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  1. Those rubber strips were a mistake from day one. The rubber contracts and shrinks due to temperature changes (and eventually shrinks permanently), while the metal it is glued to does not.  When I bought my 1991 Roadmaster wagon, several attempts were made to glue it back on, but they were all unsuccessful over time. When I gave up, one of the rubber strips was more than an inch shorter than the metal it was supposed to be glued to.  I did what a lot of Roadmaster owners do, just remove the rubber strips and remove the glue residue from the metal strips and polish them. They look real nice without the black rubber strips. You will be fighting this battle as long as you own it.

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  2. I consider myself one of the fortunately ones, but not without issues.  I had rolling blackouts since early Sunday morning.  But, it didn't take long for me to figure out they were scheduled.  Approximately one hour off, then one hour on.  When the electricity was off, the house would get down to 60 degrees, and in the hour I had power, it would warm up to 64.  Not bad considering the alternatives. This went on for 4 days, but we could schedule our hour of electricity to get food prepared, etc.  Yesterday I noticed a busted pipe in the garage area.  It was a copper supply line to the hot water heater, running along an outside wall.  Although it was insulated, I guess it froze anyway.  I don't know how long it ran water inside the garage until I noticed it, but by that time, everything near the pipe was soaked, and everything in cardboard boxes on the floor was destroyed.  I was able to move a few shelves around and fix the pipe myself.  Unfortunately, some of the ruined boxes contained repair manuals and my collection of Buick Bugles going back to the beginning of the club.  I don't know if I can salvage them or not.  Many water mains have burst, so we have to boil water for consumption.  And, because of that, no restaurants are open at the moment.


    The trouble I went through was nothing compared to many of my friends, some of which were completely without electricity for several days in a row. And I have seen pictures of what busted pipes can do in a two-story house.  My heart goes out to those less fortunate than me. So, I thank God I had it good.

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  3. I completely agree with Jake.  The name Wildcat is meant to be wild and sporty.  Nothing puts out that fire more than a bench seat, column shifter, and 4-doors. I think they should have stuck with the sport coupes, convertibles, bucket seats, and console shifters for all Wildcats.


    Try to imagine a 4-door Riviera, GS or GN........

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  4. I first posted this in 2017:


    I found a Bugle article (June 2002) written by James Brothers, BCA #27388. It is about how to identify Buick Wheels (1964 through 1987 RWD).  I hope I'm not breaking any copyright laws for posting this, but there is a summary paragraph that I will recreate here word for word.


    On 5 inch bolt pattern wheels:

    "An X stamped next to the center cap hole is a 3rd design (1966-1967 15x6). Measure across the outer edges of the rim. if 8 inches, the wheel is a 6th design (1982-1987 15x7). Place the wheel, outer face down, on a flat surface. if the wheel rests on the center cap mounting surface and not on the rim, it is a 5th design (1971-1987 15x6). If the wheel rests on the rim and does not have a register ring, it is a 1st design (1964 15x6). If the wheel has a register ring and a 2" center cap hole, it is a 2nd design (1965 15x6). If the wheel has a register ring a 2 1/8" center cap hole and no X, it is a 4th design (1967-1970 15x6)."


    In summary:

    1st design (1964 Wildcat only): If the wheel rests on the rim and does not have a register ring. Rim code "Unistyle". 2" center cap hole. 15x6.

    2nd design (1965 Wildcat and Riviera): If the wheel rests on the rim and has a register ring. Rim code "Unistyle". 2" center cap hole. 15x6.  Same as design #1 but with a register ring.

    3rd design (1966-1967 Wildcat and Riviera without disc brakes): Has "X" stamped next to center cap. Same design as #2 (wheel rests on rim and has a register ring) but with 2 1/8" center cap hole. Rim code 802. 15x6.

    4th design (1967-1970 Wildcat and Riviera, and 1970 LeSabre, with disc brakes): Same design as #3 (wheel rests on rim and has a register ring) but more room for disc brakes, 2 1/8" center cap hole, no "X" near center cap, Rim code 853. 15x6.

    5th design ( 1971-1973 Centurion, 1971-1978 Riviera, 1971-1985 LeSabre, 1973-1984 Electra): If the wheel rests on the center cap mounting hole. No register ring, 2" center cap hole, "JJ" bead type, Rim code 865, application code WK, VT, 15x6.

    6th design (1980-1987 LeSabre and Riviera): 15x7, same basic design as #5 but an inch wider. Rim code 011, application code VC.

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  5. NC-Car-Guy,


    I always like the ones that say:

     "It ran when I parked it."  Makes me wonder why they parked it.

     "All it needs is a starter."  Then why not spend the $50 for a starter, then you can ask $2,000 more for it.

     "Car is complete, just missing ........"

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  6. The Somersets were only made from 1985-1987 and it seems like all had v-6 engines.  I don't believe I have ever seen one.


    From a quick search on wikipedia:

    For the 1985 model year, the two-door Skylark coupe was replaced by the Somerset Regal, built on the Oldsmobile-developed N-body platform. The "Somerset" name had previously been used as a trim package on the Regal. This generation of compact Buicks featured a more upscale and aerodynamic design than its predecessor, incorporating the long-hood/short-deck look popular at the time. The Pontiac-produced Iron Duke engine continued from the Skylark, but an Isuzu-sourced five-speed manual transmission replaced the four-speed as standard equipment. A new 3.0 L (181 cu in) multi-port fuel injected Buick V6, generating 125 hp (93 kW) at 4900 rpm, replaced the Chevrolet-designed 2.8 L V6 and was paired only with a three-speed automatic transmission. The Somerset featured an all-digital instrument cluster.


    For 1988 models, the Somerset name was dropped and Buick's two-door N-body compact would share the Skylark nameplate with its four-door counterparts. In 1988, the Somerset name was discontinued, and all models were called Skylark.

  7. My 1991 Roadmaster Estate Wagon turned over 250,000 miles today.  I bought it with 103,000 miles on it in 2008.  It has been to the BCA Nationals in Flint, MI (2008), Colorado Springs, CO (2009), Aimes, (2010), Concord, NC (2012), and Midwest City, OK (2019) where it won an Archival award. The 305 ci (5.0 Liter) engine and transmission have had no major repairs, and the interior is still very presentable.

    249999 Miles.jpeg

    250000 Miles.jpeg


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