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Beemon last won the day on August 2

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

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  1. Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Finally got settled in at the dorm with computer and internet setup. Here are some pics of the journey. My girlfriend thought the Antique Fruits was pretty funny. I think she said something along the lines of "who would want to eat old fruit?" oops
  2. 1954 century sedan. GA to NC

    That radiator overflow tube is looking good! How did you go about the underside?
  3. Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Doug, I get a of those up here. There is a local illegal street race group and you can always tell who they are because their exhaust is made from a Folger's can. The brake light switch and brackets must have cost me no more than $10, so not expensive at all. The best part is that it's not permanent and can be reverted at any time. If you're planning on driving it, I highly recommend changing over. Better to be safe in the presence of modern day motorists than sorry on your way out. Thanks everyone for the kind words. Tonight is my last night so it's a little "emotional" for some in the family. When we head out tomorrow, I'll be sure to take many pictures of the drive. I wish I had a spare of everything for the trip, kind of why I swapped every vintage part out. It's not that I don't trust them, but on the long haul I'd rather have stuff I can replace at the counter than 61 year old stuff that could fatigue at any time. Regardless, I'm taking the generator, air cleaner and WCFB with me along with all the other stuff I removed. I don't know what's over there in terms of service stations yet, but I might end up putting the good looking stuff back on. Just to keep me busy or something.
  4. Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Keith, thanks for sharing. The more I share my story, I hear a lot of "stopped running in the late 70s" type stories. It's a shame the car went to the scrapper. When I was given the car back in 2010, my mother was furious. She wanted it sent to the scrapper and was angry at my grandfather for even offering it to me. I got a lot of "you'll lose interest" or "it's not worth anything" and my favorite "it won't even be worth half as much as what it'll cost to restore". Yet here I am, 7 years later. 5 years of saving to get the car to the state patrol, and 2 years of enjoyment (for the most part). With all the money I've spent, I probably could have gotten a decent used car. But I like what I have, rust and all. The day I die is the day I say goodbye.
  5. Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Thanks John, I'm going to need it! Finally marked off everything on my list of things to do. I picked up a Group 31 battery from NAPA yesterday. I kept hearing this rattling noise over speed bumps... turns out it was he Group 27 battery... I even made my own wire leads, so now it looks all purdy. I was also pulled over yesterday, the officer told me my brake lights were out. It was partially true. I guess with the hydraulic switch only turns the brake lights on if the pedal is to the metal. I didn't get a ticket because I could prove they worked, just not very well... so I got this plastic button switch and fastened it to the steering column using U bolts and a 90 degree piece of steel. I just popped the leads out of the old switch connecter, ran them through the firewall at the power antenna, and plugged it in. Works with the slightest touch of the brake pedal now! Lastly, I put the electric wipers on. If there's one thing I remember from orientation back in March, it's that I'm glad I was one of few on the highway going up and down the mountain passes. I think I've talked about the conversion before, but the washer jar lid is off of a 1956 Packard/Cadillac/Lincoln, take your pick.
  6. Thinking about making a fuel cell...

    Ttotired, I've read the reviews on the command center, "what you pay for is what you get" applies. Edelbrock has their own sump, which is pretty pricey, but there have been no reported issues with it.
  7. Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    You're right, I have tried Willie's trick before so I'm no stranger to the operation. Whichever way I go, I leave Monday so definitely no time for anything now.
  8. Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Twice: the first time was initial rebuild and the second time was when I replaced it.
  9. Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Oh, I forgot about that... but wasn't it off a 55?
  10. Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Custom fit bracket, rag joint and fittings I believe.
  11. 1956 Buick 4 Barrel Dynaflow cam specs

    It's the original cam I pulled out of my gouged engine block.
  12. Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    I have both adapters, the Edelbrock adapper is far superior, believe me. Those cheap aluminum adapters are really shallow and the transition from big port to little port is really sharp. The Edelbrock adapter is a gradual change, and it's dual plenum design is not restrictive at all. Look up Vicky Blue's steering box thread. He uses a CPP steering box to replace his box after he found out it was unsaveable. I believe the term was "anyone who fixes this for you is robbing you." I can relate.
  13. Here you go, guys. Better than the Melling SBC-3 cam.
  14. Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Willie, couldn't resist... Took the Carter off, pulled it apart and found fine granules of while powder in the passages. I thought I had gotten it clean but I guess not... the Rochester carbs I had professionally dipped, however I can't afford that so close to school so I put the Edelbrock back on. Pinging gone. I used Edelbrock 1106 adapter to mate the 1406 to the manifold. It's from their flathead line and comes with everything you need, so you don't have to drill your own holes or deal with those cheap adapters from Speedway. The only issue I see from the design is that it's a dual plane, but the manifold isn't, so there is most likely turbulence at the opening. Regardless, I haven't had any driveability issues. I also stopped at the local speed shop outlet store, Warehouse West, and they fixed me up with a chrome air cleaner I really like. It goes well with the valve covers and was priced right. Among other things, I adjusted brakes front to back 12 clicks after tight. I also adjusted the parking brake, it was a bit loose for some reason (probably me). I also pulled the generator off and put the alternator back on. It uses a 4.75" spacer on a thru bolt to keep it snug against the generator bracket. I used a 2 v belt pulley to align the pulley with the water pump. Lastly, the exciter circuit was wired to the ignition switch with a diode to keep current from back feeding through the ignition switch. I took the road draft tube off again and added the PCV system, as well as replacing the old distributor with my 65 distributor. I knew I said I was going to keep this engine stock, but I have a feeling I'll be better off with this setup while at the university in the middle of no where. Just a gut feeling I had last night when contemplating the drive. Out of necessity, I'll be putting the electric wipers back on "just in case". I don't want to get caught going over the mountain pass at 65MPH while raining/snowing on the way back home for the holidays and have the wipers stop most of the way up the pass like it did during orientation. I also replaced the seal beams with some Delta conversion headlights. It replaces the seal beam with a H4 bulb housing. The cut pattern is phenomenal. It's much like a modern headlight, where it diffuses light on the driver side down and diffuses light on the passenger side outwards, so it doesn't blind the person in front of you. The beam is much more crisp, I highly recommend them to anyone who uses their car as a driver. Lastly, I did the oil change today. Nothing out of the ordinary. I think I do have a rear main leak. It looked like oil pan, so I torqued them down to spec but the leak is persistent. When I get over there, my first priority is getting in line with the local auto shop boys and hopefully we can get the motor out to do a bottom up inspection (remove crank, replace seal. The leak isn't terrible, definitely not as bad as 8 gouged cylinders sucking up all my oil... that's for sure. Anyways, pictures as follows! All that's left now is the wipers, brake fluid flush and power steering flush. When I get the money, I'm definitely going to purchase a CPP steering box. The play in this one is awful for having it "professionally" rebuilt. Maybe even replace the pump, too, since it seems to create red dust from the front seal.
  15. Thinking about making a fuel cell...

    I have no idea why, but you cannot buy in-tank fuel pumps for carburetors. Fuel injection pumps are pretty iffy at best. I called Airtex and they said not to submerge, so I guess you'd have to go with a really expensive fuel injection pump that you buy over the counter for a modern V8, and then the accompanying expensive fuel pressure regulator since most regulators are in the tank, then find a way to decrease pressure to 5 psi. Looks like another "decent idea in theory, way too much work to get right" type deal from me, again.