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What to do about a 61 Buick special wagon

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Drew5x2, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Drew5x2
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  2. Drew5x2
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    So I can't believe how well this thing runs. I've been cruising it up and down the end of our road to my brothers house (1/8 mile away) and even the transmission shifts nicely. Last night I went out to see if it it would start in 27 degree whether. I assumed it wouldn't start... But I was wrong! I'm really excited to start working on this car


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  3. Flat-Foot
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    Man that's awesome! I'm really glad its running good.There is a yahoo group called skylark616263 that specializes in the y body buicks. You can get a lot of good info from them.
     
  4. oldwood
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    Patients and persistence pays off. I drive a '60 and '61 Plymouth and a lot of guys turn there noses up at me. I have 3 wagons and always up for more. Good luck!!!
     
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  6. Drew5x2
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    Got a Mexican blanket for my seat. I also dropped the car off at the hometown glass shop and they are gonna cut me a window!


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  8. Good for you...........now buy Rocky a beer.
     
  9. Drew5x2
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1391033849.921284.jpg better shot of the glass.


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  10. motorgod7
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    Drew, this is awesome that your fixing the old girl. When it comes to engines and such for your car, the lil V6 and 300 V8's are your best bet. For a 225 to be put in there, they obviously changed the tranny too. I have a 62 with a 300 V8 and a th300 (?). All it took was a LH 215 exhaust maniford, some floor surgery, and a modified tranny crossmember. I would think a 198 RH exhaust manifold wouldn't be to hard to find. If you change brands of engines, watch for oil pan issues with that steering linkage. A while ago there was a guy on EBAY selling front disc. brake conversions for these cars. Good luck, and enjoy.
     
  11. 1959Nomad
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    heck of a good price. looks good
     
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    Not much to update, I got some used tires so I could put the stock wheels back on it. So it looks better


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  14. Drew5x2
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    Also started to scrub the paint with some CLR to clean up the orange haze


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  15. 1959Nomad
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    looks like the clean up of the paint will do a lot to improve the appearance without much cost.
     
  16. Good to see ya working on it. They are cool little wagons
     
  17. Drew5x2
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    wow sorry its been forever and this will probably go unnoticed, but I have worked on it a little more. I lowered the car a little. I cut 2 coils off the front and 1 off the rear. looks way better. At least now the car is pointed downhill instead of squatting in the rear
     
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    I have also removed the purple tint on the window (which was a joy) but it least it came off in pieces unlike The rest of the tint which is coming off in tiny flakes so I gave up on it for now.
     
  21. Looks much better a little lower. keep on it
     
  22. OahuEli
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    Yup!
     
  23. Drew5x2
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    Well its been Since June since I posted anything.... So I doubt anyone cares anymore but I just thought I'd tell the rest of the Story. The little wagon is gone. I liked it but not as much as I like my newest endeavor....
     
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    SO... I traded my wagon for a 1954 COE, I've wanted one for a while and found this one for sale in Iowa, after talking to the guy he was interested in my Wagon so we made a deal and I delivered the wagon and drug this bad boy home. I'm pretty excited.
     
  26. low budget
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    Thats cool but I did think of you recently and save pics of these cousins of your wagon.
     

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  27. low budget
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    ........gonna hafta post on the coe pic thread now,
    Congrats! That has a ton of potential.
     
  28. Drew5x2
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    Low Budget, thanks for posting those pics for me. that black one is sweet. I was a little sad when I finally dropped it off but only for a mile or two ha ha.
     

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