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YellowRose 10-01-2010 03:29 PM

Alexander's '67 Buick!
 
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Some of you know that Alexander used to have a 1967 Buick LeSabre that he had for some time. If I have the chronology correct this is the car he had before he got his first Tbird. Some of you probably remember that he often talked about Keith, who did a lot of the work on his Tbirds. Keith "inherited" so to speak, that old Buick and it has been sitting for some time now. A good friend of Alexander's, Tom Cangialosi emailed me some weeks ago, talking about trying to obtain and restore Alexander's Buick. He contacted Keith, found out where the car was, and decided he was going to go ahead and restore Alexander's car in his memory. He talked with Julie regarding this, and she was pleased. Here is what Tom has had to say about obtaining the car and starting the restoration process.

"I was lucky enough to find the pictures Alexander sent me of the car back in 2007. She doesnít look too bad and I am looking forward to starting work. Julie has been great and will work with me to get a replacement title. My only snag has been arranging transport from Keithís house out in Mattituck, Long Island to my office here in Tinton FallsNJ07724. Itís about 155 miles one way. Keith has promised to air up the tires, pull her out of the weeds and get her on solid blacktop next week. I just need to pick her up.

It's a sharp car and I'm anxious to begin working on her. This is a not for profit venture and anyone who can help will be welcomed. I'm sure the brakes, fuel system and suspension need work. Keith told me Alexander used it as his driver until he bought the Mark VIII in 1998. I'm bidding on a spare engine now on eBay. It's a 340 V8.

I have a friend who may be able to provide his help with an auto transport trailer but the availability varies. Can you please reach out to the Square Bird folks to see if anybody has any resources? The $600 plus for a flatbed rollback to get it is money Iíd rather put toward the restoration.

Any help would sure be appreciated.

Thanks

Tom Cangialosi
Fleet Manager
The Standard Group
732-380-8246"

If you live in the Long Island or Tom's New Jersey area and have a flatbed rollback or other vehicle suitable to transport the Buick, that you would be willing to donate some time to or provide it at a reduced rate, Tom would really appreciate it. I think it is great that Tom and his wife, also named Julie, want to restore Alexander's old Buick to it's former glory. If you care to donate further to the cause of restoring her, please contact Tom. You have his telephone number above. If you can help him, please contact him and let me know here also. Here are the pictures that Alexander sent to him before he passed away.

tbird430 10-01-2010 03:48 PM

I wonder if that "anti-door ding moulding" is O.E.?

The long one sweeping down the sides of this car so gracefully...

TCang 10-01-2010 04:28 PM

Thanks Ray!
 
I just want to thank you again for posting my info. Back in 2006 Alexander and I spoke at lenght during the ride to Carlisle and via emails on how he "would sure appreciate it if I would restore the old girl to her former glory" At the time we had new baby, a 2 1/2 year old and no time to do it.He was concentrating on being a newlywed and working on his Golde. All this happened before Alexander became ill. With his passing priorities changed.We think about him everyday and with my wife's support I plan to carry out his wish that I restore and keep this car.

Regards
Tom Cangialosi

YellowRose 10-17-2010 12:42 AM

Alexander's '67 Buick!
 
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Alexander's '67 Buick is about to start it's journey back to life! Tom Cangialosi sent me this email today.


"Iím back in my office after driving 300 miles round trip to see Alexanderís Buick. After 12 years of slumber she was pulled from her spot behind Keithís garage. On the positive side she sits pretty and her body and glass look okay. All of her bits are present. Whoever bought her new sure knew how to ride in style and comfort with power to spare. Factory options include air conditioning, power steering, power brakes, speed sensor, 340 engine with a 4 barrel, 3 speed automatic, autotronic eye, remote drivers mirror and an AM/FM Sonomatic. On the not so good side the window on the driverís side was left Ĺ open for who knows how long and the carpets and a lot of the soft trim is shot. A small field of moss is growing on the floor and thereís lots of mold. Iím hoping the floor pans are not too bad. A few animals have made their home under the hood and in the frame rails. A gopher was living in the ground below her. Iím having it flat bedded to my shop on Tuesday. Here are some pics.

Thanks

Tom Cangialosi"

YellowRose 10-20-2010 07:15 PM

Let The Restoration Begin!
 
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I just received this from Tom. He now has Alexander's '67 Buick at his shop! He is checking it out to see what works, what doesn't, how bad it is, etc.. Not bad! Here is what he had to say, followed by 3 pix he took. I am gonna let this thread follow what Tom is doing to restore Alexander's Buick. It ain't a Tbird, but it was Alexander's pride and joy for some time. Here ya go.

"All is well as the Buick is now in safe hands. Itís here at my shop in NJ and spent Ĺ a day going over the car, cleaning what I could and removing the interior. Even though the she was full of water the floors and trunk are solid as a rock. I power washed the engine and body. Geez, even the headlights work!

I also found Alexanderís Wardís Ever-ready Motor Record Book in the glove box. Its copyright is from 1959! In his handwriting is a complete and detailed record from 5/3/90 at 42,333 miles when he bought it from Alexandra Oliynyk to 105,830.2 miles in 9/12/98 when he parked it. Thatís when he bought his new Collectorís Edition Mark VIII. Boy, he kept good records. Every time he got fuel or did any work, he logged it. He even marked his trips to Spring and Fall Carlisle with a special note.


Tom Cangialosi
732-380-8246"

YellowRose 11-09-2010 02:05 PM

Alexander's '67 Buick!
 
Here is the latest update from Tom regarding the restoration work on Alexander's Buick!

Alexander’s Buick is coming along. I’ve removed the interior and am now wire wheeling the floors and trunk to get ready for the POR 15. Next is dropping the fuel tank and some patch panels in the trunk.

YellowRose 07-20-2011 07:48 PM

Alexander's '67 Buick!
 
Here is an update on the status of the restoration of Alexander's LeSabre from Tom Cangialosi!

"Just a quick update on how things are going with the Buick. Iím about to lift the body of the frame as the engine and transmission have been removed. I completely rebuilt the spare engine the past winter and spring. It looks awesome! Most of the car has been taken apart, bagged and tagged for future reference. Let me tell you, there is little or no club support for 67 LeSabres, but many thanks to Team Buick for having a complete shop manual online for free! If you can find any body parts down there Iíd love to know.

Iíll send some pics later."

YellowRose 07-21-2011 11:55 AM

Alexander's '67 Buick!
 
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Tom sent me a couple of pix of Alexander's '67 Buick work. Wait until you see the new engine that is going in her! The other pic is what she looks like as the work continues.

Dan Leavens 07-24-2011 11:45 AM

Ray: Tom is moving along nicely on Alexander's project and it is a true testament to the passing of a wonderful man and his love for classics. I am sure we all think of him from time to time, as I know I do with respect to our site.

YellowRose 08-15-2011 06:08 PM

Update On Alexander's '67 Buick!
 
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Tom Cangialosi sent me an update and some pix of the work he is doing on Alexander's '67 Buick that he bought to restore in Alexander's honor. Here is what he had to say and the three pix he sent.

"How to Separate A Buick

Last Friday I took a vacation day, mind you, I took it at work here in our truck shop. All by my lonesome with the help of two 5000 lb forklifts, I was able to lift Alexanderís LeSabre off her frame. The prep work took weeks of lunch time labor to disconnect everything and remove the body supports. I also built roller dollies from scrap displays we had."

Not to long ago, I posted the engine pix for Tom, below this. Here is what she looks like now with the body separated from the frame.


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