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Smartin

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  1. Got the bad news today that the driveshaft CV joint is completely trashed.  He can't locate parts for it, and neither can I.

     

    I posted in the post war forum asking if there are alternatives to having a new driveshaft made.

     

    In other news, I now have a gas pedal and new dash courtesy light lenses...and I replaced the headlight dimmer.  Now the brights aren't stuck on, but they won't go on with the dimmer switch either.

     

    And no luck finding a guidematic eye.  I think I'm done trying.

  2. Yes John, it's a CV joint.  The driveshaft guy was kind of surprised to hear it has one, since he has a couple Impalas of the same vintage.  So he is going to dissect it this week and give me a prognosis.  He said worst case, he will have to lop off the end of the driveshaft and install a new end.  5-7 day tun around time, which is perfect for me, since I'm leaving for FL tomorrow for a week.

     

    He has a nice big established shop....I feel much better than I did when I dropped off the chrome and stainless for the 72 GS I'm working on.  I picked that stuff up this morning and have a much better idea of their capabilities.  I'll be doing my own stainless from now on, if needed.  I really don't want to use them for chrome either.  There is a chrome plater in Quincy IL that I will try next....I want to stay with a shop that is a drive-able distance so I don't risk damaging these huge bumpers in transit.

     

    Unrelated to this thread, but here is the chrome/stainless situation with the stuff I picked up today.  I'm not a happy camper, but I don't even think he is capable of doing any better on the stainless.

     

     

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  3. Yep...according to them in a message yesterday, today was the deadline to confirm my account to link it to a bank account.  They are taking PayPal out of the equation and doing all banking transactions in-house.  So your sales are reported as 1099.

  4. Yeah the epoxy is pretty flat when dry.  Although I think the clear coat might have made it too shiny.  Probably doesn't matter all that much either way, since it's the inside of the glove box.  It's good to see progress on this one!  Looking great...

  5. In 20 years of working on drum brakes of various kinds, I had never needed to re-arc shoes, but it the last year, I've had to do it on my 57 and a client's 55 Pontiac.  The old shoes would line up fine with the drums, but the new ones we purchased were off by quite a bit (for my 57).  But there was a screwup on the 55 Pontiac where they sent a pair of 2" shoes...and they were perfect for the drum.  But they were too wide and caused the drum to lock up when the wheel was installed.  So we got a set of correct 1 3/4" shoes and they were again WAY off with the arc.

     

    So maybe it's just hit and miss.

     

    Aside from that, this was also the first time I've had to mess with anchor pin adjustments.  This adjustment alone created a night-and-day difference in pedal feel.

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  6. I’m still working on getting it where I want it to be.  But I have heat and AC...and lots of Buicks!

     

    Two 70 GS Stage1 convertibles, a 72 Stage1, the 62 Electra, a 70 Skylark parts car, and a 2013 Fiat that’s getting new CV joints.  In the small garage is a 61 Impala getting rust repair, and in the house garage is a 62 Starfire that I am doing a partial trade for the 57 coupe I’m buying.

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  7. I think I have settled on Garnet Red over Black.  Just need to decide if it gets white/black or white/copper interior.  Probably going to lean to copper.  That is the exact color combo of the one Brian posted first.

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