1985 Buick Electra - Phase 1: Repairs

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  1. OrthmannJ

    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    Man, I have followed Vettemans project and it's quite evident it isn't for the faint of heart. But it's also neat to see that a person with some mechanical aptitude can indeed do a swap like this in their own garage. Good luck and be sure to keep us updated on your progress.
     
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    I didn't do anything to it... but I drove it to Speed Week and back. The salt makes any car look good...
     
  3. OrthmannJ

    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    Dang! That's a heckuva road trip!
     
  4. Darcane

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    Progress is slow, slow, slow...

    But there is some.

    First, I bought another (micro)wagon to drive daily:


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    And started tearing into my donor:

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    The Electra is drying off in the garage. Once I'm done scavenging the corpse of this Burb, I'll pull the engine and tranny from the Buick. Anyone need a 307?
     
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    What is that for one? I've never seen anything like that, around here :huh:
     
  6. Silvertwinkiehobo

    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    It's a Scion (Toyota) xA. Came out around the same time as the Nissan Cube and the Kia Soul.

    I assume the Buick is drying because you pressure-washed it? That's what I should've done to my Ranchero when I pulled the drivetrain.
     
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    I suspected that it was related to the Daihatsu I now drive:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_bB#Materia

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    Where is "Here" for you? UK?

    I see in your profile that you have a Toyota Yaris Verso...

    In the late 90's, Toyota developed a chassis they used on lots of different compact cars called NBC (New Basic Compact). It was first on the Yaris/Echo/Vitz (XP10), then later on your Yaris Verso (XP20), and later on a Japanese model called the bB (XP30), as well as piles of others cars.

    Then, in the States only, Toyota released a new brand called Scion, and rebadged a few models that were never sold in the states. A tiny little hatchback called the xA and my "new" car, the xB (XP30). The xB is a Toyota bB that has been rebadged and tweaked for the USDM market.

    The second gen xB is a MUCH larger car and not based on the Japanese bB any longer.
     
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    No, because our Washington rainy season is making a mockery of the 80's era "seals".

    Good call on the pressure wash, I probably should pull it back out and do that before I dig into it.
     
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    OrthmannJ Always looking for old ford crew cabs

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    Move over here to the dry side. It never rains...
     
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    I'm thinking about it...
     
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    Germany. Or to be specific, what's left of it
    That was because of a lockout. What I really drive is similar. But, not nearly as ugly:

    http://www.stationwagonforums.com/forums/threads/is-my-wagon-a-wagon.49642/

    I'd still own a Verso, before considering most other brands
     
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    Bugger! My nose fell off!
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    The nose knows. We have an LTD (Large Thirsty Dog) in the garage with the same affliction. And it, too, is donating itself to another car.
     
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    Especially a mother’s nose knows!
     

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