: Flip This 1994 Roadmaster: Winding Road Magazine



ted tcb
10-06-10, 01:51 PM
I don't know if any of you read Winding Road on the internet, but its quite fun.

My favourite feature is where they purchase a beater, put some repairs into her, then sell it for a small profit.
The first car in the feature was an older Taurus SHO.

This month, they have purchased a 1994 Buick Roadmaster with the LT-1 motor.

Here is the link to follow:

http://www.windingroad.com/articles/blogs/flip-this-car-1994-buick-roadmaster/?src=Nextscreen

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n243/tedtcb/main__________________________________________jpg_ 677x1000_q100.jpg

drewsdeville
10-06-10, 03:40 PM
I don't know if any of you read Winding Road on the internet, but its quite fun.

My favourite feature is where they purchase a beater, put some repairs into her, then sell it for a small profit.
The first car in the feature was an older Taurus SHO.

This month, they have purchased a 1994 Buick Roadmaster with the LT-1 motor.

Here is the link to follow:

http://www.windingroad.com/articles/blogs/flip-this-car-1994-buick-roadmaster/?src=Nextscreen

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n243/tedtcb/main__________________________________________jpg_ 677x1000_q100.jpg

A rust free 15 year old b-body that saw routine action in the rust belt? Amazing. Normally, the rear quarters would have started bubbling with rust 5 years ago...

OffThaHorseCEO
10-06-10, 04:51 PM
damndrew. youre full of hate. most of the posts i see from you are unsolicited hate for various automobiles.

drewsdeville
10-06-10, 05:16 PM
No, it's not hate, it's geniune surprise. Not sure about MI, but here in WI, even the well cared for b-body's have problems with the rear quarters...and it sounds like the one in the article was never cared for, yet he specifies how it's rust free.

Maybe this particular one spent some of it's life elsewhere, like down south...

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-06-10, 06:51 PM
Dave's '92 Roadmaster Limited has 244k on it. It looks like it's 44k. Honest. What's even more surprising was that it was bought new in Chippewa Falls Wisconsin and kept there it's entire life. The owner just took great, great care of it.

Mine was rust free when I got it too. It was nine years old and had 138,000 on it. That particular example that I purchased did not receive great care, as a matter of fact, it was rather beat up, but the body was clean and rust free.

Jesda
10-06-10, 07:21 PM
I think body integrity was pretty good on the last of GM's full size cars, at least it was better than most of the other vehicles they built at the time.

drewsdeville
10-06-10, 07:26 PM
That particular example that I purchased did not receive great care, as a matter of fact, it was rather beat up, but the body was clean and rust free.

Isn't that an oxymoron? Clean and rust free but beat up?

But anyway, I guess there are some exceptions then.

My own personal encounters besides random examples on the road:

I have 3 b-bodys in the extended family. 1992 Roadmaster 115k, '94 Caprice 140k, and a '95 Caprice, not sure of the mileage on that one.

3 of 3 have rust on the bottom of the quarters behind the rear wheels. The '92 and '94 are the worst with actual holes. It seems that the paint holds up well but they rust from the inside out.

But, at least the doors hold up well, unlike the pre-91's that tended to rust up to the door handles.

Jesda
10-06-10, 07:37 PM
I've seen the wheel well rust too. Not nearly as common as on, say, Hondas from the same era, but its certainly there, especially in densely populated snowy places like Chicago. Something to look out for.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-06-10, 07:40 PM
Isn't that an oxymoron? Clean and rust free but beat up?

The body was in good shape, but the interior wasn't too good. Maybe not "beat up" but it certainly didn't get babied. The leather was all dried up and hard, and all the door panels were loose because one of the previous four owners slammed them all the time, so all the wood grain trim had gotten loose and would rattle all the time. There was dog hair everywhere and it had a funny smell to it that was covered up by the previous guy by a lot of air fresheners wedged into the air outlets below the dashboard.

HAZZARDJOHN
10-08-10, 10:35 PM
My last 1992 Roadmaster had 15 owners before me (yes 15) and never left the state of Minnesota. The guy I bought it from had three young kids (two in car seats) and owned it for about 5 years. in 2007 it was completely repainted by my buddy Scott who bought it from me (His boss hit it in the parking lot and gave him a blank check to repaint the whole car since we agreed it would not look right unless it was fully repainted). Not a speck of rust anywhere on the car was found. I knew it was clean that is why I bought it, but when I got the ownership history I assumed somewhere there had to be hidden rust, but none was found when the car was stripped.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b55/Johnny1107/buick/41707.jpg

^ what it looked like when I got it

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b55/Johnny1107/buick/P1300026.jpg

^ pic of it covered in salt like showing it was driven through the first 15 winters of its life.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b55/Johnny1107/buick/buickdamage.jpg

^ The accident for kicks and giggles

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b55/Johnny1107/buick/buickdamage01-1.jpg

^ Fresh out of the body shop

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b55/Johnny1107/car%20craft/car%20craft%2008/car%20craft%2008%20complete/P7270162.jpg

^ What it looks like now.

EChas3
10-08-10, 10:57 PM
My '93 still looked great after a dozen years in the Midwest at 225k. Bart Starr's Rawhide gave me a great deduction.

I got a snapshot around here, somewhere...

Playdrv4me
10-08-10, 11:01 PM
Those B bodies are somehow resilient to rust, maybe its just thicker sheet-metal or better paint, I don't know. The K Body Sevilles are also very resistant to it, moreso than I would even expect. However even some of the ones me and Jesda have looked at as recent as 2001-2003 model years have rust bubbles beginning in the rear wheel arches. Surprisingly, the silver one we got had some minor rust at the bottom corners of the doors (certainly not helped by those stupid plastic trim pieces that are debris and salt catchers) but was completely rust free on every other major panel.