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#1 trafalger

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:42 PM

Since I'm new around here I thought I would post to let everyone know what I'm working and if see if anyone had any tips or words of encouragement...or to tell me I got screwed...haha

2 weeks ago I was out driving around and saw this sad looking buick electra parked in someone's yard. It wasn't for sale but it had "assumed the position" so that it might have been for sale or might not have. After about a week I decided to stop and knock on the door. The guy was very nice but the car wasn't currently for sale. He asked me for my name and number and he would think about it and call me back. He calls me back about a week later and says that he's ready to deal.

Here she was as I found her in the guy's yard....she's very sad looking.

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So $1200 dollars later and 75$ for a tow she arrived at my house. Even tho it was 9:45pm on Saturday I wanted to see what she looked like under all that crud. So I busted out the garden hose and some sponges and started scrubbing all of that stuff off.

Almost 2 hours later this is what she looked like.

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The next day I was up early working on the interior, until my dad could swing by and help me with the engine. We were able to determine that the fuel pump had gone bad and we were able to find a replacement locally. So we got her started and could "yard drive"

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The Good:
It starts and you can yard drive it.

The Bad:
The engine sounds great, except for this annoying little tick. It's not a knock but a tick. We changed the oil because it was as thin as water, but my dad says it sounds like a lifter might be stuck in the rear right cylinder. The car doesn't have a single issue starting or idling, but you always hear this tick. I have new Valve cover gaskets ordered so we can take the valves off to see if anything is stuck in there. The guy said the car had been sitting only 9 months BUT the oil filter I took off was discontinued 7 years ago so i tend to believe it was sitting longer than that.

The expected:
Someone messed with the radio at some point and now it's not working.
the courtesy light on the dash and glovebox does not work. The wires are not hot so I think they messed them up trying to fiddle with the radio.
Tires need replaced from sitting
needs a new muffler
front seat needs to have new upholstery

All in all i'm happy with it for $1200 bucks and I plan to take as long as needed to fix it up. It was not bought to be a showcar, i want to drive it!

Does anyone know of any Buick guys around Charlotte NC? I would LOVE for someone to swing by one day to give me some pointers on what i can do to get her fixed up. Especially if I can find out what that tick is.

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#2 buick5563

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 08:23 PM

Nice car, great price!!!
Somebody from NC will chime in soon enough.
Welcome aboard.
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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:24 PM

Hello Joseph. Great car. I got your email too and sent you a response.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 09:43 PM

I always thought the 64's were really elegant Electra's - another year that in my opionion they out Cadillac'd Cadillac.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:38 AM

Argh, I can't figure out this tick...it drives me batty...lol
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 11:59 AM

Nice car. Good luck with it. But the wheel covers!!
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 01:58 PM

Nice car. Good luck with it. But the wheel covers!!
We would welcome you to join the Buick Club of America. And you just missed our yearly bash, in Concord this time

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Are the Wheel covers bad?

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:00 PM

These were hanging in the window when i got home...haha
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:43 PM

Are the Wheel covers bad?


Ah, not really. That is something a lot of us changed back in the distant pass to be an individual. And most ended up with the SAME change. But those [mid '90s??] just don't look right to me. But, hey, if they float your boat, so be it. Still one of my favorite body styles. I had a '66 Electra 225 4 door Hardtop. Probably my favorite all time car.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:58 PM

I actually don't like them but I thought they were stock. I'll take them off tonight!

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:28 PM

Congrats on the fine car.
I have a 65 Electra Conv that I've been working on for many years and finally got running this summer.

You mentioned that you have a valve cover gasket set, you'll also need a pushrod cover gasket to get access to the lifters. Lifters and pushrods are available from AutoZone special order. Price is good on them too.

Great car.
Thanks for the info.
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 03:59 PM

Great car! Please keep us updated.

Here's a '64 that is wearing the original, correct-style wheelcovers. Click to see a larger image.

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#13 trafalger

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 04:04 PM

Great thanks!

I'll see if i can find those online somewhere.

Great car! Please keep us updated.

Here's a '64 that is wearing the original, correct-style wheelcovers. Click to see a larger image.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 04:59 PM

Put a request in the Buy / Sell section. Often times, you will get a better deal through the forum. eBay will have em occasionally too. Unless they are pristine, try to get em for $20 each
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:33 AM

Look what I found in the trunk :)

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:39 AM

Great!! Those will look better, IMO.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:57 AM

Looks like a Road Wheel in the bottom of the pic.
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:13 AM

Great car you've found there..........I'm sure you will enjoy it.

If the car has been unused for a long time the sound you are describing seems to me to a lifter problem.
Others here may be better qualified to offer suggestions to remedy the problem but before opening up the engine try some simple things first.

You say that you've put fresh oil in the car which is a start............ using a fresh lot of modern oil may help free up that noisy lifter (if that's what it is) Take it for a lengthy drive if you are able to and see if using the car helps getting fresh clean oil into those lifters......if it still has that tick you could try changing the oil a couple of times after running it to clean out that old oil ..............might do the trick.

Of course if the noise is more of a knock than a tick then you would be best to have a good mechanic check it for you to try to diagnose if it is something more serious.

If it's not a high mile engine those nailheads are super reliable and I'm hoping it's just the lifters.


Those original caps that you found in the trunk are some of the nicest styled caps that Buick used in the 60's (IMO) and boy are they well made and solid. The other option is to find a set of Chrome Road wheels/ Rally wheels. looks like you have at least one in the trunk. they were an option in 64 and really transform the car.............they look very cool..........look at the photo below :cool::cool:

As said before if you want to look for caps or the Chrome Road Wheels then try posting a wanted advert on this forum. Great bunch of people here with the same keen interest in Buicks that you are showing.


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:31 PM

Just wanted to update here as well....the tick is gone!!

Before MM Oil:


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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:32 PM

After MM Oil:





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