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Everything posted by Smartin

  1. Thanks, John! I was very surprised to see it pop up when I read through it this morning at the office. I had forgotten I wrote it LOL!
  2. I couldn't believe it, John! I think that's a testament to how much the previous owner cared to keep this car in operational condition. He did mention to me that it worked when he sold it. If I can make this cooling issue go away, I may actually drive it to OKC this year🤣
  3. It does have a clutch fan. I’ll have to check to see if it works anymore.
  4. Well, the extended test drive to the show today went fairly well. I am going to need to address the temperature creeping up and not wanting to come back down. I'm pretty sure I'll need to flush the system and replace the thermostat. I found out the AC WORKS! Ha! Clock works, too. I feel the car wanting to wander a little bit, but I think most of it is natural with the bias ply tires. It was happy on the highway, though. I just need to work on the temperature issue before OKC. Brakes are still not happy. I bought hoses for it, so that will be the next spot I work on.
  5. The battery tray is integrated with the inner fender sheet metal. It is proprietary to the 57 Buick. They aren't impossible to find, though.
  6. He did mention that he "touched up" the rocker covers but the decals are original. But in general, it looks very clean. Although it is amazing what a little steam cleaning will do!
  7. Looks like a 60 Buick quarter molding. The flattened portion is tucked behind the bumper. I’m not sure what model had this length though.
  8. What does the other side look like?
  9. Cool, thanks for the insight. I don't know what he put on for mufflers. He's a real old school guy that may not be around much longer, but says he buys only quality garbage. System should last a very long time.
  10. Here is my contraption to keep a hold of the booster nut inside the car while I used a strap wrench to twist the booster off from outside. I tried using a chisel to turn the nut first, but no go.
  11. I didn't measure them, but didn't see anything alarming that would make me think twice. I've verified the mileage on the car is in the 46k range...hoping these are the original drums. You mention checking the shoe against the drum. I did that today before I installed the shoes. They are VERY slightly smaller diameter than the drum...which is why I'm hoping some miles will settle them in enough to start working better. I have a pair of drums from a 60 sitting on the shelf...I may swap them if I get bored, or run out of other ideas. At this point, I should probably start replacing hoses and checking wheel cylinders.
  12. New front brake shoes, repacked bearings, and new seals today...cleaned and scuffed drums. No change in pedal feel. So, off came the booster/master from the parts car. I spent a good portion of the day cleaning and prepping/rebuilding that. I installed it and bled all four corners for a LONG time to make sure I didn't miss any air bubbles. Brakes are marginally better, and I can lock up the front left wheel when I really stand on it. I think I'm going to let that fly for a while and see if the new shoes in front break in better. In other news, the car is really running well. Starts right up, sits at medium idle until I kick it down, and off I go. I think I can put this car to bed for the time being...I have a black car to paint...and I think the owner is getting antsy to see some progress 😁
  13. Rebuild fail. Kind of...I'm not sure really. I installed and bled everything. Still has the same crappy pedal. I can stand on the brakes and lock up the rears....hmmmm. So, obviously we have an issue with fronts not holding. I pulled the front right drum and found out what I suspected. The shoes are contaminated with grease. I can only assume the other side is the same. So, new shoes and wheel seals on the way. Also another master rebuild kit coming. I'm going to rebuild the one in the parts car to replace this one if it still sucks. No wonder the previous owner told me the brakes were garbage. Under 3 weeks until the Easter show...let's see if I can make it happen.
  14. Either one would work fine. The 215 is a touch smaller.
  15. The good thing is that you can choose to ignore the drama.
  16. Done. Need to I have family time...might be able to get it back installed this evening. Probably not, though 🙄
  17. Since the Easter show in Forest Park is coming up...on Easter...I need to get my butt in gear and get this car ready. I took the carb off to clean it out and put a rebuild kit in it. Everything looked really good inside, a little dirty but nothing serious. I did find out why the car was impossible to get started without me manually engaging the choke. After putting the carb back together, I realized the linkage at the top plate was on backwards. I hadn't touched it when I took it apart, so it was like that before. After turning it upside down, it works as intended. The car starts and runs great sitting in the garage now. I'm going to try to tackle rebuilding the master/booster tomorrow so I can have a working brake system.
  18. People are going to vote for those who they already it a glorified popularity contest? That said, I do think most of the nominees have a common goal in mind. I don't think it's going to help to start another thread.
  19. My Limited did originally but was replaced with a dynaflow. The Roadmaster has a flight pitch. I had it rebuilt just before I sold it.