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Edwin The Kid

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  1. Well, summer is halfway over and I've hardly gotten anything done on the Buick... Working 4 pm to 4:30 AM makes it a lot harder to get work done on your cars... I pulled off one side of the rear brakes to get measurements on the wheel cylinder for a new master, and I pulled the bumper to prep for some rattle can chrome! The radiator I got from my friend doesn't fit in the front, so I either need to spend the money on a custom radiator or figure out how to plumb a trunk radiator. Planning to redo the steering setup next but once again I've been sidetracked... I sold my oldsmobile and fixed my volvo, and started another project. 74 Volkswagen Super Beetle! Whoops, this thread is going to get full of Cars That Are Not My Buick... I'm friends with the owner and I've been seeing it around and wanting it for a while so... Here we are! It's going to be a really good opportunity to learn and practice building engines and doing rust repair, on a car that isn't super valuable but also has tons of aftermarket support and online resources.
  2. Thanks for all the kind words everyone! I'm really looking forward to college. I'm working a night shift and I've been crazy busy so I haven't gotten much done on the Buick but I did buy some parts that should get me closer to driving! I got the clutch setup from a 60s IH truck and the front axle hubs. I got a radiator from a friend so all I really need yet is a gas tank and some time to work on it
  3. I'm welding in a factory this summer and planning to go to McPherson College for automotive restoration in the fall
  4. In my opinion leaving the original paint on the car wouldn't be disrespectful. If you don't have the budget to do a nice paint job on it I think that cleaning up the old paint as best as you can and fixing the rust is just as respectful to the car. You'll probably want to put most of your resources into making the drivetrain reliable. Plus, you only have the original paint once! Just my 2 cents from one young person to another. Definitely keep us updated on the forum! Everyone here is super helpful.
  5. I'm pretty much done with the grille on the Buick and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I'm putting the bumper that I got with the frame on, and I hope to put some lights in the grille to fill it out better. Shed has to be empty for a bit so I can have my highschool grad party in it so I've got all my cars out and in one spot!
  6. Found this on my local craigslist. https://stcloud.craigslist.org/pts/d/farmington-buick-straight-engine-and/7324343962.html "buick straight eight engine and trans engine turns over that is all i know about it"
  7. Boy do I wish I lived a little closer to you. This looks like a fun project!
  8. This project would be a lot easier with a tubing bender and a notcher, but hey, I'm getting a lot of grinding practice! In other news, I bought a 1985 Oldsmobile Toronado for $400 and drove it home! Needs some work but it's a pretty sweet car. Power washing it was super awesome. My Volvo is broken at the moment so I might end up driving the Olds instead...
  9. Looks like I'm a bit of a bad influence... Definitely show us if you do anything @s_hilmoe! Progress was briefly slowed by my new daily driver... 1993 Volvo 240 wagon! Sold the truck a while back and had a brief stint with an 89 chevy G20 van, but it got rear ended and I made some good money off insurance from it. It's a lot of fun so far. On the Buick I've started to build a new front bumper and I'm pretty happy with how it's looking so far! I'm definitely improving my stick welding skills, although they are still pretty ugly. It's all pipe left over from my dad's human foosball project. It should at least resemble a 50's Buick grille when it's done and that's good enough for me! Now that I've got the front end mostly in place and a grille mostly figured out I'm thinking I can fit a front radiator in, so I'll be going to a junkyard to see what I can find that might fit. With the front end panel gaps I'm pretty sure the hood needs to be hit with a hammer and stretched out to fit, along with some more work to the fender. I also still need pedals and a gas tank, which I can also hopefully find. The steering still needs some work but I'm hoping to be able to drive it sometime this summer!
  10. Water pump pulley sold. Still a lot of parts left, let me know what you need!
  11. I'm finally getting less busy with school and have a lot more time to put to getting my Buick going. Haven't figured out my hood/fender fitment yet, I think I need to hit more things with a hammer, but I'm not sure. Anyways I want to drive the thing so I went to the junkyard and got some steering parts and a driveshaft which I took to a local welder who is shortening it to fit for me. I've got the steering in and mostly finished. Got really lucky and the steering wheel lines up with the tires! My next big hurdle is sourcing pedals and figuring out my cooling system.
  12. I recently acquired these chevy hubcaps and I really have no need to hold on to them so if anyone needs them shoot me a message. I'll accept any reasonable offer. Located in northwest Iowa but I can package and ship, buyer pays shipping. Decent driver quality, not in the best shape.
  13. I'm trying to get the hood back on and I'm having some problems. The driver's side fits pretty well, about how it did before the frame swap, but there's a rather large gap on the passenger side, and I can't get the fender in any further. I'm not sure if it's a problem with my "bodywork" on the fender or if my hood is messed up. Any advice would be appreciated!
  14. Spent the afternoon trimming the driver's side inner fender and mounted it properly. I gave it a shot of matte black spray paint and made a plate to mount it to the frame. I put the hood on to see if it's gonna fit, and everything clears, but the gaps are pretty large and I'm not sure that it's going to work very well. I also reapplied the "Look Out!" that was left by the previous owner of the frame and made some go fast noises inside.
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