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Missed out ! 1957 buick convertible & sedan $18,500 ?


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  • coupekid changed the title to Missed out ! 1957 buick convertible & sedan $18,500 ?

The ad said the car was modified for an engine swap that wasn't completed. But the angle of the carrier seems to be so steep as to have the pinion yoke pointing to the rear floor. How would anyone do that and expect a driveshaft to survive?

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On 4/16/2022 at 8:17 PM, JohnD1956 said:

How would anyone do that and expect a driveshaft to survive?

When I see some of these mods people do, I just shake my head and wonder.  I think this ad was on FB and I inquired as to why the project was being abandoned.  The poster stated that the owner had shifted to a 37 Ford or something like that.  My thoughts were, if you couldn't finish this car, how in the world are you going to finish something else.  It truly makes no sense to abandon this project this late in the game unless there's something terribly wrong with the mods that were started.  I don't think you missed out at all and this is why I looked for a car that was not modified by anyone.  I know it sounds strange but, when the manual says orange wire 18 gauge, I want to see an orange 18 ga wire.  Fixing someone else's mods is just too difficult for me.

 

Sometimes my neighbor ridicules me because I'm a stickler for keeping things stock but, when the rubber hits the road, he's not the one that will have to deal with a failed modification.  I know there are some mods that may improve the car but, they seem to be few and far between.  I often think of how people manage ordering parts when they have a Camaro front end, a Ford 9 inch rear, and a myriad of other miscellaneous aftermarket parts throughout the car.  Maybe they don't need parts, who knows but, down the road, they will.  

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1 hour ago, usnavystgc said:

I don't you missed out at all

I agree.  That 4 dr is very rough. And the convertible appears to be a Special, not a Century, and not as rare as they may think.  That rear axle issue would have to be sorted and who knows if they did other things like change motor mounts or cut the frame? Hardly any pictures to prove whats been done, or not, and the asking price was way out of my comfort level for a car that needs 100% restoration and another one that may need 125% restoration.  But then that's what's happening on  Facebook.  Prices are ridiculous.  

 

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I completely agree with Phil. I enjoy working and maintaining my own cars. One of the first things I do is buy a shop manual particularly for the car I have. I use it constantly as a reference, as I am confident it is correct.  For me, it is frustrating to see even minor modifications because I have a hard enough time putting them back together the way they were designed originally.  I find myself second-guessing any maintenance repairs on modifications.

 

I know my thoughts may not be the most popular on this subject.  But one of the things I like about owning an older car is to experience what it was like as it was designed.  Sure, every car can be improved upon with more modern items, but that takes away the feeling of owning an older vehicle.

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