Summershandy

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    New exhaust

    I ended up bringing the original pipe from the manifold back to the shop to have them make a new one. The old fellow that's been bending pipes for years made one and made the system fit perfect! Best part is I had been there so many times and got to know them, they only charged me $25. Whew, got lucky there. The overall length seems a little short also as the tailpipe is under the bumper more than I'd like. One could always add a chrome tailpiece or something.
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    New exhaust

    Hey guys. Got my new exhaust today from Classic Exhaust. Man is that one mother of a muffler! It's a lot shorter than the rusted out one on the car now. Think this is a likeness of the original? I'm not familiar with mufflers this long. The bends look pretty close but I won't know until I install in the next couple weeks. I do like the quality of steel. Just a little bummed they didn't throw in the clamps LOL
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    original engine colour

    Another reason I chose brush. After I had everything stripped off it was easier than I thought. I wire wheeled the engine and cleaned thoroughly with mineral spirits until no more dirt was coming off on my rag. Brought a kit of several sized brushes to get to those "hard to reach" spaces. Patience and some good music gets the job done!
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    original engine colour

    I'm just curious on an original engine colour for a 1954 straight 8 cylinder. Mine is light blue mixed with rust and grease of course and don't know if it is original. POR15 makes a light blue engine enamel for 55-65 years. Buick green includes my year. I'm partial to the blue but again, just curious if someone know the definite answer because I'm not finding anywhere. Thanks!
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    original engine colour

    I like the finish of spray but I've been working in a garage during the winter and HATE over spray. Unless you're looking for show I would stick with brush. Hirsh seems to be a good looking quality brush on paint. Good luck also!
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    original engine colour

    I ended up brushing mine. Went on thick and leveled out nicely. No brush strokes and seems really durable. I'm really happy with the results....and the color really grew on me!
  7. Last summer when I started my restore, I soaked the oil filler cap and outlet in a degreaser a couple days to clean the wire gauze inside. Pretty black of course. I'm just starting to put everything back now and when I attached the outlet pipe it was a little tight as I had painted it. I gave it a tap on the work bench and some dirt came out. I continued to tap it and I must have gotten about 3 cups of dirt! I fired up the air compressor and gave it a bunch of shots and taps until no more dirt came out. I couldn't believe how much dirt that thing was holding. Glad I noticed and just wanted to share.
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    Clip identification on battery cover

    How much for shipping? LOL! Thanks Dave, that helps a lot. Maybe I can find one at a yard sometime. Cheers!
  9. Thought I'd try here. No big deal just curious. On my '54 Pontiac StarChief there is a springy clip on one end of the battery cover. All cables are accounted for and held down. The clip doesn't push down as to hold something to me and is only on one end. There doesn't seem to be one missing on the other end. I found a pic online and there's another vehicle with the same clip with nothing with it. I'm kinda perplexed.
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    New exhaust

    I think I may have something here. After assembling and disassembling a dozen times and looking at pictures, you can see how we were able to raise the pipe from the bottom of the frame so it seals at the manifold. I took a pic looking head on parallel to the frame and to me, the pipe could be bent some more which should move it to the left and down a little. I loosened the flange to let the pipe rest on the bottom of the cross member like it was and I was still unable to make it line up with the muffler. I'm hoping this bend will do it. I'm also going to bring the old pipe with me to the shop tomorrow as a comparison. It's kinda messed up in the same spot to begin with.
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    New exhaust

    Nope, upon installation I found the rubber from the hangers on the frame at the rear of the muffler. So this would be my system. On a side note, pipe 3.609 was bent a little low and was hitting the cross member preventing the gasket from sealing at the manifold. Ran down to the muffler shop and they bent it around 1" up. My call. Came home and bolted up the flange with a good seal cleared the frame. Now I can't attach the muffler. We will have to bend it back down maybe 1/2". Just like my prebent brake lines....not quite a match. If I were to do it all over again, I would have seen if I could buy the muffler alone and have the shop make the rest.
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    Recommended differential oil

    Need some thoughts on the grade of oil for the rear axle of my '54 Pontiac Star Chief. Manual recommends SAE 90. I have the following available: 80W90 75W90 synthetic 75W140 synthetic Reason I ask is I'm not familiar with what 64 year old gears would like to bath in these days! Thanks
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    Recommended differential oil

