1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon for sale

Sold as of January 2, 2017

This car has served me quite well for years working in tandem with my heavy duty pickup truck to do the things I need. The Buick was great for hauling various loads including full 4×8 sheet goods – plywood, drywall, whatever. The truck handled that stuff better but wasn’t nearly as comfortable. Sadly my truck died and I decided to replace it with a Chevy Tahoe that also takes the place of this car. Continue reading “1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon for sale”

New Vehicle time

I used my pickup truck several times on the interstate recently. The vibration I’ve noticed before got worse. I checked the U-joints and they were sound. That meant the problem was elsewhere. Looking at the bottom side of the truck I decided to trade it in.

I found a 2009 Chevy Tahoe LTZ with a lot of great features used at a dealer in Kingsport. It had been there quite a while and the price was down already. When I called about it the price dropped again. Continue reading “New Vehicle time”

I don’t think that’s gonna hold air.

Crawling around under my 1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate I discovered one of the air bags I have connected to the self leveling suspension has blown out. Since it was in the direction facing the nearest part of the exhaust I assume it was heat related. Ironically when I tried to reposition the heat shield some it broke off and I had to replace the shield and the air bag. Luckily I had bought a new set and installed it when I last worked on the suspension. The old set was still on my shelf since I didn’t see any problems with it.

Picture of an automotive air bag inside a coil spring. Air bag has blowout hole.
Most likely the heat shields weren’t enough to keep the exhaust heat from melting this while I sat idling. Note to self; don’t sit idling.

Sensuous Steel show at the Frist Center in Nashville, TN

Nat and I took a drive out to the Frist Center in Nashville. They had a fabulous show called Sensuous Steel that is a collection of Art Deco cars. It was explained to us that this was going to be a once in a lifetime show. These cars were pulled together from a number of private collections and owners of one of a kind cars. The show ended September 15th.  I wish I had been more organized in photographing these. Nat and I showed up mid-week on a rainy day so we nearly had the place to ourselves.

Sleek sexy cars
This was the view that greets you when you enter the Sensuous Steel show.
Nat would like this beautiful car but in black like its hardtop twin.
Nat would like this beautiful car but in black like its hardtop twin.
They just don't make 'em like this anymore.
They just don’t make ’em like this anymore.

I really should have gone back through the show and taken pictures of the placards for each of the cars.

Does this car's butt look big?
Does this car’s butt look big?
Interesting suspension. Looks cool but note that positive camber. Not very effective.
Interesting suspension. Looks cool but note that positive camber. Not very effective.
Beautiful cool lines. Check out those headlights!
Beautiful cool lines. Check out those headlights!
Beautifully restored to really bring out the sleek lines.
Beautifully restored to really bring out the sleek lines.
Beautifully restored to really bring out the sleek lines.
Beautifully restored to really bring out the sleek lines.
These running boards look more like you could bolt wings on and fly.
These running boards look more like you could bolt wings on and fly.
Ah. One I recognize. This one's an Edsel.
Ah. One I recognize. This one’s an Edsel.
Edsel Ford had some aircraft mechanics building this one away from Henry's view.
Edsel Ford had some aircraft mechanics building this one away from Henry’s view.
Still sexy after all these years.
Still sexy after all these years.
Wow. That just can't be very comfortable.
Wow. That just can’t be very comfortable.
That's one interesting looking bike.
That’s one interesting looking bike.
Four cylinders of fun.
Four cylinders of fun.
I think from directly behind this you might think aliens are landing.
I think from directly behind this you might think aliens are landing.
It looks like it's nicely instrumented. Uh. Where are the rear view mirrors??
It looks like it’s nicely instrumented. Uh. Where are the rear view mirrors??

 

Room in the garage

garage with room for two cars
We FINALLY made some room

Nat and I finally got the upstairs garage more under control. We’ve stashed and stacked stuff and now can easily fit two cars in the garage.

 

One of the things we wanted to do was get the T-Bird out so we can drive it some. Bob wanted to see inside the “trunk” which is really just a storage space for the top and very little else.

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Clip on Camaro

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Aligning the front clip as it's lowered
Aligning the front clip as it’s lowered

I got some surprise help from a neighbor while my father in law was also around. With all the help we dropped the front clip back on the Camaro. I’d been finished for a few weeks and just waiting for some help at this.

The car is finished and we drove it yesterday. Next I need to try to figure out what’s up with the carb. It just doesn’t feel right. There are several rattles still present from the exhaust being too close to the frame and possibly from the jack in the trunk. My goal is to make it quiet and solid.