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    Re: My 1964 Electra Project

    [QUOTE=avgwarhawk;1073741]Everyone at one time or another had a work in progress. You are no different. Car people understand. Drive with pride in your Buick. Go to the show and have fun. Thats what it is all about.[/QUOTE

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    I'm not sure the back doors have switches for the courtesy lights. None of my 4 doors ever have.
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    Re: My 1964 Electra Project

    Quote Originally Posted by avgwarhawk View Post
    Everyone at one time or another had a work in progress. You are no different. Car people understand. Drive with pride in your Buick. Go to the show and have fun. Thats what it is all about.
    This is 100% correct. The people are what make the show. Charlotte was so dang hot this year at the Nationals that I hardly saw any cars. BUT, I hung out with a ton of old friends and made some new ones.
    Even if your car was fully restored, there would be snooty jokers who looked down on it because it isn't a Chevy. Or a Mustang. Go to the show!
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    Quote Originally Posted by buick5563 View Post
    This is 100% correct. The people are what make the show. Charlotte was so dang hot this year at the Nationals that I hardly saw any cars. BUT, I hung out with a ton of old friends and made some new ones.
    Even if your car was fully restored, there would be snooty jokers who looked down on it because it isn't a Chevy. Or a Mustang. Go to the show!
    Oh yea we're def going

    See you all there!
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    Thanks to tunugent and his parts car, I now have a complete dash

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    Horray!
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    Re: My 1964 Electra Project

    Oh yeah! Diggin' the fuzzy dice, too. Rather than looking for wheel covers, have you considered some Formula Five Buick Rally wheels? They first came out in '64 on the Wildcat. Jamco also offers lowering springs in 2" and 3" drops.

    I'm not especially fond of the this two tone paint, but this is more or less what I was invisioning.



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    I have one rally wheel for it, but money is going to force me (at least for the short-term) to settle just for wheel covers.

    Jamco also offers lowering springs in 2" and 3" drops.
    I have no idea what this sentence means.
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    Lowering springs set the car 2" or 3" closer to the ground. They're shorter but have the same compression as the longer springs. An old hotrodder's trick to make the car sit lower and look longer.

    Look at the relationship of the top of your front wheels and the arch molding, then look at the same relationship in the picture I posted. On your car, there is a couple of inches between the top of the wheel and the molding; in the picture I posted, there's almost no difference.

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    Wheels from Buick yes! I'm a fan of these wheels. Don't lower it!
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    This weekend I hope to take the car to a cookout, it's about 30 miles away. We're gonna try it, I've already put about 100 miles on it since I've had it with no issues, but this will be the farthest I've driven in one trip.
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    She'll make it in fine fashion.
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    Still hunting for door jam switches. I cleaned the ones I have as best as I could and now the passenger side half way works, but the drivers side was just a pile of rust and dust so it's totally shot.

    Also still hunting for a power antenna mast....so hard to find this thing.
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    So yesterday was the first semi-clear day we've had in a while, so i decided to tinker with the antenna some more to see if I could fix it.

    The electric motor is now totally shot, when I got it out of the car and got the cap off it's just totally gunked up with crud and rust.

    I found these kits locally Buy Metra Power Antenna CF-PW22 at Advance Auto Parts

    it says its a universal antenna, but we all know how that goes. Has anyone ever used one of these kits on an old car? The store won't let you return it and it's 60 bucks so not something you can eat.

    Ideally I'd like to find the motor and antenna off a 64 buick to replace mine, but i've looked everywhere and can't find one.
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    I see no reason why the antenna assembly would not work. The key is finding a good way to mount the antenna.
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    Took ole girl out today for a ride around town, this has been the first day it's not poured rain all day. (altho it has since started raining)

    Got some little portable speakers for my iPhone and hooked them up with the Satellite Radio running on the 60s channel. So fun riding around town with era appropriate music playing, it adds the whole mood to the fun.

    Anyways, all in all we did another 30+ miles today with no issues what so ever. So I think we should be fine to drive to Concord for the show at the end of the month.
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    Yes sir, the music can transport the car back to the 60's! I installed a mechless player in my 54 that handles flash drives, SD and Ipod. I loaded up a flash drive with 200 plus songs from the 40's and 50's. Big band, swing, rockabilly, rock & roll and jazz. Lots of fun and good times listening to the tunes that would would have played when the car was rolling back in the 50's. And you know what, there is a lot of music from these era's that is just great to listen too.
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    Hope to see you guys out at the show on Saturday in Concord NC.
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    Had a great time saturday and i picked up an awesome plate for the car.
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    you guys can't make fun of my wheel covers anymore..ha!
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    Re: My 1964 Electra Project

    AWESOME!!

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    Nice! I forgot how good those covers looked. How about a pic of the entire side so we can see both covers?

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    Re: My 1964 Electra Project

    Joseph ,
    This was posted over in the Buick Buy sell in case you didn't see it. Probably nothing you need, but you can always call and ask if he has what you DO need.
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    I'm late to the party but here is replacing a heater core on a 1964 Wildcat: 1964 Wildcat Heater Core Replacement
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    Oh-boy. This makes my 69 Electra look like a walk in the park!

    When I pulled the original heater core out of my 56 I found it was sealed with a non hardening caulk. I bought similar replacement caulk at my local hardware store and used that to see the core in the box ( so air had to flow around the core) and the box to the firewall. I could also layer it where needed to adjust for any box irregularities to make sure we would not get any engine compartment flow through to the interior.

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    Re: My 1964 Electra Project

    Hey guys, I've been saving up some fun money and I want to start working on the car for this year.

    I really need to take her and get a proper exhaust system put on

    I've already got the paint and body work lined up

    Still trying to find some rally wheels for it

    Still need a power antenna

    Seats need redoing

    Needs a new heater coil but I think that is well outside my abilities...thought?

    Also what should I do about the chrome on the side those thin pieces are pitted to hell and back

    Time to start getting it ready

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