Meet Buttercup, a 1972 New Yorker Brougham 2-door Hardtop

Fuselage Years

  1. ayilar

    ayilar Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I found this beautiful GY4 Honeydew NYB with a gold top and black buckets on CL in Westtown, NY in mid-June and I managed to buy her before any sandbaggers got to it. Thanks to several members, in particular @coco , @Marv , @AussieFellaWithaCbody , @71Polara383 , and @saforwardlook for their help in this process!

    This car was a 60th birthday gift to the seller by his son. The father, who just turned 90, stopped driving the car last year. He and/or his son used to drive the car every week, on "cruises" in NY/NJ/PA. That explains the 109k miles on the odometer, which is fine by me. There are some dings in the body panels because of what happened to the owner's ability to drive her in close spaces as he aged -- I guess that explains the bent front valence. Nothing major though.

    The car was stored in a carport after the son helped the father sell his place last year, and you can see the result on the roof -- the son told me that the tears in the vinyl were not there before, and that's when they decided to sell the car so that it would not deteriorate further. Mechanically, the seller's son said that there is an exhaust leak. The incorrect exhaust and road wheel caps were there when he bought the car for his dads in 1991, so I have no plans to change them in the short term.

    Later this afternoon, Buttercup will be on her way from New York to Illinois for some work by (mostly) Wyatt and myself. Here is the plan for restoration, based on what I have seen (pictures in the ad and the ones the seller sent to me, video inspection):

    I. Mechanical:
    1. Fuel tank replacing or patching;
    2. tune-up (plugs, plug wires, oil change, air filter, hoses, engine and trans mounts, trans service);
    3. brake service, including replacement of all brake lines/hoses and a power booster rebuild;
    4. carb rebuild by @Dana;
    5. LHS exhaust leak, could be as cheap as a gasket, hopefully it does not need a manifold repair;
    6. get the slow rear windows to move faster, grease tracks and/or replace motors;
    7. A/C repair (heater works);​

    II. Cosmetics:
    1. Top -- surface rust repair (bottom of the rear window, by Wyatt) & new V1G vinyl installation (with a shop recommended by @david hill );
    2. LHS front fender bubbles, patch metal / paint & blend (Wyatt);
    3. Driver's seat -- foam and vinyl replacement (hopefully the springs do not need replacing);​

    Of course there may be more expenses if the tires and shocks need replacing, the water pump and/or radiator need work, or the springs and exhaust pipes are close to end-of-life. I am hopeful, however, that these won't be issues as the car has been very well maintained.

    Attached below are photos that the son's wife took this morning -- ain't she beautiful?

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  2. Marv

    Marv Wannabe C-body owner FCBO Gold Member

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    Great catch ! once again congratulations, you score with this one !
     
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  3. live4theking

    live4theking Old Man with a Hat

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    Very nice.
     
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  4. Samplingman

    Samplingman Senior Member

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    Nice. Wait, that make 5 and you said your limit was 4, which one is going???
     
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  5. ayilar

    ayilar Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I talk too much! You are right of course, four is the (very?) long-term equilibrium. Short term, though, I am happy to house a couple more. For how long, now that's a good question :)
     
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  6. polara71

    polara71 Old Man with a Hat

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    WHO's housing them ?
     
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  7. ayilar

    ayilar Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    :stop:I keep them in several classified locations. And rotate them. Just like ballistic missiles! :D
     
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    polara71 Old Man with a Hat

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    Right :rolleyes:
     
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  9. mdh157

    mdh157 Senior Member

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    We misunderstood......he meant he wasn't going to buy more than 4 or 5 a week.
     
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  10. cbarge

    cbarge World Famous Barge in a Budget FCBO Gold Member

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    Nice color combo. Good score!!
    Congrats!
     
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  11. Trace 300 Hurst

    Trace 300 Hurst Professional Tinkerer FCBO Gold Member

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    Nope. He indeed meant four. Plus the one he's currently driving. :D
     
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    Michel: I just love that Honeydew melon color. Way-ta-go!
     
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    Beep Beep Dave Senior Member

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    Congratulations, you simply are a machine. I can appreciate your enthusiasm for these cars. They are lucky to get to you.

    Dave
     
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    Man that's nice! Great find.
     
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    Samplingman Senior Member

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    Michel, please buy a 1970 Newport Cordoba next, it's the only C body missing at Carlisle!

    :thumbsup:

    Oh, and congrats on the the '72! Reminds me of the car @oliver owns.

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  16. ImpJay

    ImpJay The different young

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    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Congrats pal!:steering:
     
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    sixpkrt Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    Nice car Michel. Looking forward to seeing it in person.
    Congrats, once again!
     
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    Awesome purchase!:thumbsup:
     
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    She's a peach! Good luck and enjoy
     
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