: An old dog found his way home.

MrCadillac (Magnum)
08-11-10, 05:23 AM
I bought back the first car I was handed down, when I turned 16.

My dad bought the car around 1997, when a local gas station that sold cars, was selling the land. They auctioned off all of the cars, and my dad was the only one to bid on this 1983 DeVille. He just bid on it for fun, and ended up with it. Good thing it was a car he liked. We already had a 92 Deville at home. As the story goes, my mom and my sister thought he was nuts for buying an old mans car. My sister quickly named it "Llyod", since it reminded her of an old black guy with a cane... who's name was Llyod. That name stuck like glue, and my dad still fights it with "The Silver Bullet." I think he paid $4,000 for it, with around 50,000 miles on it. It came from Florida, clean as hell, and had a list of work done on it, that said this old guy liked his car. All 4 springs had been replaced.

He drove it until I was 16. Then it was mostly my car. Although to this day, I will still wake up to find he has taken my car to the store every now and then. I got another 89 Brougham, and parked this. Then went back, then parked it for an F-150... then back again Until I bought a 94 Fleetwood. I ended up giving it to my grandma when I was 18. It started leaking coolant out of the back of the engine bay, and we didn't want to do the work. It also was really showing it's Michigan Winter abuse by now. We felt it was his time to move on. So we gave him to a very good friend of mine when I was 19, in 2006.

He fixed the intake manifold, and drove it as his 2nd car for 2 years. He tried to sell it for awhile, with no luck. Then he traded it to his boss for a 92 Seville they had towed in. It needed a few small things, but the boss wanted a car that needed no money, so he could give it to his deadbeat daughter. I thought that was a lop sided trade. She drove it for a little bit, but compalined she couldn't drive that car. It was too big, too slow, and looked like crap... huh... what do you expect for free? So it was sold off to a guy named Todd.

This guy Todd had it up FS on CL, and I just happened to be browsing cheap cars to fix and make money on. I saw the add, and my spine tingled. I was pretty sure I knew that was Llyod. Before I even pulled into the driveway, I knew that was him. We ended up giving the guy $300 for it... which is less than it was worth in scrap.

So... he's back! I'd like to get him running again, and save him from the scrap yard one last time. Llyod is way to rough these days for me to keep, but I'd love to drive him again for awhile, maybe put him through one more winter, and then get rid of him. Or who knows, maybe my dad will keep him. I mean, we can insure it full coverage for less than $100 a year... since it is more than 25 years old.

Here is a small album of Llyod on his trip home. I wish I had some pf him in his prime.

MrCadillac (Magnum)
08-11-10, 05:24 AM
http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/th_DSC02837.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/?action=view&current=DSC02837.jpg) http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/th_DSC02838.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/?action=view&current=DSC02838.jpg) http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/th_DSC02839.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/?action=view&current=DSC02839.jpg) http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/th_DSC02840.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/?action=view&current=DSC02840.jpg) http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/th_DSC02900.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/?action=view&current=DSC02900.jpg) http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/th_DSC02901.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Llyod/?action=view&current=DSC02901.jpg)

08-11-10, 06:05 AM
Llyod (LLoyd?) looks kind of wounded....

sad really...

I get far too attached to inanimate objects (motor toys) far to easily as well...

good luck with it (him?)...

08-11-10, 06:46 AM
That's a nice story :) . I am happy for you and appreciate your passion to get it back your home :) :highfive:

08-11-10, 08:45 AM
if you really love this car...restore it :)

08-11-10, 09:06 AM
^ What he said. :)

08-11-10, 11:56 AM
This is really uplifting and depressing at the same time.

MrCadillac (Magnum)
08-11-10, 03:35 PM
if you really love this car...restore it :)

I don't love it that much! If I was going to do that, i'd go south for a rust free car with engine problems. Even just lower Ohio, Virgina, or Kentucky. The cars are MUCH cleaner. Rust is the enemy, and it's hard to control.

It is a rather depressing story. Things have not typically ended well for my cars. Although I still see my 89 Brougham around town still. I don't miss "Flyod". That car may have only had 70k on it, but it has a host of issues. One after another. That's why his name was "Flyod"... aka F*cked Up Llyod.

