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  1. Caballero2 - thanks for the link. That's looks like what I need. I accidentally set mine on fire years ago while doing a little welding nearby. I was surprised that Steele Rubber Products had no listing for this gasket, but it looks like Cars (oldbuickparts) does. Thanks again for your help! Steve
  2. Old-Tank - thanks for the link - it was a little on the technical side but I think I followed it O.K. The more info I get on this subject, the more nervous I get about media blasting in general. The guy who I spoke to who does only silica sand blasting said that he uses low pressure and a high volume of sand in order to avoid warping. I'm not sure I want to take a chance as there's not too many replacement panels out there for a 46C - in fact there's probably none! Bernie - I'm with you on the soda blasting - I've heard bad things about that too. I may just have the frame sand blasted at
  3. Does anyone know where I can find a replacement for the thick rubber welting that seals the space between the rear quarter panel and the outer wheel well on a 57? I spoke to the folks from Steele Rubber Products at Hershey a couple years ago and they had no listing for this rubber seal. I know I'm getting a little ahead of myself on this restoration, but this has been bothering me for some time. Thanks for any help!
  4. Does anyone have experience with dustless blasting? I've gotten quotes lately from folks who do remote dustless and/or sand blasting. The dustless blasting guy uses crushed glass infused with a chemical that slows oxidation. The sand blasting guy uses only silicone sand and guarantees no warping. I've watched youtube videos of the dustless blasting and it looks interesting, but it seems like they're focused on paint removal and not so much on rust removal. I'm leaning toward the crushed glass dustless blasting but I'm hoping it's effective on surface rust. I think the prices quoted are v
  5. Sorry - I forgot to attach the pics...
  6. UPDATE: Once again I've searched the archives of photos past and present and located several that I had hoped to find. These pics are from early 2011 when I had my convertible moved from the last garage I rented to my own garage. Sorry for the grainy pics, I think these were taken with a Blackberry. At this point, I have several hundred hi-res pics to organize chronologically. They start in 2011 and run through present day. Most of the photos were taken up close and are the ones I'll use to help me reassemble the car. I won't post those, but I will post some that I took of the entire c
  7. Imperial62 - Thanks - took your advice - check out my new post on Me and My Buick "1957 46C Special Convertible"! Steve
  8. I can't believe I found the pics from 1976 - I spent most of today searching for them and through shear luck I found them in a plastic storage case on the second floor of my building. These are the earliest photos I have of my convertible. I suppose this is the best place to start as far as documenting this restoration. My older brother Jim and I picked a nice sunny day in the summer of 1976 to start dismantling my car. You can see the two of us in one of the photos (I'm the good looking guy on the left.) We were virtually clueless as to what we were doing that day, but I firmly believe t
  9. This is long overdue! I should have started this post in early 2011 when I finally started the restoration of my 1957 46C. But first, a little background... I literally stumbled upon this car in January of 1976. I was 18 at the time living in the small town of Beaver, PA - just west of Pittsburgh. I had a job delivering a rural motor route for the Pittsburgh Press and it was while out delivering bundles of Sunday newspapers that I passed a large 2 story garage owned by an elderly gentleman named John Hineman. Mr. Hineman had an extensive collection of 1950's cars stashed away inside hi
  10. Hi Forum Folks! It's been quite a while (over a year) since I posted anything on the forum. Just wanted to let everyone know that I've actually made quite a bit of progress on my 57 Special. In the past year, I bought a rotisserie, engine lift, engine stand, etc. and managed to find some spare time to work on the damn thing! At present, I have the body off the frame and mounted on the rotisserie, the engine off the frame and up on an engine stand and the frame itself stripped of all components, ie. transmission, rear end, suspension, steering, etc. I recently contacted several mobile dust
  11. Nicky - I'm interested in both bumpers as well as many other parts - restoring 57 special convertible - may be interested in complete car. Where is it located in PA? I'm in the Pittsburgh area. Thanks! Steve
  12. Hi Rob! Sounds like you're just about there! Ditto on the distributor being 180 degrees off - just lift up and turn the rotor half way - you should be good to go. I know what you mean about being nervous starting one up after years of sitting. I was a basket case starting mine - I never knew I could look so many places at the same time. I thought for sure I'd have oil, gasoline, coolant etc., leaking out everywhere, but that wasn't the case. I can't wait to hear that you got her fired up, so I'll keep checking in when I can. BTW - I'm bringing in a new restoration project to my shop later
  13. Hey Rob - I've been following your post for a few days and thought I might throw in my two cents worth as I went down this same road last year. I started a 364 that had been sitting for 36 years and it seems to me that I was in lock step with your check list including the "squealing school girl dance." I do agree with John regarding the use of PB Blaster as I went through two cans of the stuff before I was brave enough to even hand crank her. I would spray the hell out of the rocker assemblies and even spray some in the cylinders just to be safe before cranking with the starter. If you can
  14. Bob - thanks for the refresher course on silicone spray and paint jobs. It reminded me of one time my friend with the body shop said "don't EVER spray silicone near the paint booth." Now I remember why.... Steve
  15. Bob & Rob - here's an update. I used a can of Liquid Wrench Spray Silicone on both sides of the grommet and left it sit for a few hours. It was definitely more pliable after doing so. Bob - I know exactly what you're referring to as far as the nylon glass tool. A buddy of mine has a body shop and I remember seeing several of those in his toolbox. If I can't find one at the parts store, I'll borrow one from him. I think the combination of heat, soapy water, etc. will do the trick. I will, however, be extra careful with this grommet - I spent a couple hours on-line yesterday looking f
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