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  1. I told my sister in Minessota about them. She and her husband had told me recently they had wanted to get a car to restore. Well, they went and got them. This is what they got for $1000 and gas. These pictures were taken the moment the cars arrived on the farm. They promise me more pictures later. I told them I would sign them up for the BCA.







  2. My father (no, really, it was him and not me) returned a new battery because it was dead. The counter guy pointed out to him that the plastic terminal post protectors needed to be removed before connecting it. And he was a good mechanic, too. We laughed about that for years afterwards.

  3. Page 4 of the BCA Judges Manual (found elsewhere on this website) clearly states that no deductions should be taken for over-restoration. The point is to compare the car to factory standards. If the item exceeds factory standards, it's alright, and no deductions should be taken. It gives an example of two identical cars, except one has a better paint job than the other. If the lessor of the two still meets or exceeds factory specifications, than it should not be pentalized just because it is not as nice as the one with the better paint.

  4. I'm so dumb when it comes to working on cars, there are too many mishaps to list here. However, the first one that came to mind is this one. One time I had just rebuilt a 4bbl carb on a 401 CI engine and installed it. With the car running, I was making the usual adjustments and I wanted to make sure the back jets were squirting gas when they were supposed to. So, obviously, the easiest way to determine that is to lean over and stick your face about 3 inches directly over the carb and watch as you work the trottle by hand. I did that. I remember a big ball of flame coming at me when the engine backfired. I raised up so quickly I hit the back of my head on the hood latch pin and nearly knocked myself out. I ended up with burnt off eyebrows, a very red forehead, and a knot as big as a golfball on the back of my head. Needless to say, I never stick my face over a running carb.

  5. You are correct in all your questions. Display cars are parked amoung the 400 point judged cars, according to class. Modified, Driven, and Archival cars are all parked in their own separate classes. They don't have to be separated by distince, meaning you can have an Archival car parked immediately beside a 400 point car, but it is easier to identify them if there was a separate area in the show field for them.

    While we are on the subject, I have always thought the show field was designed for the ease of the judging teams, and not necessarily for the ease of the spectator / show attendee. Now, before I get all the judges on my back about this, I understand why that is the case. Judges have enough to do already, and parking all the cars in the same class together makes it easier for them. But as a spectator, I would like to see all similar cars parked together, so all mid 60's Skylarks would be grouped together, no matter what judging class they were in. This would eliminate the spectator from walking over the entire show field looking for his favorite models, and it would be much more interesting to see an Archival car parked next to a Senior 400 point car, etc.

  6. I purchased a 64 Wildcat 2DR HT last year and am in the process of determining a game plan for restoration. It was running when I bought it but I've taken the top of the engine off to clean and repaint it. It is royal black with black bucket seats and a console. It has the 401CI engine, which ran good before I took it apart. It appears to have led a tough life, though. There are lots of little dents in the body, it has a lousy repaint, and I found pieces of broken glass under the rear seat. But, all in all, I like it and plan on a decent restoration. I will try to find a few pictures to post.

  7. I just saw this car on eBay. The interesting note is that the seller gives the engine number, which matches the VIN number, meaning it has the original engine. The picture of the engine is blurry, but it looks like a Buick 340CI engine. Both the Buick 340CI and Buick 350CI were painted red and they look a lot alike. I'm betting it is the original 340CI engine.

    Everything else looks authentic for a GS 340.

  8. The 1967 GS 340 is basically a Buick Special with a 340CI engine. The interior is that of a Special, meaning plain vinyl seats, no carpet, no arm rests in the back seat, etc. It came in only two colors, White and Platinum, with a lot of red trim, such as hood scoops, red stripe along the bottom, red wheels with small rally hub caps. Although I do not have the exact production figures with me, they are fairly rare. However, it's value would be significantly reduced if it does not have a Buick 340CI engine. That's really what makes the car special and gives it its name.

    I owned one once with a 350 Buick engine. It was white with a black vinyl top. Could this be the same car?

  9. I am having trouble with the A/C and Heater control cables on my 61 Electra 225. I have control levers on the dash that travel up and down. These levers are connected to cables that run under the dash, through the firewall, and connect on the other end to levers that are used to operate the switches, valves, etc. for the heater, defroster, and A/C. I have verified the cables are connected properly. The mystery is that when I move the levers up and down, nothing appears to be happening on the outside. The cable travels about 2 inches from movement of the lever, so I would expect a 2 inch travel on the outside as well. I get nothing. I can't believe every cable is broken in the middle somewhere. What's going on? Is there a source to purchase these cables? They are not the type that you can cut to fit. They would have to be manufactured to a certain length. Thank you in advance for any information.

