: Superbuick!



greencadillacmatt
08-23-11, 02:47 AM
Yep, you read it right, SUPERBUICK! At least that's what I'm calling my new winter beater. I went out and got myself a 1996 Buick Park Avenue Ultra. It's got the familiar 3.8 litre V6, but SuperCharged, and a GM-rebuilt transmission with only 20,000 miles on it. The car and engine have 150,000 miles, which isn't bad at all. The best part? It's LOADED. It has so many options! (Thankfully not a sunroof, I'm tall.) Even better is that almost all of them work. I think it will make a great addition to my fleet. :bouncy:

Sorry about the close-range pictures, but it's like 2 am here, and I didn't want to put up the garage door. :thepan:

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve062.jpg
This is my fourth white car. Apparently I like white cars.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve063.jpg
It has some old-person rash (the owner before the last owner), but I can get a nice grille for cheap.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve064.jpg
Another beauty spot, but it doesn't bother me in the slightest. Gives it personality!

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve066.jpg
Swanky "Ultra" Badging. I think they are neat.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve079.jpg
There's the beating, air-pumping heart of the car. It runs great, and sounds even better.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve080.jpg
The trunk is HUUUUGE! About the size of the trunk of the Olds 88 I had. (Same platform.)

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve081.jpg
I love the rear of these cars. They look perfect to me.

greencadillacmatt
08-23-11, 03:20 AM
As good-looking as these cars are, the best part is the interior. It suprised me with how good it's held up. No rips, tears, cracks, or stains. See for yourself!

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve067.jpg
See what I mean!? It's so clean and it's SO comfortable. (And it's not yellowed, it's just the garage lighting.)

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve068.jpg
The steering-wheel controls are still working, and even still light up. The fact that when you hit the volume button on the wheel and the radio knob spins by itself fascinates me.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve073.jpg
Full instrumentation. I just wish it had a factory boost pressure gauge. Also, if you look down in the left-hand corner, you can see a badge that says DYNARIDE. What is that?

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve074.jpg
Never seen headlight controls on the door before. Odd. And all those seat control buttons? Yeah, there's more down on the actual seat.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve076.jpg
6-Speaker Concert-Sound 2 system. Doesn't sound bad. I think I'm going to change out the radio with the CD/MP3 player I had in the Cavalier though. Gotta have my music.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve072.jpg
Rear flip-down center console with cupholders. The seats in this thing are like your favorite recliner wrapped in soft leather. They are wonderful.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve070.jpg
I've never seen a car with rear vanity mirrors. And the lights still work!

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/BuickParkAve069.jpg
Darkness shot!

It does need a few things. There is a slight pull to the right while driving, and I think it's missing a wheel-weight. There is a slight vibration at some speeds due to this. Sometimes there's a pop in the driver's side front end when turning, probably due for a half-shaft. And the steering is a little loose, and I have to make sure it's full on fluid. Lastly, the air conditioning isn't dead, but it's not fully charged either. But that's a minor thing. After I transfer the title and plate it tomorrow I'm going to drop it off at a local body shop (the same one that did the rear filler panels on my DeVille) and have them re-balance all the tires and have an alignment done. They do that there, and they will inspect the front end on a lift for me. Then I'm going to drive it for a little while (along with the Challenger of course) just to work any kinks out of it.

I still can't believe how quick this thing is. It MOVES. And the ride is amazing. I'll keep you guys informed one the car when there are updates, thanks for watching! :D

Jesda
08-23-11, 04:35 AM
Nice! Its getting harder to find cheap winter beaters because of the recent jump in used car prices. Looks like a comfortable place to hang out on a road trip.

STS_Seville_Hunter
08-23-11, 04:43 AM
Nice ride, I always wanted a '96 as Ultra as they're well loaded, lastyear for this body and the first year for the SII SC 3800... would be an amazing sleeper with some mods.

greencadillacmatt
08-23-11, 04:53 AM
^I might be slightly looking for an overdrive pulley...

