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Entombed car unearthed after 40 years - Classic Cars
upi ^ | April 4, 2010

Posted on 04/04/2010 5:27:23 PM PDT by JoeProBono

KANKAKEE, Ill.- A 1958 Buick has been unearthed almost 40 years after three young men walled it up under an Illinois house as a practical joke , observers said.

The Buick Special was abandoned in Kankakee, Ill., in 1971 when it broke down and its owner couldn't afford the repair costs, The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday.

A local dealer had no use for it and gave it to the three jokesters, who bricked it behind a wall in the basement of a house one of them owned, the newspaper said.

Daniel Newman, 65, one of the perpetrators of the gag, still lives in Kankakee.

"It was just something to do. ... We just pushed it down there ... but first, we took the tires off because they were good," Newman said.

John Tamblyn bought the house three years ago and discovered the car when he looked through a hole in the basement wall.

"I was surprised it was in such good shape, considering the car is 52 years old," Tamblyn said.

Tamblyn says he hopes to restore the car.


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KEYWORDS: buick; car; classiccars; ill; jpb
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1 posted on 04/04/2010 5:27:23 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 04/04/2010 5:30:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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3 posted on 04/04/2010 5:32:10 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

13 year old junker to classic.


4 posted on 04/04/2010 5:32:44 PM PDT by Woebama (Never, never, never quit)
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To: JoeProBono

THAT is a beautiful car.


5 posted on 04/04/2010 5:32:47 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Make your state a freedom state)
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To: JoeProBono

Sweet!!


6 posted on 04/04/2010 5:32:49 PM PDT by lysie
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To: JoeProBono

In the town over from me here on the jersey Shore, Point Pleasant, about fifty years ago someone got the bright idea to use old cars like this as a kind of dune, a break against tidal surges and large waves. They were buried about half-way and then covered with sand. Everything was fine until the nor’easter in 1992 unearthed them and sent them smashing into homes on the beach.


7 posted on 04/04/2010 5:32:57 PM PDT by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: JoeProBono

The joke is on them. 1958 Buicks are very desirable and worth a lot of money in restorable condition which this one appears to be in.


8 posted on 04/04/2010 5:36:16 PM PDT by mono
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To: JoeProBono

My uncle owned a gold and white 58 Buick Special back in the day! Rear fins were big in the late 50’s auto models.
My dad had a red and white 57 Dodge Coronet with fins too.


9 posted on 04/04/2010 5:36:27 PM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: JoeProBono

What a beautiful car!


10 posted on 04/04/2010 5:37:19 PM PDT by unkus
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To: JoeProBono

My uncle had a red buick, just like that, with a white top. I think I have a picture of him standing next it, in front of our house. It was beautiful car. He always drove Buicks, but that’s the only one that I remember.


11 posted on 04/04/2010 5:37:24 PM PDT by Eva
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To: JoeProBono
Eh Hem,they had a reason why they put it behind the wall...Christine....
12 posted on 04/04/2010 5:38:25 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (These are the times that try men's souls.)
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To: JoeProBono

Wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?


13 posted on 04/04/2010 5:40:07 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: JoeProBono

You’ve no idea the ride those cars gave. Just like on a cloud.


14 posted on 04/04/2010 5:40:39 PM PDT by crz
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To: JoeProBono

A good project might be to restore industrial capacity to produce such a car!


15 posted on 04/04/2010 5:41:46 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: JoeProBono

Restore it to later find out Democrat Cap-n-Tax legislation calls for all Classic Cars to be crushed


16 posted on 04/04/2010 5:43:40 PM PDT by Son House (The Reagan question to Democrat Majority in Congress; Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?)
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To: GSP.FAN

Three "survivors" of the many red-and-white 1958 Plymouth Fury stunt cars used in Christine now reside in private hands, one in California (pictured), one in Florida and one in England


17 posted on 04/04/2010 5:44:32 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

BTTT


18 posted on 04/04/2010 5:47:16 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: JoeProBono
The catastrophe I remember from my childhood. Beautiful old cars buried in a parking lot by a crazy "artist". Was even written up in Life magazine. Eventually rotted away and finally was turned back into a parking lot.

