Kosage Chavis

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About Kosage Chavis

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  1. I removed the rear window. Mr Willie advised me to cut the gasket rather than try to save it and risk breaking the window. So I cut the entire lip of the gasket outside of the car.After you cut most of this lip off, you should be able to lift the glass out of the gasket. A shot of the gasket with window removed.Once you peel the entire gasket from the car, remove the 9 clips at the top shown here.To remove, I used a putty knife, wedged it between the body and clip and pulled down as shown.Showing the site of removal.Showing rear window removed.Overall, a moderate task.
  2. It will have to be cut out and replaced with new sheet metal. Got to learn how to weld though.
  3. Airy Cat, you are more than welcome to use this thread, but you would get more needed attention in the Post-War technical section.
  4. Got some news doors installed with the framing. Also installed the trim for the window.This old garage feels like it's brand new now. Still need to paint the trim, but I will do that another day.
  5. When removing the rear windshield, do you just cut away the old gasket or can you remove without doing so?
  6. Funny...I have always wondered the same thing. I assumed that you did and I would always add a little more depending on how much torque was required when adding anything between the socket and torque wrench. Looking forward to a definite answer.
  7. Both my Son and Daughter decide to keep me company while I mess with the Buick. This is the second time that I allow my Son inside the car seeing that he is old enough to watch out for certain things.As my kids took turns pretending to drive the car, I removed the rear window trim.First, I removed the most bottom piece of trim. There are 9 nuts that hold this trim in place. If your back seat hasn't been removed already, you will need to go through the trunk to access these nuts. I was able to remove from the inside of the car. 5 of those nuts are inside a set of holes as shown.You will then have a set of 2 nuts on each side of the car as shown.Once all 9 nuts are removed, you can pull the bottom piece trim from the assembly.The removal of the bottom piece trim will now expose the mounting screws for the inner bottom piece trim.The inner bottom piece trim is made up of 2 pieces of trim. There should be 4 screws on each side.Half of these screws on mine were too rusty to remove normally. So, I took a dremel cutting wheel and either cut slots into the screw heads (to remove later with a flathead screwdriver) or just grinded off as much of the head as possible without damaging any surfaces. Once inner bottom trim is removed, remove side piece trim.There is a single nut holding this piece of trim in place. You'll find it inside of the car somewhat covered by the window gasket as shown.Remove this nut and then very carefully and slowly pull out the trim using a putty knife. Work one end to another.Repeat steps on other side. Once both side piece trim are removed, use the putty knife to remove top piece trim.Be sure to pull out and not pull up on the trim. Start on one end and slowly work your way to the other end until free. Showing the area after removal.Showing the rear window trim assembly. Overall, a moderate task.
  8. Been a while since I posted a question here, but I have a new question. At some point (hopefully sooner rather than later), I plan on building a detached garage in my backyard. I plan to complete a total off frame restore on my 55 Century in it. But here's the issue. I have kids that play in the backyard all of the time and I don't want to take up too much space back there. What is the smallest amount of perimeter inside a garage that still allows me to accomplish this type of restore to my car? Thank you.
  9. Yes Sir. I have a place on my computer that I store all of my pictures and I have a book that helps me inventory everything. I think this will suffice if something went wrong. (In my stereotyped scottish accent) I CAN'T GO ANY FASTER CAPTAIN!
  10. Thank you for that anecdote Mr Dei. This forum is my diary. I try to be as detailed as possible for many reasons. Obviously to help me when it comes time to reassemble this car and to help others who aren't experts on these types of cars, but are intimidated with working on one. Thank you for your encouragement Sir!
  11. Yes Sir. Please school me Mr Dei on those nylon gaskets.
  12. Removed the horn ring assembly today.First, place a socket over the decorative horn retainer and twist off.Be careful, this part is spring loaded. The threaded retainer will come out along with larger plastic washer, metal washer and smaller plastic washer.Remove spring.And then remove the nut.Once nut is removed, the cupped washer and horn ring can be pulled out.Showing area of removal.Showing the removed horn ring assembly in order.Overall, easy task.
