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  1. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    A little more progress on the door project, all pretty much going to plan so far I think Wire wheel on a die grinder to clean up the inside of the door that would be forever blocked off and treated with Rust Prep, a pretty volatile smelling spray that was suggested to me by a long time body guy. Leaves a grey residue on everything after about 20minutes and really seems to do the trick. then a quick primer followed by a few coats of black spray bomb. when I make the folds around the edges, i have already marked off where the plug welds, ( i don't have a spot welder, so i drill holes and fill to mimic this) kissed them with a carbide bit to remove the paint and primer and then they can be welded. i have never had much luck with any of the weld through primers I've tried. they seem to have poor adhesion and conductivity, but this has seemed to be working and still covers the hidden areas. i cheated a little bit, and just gave the beads a quick once over with a flap disc and sanding disc. i know i probably should've have spent some more time prettying it up a bit, but I will clean up the under side, exposed seam which faces towards the interior, where as this side of the seam, will never be seen again. A mixture of strong industrial magnets, clecos, side grip cleco, butt joint clamps and some locking pliers all got the chance to hold something and get in the way. having done a few sets of late '30s doors with their compound curves, i am fairly paranoid about the seem shrinking down and making a little 'valley', but i took alot of time and moved slow and am pretty happy with it. i had plans on tig welding this, but although the metal is pretty rust free, its a little contaminated and i could have been more optimistic about it, so it was all mig welded. i use .030 wire for everything. Still have a little work to do on it before I fold the edges around the backside and everything gets final welded but, its getting there. Hard to document, but the outer patch seam is pretty nonexistent Also, I am looking at picking up some literature, and was looking at the 37-38 Fisher body service manual http://bobsautomobilia.com/literature-and-decals/fisher-body-manual-for-1937-38-.-fm-378/ and also the All 1937 Shop Manual http://bobsautomobilia.com/literature-and-decals/shop-manual-all-1937-.-sm-37/ Are there any other suggestions? A master parts manual? Can anyone who happens to have the 1937 shop manual clue me in as to if there is any extensive section specifically for the transmissions, and more specifically, the bigger 6 bolt transmission? My transmission should be arriving any day now, and has been partially disassembled as well as needing a few replacement parts, and the older manual transmissions are something that I am admittedly ignorant on.
  2. Stooge

    Fat Fender Friday

    thanks! the size of this car for being a coupe is really something else, but it was a fairly tense 6hr ride back from Upstate New York back to Massachusetts in the pouring rain with out much breathing room to spare on the trailer
  3. Stooge

    Fat Fender Friday

    Can I play too?? When I was dragging my Century home last year
  4. I'm still working my way through this thread, but something I had accidentally overlooked when I started reading, although I was aware you purchased this in Massachusetts, I had glazed over a very specific bit of information, the small town you purchased it in, Abington. Abington happens to be the town I grew up in, and currently reside in, and the Proctor's are a good friend's neighbor. After I bought my Century back in September and had started looking for an engine and transmission, it was met with the "Dang, we just sold a century with the 320 and transmission a week or 2 ago" Small world!
  5. Stooge

