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PostSubject: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:56 pm

1979 Buick Electra Limited Coupe - Just over 50K original miles! Chestnut Brown over tan pillowed cloth seats. Have tons of service records. Original California car, spent three years in New Jersey, and been kept here in Round Rock Texas since 2006.

Runs and drives great...VERY SMOOTH CAR. Car is loaded with all options and everything works fine. Power seats, windows, locks, cruise control, tilt, factory Delco cassette stereo still in place along with stock speakers. Dash never cut or modified. Even has the factory 4-note "tugboat" horn.

Recent work includes new a/c compressor and retrofit to 134A in 2011 that blows ice cubes. New cat-back dual exhaust, standard mufflers with chrome tips...still quiet but nice burble behind the car. Has factory chrome Buick "Road Wheels". This car has the big 6.6 Litre 403 V8, the largest engine offered in 1979, and the stout Turbo 400 transmission. Lots of power, but has never been abused. All belts, hoses, and normal maintenance work done.

As for needs, the paint is older...looks great from 5-feet but you can nit-pick it up close, and the same goes for the landau top, which is not torn and still has gloss but is older. Needs rear plastic bumper fillers (Replica Plastics has them in stock) Underside is totally rust-free and body is nearly perfect but has 2-3 little bubbles starting under the landau roof metal ouitline trim. Lastly it has a scratch on the top side of the front bumper. That's it. Car is very VERY nice....I'm just very very picky!

Glad to answer any questions and show the car. Car gets comments and thumbs-up wherever I drive it. This is an AWESOME road car, just set the a/c, set the cruise, and let it float you down the road. I personally have driven this car from California to New Jersey and back to Texas. Most comfortable trip car I've ever driven. Drive anywhere!

Priced lowered to $3500...firm.

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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:29 pm

Damn. If I only had the cash.

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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:37 pm

Put some 26s on that MF and you will get big money for it!Seriously I think 3500 is way too low
for a 50000 mile original buick!If I had 3500 I would definitely buy it for resale!
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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:15 pm

I'll post it on the Cadillac forum, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:47 am

Ben bought it in 2004 off Ebay, and payed me to go get it for him. I flew out and picked it up and ended up driving it from LA to Austin, then after a few months of resto work from sitting unused all those years in Barstow, where it had been all it's life, I drove it on up to NJ for him and met him at Spring Carlisle....good trip!

It was in New Jersey a short time, and he lost his storage and did not want it outside up there. At the time he was planning to move to Austin, so he asked if he could store it at my house for a year or so...well that was in 2006..ahaha.

I've used it as a spare car and car-show toy over the years. Ben comes down about once a year to ride motorcycles in the Texas hill country and up in Arkansas, and while he's here, when he's not on the bike, he's driven the Buick.

He bought a condo with a one-car garage this past year and is basically "dug in" there in New Jersey, so he does not see a time when he'll ever be able to reclaim the car. His 2006 GTO (with under 10K miles still) lives in the garage up there, and he'll never sell that one.

SO he asked me to sell the brown-bomber. I'll hate to see it go after all these years. It "feels" like my car, I've by-far driven it the most, but with it going I now have room for the K5 Blazer that I bought last year and still need to pick up.

Projects! $3500 is a steal for this car. Hope someone nabs it....and DOES NOT put 26-inch wheels on it and a stupid stereo in it. It's bone stock and beautiful as-is!

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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:15 am

Here's the full story and pics!

Let me start off by saying these are OLD road trip pics, from Feb 2004. I can't believe this trip was that far back, but it was. Also, the dates showing on the pics were wrong. I was new to digital cameras back then and the date wasn't set. The pics are pretty small too, but I found them again last night and thought ya'll might like to see them.

That said, after posting my latest road trip adventure to get my '92 Custom Cruiser from North Carolina, I mentioned the 2004 trip to get the '79 Electra from Los Angeles California. I also brought my Dad along for this adventure. I was much thinner then!

SO here's a quick back-story. My good friend Ben in New Jersey drove a pale yellow '79 Electra Limited Coupe in high school. We called it the "Mellow Yellow". It was beat up, had New Jersey rust on it, and had a Buick 350 in it that tended to knock. Still he drove it for two years, we turned a lot of wrenches on it, and it had good memories. He sold it during his freshman year at college to buy a...ahem..new 91 Cavalier sedan....

So fast-forward to 2004 and Ben is looking on Ebay and spots a brown '79 Electra Limited with only 43K miles on it in California. Car looks great, and other than being brown instead of yellow, it's a twin of the Mellow Yellow, only in like-new shape, and as a bonus it had the Olds 403 in it, not the Buick 350.

Keep in mind Ben lives in New Jersey, but on a whim he bids on it. The price is really low. Well he wakes up the next day and he's shocked to see he won the car! Holy Cow.

