Ted "Wildcat65" Nagel

Wagon Mania- 64 LeSabre wagon

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From that site:

 

Following the death of Calvin P. Bentley in 1964, the Ionia Mfg. plant was sold to

the A.O Smith Corp. and Mitchell-Bentley was reorganized as the Mitchell Corp.

 

The same folks that were responsible for building the fiberglass '64 Wildcat that is now in the LeMay Museum collection.

 

 

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Fantastic Sean!

 

Great information, first car I ever own with a original Protect O Plate, so it is a new experience for me and great learning.

Looked up the Construction  Company who bought the car new. Seems like they still exists. Can you imagine cruising into a construction site with a brand new Lesabre "Super Wildcat"wagon and a white shiny hard hat. Owner must have felt like King for a day or more! After all we are talking Buick.

 

Didn't find the Dealership yet, I thought Marvin K Brown was the biggest in the whole San Diego area back in those days. Anyone who has some information about Ballantyne Buick in El Cajon California in the 60s?

 

Thanks 

Joern 

 

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59 minutes ago, Wildcat65 said:

Front brakes Before:

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After - not assembled yet

 

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On Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:07 PM, Topper1961 said:

Fantastic Sean!

 

Great information, first car I ever own with a original Protect O Plate, so it is a new experience for me and great learning.

Looked up the Construction  Company who bought the car new. Seems like they still exists. Can you imagine cruising into a construction site with a brand new Lesabre "Super Wildcat"wagon and a white shiny hard hat. Owner must have felt like King for a day or more! After all we are talking Buick.

 

Didn't find the Dealership yet, I thought Marvin K Brown was the biggest in the whole San Diego area back in those days. Anyone who has some information about Ballantyne Buick in El Cajon California in the 60s?

 

Thanks 

Joern 

 

Found the Buick dealership in quite many ads in the Town and Country news paper from Alpine California. Their Pdf so I will see if I can post some of the adds later on. Correct name of dealership was Ballantyne Buick & GMC Trucks. Great ads.

Thanks

Joern 

 

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This Wagon Talk has inspired me to get into the garage and get mine running.

Mission Accomplished!  I had her on the highway for the first time in my ownership, 

maybe since the 80's!    I was down to connecting fluid and vacuum lines Saturday night.

On the way home, I got the rubber bits, sunday morning it was already very humid out- reminded me of when I lived in 

Columbia, SC.  Heavy dew on everything.  

I got my plumbing done, put fluids in and gas in the carb.  Turned the key and VOOM, it started immediately! 

Took a little coaxin to get it to run off the gas from the tank, but after a while I was able to drive it out of the garage and 

I saw a water leak-bad heater core.  I bypassed that and went for a ride...changed tires and drove to the house- 20 + minutes 

on city roads and then a little highway stint.  A lovely ride.  Smooth engine, shifts perfect, turns, brakes and tracks perfect.

4- note horns work, Electric seat, windows, am/fm, power antenna, a/c - I have not opened it up and it still has a wee bit of R12.

I am optimistic...

Cheers

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2 hours ago, Wildcat65 said:

This Wagon Talk has inspired me to get into the garage and get mine running.

Mission Accomplished!  I had her on the highway for the first time in my ownership, 

maybe since the 80's!    I was down to connecting fluid and vacuum lines Saturday night.

On the way home, I got the rubber bits, sunday morning it was already very humid out- reminded me of when I lived in 

Columbia, SC.  Heavy dew on everything.  

I got my plumbing done, put fluids in and gas in the carb.  Turned the key and VOOM, it started immediately! 

Took a little coaxin to get it to run off the gas from the tank, but after a while I was able to drive it out of the garage and 

I saw a water leak-bad heater core.  I bypassed that and went for a ride...changed tires and drove to the house- 20 + minutes 

on city roads and then a little highway stint.  A lovely ride.  Smooth engine, shifts perfect, turns, brakes and tracks perfect.