    38 SHIFTER KNOB

    i like it! There's been one on ebay that I've had on my watch list for a bit, but in the pictures, its reading about 115* so I would imagine its broken so I passed on it. Your interior is absolutely beautiful and is in excellent shape, especially for being original!
  6. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Since i was pretty happy with the state of the replacement outer skin, i started to cobble together the inner structure/sill section. It didnt look too great but there was quite alot of good metal still left and i would like to replace/disrupt as little of the door as possible to lessen the chance of some aspect of the door losing its shape as more and more metal gets cut out. Started with a cardboard template to get a general idea of shape that i needed to cut out from the new 18ga sheet metal. Made a slightly rounded edge down the length of the new piece to match the inner sill area where the outer folds over, and started hammering out the curves on either side where the inner meets the outer, roughed in and approximated fist before i cut out the inner strucure, and slightly refined a bit afterwards. Still have some massaging, trimming and final fitment before it gets welded in, but its pretty close. I chose to leave the large support brace in the original place to the original sheetmetal and made a cutout to accomodate for it in the new piece. The metal in that area is still good and i was hesitant of cutting it out and risk having some aspect of the door fall out of shape.
  7. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    MCHinson, ive been slowly working through your thread, and so far two things, absolutely phenomenal picture documentation and thorough explanations! and two, i am very glad the body and chassis of my car are in such good shape! With the exception of some surface rust on the frame and steering/suspension and a few of the expected rust areas in the door bottoms and an area on the floor behind where the front seats would be. As tempting as a parts car would be to steal stuff off of, my garage is full, my shop is full and my driveway is full, and fortunately,the handful of vital.parts i am missing shouldnt be too bad to source. Pont35cpe, i didnt know there would have been that much of difference between the 320 and the 248. I was aware that the bellhousings were sized differently and had a different transmission bolt pattern, but it is nice to know i have the easier one to deal with. Auburn, thank you again for being willing to check out your resources, but please dont inconvenience yourself. I dont have a timeline for the car, and theres enough work to be done to keep myself busy for a good while at my snail's pace!
  8. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Sounds great, Auburn, thank you, and for being a new member here, it is extremely generous and greatly appreciated. let me know when and I can make the trip over to you some weekend! After a week of back and fourth working with someone associated with Pete, the correct 1937 6 bolt top transmission, shifter, bellhousing, torque tube flange, (all parts I was missing) are shipping out from Texas today. it has been partially disassembled and there is a chipped gear that I will need to find a replacement for, but it is a nice feeling to atleast have all of the major componentry of a correct 'complete' pulley to axle driveline.
  9. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Don't worry too much about the steering column, I would hate to inconvenience you and someone else, its just one of the parts I've been keeping an eye open for so I can have atleast have a "complete" steering system along with the "complete" driveline to get a good start on it. Thanks again! Whats sort of funny about the Century, is I was just finishing up, ( I actually hadn't finished it yet, but was close) a several year- frame off- every piece of the puzzle changed -off topic truck project, and was adamant that the next project was "going to be complete and maybe even a runner that just needed to be cleaned up a bit". But then I found this and it was one of those love at first site finds, so I threw trying to find a runner out the window. I wont post pictures of the truck itself, as its a squarebody c10 off topic truck, but I had a little fun with the interior of it, and i'll post a few of that. Handmade sheet metal dash and center console, using stock '49/'50 Ford shoebox gauges and clock, sort of styled in a 50s custom aesthetic. this truck was sort of a back burner project without a timeline so I got a little distracted a few times with it, but a fun project and good learning experience as I am not a painter by any stretch
  10. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    ^ Beat me to it, that's what I was wondering, I think it would fit in the space, but may be cored differently from the smaller straight 8's versus the 320. Unfortunately, I don't a stock one to compare it to so I could not say for sure, but having different part numbers is some indicator I would imagine. Auburn, that is an amazing gesture, I and would be thankful for whatever spares, unused bits, junk, etc you would be willing to part with. I am very interested in a steering column and gear box if you are still communicating with your source, although, again, I cant seem to track down if different models have different length columns, but I believe Specials, Centuries and Roadmasters have different part numbers for the gearbox themselves, although I do not know what the physical differences are between them, or if they are interchangeable. According to google, Lake George is only about a 3hr drive from my neck of the woods, so it would be an easy drive up sometime.
  11. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Gary, thank you, and I actually have a whole folder on my desktop of pictures and notes i've grabbed from your build thread, to reference back with my car and trying to make sense of some of the non-labeled, not so obvious parts. Thank you for taking the time to document and share your restoration project, its helped me out immensely already, and the car is coming along absolutely beautifully!
  12. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Thank you for the offer! The main things I know I am missing right now, other any soft interior parts and seat, are the steering column, (surprisingly it came with a steering wheel, horn ring and button, although the handle is nonexistent and is just the inner metal ring that someone had wrapped in electrical tape) and box, pitman arm, pedal assembly and clutch fork, and radiator. Had a few unexpected expenses recently and then the correct transmission popped up last week and I figured I should jump on it, so collecting the rest of the parts will be a slow process, but I have enough to keep me busy for a bit. I'm sure there are a lot of other things i'll need along the way, but I need to do a good inventory of everything that came with the car. Someone REALLY went through a lot of trouble blowing the car apart but also labeling a lot of it, and I quite literally have atleast a hundred of these envelopes, several plastic crates along with some larger pieces that wouldn't fit in crate or envelope A quicky little job a bit ago since I wanted something shiny and pretty to look at, was cleaning up the gauge cluster. I want to leave the original painted glass and use whatever gently aged original gauges still work, but also get rid of the crust. Researched a bit and found a similar color paint, although it looks a little washed out in the pictures. i'll give the outer bezel a polish when im closer to that stage, not much sense in doing it now when its just going to sit for awhile
  13. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    thanks Pete! I may have some names mixed up, but I believe the transmission is actually coming out from your way, if you work with someone named Dean?
  14. Stooge

