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  1. It's been a while since I did this, and maybe I missed the information. What is the procedure for receiving your judging sheet from the national meet? Thanks!
  2. Much easier to just find a whole drum with the hub in it.
  3. When installing the distributor, make sure it engages ALL THE WAY into the oil pump slot. Otherwise, you may have a running car with no oil pump spinning.
  4. Instead of commenting on the election thread, I'll drop in here and mention that the 57 got a Silver award last night. I am eager to get the judging sheet back and make corrections for next year. One of these days, I'll score the elusive Gold Senior. Plain ol' gold would be good, too.
  5. Really looking forward to meeting you and seeing the 58!
  6. Black is at the exhaust shop for the week while I bask in Buickness at OKC.
  7. I was up at sunrise this morning with the hood up. Wiper motor replaced with correct vacuum unit, all new vacuum lines and washer jar was cleaned up. The wipers work for about 3 swipes and then quit. I don't plan on using them, anyway. Most of my cars wipers never work. Rain X is a wonderful thing. All of the fender bolts with square washers were removed and cleaned up, then painted a silvery color that's as close to silver cad plat that I can find. They were all body color from lazy painters in the past. Hood hinges were badly oversprayed with body color, too. I did my best to just hose some flat black on them to hide the fact they're covered in Garnet Red paint. Front marker lights were replaced with ones from the parts car. The harness was cut right at the bulkhead at the radiator support, and then sloppily pinch-coupled together with stupid stupid connectors. I cleaned up all of the wiring the best I could with lacquer thinner and a rag...tons of black paint all over the place. The hood latch parts on the radiator support and the hood itself were all hosed with black paint. I pulled those off and bathed them in thinner...then used a brass brush to clean them up without disturbing the original plating. New plug wires to replace the ugly blue ones. Battery hold-down bracket was too skinny to hold the new I "modified" it to fit. Hopefully no one will notice one side of it is missing 🤣 I made a feeble attempt to put tower clamps on the top radiator hose. Did fine with the top one, but the one at the t-stat housing snapped when I tightened it I piggy-backed a worm drive clamp on it closer to the end of the hose. When I got the car, it had a crappy plastic fuel filter on it, and the bracket/glass filter was MIA. Thanks to Lance for getting me a fitting that connects to the bracket for mounting. I was able to get all of that fixed up correctly today, too. I still have a ton of detailing to do...but it's close. It's on the trailer and ready to go tomorrow. I still have to pack...but at least all the part I'm bringing to sell are loaded.
  8. Once you hear it run, you're going to want a full exhaust put on Black 😁
  9. I'll be putting the rear door panels on, but the fronts are a no-go for now. They may have another use. So, my ONE day off before we leave for the national meet...tomorrow is detail thrash day. Most of it will consist of under-hood authenticity issues like bolt colors and hose clamps. I need to get the correct size battery. Wiper motor needs to be replaced with a vacuum unit, which I cleaned up this evening. My front marker lights had the wire harnesses snipped at some point in its life and they look horrible. Swapping those out for the ones in the parts car that are perfect. LOTS of stuff that can/will snowball into a big mess tomorrow...
  10. Cars grow....a lot...when they are disassembled.
  11. Taillights and rear bumper installed..
  12. All ready for assembly...I am installing a few things like taillights and rear bumper so I can get it to my exhaust guy before it goes home.
  13. We will be there sometime in the middle afternoon on the 12th.
  14. I don’t need it, but a coupe rear glass is always worth a long as it’s not trashed