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  1. Are you suggesting that I am a waste of time? If so, I would suggest that you consider that I sent a message and did not receive a response right away. So I found another 425 nailhead and bought it. I am seldom able t get on this site, and to be 100% honest with you it is some of the attitudes that some of the guys have here that keep me away. Such as, "keep it 100% factory or you are 100% wrong", "original is the only way", and "this guy is a waste of time because he didnt meet my expectations". Had you responded right away to an enquiry when you had an item for sale, I may have purchased it. You didnt respond, doesnt make me a waste of time. The guy that did respond got his $4500. Have a great day.
  2. Hello all. Just chiming in here but I think any car, Restored, Custom, Driver, any car at all inspires the people that see it. Just a glance may spark a young persons interest. Who are we to say that only fully restored or fully original is acceptable? Why is it not enough that everyone be free to do whatever they choose as long as they are enjoying driving, and perhaps twisting a wrench or two in support of a great hobby. Enthusiasts of all kinds, restorers, rodders, muscle car, etc contribute to the classic cars in some way shape or form. I myself have been struggling with whether I will restore my 57 Buick Special Convertible to 100% original, or whether I will modify it at all. To be honest, I am seriously considering an Art Morrison frame and suspension, new driveline, and modern amenities with a 100% original look to the exterior and interior. Whether one agrees or not with the potential choice I have to consider the fact that the new upgrades would provide a car that I and my son can enjoy for many years to come, essentially a new car. One that would be 100% safe, ride like a new car, and have the respect from a visual standpoint for the design and style that Buick intended many years ago. I should have the right to consider these choices and be respected for that right. It seems that there are many very knowledgeable people on this site. But it also seems that if a person has any thoughts of not doing 100% restoration that they are chastised for it. In my opinion that is too bad. It may cause very good car guys and gals to seek membership elsewhere and to not take notice of the club. I myself have a completely original 1967 Camaro RS/SS that i am completely restoring 100% original. I am simply considering upgrades to the 57 to increase safety, ride, and comfort. I dont think that that analysis should force me away from a great site with great people. As these cars age and upgrades become more efficient and less costly perhaps having a car saved and respected is better than having them scrapped as "too much investment to bother with". Just my thoughts.
  3. Jim; The 57 Buick Special convert project has been stalled for a while unfortunately. My son and i have stripped the car down and marked the parts some time ago. We then got sidetracked a bit. Then in September my boy spotted a 68 Camaro convertible at a car show and asked the fabulous question "dad, how long before we can drive the Buick?" To which my answer was, "many years son, many years". His next statement ended up costing a few dollars and and many fine and fun hours for us both, "We need a driver then don't we?" He liked the 68 Camaro. I found a 67 Camaro RS/SS online the next day and we flew to Ontario to pick her up. We spent 5 days over the Canadian Thanksgiving driving the 67 across the USA, into Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, and into Saskatchewan Canada, and into Alberta to home. Simply the best road trip I have ever had the pleasure of having. Top down through Michigan to North Dakota in October!! Great fun. The Camaro needs very little other than paint that is being done in April, and the rebuild and sourcing of an actual 1967 350 ss engine which we got lucky and found online that is being done now. So last week we started back on the Buick. We dropped off all the chrome at a local shop on Friday, and may have found a 425 engine to replace the 364 that was in it and not rebuildable. So we are now going to dedicate some additional time on the Buick. I will get some pictures up as we progress. For now, here are a couple of the Camaro.
  4. Today I dropped off all of the chrome at a plating shop to get prices. Now, having heart palpitations waiting to hear what the price will be for every piece of chrome off my 57 Special convertible, some in excellent condition, but some that will require some serious repairs. Anyone care to venture a guess at the final cost? Being in Alberta Canada I believe that the price will shock some of my American friends and fellow car buffs. I will post the estimate if I survive the sticker shock
  5. Hello; I need two rear bumper ends for a 57 Special. willing to pay top dollar for them in any condition. Also, I have front grill, front bumper (complete with ends), all front bumper parts in very good condition with few dents and no rust. Also have an extra hood and trunk lid.
