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About JoelsBuicks

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    Born in '63, I came into this world with a Dad who seemed to know his cars. Standing up next to him in the front seat, he would point out the makes and models. Back then, I loved the '60 Buick coming and going and I wanted one - and about 37 years later, I got it. It was the first of many Buicks for me, each one a bit needy but having its own story and undoubtedly starting its life as one of the most beautiful cars built.

    This Buick fever followed years of education in Chemical Engineering. Even earlier, I wanted this education to help me get away from the blood, sweat, and the other stuff that came from working with cattle and doing construction work. I've since grown to really appreciate those years, not just for the work ethic, but for the daily lessons that taxed both my mind and my hands.

    In Oklahoma, an engineer has to work to keep from getting into the oil business. It was the thing to do and so I did it. In the last 26 years, oil has been up and down many times but it has never missed a paycheck. It has sent me many places but none yet rival the place I call home, here in Oklahoma. Most importantly, this industry and my commitment to it has allowed me to support a family and support things that I like to do when I'm not working.

    That brings me back around to Buicks and my woodshop. I've got several Buicks that really need a wood worker and I love doing this kind of work. I'm looking forward to retirement, hopefully very soon, and having the time and resources to continue the work to get these beauties back on the road.
  1. Life has a way of getting into our way. I can empathize about all these little pricey things that really add up. You really want to do the job right and make things nice but compromise is always nearby. Since I started my shop, I watched electrical wire go from $52 to $71 and plywood went from $23 to $30. And, have you priced solder or PVC glue lately? This is one of the many reasons I admire what Lamar has done with his project; the repurposing and reuse just doesn’t add character, it stretches the dollar.
  2. Auburnseeker, I’ve read your posts and saw your pictures and was hoping you’d start a thread about your project. It looks and sounds like you’ve got a lot going on and we are not too far apart on where we are at with our shops. You mentioned that you had a thread and linked to it but I wasn’t able to see the link. It was quite some time ago that Lamar encouraged me to start my thread and I’m really glad that I did. People share their ideas with you and we all love those pictures.
  3. I’ve been watching for an update as well. I started my garage thread well after I started the actual work. Progress appears to be quick and indeed sometimes you do make a huge visual change in a short time. For me, once my thread caught up with my project, updates were in real time and progress was what it was, slow. Having said that, I’ve been amazed at how much inspiration, encouragement and motivation I get from others sharing their projects and comments. So, I’ll be anxiously patient awaiting Lamar’s next post!
  4. Finishing my Buick Shop

    A rather amazing artifact was found today as I was straightening out the soil after filling in some more of the trenches. This appears to be maybe a horn button from a 60’s or 70’s Buick. This old homesite was in our family but out of our control from about 1960 to 1980. There was quite a bit of junk accumulated in the area where I built the new shop. Edit: did some research and I believe this is a rally wheel cap for 71, 72 Skylark GS. Still have no idea how it got there but at least it’s among friends!
  5. Finishing my Buick Shop

    There’s always that pucker moment when you turn the water back on. In this case, that moment came after adding about 170 ft of line with three faucets and two block valves. It held. Final connection on propane line and a phone line are all that’s left before final backfilling. I wanted to get this all done before mowing season gets here. I’ve done quite a bit of grading for proper draining. Dad runs the box blade and smooths it out. Ready for the grass or whatever will grow. I’ve added the farm style hydrants and stub-ups for compressed air.
  6. NC pole barn

    Is that a Ford Intruder?
  7. Non Buick, air compressor question

    Can’t recall the application but I once had a motor that would throw fire on starting. I don’t think it always eventually started. In fact I think it failed more times than not. It certainly got worse with time. I had to dress up the commutator by sawing out some of the mica insulation between the conductor bars of the commutator. The copper had worn and the mica was actually higher than the copper. It worked! One more possibility is that some armature coils have heated up and may have desoldered from the risers of the commutator. Of course this comes after brushes.
  8. Non Buick, air compressor question