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-23-11, 07:32 AM
The '91-96 Park Avenues are better looking IMO than the 97-04's, and the '96 would be the cream of the crop due to the only year they had the Series II Supercharged 3800. Those seats look divine and I'm sure it rides way smoother than my Regal. Gotta love that motor though, tons of power, great reliability and great fuel economy. If it's in good tune, you can expect 21-22 mpg in the city and 26-27 on the highway.

Dynaride is the name that Buick always assigned to their suspension, unless you had the optional "Gran Touring Suspension".

Stingroo
08-23-11, 07:37 AM
Yeah, most of the time the plaques mean nothing. In the case of the Roadmasters, at least, they were just slapped on at random and there are no corresponding RPO codes that indicate one suspension over another. It's one of those bizarre GM mysteries.

The car looks GREAT, Matt.

Also all the Park Aves had those headlight controls on the door. Not really sure why. Does it have the nifty dual zone climate control? I like that feature a lot in our '91. :)

gdwriter
08-23-11, 11:51 AM
The '91-96 Park Avenues are better looking IMO than the 97-04's, and the '96 would be the cream of the crop due to the only year they had the Series II Supercharged 3800. Those seats look divine and I'm sure it rides way smoother than my Regal.Agreed. I've always liked that generation Park Avenue. Excellent choice.

mhamilton
08-23-11, 11:55 AM
Nice! I always like seeing old cars that were well taken care off. Rear vanity mirrors I've seen in Mercedes S class and some Fleetwoods, probably the 7 series has them and whatever equivalent Audi makes. Never knew Buick had them as well.

But what's with all that empty space in the engine bay? Isn't that supposed to be filled up with DOHCs and a lot of plastic trim? ;)

brandondeleo
08-23-11, 01:40 PM
Very nice! '97-'99 DeVille D'Elegance models have rear vanity mirrors sometimes. If I'm not mistaken, some '93-'96 FWBs have them too. Want.

hueterm
08-23-11, 01:47 PM
Dynaride is really floaty. Gran Touring Suspension is just floaty. There are some mechanical differences, at the GT steering gear is over twice the price of the other one...

Stingroo
08-23-11, 01:53 PM
Very nice! '97-'99 DeVille D'Elegance models have rear vanity mirrors sometimes. If I'm not mistaken, some '93-'96 FWBs have them too. Want.

They were a part of the "Brougham" package. Mine had them.

mberisha
08-23-11, 02:19 PM
I'm digging the rear vanity mirrors....great snag on the ride! BTW.....was GM the only BIG 3 automaker that did them?

I had several Town Cars.....and I don't remember EVER coming across the rear vanity mirrors....am I mistaken?

brandondeleo
08-23-11, 02:22 PM
I'm digging the rear vanity mirrors....great snag on the ride! BTW.....was GM the only BIG 3 automaker that did them?

I had several Town Cars.....and I don't remember EVER coming across the rear vanity mirrors....am I mistaken?I'm with you on this one. I've never heard of rear vanity mirrors in anything else...

mhamilton
08-23-11, 04:08 PM
was GM the only BIG 3 automaker that did them?


I'm with you on this one. I've never heard of rear vanity mirrors in anything else...

Ummm... see post #9. Nearly every large German car in the last 20 years has rear vanity mirrors.

greencadillacmatt
08-23-11, 05:11 PM
You guys are correct, it does have SUPER floaty suspension, but it's soooo comfortable. It's even better than the '97 Olds 88 I had. And I called that the Rolling Sofa. And yes Roo, it does have the dual-zone climate control. I'll try and snag some outside-the-garage pictures tomorrow. Thanks guys! :D

Playdrv4me
08-23-11, 05:27 PM
I guess I'm with the minority in that I prefer the '97+ body style, but for that car's intended purpose, it's perfect, and comfortable.

And yes, the vanity mirrors are standard in the S Class, LS430/460, and A8.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-23-11, 08:00 PM
My S-Class had the rear vanity mirrors, but the only american ones at the time to have them were the 91-96 Park Avenue Ultras, 93-96 Fleetwood Broughams and 1990-97 Town Car Cartier Editions. I think they had them all the way up from 90, but they might have been installed after the 1995 refresh.

ga_etc
08-23-11, 09:01 PM
Congrats Matt. I would love to have one of those.