  10. They say connfession is good for the soul. They also say that the first step in gaining control of an addiction is recognizing you have one. Well, I have a confession to make. (Deep breath) I am addicted to the Buick Bugle. That felt good. Now, here's my story. I started my relationship with the Bugle in the late 1980's, a few years after my first Buick purchase, a 1966 Skylark, 2 door hard top with bucket seats. It started off innocent enough. At first, it was just another magazine that came in the mail once a month. But the attraction became stronger over the years, almost without me realizing it. I was drawn to it like never before, each month pulling harder at me. I got to the point that it was taking away some quality family time. I tried to schedule the time to read it. I kept telling myself, all I needed was 2 quiet hours alone with it. No, I could get by with 1 hour if I hurried. But, alas, the time spent reading it flew by so quickly, I would start reading and not put it down until I read every word. Often I would read the same article twice, sucking as much knowledge out of it as I could. Yes, that includes the President's Message and all the ads. Finally, I had to hide it under a stack of junk mail so I wouldn't be so tempted to pick it up until I was ready. But, that didn't work, either. I knew it was there, calling to me every time I would walk by. It was unbearable. One time I brought it to work, thinking I could read it at lunch time and no one would care. But I got caught. I was so weak, I couldn't wait until noon and started reading it before lunch, on work time. Imagine my horror when my boss came around the corner of my cubical and saw me reading it! I tried to hide it quickly, but the blood rushing out of my face told him all he needed to know. Recently, it has gotten worse. Now, it has more color pictures, better content, and even a protective plastic bag! What am I supposed to do? I hate you, Pete Philips! No, I didn't mean it. It was the addiction talking. Please forgive me.

    I feel much better now. Thank you for letting me confess. I know I am not the only one out there that feels the same way about the Buick Bugle. So, I call on all of you to unite. We cannot get through this and heal ourselves without the help and strength or others.

  11. I am trying to help a friend sell his 1967 LeSabre. He is the original owner. The car is in Houston, TX, and has been sheltered its entire life. He has all the receipts, including ones where he purchased a 50 cent lightbulb. Here is what he says about it.

    1967 Buick LeSabre 2 door hardtop

    One owner

    Engine 340 - 4

    All original , repainted a few years ago to original color

    Entire brake system has been redone recently

    Power steering and brakes

    Excellent condition

    White top with green mist bottom

    137,000 miles

    Engine never been torn apart and original spare tire never on the road

    No rust anywhere


    Call Jerry at 713-864-1355 or email at jeromersmith@hotmail.com.


  12. Centurian,

    That is the second mention of a 1966 Electra with a Wildcat front clip. One of our chapter members here in Texas had one. We called it the ElectraCat. If my memory is holding up, I believe the owners did some research and discovered some cars (11 of them) left the factory like that. Unfortunately, they took the drive train out and parted the rest.

  13. Jake, you are a master wordsmith. I, too, could not have said it better. I want to know who said you can't have fun and good times at a judged event? For those who want to just pull out a lawn chair and sit in the shade beside their car, what's keeping them?

    Judging is what sets a Nationals aside from any other Buick event. Will judging so many cars be easy? Nope. We might have to have two judging sessions. I'm quite certain you can find many judges that will work two shifts and enjoy it. There must be a sensible method of judging a lot of cars. The number of judges come out of the number of members coming to the show. The more members coming to the show, the more judges you will have. The classes can be arranged such that the number of classes will fit the number of judges.

    Let's give the BCA Nationals the respect it deserves. Taking away the judging will deminish the importance of a National by lowering the bar. I would encourage the Buicktown Chapter to not get discouraged by the number of cars attending, but to put their heads together and figure it out.

  14. John,

    I was working the registration desk. Apparently, you received some bad information. First of all, the reason your car was not allowed in the judged portion of the show is because by the time you showed up at the show, the judging classes had already been determined. After the registration cut off date of June 15, the number of cars registered were put in classes according to year and model. We tried not to have more than 10 cars in each class because the judges for that class physically could not judge more than that in the heat and time. Also, the awards had to be ordered in advance of the show. And the amount of space on the show grounds had to be determined based on that number as well. Any cars showing up late were allowed into the show, but could not be judged due to the limitations described above. However, as a displayed car, you are allowed to park in the same class as all judged vehicles. You should have been told this at the time of registration and directed to the proper class to park. I don't know who you talked to, but you definately misinformed. I apologize.