Beemon

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About Beemon

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  • Birthday 12/19/1991

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    Kent, WA
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    Cars, Women

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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. Anything on a 56 Buick? The 54 and 55 dash are about 3-4 inches longer than the flat 56 style. I'm just hoping it won't look like a shelf there lol. I have the AC brackets for a 401 Nailhead, but you lose the spark plug covers. You also need to swap to a 401/425 timing cover with the 401/425 fuel pump or the bracket will not fit. This is a mod I was going to do with the old engine, but I have no plans to disassemble the engine that is in the car currently. Therefor, I figured I could make brackets that are similar to the original 322 bracket, where the front is held on by the water log bolts and the rear is held on with a link from a stud at the intake manifold that goes around the spark plug covers and down to the lowest head bolt between the exhaust manifold. For sake of parts, I would just get one of those aluminum mini compressors, the condenser, dryer and all related parts from the same company and call it good. The local NAPA here has a hose fitting department, so making hoses would not be a problem. I didn't think about a drain for the evaporator, but drilling a hole into the bellhousing bump could be made to work, and sealed, with a tap. Willis, I like your idea of sealing the car. I was going to go to the army surplus store outside Joint Base Lewis-McChord and get some military air craft insulation for the floors. My headliner is still in really good condition, so no messing around there. Edit: based on the information on the Vintage Air website, here's the size comparisons of the Heritage and Mark IV units available. The red line is to the knob of the heater controls. Looks like the Heritage unit would be a better fit, but it's just black plastic with chrome louvers. The Mark IV I think looks better, but it has way too much shelf hanging out.
  2. Has anyone tried these units in a 50's era Buick, or know someone who has? We're in the mid 90s here, probably not as bad as other places, but a huge change for us. The reason I ask is because it doesn't look like it would fit under a 56 dash. The under dash kits look to be the simplest route to go. You could run the lines through a plenum drain hole and through the open vent so you wouldn't have to drill a bulkhead connector, or put one out of sight behind the plenum. I don't have the means to buy and ship 56 ac parts since they're rare and costly when they pop up, but $200 here and there with summits free shipping doesn't sound impossible.
  3. Sounds a lot like both of my sisters. Lol
  4. The only time I ever experience vapor lock is when I shut the car off and let it sit for 5 minutes before starting again on a hot day. Though to be fair, Washington is cooler than most places, but we always push into the 90s in summer time. Makes me wish I had AC, too.
  5. In the description it said seats were restored to original factory, but that's not true. That's all I was trying to point out. Also I got a small laugh out of the numbers matching part.
  6. Don't get me started on auto supply stores. Though, I have noticed by observation that most people my age working the counter seem to be at least somewhat knowledgeable about cars that are mid 80s to early 90s and up, because that's what a lot of people my age drive since they're so cheap on Craigslist. When asking for a starter for my mom's 2003 S10, the guy behind the counter started going off about how it's a 6 cylinder SBC and had the part numbers down like the back of his hand. But when I ask about parts for the Buick, I always check RockAuto or NAPA first, get the part number online and then give it to them to save myself having to go through unnecessary hoops. There was a time I got into an argument with the guy at the same Autozone when buying my rear coil springs. He said it didn't fit the Buick, even though someone here on the forums had confirmed it did. So I went to NAPA, gave them the part number and they ordered it up. Dana products in my opinion seem better than Duralast, anyways. It just really depends on who works there. At the NAPA I go to, I only talk to the same guy every time. There are two old guys from when the cars were contemporary and a young guy. The young guy knows his 4x4s and Japanese cars, but gives you the blank stare when you ask for points. Likewise, one of the old guys there has absolutely no idea what he's talking about, and the other old guy uses the computer first, but when he can't find it, he dusts off the old book and pulls up the interchange. It's really hard to find expertise in any field at the minimum wage level because it just doesn't exist. The company would rather fill the position than pay someone who know's their stuff, which is the sad reality of jobs that pay more than minimum wage, like machinists for example.
  7. The WD-40 white lithium spray works really nice, too, for lubricating stuff like generators and distributors.
  8. I had mine built by a hydraulic shop and hasn't leaked since. It's not braided steel like original, but it works. If I were to do it again, it would be rubber hose and some good barb fittings. CARS sells the line but you'd have to call and see if it's ethanol safe.
  9. What's wrong with the mechanical pump?
  10. Here's the differences in pulleys between Buick and Chevrolet. Aside from that, both generators are identical.
  11. I picked up the generator today. They marketed it as a Chevy nomad generator, but it was a reman unit so they gave it to me for free... still have yet to save the original one, but now I have one that works. Just need to pop off the pulley. I did some research, all the 12 volt armatures for the big body generators are the same, so it must be pulley sizes for different engine demands and operating ranges. I'm sure windings and field coils improved over the years, too. Maybe the adjustment hole is cocked differently? This one is just like my original, so we're good to go, just in time for the Friday night cruise.
  12. Masters in Humanities and Fine Arts with a minor in English
  13. I'm not religious, but I think someone was watching over me. Ken made a comment to me about how he searched for 56 parts for a long time and I found three engines in 2 weeks, and one was running. I keep smelling something like burning oil when I turn the car off, I think it's maybe just cooking out the sludge? The stuff I cleaned out of the rocker galley wasn't too bad, but just makes me wonder. Or maybe it's the actual crankcase vapors doing their thing? I'm fascinated because I thought I had it down, but my other engine was just so bad that I thought everything bad was right. I'll keep on it. The vacuum gauge under the dash is reading about 14.5"Hg, which is realistically 15-15.5"Hg considering the leakage past the vacuum wipers, switch and pump jar, so that's good. I still need to tune the carb, because they were originally tuned on another motor that was not right. I'm dialing her in, though. Tomorrow we go back to the Friday night cruise in. I was thinking about stopping by the fabric shop and draping red velvet across the top of the air cleaner housing to display my piston with the wrist pin sticking out, with a little sticky that says "Trust but Verify". I thought the origin story behind my car was a story, but I guess the story keeps on writing itself?
  14. For some reason I thought this was in July.. I couldn't make it anyways.