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Buick Roadmaster Estate?

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Rather than buying a car, my friend Dominic is going to rent me his 1996 Roadmaster Estate that he bought at the Goodwill Auto Auction. It has about 60k miles on it and drives great. However, the previous owner ran it into a pole and the inner front fenders are completely rotted away.

We have almost the entire front end ripped off with just the right side inner fender yet to come off. We have the front end from a Roadmaster sedan that will replace the wagon's front end.

My car payments as of January 1: $900

My car payments as of February 1: $456

My car payments as of March 1: $50

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I bemember that car.
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SWEET!

Cool car, Oldsmoboi!

When do we get to see pics? ;)

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I was going to take some pics last night as I was going to go rip the last inner fender off. But a series of unfortunate events chewed up my whole evening. I may go tonight instead.

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That's cool that you're putting the RM sedan's frontend on the Estate wagon. Buick should have done that from the factory, especially to diffeentiate it from the Chevy Caprice wagon. I know I've seen pictures online within the last year of other Estate owners that did this conversion. Keep us updated and post pics soon.

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But a series of unfortunate events chewed up my whole evening.

Aye ... sorry about that, Oldsmoboi. Hope all is well now.....

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Some pics from tonight. Had to remove the core support and the right front fender. You'll see why....

with core support

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1996 Buick Roadmaster - Now with less core support and sturdier plastics for a stiffer, safer chassie.

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1996 Buick Roadmaster - Now with lighter, more flexible, and easily removable <with sawzaw and dremmel tool> core support.

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1996 Buick Roadmaster - Now with fender portholes!

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1996 Buick Roadmaster - Now with more compact front end for easier parking and better engine cooling efficiency.

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Eegads....is that rusted through???

And ... uh, what is that car in the background? I'm guessing another Buick....?

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Some of is is rust, some of it is me beating it with a hammer or twisting it with pliers to break away the rusted, stripped out bolts. The whole front end body of this car is getting replaced. The outer fenders were fine, but everything inside was rusted through. We're thinking the previous owner took the car out sailing in the Chesapeake.

That's a 1957 Century parts car in the background. There is another one in full working order in the garage up the hill.

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That's cool that you're putting the RM sedan's frontend on the Estate wagon. Buick should have done that from the factory, especially to diffeentiate it from the Chevy Caprice wagon. I know I've seen pictures online within the last year of other Estate owners that did this conversion. Keep us updated and post pics soon.

I always wondered why they used different front ends on the sedan and the wagon...I remember back in the day seeing them and realizing they were different..strange.

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Speaking of these cars, there's a '91 Olds Custom Cruiser on ebay now (listed as a Buick Roadmaster wagon)... I can't recall when I've seen one of those..

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Speaking of these cars, there's a '91 Olds Custom Cruiser on ebay now (listed as a Buick Roadmaster wagon)... I can't recall when I've seen one of those..

Yes, those are rare, especially because they were only made in 1991 and 1992, then dropped.

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We're thinking the previous owner took the car out sailing in the Chesapeake.

LOL! That might not be far from the truth.....sadly enough.

That's a 1957 Century parts car in the background. There is another one in full working order in the garage up the hill.

Ohhh...NICE! Any pics of the one in the garage up the hill? Just curious....no worries either way. BUT ... that looked good for a parts car in the background....maybe the pics make it look better than it is?

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"Believe half of what you see" ... Marvin Gaye ... 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'

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It's probably restorable. The engine runs from what I understand. What the picture doesn't show is the missing brake system and the fact that he's already raided the front ball joints which are a one year only part. The interior is a mess and there are windows broken.

Here is an older camera phone pic of the running one.

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It's probably restorable. The engine runs from what I understand. What the picture doesn't show is the missing brake system and the fact that he's already raided the front ball joints which are a one year only part. The interior is a mess and there are windows broken.

Yeah, as I kinda figured, the pic made it look in better condition than it is. Those issues, while restorable as you noted, do seem to make it more of a parts car. I'm guessing that the rest of the car is in decent shape? If so ... he probably could make a fortune off of selling parts to people needing them....

Here is an older camera phone pic of the running one.

Wow ... that one is sweet! Is that creme and black ... or creme and dark green? (Sorry, can't quite tell....)

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"Things don't look too familiar" ... Shelly West ... 'Jose Cuervo'

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I don't know the exact color names, but it's a light yellow and black.

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Today's Update:

12:00pm Starting point: No core support, no wiring harness, no fenders, no ECM

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3:00pm Core Support installed, wiring harness installed somewhat

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5:00pm Upper and lower fan shroud installed, Left inner fender test fit,

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7:00pm Left inner fender installed, accessories that attach to fender installed, ECM installed

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The other parts that you can't see: While Dominic was treating and painting the fenders and core support with Rustolium, I replaced the sway bar linkage that had broken.

Donor car... Hood is coming from this, fenders from a burgundy sedan

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And since some of you asked about Dominic's '57 parts car in the background

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Your project is coming along, I see. Very nice yellow and black '57, too.
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Wow ... sweet progress pics, Drew! Congrats!

And, thanks for the pics of the parts car, too ;).

Cort:34swm."Mr Monte Carlo.Mr Road Trip".pig valve&pacemaker

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"Time can't erase a feeling this strong" ... Mariah Carey ... 'Always Be My Baby'

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Test fitting the left front outter fender and finding out it doesn't fit. The core support appears to be bent slightly. We'll be hammering that out tomorrow.

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Right inner fender isn't on. We're test fitting the outer fender to see if we have the same problem on both sides. The right side doesn't fit perfectly... but it's just shim work.

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The inner fender is attached and all accessories are bolted down to it. The outer fender is fitted and lightly bolted down. We've marked the space where I need to drill out a hole for the radio antenna. Wagons have their antenna on the front right fender, sedans on the rear right.

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Though you can't see it because the shutter speed is too high. The LT-1 is actually running in this picture. She's been sitting for about 10 months without being started. She roared to life on the first turn of the key, the engine fan blowing out a huge cloud of dust.

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More tomorrow....

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Ahhh...progress pics!!!!

Awesome, Oldsmoboi ... lookin' forward to the next batch :).

Cort:34swm."Mr Monte Carlo.Mr Road Trip".pig valve&pacemaker

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"I'm feeling alive all over again" ... Lifehouse ... 'First Time'

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