Edwin The Kid

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  1. I've got a few more questions for the very helpful people on these forums. How much is my 51 buick worth in its current state? The 52 super is a good deal for what it is, but still probably will end up out of my price range in the end, not to mention the 8 hour drive makes getting it a bit of an issue. As much as I really love these 50s buicks the cost of fixing and maintaining them is sadly too much for my minimum wage summer job. I've been browsing the local craigslist for some more modern buicks, and I found a 61 skylark roller for 350$, and a 69 skylark roller for 1000$ that both would probably make cheaper projects. The last few days I've been going back and forth in my head between my options and if you guys could lend your knowledge and experience into what might be the better path would be I would be very grateful.
  2. @Ben Bruce aka First Born heres all the pics i got
  3. @JohnD1956 Neither my 51 nor the 52 for sale has a title. My friend has experience in getting a car titled and registered that did not previously have a title. I have a dot application for registration and a bonded title that I have to fill out and mail in, along with a bill of sale for the car. As long as the car wasn't stolen they get me a title. I had all the paperwork mostly ready for my 51 but havent sent it in because why get a title for a car that can't drive yet? I'm pretty sure all I will need is a bill of sale from the owner of the 52
  4. I'm pretty confident its a 52, judging by the side trim Is it harder to register a vehicle that doesn't have a title from out of state? In Iowa at least all you need is a bill of sale and then theres some paperwork you fill out and send in and they send the title and plates in the mail
  5. The 53 super has the nailhead, and I see a super badge on the other pictures he sent, and the headlights match with a 52, so i think it is a 52.
  6. Its possible its a 52 super, seller says its a 53 but he is unable to open to hood at the moment, as apparently he is on one leg I think I see the remainders of a super badge so if it really is a straight 8 under the hood then it would be a 52
  7. @JohnD1956 the special is a 4 door
  8. I've done some thinking and I will continue to think through my options but here's what I'm thinking right now and I could use your knowledge. Right now I've got a few options I'm considering: 1. rob a bank or something creative to get the money to rebuild my engine and make the car roadworthy 2. Buy a different Buick, possibly the 53 special mentioned before, it seems to be in good condition and won't be as hard/expensive to get on the road. 3. Keep my Buick and put a v8 in it. Either find a nailhead with a dynaflow that will go in relatively easy and won't require rebuilding of the engine or the rear suspension, or put a newer engine, maybe a buick 350 that needs minimal work, and put new rear suspension and rear end, and an open driveshaft in. I haven't been able to find much info on the cost/difficulty on this however 4.Sell my 51 for parts and start over, with a newer Buick or maybe a truck. How much could I expect to get from selling my buick? the frame seems to be pretty solid and I think there is a decent amount of useable parts. Your thoughts and advice is always appreciated -Edwin
  9. cylinders need to be honed and probably bored, head needs some work, a lot of new parts to buy. No idea if the trans works, any idea how to find out? I dont have a running engine to test it on.
  10. Engine is in the machine shop, they are going to see if the block or head are cracked, and then I have to make a decision if I'm gonna spend the money to machine it or not. Initial estimations for full rebuild were around 4500$. Yikers! I've got a few questions for you guys. If buying a used but running straight 8, what are the chances it breaks or needs expensive repairs done to it? The previously mentioned 53 buick also presents me with a dillema: It runs and drives, but I think the condition of the car it is in is better than my car right now, unless its frame or something is shot, so it seems counterproductive to take a good engine out of a good car to put in my beat up buick. What do you guys think? I have also been thinking about swapping some sort of v8 in, although I really would prefer to have the straight 8. I know unless its a nailhead it basically needs a full new driveline for a v8, cmpared to the costs of straight 8 work, how much is it to buy a donor car and put a new driveline in? Thoughts and advice are appreciated! -Edwin
  11. I'm looking to see how much a 263 straight 8 that either runs or is in good condition(doesn't need machine shop work) costs as an alternative to getting all the machine shop work done on my engine. Either a pulled engine or potentially a parts car would be fine, as long as its a dynaflow.
  12. Well after a lot of hammering, all of the pistons are out! The picture is the cylinder of one of the more stuck ones. I'm bringing the block to a machine shop today to get a price estimate for all the work being done.
  13. I should clarify: My 52 has a dynaflow, and the seller of the 53 said that it has a dynaflow as well, so I don’t think that would be an issue. It would be good to know about compatibility issues between them if i end up with a different engine
  14. Heres an update on my project while I'm on vacation! I have removed 4/8 pistons, 3 of which came easy, with the fourth I learned that pistons don't come out the bottom, and it had to be broken to come out. I have the remaining pistons soaking in the hopes that they might loosen up over a week or so, but it's not looking great(see pictures) I've been looking into buying a new engine entirely, and I have been offered a 53 special with a 263 straight 8 that apparently runs and drives for 1000$. From what I've seen on the hometown buick website the only thing that would be useful on the car is the engine, so I'm wondering if it would be worth it as a parts car or if it would be better to source a new engine elsewhere.
  15. Some buicks from the early days of NASCAR
  16. Saw this '54 camper on my local craigslist today, apparently was built in a high school shop class in the 70's https://masoncity.craigslist.org/cto/d/mason-city-1954-buick-camper/6915251434.html
  17. Ok I got the trans and crankshaft out and separated! working on pistons now. They are VERY stuck, what are good ways to get them out without doing too much damage to the cylinders?
  18. I'm going to work on getting the rest of the pistons to move so i can get the caps off and remove the crank over the next few weeks, although a larger hammer and some fire might be needed. Pretty soon I am going to need to get or borrow and engine stand so I can see the top and bottom at the same time, is there a certain type or brand of engine stand that would be beefy enough to hold the straight 8? Also would making some sort of wooden cradle for it work as well?
  19. I see one of the bolts needed to remove the trans, as circled in blue below, but my main problem is the big red circle, I'm not sure how I can get to the bolts with that in the way, or maybe I'm missing something I also got an old broom handle and got 2 pistons to move, but then on another piston the handle shattered, so things aren't looking great.
  20. What part of the rebuild was the most expensive for you?
  21. I have looked to see if there is a way to remove the trans and still haven't found a way, and either way I still do want to remove the crankshaft, so I'm not sure where to go from here. The shop manual on hometownbuick.com doesn't give much advice in these regards either
  22. Yes, I cleared the mud, the transmission is spinning around the ring gear, unless there is something else i need to clean out
  23. The rod bearing caps and main bearing caps are numbered. I am having trouble with the camshaft gear however. I took the bolt on the front off but it doesn't seem like its going to move, and the bolts underneath the gear wont come out because the gear doesnt spin, so not sure where to go from here. The crankshaft gear is not stuck either.
  24. It's definitely possible it flooded once or twice where it was stored, the waters can get pretty high in some of the areas of Iowa when it rains, and the rains have made my shed a bit of a mudhole
  25. Engine is out! im definitely not an engine expert so if anyone sees major problems please tell me. Also, how does the transmission come off? I undid the bolts on the outside of it and now it spins around the engine, which is still stuck Atf and Diesel have been soaking in the cylinders since mid april