Sean Batiz

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  1. On the topic of boats for a second, if by chance you DO end up wanting to eventually tow a boat with your boat (I mean, your Buick! Lol), then you will indeed find the fallowing original leaflets information to be priceless! The eBay seller that I acquired this from about half a year back, I believe has one more of these available and is original! And priced very fairly.
  2. Not sure how expensive building permits are in your neck of the woods for altering existing structures but, maybe opt for altering your existing garage by “simply” making just that portion of the garage portion, reframed to “accommodate a boat” with a double height garage door AT BOTH ENDS! Also with the inclusion of the new joists above, being amply suitable for the above mentioned ideas! Who knows, maybe way down the road after your car is fully restored, you’ll then WANT a boat!
  3. So, what’s left? Body from Chassis now? I can’t remember if you’ve previously stated wether or not you wanted to attempt a “frame up” restoration for your ‘55 Buick Century? There’s several YouTube DIY videos on how to fabricate your own car body rotisserie setup; just requires MORE SPACE! Maybe store the Chassis on the roof of your house in the meantime? Excellent progress, thus far ‼️‼️👍🏻
  4. Great patients is REQUIRED for those considering taking on this sort of project! When knuckles get smarted & tools start flying, just take a breather, relax over a nice cold beer 🍺 and, reassess the problem from a different perspective. This method generally seems to help my madness. Not trying to scare any new comers to this hobby; just a “heads-up” on what to expect. Driving around in a Classic Car that’s been meticulously, if not obsessively, restored by the same person, is just icing on the cake! Personally, I get the most enjoyment out of the whole restoration process, more so than stressing or worrying about the end result. It’ll naturally be reached, in due time.
  5. I also vaguely recall having read something somewhere about one of these number identifiers having an “X” or maybe three x’s, stamped at the end of the series run digits, to identify that the car was Factory equipped with A/C. For the life of me, just can’t remember where this bit of info was written to confirm (thus far, I haven’t found any X’s stamped anywhere on my 55 Buick that did come with the A/C), I at least do know that if you’re nomenclature plate on the cowl has a “-1” at the end of the paint code, this identifies that the wheel rims where painted Cherokee Red.
  6. As per your engine numbers, at least those identify them both as having been made for the 55 model year and for Century specifically. Other than that, I do believe that I once read somewhere that at some point during the 1970’s, the Buick Division tossed out or, had destroyed (sadly), a HUGE amount of documentation in reference to exact assembly build sequence information for the cars & engines of passed made vehicles, possibly due to all of those documents taking up too much space? We may never know. DOES ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW??? 👀
  7. Although these old Buick’s were notorious for fluid seepage from the cork type gaskets of the Nailhead and Dynaflow’s, not to mention the oily blow-by from the road-draft tube, this all really does us a huge favor in leaving a nice rust preservative coating over EVERYTHING underneath! Otherwise, you’d been at that job a bit longer, trying to get very dry & rusty fasteners freed up! You’d be very much happy to invest in your own decent sized solvent wash bay and good sized sand/glass bead-blaster.
  8. Lancemb, I really don’t know much detail about the specific literature & other associated publications for Buick during 1957. I’ve tried very hard over the years to sticking to only collecting items that are from 1955, as much as possible. As per these “Pin-Up” Charts, I have 3 different ones, all slightly soiled from someone else previously handling them. Got these several years ago & have NEVER seen any of these ever pop up on eBay, in any condition!
  9. I as well, had this exact same problem; VERY FRUSTRATING TO DEAL WITH STUPID VAPOR LOCK!
  10. Too funny! I just clicked on the link provided by old-tank; SAME CHART! Oops
  11. Thank You VERY MUCH for including the picture of that starter splash guard in its mounted orientation! I found mine just lying in the cabin area of my Buick and, this same part was always missing on my other Buick. I was never able to find a single image of it in ANY of the mountain of literature I have, to show it’s correct orientation! Also, I hope that you’ll find the fallowing shop “Pin-Up” chart handy. Something I’ve had for quite awhile; shows the exact length that each section of heater hose needs to be.
  12. Great progress on your latest dissection stage, by the way! I’m still baffled by how many of the original fasteners, especially those found in the regions your getting involved with now, I was able to loosen on my Buick, WITHOUT them breaking! A true testament of the quality of said fasteners? Idk.
  13. I must have just overlooked this little detail over the vast assortment of pictures you’ve provided thus far or, simply forgot about it but, I’ve noticed that from one of the pictures above, that your Nailhead was definitely manufactured within the earlier portion of 1955, if not at the tail end of 54 due to it still possessing the solid styled valve/rocker covers, rather than the revised breather type that were released for production @ mid 1955 and later. I’m still trying to decide on which style I oughta attach to my Nailhead in whichever one of my two Buick’s gets drivable first. Better ventilation of the crankcase is obviously the right way to go to prevent oil viscosity breakdown from hydrocarbon blow-by but, as per originality, how big an issue would this “upgrade” be for use on my early 55 Buick?
  14. Yes. This balance issue is what I recall about this particular topic but, I just can’t recall the exact publication of the TOO MANY items of original literature that was published in 1955, from which I read it from & can’t recall the exact specifics about it, other than this posing some sort of balancing issue if re-married differently. But then again, seeing as I do have other original literature of later Buick models, this might have been more relevant to dei’s 58 or, 56 & up? Idk. Maybe just go by Old Tank’s advice of there being no problem in this regard. I marked mine, “just in case”!
  15. Maybe someone else out there can correct me on this but, if my memory serves me correctly, when you attempt to divorce that nailhead from its dynoflow, you’ll want to be sure to mark, peen, or paint some sort of matching mating locations of the torque converter to the starter ring flexplate for correct alignment of reassembly.