Just to stir the pot.....

Discussion in 'Classic Buicks' started by cobravii, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. cobravii

    cobravii Well-Known Member

    So..... I am doing a frame off resto on a 1964 Buick Electra convertible that my dad bought new. It is new in every aspect except for frame and other hard items. everything soft or wearable is new. I have no intention of EVER selling this car. It will be passed on to ..... someone.

    Do you set the odometer back to zero? Keep in ind i have no idea if ever rolled over and have no intention of selling the car.

    What's your thoughts?
  2. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    I guess its up to you ... I would never have considered doing that but if uou want to then go for it...
  3. rkammer

    rkammer '71 GS455 Arctic White

    What would be the purpose of turning it back if you are going to keep the car in the family indefinitely? Just record where the odometer is when the restoration is complete and leave it at that. As long as this information is filed in a conspicuous place, anyone who has the car will know how many miles since it was restored.
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  4. Short_Crank

    Short_Crank Just another machinist.

  5. David G

    David G de-modded....

    No. Stuff happens, you never know whether you may end up selling at some point, for currently unkown reasons.
  6. Smokey15

    Smokey15 Pretty Fly for an Old Guy

    I agree with Ray. Leave it.
  7. rkammer

    rkammer '71 GS455 Arctic White

    Not suggesting that you would roll back the odometer to try to fool anyone but, it is a Federal felony offense to roll back the odometer on any motor vehicle. Most states also have rollback laws. Many probably don't enforce rollbacks on older cars but, some might. What if one of your heirs decides to sell the car and an owner downstream declares the mileage original? Never know.
  8. 322bnh

    322bnh Well-Known Member

    Set it back. That is what you have if a NOS replacement was installed. Now just a glance tells how many miles since the restoration.
    (mine has 115,000 miles now since the restoration of a car that probably had multiples of 100K)
  9. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Pennsylvania has an odometer statement provision right on the title for the car. My car has an unknown history so I rolled it to 0 and declared it as mileage exempt, or not accurate. That works for me as the only truth I know is mileage since frame off.
    In my opinion, do whatever you want, but if it were me, I'd keep it original because you know the history since new.

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