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  1. Well, I'm about where I was a few months ago! I have found a local shop that I know, and they will do the work, but due to my mother-in-law passing unexpectedly recently and being very busy at work, I haven't had the time to get the car down to him. The plan is to bring the car over, decide what parts are required, and then I'll obtain the parts from south of the border. In Canada, the parts are either unavailable or double the price, so even with the crappy exchange rate right now, I'll be saving some $$. The Ferndale, WA NAPA is only about a 40min drive from my place. The "Polar Vortex" that blanketed the mid west and east coast a few weeks ago has moved west and forced me to dust off the snow shovel I was hoping not to see this winter. So far have move a foot of snow, and there is more in the forecast this week. While I do have chains for the Estate Wagon, I think it will just have to stay where it is for a few more weeks! Thanks for the heads up on this. All the bolts around the compressor fit a SAE socket, but I do not recall if they had the lines or not. I also seem to have a vague recollection of some of the bolts being colored, but I could be remembering bolts from other parts of the car. I'll double check all before ordering anything. Good advise on the new compressor, and I was already leaning that way. I'll just paint it black so it has a more correct look. I'll also try and recover the old sticker from the A-6, but I don't recall a flat area to place it on the aluminum ones. Thank you Gentlemen!
  2. Took the wagon out today to run some old oil and some scrap steel to the recycling center. Got quite a few positive comments while unloading! Likely the last time out for the year for the wagon. I’ll have to total up my miles for the year to see how I did for the challenge!
  3. Attempted gas theft? Happened a lot out here when gas prices first went out of control. They would cut the fuel line right there and fill a jerry can. It caused a lot of grief at used car lots to the point that most would only keep minimal fuel in the tanks.
  4. I was under the impression the 1975 Electra was the longest coupe at 233.4 inches. Shorter wheel base at 127 inches but if the metric is overall length the 75 wins. 2 dr coupe and 4 dr were same length.
  5. My 67 is a glass window, and most I’ve seen are glass. Hopefully someone with direct 66 knowledge chimes in.
  6. No pictures that I can recollect but I was there and can at least attest to the Estate Wagon part... I didn’t see snow though ?
  7. We are blessed up here on the west coast (north of the border), every Chevron carries Ethanol free 94 octane fuel marketed as “supreme plus”. It’s even on its own hose. A little more pricey, about $1 gallon more, but given the Buick’s don’t get used much, I don’t mind the extra few bucks a tank.
  8. Leaves are just about all gone now around here, so took advantage of a nice day to change the oil and clean up the wagon before putting it away for the winter. Also had a ”Thriller”ing evening with Derek (Thriller) and his family who were in town for the weekend!
  9. I do think it had the 3300 John, although it’s been awhile. My sister is not easy on vehicles and it survived her. She eventually traded it for an SUV. In fact that became a running joke... at the same time I had a 97 Chevy lumina with the 3100 that I meticulously maintained. I had all kinds of problems with that car (worst I ever owned) while my sister who did nothing, no maintenance, had no issues with the Buick. I joked the secret to keeping that vintage of GM vehicles running was to never maintain them.
  10. Very nice John! I hope you enjoy it as much as your old Estate Wagon. We had a 93 Century sedan that eventually made it's way to my sister. That thing was indestructible as she only changed the oil when the light came on!
  11. That sounds great Derek, I’ll send you a PM with my contact details and we can touch base when you’re back from Whistler.
  12. A couple driving by the beach (my wife took these). Gorgeous day
  13. We’ve had fantastic Autumn weather around here for the past 2 weeks, but I’ve been too busy with work and other commitments to take advantage with the cars. Today I was able to get the convertible out before all the leaves are gone and the rain returns.
  14. I think I smell another challenge coming!
  15. Gas pumps in Canada (at least the ones I have seen) show the percentage of ethanol in each grade of fuel. Most of the fuel indicates "up to 10% Ethanol" in all grades. There are two exemptions though and that is Chevron 94 which says "No Ethanol" and Shell 91 at some locations is offered with No Ethanol. In any case, the pumps are marked. Ethanol fuels have been around here since late 80's or very early 90's. The main issue I have with Ethanol is the phase separation after sitting. I recently had to rebuild/clean the carb on my father-in-laws lawn mower. He refused to go get the non-ethanol fuel, even after a previous cleaning by a lawn mower repair guy had shown him the varnishy remains gooping up the carb and advised him to only use non-ethanol fuels in his circa 1983 Honda lawn mower. As soon as I heard the symptoms and opened it up, I knew what the problem was. I've been running that lawn mower now for 3 seasons with the non-ethanol fuels and no other problems. By the way, I’ve never replaced any rubber hoses on that lawnmower so in my experience the ethanol was more problematic for the separation than effects on the rubber. I don't usually have a problem running ethanol in either car if I'm fairly sure I'm going to burn through it within a short period of time, otherwise I will make sure to use the E0. I do usually add some Marvels Mystery Oil to the E10 just for peace of mind.
  16. Definitely Autumn around here now, but today is “moving day” as my sister needed help moving to her new place. I thought I was too old for that, but family is family I guess. The wagon did most of the heavy lifting anyway. Here’s a quick stop at a familiar location to snap a photo and revive this thread.
  17. That is a pity and I did notice that when we were in Ontario over the summer.
  18. You can get Shell 91 non-ethanol around here to Doug, but it is the same price as the Chevron 94 non-ethanol, so I go with the Chevron! I will also add a few ounces of Marvel Mystery Oil to the gas in the 67 to provide some top end lubrication from time to time. This may or may not work, but I figure it may replace what lubrication leaded fuel provided back in the day. If it doesn't do anything, I really haven't lost anything!
  19. I think it also depends on where you live and drive. I think I fall in to the category that is discussed above, no WOT and generally take it easy on the old cars. However, I happen to live somewhere that has lots of hills and mountains, so the cars will get a workout just hauling their heavy butts up those hills... that's where I hear the pinging. With the higher grades, I don't get any. Every Chevron in these parts has non-ethanol 94 octane, and yes it's more expensive, but for the miles I drive it doesn't work out to much over the year.
  20. I’ve typically used at least 91 octane in my cars (which are newer than your 55). Lower octane seems to cause some pinging in my lower compression 350 in the wagon. Mostly though I use 94 octane here as it comes ethanol free which is more important to me given I don’t get to drive a lot of miles. The high compression big block in the Electra though likes 92 or above!
  21. Pete; Thanks for trying to save this one. Like you, and I think most of us, I would hate to see that car modified, but c'est la vie (I can't say much as it's not my car and I didn't fork out the cash to acquire it). Thanks for looking out for these cars!
  22. That looks like a pretty nice solution. I've also seen locally (typically on Subaru's) a "4th" brake light that connects to where a small hitch would go. That brake light flashes 2-3 times when the brakes are first applied so it does draw your attention. I've seen the same thing on some larger motorcycles as well. The super bright LED's combined with the flashing really works, and they are low on the car. Sorry for the Canadian Amazon site, but you get the idea: With the convertible, I really have no place to mount a third brake light with the top down, so my strategy has always been to pump the brakes when slowing down so the brake lights flash for the driver behind me. Same idea as above really.
  23. My opinion is to leave the car in it’s original color scheme which sounds like it would be very attractive. It is your car though and you have to live it with it! Good luck on a very worthwhile project.