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Hello everyone. My name is Jim Jordan. Ive always said I needed a 58 Limited to go with my 58 Fleetwood and 58 Ninety Eight. never thought that would happen until one popped up on Craigslist less that 15 miles from me in Oklahoma City. I am now the proud owner of this 2 owner Black sedan that has been parked since 1976. It appears to have all options except air suspension. It will be a long slow process to get her back on thepost-52456-143142294063_thumb.jpg road but Im glad we were able to save her.

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Welcome aboard! I saw that you picked the car up on the 58 Buicks page on Facebook. Very cool...how does the interior look? Does it have air conditioning? All Limiteds came with air suspension, but a large number of them were converted to coil springs early on. Does it still have the Flight Pitch transmission? (PRNDG)

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Thank you for the welcomes. It has A/C, Auto Dimming and of course power seat and windows but shows no evidence of ever having air suspension. My Oldsmobile is an Air Ride car, however. It was replaced by the dealer around 1960 but some of the components are still there. This Limited is body number 99. I wonder if any earlier cars are out there? Here are Blanche (58 Olds) and Bertha (58 Caddy).

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The limited is a little rougher than I would have liked (aren't they all?), but it is a local car with all history and I've certainly bought worse! We will pick her up this weekend or early next week. It has the black cloth/silver leather interior. The drivers seat is worn out and everyhting has a layer of Oklahoma red dirt. In this family since new, she was parked in 1976. i think a good bath and some aired up tires will make it look like a different car. The poor girl does need some dental work however.post-52456-143142295947_thumb.jpg

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Neat pictures and some unique cars!

As for Air-Poise being standard on all Limited, I don't know if that was actually the case. Reason is that I know of several low mileage '58 Limited, that don't have it (that I'm aware of . . . never did see them "sagged" as they always appeared "normal"). It could have been listed as standard equipment in some literature, but I suspect that many dealers wanted to sell Limiteds, but NOT have that troublesome suspension under it. Hence . . . "Air-Poise delete"? I'll have to do some research . . .

Thanks for the pictures!

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Well, we got her dug out from her 37 year resting spot and didn't even hit and trees or the 64 Cadillac parked snugly next to her. I found one of the missing Limited scripts but none of the diagonal hash marks as of yet. The only rust I've found has been a smal patch in the right rear wheel well and under the moulding on teh right rocker panel. Im sure we will find more when we peel the old carpet out. She already looks liek a different car.

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Hello Jim & Welcome!

Nice collection of 50's cars, especially the Limited!

If you don't find the missing hash (quarter panel) strips try Cars Inc (I think). They have reproduction sets and are a bit thicker than the originals but most people wouldn't notice that unless a 58 Limited guy.

Do you have the stainless rear window trim?

It would be great if you can get her running.

Keep us posted.

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We got her moved just before the snow and ice storm hit. She got her first bath in 37 years. I think the paint might even polish up pretty well too! Most people dont travel with polishing compond but we do! Helped kill time waiting for the trailer.

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Jim.

I'm thrilled for you! Yes, some cleaning will indeed make / help her look to her potential!

Even if you put a blanket on that front seat who knows / who cares. The paint (if it is original) might even clean up and give you that patina a black car of that age just needs!

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KEEP US POSTED!

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CADMANOKC, you're just the guy to ask. I ran across a reference lately that said some '58 Cadillacs had an extended rear deck, similar to the '58 Limiteds. Is that true of the Sixty Specials, like your Bertha? Sure looks extra long.

I remember an acquaintance had a '58 60S and I was so jealous of a) the chrome on the rear quarters and B) the row of eight window switches on the driver's door panel. Both the front and rear quarter windows were powered, as well as the side glass of course.

Old Cadillacs may be fine cars but Buicks have the best AACA forum!

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CADMANOKC, you're just the guy to ask. I ran across a reference lately that said some '58 Cadillacs had an extended rear deck, similar to the '58 Limiteds. Is that true of the Sixty Specials, like your Bertha? Sure looks extra long.

I remember an acquaintance had a '58 60S and I was so jealous of a) the chrome on the rear quarters and B) the row of eight window switches on the driver's door panel. Both the front and rear quarter windows were powered, as well as the side glass of course.

Old Cadillacs may be fine cars but Buicks have the best AACA forum!

In 1958 Cadillac offered a standard deck and an extended deck in the de Ville and 62 Series. The extended deck cars outsold the std or short deck models. The extended deck was the same length as a Fleetwood Sixty Special.

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Thanks! So the pecking order was Series 62, available in 2-door and 4-door hardtop, then up a notch to Coupe de Ville and Sedan de Ville, presumably with more chrome and a more plush interior. Got it.

The difference in deck length is pretty subtle in photos. Must be more impressive in person. A friend of mine had a short deck '62 Cadillac Park Avenue. Now that was noticeably short, stubby even. Story was they were built mostly for wealthy New Yorkers, whose posh townhouses had under-sized garages built in the 1920s, which didn't fit the sprawling cars of the late 50s and early 60s.

Anyway, back to Buicks. I'm dying to see that big black Limited, once you've finished compounding the whole 5 acres. That's got to be the best thing about a barn find - cleaning it up and rediscovering the lost beauty.

Extended deck - short deck

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