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  1. Oh wow, that is awesome! I love the art deco/Miami feel of the hotel in the background too. Very cool!
  2. Thanks Willie and John. Now I have a picture in my head of what I'm looking for and better understanding of how it works. Lamar, you know I can put some spit on my hand and finish those trenches up for you. maybe a little trade for a horn button and maybe that Tee fitting for the vacuum line? I'm busy today, but I can swing over tomorrow. I'll call you this evening. Thanks fellers!
  3. Does anybody know where I might be able to find the horn switch and plate that mounts to the steering column. Does anybody make an aftermarket part that might could be retrofitted? I replaced the horn ring wire that goes on the inside and solders to the brass/copper? ring, but I'm missing the plate and switch that mounts on top of the opening on the column for the wire from the wiring harness to plug onto. On a side note, I've read many threads here and gone over the description in the manual, but my head just can't grasp how the horn actually works.
  4. Sorry for the delayed response, Lamar. Our AC went out earlier this week and we've been scrambling around making sure the dogs and cats are okay. I'll trade you that Tee fitting for a Fat Tire, those nailhead valves and some hanging out time. I work at home now so I'm pretty flexible.
  5. Converted front to disc brakes and I have a dual master cylinder with a brake booster on my '53 Super. I was wondering where I should/able to pull a vacuum line for the booster. Any suggestions/ideas?
  6. Ha, I love the "WhataBuick/WhataBurger" emblem on the deck lid. That's awesome! Lovely car, my only real nit-picky complaint is the lack of a rear bench seat for, you know, nocturnal activities.
  7. Quick (dumb) question. I have a brand new Waldron's Exhaust on my '53 that I installed early last year. Everything is lined up and it fits perfectly, but I'm wondering if I'm supposed to have the pipes to welded and to the muffler or is it okay that they are snuggly fit with the "cold" connection. p.s. I'm NOT referring to welding the pipe to the exhausts manifolds
  8. I think this forum exists for one sole purpose that I have yet to see. I'm waiting on a post on how to modify the '53 Super/Roadmaster hood hinges/alignment with a completely new design so that it actually works
  9. Thanks for the reply Willie. I'm not even sure when or how the old washer popped off. I'm wondering if it came off when i was hammering the old shock link shaft out and maybe it rolled down into the chassis? Who knows. Looks like I need to find someone with a welder.
  10. This washer needs to attach on the inside of the frame
  11. okay, I managed to cut out the washer from the parts car. Do I have any other options for attachment on my main car other than welding? I don't have a welder and it's looks like (and as stated by Al) it would be extremely tricky to do. Loctite 2 part epoxy weld?
  12. The update looks great. I haven't had a chance to surf around too much, but love the new clean look. Thanks for your hard work, Peter!
  13. Thanks Airy Cat, yes the lower ones are left-hand threaded on the '53 as well. Great idea, 53 Roady!
  14. Al, thank you for the detailed suggestion with the flanged nut, that all makes sense. I think I'll give it a shot. I just need to find someone with a welder. Willie, I'll hit Lamar up soon. I'm also visiting my parts car in NC this weekend and maybe I can rip out the washer from it. I'll report back.
  15. Anybody know where to purchase or "fashion" the washer that goes on the inside of the frame for the rear shock link. I've noticed that mine is missing on the passenger's side. I assume it's tapered to match the taper of the shock link bolt? Is my assumption correct?
  16. I've got the old ones from my rebuild, Lamar. Give me a call.
  17. Well that is the strangest thing... John, I think we were reading each other's minds. I reattached the bottom and tightened it down something fierce so that when I eased the axle down it would create some real tension to hopefully pull down as you suggested on the top and allow the threads to engage again. At least this is what I thought was happening. I started on the bolt again and I would periodically check the tip of it on the top of the frame and I could feel it slowly going down! Hooray! I got the bolt out and I was expecting to find and a few rows of stripped threads. But no. The bolt looked all good. Totally confused. I looked up underneath to check out the nut and it too was all fine. Weirdest thing. Am I that dense that I just wasn't making enough turns? I know it's a fine thread, but the bolt isn't that long! Whatever, I'll take it. I got the spring out and I installed the new ones without any problem! All is good, thanks for the help everyone. Now on to the shock links!
  18. I think I'm gonna have to saws-all the nut, folks. I've blasted it with PB and torched it. I can't get a wedge up in there to apply force the threads of the bolt to bite the nut either. Grrrrrr....
  19. Great points- the nut that is welded to the frame doesn't seem to be spinning, so I guess I stripped it. Very strange as it definitely loosened everything when I first started, but then the bolt itself got tighter with the retainer and spring dangling (I detached the bottom first) I'm definitely turning the correct, that is a great suggestion and has gotten me in trouble once before years ago. I'll keep messing with it...
  20. Noticed she was sagging on one side in the rear, so I decided to go ahead and replace the original rear coil springs with some newly ordered ones. Everything was going dandy but then the last retainer bolt I was trying to remove (the upper on drivers side) wouldn't come out. It felt like it was loosening for about 4 full turns and the retainer and spring dropped a little. Then the bolt started getting really hard to turn. I pulled out my breaker bar and now it just turns and turns and still requires a lot of force. I can still feel the pointy tip of the bolt on the top side of the chassis. Should I figure out a way to just cut this bolt head off and drill it out? Then retap and replace with a grade 8 bolt? Thoughts, recommendations, condolences?
  21. Pete, she looks beautiful! Great to see her on the road!
  22. I'm just kicking tires at the moment. Thinking about what I want to get next. Possibly a '54. Leaning towards a wagon of some sort. I can't decide.
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