1956 Buick Special
Posted 04 February 2005 - 04:54 PM
Posted 04 February 2005 - 07:21 PM
Easy part first; Brake Conversion... see this link
Disc Brake Conversions
Second part, not so easy. The pre-'59 Buicks have a torque tube power train. None of the more modern automatics will mate up... and none of the newer engines will mate up to the '56 trans. Replacement of the entire driveline is the only reasonable way to get it to work and that is a MAJOR undertaking. The good news is that these are fine engines and transmissions and there is a lot of parts support for them. Search the Buick Forums for specific info.
Posted 04 February 2005 - 07:59 PM
John, isn't there another thread or link somewhere about upgrading the brakes to 1959/60 specs? They were the best in the industry by then and my (heavier) 1960 can stop far better than it's (radial) tires will let it stop anyway. It also will appear stock, may be an easier conversion (?), and could require less work and fewer mods (?).
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Posted 04 February 2005 - 10:19 PM
I think I recall the upgrade thread... but...
It's still drum brake technology at it's best.
The guy selling the disc conversion kit has them set up to use standard, off-the-shelf GM parts. I think it's hard to beat that for safety, utility, and maintenance. The only thing that I'd have a question about is whether the stock '56 wheels will work with the disc brakes.
Posted 05 February 2005 - 09:01 PM
I put carbon fiber shoes on mine and it stops like you hit a brick wall; the hotter they get, the better they stop; 1,100 degrees F, blue hot. This way you can keep the original set up.
1610 Old Bayshore Hwy
You?ll find that a lot of what?s on the 1956?s are unique to this car, just be patient and you?ll figure it out with a lot of swearing and cursing at times!
Hope this was some help,
Posted 06 February 2005 - 02:46 AM
I really can't understand how people today each ride on the others rear bumper.
But if you keep the brakes properly adjusted, these cars stop very well.
I also think these cars run very well, when they are put in proper running condition. Back in 78 I can recall thinking that dynaflow was a real pig. I'd drop it into low to take off with any assurance, and although I could get it up to highway speeds I was never really happy with it. Then I started having carb problems so I had it rebuilt. At that point I found I had a leaky carb base gasket.
The new one seemed to help some but it was still rough. Then in 85 one head gasket started to leak coolant. When I pulled it down I found I had two bad exhaust valves. After the valve job, I was amazed. Besides running smoother, the tranny actually had some pull without shifting it into low.
Unfortunately I still didn't drive it enough and I had other problems along the way. I could never get it timed right, and then I couldn't get it to idle right, and then last year I found out I had a bad harmonic balancer. I put in a new timing chain and gear set and had a rebuilt balancer and now, I could time it right and what a change. I also got a replacement carb because my choke was giving me problems. I had it rebuilt and right now this thing runs as nice as my newer cars. Plenty of pickup, smooth and feeling very strong.
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56 Super 56R: acquired September 1974. 69 GS 400: Convertible added in 2003. 72 Electra Limited added July 2014.
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