  13. Also removed the front windshield. Mr Willie let me know that I got a little ahead of myself when removing the front windshield trim. The top piece trim is removed with the front windshield and associated gasket seal. So, I will pretend that is where we are starting from here. Here is a photo of what is being removed...front windshield, gasket and top piece trim.Grab a putty knife and untuck the top part of the gasket with top piece trim still attached.Once you've untucked and popped out the top and sides of the gasket, you can probably safely pull the top piece trim from the gasket. The windshield should be dislodged enough to pull from the front.Now you can lift the windshield up and out. Remove any gasket left behind.Showing site after removal.Overall, easy task.
  14. After much avoidance, I finally decided to remove the front windshield trim and fresh air intake grill.First, remove the chrome clip at the bottom-center part of the assembly shown here. Pull up on the clip from behind with a probe until the clip clears the trim. Be careful not to scratch the surfaces of the trim. Once clear, pull clip away from assembly and remove. This will reveal a center screw as shown.Remove this screw and this will release one end of both of your bottom trim pieces. Next, you will pull out the other end of the bottom trim from this joint shown here.To do this, grab this part of the trim at the front of the bend as seen here.Wiggle the trim up and down while pulling foward on the trim just until it slides out of the joint, as seen here.The bottom trim is still held by one more retainer. You will need to slide the trim off of this retainer by pulling the trim to the outside of the car, as seen here.Repeat these steps for the bottom trim on the opposite side. Once both pieces of bottom trim are removed, this will free up your ability to remove the fresh air intake grills.Remove the 1 screw at each penetration shown here.And then remove 1 screw at each end of the grill assembly as shown here.Once all 4 screws are removed, the grill assembly should lift up out of the car in 3 pieces. Removing the grill should expose a few pieces of weatherstrip shown here. Remove those.You can now move onto the side piece trim shown here.Remove the screw that retains the bottom end of the side piece trim as shown here.Then, remove both screws shown here.You will then slide the side piece trim from the joint at the top. You will seperate by wiggling the trim while pulling to the outside of the car as shown here.Repeat these steps for the opposite side. Removal of the side piece trim should now expose retainers for top piece trim as shown here (both sides).Remove both screws. ***DISCLAIMER*** Going foward, I am not entirely sure of the proper way to remove the top piece trim. Maybe one of the guys on here can add their expertise on removing the top piece trim properly. This was a trail and error situation for me. On the backside of the top piece trim, there is a flange with a small lip that is centered on about 75% of the overall trim piece. On the rubber windshield gasket just underneath this trim, there is a slot that is moulded in it. That flange on the backside of the trim is actually pushed into and retained by the slot in the rubber windshield gasket and has a very sturdy hold on the top piece trim. One option (in hindsight) is to pry the trim out of the slotted windshield gasket. However, the grip was so strong, I didn't choose this option for fear of bending and damaging the trim. Another option would be to cut the windshield gasket at 2 spots, just to the outside of the trim, until totally separated from the rest of the gasket. You could then (while inside the car) push this portion of the gasket with trim out from the windshield and frame. I didn't even think of this before removing and I went with a 3rd option, which was to slide the trim to the outside of the car till it's free from the gasket. I took a wooden block and a rubber mallet and tapped on one end of the trim until it can slide down no further. I then went to the side of the trim in the direction it was being pulled out and I had to lift the end of the trim just enough to clear the flange over top of the outer part of the windshield gasket (which was extremely difficult). Once cleared, carefully pull the trim out as shown here.Here is a picture showing the flange behind the trim and the slot in the gasket.Here's another picture of the slot in the gasket. Finally, remove the 5 retainers left behind that are mounted at the bottom of the window frame. Center retainer...2 like this...and then 2 like this.Showing the front windshield trim and fresh air intake grill assembly removed from car.Overall, a challenging task.
  15. My space issue has been resolved...at least for now. I had to do some spring cleaning and rearranging in the attic. I then transferred car parts that I assumed would be safe in the attic, from the garage to the attic. Not only is the garage floor clear, but I also cleared space on the shelving unit. I can now resume removals. So, I was looking over the Buick to see what would be next to remove and noticed my windshield had a tint at the top.Never noticed that before. So I got curious and looked for thr EZ Eye stamp and confirmed it.I have had this car for 7 years now and never had a clue that I had this option on the car. Unfortunately, the windshield is damaged. Looks like it was hit with a few rocks and it also has a 3 inch hairline crack. I just thought it'd be cool to at least share.