ol' yeller

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  1. Where is this car located? I agree that 4 doors generally are at the bottom of the heap in desirability. If they have some of the hard to find parts that are common with 2 doors, they have some value as parts cars. If it runs someone may be interested to use it as a driver. Disclaimer, The above was written by someone who was stupid enough to do a framectomy on a '65 Skylark 4 door. Harold is still running and alive thanks to me!
  2. This is going to be interesting. I think Ford is just going with what sells and where they make the most profit. I don't know if CAFE is still in the picture but not having small fuel efficient cars in the mix will make any government mandated target harder to hit. I always thought I was a GM guy and a Buick guy in particular but having owned several Fords as drivers has swayed me to them. My 1999 F250 Superduty with the V10 was an amazing tow vehicle. My Ford based RV never faltered and gave many miles of happiness. My wife's 2005 Escape Limited gave us 130,000 miles with no issues except for maintenance. My current daily driver is a 2013 Lincoln MKX and it is probably the best vehicle I have ever owned. The driveabiity along with the performance is only surpassed by the luxury. It is probably a moot point for me as this Lincoln will probably be my last vehicle anyway. I also liked Bernie's statement about corporations confusing shareholders with customers. I worked for a large Telcom that that also forgot they were a company and focused on their stock performance rather than their customers. They lost that battle badly. The company was divested and sold while the CEO went to jail. Too many companies are focused on how they perform on Wall Street and lose sight of how they do on Main Street.
  3. OK, I guess we'll wait... Things that would effect value. Body style, 2 door vs 4 door vs convertible. Rust, rear quarters, chassis, trunk and around rear window. Which engine is actually in the car not just by the data plate. condition of chrome and pot metal parts and options like bucket seats, air, power windows, floor shift, tach, console and PS and or PB. Overall completeness. As it stands right now, you're asking how high is up.
  4. In '64 the 300 had aluminum heads and intake manifold along with a hot water choke. All 1 year only I suspect this one is a transplanted 340 although the 300 and 340 look similar. As a note of interest I had a '65 300 4 barrel in a '65 Skylark. I changed the rear end to a posi with 355 gearing. That car had grunt! The 300 V8 was a remarkable engine. My friends and I have resurrected some that others would have declared dead only to get several more years service from them. I'd also suspect the odometer claim on this one. Young kids today forget that they turned over every 100K which doesn't give you a new car!
  5. Don't forget your new strut mounts! It's one of those "As long as I'm in there" things.
  6. Make sure the points aren't grounded out.
  7. If you do get the CD player, be sure to pull the wire harness and mounts for it as well. The deck is kinda useless without it.
  8. For me, it isn't being afraid of being judged. It is more knowing what it takes to win an award at a 400 point show and knowing that the mods I made keep my car from even being considered. That said, I never did enter my '65 Skylark (which was an amazing car) for a points judged show. I did enter my '90 Reatta convertible in the Portland BCA National where it won a Gold Award the first and only time I did that.
  9. As of right now, I have no Buicks in my garage. That is a first after probably 20 plus years of having at least 1 Buick. When it came to daily driver cars, newer cars I tried to like the new "Buicks" but couldn't find a good reason to like them. I think that Buick leadership of today have missed the mark in a lot of their business decisions. Bringing a car to market with the GS name badge that is an Opel, cars made in China, having a very limited line and models to choose from, and then high tech cars that are problematic are all issues they have made on their own. Dropping the name "Buick" from the car is just another bad decision but I can understand why when others are making your cars. That said, I like many of the newer cars and the technology that they have brought to the table. Currently, my daily driver is a 2013 Lincoln MKX and it is the nicest car I have ever owned. It has 52,000 trouble free miles. Prior to this we had a 2005 Ford Escape which was trouble free from the day we bought it new to the day we sold it 130,000 miles later. I was amazed at what a big leap cars had made between 2005 and 2013. I love old cars and especially old Buicks but they can't compare with the comfort and safety the newer cars provide. It's too bad that Buick hasn't stayed up with the rest of the market. Greg
  10. I seem to remember this discussion here a year or so ago. It was possibly in the Buick General discussion. First I'd like to say that I would prefer that price be required and if an ad doesn't list price, it should be excluded. That said, I believe the AACA discussion if I recall correctly, revolved to price is suggested for ad placement rather than required. If an ad doesn't have a price, I usually don't contact the seller. That also goes for mileage (for vehicles) and location. If they don't disclose this basic information, they are hiding something.
  11. If life hadn't intervened, I would have been interested in the whole lot. Now I have no storage and with my wife's illness my money goes elsewhere. Sigh and so close too...
  12. Mine would be a '65 Skylark GS convertible, 4 speed with all the options. Metallic sliver blue, white or blue interior. I'm not fussy!
  13. The tube was made of rubber. To fix it I just installed a fuel line hose clamp around the kink which made it open again. I would think any type of rubber hose of the proper diameter (?) would work. I seem to remember the hose was not very thick. I think the actual hose just hung down through the floorpan and exited in front of the rear wheels. I did this probably 11 or 12 years ago and my memory isn't what it used to be.
  14. If memory serves there are 4 drains, one in each corner. The front ones drain behind the front wheels. The rear drains down a rubber tube to in front of the rear tires. I tried the compressed air on a 90 I had but it wouldn't clear. I found that the tube in the right rear B pillar was kinked when installed.
  15. Keith, the top pins can be adjusted to make the 5th bow contact with the tonneau cover better. The pins are threaded into the 5th bow.
  16. Your car is named a Reatta, not a Regatta.
  17. Minor point but your engine is a 300 CID V8. It is also known as a Wildcat 355 which is the torque rating of the 4 barrel carb engine and is labeled so on the air cleaner, if it is still there. It is not a 350.
  18. I find it interesting that it is a Maui Blue car and an 89. I thought that Maui Blue was first introduced in 1990. In 89 the blue color offered was a darker blue. I could be wrong... The auction listing says 1990.
  19. My observation is that in 1968 fewer cars had the vinyl top option than in 1969. It seems most every '69 came with a vinyl top when I was restoring my old '69 years ago. It was almost impossible to find the cover at the base of the rear windshield that didn't have the embossed vinyl print pattern pressed into the metal. I agree that the vinyl top breaks up the lines of the car as I removed the vinyl top from mine when I restored the car. It looked very sharp and different.
  20. Congrats Ronnie! Even though I sold my convertible a couple of years ago, I still lurk around here and offer help when I think it is helpful. Greg
  21. He's not asking about the chrome topped bolts that most car manufacturers used in that era. He is asking about hidden bolts that slide into a slot on the backside of the bumper. They didn't go through the bumper. The "T" shape allowed the bolt to slide in the slot on the back of the bumper. I have seen them but I can't remember which car used them. I'm thinking they were used on the front bumper of the '64-65 Skylark/Special. I also restored a '69 Riviera so that might be the car I am thinking of. Sorry. I don't know where you could get them but I hope this narrows your search.