Wilf Sedanet

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About Wilf Sedanet

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  • Birthday 05/24/1980

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    I'm a Dutch guy who's in love with the great cars from American history, especially in between the 20's and '60's.

    My current car is my absolute dream car: a 1949 Buick Sedanet!

    Previous owned cars:

    1950 De Soto De Luxe
    1949 Chrysler Royal Club Coupe
    1962 Oldsmobile F85 4dr
    1965 Plymouth Valiant V200 2dr post
    1968 Lincoln Mark III
    1971 Plymouth Satellite Custom 4dr station wagon
    1973 Lincoln Mk IV
    1976 Dodge W200

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  1. The axle is non stock (Dana 44) and the suspension are bags, next time I have to remove the shock for better clearance. That’s what my mechanic that installed the new bags told me after I told him about the ordeal 😅 The shocks prevented further lowering (although the bags were pretty stretched already too).
  2. Today I got my birthday gift from my girlfriend: a pinstripe for Rhodora by my favorite pinstriper. It was quite a drive (140 mile round trip) but it sure was worth it! Now everywhere I go I will have to explain (gladly) the story behind Rhodora.
  3. Yesterday I got her a new inner tube and some interior work. The wheel and rim is too wide to fit in between the axle and body, that was a bit of a struggle. Back seat removed. Testing out if this sound (and heat) insulation material works.
  4. I did some work today on her. I want to make a new interior but first I need to put some durable paint on the metal. I’ve chosen (a kind of) hammerite which has been proven to work if it’s applied correctly. I’ve planned to do that tomorrow but today I wanted to get her home and do some non-paint insulation. When I got to her garage she had a flat rear tire so I needed a foot pump to get her up to level. After that I decided to put a layer of boiled linseed oil on her body as it should help her age better in our sometimes humid climate. It started to rain today so I could put it to the test. I also proceeded with some sound deadening (temporary) at the vent windows. I used up all my foam tape on the right window but forgot where I bought it from. It’s closed cell sound deadening tape which I also used for speaker installation. Oh well, maybe I’ll run into it again some day. Some pictures of today: “Wrong kind of flattie” Linseed even brought back the wood grain on the dash D-shaped rubber I installed on the door post... ... and on the door itself (notice the offset so the post and door have double seals where they meet. Here’s the foam tape (roll) on the seat and as applied on the original rubber of the vent window. It may look a bit shabby this way but it works. This is her all lubed up, covered in oil. She cleaned up nice. She’s at 100psi air in the back on this pic (made just now) because in my little town there are lots of high speed bumps.
  5. I haven’t been posting for a while but lots has happened to Rhodora. The suspension was too harsh; no travel in the front and no spring effect in the back. So we changed the front springs (Camaro) and shocks (I believe the same height as a Volvo “Amazon” p121), and in the back some normal airbags with actual travel and comfort. It sits higher in the front so it is a real tail dragger now and in the back it will also not go as low as before. Some people said I am crazy to heighten a lowered car but comfort on long hauls is more important than a little loss of stance imho. I also got stuck on speed bumps and slammed hard on the road on uneven surfaces before. Now the front has around 7” clearance. The steering was also quite worn so new bushings and rubber et cetera fixed that. It’s now almost completely free of play. I’ve installed some rubber around the door (post) and next up is heat/sound treatment. Then I’ll start on the interior.
  6. Thanks Neil, the Hudson was never intended but sometimes you cannot pass up a unique opportunity when you stumble upon it. The ‘49 Buick Super is my personal favorite but my other unicorn is a 1942 Buick Roadmaster Sedanet but that’s a real rare one. I’m currently working on the radio wiring now and decided to use the dial so it doesn’t look so empty behind the glass (and more original). I also placed a light diffuser (frost filter from my theater days) in front of the LED. The LED now turns on with the original volume potmeter (the on-off-switch). The parts radio I bought has a scratch in the plastic glass, sometimes it bothers me but at other times I think it befits the original look of my Buick.
  7. This is the dream car of my girlfriend. I learned to love the quirky design too. It’s like a unicorn though; they’re hard to find and yours is perfect in every way. My name is Wilfred but friends called me Wilf and the Sedanet part comes from my personal unicorn - which I own: a 1949 Buick Super Sedanet.
  8. It may have been a little quiet here because I bought something else but she is still my big love and I am currently trying to finish that old project: radio. Recap: a cheap gutted radio was a donor for a new build, the inner workings made out of modern stuff (Bluetooth receiver, DSP, class D amp, stereo speaker, custom speaker box, LED backlight). I made some boxes to put in the pcb’s and test fitted the front with LED installed. The led strip I bought was a small test piece but I liked it enough to install it for this beta version. It’s 2700K, 12V but I added a 7809 transistor in the front because at 12v it was much too bright and at 9V it was bright enough. Pictures say more than … fitting, drilling, wiring (here you see the BT receiver and the DSP) Overall view of the mess that is a DIY radio in beta the front face put together. Left knobs will function (volume = full range amp and tone = sub), right knob is nothing for now, 5 buttons B U I C K aren’t functional as well, maybe later and maybe with touch in stead of press. LED test. Works well enough for me!
