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Old 03-09-2004, 01:11 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm Bill Buttermore from Ames, Iowa. I spent 34 years working as a research scientist (coal research) and retired in '96 at age 47. Now I piddle around reconditioning 2 or three cars a year, sing in an acapella quartet, and build leaded glass windows. My kids are up and out with kids of their own. I helped my boy pick out his first Bonneville: a '92 SE that he bought with a 100k (now has 280K on it and still going.)

The first Bonneville I drove was my Dad'* '61 389 4-bbl convertible. What a ride! Wide-track, grab bar, bamboo cream with a black top and leather seats. Positraction axle made the strips double when you put your foot in it. Took my girl out in it, she'* now my wife of 35 years. I have owned a '65 Bonneville Black 2-door hardtop, red interior, a '65 Bonneville convertible blue/white top, an '87 Bonneville LE garnet/gray and most recently last fall purchased a '97 SSEi Gold?/Tan

The current Bonneville in residence was purchased from a dealer with 101K mi, for $4k with a rod (#6) knock. I pulled the engine, had the rod journals turned .030 under and the mains polished. Cleaned it up inside, put it back together and re-installed it. Just about the time I finished the detailing, winter came and I didn't want to drive it on salty roads, so it has been mostly sitting waiting for nice weather.

I've owned caddies and mercedes and porsches and cop cars, but never a new one and very few under 100K on the clock. This SSEi is a very nice car that I had purchased with the intention of selling, but now that I have driven it around for a few hundred miles, I'm thinking maybe I'll just hold on to it for a while. The engine is really a beautiful piece of work.

I think this may be the best auto forum I have encountered on line. I am really happy to have found you folks.

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Welcome Mr Iowegian (Or do you prefer Southern Minnesotan??)

More folks from the upper Midwest is a good thing!!!
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Bill, put that car year and model in your signature It'll help alot! Great to have you here. You sound like a real gearhead!
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welcome!! Check out www.mnbonnevilleclub.com!

There are two of us in Mankato, maybe close to you!

We both just drove back thru Iowa from the big BC meet in T.O.
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I spent 34 years working as a research scientist (coal research) and retired in '96 at age 47.
Let'* see...you retired at 47 after 34 years. Damn! A scientist at 13(I know I'm missing something here) But I really have to congratulate you for being able to "retire" early and now have time to do what you really like to do

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The first Bonneville I drove was my Dad'* '61 389 4-bbl convertible. What a ride! Wide-track, grab bar, bamboo cream with a black top and leather seats.
Yep! My father had a '61 Star Chief 4-Dr Sedan. Sort of like a poor man'* Bonneville. It wasn't nearly as nicely appointed as yours. But it did have that 389 with a 2-bbl. The trunk slept about 6 people and the tank held 25 gallons of fuel. Who cared. Gas was about 30 cents a gallon then.

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Welcome aboard Bill, sounds like we'll here more of your projects

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Geez! You are right Ol' Timer, I should have said after 34 years working for others. Started at 13 cutting grass and shoveling snow, then worked for a florist, worked in an MG/Austin Healy (BMC then) dealership sweeping the shop floor and running parts, worked in a steel mill, worked on a railroad, worked in a cafeteria, then started at the Coal Research Lab in which employ I spent a mere 27 years.

Thanks for keeping me honest.
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