    Ended up sticking with 80/90 that I'm familiar with....it should be better than what was in there.
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    Replacement coolant hose

    I'm my worst critic, a perfectionist usually over thinking things and lose sleep over such subjects as this....I call it a curse LOL. Glad for the feedback as always!
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    Replacement coolant hose

    I'm familiar with gates. My replacement hoses are stamped MADE IN THE U.S.A. and I cannot find anything more info on them plugging in all the numbers on the hose. When I replaced rad hoses on another rebuild I was doing, I had no concern on "collapsing" hoses. I'm starting to think, am I TOO concerned about it? It's just I don't know about the old straight 8's and how they act.
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    Greasing universal joints

    Didn't know how to take that Bloo....I picked up the needle adapter and after wasting much grease and a shot that just missed me, I found the fit at the needle tip is hit or miss. I took the needle to the bench vise and narrowed it out some to fit deeper into the nipple. Voila, hold it tight and hit it hard! The fun was pumping it but that's what your chest is for, your second or third hand if you will....so ya, I had fun! Thanks. I wish I could have done a swap but not even a wrench would fit without dismantling the joint. When I change them one day I will remember. I too keep zerks kicking around.
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    Greasing universal joints

    I'd like to shoot some grease to my universal joint bearings and have never done so before. I think I can access the front fitting if I remove the parking brake bracket. But the rear on the '54 Pontiac StarChief is not accessible with my grease gun. The driveshaft is turned for the best access. Are there narrow grease gun tips or do I have to remove something? Also noticed the bolts on the brackets are kind of sliced open as if to lock or make a wrench hard to fit. If you look really close at the top bolt you can notice the slice. Suggestions?
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    Greasing universal joints

    I found a needle adapter in stock at the local parts store. It even advertises for use with tight fitting spaces like universals. I'll also remember when it comes time to replace the spider, not to install it backwards. Would have never known. Thanks gang!
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    Greasing universal joints

    Tell me about it....I haven't greased since I was a teen and forgot how much fun it was! 😩
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    Clip identification on battery cover

    As always thanks again guys! Guess the pic I saw had the cover missing also. I had seen solid covers but I didn't know it was a separate piece. I may source one again thanks Joe.
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    Replacement coolant hose

    The hoses that came with the car are ribbed with springs inside. Because of your suggestion I went out to the garage to see if the spring can be removed from the ribbed hose....and it can by unscrewing it with help from needle nose vise grips and a shot of WD. I thought maybe they were moulded inside or something making them permanent. The old spring also looks like it can be fitted in the new molded hose! Hopefully there's no chance of the spring moving up or down the hose. The ribs in the old hose hold the spring in place. The old spring cleaned up nicely. Regardless, I think I can make it work. Thanks for the push. This is awesome news!
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    New exhaust

    Thanks! Even the hangers are identical except for the one at the end of the muffler. I don't even have that one. Your pic is going in my exhaust folder for reference.
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    Replacement coolant hose

    That sucks (or collapsible if you will). What type of hose are you using Todd? Is it my understanding the hose that may collapse is the lower? I could always keep the lower ribbed and replace the upper. I still have both ribbed hoses.
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    Replacement coolant hose

    So I ordered and received my hoses today in light of the conversation. Funny that they are identical but sold as upper and lower. Looks like they are oversized so you can trim to fit. They are curved and moulded as Todd mentioned. They seem rather flimsy. Will I have any collapsing issues?
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    Gas tank strap ideas

    The ground was one of the reasons I thought the gas gauge/sending unit wasn't working. When I pulled it, it had been so rusted and seized it needed replacement. Before I reinstalled it in the tank, I hooked up the power wire and ran a ground. I was happy to see the gas gauge move to it's perspective mark on the dash. I owned a car once without a gauge and it was no fun I'll tell you. I plan on keeping a good ground for the tank although I like Bloo's thoughts. The fuel line is held by metal clips along the frame along with this big one up front. Too much rust going on to ensure a good ground. Thanks for the heads up guys!