Ghost Parking Lot - Gone - http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/4491

In better times


19 posted on 04/04/2010 5:48:03 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; SunkenCiv
FYI
Ping
20 posted on 04/04/2010 5:48:15 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: crz

1958 Eldorado Biarritz


21 posted on 04/04/2010 5:49:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: KosmicKitty

Is that the “Ghost Parking Lot” in Hamden, CT?


22 posted on 04/04/2010 5:52:17 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Son House

****Restore it to later find out Democrat Cap-n-Tax legislation calls for all Classic Cars to be crushed****

They won’t be so bold. They will legislate for them a special license only good for parades and historical events.


23 posted on 04/04/2010 5:52:37 PM PDT by ResponseAbility (Prepare for battle and never forsake the Lord...unknown)
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To: GSP.FAN

If only a few dozen Christines would come back to life, there’s heaps of work for them to do. Like avenging classic cars murdered by the “cash for clunkers” program.


24 posted on 04/04/2010 5:53:30 PM PDT by Hardraade
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To: JoeProBono; SunkenCiv

SC—this is a fun one. FYI.


25 posted on 04/04/2010 5:57:01 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: Hardraade

Q: What was the most positive result of the
“Cash for clunkers” program?

A: It took 95% of the Obama bumper stickers off the road.
-— David Letterman


26 posted on 04/04/2010 5:57:47 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (o).. Elect Marco Rubio in 2010 .. (o)
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To: Hardraade

27 posted on 04/04/2010 5:59:28 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Bon mots
Is that the “Ghost Parking Lot” in Hamden, CT?

Sure is - well, was.

28 posted on 04/04/2010 6:07:13 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: mono

In 1971 a ‘58 Buick was just another old car.


29 posted on 04/04/2010 6:07:44 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
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To: JoeProBono
"1958 Eldorado Biarritz"

I was 15 years old and in love with that car.

30 posted on 04/04/2010 6:09:12 PM PDT by blam
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To: JoeProBono

We had a blue and white 4 door Chevy Bel Air my dad bought brand new in late ‘57.

In ‘65 his brother gave him a Cadillac—his 1958 Cadillac 60 Special. It was a huge car with fins. Picked up my wife for our first date in 1971 in that tank—it was painted battleship grey.

Had every piece of chrome imaginable, plus fender skirts. Used to clean the whitewalls with Brillo. It took a long time to wash that car.

The gas cap was under the left rear taillights—which were hinged for access. In NJ, we had(they still have) gas attendants to pump your gas. We used to get a kick watching the attendants try to figure out where the gas went. Then we’d have to tell them.

It had air conditioning and drove so smoothly. A lot of power in the hands of a 17 year old!


31 posted on 04/04/2010 6:09:34 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: JoeProBono

Perry Mason drove a '57 Buick Special convertible at one point


32 posted on 04/04/2010 6:10:21 PM PDT by vamoose
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To: exit82

33 posted on 04/04/2010 6:13:34 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

It’s too bad the article didn’t include pics of the time capsule Buick. Good tagline, by the way...words to live by.


34 posted on 04/04/2010 6:14:28 PM PDT by Nephi (Bush legacy: "I had to sacrifice free market principles to save the free market.")
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To: JoeProBono

Very nice suprise!


35 posted on 04/04/2010 6:21:43 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: vamoose

36 posted on 04/04/2010 6:25:11 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Nephi

Buick to change tag line, revise badge for new campaign

Buick will be launching both a new tag line for its advertising as well as a redesigned badge for its product line, according to a recent report by Automotive News.