  6. Still for sale? If so I am interested. Please let me know as soon as you can.
  7. I have a 57 Special and need the rear bumper ends. Please let me know if you have any available.
  8. There is a 1965 425 Buick engine on ebay item number 130609511857. The seller states that there are no casting numbers but that it is a LW coded engine. From what I can find out online the LW engines were no ones that had 2 x 4 carbs on them. Perhaps this was an option one could add later? What can you tell me about the lack of casting numbers? 1965 seems a little late for no numbers to me. Also, the $6,300 price seems rich. What does everyone think on price? Let me know your thoughts. Thank you everyone.
  9. Thanks Rob. I actually have a suppliers here at Speedy Glass than can get the 57 windshield and glass. I think the shipping would be a killer on that crate. I will give you a call next weekend, likely Friday so we can meet up and take a look at the cars Saturday. I believe I will be going to Calgary to pick up a 1967 Camaro 350 engine for my other car. It took forever to find a near date correct 350 but I got lucky and picked one up so close to home. Now it is just a matter of the 6 or so hours to go and get it. Then it is off to the engine shop for a complete build. I look forward to a coffee if it is daytime, or a "wobbly pop" if you drop by later in the day. I have some ideas for the 57 Buick and also want to pick your brain for a good chrome shop here in Edmonton.
  10. Hello all; apologies for the lack of input into the forum lately. had some issues and been very busy but thought I would add a small update. Got waylaid with my son, after a year or so of working very sloooooowly on the 57 Special my boy decided that it was time to get a driver while we worked away on this one. So he decided that we needed a car to go to shows and trips. Then (he is 9 years old), he decided a 67 Camaro convertible was the car of choice...... So we found a 67 RS/SS convertible and went to Ontario to pick it up over Thanksgiving. The car is a nice driver and we have enjoyed it so far. I will try to post a picture here is I can. We are still in love with the 57 Buick and plan to do the complete restoration. It will however be a long project, perhaps 5 or more years at the pace we go. So the driver will be nice in the meantime. (I know it isnt a Buick by Camaro is close). I see a lot of activity on the site and will stay more updated whenever possible. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a safe New Years Eve.
  11. I have an extra box off of a parts car. ken.shebib@colliers.com
  12. Hello all. Question time. We have confirmed that the engine is definately seized. I have decided that we will not mess with it at all from this point on. It will go straight to a shop for inspection and hopefully rebuild. My question is what if the block is cracked and unusable? How badly does this affect the car and its value? I have a second engine and transmission in the parts car that is good and not seized. But how important is matching numbers to value and future sale? I have no particular reason to suspect a cracked block but we know the following: - Head was off the passenger side of the engine and has been for some time, corrosion etc. - The intake manifold is gone as is the carborator. (I have the other one on the parts car) - The bolts on the exhaust manifold on the drivers side were loosened as were some of the head bolts. Valve covers and rockers were off both sides. - Engine is dry of oil and the drain plug is gone. My suspicion is that perhaps it threw a rod, repairs were atarted and abandoned for some reason. The head has no visable cracks but that too will get an inspection from the engine shop. I am in the process of making the door brackets/supports for when I raise the body off the frame. I am making them out of 5/8 threaded rod and turnbuckles mounted to some angle iron. Much cheaper and quicker than ordering them and waiting for shipping. Once the body is off I can pull the engine and trans for delivery to the shop. Question 2: I am having a heck of a time with some screws that are rusted and stripped. Most are small and particularily the inner trim screws for the convertible top and floor screws. What have you guys used sucessfuly to get these out? I tried an impact driver, but to no avail. |First the area is soft and hitting the driver may bend the metal, and second the screws do not loosen. Any replies would be appreciated. Thanks
  13. Thanks for the info. My son is almost nine years old and is enjoying the work so far. He is not into sports but loves dance, piano, and gymnastics. I started this project to find a way to "get his hands dirty". I am pleasantly surprised at his interest level as well as his understanding of how things work. I believe this is an excellent way to spend time together as well as to create interest in something from the past. He has spent about 20 hours so far in 4 weeks. So pretty good attention for a young boy. The numbers on the engine that I located are raised and located on the front of the block. No letters though, just numbers.
