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The wife's Caddy is history. I worked on it for almost two weeks, replacing the leaky oil pan on the engine, working on the exhaust , and misc other things. When I drove it home, for the wife to drive me back to the airport shop, to get my truck, we were rear-ended by some nut going like hell & not paying attention.. The Caddy is really wrecked & a total loss. Being a 4-door Fleetwood, it's a heavy car, so we didn't get injured much. Took the wife to get checked out at the local hospital, and she is just sore from what we know now ( and so am I !)
So now I have to find her another car......
 

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<3 Fleetwoods! Glad you were both ok!
 

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Bill, so happy to hear you and your bride escaped serious injury. That is what really matters. May God look after your wife. Find yourself a nice new exciting ride. Make it a ragtop. Feel better soon, pal.
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Bill I think I can understand what you,re going through as good as anybody, my wife has had 7 cars totaled in her life in incidents that weren't her fault. 2 of them were gm vehicles I modified & maintained that were worth much more than their book value ,which really sucked. She still has some symptoms from some injuries in smaller to midsize cars. One in which her or her daughter were not hurt was a drunk that killed himself hitting her mid 70's dodge magnum, so that says something for cars with long trunks.
Wouldn't be a bad idea for the both of you to be doing certain types of streatches to counteract all the tensed up muscles that occur from such an event, which could keep you sore.
 

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The wife is doing OK. And her sense of humor didn't leave her after the collision. She said " well, now we don't need to get the front end alignment you talked about " I guess we don't now....
She was almost killed in 2003, when a 4X4 pickup ran a stop sign and nailed the other Caddy we had. Totaled that one too. Head injuries affected her enough that she is on disability from her RN job since that time. I think she needs a Sherman tank !:smileyb:
 

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The wife is doing OK. And her sense of humor didn't leave her after the collision. She said " well, now we don't need to get the front end alignment you talked about " I guess we don't now....
She was almost killed in 2003, when a 4X4 pickup ran a stop sign and nailed the other Caddy we had. Totaled that one too. Head injuries affected her enough that she is on disability from her RN job since that time. I think she needs a Sherman tank !:smileyb:

like this??? :poke:
 

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I've been looking for a car this past week, and found a very nice '93 Buick Park Avenue Ultra. It's a big car of course, and the next best thing to the tank idea !:smileyb: The wife actually wasn't at fault in these wrecks, just a magnet for accidents !
The Buick Ultra version of the Park Avenue is powered by the venerable 3800 V6, which was called the 3.8 in the old days. Had a couple of cars with those.
This one is supercharged, with a belt driven roots-type blower. And when I drove it, I found that any more than a light touch on the gas pedal would squeal the tires !
Amazing, for a little engine in a fairly heavy car. It has 85 K miles on it. I even crawled under it to check the under-body, which has very little surface rust anyplace.
Looks like I'll own it this coming week.....
I'll have to post some pics of the car & engine later....
 

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The blower is small in output CFM, probably designed for small engines, and this model has 60 CFM. Later years had a 90 CFM blower, which makes another 40 HP according to the folks that know all this stuff. The 3800 engine is 231 cubic inches. It might work on the V6 in my work truck though, 262 cubic inches !:smileyb:

The wife is fine...thanks for asking...

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Bill, I too am glad ya'll are ok,as far as you know. My wife and I were rear-ended by an idiot a few years ago and i will give you some advice,make SURE you get plenty of medical attention so you can have a leg to stand on when the idiots ins. co tries to settle with you. We didn't go to the hospital or a doctor right away and when my neck started giving me trouble a couple/three weeks later the adjuster said we waited too long and they probably wouldn't pay the dr bills. SO BE SURE you go to the hospital,specialists,doctors,everything, to make sure ya'll are in fact ok .At least it will start a history of care. WP
 

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Thanks for the concerns you guys.
Today I became the proud (??) owner of the nice Buick Park Avenue Ultra ( what's ultra about it ?) And I believe I made out good. The insurance co gave me $3044 for the badly bent Caddy, and the dealer dropped the price on the Buick to $3500 out-the-door, including tax,title etc. Heck, I think the rest of the work the Caddy needed before it was trashed, was more than the price difference between the cars !:smileyb: I'll get some pics of the little engine & blower in it later.......
 
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