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  1. My '49 tranny was toasted by not installing cooler hoses properly. Make sure your transmission cooler receives water or tranny fluid will overheat and friction plates will warp. Someone overhauling tranny in the first time forgot to add cooler back and my tranny lasted 2000 miles first overhaul was done before my ownership and I drove it to death not knowing about it. Fortunately I found good repairer who did it just to see why it is supposed to be hard to fix. He doesn't repair th350 etc. trannies because everyone can do it in their home
  2. Thanks for tips, fortunately I've got small hands to help me out have to try when in garage next time. My car is 30miles from me so quick progress isn't going to happen around car but at my basement. Basement painted dash and behind are inner fender and '55 Coronado sills These things show progress Manifolds before and after. I'll be painting intake to engine color still. And good thing is: I found the striker plate from Buick Farm. Nice.
  3. Thanks guys, I was searching for forties Cadillac but here then, before Internet explosion it was futile. I saw this and was sold I'm holding myself back So many hobbies and too little patience to focus properly. Now here is few '49 topics floating and decided to add one more for general kicks. I really was blown away by 49_buick_super's machine. I've got some progress lately and more parts are on the way. Main focus is to get front end done first and then move to other things. I need to get this wrapped together so I can remeber how it looks and feels before taking different place apart. I've had problems figuring out some rubber parts but some are now tackled and few still persists... and then here is other troubles Progress: Valve cover is painted too now. I use non automotive paints and hope it lasts sometime. I compared Sequoia Cream paint chip for nearest available color locally from tinroof paints.. Quite nice color but wouldn't paint my house roof with it. Questions: Main harness rubber.. Bob's and Cars doesn't sell one or my catalogs say they don't. Faulty catalogs or where should I ask? Is this fender rubber available anywhere? Few other non pictured questions: Door handle ferrules, my co-pilots door handle is always moving around and failing to be in it's position when opening or closing door and I suspect it is the ferrule that failed.. cannot find that either. It even is different part number from '48 so I guess those are different. And Striker plate is toast, it hold fine when I didn't lubricate it but when i did, door lock cannot keep door close. Of course it isn't available by CARS or Bob's catalogs. Curse of the one year model. Cheers -Jani
  4. Old one goes and new one is picked up: Then the whole operation got siderailed... prettier outside than inside. Look at the size of that hood
  5. Hi all, I've been reader here more than a decade without much to add. I've decided to start a topic of my car, hopefully it will give the added boost to get it back on the road again. But here is a start withsome pics. Pic after I got it lowered and back on the wheels after tranny rebuilt. Cruising night photo. Does anybody have spare trim piece and base for it between door and rear wheel well. Unfortunately weakest link breaks and next was engine, crank bearing spun and my riding was done. Engine swap started: after removing these roadie will be light as a feather.
  6. Hi, I've encountered problem with different rubber parts, my car was painted quite a many years ago and when prepping they threw away old rubbers parts. Now It's been on the road without any wetherstripping and rubber bumpers etc. I finally decided to finish engine bay "resto" and been searching those absent parts. Ugly truth is that since I don't have pics of parts that I miss I don't have a clue what part numbers I have to buy from Cars or Bob's. I didn't expect such a variety and lack of details from them. I've got chassis and body manuals and shop manual but those are virtually useless when it comes to acquire parts you don't have or seller doesn't have original part numbers. I can add few pics of areas that I need info (more detailed than whole car) Mine is 76S so even door weatherstrip kit is absent..
  7. Dash is not welded. I removed all chrome trim from inside but windshield is still on. I don't remember how many bolts there are, but I do remember that it took a while
  8. When I bought my '49 it had a dying VW beetle battery in it, sometimes it started and sometimes didn't. After a while it didn't more than did <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />. During that period of time Buick was my daily driver and I had daily job. I had my jumpwires plugged to the battery and coming to cabin from window, my 12V battery was in floor and hadthe negative side plugged. When I needed to start I just pushed positive to battery with hand and my leg pushed pedal... when it started just raised the positive from battery. Scary? nope, dangerous and literally flashy! Yeah! Before my innovation I jump started from regular cars similar ways, put the helper behind the wheel and push pedal meanwhile put the wires on. Got all the helpers very happy to start old car and didn't even see the sparks.
  9. I have in my '49 Buick tags Non 49 involuntary humor because these were given to me not asked for
  10. Heh! I'll take them <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> Naturally I'll pay the postages.
  11. I vote for Hot rod... no modern street rod (irs, small block chevy, injection, AC) but fifties style hotrod with all the good old stuff. I mean Ford flattie or even original engine and original suspension. I would make it look like it was last raced in the fifties.
  12. Hi! I'm asking a favor for me and my friend. If anyone lives near Manchester CT and could take a look for a car (in this case two) I would really appreciate this. Both cars are Cadillacs, but I hope that isn't too much of heresy <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> If you'll be volunteering for this I can be reached better from my mail address jani_saranpaa@(remove)yahoo.com. I'll also try to take a look here also. Thank you in advance Jani
  13. Could you post or send me more pics and/or info for the happening. Some friends have said that it's great happening but americana homepages didn't give me reason enough to attend. So I'd like to know more
  14. FORD LTD Found on road dying... left to die It is really curious how few these are from Cadillac, maybe those are good cars (yes I like Caddies)
  15. interior (excluding instruments) is from 1961 to 1963 T-bird.
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