So he calls me in a bit of a panic. He's in a new job and can't take time off, and is worried about shipping it across the country. I'm woking at Dell then, but still have all my car-shop connections. After speaking to the seller and me, Ben asks if I will go get the car, bring it back to Texas, fix any issues, and then deliver it to New Jersey. He'll pay the airfare, lodging and gas. All I have to do is drive.

Well I love a road trip, and asked my Dad along. It's Feb, and we're a little worried about weather, but we get on the plane and fly to LA.

The seller is a young guy, and he pics us up at the airport in the Buick. It's gorgeous. He tells me he inherited it from a family member in Barstow, so it came from the high desert. It sat in a garage for years. He's had the gas tank boiled out, done a full tune-up and put on new Michelin tires. Other than that, it's original.

For issues, the paint on the hood, roof and trunk is "checked", like GM paint of that era tended to do. It's not bad, looks perfect from a few feet back, but is a bit dull up close. Sides are fine, chrome is gorgeous. Nice car.

The seller takes us back to his apartment, which is right in downtown LA. Here we are just after exchanging paperwork:


The car runs super and the weather is great in LA. Dad and I decide to go see a bit of LA before getting on the highway east. First we drive across town and to the beach. Here we are with the Santa Monica pier in the background. We've had the car less than an hour:


Then we drive to Hollywood and get a pic in front of of the Chinese theater:


We next go to Pinks hot dogs, sorry no pic from there, but a GOOD dog if you are in LA, and we spend the rest of the afternoon trying to get OUT of LA. Max speed 40mph in solid traffic. Amazing.

We finally reach the outskirts of LA at dusk, and begin driving up and up and up out of the valley and into the high desert. The higher we go, the cooler it gets, and we find the first issue with the car...no heat. All we get is frigid air blowing on the floor. OK then.
We stop for the night in Barstow...the Buick has found it's hometown, and get a hotel.
The next day we get up early and head for Las Vegas. We're planning to spend the night there and then head to the Grand Canyon the next day. Still no heat in the car that morning, but the sun is out and it warms up quickly, and happily the car is running like a watch and rides SMOOTH.

We stop off in the desert and get some pics of the Buick to send to Ben, who is nervous as hell about this entire ordeal. It's really sharp!






We keep heading east, and just over a rise I spot a car-hauler FULL of brand-new 2004 GTO's. These are the first new GTO's I've seen in person, they had JUST come out, and as a Pontiac nut, I was really excited.






As we get closer to the Nevada border, we spot an abandoned water park on the other side of the road. Overgrown water slides and rides can be seen in the distance. There is NOTHING, I mean NOTHING out there other than that highway. I'm sure that park was designed to get LA-to-Vegas travelers, but where in the world did they get water for it? I can guess why it went belly-up!


We get to Vegas around lunchtime and decide to go tour the Hoover Dam. Dad and I have never been there.



The tour is great, and the dam is really impressive. I'm on a diet and Dad makes me point at my Slim Fast to show my wife that I'm "being good". The dam behind me.

After the tour we walk out on the dam, the view down into Black Canyon is amazing. If you've never been there, you just can't imagine how tall this thing is.

Dad is leaning over the other side of the dam, looking down at Lake Mead. He says "HEY COMEHERE" and then spits a big loogy off the dam. "Watch how long that takes to hit the water!" My Dad, the retired AT&T executive, is showing his inner Arkansas.. Goofy! I hope no other tourists saw my Dad spitting off the dam.
We head back to Vegas and pull over on a residential street that has a great view of Lake Mead behind it.


Then head to our hotel in Vegas, unpack, and hit the town.

Dad is astounded by the overhead light show on the strip. Here they were blasting The Who music.

We drive by the fountains at the Bilagio

We had dinner at the Harley Davidson cafe and then put the Buick in the parking garage for the night.


The next morning I decide the thermostat on thecar must be stuck open, which is why we have no heat. The seller was nice enough to give us a box of spare parts in the trunk, and in it is a new thermostat...a no-name brand, but new. I proceed to pull out my tools and install the thermostat in the hotel parking lot. Dad takes my pic while we wait for hotel security to come see what these goofy folks in the old car are doing.


I get the thermostat in the car, top off the coolant, and we say goodbye to Vegas with the plan to see the Grand Canyon. We drive across town, over the Hoover Dam, and into Arizona. The day is sunny and cool, the car is running fine, and we find out the stock Delco cassette still works fine, and sing along to Dad's Jerry Jeff Walker "Viva Terlingua" tape. Nothing like singing "Up Against the Aall Redneck Mother" in the middle of a desert.
We've been driving for a little over an hour, and there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING out there. The desert landscape is gorgeous but desolate and the highway is a 2-lane with hardly any traffic. I'm pushing the Buick at about 80mph, feels like 50, and Dad and I are talking and singing and having a good time. Suddenly I notice smoke in the rear-view mirror. The car has no gauges, only idiot lights, and none are on, but there is smoke pouring out of the car. Dad turns white...we round a corner and all the sudden we're in a tiny town. Welcome to Chloride Arizona the sign says.
I pull off into a gas station and pop the hood. Coolant is coming out of the overflow and the upper radiator hose is rock hard. My new thermostat is stuck. Nice. We let the car cool down and then I take the upper hose off and proceed to throw the thermostat as far into the desert as I can...
I then use the last of my coolant from the trunk, and go inside the gas station to ask if I can get some water. "Ten Bucks" the guy behind the counter says. $10, for water?? Yep! I pay the guy $10 and he lets me use his water hose to top off the radiator. Dad snaps this pic as I'm finishing up.

