Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Thursday Portrait.....




As you may recall, my son obtained employment with Wal-Mart. Right smart uniform n'est ce pas? Problem is, he has to travel 28 miles one way, and 3rd shift to boot! I felt quite uneasy with him being on the road with the current POS that he was driving, so Dear Ole Dad bought a bigger, safer, more reliable Land Yacht for the commute. This is a 1998 Olds Delta 88 with the BEST engine that GM ever produced...The 3800 V-6. I can almost guarantee that it will get 25-28 MPG, and it will long out-last the body. It's a Tennessee car and has never been driven in a Michigan Winter! It's immaculate inside and out, and it 'only' has 151,000 miles on it. Wanna guess what I paid? $1555.00!!
Of course I negotiated the price down for the purpose of this post!
I have my Friday task completed...Hows about YOU?
Peace...!!!

27 comments:

Brian Miller said...

haha. so did you negotiate it up or down. smiles. in the book, ready to go. see you tomorrow...

Thom said...

You clever man you. How close to Bluebook? 55 dollars? LOL. :)

C.M. Jackson said...

I drove one of those puppies way back when they were new and it handled the road like a charm--liked speed and hugged the road...your son will be happy as its definitely not his daddy's olds--nice job!

Serena said...

Aren't new wheels great? I know he appreciates it and will enjoy it.

Cloudia said...

You are a good dad!




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lime said...

i'm giggling at the term "land yacht" but not at the bargain and what a good dad you are.

Jana said...

You let your son drive a POS in the first place…am I too young to be tut tutting you? Good to know that your son has a new car, lucky him!

Gillian said...

Will you buy me a V8 if I get a job at Wallmart too?

Realliveman said...

Now that's a great land yatch!

Shadow said...

5's, 5's, i see a lot of 5's... you trying to tell us something???

Mona said...

wise decision. Me thinking same as you already know per our phone conversation...

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the walking man said...

I hope he looks happier in the car than he does that shirt. No real quibble with the 3800 a touch over engineered with the controls but the engine itself yeah it is a banger.

Jessie said...

he doesn't look very happy. does he have to drive 55???

Brian is an overachiever..."in the book"...i'm still trying to see if i can come up with something clever for "Theme Thursday!" lol

you know i love your work Brian! :-)

Jingle said...

I see your wit show here,
best of luck on your son's job.
He will flourish and become a star ...
Happy Thursday!

buffalodick said...

I had a 3800 (3.8L) in 78, 84, 88, 92 Buicks, and one in a 88 Pontiac..First produced in 1976 with approx. 170Hp, it maxed out (with supercharger) at 245Hp- same engine. The best engine is absolutely right!

Greg S. said...

Great looking son, great looking car. I agree with Shadow about all the 5's! This subliminal stuff seems to be working, though. Mine's all teed up and ready to go!!

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Akelamalu said...

You're a great Dad - I'm sure Reese would agree!

Mine's ready.

Prayer Girl said...

What a terrific thing to do for your son.

My 55 is written, but I'm holding it in the wings till later tonight. I'll let you know when I post it. Looking forward to yours as well.

PG

The Turning Point said...

You go dad!

Jim

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Jingle said...

http://itistimetothinkformyself.blogspot.com/2010/04/55-stars-seem-shy.html

my 55 is up!
Happy Earth Day!

Mojo said...

G, come on... the 3.8 V6 -- best engine GM ever produced? The venerable 327 or 350 small blocks could take a couple hundred thousand miles easy if you changed the oil once a year and didn't let 'em overheat too often. and the 400 that they used in the real land yachts was almost as reliable. My parents had an '83 Bonneville with the 3.8 V6 in it... just not enough engine for a car that size. Couldn't get out of its own way. They'd have been better off with the 5.0 V8.

*sigh* Those were the days, weren't they? Back when the Delta 88 packed the 455 rocket big block. Before we knew so damn much.

Man, I miss my old 350-powered Malibu sometimes. Maintain it with a Crescent wrench and a ball peen hammer and pick up the parts I needed at the drug store. 148,000 miles on it and it pulled a 5x8 U-Haul trailer halfway across the country -- over the Eastern Continental Divide no less. Then dropped the driveshaft, towed it back behind a U-Haul truck and drove it 3 more years before it developed an electrical problem I couldn't fix.

*sob* I miss that car!

Blue Bunny said...

A right fine looking son, there G-Man!!

Third shift, eh. Good thing he's young and stalwart.

I recently got me a Honda minivan, 10 years old but sails like a clipper through these urban seas!! I paid $1554.99.

xo

Jingle said...

http://itistimetothinkformyself.blogspot.com/2010/04/sunshine-brightens-ones-day-award-and.html

Happy Saturday, G-Man!
I will try harder on 55 next time!

Vodka Logic said...

Lucky son. wanna buy my daughter a car.

secret agent woman said...

Bet you'll rest easier knowing he's in a more reliable car.