• Can an Abandoned 1968 Buick LeSabre Start and Drive After Sitting 26 years?

They say you can’t keep a good car down, but how much damage has time done to this Buick, exactly?

If you are reading this, there’s a 99-percent probability that you are a car enthusiast. If you are, then at some point you’ve probably been romanticizing about finding an abandoned car, restoring it, and driving it. Such a feat would certainly be worthy of been immortalized in the automotive archives, or in this case, most likely YouTube. Speaking of which, this video from Vice Grip Garage just so happens to showcase “rescues” like these.

Can an Abandoned 1968 Buick LeSabre Start and Drive After Sitting 26 years?
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Moreover, the channel specializes in budget builds, car rescues, and generally how to work on cars and other machinery on wheels that time has been unkind to. In this particular video, the car in question is a 1968 Buick LeSabre. It’s a four-door full-size sedan, equipped with a 350 cubic-inch small block and a turbo 400 automatic transmission.

The car has been sitting for 26 years, without being started.
Can an Abandoned 1968 Buick LeSabre Start and Drive After Sitting 26 years?
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It doesn’t take much to notice that leaving a car out in the open, for a very long time, can result in some (or plenty) weathering.

There’s much to consider when “saving” a car like this, like how much of it has rusted away, or that all the fluids, like engine oil and fuel, are no longer up to the original specifications that allow them to properly do their job. Yes, there’s also a lot of detective work surrounding a car like this and the video goes into detail on all aspects of this potential survivor. The most important question still remains. Will it start?

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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