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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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”.
  5. 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.
  6. Haha, very true! I will not get discouraged, I learned to be patient as I got older.
  7. To quote a famous comedian: “Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into.” I recently had to push Rosetta up a garage lift and, awkwardly (and unbeknownst to the conscious part that is affixed on top of my neck), put my left hand on the “FLOW” emblem which decided enough was enough and cracked under the pressure of being pushed around. So now it looks like an American top model with a British smile. Well, Rosetta’s behind that is. In other news: I decided to get the left door lock fixed permanently and my mechanic came with some solutions, one of which was taking it to a guy that’s specialized in that kind of fidgety work, but he also found me one on eBay which I bought. It will probably be here come January (buying stuff online at the end of the year is always a lesson in patience but that’s okay since the car is hibernating anyway). Sometimes I wonder if all this talk without pictures makes sense but on the other hand this “dear diary” is also a documentary about the resurrection of a classic beauty. My girlfriend and I watched Rain Man last week which made me miss Rosetta again (and also made me feel like living in the wrong country again but that’s another story - if it wasn’t next to impossible we’d move to the US).
  8. Then I sincerely hope someone will pick the parts up within that time. As I live overseas it is not feasible for me to get all the parts.
  9. Recently I had to push my 1949 Buick Super Sedanet up on a garage lift. I put my left hand at an awkward place and broke the "FLOW" trunk emblem... 😓 Does anyone have the FLOW part of both DYNA and FLOW for sale? Mine were / are in quite good condition (except for the crack on the right one now). I believe this was a one year only part which does not make searching for one any easier.
  10. I may be late to the party again... Do you have the driver's door lock mechanism (inside the door) and is this akin to the sedanet lock? Do you have the trunk plastic emblem saying "FLOW"?
  11. I never noticed this post, did anyone picked the stuff up and does this person want to part with some items?
  12. It’s been a while. There have been some minor issues (worn out starter relay points) but those are addressed. Next is the light switch that, at least that’s what I thought I smelled, gas too much resistance (I thought I smelled melting/hot wiring). My dash light doesn’t work anymore too and the brake lights are also bad (only thing they do is dim the rear lights). A new light switch has been delivered and I want to use relays for (at least) the front lights. I did a check with the rear light housing: I ran a wire from the battery terminal to the back of the car where I hooked it up to my multi meter. The ground to the lights was like 0.1 Ohm do that’s ok (I already rewired the rear lights previously). The lights aren’t very bright but they work. Also the left & right indicator work, be it not too bright. Then I gauged the resistance from the brake switch at the fuse box and that went from 3 Ohm without braking to 16 Ohm with the pedal firmly planted. So a new switch has been ordered. In the mean time I made a CAD drawing for the radio parts but got a little fed up with the project after a while so it is now on hold. This winter I plan to rewire the car and as a consequence convert to 12 volts (wiring kits are too thin for 6 volts and 12 volts will make a lot of things much easier). Almost forgot: this summer I had made the right side of the hood latch fit the gaps better and keep it from falling shut directly after releasing the hood knob (the front latch wouldn’t carry the weight and fall shut taking the rear latch with it). A while back the wire snapped so I bought a new wire and installed it. Somehow the front latch stopped carrying the hood again so again I have to open the hood by pulling and simultaneously prying my fingers beneath the gap, not to release the knob or else my fingers will hurt a lot. The odd part is that the latch repair was done with the rod length adjustment and the latch height, the cable only pulls it in its place. It should not matter that a new cable is installed. One step forward, two steps back…
  13. Forgot to mention: my mechanic fixed an oil leak that only occurred when driving in reverse. Turned out to be a scuffed oil line (to the oil pressure gauge) that was worn at the back of the engine (from rubbing). He also put rubber between the fuel pump and chassis and the car is now eerily quiet! This is how it must have felt when the car was new seventy years ago. Smooth and quiet luxury. Today I first reverse engineered the NewPort switch and it’s really well made and can’t be altered. So I knew I had to work with its size. So I went on and test fitted the radio and speaker without the switch and then thought of a solution I could probably work with. I removed the speaker box from the radio housing and started assembling on only the chrome bezel. It took some washers but I really like the fit. The only thing missing now is the buttons and frequency gauge; that part is too big to fit along with the wiper knob assembly. Now for some proof: This is the wiper knob housing and radio potmeter in place. Front face. Side view Speaker box bolted in using M8 bolts and hanged in the regular radio ears (makes it easier to remove and reinstall the speaker box). Other side. Plan is now to place the amplifiers and stuff elsewhere. I’m not sure where yet. Also I need to design a new fascia behind the frequency finder and a new way to attach the buttons. That will probably mean something I am not looking forward to: demolishing original parts. Until now everything I did is easily reversible.
  14. Today we went to the coolest meet of the summer. It was once again great as was the weather. It was a 180 mile road trip in total and she was doing fine although the heat did one time prevent the starter to get her going again. I met lots of very enthusiastic people including the owner of a 1949 Buick Roadmaster sedanet. Pretty cool! We’re back now and it’s evening and cooling down a bit so I was checking the car to see how I will fit the radio. Then I noticed something that needs to be addressed. The wiper assembly I bought from NewPort is a luxury edition with smooth interval, I love it to bits! However I had to hack a piece out of the defroster to fit the knob in. After measuring I now realize I also need to hack a big chunk out of the radio. That’s a bit of a setback. I’m not sure how I will go about and fix this. I could try and hack (open) the assembly or manufacture some sort of old school mechanic coupling so I can place it elsewhere or I can just cut away that piece from the radio. Or another option is to place the wiper knob elsewhere but I like everything to look and feel as stock as possible and hate modern looking clutter on or underneath the dashboard.
  15. A small correction of my last post: that Bluetooth device right there was a horrid Chinese eBay tryout. It was only after I cut a perfectly good RCA cable that I remembered the right one actually has RCA plugs. ? So I had to improvise with some digital audio coax cable. I am really glad with the results so far The Bluetooth receiver called “1949 Sedanet” sends its audio to the 2x4 miniDSP. Outputs 3 & 4 will go to an auxiliary subwoofer later. Output 1 & 2 send their audio to the class D amp that’s driving the stereo speaker fitted in the original speaker space. The original volume knob now is used to mute or amplify the signal going into the amp. It will not serve as a normal volume pot because it is logarithmic and the digital amp needs a linear pot. It will also be used as an on/off switch when properly installed. The DSP also has a volume knob that can change the output volume of the DSP. This pot is linear as it should. It will be installed in an inconspicuous place as will the extra USB port.