Destroyer
08-23-11, 09:17 PM
I click on this thread expecting a GS 455 or GN/GNX and this pile of crap is plastered here, talk about a boner buster! I'm sure it's a nice beater but I was expecting better with a title like "superbuick". :(

Night Wolf
08-23-11, 09:34 PM
^lolz

Nice car... heh, winter beater - it was 103*f today!. I like the Park Aves. Didn't know the Series II was out in that style, one year only - neat. I see massive sleeper potential.

An often forgotten maintenace item is the independent super charger oil. Neglected, expensive and like nearly all fluids, needs to be changed.

Seeing the pictures of that car brings back enjoyments of large GM highway cruisers. As for rear vanity mirrors - lol @ everyone getting so excited over them but go and add ~'89?-'92 Fleetwood (FWD) and '93 Sixty Special to the list too.

hueterm
08-23-11, 09:34 PM
I'm digging the rear vanity mirrors....great snag on the ride! BTW.....was GM the only BIG 3 automaker that did them?

I had several Town Cars.....and I don't remember EVER coming across the rear vanity mirrors....am I mistaken?

I thought TC Cartiers had them...

EDIT: Just saw Chad's post.

My Deville Concours had them. (Still does, they're sitting in my dad's garage...)

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-23-11, 10:00 PM
Given the choice between a Regal GS and a 1996 Park Avenue Ultra, in similar conditions, mileage and colors, I might go with the Park Ave. I think it's a better looking car and I miss something with big cushy seats, soft suspension and a hood ornament.

Destroyer
08-23-11, 10:12 PM
Given the choice between a Regal GS and a 1996 Park Avenue Ultra, in similar conditions, mileage and colors, I might go with the Park Ave. I think it's a better looking car and I miss something with big cushy seats, soft suspension and a hood ornament.I actually like the looks of the GS better but the fact remains that nobody is ever gonna get laid in either so might as well get the comfier one. :) At least Matt has a sweet ass Challenger for the "laid" part.:thumbsup:

drewsdeville
08-23-11, 10:15 PM
But...you mean... '90's GM bubble-tastic styling doesn't scream "DO ME"?

Night Wolf
08-23-11, 10:15 PM
My parents '98 Park Ave (non-Ultra) is an overall "nice" car... and the interior is a "nice" design that I overall like, but damn does it reek of 90s GM crappy build quality. Between stuff breaking off, falling off, warping, unfastening... just gets worse.

They had it now for almost 4yrs, bought it around 75k miles, now has 110k or so and starting to give them problems. Mainly it was consuming coolant. Lower intake manifold gaskets went so my step father fixed it but says it's still running like crap. I haven't gotten a chance to take a look at it myself.

It was a nice drive, they got it while I had my '96 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series. Honestly between the two, other than some GM things that I really preferred (lower seating position), the Town Car just felt overall better built and more of a solid car - which already wasn't exactly the best example of a well-built car.

I did a lot of comparisons as I was personally interested in that generation Park Ave Ultra and other than being faster (s/c, NA was about even) with better MPG, I preferred pretty much everything else on the TC. A lot of it had to do with the cars themselves too. I wanted classic American luxury and the TC really beat out the PA, in feel, design and especially the view of the hood/hood ornament from the drivers seat.

*But* I really like the '96 style. It has more of the GM I grew up with in it, and I'm probably willing to let a lot slide because of that. I still think they are neat cars and would probably be the generation I'd get if I was to get one. I didn't realize '96 had the Series II, so that'd really be the year to get.

hueterm
08-23-11, 10:16 PM
If you put a brand new decked Ultra next to that Challenger -- I'd SO take the Ultra...especially if it had the red leather interior...and the center half console...

Not to rip on the Challenger, mind you...

Night Wolf
08-23-11, 10:19 PM
I actually like the looks of the GS better but the fact remains that nobody is ever gonna get laid in either so might as well get the comfier one. :) At least Matt has a sweet ass Challenger for the "laid" part.:thumbsup:

Could get laid in the 'lade...

http://www.carmk.net/auto_img5/2006922019134677801.jpg

Destroyer
08-23-11, 10:20 PM
But...you mean... '90's GM bubble-tastic styling doesn't scream "DO ME"?Eh, maybe it does but it ain't gonna be pretty. :)

Night Wolf
08-23-11, 10:20 PM
If you put a brand new decked Ultra next to that Challenger -- I'd SO take the Ultra...especially if it had the red leather interior...and the center half console...

