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About Beemon

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    Unorthodox Restorer
  • Birthday 12/19/1991

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    Kent, WA
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    Cars, Women


  • Biography
    I'm a 23 year old college student trying to piece together my grandfather's old beauty.

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  1. Beemon

    The 2018 - 2500 Challenge

    I finally made it! After my drive to and from ocean shores, I finally beat the challenge.
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    Source for these small sheetmetal nuts?

    Check the hardware store.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    The needle on my gauge sits below N all the time with the 160. I still have the 180 I pulled out and it's good. At idle I was getting some heat but it didn't sweat me out. A guy local is selling a new reman generator for $30, it may be my saving grace. However, with two for two, I think it may be time to save for a PowerGen.
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    Best differentail lube for 1950's Buicks

    It does have a fill plug. You're most likely going to need a large crescent or pipe wrench to get it loose. To drain, loosen the bottom differential housing bolt.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    I dI'd some driving tonight. The difference in power is crazy. I thought i had a true nailhead when i had first engine rebuilt.. then i thought i had one with this engine.. all this I thought the Dynaflow was the slug.. turns out it was my engines! I did have another casualty this evening... the second generator gave up it's last leg. Which sucks, because it was a 35-40 amp generator someone had gotten into. Both generators need new armatures.. so the alternator came back out of hibernation. Tomorrow is the real test, I'll be driving to see my father on the coast. Wednesday I make the big drive across the state back to school. With my luck the fuel pump will go out! Nah, we'll make it.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Acorn nuts was what I wanted initial, but I couldn't find any in #4 size anti freeze is coming next. This was to just get it out of the car port. I'm going to have a shop vacuum flush the coolant.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    I didn't have the throttle linkage adjusted properly since I had to shim the throttle tower away from the head for the new valve covers so I was a bit disappointed I didn't see WOT. I did have a pretty big scare, however. There was a steady stream coming from the driver side cylinder head. I pulled the valve cover and was frantically looking only to see that it was the temp gauge sender... what a sigh of relief! After getting up to temp and filling with garden hose water, I shut her off and re-torqued the head bolts again to 75 ft lbs following the bolt pattern. If I were to guess, they loosened up to about 65 ft lbs. I'm going to re torque after 500 miles.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    The results are in! I could have done a wet compression test, but this tells me all I need to know. What's funny is that this worn motor has better compression than my rebuilt motor...
  9. Beemon

    1954 century sedan. GA to NC

    It could have been an air bubble that finally found your vented cap. If you played with the fittings, it could have had a micro leak until the flare fittings were heated and expanded under normal use. I had one fitting that I just could not get right and it stopped leaking on its own after cruising the neighborhood.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Yeah, I am going to be running the stock 4 blade fan. Despite knowing that the clutch doesn't seem to work, I don't think it would have worked with how clogged the radiator was anyways. I'll be running a 160 t stat, too.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Just woke up... I don't feel like doing the radiator physically but mentally I couldn't sleep all night. The pains of engine anxiety.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Seattle Radiator Works in Georgetown. They did an awesome job. They're one of the last big heat exchanger shops in the state. When I hadmy radiator in there, they were also restoring the radiator out of the very first fire truck from the Seattle Fire Department. They also used blueprints from the Museum of Flight to build from scratch a brass radiator for a 1920s aircraft. Almost done. All that's left really is the radiator. Compression check is also in order. I'm confident it's all on right. Even followed the head bolt pattern in the book, torquing to 75 ft lbs in intervals of 25. Per Willie's advice, I sprayed both sides of the gasket with copper coat. The valve covers got at the junkyard for $50 total....
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    It was $270 plus tax for a complete rebuild - core was okay, they were able to rod it. If the core was bad, I was most likely going to buy a new radiator.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Finally got the correct washer jar lid. I bought one back when I got all my body stuff but it was the standard lid, not the coordinator lid. My lid was bent up and ugly. I used #4 machine screws instead of the rivets to put it back together. It was pretty straight forward and everything can only go on one way. I think if I trim the screws on top, it would look better. Is it correct? No. Was it easy? Yes. Did I need any special tools? Nope. Will it work? We'll see. Oh, I also got the heads back today. Hoping to hear her roar tonight.
  15. Glue it to the valve cover with gasket sealer (I usuallyuse permatex black) then, once attached, either torque it down or use permatex weatherstrip sealer on gasket to head surface. You can also try coating the sides, but I've never had to.