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  1. Bhigdog got it right.  You know someone with more money than they know what to do with will pay their price.  I get discouraged when I read the Bugle ads and see the prices on cars and parts.  I ask myself "Who will pay that much for xxxx?"  But it seems like someone always does.  As long as they keep selling at high prices the market will continue to be such.  It prices people like me (that have a tight budget) out of the market.


    That's why it is so refreshing when I see something I feel is reasonably priced.  Now, what I think is reasonable may not be what others think is reasonable. Maybe I should say 'obtainable'.  I like dealing with people who sell at prices that I feel are reasonable because I don't get the feeling they are selling just for the sake of profit.  Perhaps I am disillusioned to think that some people sell items at a reasonable price in order to actually help others and keep the hobby going.  At least that's what I'd like to think, anyway. And I try to stay true to that concept when I sell anything.  I'm not in this hobby for profit.  No one will ever accuse me of that. 

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  2. Do you have a Body Manual and Shop Manual for it?  These are invaluable when restoring a Buick back to original condition.  Also, the Buick Heritage Alliance (www.buickheritagealliance,org) has original literature you can download.  Have you joined the Buick Club of America?  Members get a monthly magazine with vendors and classified ads dedicated to the restoration of Buicks.  Also, they have technical advisors to help you.  And this forum will answer any questions you have to the best of our abilities.


    Welcome to the world of Buicks!  I hope we can help.

  3. When I was 15 I got my Learner's permit, which allowed you to drive with a licensed driver in the front seat with you.  Of course, that was not always the case.  My brother was 16 and already had his license.  We went to the store in our 1966 Skylark 2-door coupe with bucket seats and an automatic console shift.  It was a few miles from home and he bet me I couldn't drive all the way home without using my hands on the steering wheel.  I could use my knees, chin, forehead, teeth, whatever; just no hands or fingers.  Well, that sounded reasonable at the time.  And I wasn't about to let my brother win that bet.  I started out slow and sure using my knees, but had one final right hand turn to get down our street.  It was one of those roads that was over a drainage ditch.  Not much shoulder on either side.  I tried to turn the steering wheel with my right knee but it wasn't turning quite as sharply as it needed to.  At the last instant, my brother grabs the steering wheel and jerked it his way, narrowing escaping the 3 foot drop into the drainage ditch.  I went back to look at the tire threads and it appears we missed the ditch by about half an inch.  I don't know why we thought that was so funny, even years later.  I don't think our parents ever knew about that.  But every time we went over that drainage ditch I thought about it.

  4. Matt, Don't let my stupidity determine your decision.  Just remember to hold the slide hammer on the handle and not the slide bar!  I'll tell you why I went with a rear end instead of trying to change the gears.  After talking to several knowledgeable gear people, I really didn't think I had the skills, patience, or tools to replace the gears. Apparently it takes a skill, usually developed from experience.  I simply didn't have that experience.  The manuals discuss tolerances and back lash and torques and use micrometers and dial gauges to get everything in place properly, and, honestly, it was a bit frightening to think about for me.  I am happy with the decision I made to find a replacement rear end. The key to my happiness is that I finally found one that was from the exact year and model as mine.  It wasn't from a similar GM vehicle.  Being an exact replacement made it so much easier.  Even the brake line clips were in the same place.  So, If I had to do it over again, based on my facilities, tools, and ability, I'd go with the rear end replacement, instead of messing with the gears.  Now, I'm sure there are some that will read this and disagree, but I'd bet you those guys have done the gear replacements several times and feel comfortable with it.  I didn't.

  5. I know it has been a while, but I'm finally making progress.  I decided that replacing the gear assembly with new ones would probably require more skill and knowledge and money than I had.  So I started calling salvage yards.  I was looking specifically for a rear end for a 1991-1993 Roadmaster wagon, nothing else seemed to fit without some modification.  With the help of Pete Philips, I found one in Bud's Salvage yard in Aline, OK that I could afford.  It was an exact match, having come out of a 1991 Roadmaster Wagon.  It is not a posi-trac unit like the one I had, but it will do.  I brought it home and took the cover off.  It looks brand new inside.  Clean oil, no gunk buildup, and the axles turned smoothly and quietly.  I decided not to replace the axle bearings and seals because that would require me to take apart some of the rear end gears to release the axles.  I didn't want to mess with any disassembly of this unit.  I spent several hours over a few days going over it, removing the emergency brake cables, cleaning, etc.  I then removed the old broken rear end from the wagon.  The new one is ready to go in.  With the help of some nice weather, perhaps I can get this done soon.  Due to my other work schedule, I can only work on it over the weekends.


