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It looks amazingly dry under there!  Nothing I own looks as leak free as that does...wow!

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3 hours ago, Aaron65 said:

It looks amazingly dry under there!  Nothing I own looks as leak free as that does...wow!

13,658 miles. Not much chance to leak.

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looks like it is time to take it off the market.

 

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8 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

13,658 miles. Not much chance to leak.

You'd be surprised after extensive work to major components the leaks that can and do develop.  I speak from experience....much to my chargrin. 

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7 hours ago, kgreen said:

looks like it is time to take it off the market.

 

You are not alone in this thought. 

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Have an offer from Washington State but jeez.  Puts a lot of work on me packing parts up for them to pickup the whole mess.  I had really hoped someone on this forum would've thrown out an offer.  I'll let you know how it goes.

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6 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

Have an offer from Washington State but jeez.  Puts a lot of work on me packing parts up for them to pickup the whole mess.  I had really hoped someone on this forum would've thrown out an offer.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Is it a fair offer?  Is it enough beyond your minimum to make it worth screwing with all the parts?

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Now that you have it running correctly, don't give it away to the first offer you get.

 

It looks good in your garage or at your work.

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If the sale goes through, you should suggest that the buyer create a thread on this forum so that we all can keep up.  

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Should we be seeing somethin in the "Haulin Buicks" picture thread soon? 

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Sold. Was a pain through negotiations. When all is tallied I didn't break even, but we reached a deal and I am out of the buick business. The car is being packed up this week (filled with boxes of smalls) and large items like  engines/transmission will be sent on freight pallets separately.  What a TON of work I've made for myself lol. The rear axle I sold to @MrEarl and the transmission I sold to @Pete Phillips will be the only things left in my storage.  Time to focus on the house and retirement savings.  If I find a cheap, drivable old car I might take the bait but not going to focus on that.

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Matt, I hope you are going to continue to remain in the Tarheel Buick Club!

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Out of the Buick business. That's a hoot. There will be another. 😃

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9 minutes ago, avgwarhawk said:

Out of the Buick business. That's a hoot. There will be another. 😃

 

Chris,

I appreciate Matt's position.  I am out too.  I lost over $200,000 on the cars I owned over the years.  I did not do it smart. But at some point, some of us need to move on to other interests.  I have thought about re-joining the BCA IF (big IF) I could be a passenger in cars at national meets.  I would even judge!  If I could get 10 rides in old Buicks at the National, and spread the years around, why not!  I told Brian D I wanted a ride in his 1938 Slantback and he said "ride!, I'll let you drive it."

 

The bottom line is the old car hobby is expensive, overall, and there are several levels since I started in 1977.  Those who got in early, saw their cars appreciate at about 5% annum, and then skyrocket in the speculation years of the late 80's.   That however, put many newer buyers at a disadvantage.  The older folks went cha-ching! and would not sell at "reasonable" prices to younger members. 

 

This coincided with a surge of families moving to suburbs where dismantling a car in the garage was highly discouraged.  

 

Now, at 56 I have the money, I suppose, to afford a car or two, but just feel a bit burned out.   Now - with aging and a general surplus of cars on the market, a collector can buy a couple of cars for $20,000 to $25,000 - or in some cases less, and enjoy the old car hobby.  So you are probably correct in your statement.  My problem is that I could never seem to be happy with what I had, which in turn led to selling everything and starting over.  That's where the loss comes in. 

 

But there is something really appealing about just being a member and asking those who drive their cars to a BCA National if I can sit or ride in their cars!  Costs me nothing! woo hoo. 

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B Morgan,

For me and certainly many it's a hobby. No matter the hobby it's going to have costs involved. I understand moving on to other interests. Just another forthcoming cost. Boating. Hole in the water. Golf. Green fees and cart. Remote control cars and boats (another hobby of mine). You get the picture. Pick your poison. Everyone has/needs a hobby. Most hobbies are a losing proposition when it comes to money spent. As they say in the remote control airplane hobby, don't fall in love with your first plane because you will watch it crash and burn at your own hands. I have been there and stick with remote control boats. None have sunk along with the cash put into it! 

 

At any rate, it can be very frustrating continuously dumping money into a vehicle. Been there with a VW. What nightmares are made of. But once completed, it's keeping it clean and enjoying it. With that said, one never knows what lurks in a garage down the lane that will take nothing to get it going and even less to purchase. 

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On 6/12/2020 at 4:41 PM, Mark Shaw said:

Matt,

    Kudos to you for going the distance to honestly represent this car for sale.  👍

 

I agree wholeheartedly.  Your ad was as honest as

any ad could be.  Such forthrightness benefits our

entire hobby, and rewards you.  I'm glad to hear you sold it.

 

I might have estimated $8000 for your interesting sedan.

Occasionally we've seen on the AACA forum similar cars

realistically priced.  A c. 1956 Oldsmobile 98 sedan comes to

mind--a fine well-preserved original car--and it may have 

been around $6000.

 

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He's been postin ads for 55s, which means he's looking.  Looking leads to temptation.  But hey, there are far worse temptations!

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25 minutes ago, lancemb said:

   But hey, there are far worse temptations!

 

That's a fact! 

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I'll always have a soft spot for 55s as that was my 1st.   But it will be a while.

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4 hours ago, lancemb said:

He's been postin ads for 55s, which means he's looking.  Looking leads to temptation.  But hey, there are far worse temptations!

Darn right about worse temptations.  Thankfully I'm not a politician so the ones I've indulged will never come to light.  Like the time I was tempted to stick a bigger motor in the car than it came with, or the time I did a secret modification to an HPOF. Oh, nevermind!

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8 hours ago, avgwarhawk said:

Pick your poison.

You should pick your passion.  Just because it is a neat old car does not mean that you will have any real feelings for it and at that point any work on the car becomes a chore, along with some rage when it lets you down.

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18 minutes ago, old-tank said:

You should pick your passion.  Just because it is a neat old car does not mean that you will have any real feelings for it and at that point any work on the car becomes a chore, along with some rage when it lets you down.

 

   I understand when these cars old and newish become a chore and source of aggravation.  I have had my a few let downs!  I also understand when they run well and require a cleaning every now and then, it is nice to have them.    Sometimes the passion fizzles as it becomes a source of a stress and not pleasure.   My passion to learn to fly a remote control planes fizzled on my first less than stellar flight into the ground.  I stick to ground and water RC.  My neighbor passion is RC jets.  Talk about costly!     

 

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