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  1. Stooge


    im instagram friends with the owner of this car, and he has a build thread over on the Hamb. I love a good custom and he has a huge amount of really nice work into that car and is all very detailed. I came across these this morning, I don't remember seeing them posted but 1929 Buick hearse from Argentina
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    1940 Running Boards

    I don't have a source for new running boards, but if your feeling crafty and want to waste some time trying it out and learning from my mistakes, here are 2 of the main posts in my thread from when I was making my running boards, although there are some other posts pertaining to them sprinkled in the thread. I will be using the generic beaded rubber mats and trimming them to fit when I get to that point. I think I have under $20 into them and that was for hardware. I also reshaped the front and rear fender facing sides after the first post
  3. Hi Buick Group, my name is Dan/ (Stooge on a few forums, Jalopyjournal, Garagejournal and a few others), I'm 30yrs old, this is my first Buick, though I've only ever owned GM brand cars, I work in a force laboratory and have a hobby shop on the side to putter around with some cars , both my own personal projects and for other people. I have a few off topic cars that I've been working on and recently started on my 1937 Century coupe, (series 60, although I believe it might be denoted as a series 66 ?) that I bought last year and saved from being turned into a rat rod as the previous owner was planning on swapping over onto a late model chevy Colorado chassis. I've worked on a few prewar cars for other people, but have mostly been front clipped hot rods, most notably a 1937 chevy panel truck and a 1937 Plymouth coupe. My current projects are finishing up a longer term 1966 GTO project for someone, a 1958 Edsel Villager station wagon that I am working on with a good buddy of mine who I flew out to Iowa with last year and trailered it back here to Massachusetts with, and of course my Century. The '37 had been pretty well stripped off a lot of the vital parts, (no engine, trans, steering column, seats/ interior) but did include a lot of parts, trim, brake cylinders, hardware, a lot of the interior/ window garnishings, door mechanisms, etc. all pretty well meticulously bagged and tagged as I think someone blew the car apart at one point in time, to either start a restoration or part it out. It will be a modest restoration, as I am planning on using the stock running gear, I have acquired a lowish mile 320 straight 8, I have the correct 1937 Big series 6 bolt 3 speed on its way to me being shipped from Texas from someone on a 1937-1938 Facebook group, and I will be using the stock century rear end and torque tube, along with the stock steering , (still need a column, steering gear box and pitman arm), stock brakes, and I am keeping it 6volt with using either a Rhode Island Wiring or YNZ stock harness with turn signals added. the only planned areas for deviation are a multi-carb intake and a fabricated exhaust. The interior will probably be fairly bare bones for a bit and I will be happy when I even have a correct looking split bench seat, ( upholstery is something I don't have the skills for yet and I can see budget being an issue with some of the costs of stock interiors I have seen). After reading stories on here (49 Buick Supers excellent RT 66 thread here and countless threads over on the HAMB forums), part of the end goal for the last couple of years and what I had in mind buying this car, is I would really like to take it on some nice extended driving excursions when its finished. Some pictures to get started!
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    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    just held in with a few magents over the existing metal Just a first pass, still need to fill a few areas and pretty it up a bit, but happy enough with it and the passenger side should go a little easier now that I have an idea of what to do Also remade the end of the torque tube tunnel and got the rear piece tacked in as well as the tunnel piece.
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    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Some forward progress on what is becoming rebuilding the bottom half of the car. I needed to start the inner and outer rear rocker repairs before I could get the flat floor pans welded in since it gave me a lot more access to the back side of everything with the floor out. The cheap eastwood bead roller is earning its keep, though it might need some reinforcing with stuff like this, but honestly if I can get what needs to get done on the buick, and the bead roller is complete trash afterwards, money well spent
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    Unfortunately, I can not help you there, but the accompanying caption where I found the picture reads; Somewhere in New Mexico: 1956. On the road back to California from Florida, May 28, 1956. Cropped left side of image as it had the "end of roll" light leak. I'll bet the train was long enough for my dad to stop the car, get out the camera and have my mom pose. And just because I have it handy, the caption for the mechanic in coveralls picture, June 1943. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Miss Natalie O'Donald, attendant at the Atlantic Refining Company garages." A Gibson Girl in coveralls. Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.
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    New Classic Buick Owner