Not to rip on the Challenger, mind you...

Is there an unlike button?

Destroyer
08-23-11, 10:23 PM
If you put a brand new decked Ultra next to that Challenger -- I'd SO take the Ultra...especially if it had the red leather interior...and the center half console...

Not to rip on the Challenger, mind you...Um, Challenger please!!....... :)

brandondeleo
08-23-11, 10:24 PM
Eh, maybe it does but it ain't gonna be pretty. :)79351

Destroyer
08-23-11, 10:24 PM
Is there an unlike button?Dude, you are getting wittier by the day. I love it!!! :)

hueterm
08-23-11, 10:26 PM
I prefer the '97-04 redesign, mind you... But the '96 Series II is a close second.

hueterm
08-23-11, 10:27 PM
He wasn't talking about getting laid in a Subaru...or an '89 Grand Wagoneer...





79351

brandondeleo
08-23-11, 10:33 PM
You wanna talk lesbian cars? 79352

hueterm
08-23-11, 10:35 PM
I actually like Subarus...but not that thing. That encroaches too closely and poorly upon the godly twins: Avalanche/Escalade EXT

So does that hideous Explorer Sport Trac...

Destroyer
08-23-11, 10:37 PM
You wanna talk lesbian cars? 79352I don't think anyone mentioned "lesbian cars" per se but this would qualify!!! I wanted to like these when they came out but concluded that there is no practical or aesthetical reason too.

Destroyer
08-23-11, 10:39 PM
I actually like Subarus...but not that thing. That encroaches too closely and poorly upon the godly twins: Avalanche/Escalade EXT

So does that hideous Explorer Sport Trac...Exactly right. The beds are so small, it just makes no sense. I do like the newer Avalanche (no plastic trim) and the Escalade is pretty cool but I'd never buy either.

Night Wolf
08-23-11, 10:46 PM
You wanna talk lesbian cars? 79352

Eh, it's quirky and different... not like they didn't do it before either..

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ehuXKO9qTTg/TKoX7A062jI/AAAAAAAABTU/C9Ndofrqi0o/s1600/Subaru_brat.jpg

However, this is an example of what not to do with a Subaru.... say no to getting under a car supported via scissor jack and using zip ties to hold a compressed spring...

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At first I thought he wasn't really redneck when he walked away from it, but that was quickly washed away when he stood the spring up on end. His buddy saying "That's enough" in a serious tone really confirms, Sirius. Bizness.

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hueterm
08-23-11, 10:49 PM
Is that a Brat? I had a go kart when I was a kid that had a fiberglass Brat frame around it.

The reddest neck thing of all were the rear facing seats that sat in the bed of the Brat w/seat belts...safety first ;-)

Destroyer
08-23-11, 10:54 PM
Eh, it's quirky and different... not like they didn't do it before either..

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ehuXKO9qTTg/TKoX7A062jI/AAAAAAAABTU/C9Ndofrqi0o/s1600/Subaru_brat.jpg

I actually thought the Brat was pretty cool. Mark me down as the first Greek redneck. :)

hueterm
08-23-11, 10:56 PM
They definitely need to bring back that flip up center grill light logo they used to have in the '70s... That was the coolest...

EDIT: THIS! 79353

Jesda
08-23-11, 11:10 PM
The original Brat was pretty cool. The four-door modern version was kind of a mess.

cadillac kevin
08-23-11, 11:13 PM
But...you mean... '90's GM bubble-tastic styling doesn't scream "DO ME"?
I guess roo's screwed then.

STS_Seville_Hunter
08-23-11, 11:20 PM
You can't relie on your car to get laid. I loved having my Park Avenue in high school cause you could go to secluded area and put the seats all the way forward and theres enough room on the floor :)

brandondeleo
08-23-11, 11:27 PM
I guess roo's screwed then.:histeric:

orconn
08-23-11, 11:27 PM
You can't relie on your car to get laid. I loved having my Park Avenue in high school cause you could go to secluded area and put the seats all the way forward and theres enough room on the floor :)

I don't think that would be the case with our friend from Michigan!