It wouldn’t be the first time Buick has decided to revamp its advertising campaign. In the last three years, the automaker seems to have been suffering from a bit of an identity crisis, changing its tag line no fewer than three times. The latest change is from “Beyond Precision” to “Drive Beautiful,” which according to Buick, is intended to play to the emotion of driving a luxury vehicle.

Read more: http://blogs.motortrend.com/6209613/car-news/buick-to-change-tag-line-revise-badge-for-new-campaign/index.html#ixzz0kBY7hFyn


37 posted on 04/04/2010 6:33:27 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

We were a Buick family when I was growing up. Mid-50’s Roadmasters, Rivieras during the 60’s & 70’s. Somehow a ‘62 Le Sabre got in there - only kept it for a year or so.

Sweet rides and just beautifully crafted cars. Great dashbords during those years. Full of mirrors, lights and bells and whistles galore. Auto-dimmers for the headlights...etc.


38 posted on 04/04/2010 6:41:50 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: JoeProBono

Cool!!


39 posted on 04/04/2010 6:43:28 PM PDT by Dan B Cooper
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To: JoeProBono

1958 - The year of the chrome. I think Buick had more than all the others.


40 posted on 04/04/2010 6:44:45 PM PDT by chopperman
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To: JoeProBono

I sold a 56 Buick not 2 years ago.

All original too !

Cheers,

knewshound


41 posted on 04/04/2010 6:47:11 PM PDT by knews_hound (Credo Quia Absurdium--take nothing seriously unless it is absurd. E. Clampus Vitus)
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To: JoeProBono; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...

42 posted on 04/04/2010 6:51:07 PM PDT by narses ("lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi")
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To: JoeProBono

My uncle still had two of these when I was a kid. I remember riding in them.

Last I saw of them was in the late Seventies. They were at his farm sitting up on the hill in the grove rusting away. I remember thinking what a shame that was.


43 posted on 04/04/2010 6:53:21 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Without God in the equation nothing adds up.)
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To: JoeProBono
Crazy song about cars rotting away.
44 posted on 04/04/2010 6:54:01 PM PDT by Disambiguator (Progressivism, Socialism, Marxism, Communism - it's all shades of black.)
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To: JoeProBono

Joe, I should have been more clear in my note.

Those are the right colors—exactly right. The car was a ‘58 Chevy Bel Air my dad bought in late ‘57.

He was a factory worker, paying a mortgage, had four kids, and could still buy a new car all on one salary. Those were good times.

Remember how cool it was to see the changes every model year?


45 posted on 04/04/2010 6:55:44 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: crz

When they said power steering and brakes that’s what they meant. One finger to spin the wheel out of a parking spot and you could put an egg under your foot and still apply the brakes.

Kind of a Cleopatra’s barge on white walls.


46 posted on 04/04/2010 6:58:10 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: JoeProBono
I like the B-58 "Hustler" supersonic bomber added to the corner of the copy.


47 posted on 04/04/2010 6:58:51 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: handy old one

ping - Mr. Buick, tear down this wall!


48 posted on 04/04/2010 6:59:14 PM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: vamoose

Dan Matthews of Highway Patrol (Broderick Crawford) also drove a ‘58 Buick. Probably a Super with a Police package.

Back then, Buicks still had Dynaflow transmissions, which meant no mechanical coupling, just the hydraulic turbine. (By that time, I believe they had automatic variable pitch, so you could feel a shifting effect.)

Dad’s second new car (after the ‘47 Chevy) was a ‘51 Special, followed by a ‘55 Super hardtop. Later, Mom bought a used ‘57 Super.

The family of a high school buddy had a ‘58. He left the rear right passenger door open in the garage one day, and then his mom got in and tried to back out. Oops!


49 posted on 04/04/2010 7:51:37 PM PDT by Erasmus (The Last of the Bohicans)
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To: vamoose

Shoot! You can’t tell from the pic whether there’s three for four portholes!

Given that it was Perry Mason, I’m sure there were four.


50 posted on 04/04/2010 7:53:23 PM PDT by Erasmus (The Last of the Bohicans)
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