    Congratulations on the new purchase, it sure is beautiful! More pictures please when you get the chance!
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    A few I've found recently
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    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    A big step in metal work progress over the weekend, although it did uncover some new work in the form of inner rocker panels/ bottom of the body structure behind the door sills which was a little worse than I was thinking, but theres not much left after that. I am aiming for spraying some high fill primer in august, so I have some time for the rest of the planned metal work, an am actually taking next week off from work, and aside from a few planned things, most of the time will be spent getting the Buick's sheet metal sorted. I still need to make a piece to finish off the torque tube tunnel end that I had to cut out due to rot, but that shouldn't be too bad. Overall I am pretty happy with the fit of everything. i added a few bead rolls to the lower pans on the rear piece, along with the stepped center and added a rectangular step across the top of the rear piece to give it a little more rigidity.
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    Pre war cars insane prices

    its a hobby, why would I want to worry myself about what my car is going to be worth in 5 yrs if im enjoying it during that time? I have no idea what my car will be worth when its on the road, ('37 century series 66 coupe) but I know about how much I have into, (about $4k including the $2600 purchase price) and an idea of what I will have into it when i'm done (probably around $10k), neither of which factor in to anything having to do with how much i will enjoy it. Obviously the Canadian market is going to be a little different, but I have thought the opposite lately, that the average pre war car, running and driving but not an over the top restoration, prices seem to be pretty stable and pretty affordable depending on what you are looking at spending or what you are comfortable working on. I'm 30, in no way am i wealthy, but with several cars and am working on my 3rd and 4th ground up builds simultaneously because there's little chance i could afford to buy someone's shiny complete car, that they are probably losing money on selling. i'm not sure if i fall into the "younger people" crowd, but the generalization that younger people done have the want or ability or financing to work on or own older cars is just silly. there's plenty of young ambitious talent out there, and i see more and more young people looking at older cars to build lately, and with working on cars for people in their 50s or 60s, you see budgeting and tightening the purse strings is something that in no way effects only people under 30 or 40.
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    1935 Display car
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    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Also cobbled together some running board brackets, may not look like much and will never be seen, but they work and are pretty strong, at least enough to not flex at all when I stand on them ( a svelte 6'1, 225). just some 1x2 1/8 wall rectangular tubing, some weld nuts and some 90* bent steel plate, (slightly prettier than angle iron) I had from work, and the only place any money was spent on the running boards, some 1/2-13 weld nuts and flange bolts Some weld nuts for the bottom rails of the running boards. the rails are just quickly stitched in and will get final welded later on, this was just sort of a test idea I had and wanted to see if it would work. the front outside bolt mount will get a shim to kick it up a hair so it sits flush with the front fender and I still need to trim a few spots where the sheet metal of the board is hitting the bolts on the frame bracket.
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    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Not as much progress being made, but im just about finished with the '66 GTO so I can start putting more time on the buick. Slowly accumulating some vital parts, and my steering column for the Buick came in, along with the pitman arm and the brake and clutch pedals, so I have the complete steering set up for it, and I can figure out what im missing for the clutch stuff and brakes.looks like they might have sandblasted the pedals, but everything seems in good shape and the column is in better shape than I expected. I have the box temporarily bolted in place as I didn't have enough of the correct hardware and didn't realize beforehand that the gear box had threaded mounts rather than through holes, and the column is just ziptied in place until I get a column support bracket/ ignition switch. Now I still need to find the correct transmission mounted master cylinder and hope I have the pedal hardware/ return springs and the linkage for the clutch fork. Also got a new toy in the form of the "new" eastwood bead roller. I don't have any bead rolling experience, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but for the price, I am fairly impressed. A handful of bead and flange/ step dies and an upgraded 4 spoke handle so it wouldn't be as clumsy to use by myself. I would have liked to get a nicer one from Mitler bros or someone, but a bead roller just isn't really something I see myself using a lot and didn't want to just have something expensive sitting for 1 year or 2 until it gets used again. (Posed action shot And to connect the rear section to the new pans, I hand hammered out a 54" curved piece to mimic the stock floor set up. Not the greatest picture and everything is just cleco'd in place over parts of the original floor so it doesn't quite fit right yet. I plan on saving part of the torque tube tunnel and just remaking the end piece that flows into the rear as that was pretty rotted. A handful more pieces to make and I can finish cutting the rear floor out and start tacking the new pieces in place. I would really like to get some primer on the body by August and some paint sprayed by the end of the year, so its going to be a lot of body work the rest of the year. After the floors are in, the front and rear fenders need to come off so I can repair the rockers/ door bottoms on either side of the doors on both sides that a previous owner tried to fix with self tapping screws and some roof flashing.
  14. Good luck! who's wiring harness are you using, Rhode Island, YnZ's, or? I've rewired a few complete cars, both to stock and aftermarket custom ones, and I somewhat enjoy it as it can be very satisfying. I think where i'm going to run into some issues with my '37, is that my car was completely stripped of it's wiring before I bought it, so a lot of the specific connectors, clips, etc that are missing is going to make it a slower process.
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    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    He has new glass and the hatch back piece, but while its being worked on, he didn't want to risk any damage to it so he left the plastic wrap on that was there when we picked it up.
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    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Still plugging away and keeping busy over here! Aside from my Buick, I've ben trying to finish up the '66 GTO project so that can go to paint, not much left of me to do on it, just replacing some floor braces and patching a spot in the floors and the driver side door. Also started cleaning up and planning out the '58 Edsel Villager station wagon project, figuring out what is needed for the new drivetrain, what we can add as far as power brakes and power steering as he wants to haul the family around in it safely/ confidently, and what we needed for patch panels for the floor/ what would fit as theres not much for aftermarket edsel stuff. And a smaller project, is buttoning back together a 64 impala SS, numbers matching 327 with the correct heads, after an engine cleanup/ refurb and making it a little closer to stock appearance / period correct upgrades regarding the engine cam, carburetor, etc. Finally braced up and cut some of the floor out of the Century, enough to make sure the new piece I was cobbling together was going to work, and I am pretty happy with the fitment, nice and snug, although I still have some trimming of whats left of the original trunk divider/ axle bridge area . i'll need to pick up another large piece of sheet metal and get my hands on a bead roller to finish off the flat areas of the floor before I get much further so i'll probably be buying a budget friendly one this week, leaning towards one of the Eastwood's ones since they are pretty reasonable and its not something I think I will use a lot. The new piece is only very loosely cleco clamped into place, and has not been aligned, and nothing has been welded yet as I want to do some more adjusting and wait until I have a few more pieces ready to go in. I was also able to retain the factory "tray" shelf bracketry from the stock floor, that you can see on either end of the new piece.
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    Generator rebuild to Alternator