  9. Friday and Saturday I drove the first legal miles through The Netherlands and beyond. On Friday I took it to work and Saturday to Kustom Kulture Forever where I won a prize!
  10. Hi Jon, Thanks so much for your reply! Last weekend we went to a car show with our ‘64 Dart convertible just to sell it but when a ‘51,Hudson Hornet Club Coupe drove up on the terrain I went to check it out. The owner was just ready with restoration, he started in 2013 and boy did it look nice! He told me the exact same thing. So now hearing it from you too I really should go and register there too. This week we went to the Dutch DMV to get the papers. Although it didn’t need inspection because Swedish papers are EU papers, which means they are easily transferrable, we did check everything on the car as if we had a big inspection. I put some foam and cloth on the back seat and gave the stickers on the vent window a new location so I could see the mirror better (details), cleaned the windows in & out (what a difference!) and my mechanic fixed all things leaky & squeaky. He replaced the foot gasket of the carb, redid some wiring and replaced some bulbs and some more small bits & bobs. He did some more bigger things this week too that I completely forgot now… He really did a lot these past few weeks to make it safer & more reliable. I’m so grateful he’s helping me out with it! Let the pictures do the talking: Back seat (temporary cloth, we will make it nicer). Filling her up for the voyage to the Dutch inspection. Standing in line at the inspection we were standing next to an American halftrack that was used by the British in WW2 to liberate Europe. This vehicle will go to France in two weeks for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Me & my girlfriend really wanted to go there too to celebrate freedom and witness all the vehicles and airplanes that will attend but one of our best friends have planned their wedding in the same weekend (same day even). In January of 2018 we went to Florida and met a lot of great people and visited amazing places like the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum. Very friendly and dedicated people work there, they really take the time to show you around and are ever so proud of their collection and take great care to keep the machines in shape. They were actually rebuilding a C-47 sky train which they wanted, if funds were there and the rebuilding was done, to fly to France as well. We bought a piece of the wing for a friend of us who is airplane crazy and to help with the fund. I hope they made it and join the memorial flight.
  11. Busy day today. Rear deck light for license plate (mandatory), had to fabricate a ‘glass’ from plastic so I installed an LED light. Put some rubber on the floor. Inside the car that is. Looks a little more decent this way. Closed the area between the rear seat and trunk and the wheel arch.
  12. It took a little longer but she’s home now. I tried to drive her home but it didn’t work out like I planned. I did meet some cool new people thanks to the breakdowns. Right now we’re working on making her ready for Dutch inspection and then cruise around this summer. A few things done already since we have her (not even a week yet): - Removed the deepest dents so the trunk closes and seals better - Sent out the bent rear drive axle that was quite bent. - Checking airride for leaks and fixing it - Change out some bulbs and fixing a light for the rear license plate - rehanging the doors - closing up holes that let exhaust fumes in - removing back seat for reupholstery and some other bits & pieces.
  13. Whilst browsing through the many for sale ads on my favorite app I stumbled upon a 1949 Hudson which grabbed my attention. This Arizona baked Brougham Super Six found its way to Sweden in 2012 and has had some technical updates. The roughness of the car intrigued me. The patina body and the almost nonexistent interior somehow intrigued me, even so much that I booked a flight for me and my girlfriend to check it out. After 1000 miles of traveling we finally saw it in real life. This rough diamond. We saw its potential and bought it! But the best was yet to come: The previous owner who bought it back in 2012 was the second owner. He had the papers of the first owner who drove it from 1949 until 1964. The previous owner happened to be Jade Hudman Rhodora. She was a professional dancer and abandoned the car in Arizona right around the time her husband Wes Hudman, a (Hollywood) actor passed away. This gives the car a whole new meaning and that is why my girlfriend decided to call the Hudson Rhodora. Plans are to keep the patina body as is but work on the interior together and I want to, with respect and grace, pay tribute to Jade - I’m thinking of a small picture of her face to commemorate her car and the history it had. The car is still 900 miles from home, hopefully it will be home next week. Then I will give some more info and pictures of “Rhodora”.
  14. Last weeks have been crazy! It should be cold and winter but temperatures are like spring / early summer. So Rosetta got an early stretching exercise. She is due for a new wiring harness so it was nice to have driven beforehand. I also have have a new winter hobby: making shirt designs with my favorite things on it.
  15. Haha, very true! I will not get discouraged, I learned to be patient as I got older.