Destroyer
08-23-11, 11:28 PM
You can't relie on your car to get laid. I loved having my Park Avenue in high school cause you could go to secluded area and put the seats all the way forward and theres enough room on the floor :)..........for that 300lb porker!!! :)

brandondeleo
08-23-11, 11:31 PM
...again, with the Rosie O'Donnell.

Night Wolf
08-23-11, 11:40 PM
...again, with the Rosie O'Donnell.

How to make her an instant 10...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026964/Susanne-Emans-bid-worlds-fattest-woman-52st-mother-2-supersizing.html

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/08/17/article-2026964-0D75EC0000000578-110_306x420.jpg

Only halfway to the goal too (explained in link).

brandondeleo
08-24-11, 12:14 AM
That's one of the perks of having a Cadillac. Her in the back seat, and it will STILL level. Hahahahaha

Stingroo
08-24-11, 12:18 AM
Nah, I'm good in that department guys. :lol: My girlfriend doesn't like the wagon though. She says it's too big and too loud.

Pshaw.

Night Wolf
08-24-11, 12:40 AM
Nah, I'm good in that department guys. :lol: My girlfriend doesn't like the wagon though. She says it's too big and too loud.

Pshaw.

So she's used to small and subdued?

Stingroo
08-24-11, 12:46 AM
Hey, her exes are not my business. :thumbsup:

Night Wolf
08-24-11, 12:52 AM
Hey, her exes are not my business. :thumbsup:

Are they in Texas?

http://texasexes.org/images/logo/texas-exes-logo.png

Better than axes

http://www.poleandpaddle.com/images/axes.jpg

Stingroo
08-24-11, 12:53 AM
Faxes?

http://www.hiwtc.com/photo/products/34/00/30/3098.jpg

Night Wolf
08-24-11, 12:57 AM
Faxes?

http://www.hiwtc.com/photo/products/34/00/30/3098.jpg

dood, that's so 56k

JMLH_QyPTYM

Stingroo
08-24-11, 12:59 AM
Traxxas?

http://www.rc-monster-trucks.com/Traxxas-REVO-Nitro-Monster-Truck.jpg


(I'm running out of rhymes.)

Night Wolf
08-24-11, 01:07 AM
http://www.truckaddons.com/images02/tires/SuperSwamper/trxusMT.jpg

Playdrv4me
08-24-11, 03:48 AM
Dax's?

http://www.topnews.in/light/files/Kristen-Bell_0.jpg

greencadillacmatt
08-24-11, 07:41 AM
Threadjacksus?

Also, my car didn't come with an owner's manual. Does anybody know if the Park Ave and the Park Ave Ultra use the same one? Cause regular 1996 Park Ave manuals are on eBay for cheap. I don't know how much oil it holds either. Ha ha. I'd love one just for maintenance and feature information. Thanks guys!

Stingroo
08-24-11, 07:52 AM
No clue. Alas you have the '96, so my 91-95 PA/PAU service manual will not tell me the secrets that you wish to uncover.

<_<

hueterm
08-24-11, 10:01 AM
Threadjacksus?

Also, my car didn't come with an owner's manual. Does anybody know if the Park Ave and the Park Ave Ultra use the same one? Cause regular 1996 Park Ave manuals are on eBay for cheap. I don't know how much oil it holds either. Ha ha. I'd love one just for maintenance and feature information. Thanks guys!

It can't be that different.

brandondeleo
08-24-11, 10:45 AM
Chances are that the Ultra package is in the same book as the basic Park Avenue, just like the Concours is part of my manual.

Stingroo
08-24-11, 01:14 PM
It's a supplementary book actually.

77CDV
08-24-11, 02:02 PM
My, my, looks like the definition of winter beater has moved upscale of late. Very nice find, Matt. Oh, and as for the rear seat vanity mirror everyone's freaking about, Cadillac started using them in the 1987 Fleetwood Sixty Special (the 87 and 88 Sixty Specials also had rear foot rests, something not seen since 1977).