    I haven't used the Powermaster alternator in a generator case, but I have used their high output alternators on a number of other cars and they have all been made in the US. I believe the majority, if not all of their product line, is US made. you pay a little bit more for it over some other brands, but they make some really nice stuff.
  18. I have been absolutely kicking myself for missing out on a split bench seat in great condition out of a 38 buick that i had seen online about a day after i got my car home. The seat i found is supposedly from a '39 chevy coupe, it appears they have multiple ads for the same thing wth slightly different wording. Although the ad has been up for a few weeks that i know of, they still are asking a fairly pretty penny for it, but after reading your posts disassembling the seat, i can atleast be relieved there wont be any surprise rodents in it and with the exception of the fabric, seems fairly complete. I know it is not absolutely correct for my car, but is atleast the correct style, which is more of a concern. They are asking $600, although i havent contacted them to see how firm they are on that price. There are other pictures of the underside, track, etc but to get the idea
  19. It's really coming together nicely! A question regarding your seats. Are you buying an upholstery kit from some place like Lebaron Bonney, or sending it to an upholstery shop to have them recovered? Unfortunately, my century didn't come with seats, though I've found a split back bench seat out of a late 30's GM coupe that appears to be about what I am looking for. they are in about the same shape as yours are now, fabric and cushioning completely stripped out off of them, but the springs, sheet metal backings and the wood supports and track seems to all be there. Metal, body, paint, mechanicals I can do, but upholstery is something I don't know much about and have no experience in, and have been talking myself in and out of buying the stripped seats and have them covered or keep searching for complete, usable seats which im not too optimistic about.
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    1938 Buick Century Tires...

    the tires that came on my '37 Century are also the 8.20-15. seems like there are a few available bias ply options for that size and was just going to replace with black walls when I got to the point of it being closer to being road worthy as the ones on there are pretty well dry rotted and cracked.
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    Nice Buicks for reasonable $

    The '55 wagon seems like a really good deal if its a complete runner, and even as a project the Roadmaster seems like a steal! Whys the cool stuff for a bargain always in Wisconsin or Minnesota!
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    A nice Special i saw this morning at a swap meet and car show in Fitchburg, Ma. Maybe not my choice of wheels and im generally not a fan of body color painted bumpers, but a really nice car overall. My phone started acting up a bit around this point after all of the pictures i was taking so i only got this one.
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    '37 Century Modest Restoration

    Still plugging away over here, and making some progress on the floor. I had been looking for some possible patch panels to cheat a bit and make life a bit easier but didnt see anything worth buying that wouldnt have to be extensively modified. A few areas that could have been made easier with a few pieces of equipment i dont have, but its coming along. Mickey mousing the the 4ft long bend, i used to have a small homemade sheet metal brake, but it wouldnt have been nearly big enough Marking out the differential recess and this probably would have been a good job for a step die on a bead roller to recreate the step on either side of the stock floor differential area on the floor, so i used a chisel tip stretching body hammer, a chunk of aluminum bracket and a handful of clamps still need to make some filler panels for the side pockets, do some trimming, final welding and pretty it up a bit, but starting to look like something atleast, and isnt a million miles off. I need to grab a few short sticks of tubing to brace the inside of the body to keep it square before cutting the old section out, but hopefully in the next few days that will be out.
  24. Gary, your car looks absolutely beautiful and looks even better accented by the nice spring background that has taken much to long to get to the northeast!
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    Found this the other day, it was a mockup of a 1954 Roadmaster taken for artist reference material for when they would do the paintings for brochures and advertisements