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    Cool Daniel probably bought a basket case!

    Original craigslist ad:


    Price is right! When I showed up to look at the car, the guy said he would take $200. Even better!

    The transmission was mostly dry from a leak, so my brother and I dragged it back to my house.

    Upon arrival: (As always, click for a larger image)






    Preliminary analysis: rough but serviceable.

    I dug in to it a little more this morning.
    THE GOOD
    -Engine runs well
    -Nearly new tires
    -Tie rod ends recently replaced
    -Front brakes in excellent condition
    -Suspension feels tight, not in need of attention
    -Third seat
    -3.3
    -Four speed
    -Air conditioning works well
    -Local car, little to no rust

    THE BAD
    -Car has been sitting for some time, so it needs fresh gas and oil
    -CTSY fuse keeps popping, even a 30 amp, so I don't have radio, interior lights or horn
    -Rear brakes are in need of attention
    --Left rear is adjusted far too tightly, and broken to boot. The "W" retainer spring fell apart when I pulled the drum
    -Ball joints appear to be original
    -Steering is quite heavy, despite a full PS reservoir
    -Driver's seat and armrest console are a mess
    -Driver's door is a disaster: doesn't close properly, outside handle is broken, the upper hinge has been torn off the door and will need to be welded or the door replaced entirely, door panel was in the back of the car
    -Driver's window held up by a plank of wood
    -Passenger window motor dead, window stuck 3/4 up
    -Shift indicator not lined up at all, stuck on 1
    -Little bit of cosmetic impact damage over RR wheel, left side of tailgate
    -Needs new struts for tailgate glass and hatch

    THE UGLY
    -Transmission leak is coming from between the engine and bellhousing, which is probably either the torque converter seal or input shaft seal.
    -Transmission seems to be toasted regardless

    The leak:


    Dirty 3300.


    Quarter panel:


    Tailgate:


    Some kind of antenna?


    Local car.


    Custom badges.


    Full gauge cluster.


    Torn hinge:



    SPID:


    Little storage cubby on driver's side. I wonder if there's anything in there.


    RED ALERT RED ALERT ALL HANDS TO BATTLE STATIONS ENEMY SIGHTED



    After putting three quarts of fluid into the transmission, it started working. I drove it around the block, and found that it's basically on its last legs. I'm gonna dump in some stop leak, because at this point it can't hurt. If it works, great. If not, oh well, time for a transmission.
    Daniel
    Kaiser George IX: 1996 Buick Century Special wagon. 214-SFI. 194k miles. Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down. First documented LX9 swap in an A-body! Click here to read my build thread!
    Goldilocks: 1992 Buick Century Special sedan. 204-MFI. 116k miles. Will be mom's car soon.
    Susana: 1993 Buick Century Custom wagon. 204-MFI. 121k miles. Garage ornament. Waiting for... some fun!



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    Default But.........

    But it was worth it because you got a RWD A-body So rare, you might be the only one on this site with one.

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    LOL at the FRAM comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SegaGT View Post
    But it was worth it because you got a RWD A-body So rare, you might be the only one on this site with one.
    RWD A-body? Is that a mistake or did the PO convert this wagon to RWD?
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    Amazing how much wear some people can do to a car that is low mileage (at least for its age).
    Jerry

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    hi

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    Now my friend that's a fleet of Buick !!!

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    After a discussion with my wife and MIL (who fronted the $200 to buy the wagon) it has been decided that an effort will be made to make the wagon into a decent car, mostly based on the fact that the air conditioning went out on the yellow sedan a couple days ago. So the driver's door will be swapped from the yellow sedan to the woody wagon, stop leak will be dumped into the transmission, and if it doesn't help, the trans from the yellow sedan will be swapped into the woody wagon. The front seats from the white wagon will also be swapped into the woody, since they're in decent shape.

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    Love the fleet photograph!! It certainly screams "Buick aficionado"

    I thought the '92 and '96 were in good shape?

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    Both the '92 and '96 run and drive, but as I said, the AC is out on both of them, and I have some legal issues preventing me from driving the '96. The '92 also desperately needs front hubs. I could swap them from the '93, but I would still be left with a car without AC in one of the hottest areas in the country (Las Vegas).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke George V View Post
    hi
    Now I know how rich people live!

    I hope you find a coin in the lighter...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SegaGT View Post
    Now I know how rich people live!

    I hope you find a coin in the lighter...
    A coin in the lighter.............LMAO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip View Post
    A coin in the lighter.............LMAO
    Well... for the CTSY fuse issue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke George V View Post
    hi
    I have two, and it was strange. But, THREE that really makes you check your vision!

    Ken T.

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    I had momentary plans of swapping the front hubs from the gold wagon to the yellow sedan, but then this happened. I don't want to take any chances of anything breaking and leaving me stranded, so the yellow sedan is parked. The white wagon will be pressed back into service, and when money comes in again, the gold wagon will be properly registered, the door will be swapped from the yellow sedan, and at a later date so will the transmission.

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