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  1. Over 237,000 miles on my 1991 Roadmaster Wagon.  I bought it in 2008 just before the Flint National event with 103,000 on it.  I have driven it to all of the BCA Nationals through 2012.  It's been through a few Texas hail storms but drives very well for its age and mileage.

  2. My wife gave me a Metrinch set of tools right after we got married, over 30 years ago.  She saw it on TV.  It was advertised as a set for both SAE and Metric measurements in one tool kit.  But, for me, the biggest use is for rounded off nuts and bolts.  I cannot tell you how many times I've rounded off a bolt head or nut where none of my conventional tools would grip it.  But a Metrinch socket or wrench would.  You may not want to buy a Metrinch set specifically, but you need something designed to grip rounded off bolts and nuts. 


    Also, I tend to use nothing but 6-point sockets now, primarily to avoid rounding them off to begin with.

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  3. Nice job.  I hope it is successful.  When comparing the 1959 Buick to the 1960 Buick, to me the biggest difference is the sculpturing on the sides of the 1960.  Of course, the 1959 Buick is iconic for the introduction of the fins, but the sides are pretty plain when compared to the 1960 Buick. For that reason, I like the 1960 better.  And, 1960 introduced the famous Mirro-Magic Instrument Cluster, where the driver is actually looking at a reflection of the speedometer and other gauges through a mirror, designed to be tilted at different angles to accommodate the height of the driver.  I always thought that was cool, and it was the first thing I would point out to others on my 1961 Electra.  It was replaced after 1961, though.

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  4. Common problem, very difficult to find a good replacement.  The 1950's gurus can correct me if I'm wrong (I'm more of a '60s guy), but I think 1952 was the only year with a 4-barrel carburetor on the Straight 8 engine.  That's what makes it so rare, it is a one-year-only part, and only on the Roadmaster.  There have been many discussions on how to repair them, but all the repair methods seem to fail after a while.  I think most people with the problem end up having someone make a new one.


    Having said that, a 1952 Roadmaster is a neat car, so I wouldn't let a manifold issue steer you away from getting it.  Just realize what you're up against.

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  5. I have rescued several of these 1990's LeSabres and Park Avenues now.  I am always trying to explain the virtues you list above.  People hear the word 'Buick', and when they see the car for the first time, they are not too excited.  But they really need a car, and reluctantly take it.  But once they own it for a while they won't have anything bad to say about them. They are good, dependable, comfortable, and affordable transportation.  When you're  desperately looking for a car, what more could you want?

  6. Another Buick Rescue project found me the other day.  A guy I work with (Brendan) told me about this 1998 LeSabre for sale.  His friend (Judson), who has a business selling off-road Jeeps and Trucks, took it in as a trade-in.  Brendan was just visiting Judson's shop and saw it.  He knew about my interest in Buicks.  Judson didn't know what to do with it and didn't know anything about Buicks.  He just wanted to get rid of it. Brendan gave me Judson's phone number the next day at work. I contacted Judson and offered him to opportunity to donate it to someone in need.  He was receptive to that idea and told me he would sell it for what he took for trade-in, $1,000, to someone who really needed it.  I then put the word out and immediately found a person (Tom) that had just totaled his previous Mitsubishi.  He was rear-ended.  He needed a car to get to work and had very little money to get one.  I drove him to see the car the next day and he immediately fell in love with it.  It is quite a step up from his old Mitsubishi. As you can tell by the pictures, it was well maintained by the 62 year-old previous owner.  It had 137,000 miles on it, but it had new tires and drove like it was brand new.  The deal was made on the spot and Tom drove it home. Since Judson was a dealer, he even took care of the tax, title, and license fees on the spot.  Everyone was happy, and another Buick found a good home.  I can't think if a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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  7. These are great numbers, with still 4 months to go.  It's going to be a big show. Past registration trends tell me about half of all registrations arrive within the last 2 months before the event.  If that stays true, you can take these numbers and double them to estimate the final numbers. They just might hit their limit of 1,000 Buicks.  I hope so.

  8. The clock is mounted in the console, when it usually is mounted on the dash above the radio.  Honestly, I like the clean look of the dash without the clock on it.  Is that the same for all 1961 full-sized Buicks with bucket seats and console, or is it just for this one?


  9. Well done, factoryben.  I have always said you can sell anything at a fair price, and feel good about it.  My father told me a 'good deal' is when both parties walked away smiling.


    I didn't mean to offend the parts vendors. I know that is your livelihood and I am grateful you are there when I need you. And I know not everyone has my budget.  I just hope the parts are there and within reach when I need them.