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We are an ALL Buick family now...

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Remember that '62 Buick Special I mentioned? Yup, she's now my daily driver. :spin:

The Mercedes sold last Thursday, Saturday morning I picked this little Buick sedan.

It has the 198 cu. in. iron-block V6. This GM "intermediate" is almost as much fun

as my '68 Camaro was.

The true-dual exhausts, oversized carburator & recent rebuild make it quicker than

I expected, this thing is quite the little rat-rod. It only cost me half of what I sold

the Mercedes for. Not bad at all for a rock-solid, rust free 46 year old GM classic.

So now all THREE of our cars are GM again as well as all tri-shields.

- 1959 Buick LeSabre 2dr sedan

- 1962 Buick Special 4dr sedan

- 1992 Buick Roadmaster sedan

Mean time, soon as I have the money (it's a long story) I'll be dropping a cheap

401 Nailhead in the B-59 to replace the 364 that I blew the head gasket on. :(

More photos later...

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mmm....

Damn 68, Where do you find these awesome cars? I still think the best one you had (not counting the B-59) was the Bicentennial LeSabre :wub:

How'd you blow a headgasket on the B-59??

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Cool... you find some amazing cars... I can't remember the last time I've ever seen one of those. Speaking of vintage Buicks, someone at my company has a derelict '64 Skylark 2dr sedan w/ classic plates.. I will have to take a pic of it one day..

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Wow..it has a B-pillar and unibody construction...what next, a Buick with FWD? J/K ;)

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Holy cow, 68 ... that is AWESOME.

CONGRATULATIONS on your new daily driver....

I echo the "where the heck do you find these cool cars" sentiment ;).

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Congrats on the new toy, uh I mean daily driver.

I have often thought of doing an "older" car as a daily driver, but often worry about reliability.

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Yikes, that is a crazy little car, man. Clean, simple design. A little bit sinister. Cool!
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I have often thought of doing an "older" car as a daily driver, but often worry about reliability.

It's far more reliable than you might think. Plus, if you do break down, simple mechanic skills would fix most problems. Old engines aren't as complex as today's engines are. You just gotta remember two main things, really: plugs and points.

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It's far more reliable than you might think. Plus, if you do break down, simple mechanic skills would fix most problems. Old engines aren't as complex as today's engines are. You just gotta remember two main things, really: plugs and points.

The reliability issue is one reason I wouldn't want to drive an oldie very often. The other reasons for me are the lack of modern brakes, lack of modern safety features, and lack of modern creature comforts (i.e. giant steering wheels w/ a skinny, hard rim and no tilt, uncomfortable vinyl seats, am radio, no cupholders, no a/c, etc are a turn off).

For a daily driver, less than 10 years old/100k miles is my threshold.

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Dude, did you drive by South Campus yesterday? If so I think I saw it on my way out of class.

Looks sweet, congrats.

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I got to check that thing out today, it is one awesome V6 beast....it's very quick. I too would like to know how he finds these amazing cars, but he always says you just gotta look around. :P

The black is primer BTW...the car is extremely solid with almost, or none at all) rust on the body.

It does have a modern stereo, so that counts...and GPS too!

As for the B-59, not to spoil the "fun" for Sixty8 but since he's not on that much I'll give you guys the short version. The head gasket blew, probably from overheating, but what was worse is that the engine caught fire. Luckily he had a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, so the body is fine, but the engine's gone.

Hope you don't mind me spilling the beans Sixty8

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Yeah, the poor 364 needs so much at this point I think I'll throw it in the barn and

worry about it later, it's cheaper to buy a replacement nailhead and drop it in...

XP715 already got me an email address to a girl who has a rotted to death 1962

Buick Wildcat with a good 401. That's what will happen this spring I think.

It's far more reliable than you might think. Plus, if you do break down, simple mechanic skills would fix most problems. Old engines aren't as complex as today's engines are. You just gotta remember two main things, really: plugs and points.

Eeeeeee-xactly!

I already had a "Mad Max" '68 Camaro w/ 180,000+ miles as a daily driver for four

summers, so a '62 Buick with only 73,000 original miles is nothin'. The previous

owner was awsome to this car, 90% of the braking system is brand new as is the

suspension and much of the motor has been rebuilt/modified for performance and

or practicality. I LOVE fixing up older cars, I've already fixed about 20 "problems"

that the car came with. So far I've spent $6.50 at NAPA for a break light switch,

$3.80 at the hardware store for some 18-gauge wire and the rest involved just

spending some time cleaning electrical contacts, tightening down bolts and

very-basic maintenance.

BTW: It's flat black, which I think suits the car very well... as O.B. said. :D

Moltar:

The reliability issue is one reason I wouldn't want to drive an oldie very often. The other reasons for me are the lack of modern brakes, lack of modern safety features, and lack of modern creature comforts (i.e. giant steering wheels w/ a skinny, hard rim and no tilt, uncomfortable vinyl seats, am radio, no cupholders, no a/c, etc are a turn off).

Let's see...

AM radio --- this car had a modern CD installed

Safety --- It's got seatbelts, that's all I need

Brakes --- stops great actually, well maintained 4-wheel drums stop great, esp. on a car this light

Reliability --- preventative maintenance & repairs are a fraction of a modern economy car

Vinyl seats --- reupholstery is cheap & simple, it has cloth seats but I think I'll be getting seat covers

Cup holders --- $3.99 at autozone

....oh, and AC is for girly-girls :P

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Sweet Buick, there used to be one in mint condition for sale 2 blocks away from me FOR YEARS, I havent seen it in quite some time though. I hope it found a good home. Congrats on yet another car you lucky bastard :P

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Thanks guys. I am having SO much fun driving this thing around, I've already driven it over 1000 miles.

It's dead reliable and the little things that DO need fixin' or attention are so simple a monkey could do it.

This thing requires nothing but the basic tools... a flathead & phillips screwdriver, pliers, wire crimping &

stripping tool, a few standard wrenches & sand paper are all I've used to address all the "imperfections".

DF:

Whatchu talking about Willis? This thing puts out mad heat. Of all my recent vehicles only the 1992 Buick

Roadmaster puts out better heat, as well it shoud with its 5.7 liter V8. An added bonus to this car is that

the previous owner put a lot of love, care & craftsmanship into the car, like many of the custom, one-off

or modified parts like the custom be-cool style radiator & H20 temp/oil pressure gauges.

Not sure if I mentioned this but this car is yet ANOTHER case of a cosmic coincidence for me. AS it turns

out the kid who owned this before the owner that I bought it from is the EXACT same crazy guy who I

bought my 455-powered bicentenial LeSabre hardtop off of. The same car that is now chillin' in FlyBrian's

driveway. I even still have the title from that guy to prove it. Small world.

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Nice little ride. So what kind of V6 is in there?

Buick V6 (3.8L?) Ancestor to the 3800 in your Bonneville I believe...

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It's been fun, it's been real but unfortunately the '62 Special's time with me was short. (and sweet)

To all you who care, the car's in good hands. It will be getting a mild restification, possibly as early

as in the next few weeks. The new owner is a true car guy, he's into old school RWD/pushrod stuff

and his plans for the 198-powered baby-Special are to make a nice summer driver out of it.

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Was such a quick turn-around part of the plan??? What's the story with that, if you care to tell?

Well, to save you some time, I'm going to answer my own questions: click here if you want to know why.

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Nice little ride. So what kind of V6 is in there?

Not a 3800 but its great-great grandfather.

iron block 198 cubic inch (3.2 liter) Fireball V6 (based on the aluminum 215 V8)

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