    In case you haven't noticed, this is the same 1991 Roadmaster Wagon featured in an article in the November, 2015 Bugle.  Patricia is excited to get her car back!



  6. I remember a few 1967 Skylarks, but don't recall any GS. There were several Sport Wagons, but, again, I don't recall a 1966 or 1967 specifically. I do remember seeing a 1965 Sport Wagon (because I falsely identified it as a rare 1964 Skylark Wagon until I looked closer) and several late 1960's wagons with the glass roofs. I remember seeing a 1969 Skylark Wagon, but it wasn't a Sport Wagon because it had a flat roof with a luggage rack. I suggest calling them. They will tell you immediately. When I called them looking for a 1991-1993 Roadmaster Wagon rear end, it took them about 15 seconds to look it up on the computer. I attached a few pictures of the 1991 Roadmaster Wagon donor car. May it rest in peace knowing it contributed many parts to keep its brothers alive for a few more years.




  7. I went with Pete to Bud's because they had a rear end assembly for my 1991 Roadmaster Wagon for a very fair price of $175. They pulled it and took the cover off to make sure it was operable before they gave it to me. I was amazed at their organization. They have acres of land but all of the cars are parked head to toe, with no more than two deep in each row. That means every car is easy to get to, no climbing over three other cars to get to the one you want to look at. The roads through the yard were all mowed and on solid ground, so there was no problem in us driving the truck around to see everything. And, for the most part, each long row was of similar cars, like mid-1960's Buicks would all be together, etc. And they have several huge buildings for the small parts, all neatly organized in shelves and tagged. They are computerized, too. When I asked for an alternator for my 1966 Electra 225 convertible, it took them about a minute to locate one. I was very impressed. Thousands of cars from the 1960s and 1970s.

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  8. In Buick terms, "Super Wildcat" refers the 425 CI engine with the dual quad carburetor setup, chrome air cleaner, etc. In 1965, Buick could put that engine in several models (Wildcat, Riviera, Electra). Without official numbers in front of me right now, I'd say that 1965 was the most popular year for the "Super Wildcat" setup, but they are still relatively rare and very desirable. Especially with the 4-speed transmission. The value would greatly depend on which model you have and condition. If you want educated opinions from this forum, we will need to see some pictures. Which model do you have?

  9. Thanks, Bill.  The article is a tribute to Patricia, too.  I haven't shown it to her yet, but I can't wait to see the smile on her face when I do.  She doesn't get enough credit for all she does.

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  10. I, too, found it odd that the BOD voted this down.  Although I have never owned a pre-war car, I am fascinated by them.  And to see one 100 years old, running and driving, is truly amazing.  I agree completely with Roadmaster_37_C.  These cars deserve any special recognition we can give them.  I don't think recognizing 100 year old Buicks at a National Meet will be an incentive to bring more of them out.  I don't think the owners of 100 year old Buicks are in hot pursuit of awards.  The ones I've met seem to have the simple desire to show the rest of the world their wonderful vehicles, and a National Meet is a perfect place to show them.  We should be bending over backwards to welcome these cars and treat them and the owners as special guests. I recall the 2012 National Meet in Charlotte, where the decision was made to honor 1936-1938 Buicks.  They set aside a special place in the parking lot for them.  I remember the excitement I felt walking around them all. It was interesting to see them side-by-side and comparing the differences of the years and models.  And at the 2009 National Meet in Colorado, they celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the 1959 Buicks successfully.  Recognizing 100 year old Buicks at National Meets is not complex nor difficult, and should be reconsidered.  I will personally thank the owners of one when I see them.    

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