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  1. This car is long gone, but I have childhood memories of the 52 Pontiac having roll down shades on the two rear doors. I remember them as being made of thin metal that had many holes stamped in it to let some light out but block the full sun. They rolled up out of the way on wooden rollers. I have not seen anything like these since grampa sold the car in 1971. Were these a thing back in the late 40s and early 50s? Mark
  2. You are a lucky man, i wanted my grandfather's 52 Pontiac when he stopped driving it in 1971. But i was only 14 and Dad said we had no place to park it. Grampa sold it to some kids down the street for $150. We lost track of it after a couple years. Mark
  3. i wish someone would reproduce these shells, mine are pretty banged up and cracked. Mark
  4. Thanks guys. I will try the dip stick to see where the oil comes to. Mark
  5. I removed the square heard bolt from the top of the shock absorber body and peered inside with a flashlight. I could see no oil so I bought some hydraulic jack fluid in a bottle with a thin pouring top. I couldn't get the oil to flow in, surface tension seemed to block the new oil and I know I didn't have anywhere for the displaced air to go. I could use some hints on how to do this . Mark
  6. On my list of tasks after I get the brakes working again! Mark
  7. Yes, Dana closed its doors, it was too small to survive in the modern academic industry. I think the property was purchased by a for-profit educational company, but I haven't heard anything in years. I used to have a lot of family in Council Bluffs, Blair and Omaha, most are gone now. Haven't been back that way since one of my aunts passed away in 2012.
  8. My father went to Dana College in Blair, NE around 1940. I found this picture of a wrecked Dana College bus among his papers with a 1940 date on the reverse side. Anyone able to identify the vehicle? Thanks
  9. So what do you do with 15 gallons of shellac and the additional 6-9 gallons of gas mixed with shellac?
  10. Success! I reassembled the right rear drum brake this afternoon with the new strut and all is good. I was able to mount the drum and bolt it down to the axle flange and it still turned freely. Now to put the left together and start the adjustment process. Mark
  11. Wow, this work is amazing. I feel so fortunate that I don't have anywhere near that level of corrosion damage to contend with on my 55 Special.. I assume that is the hazard of a convertible that has been open to the weather for many years.
  12. This shows my mother and I in Chicago 1958 in front of a 55 Oldsmobile (I think). I don't remember this car but my mom loved Oldsmobiles.
  13. I have examined the strut in question some more and I think I have a theory. The bent strut is about 3/8" longer than the straight. It is also thicker and wider than the straight. I think the curved strut was an improvised attempt to replace a lost or broken strut. They grabbed another strut, possibly from a truck, that was too long and tried to get it to fit, they bent the strut to reduce the overall length. This explains why there was so much more brake dust than the opposite side, the shoes were held too close to the brake drum and were "arched" through driving. It will be a walk thro
  14. If it were bent, then it's a compound bend, even harder to imagine how it could be bent. I guess it will remain a mystery.
  15. I don't think it was bent, I think it is from a different car. This is the first time I have opened up the rear brakes. The angle of the cut out to fit the lever is all wrong too.
  16. Here is the photo of my two struts, the top is the right rear and the bottom is the left rear. I think they should be the same except mirror image. I started with the right rear and didn't realize this was the wrong shape, it has been very hard to get this side altogether and I could not get the shoes not to contact the drum even with the adjustment wheel turned all the way in. After I opened up the left I saw the major difference and the left was much easier to reassemble. As always, the right bits make everything go together better! Fr. Buick - If you have a pair, I will take
  17. We may have a terminology issue here, I call those levers not struts. The struts connect the primary shoe to the lever. I will post pictures later today of what I have. Mark
  18. Yep, can do. I'll have to take the one wheel apart to get the strut out.
  19. I checked my shop manual and as you say it shows the brake setup with strut, but it only shows the strut edge on so I don't see the top view. Fr. Buick - I would be very interested in that pair of struts if confirmed the same as the 55. Mark
  20. I finally got to around to taking my left rear brake apart. And noticed that the right rear strut is a different design than the left rear, I would expect them to be the same design, just mirror images of each other. One has a broad V shape indentation to go around the hub while the other is a straight off set. Both have the curled down end where the spring fits. The one with the v shape depression fits very tightly above the hub and doesn't like to move, the other has no issues moving when I pull on the parking brake cable. Which one is correct? If a modern strut is the right length, ca
  21. They are 15x5.5 and I have mounted bias ply tires size 7.1" x 15" They will be very expensive to ship to Europe due to weight, I will weigh one and see what shipping 5 will cost. I will take a picture and post it in a bit, the wheels are out in my shed.
  22. What series is you 55? Do you want OEM wheels? I have a set of 5 OEM wheels for a 55 Buick Special. Will be expensive to ship. Mark
  23. I am also working my way through almost all the same issues as Del but on a 1955 Buick Special. It was really useful seeing him work on the torque tube of his car, made me more confident about when I dive into the torque tube. Mark
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