Anybody looked at this 76 wagon in Meadville, PA

Discussion in 'Cars and Parts For Sale Leads' started by JohnKaz, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. JohnKaz

    JohnKaz Well-Known Member

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  2. Chi-Town67

    Chi-Town67 Gold Level Contributor

    Wow! I never knew those cars had leaf springs on them. I would have lost a bet for sure.
     
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  3. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    Meadville pa- home of the zipper and channellock pliers!
     
  4. turbotimmer

    turbotimmer hoarder

    A lot of money for a derby car.
     
  5. BrianTrick

    BrianTrick Brian Trick

    At the end of summer,there is a derby there. In fact,when I was there a few years ago,there was a Buick wagon just like that in it,and it ended up winning. He made headers that came up through the hood,and that thing sounded so good.
     
  6. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    IIRC, so did Cadillac commercial (I.e. Limo, herse, etc ) chassis back in that era.
     
  7. corvettzo

    corvettzo Platinum Level Contributor

    And Conneaut Lake Park , spent many summers in Meadville as a kid (68-79) with my Grandmother , my first car was a 69 442 that my Grandmother bought new at Smith Gray Cadillac Olds . I love the area . It took a big hit when Talon Zipper left . The park is pretty much gone . It's a wonder there is anything left of that wagon , it must not have had much winter use . Memories ....
     
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  8. Doo Wop

    Doo Wop Where were you in '62?

    Was there a place there to eat called "Mama Bear's"?
     
  9. JohnKaz

    JohnKaz Well-Known Member

    Actually, the park just put in a water slide, lazy river and kiddie play area, which seems to have attracted more people than in recent years. The Blue Streak is still the most legitimately scary roller coaster I've ever been on, though - not because of it's design, but because of its questionable maintenance - wooden frame coaster, some boards warped or falling off, nails popped up, safety bar wrapped with a pool noodle and duct tape. You feel like there's legitimately .5% chance that you're not coming back from each ride. Last time I was there, the guy working the manual brake didn't get around to pulling it in time, so the whole car full of people just rolled through the station and went back through the course again. I used to go up there as a kid, though, and it is kind of sad how little of the park is still there.

    As for the wagon, for me, that's the perfect next vehicle - I grew up in a '76 Electra and always wanted a Buick wagon, so why not have both in one (plus the cool rear gate!)? Now if the guy would give me more than one-word text replies and maybe an address at which to view it....
     
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  10. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    I would look away from that mess instead of look at
     
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  11. JohnKaz

    JohnKaz Well-Known Member

    OK, I'll bite - both you and Tim (above) have suggested the car is meh at best. Looking at it, while the photos are mediocre and show little of the car itself, it doesn't look terrible to my untrained eye. What about it makes you think it's not worth the time? BTW, I fully admit I suck at judging cars' conditions, finding bondo, etc....maybe there's a class I can take or something like that.
     
  12. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    Other than the paint job? The paint job and wheels on it tell me a lot about it's life, I'm seeing it sitting at a trailer park with 4 or 5 other cars in the yard. Looking at the exterior I am doubting the 8 out of 10 claim on interior as well. The $7000 price tag is absurd for one in this condition, a nice full size wagon can certainly bring some good money, but this isn't one of them.
     
  13. Kennybill

    Kennybill Well-Known Member

    I looked at one in a small junk yard near there about 15 years ago. It had a 3:42 posi, decent shape but weathered. He was firm on $900. Me being a cheap ass I was firm at $500. My plan was making it a tow vehicle. It was a 1973. I pulled a few Oldsmobile 88/98's from around there. Those old farmers liked their positraction because of the winter.
     
  14. JohnKaz

    JohnKaz Well-Known Member

    Thanks, I appreciate your insight. I probably tend to overrate cars just because I think they're cool...in other words, a poor automotive investor.
     
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  15. turbotimmer

    turbotimmer hoarder

    A good friend of mine used to travel 300-500 miles south to bring those 71-76 GM wagons back just to run em in derbies. They are very big around here, and he won a lot of money over the years doing it. The guys here call em round backs. They love em because when they start to crush in the back, the leaf springs forced the rear up, keeping them mobile. He’s run the same car in multiple derbies and won.
    I meant no disrespect to this particular car. It looks like its in good shape.
     
  16. 436'd Skylark

    436'd Skylark Sweet Fancy Moses!!!!!

    Ha. What you know and what you think you know are two completely different things. 100% baseless claims. You have quite an imagination being able to think you can tell all that from a few pictures.
     
  17. My3Buicks

    My3Buicks Proud Liberal

    Well, I can see it has an amateur paint job on it and awful wheels, that alone knocks it way down in my book. After a few decades of this, you become pretty good at picking out the rats. How many times I have heard it's interior is near perfect only to find something that you would be afraid to even sit in. I will stick to my summation as being pretty accurate. If you think any different, I have some swamp land in Florida I would like to sell you.
     

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