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  1. Yeah I figured that out finally <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> I still don't have my Centurion!! Arrgh..I'm getting stir crazy waiting for it. The seller is still trying to get the scissor top rails fixed after he broke them a week ago. I told him to fix them before I bought for sure. That's at least another $500 for side rails that I don't have the $$ to fix myself. I'm also trying to figure out how to get the car back here.
  2. Interesting. I have seen many buildups of BBB's and lots of the guys put in 10 to 1 pistons and get about 9 to 1 actual compression. I am thinking maybe this is because they use lower compression heads? I need to put a blurb about this on the Buick forum.
  3. Too much according to the price guide... http://www.vmrintl.com/cctm/coll_frame.htm The highest value of a Cutlass in that year was the 442 at $5725. That's a #1 Condition car. This Cutlass S better be one hell of a car.
  4. I didn't think heads would change compression alone. I was under the impression that pistons were directly related to compression in Olds motors...like the Buicks.
  5. Steve, I also have this problem locating parts for my 71 LeSabre. Nobody makes sheet metal for this car because it's not in demand. You'd be lucky to find a guy that can fab metal well...that may be your best bet. In regards to finding parts in general, I have taken it upon myself to create a website that caters to the hobbyist in search of parts. I just registered the web address yesterday, but I have a pretty good list of suppliers ready to put on the site. I'm sorry I don't have anything for you right now, but maybe I can find a good source of these hard to find parts for both of us <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> Check it out...I just uploaded the page tonight. www.buickpartsdirectory.com BTW - Where in St. Louis are you? (did I aks you already?) Adam
  6. I like cars....they are fun. Does it matter what I drive? I like big fat SUV's and Buicks. Does that make me a bad person? At least I don't drive around in a Honda fart can with a 6 foot wing and NOS decals. (NOS = Nitrus, not New Old Stock.)
  7. Currently on AOL's front page, they are discussing SUV owners and their contribution to terrorism. This is stemming from the view that SUV's guzzle gas and therefore feed money to the middle east. What they forgot about was all of our cars. I'd like to know why SUV's were singled out as useless gas guzzlers. Anyone have some input?
  8. I've got one that doesn't work and has foggy glass....guess you're not in the market for one of those though <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  9. above or below? I thought that was a plastic piece (2 pieces) that ran along the top of the taillights. There is a metal piece below each taillight but I don'tthink it's pot metal. The only pot metal I can think of on the rear of the car is the rear quarter extensions. What color are the pot metal pieces? Silver? On mine, these are plastic. Check your car again...those plastic parts will sand and paint very easily. Also, I used the Tuck and Van paint in a spray can...flat silver...looks just like the original. Adam
  10. Cool <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> Thanks!
  11. yessir... I read that post a while back. I think a bunch of the other guys/gals got a kick out of it too <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  12. That was a lesson...Reatta1, how do you feel after that? <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> Your story about the hardtop/truck/convertible is very interesting. It may not be a classic, but it's definitely something to remember <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> Adam
  13. Hey John, I talked to Al and he said he would/try to get the frame fixed for me before I got it. I had originally made room in my budget for a top and window, not the frame. I asked him if he would just replace the whole thing and he sh*t a brick. So, he's doing what he can to make it transportable, maybe even driveable out to St. Louis. All I need is a buddy to tag along. I may have to bribe someone to go. It would definitely be a fun trip, I just don't want to do it by myself. If you're willing, I might take you up on driving the car out for me <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> as long as I don't have to shell out $1600. I figure gas will cost me about $350, and hotels for 3 nights maximum are $300. I wouldnt be staying in any 6 star hotels. Food $50. $700 total cost I guess. I guess you have to have a way of getting back too. Argh...Al said he'd get back with me regarding the top frame tomorrow or thursday, so we'll see what he has to say. That frame would cost me an @ss load to replace. If I can get him to do that, I'd be happy, and it would be driveable. Adam
  14. I am looking into all of my options as I have called about 30 places and received quotes ranging from 625 to 1650. sooo....I'll be beating my head on the desk figuring all this out. Thanks for your help guys! Adam
  15. Thanks all... I have thought about flying out and driving it back, but I really don't want to make the drive by myself. I think I have found a good company - Automotive Transport, Inc. Has anyone heard of these folks? Adam
  16. I hate the drone...my gf doesnt like it either. I wonder if there are good exhausts out there that can eliminate this. Anyone got an idea? Adam
  17. It would be nice to see a list of them so we can buy them! Adam
  18. I figure that number will become more tame as the regulars start to register their names. That's quite a jump in numbers though! Adam
  19. That can also be related to the amount of rust free 70's GM hardtops and sedans - specifically in the rear window and trunk/quarter areas. Adam
  20. I'm just curious about the numbers for how many new registered names there have been due to the "no anonymous posters" rule in the last week (or dew days). I bet it's quite a jump! I've seen lots of New Members with just one or 2 posts since then... Adam
  21. this car must be found, and it must be mine <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
  22. I've thought about that but I don;t want to let the seller of the car make the decision and go cheapo on a top...it also needs frame work for the top to be put on. I got a quote for $625 today for open transport...I just need to find a way to weatherproof the top. Adam
  23. Does anyone know a good CHEAP way to get a big Buick from San Diego to St. Louis? All the quotes I've gotten are for over $1000. The convertible top is trashed so I don't feel comfortable flying out there and driving it back. Any suggestions? Adam
  24. thank you thank you thank you:) What was the blurb about the White Pearl show car with gold plating? Adam
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