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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    1955 Buick Restoration Update: After 2 years and two months the chassis is complete. The brakes have been tested and it is now ready to roll under the body. Happy New Year!

    Link To Video YouTube - 1955 Buick Chassis Complete

    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    That looks great Ken! Plus we got to see the Mudbone garage with narration.
    Mike Middleton

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    My youngest son is coming over this afternoon to shoot an HD video of my current progress. He just spent $800.00 on a computer upgrade so he can edit the HD video. The quality is outstanding with this camera. It will be cool to make a complete restoration movie when the car is finished and a copy will stay with the car. I guess I don't want my boys to forget how much hard work is going into this car so they will appreciate it when I am gone. Mud

    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    Mud, what a great idea! You are so fortunate to have your son work on that with you. If you ever make copies of the movie, count me in for one. I'll even send you the R/W DVD to record it on.
    Jim
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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    Looks like a really nice job.............Bob
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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    Now get the exhaust on and start that puppy up! That's my next project...
    Mike Middleton

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    Regional Co-Director South Central Region BCA
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    1955 Century Estate Wagon (Driven Hard and Fast)
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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    Thank you very much for sharing with that vid....

    Great work!
    Robert (Bob) LeBlanc
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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    Quote Originally Posted by buick5563 View Post
    Now get the exhaust on and start that puppy up! That's my next project...
    Apparently I was looking at your car and thinking about mine. Your engine isn't in yet !

    Duh.
    Mike Middleton

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    Regional Co-Director South Central Region BCA
    Vice Director Alamo Chapter BCA
    Assistant Chairman BCA Driven Class

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    1955 Century convertible (Updates at Me and My Buick http://forums.aaca.org/f163/55-centu...ct-272999.html)
    1955 Century Estate Wagon (Driven Hard and Fast)
    1948 Buick powered hot rod
    1931 Model A hot rod

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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    My original goal was to have a running chassis before the body goes on. Due to lack of space and a lot of final bodywork to be done, my new plan is to get the body on and fit all my panels and finish the bodywork. Of course I have been know to change my mind so who knows! Mud

    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
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    1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack
    1926 Model T Ford 4Dr Sedan
    1927 Model T Ford Tractor

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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    Things change...I'm remined of a poster I saw a while back:



    I am unfortunately equipped with the attention span of the common house fly so changing your mind just once on something means to me your waaay ahead of the game.

    Keep moving forward, guys like you push me.
    Robert (Bob) LeBlanc
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    1954 Roadmaster 72R "Harriet" (My daily driver)
    2012 Enclave CXL1 (Family bus and wife's car)

    Calling all 1954 Buick owners to register their Buick(s) at the 1954Buick.com Registry


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    Update on the inner fender seals I purchased a while back. Thanks to johnahboo who led me to 1955-1957 Chevy Rear Wheel Housing Seals I installed the left side this afternoon. It took about an hour but they fit like a glove. Yes it is possible to replace them but a real pain in the butt. I used a wide bill vise grip and tapped it with a hammer in several locations. (About a Ĺ inch at a time) I used baby power for a lubricant. NEXT, Mud
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    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
    1999 Park Ave
    1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack
    1926 Model T Ford 4Dr Sedan
    1927 Model T Ford Tractor

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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    Mud, You might also try a mixture of dish soap and water. That what they use in the auto plants to install seals and rubber parts. Might be less messy than the baby powder. Just a suggestion.

    Car is looking great!!! Keep us posted with updated photos..
    Jim
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    1957 Buick Special - Model 48 2dr Sedan (BCA Gold Senior)
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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    AHA! Another judging tip - sniff the rubber moldings. If they smell like a baby's bottom, deduct half a point!
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    I may try the soap and water, as I do not want any points deducted because of the baby powder sniff test. Mud

    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
    1999 Park Ave
    1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack
    1926 Model T Ford 4Dr Sedan
    1927 Model T Ford Tractor

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    Jim, I took your advice about using soap. But even better I found some N.O.S. G.M. inner wheel well seal lubricant on E-Bay. It was only $29.95 plus shipping! Now I wonít have to worry about the sniff test and loose those precious points! PS. It worked much better. Thanks, MUD
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    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
    1999 Park Ave
    1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack
    1926 Model T Ford 4Dr Sedan
    1927 Model T Ford Tractor

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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    Anyone else feel a pulling sensation on their leg?
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    Sorry, I just couldnít help it. He, He. Mud

    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
    1999 Park Ave
    1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack
    1926 Model T Ford 4Dr Sedan
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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    Not to mention how soft your hands feel after your done... Where's Madge when you need her...
    Jim
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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    GREAT video. I especially like the tip about the clamp on the brake pedal to stop it's traveling too far. I never would have thought of doing that PRIOR to a mishap.
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    Well, after an overnight stay in the hospital for tests and three weeks of not feeling well, I finally was able to move the chassis under the body. I now have room to work on the daily transportation. After that I think I will tackle the dynaflow. Mud
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    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
    1999 Park Ave
    1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack
    1926 Model T Ford 4Dr Sedan
    1927 Model T Ford Tractor

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    Re: 55 Century 66R Project

    Mud, I hope you are feeling better! What an accomplishment, when the body mates to the chassis..The finished project is that much closer when this happens. Stay warm and well my friend.

    I hear chicken soup and Spam sandwiches work wonders
    Jim
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    1957 Buick Special - Model 48 2dr Sedan (BCA Gold Senior)
    1969 Pymouth Road Runner 2dr HT- 440 4 Speed
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    I finally got back out to the garage today. I loaded up the trans and had it power washed. I hope to start disassembly soon. Mud
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    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
    1999 Park Ave
    1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack
    1926 Model T Ford 4Dr Sedan
    1927 Model T Ford Tractor

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    Dynaflow disassembly has started. When I removed the pan I was very disappointed in the gunk I found. I then discovered that this was no virgin. Some one had been in the trans before. Several screw heads were stripped out on the valve body plate. I was starting to see $$$. But when I removed the pump, shaft, band and clutch plates it all looks good with little or no wear. The clutch band still has the printing on it. The drive plates look new. I do not have the back half apart yet but I hope it is as good as the front. Mud
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    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
    1999 Park Ave
    1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack
    1926 Model T Ford 4Dr Sedan
    1927 Model T Ford Tractor

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    I have been very busy with work and home inspections so time for the 55 has been slim. I managed to get a few parts cleaned and painted and was starting to assemble a few sub components. I assembled the main clutch pack with new seals and tonight I was going to install the clutch plates. I pulled the washer kit out and discovered only a few of the thrust washers are correct. I checked my invoice and it reads 1956-1960. I would assume they gave me the wrong kit. I sent them an e-mail so we will see. Mud

    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
    1999 Park Ave
    1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack
    1926 Model T Ford 4Dr Sedan
    1927 Model T Ford Tractor

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    The correct parts are on the way!!

    If it were easy everyone would be doing it"

    1955 Buick Century 66R
    1999 Park Ave
    1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack
    1926 Model T Ford 4Dr Sedan
    1927 Model T Ford Tractor

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