Night Wolf
08-24-11, 03:35 PM
Oh, and as for the rear seat vanity mirror everyone's freaking about, Cadillac started using them in the 1987 Fleetwood Sixty Special (the 87 and 88 Sixty Specials also had rear foot rests, something not seen since 1977).

I guess GM had to think of something to 1-up the Germans...

Lord Cadillac
08-24-11, 03:47 PM
Just curious. What's your username on our sister site, BuickForums.com (http://www.buickforums.com)?


Threadjacksus?

Also, my car didn't come with an owner's manual. Does anybody know if the Park Ave and the Park Ave Ultra use the same one? Cause regular 1996 Park Ave manuals are on eBay for cheap. I don't know how much oil it holds either. Ha ha. I'd love one just for maintenance and feature information. Thanks guys!

Stingroo
08-24-11, 04:11 PM
What you did - it's there and I see it.

I also petition that Matt get a username change to whitevehiclematt. Clearly he owns nothing green.

77CDV
08-24-11, 10:07 PM
It's aspirational.

Stingroo
08-24-11, 10:09 PM
Yes but even his Cadillac is blue.

Speaking of his other white vehicle... we need more of this from it:

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e157/wtfuashols123/phatblakwoodwardburnout.jpg

77CDV
08-24-11, 10:14 PM
Maybe he's blue/green colorblind?

greencadillacmatt
08-25-11, 07:20 AM
Hahaha, the greencadillacmatt name came from a dream a friend of mine had. It was hilarious, and I've ran with it ever since.

STS_Seville_Hunter
08-25-11, 12:15 PM
Threadjacksus?

Also, my car didn't come with an owner's manual. Does anybody know if the Park Ave and the Park Ave Ultra use the same one? Cause regular 1996 Park Ave manuals are on eBay for cheap. I don't know how much oil it holds either. Ha ha. I'd love one just for maintenance and feature information. Thanks guys!

5 quarts.

77CDV
08-26-11, 02:22 PM
Hahaha, the greencadillacmatt name came from a dream a friend of mine had. It was hilarious, and I've ran with it ever since.

Should I even ask how many magic mushrooms were consumed the night before?

greencadillacmatt
08-27-11, 12:44 AM
^Hahahahaha! That made my day. :)

In other news, I got new tires! (General Tire Altimax RTs, had them on my Cavalier and LOVED them.) The new tires and fresh balancing has totally eliminated my driveline vibrations! I did find out I need an inner tie-rod. I'll replace them on both sides and get an alignment soon. I also went to the dreaded DMV today and plated and registered the car. Such a comfortable means of conveyance!

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/MattsTire.jpg
(The center cap is in the garage. Had to use the spare to get it to the tire shop.)

Smooth Smooth Smooth. :thumbsup:

Stingroo
08-27-11, 12:45 AM
Woooo! Nice :)

77CDV
08-27-11, 01:50 AM
Careful. You might find yourself driving that Buick so much you end up merely dusting the Dodge occasionally. BTW, whatever happend to the CDV?

Night Wolf
08-27-11, 09:30 AM
for a ''nice'' comfy cruiser, that Park Ave is hard to be, especially on road trips. I've always like them.

brandondeleo
08-27-11, 10:44 AM
for a ''nice'' comfy cruiser, that Park Ave is hard to be, especially on road trips. I've always like them.It is! Have you ever tried to be a Buick?

brandondeleo
08-27-11, 10:49 AM
I couldn't resist. :thepan:

Stingroo
08-27-11, 10:53 AM
Thoroughly lol'd.

greencadillacmatt
08-27-11, 02:06 PM
Careful. You might find yourself driving that Buick so much you end up merely dusting the Dodge occasionally. BTW, whatever happend to the CDV?

Nah, not until it starts getting cold out. And I'm looking for a storage unit (they can be really cheap around here) so I can keep the Challenger at my Cousin's house for the winter. Then I'll move the DeVille to the storage unit along with my toolbox and work on it over the course of the winter. We've got really limited storage space for extra cars at my house.

