FLINT (WJRT) -
(05/20/14) - Sloan-Longway just took possession of a 1958 Roadmaster-75 and is getting it ready at the Buick Gallery.
It's quite the land yacht. This Roadmaster was made in Kansas City, but had been in Colorado for the past several years. Former Michigan resident Ed Hendricks, who oversaw the restoration, wanted it to be in Flint.
"He was actually sick. He had cancer and wanted to find a home for his Buick," said Jeremy Dimick, Sloan Longway curator.
He died a few months ago and his widow made arrangements for Dimick to drive it to Flint from Colorado. It took him three days.
"It's a 1958, so we'll only stop at restaurants that were there in 1958 on the way back. We'll only take roads that existed in 1958. Treat the trip like it was 1958," Dimick said.
Dimick says the Roadmaster weighs more than two tons and has a 300 horsepower engine.
"It rides like an absolute dream. It was absolutely in its element. Cruising down the highways at 55 to 60 miles an hour, it kind of floats along," Dimick said.
It only has an AM radio and no air conditioning.
"It has power steering, but it's kind of over-power steering, so it's practically effortless. You turn the wheel just with your fingers," Dimick said.
Gas mileage wasn't great compared to today's standards.
"We got right around 10 miles per gallon," Dimick said.
As you can imagine, it attracted a lot of attention on the trip.
"I don't think there was one stop at a gas station or restaurant where someone didn't come over to us to talk about the car," Dimick said.
The Roadmaster will be available for the public to see at the Buick Gallery in Flint starting this weekend.