  14. Assistance please. My engine block is stamped with 117437 Whar do the numbers mean exactly? Thanks.
  15. Hey guys and gals. Yes I have ordered the body and service manuals. The issue with the chrome was that the top pieces were bent as well as rusted on and got more damage as they came off. I have the pieces available on the parts car and will be extremely cautious as we take them off. I assumed that bracing was required and will order the braces. Does anyone have universal door braces that they no longer use and want to sell? I will post on the parts page as well. I will make sure that they are installed prior to proceeding with the body removal. Thanks for the input from everyone. I have tried to upload pictures but I am not having any luck as an error warning keeps coming up. I will keep trying. The convertible top hardware and most of the engine is now out of the car so I will run out of things to take off soon until the door braces are purchased. I will keep everyone posted as much as I can. Thanks for all of the assistance so far.
  16. Apologies for the lack of updates. The cars arrived on the 8th of September. Unfortunately the driver managed to hit a neighbors car on the way into the driveway. So more excitement than desired. The cars are in very good condition, well the convertible is anyway. Work began right away and we have managed to spend a bit of time on the tear down. Front end is now off the car, interior is stripped, all chrome is off. We are now removing the convertible top frame and window hardware and the firewall is mostly bare. The body will be off the frame by next weekend and the frame can then go for dipping. We found rust in the usual places, bottom of fenders, close to the wheelwells at the front and rear of the quarter panels, and the rockers. The rest of the car is rust free with one dime size spot behind the front passenger seat on the floor. Some concern with the engine as the head was off on the passenger side. All parts are there and we will have to get an opinion from an engine expert. How strict is the judging as far as the heads are concerned? I see they are stamped with numbers. I have verified that the engine and trans seem origional so are points deducted if we had to use heads and parts off of the parts car? So far the work has gone very smooth. Most nuts and bolts are coming off nicely. I will likely need a passenger window, winshield, and the chrome for the winshield. We could not get the chrome trim off without significant damage to the top and bottom winshield trim. I will have a glass installer reinstall the trim when we are ready. Every part has been labled and documented with photos. Ziplock bags are a mans best friend. There are abour 50 baggies labled and boxed so far. I will have some questions as we go forward. One that is critical at this point is in regards to taking the body off of the frame. When we do this should I weld a brace from front to rear on each side to ensure stability and prevent twisting or bending? Or is the car strong enough? I am concerned that with the doors off something may bend as we lift. Anyone out there with experience in this regard? Thanks. I will try to post some pictures of the work so far.
  17. I managed to find a transport company to ship both cars for $1000 through a company called ship.com. It was great, you place a bid price and companies compete. Everyone was quoting $2200. They use a 45 foot trailer with a beavertail. I would have had to take 2 uv trucks with trailers on the 7 hour drive.So I would have spent more than that on gas, trailer rental, and hotel. I recommend the site if anyone needs transportation. They were very helpful, followed up with a call, and more than 8 carriers bid.
  18. That is the plan after getting the responses that I received. The car is complete and does not seem to have had anyone messing with it to much in the past. There will be another project vehicle done while we do this one though. Instead of a hotrod we are going to attempt to build a go-kart replica of the 57. My son wants to get involved in racing karts. It should be tons of fun for both of us.
  19. Not yet. It looks like the transport company will pick them up next week, likely Wednesday or Thursday. I'm getting anxious to get started. I did get the radio in and it was in excellent condition. So no car as of yet but I have the radio to remind me that it is coming. Lol. Ken
  20. Seeking some advice. I am going to pick up 2 57 Buicks. Taking 2 18 foot trailers and 2 SUV's capable of the tow rating. The drive is about 7 hours each way. I need to know if 10,000 lb straps are good to use or if we should use chains and boomers? The straps would be much more convenient and more reasonably priced. Thanks
  21. Bob Beck; The hotel you had the steak dinner at was likely the Chatesu Lacombe perhaps? If so, it is still there. Was it in downtown Edmonton? There is also the Chateau Louis in the West end (now closed). One thing we do know how to do is beef. Alberta beef is simply the best in the world. I travel to the USA quite a lot for real estate and notice the difference every time. You have the best and friendliest people I have ever met, we have the best beef. And our beer is better as well. But I must say the American people are great. We did a week in Miami and a week in New Orleans for real estate recently in April. Had an excellent time when we were there and met some great friends. I was amazed at New Orleans. Beautiful city, great food, and excellent times. We just need to ship more beef done that way!