77CDV
08-27-11, 10:33 PM
^Says the guy who just bought two cars in short order. :lol:

cadillac kevin
08-27-11, 11:45 PM
^Says the guy who just bought two cars in short order. :lol:
don't interject logic into a situation.

Stingroo
08-27-11, 11:45 PM
Logic?

'Tis all p00p.

77CDV
08-28-11, 01:04 AM
You are definitely having a bowel fixation tonight. Too much orange juice? :lol:

ben.gators
08-28-11, 01:31 AM
Yes, Roo has got some good stuff! :D

Stingroo
08-28-11, 08:35 AM
I would LOVE some orange juice right about now...

BUT NO PULP!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
08-28-11, 08:45 AM
Pulp FTL. Regular and satisfying bowel movements FTW!

Stingroo
08-28-11, 08:46 AM
:highfive: Yes.

greencadillacmatt
08-31-11, 06:56 PM
Dropping the BuiZuka off at a local shop tonight to have it aligned tomorrow while I'm at work. Bought some new inner tie-rods for it, and they will be installed while they are in there. I don't want to have it eat my new tires, and this will get rid of the play in my steering. Yay! :D

ga_etc
09-03-11, 04:17 PM
What happened to better pictures of it?

Stingroo
09-03-11, 04:22 PM
He lost Internet. And now he's got a week's vacation. :lol:

greencadillacmatt
09-14-11, 03:46 PM
Ok, so I'm back, and I have better Buick pictures. It still hasn't been washed or cleaned, I've been fixing small problems instead.

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/NewBuickPics062.jpg

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/NewBuickPics063.jpg

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/NewBuickPics064.jpg

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/NewBuickPics065.jpg

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/NewBuickPics066.jpg

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/NewBuickPics067.jpg

http://i404.photobucket.com/albums/pp126/greencadillacmatt/NewBuickPics068.jpg

I like the car a lot, just for the fact that I don't worry about it at all when I drive it. It is the definition of un-worry. A scratch or a dent doesn't matter as much, and actually gives it some character IMO. It's quick for a Buick, it is one of the smoothest cars I've ever owned, and I love the looks of it and all of it's beater goodness. :D

orconn
09-14-11, 05:00 PM
Looks like a comfy way to drive through a northern Midwest Winter!

greencadillacmatt
09-14-11, 06:41 PM
^It certainly will be. These do a great job on blizzard-bashing. My Olds on the same platform did great in the snow.

brandondeleo
09-15-11, 03:20 AM
I'd rock that. Those are EPIC in winter conditions.

greencadillacmatt
10-21-11, 09:09 PM
So I got a new battery for the Buick today. 770 Cold Cranking Amps vs the old 700 rated one. Had the old battery tested and it actually came out at 500 something. Time for a new battery. I also got a new cable for the battery-to-alternator connection, as the old one was VERY frayed. Lastly (for the charging system) I got a new negative terminal stud. The old one had to be lossened with pliers because the head was so stripped. It now starts on the first crank instead of slowly chugging to life, and I'm not afraid of it leaving me in a snowy parking lot. I also have a new supercharger belt, since the old one has a big kink in it. Finally, I need to make a junkyard trip and get a battery hold-down and a blower-resistor, since it only blows on the HI setting.

Oh, and it only runs at about 115-120*. It should run right at 200. My heat isn't all that hot, either. Does this sound like a stuck-open thermostat?

77CDV
10-21-11, 11:03 PM
That Buick has to be the best-loved winter beater on earth.

Aron9000
10-22-11, 12:47 AM
So I got a new battery for the Buick today. 770 Cold Cranking Amps vs the old 700 rated one. Had the old battery tested and it actually came out at 500 something. Time for a new battery. I also got a new cable for the battery-to-alternator connection, as the old one was VERY frayed. Lastly (for the charging system) I got a new negative terminal stud. The old one had to be lossened with pliers because the head was so stripped. It now starts on the first crank instead of slowly chugging to life, and I'm not afraid of it leaving me in a snowy parking lot. I also have a new supercharger belt, since the old one has a big kink in it. Finally, I need to make a junkyard trip and get a battery hold-down and a blower-resistor, since it only blows on the HI setting.

Oh, and it only runs at about 115-120*. It should run right at 200. My heat isn't all that hot, either. Does this sound like a stuck-open thermostat?


