Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5k: Seller Submission: 1992 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon

The 1991-1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate was a badge engineered version of the Chevrolet Caprice Estate that added some flair to the B-body platform.  On the inside, the Roadmaster has room for six regular sized passengers (plus two more facing rearward) but on the outside, it is all American wood-sided awesome. Find this 1992 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon here on eBay currently bidding for $255 with 4 days to go, located in Belgrade, MT.  Seller submission from Oldsmobuick.

The 4000 lb+ B-body Roadmaster was canceled in 1996. At the time, it was the last full sized station wagon and last full sized rear-drive automobile from General Motors. Like a Dinosaur who stumbled into the Cenozoic era by accident, it looked around nervously for the exit before crushing a few zip codes on its way out.

The Roadmaster is powered by the old L05 V8, a cast iron pushrod and throttle body fuel injected equipped small block that was good for 180 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque.  The only available transmission was a 4-speed automatic, but swapping in an LS1 and 6-speed from a Camaro would be an easy upgrade.

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  1. Fleetwood T. BroughamMarch 3, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Ahhh, good to see another Fletch fan....I've been using "Oldsmobuick" ever since I saw that movie! Good luck with the sale....nice wagon!

    1. Thanks. Sorry about the crappy pictures. I took them with iphone and couldn't see how bad they were until after I uploaded them. If I get a chance between work and the weather I will try to take some better ones. I'm also having trouble uploading a video to youtube to paste in the ad. But I will keep trying.

  2. Needs a 2jz swap STAT!


    1. If we're talking acronyms, then maybe it should be LS3 or possibly LSA.

  3. The big GM B-cars were the best of breed from 1977 until...well..whatever.

    They were built like crap but they got all the basic mechanicals right.

    I don't know much about the Shamu-generation thereof, but as far as the '77-78 models go, they were horribly built but they had all the right pieces in place otherwise.

  4. '77-'78 was the worst year for fullsized GM products for a really basic reason.. they stepped out of their comfort zone and had to try to figure out how to build smaller-big-cars. The way they did it was to group things together and encase them in plastic. Compare any '76 full sized GM to its '76 counterpart and you'll see what I mean. The higher up their prestige ladder they were, the harder the fall. Cadillac and Buick suffered the most and it took them a long time to get any of it right. The reason why they started feeling more substantial was that they got back to building bigger cars again. Remember the small Cadillacs and Buicks of the late '80's. Just like finding their faith, they had to fall all the way to the bottom before they would look skyward and ask for some much needed help and guidance!

  5. We have a 94 LT1 wagon and it's a great car. Interior trim on the later versions is pathetic, that's been my biggest nightmare, trying to reattach broken plastic without destroying the parts that are still hanging on.

    The earlier cars like this one have a more durable interior, as well as a dash with real gauges. The L05 has nearly as much torque as the LT1, so it's not really noticably slower. And they run forver, the last one I saw at Pick N Pull has 395k miles on it.

    Impala SS parts bolt on, and parts are cheap. Prices are only going up on these.

    Oh, and they all lose the rubber trim and vinyl on the wood strips. I've never seen one intact.

  6. .I like to drive hard and fast in my big red road master beater blimp wagon.


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