i ran into a dilemma last week. i friend told me about a collections of car/trucks being sold and he had a few 1950's Buicks. i have wanted to find a nail head to use in my 1931 Buick coupe and thought this would be a way to get one and maybe, either sell ,part the rest of it out, or build a custom car with a small block. heres the scene: dirt floor barn, kinda dark but i had a flash light cars are down the far end. first car i come to, after weaving by an assortments of mack trucks, Autocars, ambulances, rescue trucks, and other interesting old trucks needing restoration , was a '57 roadmaster. 2dr hard top. car had a scrape on the passenger front fender, the back bumper on the driver side was pushed in enough to crack the tail light trim. the rest of the body was in amazing shape. i did not see any rust holes. open the hood and the motor is rusty, hoses are off and i could not turn the engine by hand. interior was a mess and someone had started to remove the dash board and all the little pieces were piled in the back, where the back seat bottom cushion should have been. ps, pb, automatic, with factory radio and power windows. second car a '54 century , did not have a ding or dent, interior could have been cleaned up and despite a few rips could be nice. no rot that i could find although the white roof had surface rust showing through. trim and chrome looked good. the "small" early motor looked complete but i could not turn it, flat tires, soft brakes etc....ps, pb, automatic........but it's a four door. third car, referred to as "a parts car" '58 century road master 2dr hard top. the motor looked complete but would not turn, chrome and trim [and there is a lot of it] looked good interior ok and the dash was complete, all the power options......... body was a mess, rot spots with ugly patches, broken windows but the car was complete. the deal: he would rather scrap them than sell them cheap and refused any price less than what he wanted. prices were higher than i wanted to pay and i know the guy who is doing the clean out....... they would be scrapped. which one do you save? decent 4 door '54 with the early nail head? gorgeous '57 with the bad interior and disassembled dash and engine? or the rare optioned '58 with the patched up body?