pappy78

52 Buick build (first build)

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6 hours ago, pappy78 said:

Yes, I live just west of Chattanooga. 

 

Welcome. Good to see another Tennessean here!

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Amazing job!!!

jackofalltrades and oldtank

ive gotten several how much did you pay for it, yesterday I was told I would die before I finished and my grandkids would have to finish it. 

 

Its a little overwhelming sitting back and looking at everything. First step is get brakes freed up and decide which power plant to get. 

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One task at a time. Is the only way you will finish. Start by cleaning, removing old carpet, freeing up brakes, sanding, priming the car so is one color. (Will make them look at the car differently) even if it still has rust repairs that need to be made. 

 

Little things will help keep you motivated

 

Matt

 

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Just setting it up on some used, but clean,  tires will change a lot of attitudes.  It's just easier to like a car you can imagine driving down the road.  

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You would be surprised at what the old straight Eight will do...  A nice running engine, very different from a more modern experience.  If you can get the old mill running without too much work, I would recommend you drive her as is before you make big changes.

 

That long wheel base and a big heavy engine up front give you a wonderful ridding car.

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1 hour ago, Fr. Buick said:

You would be surprised at what the old straight Eight will do...  A nice running engine, very different from a more modern experience.  If you can get the old mill running without too much work, I would recommend you drive her as is before you make big changes.

 

That long wheel base and a big heavy engine up front give you a wonderful ridding car.

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Unfortnately no engine, I would prefer the straight 8, I might see if I can find one 

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29 minutes ago, pappy78 said:

I have a lead on an engine locally,  of all the places it’s my sisters boyfriend.

 

And we notice this, what is it?

 

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 David Dunbar Buick was of Scotch decent. That supposedly is from the Buick coat of arms.

 

  Ben

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Are there clips holding the door panels on?

i took the screws out and it feels like it’s still on there pretty tight along the edges.

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1 hour ago, pappy78 said:

Are there clips holding the door panels on?

i took the screws out and it feels like it’s still on there pretty tight along the edges.

 

 Nails, actually. Special upholstery nails. One should use a special "fork" to pull them. A lot [  most  ] will pull through the panel    .

 

Ben

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14 minutes ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

 

 Nails, actually. Special upholstery nails. One should use a special "fork" to pull them. A lot [  most  ] will pull through the panel    .

 

Ben

TEKTON 3305   or similar tool.

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Took the glovebox lock to a locksmith and he made me some keys, but they will not work on the trunk or the doors. I’m going to pull one from the door when I get a chance and take it to him. I did manage to pull the rear seat out and looked into the trunk. Found the missing wheel, the other 3 wheel covers and a valve cover.

Dont see me getting a lot done this week because of work and the cold weather, I don’t like cold weather, but I’m off most of next week and all weekend. 

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Have you shot some pb blaster or other penetrant into those door and trunk lock cylinders?  Could be they just need a little lubrication after sitting unused in the field for a long time. 

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If you can see the trunk latch, you may be able to open it with a long screwdriver or the like.  The later latches had a rectangular notch in the latch shaft; IIRC, you could turn that to release the latch.  Dunno if this latch has that or not, but it may be worth looking into.

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1 hour ago, pappy78 said:

I sprayed some graphite into the lock and it didn’t help. 

May I ask: But did the new key work the ignition switch?  If so,  then it would be highly unlikely the door or trunk cylinder were different and I suspect they are likely rusted internally.   Not quite sure graphite would free up a stuck or rusted tumbler.  PB Blaster would work on any rust in there.  And at this point you have nothing to lose by trying anything and everything. 

 

This includes brake cleaner to remove any residues that are gumming up the operation insides followed by a liquid such as PB Blaster to break up any rust bonds there may be,  and even hot transmission fluids dribbled into the key way.  This may take several days of repeated application to free up the internals.

 

Also, I assume you tried both pushing the key deeper into the locks and or pulling it part way out, just in case the new key is off by a millimeter or two? 

 

May I ask also, did you sit in the car and try manually locking and unlocking the doors?  And if so, was the operation of the lock very stiff?  Because the key ultimately moves levers inside the latch mechanism,  it could be that the latch is also rusted and needs to be cleaned and lubricated.  Once again this could be done to a satisfactory operational status with brake cleaner, followed by more PB Blaster.

 

If you are ultimately successful,  be sure to end up removing any heavier oils with some brake cleaner and reusing the graphite as a final lubricant in the key cylinders, and with some white lithium grease in the latch.  Heavier oils will gum this up especially in cold weather.

 

 

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He keyed the key from the glovebox lock. I did try pushing it in and pulling it out a little at a time. Good point on the graphite, I’ll give your advice a shot this weekend. The lock is free inside the door, I can lock it and unlock it manually. I’ll have more time next week, if I can’t get it to work I’ll take him the lock off the door. 

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On 11/5/2018 at 12:27 PM, old-tank said:

I’m not getting a whole lot of that from friends and family right now."

All I got was questions like:  you paid how much?  where's the barrel of vaseline?

seven years...

 

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Don’t get discourage! Been there done that and still doing it... wife will get over it, trust me. I’ll bet a lot of us “cacharreros” (car guys) keep telling the ladies that is just a hobby, that we don’t drink or look for women and after all we are close to home

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