Discussion in 'A boatload of fun' started by Nailhead Ronnie, Jul 21, 2018.
Please I'd this 1986 wagon.
It could be an estate wagon, Electra, Lesabre or century.
Looks to be an Estate Wagon.
Late 70's to mid 80's
Thanks, i hope it is? Appreciate it
Thats as big as they came those years
Yep. Most likely powered by a wheezing 120 horse 307 olds.. hide the women and children.
Thanks guys anybody ever have one of these
That's 1980 to 1990.
It's a 86, I've stated this in the 1st post. Rwd
Well, it's obvious it's not a Century or Skyhawk and the only other option is an Estate Wagon, there was no LeSabre or Electra separate wagons, the full size was an Estate. Three seconds on Google could have answered your question and saved all the answers
That's exactly what we had in driver's ed.....and a brand new Lumina
I did Google it 1st that's why I asked here.
From researching it, I came across this "the Estate Wagon still sold in two different series: the plainer Le Sabre Estate Wagon (Series R), and the more luxurious Electra Estate Wagon (Series V). "
Off a hagerty article online
A 1988 with the camper option might be nice too I actually kinda dig it (pun intended!)
That started in 87, never take one sources info unless you can see the breakdown of models. Articles like the one from Hagerty often have misinformation. Sometimes you read articles and just roll your eyes. Not sure why they broke the Estate into two models in 87-89, one model seemed to have worked fine from 70-86. It's even more perplexing when they would have know an entirely new line was coming out in 91.
I grew up around these vary hurses a my my grandpa's body shop. Brings back good memories of great times. I could still smell the formaldehyde. He would leave them so nice, a true craftsman.
nowadays I find v8buick more reliable than Google, that's why I asked. But I'm glad I did because i would still be scratching my head. By now i got it figured out thanks to everyone's help. It's a estate wagon with a 307 olds. Online they say they were a nice wagon to own but not to many testimonials.
I doubt you would find many relevant testimonials on a car that is 30 plus years old. These wagons are reliable solid transportation if they have been kept up well, they are just barely adequate as far as power and acceleration, but they do the job.
That's because they were a pretty "meh" kind of car. Not bad but not great either. Pure utilitarian transportation, this was soccer mom stuff before that became popular. They had next to no performance, the 307 didn't have enough power to get it out of it's own way, and the 350 wasn't much better. The only advantage was that parts were cheap and you usually needed them. Built on an Impala platform, it was a badge-engineered Impala with a few toys. They were more reliable than the front drive crap GM was building then, which is why they are perceived today as favourable. They handle like barges, interior hardware is cheap and flimsy, dashes caved in exposed to raw sunlight and seats failed on anyone who was larger than the DOT standard of 185 lbs, and the powertrains leave a lot to be desired. They rusted like shipwrecks; once that starts, the thin gauge metal they used just seemed to evaporate. The ersatz wood paneling used to peel off in sheets, that is if it didn't become infected with rust-carbuncles and look like the poor car was suffering with a bad case of boils. Unless this car is going for a few hundred bucks and is in mint shape, I'd avoid it. The 80s was not a good era for GM or any American manufacturer. If you want a nice Buick wagon, find a late sixties Sportwagon, or, if you want a luxo-barge, find a 75-76 Estate wagon. Those were the absolute epitome of the Buick wagon.
Thanks for the tip on the 80's and 75-76 wagon
You should check out a 56 Century wagon that Hourmark posted in the "Leads" section, that has the potential to be a "fun" wagon if you wanted it; - 322 nailhead with 4 bbl on a Dynaflow; this thing needs a ton of work but it would rock once it's done.