Coffee Brake: The Long And Winding Roadmaster

As the Draken transitions away from a regular DT project car (a number of interested folks have contacted me about the Draken and I expect it will be gone soon) it only makes sense that another car, in need of a few tweaks, would fill the void in my garage.  Of course this next car doesn’t actually fit all the way inside my garage, but that won’t stop a 1994 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon from becoming the Roadmaster Project Car (RMPC).

You can start reading the saga of the Roadmaster wagon here when Kaibeezy drove down to the DT offices to record an episode of the DT Radio Show…or I guess you could go back to when it was offered for sale with empty soda cups and Little Mermaid books littering the interior.   

The Roadmaster arrived complete with 18 feet of monstrous length, squeaky suspension component(s?), non-functioning key-fob, balding tires, busted e-brake, and a warm AC.  First thing’s first, that squeak was downright annoying with the windows down, so it was either fix the AC or murder the cricket in the suspension.

The annoying squawk was coming from the left front, so I made one of my kids jump on the bumper with the hood open and found the source of the noise — a mangled looking upper control arm bushing.  It needs to be replaced in the future, but for now I pulled out my trusty grease gun and added the evil looking needle attachment. It’s flu shot season in Roadmastertown.

The patient was administered an injection of premium Mobile 1 synthetic grease into the rubber bushing and the noise is 100% gone.  The bushing still needs to get replaced, but at least it isn’t embarrassing to drive over speed bumps near crowds of people crowds of people near speed bumps.

Nobody likes opening the door with a key like some kind of neanderthal (next, you’ll ask me to shift my own gears or navigate without voice assistance like it is the dark ages) and the Roadmaster came with a set of key fobs, but pressing the buttons did nothing.  A quick google search and I found a website that described the programming procedure, which involved removing a rear plastic panel, shorting out a connector and pressing some buttons on the key-fob, 20 minutes later I popping locks like Rob Ford pops pills. 

Stay tuned for more DT project car updates as we say goodbye to the Draken and fix the Roadmaster’s air conditioning, parking brake, and get some new tires. DT E-i-C Vince’s wife says “wanna support DT, somebody buy the damn Draken.”