    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Just getting started on the body work on the Buick. its in great shape overall, but the door bottoms, some sections of the door sills on the body and a decent section of the floor are going to need to be repaired. I've been working on sanding back and removing all of the crust, surface rust and old paint from the car, and started working on the driver side door over the weekend. I don't have a lot for tooling and equipment, but sheet metal work is somewhat of a hobby and improvising and making do is something i enjoy. Just a piece of 18ga that i shaped with some hammers, dollies and little bits and bobs I've collected. Just the lower curve and door crown held in with some magnets and am pretty happy with its fitment and following the rest of the door shape so far, and will be starting to recreate the inner structure in the next few days
  15. Still on the look out for a complete Century transmission if anyone has or knows where one could be. any leads would be appreciated, thanks!
  16. the wing is just a little too ostentatious for me
  17. A lot of beauty to see in those pictures!
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    Bias Ply versus Radial

    Good read Matt! I have used Diamondbacks on some off topic cars with larger diameter wheels and have been very pleased, I believe they were toyo proxes with the white wall. great tire and rode very nice for a good price. For my '37, im still a little up in the air for which direction to go with, in regards to Bias Ply or a bias look radial at the minimum. What is the consensus on the few options for radials that have the bias look to them? I was planning on a black wall for my 37 , but still want them to be aesthetically pleasing. i haven't had much experience with Coker, although i have heard they are better than they were a few years ago, but still for every positive, i read just as many negatives. Has Diamondback ever released the Auburn tires? all i can find is them hinting at them for 4+yrs and then releasing one size for stock
  19. i don't think i'll ever get tired of looking at 1st gen Electras!
  20. Stooge

    1936 Buick steering column and trunk latches

    ^ Ditto question for the steering column and box, thank you!
  21. it will be awhile before I get to drive it, but I did sit in it for a minute and I may or may not have made some vroom vroom noises!
  22. Stooge

    Car purchase escrow service

    Matt has basically hit the nail on the head, as a seller, I could see wanting to have nothing to do with it at the risk of being scammed, but also for whatever fees associated with such a service, that the money would be better used to buy a plane ticket and fly out to see it. How far away is the car in relation to you? if you are pretty adamant/ confident about buying it, make it a one trip thing. A buddy of mine sort of impulse bought a '58 Edsel station wagon over the summer, and he ended up buying one way plane tickets for him and myself to fly out from Boston to Iowa, rent a truck and trailer, look at it and bring it home over a weekend. Adding the small amount of money for two, one way plane tickets, (probably under $300) to what would have been a shipping cost regardless of who was doing the actual transportation, was worth it to know what he was getting and know we were getting it home in one piece. Seller was happy, buyer was happy, car made it home safely and it was a fun trip.
  23. Stooge

    Wanted 320 Buick Manifold Rear Section

    I'll be down at my shop tomorrow, and i'll take a look to make sure its usable and let you know, if you dont buy MC's
  24. Stooge

    Wanted 320 Buick Manifold Rear Section

    this separate piece of the manifold? this is from a '47 roadmaster, but I have to double check to make sure its not also damaged, ( the front half of the exhaust manifold was already donated to someone else) 2017-12-21_03-09-44 by Dan Haas, on Flickr
  25. Some good information in there, especially on the parts list interchangeability sheet as it sounds I can widen my search by a little atleast, although with reading it, it sounds like he may have already torn into it to part it out to help out his Australian friend? Unfortunately, I am in need of a whole transmission. my 320 stops at the flywheel and picks back up at the torque tube retainer, although I think I know of an appropriate bellhousing, and I believe Bob's sells new clutch discs and pressure plates. Is your 1940 trans in parts, something that would be for sale?