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Everything posted by Smartin

  1. Much easier to just find a whole drum with the hub in it.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Really looking forward to meeting you and seeing the 58!
  5. Black is at the exhaust shop for the week while I bask in Buickness at OKC.
  6. 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.
  7. Once you hear it run, you're going to want a full exhaust put on Black 😁
  8. 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...
  9. Cars grow....a lot...when they are disassembled.
  10. Taillights and rear bumper installed..
  11. 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.
  12. We will be there sometime in the middle afternoon on the 12th.
  13. I don’t need it, but a coupe rear glass is always worth a long as it’s not trashed
  14. Well, bummer about the upper door panels. Unless I can find a good dye that matches the copper color on the dash extensions for the front panels, I can’t use these. They aren’t detachable without peeling the covers off. So maybe I’ll visit the local auto body store to see if he can match me some vinyl paint. Next small project...cowl seal for the rear part of the hood was completely missing. I ordered a new one, but it’s not as nice as the original one I pulled off the parts car. So I cleaned up that one and installed it. I just need rear hood bumper pads now. Hopefully cars will have them at the show.
  15. Here is a comparison shot to show how nasty these things were. Door panels were like this too.
  16. Maybe when I get some real time to work on it...although it definitely won’t hurt to have the radiator cleaned out since it really has done nothing but sit for the last 9 years. In other news, there are a few items in my interior that are not 100% correct after it was redone. The upper door panels are supposed to be heat embossed, and the ones that are on it are sewn. It just so happens that the panels in the parts car are the correct color, and they cleaned up super nice this morning. I will have to change the dash pad extensions out with the ones on the car, but this is a really cheap fix for authenticity. Also, the headliner and sun visors are a perforated vinyl, and not the correct diamond pattern. The visors in the parts car are surprisingly nearly perfect....sooooo those are going on too.
  17. 10-15 is still acceptable. Oil lights are built to come on at 2 psi....yes TWO 😳😂
  18. 10 PSI per 1000 RPM is acceptable. Looks like your pressure is fine.
  19. I haven't had time to yank the radiator and have it cleaned out, so I will tow the car to OKC this year. I did drive it about an hour one-way a couple weekends ago to Laura Buick GMC, and it crept up to about the 5/8 mark on the temp gauge. I don't like seeing it above the N mark...soon the trailer it goes. I may have a day or two to work on some authenticity details that have been bugging will literally be the day before we leave.
  20. Lack of everyday use definitely contributes to the ease of fastener removal, as well as quality of storage when the car is resting.
  21. How can we assume the block he has, hasn't been rebuilt to specs other than 74 factory? This engine has obviously been cobbled together to make it work...what else is in there we can't see? There is a lot that can be done without changing cams or getting deep. Read this thread about power timing your 455: 71 and later big block quadrajets are rated at 800cfm, not 750. They also have an idle air bleed that the small block carbs no not have. Check out Ken at or Mark at and they will get you the right carb setup for your Buick. I would start with timing. Then look at carburetor. Then exhaust system. Then you can start digging deeper. Rear end gearing will wake up the "seat of the pants" power, but these cars have rear ends that don't have any aftermarket support. You will need to find a rear out of another car if you want to change. Cam, torque convertor, head porting, compression changes, etc will all be considered fairly major start simple.
  22. Thanks guys. It’s hard work, but satisfying.