Hello, I'm so glad to have found this forum. Thanks to Stickman at classicoldsmobile.com who recommended you. Three days ago I completed the purchase of a 1973 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser with 102,000 miles. I purchased the car from the family of the original owner, and he kept the most meticulous records you could imagine. I have complete service records from the beginning through 2005, when the car was parked to begin a formal restoration. Unfortunately, the owner contracted cancer in about 2007 and never recovered, finally passing away last summer. So the car's interior is partly disassembled, and some trim is missing from the outside, but it is driveable as I had to be able to drive it onto the car carrier for the 90-mile trip from where I purchased it in Charleston, West Virginia to the my house in southeast Ohio. Then, of course, I had to be able to drive it off the carrier and into my garage. So, after having sat for five years, it runs rough, but I'm going to tune it up and put fresh gasoline in. The car had a complete, $5,000 repaint back in 2005, so the finish is absolutely gorgeous. I've attached a couple of photos below of the car as it sat in my garage Friday night and Saturday morning. The car is a bit dirty from sitting in the former owner's garage for five years (I'm told it was never out of the garage after the repaint), and I'll get it cleaned up. You'll notice, too, that the front bumper is missing. That's because he sent it out to be rechromed, and it's still in the wrapping it was put in by the chrome-plating shop when they sent it back. So it's been wrapped up for five years waiting to be reinstalled, and all I need to do is do it. I do have one immediate concern, and I'm hoping maybe anyone else with a clamshell tailgate can help. The electric rear window works just fine. It goes in and out of the roof quickly and smoothly. The power tailgate, though, is stuck about 4 inches below the fully up position. I checked the fuse, and it was blown. I put a new fuse in, and it blew immediately, although I don't know if it blew as soon as put the key in the ON position or not until I actually moved the dash switch. Anyone ever have this happen and/or have an idea what the problem might be? I haven't had a chance to go through the wiring and check for shorts or bad grounds or anything, and I don't yet have the service manuals for the car, but I'm getting them. As I said, the rear interior trim had been removed by the former owner, probably as part of his restoration, so I have easy access to the tailgate motor. If nothing else, I thought I could hook a battery directly to the motor just to get it to go up because, until I can get it fully up, the car is not weather tight. My great fear is that something is wrong with the motor itself as I imagine getting a replacement would be next to impossible. How durable are these motors? If the problem does turn out to be the motor, how difficult is it to just remove it and operate the lift gate manually. As I recall, a power tailgate was an option on this car, so they were sold with a manually-operated one. I could go on with this car, but I'll stop for now. Thanks.