencil out. Every one I have owned or considered had some issues due to age or miles. Most needed struts, $1,000, all needed AC recharge (which means a complete R134A change and a new compressor, $1000+, and then add in other stuff like ABS issues, new tires, a windshield, or weatherstripping that is not available and you are well into a car over your head. Then there is the issue that most folks don't understand what a unique car the Reatta is. While some are willing to pony up to a slightly inflated purchase price, they find the car either impossible to sell to get their money back when they tire of it or they take a bath and sell at what the market will bear. Even cars that are 1 of 1 because of a unique color combination or equipment don't get an added value because of this. There are some that will eventually become collectibles (like 1991 convertibles or 1990 Select 60's) but even those will be a tough sell. Please understand that I love the Reattas and I was ecstatic when I bought each of mine. Unfortunately they are just an interesting little car with a small cult like following.
  17. First thing you should do before spending a dime more is to get the title issue resolved. Some states are easy and others are impossible. If you can't get it titled/registered it is a parts car. The good news is that you can probably get your $25 back.
  18. Ya done good Lamar. Now get out there and enjoy your retirement. I pick up my RV in a few weeks so maybe I'll see you out there although primarily I am on the west coast. God Bless you Buddy! Greg
  19. I have found Ragg Topp products to work very well when used as directed for convertible top cleaning and maintenance.
  20. "See here, and here, and here? This is why you shouldn't use a hammer to put the hubcap on."
  21. While in this case the area code is correct for where the cars are, with number portability the area code could be anywhere.