Beemon

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Beemon last won the day on December 19 2018

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About Beemon

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    Unorthodox Restorer
  • Birthday 12/19/1991

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    Kent, WA
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    Cars, Women

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    I'm a 23 year old college student trying to piece together my grandfather's old beauty.

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  1. Beemon

    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Should have swapped my old master cylinder in before assuming the whole setup was bad.
  2. Beemon

    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    They've worked better than when my drums were set up best in the past year, even with auto adjusters.
  3. Beemon

    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    I finally bit the bullet on this after confirming the junkyard steering box was just as worn in (not as bad as mine but a good 90* of rotation). To say i'm disappointed is a small understatement. The plate seems to be made on a laser cutter, but one flange is off center from the countersunk hole. The welds are incomplete and there's burrs all over it. For a $500 kit, i'd expect the burrs to be ground down at the very least. And, knowing that it was cut by a cutter, that the ears should line up perfectly every time. Unfortunately I don't have much of a choice. The plasma and water jet cutters have been down for some time now at school (someone crashed the plasma cutter and the water jet nozzle was plugged last I heard). So im going to de-burr it and use it as is and hopefully it works out. Still waiting on a part that's out for delivery. Bottom line, stay away from this kit if you're expecting a quality product.
  4. Beemon

    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Yes it is! It was very dirty so I cleaned the chrome reflector out on the inside. I didn't think it was important so I did not take pictures, sorry John.
  5. Beemon

    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Steering column is back in! Plugged in the horn wire and... nothing! Everything is as it should be. Followed the shop manual instructions, tighten until horn then back off a quarter turn. The copper sleeve is much longer and thicker than the original. I soldered the wire to the inside of the collar, then used shrink wrap at the base. I then moved the insulator down the shaft, followed by the collar, then fed the wire and soldered to the top. I also adjusted my neutral safety switch while it was out so reverse will activate my lights with out having to hold down the lever. All in all, very happy. Now I can go retrieve the title and honk my horn at inspection with pride (it's been three years since my lost tile papers were filed).
  6. Beemon

    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Sorry John, it wasn't that easy... Pulling the column from the car was actually pretty easy and straight forward. I removed the firewall bulkhead, unplugged the three connectors from the fuse panel and unbolted the gearbox and linkage. Once the column was dropped to clear the mounting bracket, I rotated 90* clockwise to clear the linkage arm and it was out. Then I took the steering wheel off again, unbolted the collar at the base of the column and pulled... the shaft came right out. My horn ring wasn't even attached to the wire anymore and it had been oblonged. Per Willie's website, I purchased a copper pipe fitting (1" to 3/4") and its the perfect size. That's where im at right now. I noticed that the original brass collar was only radiased on one side so im going to crimp the other side once I get it cut down.. the horn wire looks salvageable but still yet to be determined.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    So, let me clarify. The steering wheel was off and when I plugged in the terminal, the horn sounded. This is what I meant by "i hope 56 is like 55". After reading Willie's website (thank you keeping this information available), the solution was for a 56. I will keep you guys posted. About the color, it's not bad.. paint isn't out of the equation yet, but it does fit with the black knobs... at least the horn button now sits flush at all the spokes! I've hung up the old wheel someplace nice as a reminder some day when I can afford a wheel restoration. Replacing the wheel was pretty straight forward. There is an index on the wheel and a punch mark on the shaft that needs to be lined up. On my car, the index was one spline to the left of the index mark on the wheel.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    So it seems I've got more work to do. Upon removing the contact ring and plugging in the horn at the steering column, it went off as soon as the plug touched the terminal at the column... I stuck my finger in the hole and the ring from what i could tell was in the right place (i remember reading John's had slipped down the shaft). Since I'm planning to replace the steering box, this is probably the time to pull the steering column. Here's hoping 56 is the same as 55!
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    Also, at the request of my sister, I've decided to name the car Viola.
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    Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

    I picked up this steering wheel off of "my" parts car 56 Special, and this bypass filter from a 56 Hudson, all for $60. Seriously there isn't a single crack on the steering wheel anywhere. It has been nicked in a few places given the nature of junkyards, but otherwise it's perfect. I was skeptical about it at first, but then I realized all the knobs and switches are also black plastic, it won't look too out of place. I will miss the ivory wheel. Here's what I was talking about in terms of my steering wheel spokes being messed up. The horn ring is bottomed out at the bottom, but centered on the column, so it's not free floating on the spring like its supposed to.
  11. Beemon

    1960 Torque Tube R&R

    There's a couple Twotrips where I live, too. Kind of reminds me of the introduction to the movie Idiocracy.
  12. Beemon

    '51 Super's frozen heat riser

    The heat riser valve eventually opens up and is out of operation. Speaking from a V8 perspective and having started and driven my car in the teens, I can that I have never had an issue in the absence of of the heat riser valve. I also have the heat track plugged at the carburetor mounting base, too. Modern gases are volatile enough in winter blends that it doesn't seem like a necessity to have one anymore. Of course I still tell everyone I'm late in the mornings because my carburetor iced over, but I can assure you it hasn't happened once. Since it's the same gas going into the straight 8s as it is my V8, I'm going to go out on a limb and say you probably don't need one either. And realistically, are you driving this car below 38 degrees, like Bernie said? Most people drive only during the nicest parts of the year. At least it was stuck in the open position!
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    Steering Wheel Repair

    If they can color match the ivory color of my original steering wheel, that would be awesome. However, anything goes really at this point. I'm going to be stopping by a junkyard that has one 56 and plenty of 55s and 57s. If I recall, the steering wheel is interchangeable with 55 and very early 57? Correct me if I'm wrong.
  14. Beemon

    1960 Torque Tube R&R

    Where did you source a replacement? Just wondering. Does it have a modern counterpart?
  15. Beemon

    Steering Wheel Repair

    I think I'd rather keep the cracks lol!