4- note horns work, Electric seat, windows, am/fm, power antenna, a/c - I have not opened it up and it still has a wee bit of R12.

I am optimistic...

Cheers

Fantastic!

 

That's the right Buick Spirit! Lets keep this old great wagon on the road. My 64 Lesabre wagon parts cars will be picked up today and arrive in Tempe AZ on wednesday. Anyone need some parts?

 

I will post and add under buy and sell. 

 

Again great work Ted!

 

Joern  

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On 12.7.2016 at 5:20 PM, Wildcat65 said:

Thank you Sean.   I noticed a couple things- body # 57 and August '63 build date- that is pretty early!  

There is a note on the 64 options list regarding seat belts (B2) - my wagon has seat belts, not factory ones though.

Joern's parts wagon has B2 factory belt option.    

There is not enough room on that tag for all the options on my wagon!  

 

Ted!

Any change for some picture of the Rear Speaker, Code E6 in your wagon?

 

Thanks

 

Joern

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On 5/7/2014 at 7:40 PM, Rob McDonald said:

Scratch a Buick guy and you'll find a station wagon lover underneath. This one's a beaut.

 

Indeed 

I bought this Buick shortly after I joined the BCA in 1974. I knew it was rare, and even though it needed a paint job, I thought it was worth the $200 agreed on.

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On 7/13/2016 at 1:07 PM, Topper1961 said:

Didn't find the Dealership yet, I thought Marvin K Brown was the biggest in the whole San Diego area back in those days. Anyone who has some information about Ballantyne Buick in El Cajon California in the 60s?

 

The reason I found this forum thread was from Googling "Ballantyne Buick".

I found the license plate frame below, and remembered the name, but was trying to remember where they were located,  as I lived in El Cajon in the 60's.

Back then, the Marvin K. Brown dealership was only Cadillac.

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On 7/13/2016 at 0:08 PM, Wildcat65 said:

Front brakes Before:

 

 

After - not assembled yet

 

 

 

I just swapped this system onto my 56 Buick but I could not find the adjustment arm override spring anywhere (the black one on the arm) where did you find yours? How was the fit? It looks smaller than the original one that was on there.

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On ‎8‎/‎30‎/‎2016 at 11:12 PM, Buick Bruce said:

 

Indeed 

I bought this Buick shortly after I joined the BCA in 1974. I knew it was rare, and even though it needed a paint job, I thought it was worth the $200 agreed on.

20160828_114136_resized.jpg

I bought this one for $900 plus shipping in 1985. There is a wagon lover alright among most Buick people.

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On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:33 AM, Buick Bruce said:

The reason I found this forum thread was from Googling "Ballantyne Buick".

I found the license plate frame below, and remembered the name, but was trying to remember where they were located,  as I lived in El Cajon in the 60's.

Back then, the Marvin K. Brown dealership was only Cadillac.

20160827_141304_resized.jpg

 

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Hi Bruce!

Location of Ballantyne Buick and GMC Trucks. 300 El Cajon Blvd. Phone number 442-6671 as from an add 25 Feb 1965. Echo and Sun newspaper Alpine.

A lot of kool advertising from that time and extreme interested prices.

Sean, even decoded the Dealership number from the Protect O Plate. 

 

Thanks

 

Joern

 

 

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Correcting and adding text (see edit history)

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On Friday, September 02, 2016 at 8:56 PM, Topper1961 said:

Hi Bruce!

Location of Ballantyne Buick and GMC Trucks. 300 El Cajon Blvd. Phone number 442-6671 as from an add 25 Feb 1965. Echo and Sun newspaper Alpine.

A lot of kool advertising from that time and extreme interested prices.

Sean, even decoded the Dealership number from the Protect O Plate. 

 

Thanks

 

Joern

 

 

Bruce!

Sent you a PM! Fantastic license plate frame. Thanks for posting it.

Joern 

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