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  1. done , I just picked it up from detail , some extremely minor things I will do at my leisure , I haven't driven it clean an ready to show for a long time , an as I always say "driving a buick is like driving your couch" only better!
  2. mostly re assembly maybe a little bit more buffing here an there.
  3. I scuffed an buffed lightly yesterday an did some assembly as well, finished building from the doors forward today got some minor assembly an bumpers to install yet , an I AM BEAT, time to stop here is the almost totally finished look on my roadmaster. nothing like a pandemic to motivate ya ! {joke}
  4. there wont be any more pics until I finish it now baby is naked without her trim. but the blue/ purple is finally on it time to scuff buff an rebuild . just wish my paint room didn't have a demon in it right now .
  5. I am ready for this car to finish up , broke my own rule {no personal cars during regular hours} an just said screw it started painting today instead of waiting for the weekend . got the silver on it ! an maybe the blue/purple day after tomorrow,
  6. 2 toned my door jambs , now to install all the new parts in an on them . this is the first time I have seen these colors side by side that was not just a paint chip , im preety happy now.
  7. finally sprayed the first of its color on it , this car is kicking my butt 4 hours to rebuild the vent windows including new tinted glass, going to have a glass shop set the other side windows painted the hood jambs gas lid jamb an trunk jamb . also did all the remaining mechanical repairs changed out the softplugs in the block, oil change ,plug wires silicone sleeves , new rear axle seals , took apart the tourque ball an had a friend gently rock a wheel back an forth while I looked at the u joint through my inspection mirror , u joints good found a bad wheel bearing tho . theres a light AT THE END OF THIS TUNNEL! FINALLY!
  8. back at it now totally repaired the body , ordered many new parts an spent the last 3 months redoing the body on weekends an theres finally a light at the end of this tunnel of nightmares , my god the sins I removed from the body of this roadmaster. that poor car had poor owners an just out right bad owners . everything rotten was cut out an replaced , heres a few pics of how bad it was right up to were its at right now with only a few mechanical issues to repair an then finally the repainting can begin .
  9. I will check those after I take it apart , most likely replace them as well to be sure , but I am almost sure its the u joint. I just cant seem to find one an I like to pre order all parts ahead of time .
  10. MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone ! I thought I had the vibration problem in my car solved , I did some cusory searches nothing too deep an found the u-joint I needed at Kanter , they no longer have availability on it . does any one know of alternate sources , I have searched for it on a few caddy sites to no avail. Many members here have convinced me to not swap out the rear end an trans for a modern setup, over a bad u joint. any help will be very appreciated .
  11. found the problem ! removed the park /wash assembly an the park switch was not installed correctly . when the park cam comes around it should break the contact an park the wipers. somehow the metal tab that contacts the cam was bent at the factory an wasn't breaking contact not allowing the wipers to park !
  12. Hello all , I have an issue with the wiper motor or switch in a 78 blazer that I am restoring so I will just get right into it . I am nearing the end phase of this restoration , an had to do a complete rewire since the old harness was hacked to bits , this far all the gear I have tested is functioning properly with the exception of the wipers . Now I am preety sure that I have wired the motor an switch correctly as I used the correct gm wiring diagram an then further verified connection of all wiring for the motor an switch by doing a continuity test on each lead from plug to plug. I plug the motor in all fine plug the switch in ( both brand new ) an as soon as I turn on the ignition the wiper motor runs, with the switch in the off / park position. The original motor an switch do the same thing an this has been kicking my azz for 2 days so any help is much appreciated
  13. you may have an easier time doing that mod in your car , check my thread . in post war buick , 55 roadmaster complex suspension modification . some of the gentlemen here brought up points that I hadn't considered. so whats your reasoning for wanting to swap to an open drive shaft ?
  14. Hahaha. yes sir that's me I could get in there an just fix everything. I would love to just swap up to more a modern trans an rear but its not in the budget. the hot rodder in me says just do it, an the restorer says fix it the way gm intended it . its been a real reliable an fun car so far . an based on all the info I have gathered an all the input from everyone here I will be ordering the ujoint ahead of time an quite possibly the bearings before an after it then just drop it out an physically see whats happening in there.
  15. thanks all , all avenues I have suspected an considered my service manual is helpful . more suspect is the single u joint or the bearings on either side of it but being that its enclosed in the torque ball makes it a difficult diagnosis even harder still to describe here, but I will try maybe someone will be able to form some opinion based on this. it is definitely a rotating assembly it is a low note an mild vibration that increases with rpm when driving barely audible at low speed an noticeable at 40mph an above. i've considered removing the rear diff cover to have a look but its definitely in the center of the car you can feel it in the toe boards an hear it same local . I have thought the torque tube may be transmitting this forward in the car but cant be sure. i've ruled out front wheel bearings as they are correctly tightened an well lubed an do not feel " lumpy "or loose. any thoughts?