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Post by Bill on Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:11 pm

I love your photobucket account. Pictures make it soo much easier to understand how something was done. I am taking the same approach- take on a couple of things each year so that I can enjoy my car in the summer.
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Post by pthurman48 on Sun Feb 08, 2015 9:01 pm

My 61 Special Delux is a daily driver now.  I bought it after sitting for 30 yrs. paying only $400. I worked on it for about 3 yrs.  Overhauled the 215 and dual path, Everything is original, except for GM one wire alterator.  I did all the rest of the body work(its white, some of bondo), looks ok for a daily driver.  Motor  numbers and body numbers match, but the rear of the car behind the rear seat has been replaced(due to old wreck) with a 62 Special rear quarter panel and trunk(under car you can see the welding).  All running gear and brakes are repairded/replaced.  All new interor like orig.  I like driving it daily, it runs good with the traffic, it stops with no problems, without disc. Smile
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Post by Bill on Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:11 pm

Daily Driver? That is awesome. $400 is a cheap driver too, regardless of how cool the car is. How long has it been a daily driver?
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Post by pthurman48 on Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:34 am

Hi Bill,
 I bought the car 4 yrs. ago. It had 71,000 miles on it then.  I stated driving as soon as I got the motor and tranny overhauled.  The restore/repair process is about 95% complete(50% mint) took about 2 yrs.  So I would say I have been driving 2 yrs.  In the summer in East Texas(Lufkin), without air it gets hot to drive during mid-day.  I have now put a total of 7,000 miles on it.
Just FYI:  I remember the saturday morning I went to Palestine,TX with my father to pickup a new 61 Buick Special 4 door sedan, it had the 215 with 3 speed on the column.  That little car was FAST.  I get it in '67 and drove it for 2 yrs.  The next buick was in '72, it was a 62 special convertible(215 and auto), the motor gave up, I replaced it with the Olds F-85 motor(took 4 bbl. manifold off buick 215 and put on the olds motor. Lots of other parts swapping on those two cars.  Now this one!!
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