Here are some pictures of my 1972 Buick Centurion. I had been looking for a classic car for about two years, without finding anything that fit my budget that didn’t need an entire rebuild. One night, I was on Facebook and one of the garage sale sites in my area had the Buick listed for sale. Usually the cars are on the market place, so I was surprised to see it in a garage sale site. The owner was asking only $5,000.
I immediately contacted him to find out what was wrong with the car. He said the engine was loud because there was a hole in the exhaust manifold, and they don’t make replacements. I met him the next day, checked out the car, and handed him $5,000. Centurion convertibles are not well known, and actually are a bit rare. In fact, only 2,396 convertibles were made in 1972, a much lower production run than some of the more popular vehicles of that era.
I found the driver-side exhaust manifold on Ebay, and the passenger side manifold on a classic car website. Combined, they cost me $275 with shipping. So far, I have given it a tune up, changed the fuel sending unit, and changed the battery cables. It has been running great! It has a 455 engine, which surprisingly gets around 13-miles to the gallon on the highway! It is a gas hog around town though.
Although I will eventually prep it for a paint job, I have put most of my plans on hold for the moment. My oldest daughter just hit 17 and just bought her first classic. Together, we are working to restore her 1972 VW Bus. The engine is out, and we are gathering parts. It is our winter project. I will go back to restoring the Buick once she leaves for college in September… hopefully, with her restored bus with a camper conversion.