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    What would CF do...?

    So letís say now that I am divorced my focus has moved back to the one thing that never pisses me off, Cars

    So in the spring I will have about 10K of money that is earmarked for cars. I have several choices to make so I want some opinions

    1. Put the money in the bank you dumbass! The sky is falling and you need it to buy helmets!

    2. Buy another 95-96 Impala SS, this was your dream car when you were a zit covered teenager who did nothing but read car magazines, dream about hanging out with Jon Moss and doing brakestands til all that the female members of Ace of Base want is another baby!

    3. Spend the money to repaint my suburban so I have the coolest 91 stock suburban on the planet, and can feel like the king of Bush recession era suburbia!

    4. Buy another Roadmaster sedan and live my dream of having a factory looking GS package Roadmaster, impala suspension, 3:73 gears, eaton Posi, rear discs, and 17Ē American Racing AR500ís (supposedly Magnum 500ís but look more like Buick rallys to me) No funny comment just think this would be bad ass

    5. Buy another Cadillac as they are cheap and beautiful. Probably a 77-79 Coupe Deville, but I would want to mod that car as I want so it has to be nice, but not too nice that I am going to get popped in the nose for screwing up an original car. Nothing tacky, just better suspension, brakes, and some wheels that look classy yet sporty.

    6. Keep saving and in ten years buy the car I always wanted, A 1969 Dodge Charge, B5 blue with a white vinyl top!

    7. Save another Ten grand and get the Caddy restored, after all it is your first car love dumbass! (the down side to this plan is I always wanted another toy to play with while the caddy gets restored. I hate driving it right now as it is just in desperate need of a resto and I know that means years and much more than I have to spend right now (Conservative estimates are 15K for body work, and paint with some interior and misc.)
    Your thoughts?

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    8. Donate $1400 of it for vincent's eldorado ETC paint job lol

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    $1400 paint job, I hope you are doing it yourself. Materials for a good paint job would be close to that right now.

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    Quote Originally Posted by HAZZARDJOHN View Post
    $1400 paint job, I hope you are doing it yourself. Materials for a good paint job would be close to that right now.

    Quote from a local paint shop who did my friends 68 falcon,

    Includes sanding to base coat, respray, and 3 coats of clear.

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    That's cheap! I would be suspect, but who knows. If you have seen the work go for it. My suburban to paint alone I was quoted 3-5 grand. This was if it was stripped, all body work done, and ready to paint.

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    #2 or #4, of course.


    I may be slightly biased.

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    Quote Originally Posted by HAZZARDJOHN View Post
    That's cheap! I would be suspect, but who knows. If you have seen the work go for it. My suburban to paint alone I was quoted 3-5 grand. This was if it was stripped, all body work done, and ready to paint.
    It's also the size of a house.

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    7.


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    Re: What would CF do...?

    I understand but look up the price of Clear right now (Quality stuff anyway) $1400 seems cheap, but hey go for it if you have confidence. I like a bargain too, but I would have to look at a lot of cars he did before I said yes to that. Hell a good Maaco (if there is such a thing) paint job would be close to that price I bet.

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    4 .

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    I am leaning towards 4. in my heart, but in my head it would be a huge effort to get the car where I want it and it would be worth maybe 5K when I am done.

    List of mods for the perfect Roadmaster sedan for me:

    Disc Brake conversion with an adjustable proportioning valve
    Bravada console and floor shift
    Standard leather seats (I HATE limited seats of all years)
    American Racing AR500's with Buick logos on the caps

    Eaton limited slip with 3:73's
    Headers with EGR delete
    Dyno tune by Todd at Track Time
    Better springs, and bilstein shocks
    Eliminate front license plate bracket
    Eliminate hood ornament
    Paint Grill surround Body color
    Paint Grill black with Buick emblem in the center like a 90's GS regal
    Black out stainless trim on wheel wells, tail and headlights
    Exhaust to be named later with 70's trans am tips coming out the corner (My friend Scotty's roadmaster has them and it looks good IMO)

    Eventually eliminate body molding and have the bumper molded in to smoothie style.

    I think that is it, But I haven’t given it much thought! LOL

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    Quote Originally Posted by CadillacLuke24 View Post
    7.

    This. We all fantasize about the dream garage and how neat it would be to have a whole slew of different cars we love, but the reality is that you end up with a bunch of cars, all having various needs, and rarely enough money to attend to more than one of them properly. That 75 CDV means the world to you for very good reasons, and I say you should focus your efforts on restoring it right. It'll be a pure labor of love, since you'll never ever get back what you put into it, but then again I doubt you'll ever part with that car while you still have breath. Then after it's done, if you want, you can enlarge your collection, keeping in mind that whatever you want, buy the best one there is, because it'll be way cheaper in the long run.

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    I definitely go with #1 till you see where everything is going ..... cash is king!

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    As someone who has had money and is without, I'd bank it. Build that total up and never use more than half at a time to play with.

    Be smart with it...

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    Re: What would CF do...?

    Assuming it's the "ultimate" goal, anything but 7 is a waste of time and money. The rest are simply stop gaps because you are impatient and you think your boredom can be subdued by blowing a little cash. What good is picking up yet another project when you don't have the means to finish the one you already have? Not only are your shorting the Cadillac the initial resources to pick up another vehicle, but you are then shorting it everything the second vehicle will suck up in the future. Picking up another car will simply tack on more years the Cadillac remains in it's current state.

    If anything except #7 is being considered, you should probably be considering the next purchase as a replacement for the Cadillac rather than a stablemate.

    77CDV has it figured out.
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