Sounds like a stuck thermostat, change it out since its only like $5-10.

greencadillacmatt
10-22-11, 02:57 AM
^That's what I figured. It's on my "holycrapitsalreadybeenbelowfreezingonceIgottagetth atdone" list of things to do.

ben.gators
10-22-11, 06:13 AM
I am a big fan of Buick, it's the second model in my list. And I really like your Buick. It has a very bold and strong character and presence.


Finally, I need to make a junkyard trip and get a battery hold-down and a blower-resistor, since it only blows on the HI setting.


While you are in the junkyard, look for a center cap for the rim. That missing center cap is the first thing that the eye catches. I guess you should be able to find it on ebay for cheap too.

johnny kannapo
10-22-11, 11:25 AM
It's a real honky jonk.

concorso
10-22-11, 12:51 PM
I am a big fan of Buick, it's the second model in my list. And I really like your Buick. It has a very bold and strong character and presence.
Bold? REally? I realize english isnt your first language. Bold? No... Bold is an Orange 1st gen Art&Science CTS. Bold is a Yellow Gallardo. A White Buick like this is more 'Regal'... subtle...timeless...

concorso
10-22-11, 12:53 PM
I'm digging the rear vanity mirrors....great snag on the ride! BTW.....was GM the only BIG 3 automaker that did them?Who are the Big 3? GM/Ford/FIAT?

Stingroo
10-22-11, 05:48 PM
Who are the Big 3? GM/Ford/FIAT?

http://images.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/what-you-did-there-i-see-it.jpg

ben.gators
10-22-11, 07:48 PM
Bold? REally? I realize english isnt your first language. Bold? No... Bold is an Orange 1st gen Art&Science CTS. Bold is a Yellow Gallardo. A White Buick like this is more 'Regal'... subtle...timeless...

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpvb6tOG3T1r1w241o1_500.gif

johnny kannapo
10-23-11, 04:19 AM
I apologize ahead of time for dissing the the run of the mill Buick with nice amenities including a supercharger. I'm very sorry but the 3.8L blown unit is not the cream of the crop for reliability. The 3.8 will go down in history, all ready has. Not with a factory supercharger though. Yes V8 power- no to working for a while longer. The straight Injected V6 was close to perfection.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-23-11, 08:31 AM
Are those seats as ridiculously comfy as they look?

Jesda
10-23-11, 04:47 PM
I apologize ahead of time for dissing the the run of the mill Buick with nice amenities including a supercharger. I'm very sorry but the 3.8L blown unit is not the cream of the crop for reliability. The 3.8 will go down in history, all ready has. Not with a factory supercharger though. Yes V8 power- no to working for a while longer. The straight Injected V6 was close to perfection.

My understanding is that the SC 3.8 is a bit stronger than the NA.

greencadillacmatt
10-23-11, 10:17 PM
^I do believe so, Jesda. Forged internals FTW!


I am a big fan of Buick, it's the second model in my list. And I really like your Buick. It has a very bold and strong character and presence.

While you are in the junkyard, look for a center cap for the rim. That missing center cap is the first thing that the eye catches. I guess you should be able to find it on ebay for cheap too.

Thanks man, I love it. I have the center cap back on it, I had to put the spare on right after I got it because the front tire went flat. I have new tires and the cap back on there now.

And Chad, they are SUPER comfortable. (That, and the struts are getting a little "aged". So the DynaRide is even better. :thumbsup: )

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-23-11, 10:21 PM
It is. S/C 3.8 has an aluminum intake manifold, the N/A 3.8 has a plastic intake, which is the achilles heel of the wonderful 3800.

drewsdeville
10-23-11, 10:30 PM
Intakes removed, the NA and SC variants are nearly identical. Bottom ends are cast like a typical passeneger car engine, NOT FORGED. SC rods and pistons are slightly different, but nothing forged. Even the heads are pretty much the same, save for some fuel injector bosses punched into the SC heads (since fuel can't be injected into the manifold with the SC).

While the intakes did vary in material (composite, aluminum), both had the same gasket scrubbing issues due to dissimilar materials between the intake and heads.