    One has to ask if the motor is trying to start against a load? That is, if the unloader valve or tank check valve isn’t working and the compressor is starting against a pressure load. One way to tell would be to start it with an empty tank and see if it does the same thing. You might also check the start capacitor to see if it’s blown. Just take the cover off and it would be obvious. Next, you should open up the contactor box and observe it during the start cycle. Bad contacting could start there and you should be able to see it there as well. Now the brushes. You have to get into the motor and see if they’ve been consumed. Blue green fire is from copper sparking but the cause isn’t clear.
  9. Finishing my Buick Shop

    The old shop on this property is two buildings tied together to make about 2500 sqft. I want this to be my dedicated woodshop for working on the wooded Buick’s. As far as utilities go, I’m tieing these two buildings together. Compressed air will be shared although both shops will have its compressor. When it comes to sandblasting you just can’t seem to get enough air. One of the pics shows a low-point water drain in the air line between shops. I only use PVC for compressed air if I’m burying the line. Thanks again!
  10. Finishing my Buick Shop

    Thank you all for the very nice thoughts. I love the idea of a picture collage for the rec area. Grandpa Chuck had little interest in the old car hobby but he took every opportunity to lend a hand if needed. As far as the OKC Nationals go, I would dearly love to open this shop up for a stopover. I’m about 2 hours east of OKC. I’ll do some planning as time gets closer. Lamar, you asked about the backhoe and so today I took some pics. It’s Dad’s, along with the Cat D6. Those, together with the old dump truck is how I built the pad for the shop.
  11. Finishing my Buick Shop

    A week ago tomorrow I lost my Father-in-law. It was too sudden and seemed a bit early for an 83 year old who lived a very clean and active life. It was my 12-year old son’s first loss of a grandparent and he’s taking it hard. Grandpa Chuck was a nuclear scientist who worked on the Experimental Breeder Reactor, EBR-II, in Idaho in the 1960’s. Idaho Falls is where my wife was born. He gathered design data so that full scale reactors could be built and safely operated. He also worked on things he couldn’t much talk about; but you could coax out a few good stories without much effort. We all miss him a lot already. I cheered up the boy by stocking that pop machine with a variety of not-so-healthy drinks. I’ve also taken advantage of good weather to get water, sewer, communication, compressed air, and propane lines buried and connected to the shop. It’s a lot of hard work and even with a backhoe, there’s plenty of shovel work.
  12. I’ve been waiting for the link to that early 70’s song, Sign, Sign, everywhere a sign. I just knew it was coming but I guessed wrong. Stay unpredictable Lamar. There’s not many on this forum that makes rust look good but you do it well!
  13. `36 Buick Grilles "BOTH SOLD"

    I believe that both are aftermarket ‘36 Grilles. No question about the one with 11 horizontal bars but the other has a subtle difference. The vertical bars on original grilles were on a different plane than the thicker surrounding frame (about 1/8” recessed). I have both of these grilles. My five bar aftermarket is cast aluminum not diecast. I have had thoughts about doing some gentle grinding to impart the offset I mentioned earlier. A few years ago I successfully repaired an original with many breaks. I used that Muggy Weld system and worked with the chromer to make sure his copper polishing step didn't heat up and melt those repairs. Not trying to diss those grilles offered on Ebay, just wanting to impart some experience. I just found a pic of original grille and you can see the offset in the upper left. Joel
  14. Finishing my Buick Shop

    Final day for the Amish crew. Their progress was good and I now have a lot of work ahead for myself. This plywood enclosure within my shop looks like it was hit with the ugly stick. It needs lots of trim and character. A few more pics. The last pic is a room 13’ x 13’ that will become a small theater room for 12 year old boy and his friends. The first pic is my mechanic’s room which is about 25’ x 19’ and will be climate controlled.
  15. Finishing my Buick Shop

    Another day and one more day to go. Seeing a lot of progress in a short time is motivating to me.