Purchase & Importation - January 2016
I paid US$8,500 for the car in S. Elgin, Illinois.  The only repairs I had to do along the route home were in Iowa to have the stuck driver's side window mechanism fixed, the leaking heater core lines temporarily tied off and the blower motor resistor relay resoldered.

The driver's side window literally broke in Bob the Seller’s garage in S. Elgin just before I backed the car out to leave.  I rolled the window down while sitting in the car and talking to him, and when I went to roll it back up in preparation to back out, it wouldn’t budge.  Poor Bob.  Can you imagine, you've just sold a car to someone and it breaks before they can even leave your garage? 

Bob said that the window had once gotten stuck and few years back and that it had been because a bolt had come loose inside the door.  So we spent more than an hour taking the door apart and trying to figure out what was wrong.  No luck.  Just couldn't see anything keeping the window glass from coming up.

Anxious to get on the road, I just vowed to 'deal with it' and moved on.  This was Friday night, and it was clear I wasn't going to be getting it fixed until Monday
the earliest.  But what do you do with a car you can't close up, in winter, when you're staying at a hotel?

It was already around 9:00 p.m. when I got back to the hotel and so I started looking for a late-night Wal-Mart or Target.  Perhaps I could buy some heavy plastic sheeting and duct tape to cover the window.  I found a Target, but could find no sheeting.  I was starting to envision my trip across Illinois the next day with the window down, the wind in my hair and ice forming all over the left side of my head.

Ah, but there was book tape.  You know what book tape is, don't you?  That clear, plastic tape that you use to cover book bindings or seal packages?  So I'm thinking....hey, I could just plaster this stuff across the window frame enough times and I'd have myself a window until I can pull into a GM dealer somewhere to fix the glass.  And it worked ok.  I laid it across in horizontal strips so there was nothing for the wind to catch on, and it held quite well.  I wish I'd taken a picture of the jury-rigged window. 

The drawbacks were that the tape did flap a bit at highway speeds, which was annoying.  You had to enter and exit the car from the passenger side, which was a huge inconvenience, (because I'd taped the window frame to the car and the door couldn't open).  The tape fogged up with the leaking glycol in the passenger compartment air even worse than a normal window, so visibility out the driver's window was brutal.  And you got to hear every decibel of noise from the semi trucks passing two feet away outside the window.  The tape leaked enough air to take away any body heat that I was building up inside the car body, too.  Ok, so it sucked.  But it worked.

Monday morning in Duncombe, IA the GM mechanic was able to do whatver voodoo was necessary to get the window back up and working correctly.  This was part of the US$370.22 repair bill that also included tying off the heater core.  I may not have had any heat for the rest of my journey, but at least I didn't have that confounded plastic tape flapping in my ear anymore, and I could get into the car through the correct door! 

To import a classic car to Canada, it's easiest to just hire a customs broker to do the paperwork for you.  There are no inspections, taxes or duties due at the border, beyond paying 5% GST (Federal Goods and Services Tax) on the sales price, based on the Bill of Sale.

(Note:  All costs are stated in $Cdn unless otherwise noted.  During the time these costs were incurred, the $Cdn was worth around US$0.75).
$ 11,500.00                    US$ 8,500.00, S. Elgin, Illinois              
$      500.00                    US$    370.22, Kemna Auto, Ft. Dodge, IA.  Window repair, relay repair, heater core tie-off.

$      166.67                    US$    125.00, A.N. Deringer, import broker services
$      663.40                    GST, Canada Border Services Agency     
$ 12,830.07                    TOTAL TO DATE