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Flyod/th_100_2120.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Flyod/?action=view&current=100_2120.jpg)

Llyod (LLoyd?) looks kind of wounded....

sad really...

I get far too attached to inanimate objects (motor toys) far to easily as well...

good luck with it (him?)...

I'm dyslexic, and I can't spell very well. I also get a little too hooked on to certain cars of mine. Others I disown like a red headed step child. Ahh, just like life.

These are the two cars that get my funds & attention these days. A pair of Dark Chery Metallic 95 Buick Roadmasters. I have a few more of them around as well. Still looking for more. Jesus runs low 14's in the 1/4 mile, a lot closer to stock than many would think. The Doctor runs it in mid 13's. Stock heads... Stock cam... no adder. The doctor is in the middle of a cam upgrade. I expect high 12's in the 1/4, and low 20's MPG on the freeway.


http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/DCM%20Buick/th_DSCF0010.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/DCM%20Buick/?action=view&current=DSCF0010.jpg) http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/DCM%20Buick/th_burnoutcrop15.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/DCM%20Buick/?action=view&current=burnoutcrop15.jpg) http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/DCM%20Buick/th_DSCd001.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/DCM%20Buick/?action=view&current=DSCd001.jpg)

And Dr. Buick.

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Dr%20Buick/th_Matt.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Dr%20Buick/?action=view&current=Matt.jpg) http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Dr%20Buick/th_DSCF0053.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Dr%20Buick/?action=view&current=DSCF0053.jpg) http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Dr%20Buick/th_DSCF0071.jpg (http://s113.photobucket.com/albums/n212/MrCadillac_Magnum/Dr%20Buick/?action=view&current=DSCF0071.jpg)

08-11-10, 03:35 PM
What is a Llyod?! It's not "another '89 Brougham" as alluded to. It appears to be a Sedan de Ville...

If it is an '80 or '81 with the 368, keep it and repair the damage. If it is a 4100 car, you can scrap the engine block to cover the cost of the other repairs. Remember, most people only get one chance to own their first car; you're about to burn your second chance.

Or you can part it out, to us, and buy yourself out of Cadillac completely.

08-11-10, 03:39 PM
I recognize "Dr. Buick" from the Impala SS forum....

MrCadillac (Magnum)
08-11-10, 03:47 PM
I'm going to give my first post a nice stamp of "FAIL". I never even mentioned what it was. 1983 Cadillac DeVille. 4100. It has around 110k on it now. It was still running strong before my friend traded it. I think I would leave the 4100 until it went. Then buy a 5.3 from a truck, and drop it in.

I'm ok with letting my first car go again. The years have not been nice to him. But I have really thought about keeping him around, if I can talk my dad into it. Maybe I will have to make a trade with my dad. One of my trucks, plus some money for one of his trucks and Llyod. Hell, he always takes that Green/Tan Ford of mine when he needs a truck... Choices, Choices...

I recognize "Dr. Buick" from the Impala SS forum....

Indeed. "Buffman"(Matt Hoffman) sold the car to me last summer. I'm doing my best to destroy it. One blown motor at a time.

08-11-10, 06:33 PM
Enjoy Lloyd while you've got him. I'd pay just about anything to get my first car back, as if it was even possible.

08-11-10, 07:11 PM
I'm dyslexic, and I can't spell very well.

hmmm....my wife and my son have the same problem, my problem is I'm a pedant for spelling....sorry 'bout that...

there are only a few cars & bikes I wish I could reconsider selling but the truth of the matter is I usually had to sell to make up the money for the next one...I'm sure that's often the case for many of us.

08-11-10, 07:35 PM
it does not look like it is worth keeping with the rust.

08-12-10, 05:27 PM
I am in a similar quandary with my '90, though mine is in better shape. Now the tranny is going. I could fix it up, and hey, maybe it will last another ten years before the frame cracks from the rust. Or, do I offload it on somebody and put the the money into my rust-free '89? Or, sell them both and get a clean '90-'92. The '90 is what I consider my "first FWB". My first car was an '89 SDV, and I would trade that for a FWB any day. At any rate, the black-on-black is rare for '90, and I have an emotional attachment to it.