So we wasted two hours in the gorgeous metropolis of Chloride, and now it's too late to make the Grand Canyon detour. We need to be in New Mexico by that night, so we miss the canyon. I'm still upset about it today.
We head east, and slowly the desert turns greener as we head into the mountains of northern Arizona. Gorgeous views but the sky is grey, temps are dropping, and we have no heat.

That night we cross over into New Mexico, get in a motel, and sack out. We wake up to this:

Happily the car starts right up, but we still have no heat, so we put on layers and settle in. Some smaller roads are closed but the highway is open. Snow and ice are blowing...what a trip!



Thankfully we get ahead of the weather as we cross into Texas. We still have HOURS to go, but it feels like we're home. We lived in Amarillo back in 1978 and have not been back since. I was only 4 when we moved away, but Dad wants to see out old home. We find it easily

At the end of the street is a park, and there is a "monster" jungle gym that Dad says scared me to death as a kid. It's stll there, now 26 years later, and he says it looks just the same. He makes me get on it. Ha!

We leave the old neighborhood and go have dinner at The Big Texan Steak House. We do not try to eat the 72oz steak, but what we have is awesome.


We sack out in Amarillo at a little motel, and then head home to Austin the next morning. Car running great,cruise control locked on 75mph, and finally warm weather again:

We pass the wind generators between Lubbock and Abilene

We get home that night, and other than our issues in Chloride Arizona, and the lack of heat (turns out to be a stuck heater valve), the Electra ran like a watch the entire trip!

That spring I drove the car to New Jersey. Ben loved it, but it only lived in New Jersey for two years. He lost his storage and the car was put outside. He called me in 2006 and asked if I would come get the car. At the time, he was planning to move to Austin, and I was supposed to only have the car for a year or so. Well he never moved here, and it's 2012 now, the car is still under my carport, now with 50K miles on it.

It's still pretty. I keep it exercised, and Ben uses it when he comes down for hill country motorcycle vacations. I've had the windows tinted, turned the white-walls out, and installed dual exhaust on it. Other than that, it's still stock. Neat car!





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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:49 pm

No heat cold weather road tripping sucks. Big time. The first time I did it was bad. The second almost killed me. Not kidding. Ask J Lac. Also made me so mad at a car I parted it out.

Super clean two into one into two dual install. Saving that one for the Cadillac boys, too!
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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:58 pm

SOLD! Knew it would go fast, and happy to say my friend Rich up in Fredericksburg bought it. It will be inside his shop safe and dry next to my '96 Roadmaster wagon. Somewhat of a homecoming....they did always look good together!!



I'm happy. I had that Buick almost 9 years and was terrified it would become a ghetto car. Rich will keep the way it's supposed to be, STOCK! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:55 pm

Did you contact him or did he just see it for sale?
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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:58 pm

Flasheroo wrote:
Did you contact him or did he just see it for sale?

I reached out to him. He'd seen it before and always liked it.
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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:44 am

Buy low and sell dear, it's the American way. Rich's wife does not like the '79 Electra, much like Misty didn't like it, so Rich put it on the showroom floor.

http://www.streetdreamstexas.com/hireshow.php?command=showimage&pk=FBG-85
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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:26 pm

OOOOOHHHHH! Shiiiiiinnnyyyy! Cool

But I still don't like the color. Funny how the women folk always get their way??
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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:23 pm

Funny mike... there was a topic on the BADASS forum about your holy grail car..

I posted up this link..

http://www.streetdreamstexas.com/hireshow.php?command=showimage&pk=69-2325

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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:39 pm

Yep I LOVE going to his business and drooling.

Rich was honest with me, he told me his wife hates the car (so did my wife Misty), but he loves it, so to make her happy he put it in the showroom, but at a nosebleed price. If he gets it, he’s going to send Ben and me a commission. If not, well he did what she asked and he can still play with the car whenever he wants.

At that price it’s doubtful it’ll sell, but it’s safe inside the showroom and surrounded by all the other classics. Smile

I do love that 442 you referenced, but despite the fact it's not the most sought after, my favorite year for those is 1972. I love the larger grills and eggcrate tail lights on the '72 models.

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PostSubject: Re: Ok Ben wants the '79 Electra sold. Here ya go!   Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:22 pm

scoffman wrote:
OOOOOHHHHH! Shiiiiiinnnyyyy! Cool

But I still don't like the color...

Funny, cuz I LOVE the color! I love you
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