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  1. 10-15 is still acceptable. Oil lights are built to come on at 2 psi....yes TWO 😳😂
  2. 10 PSI per 1000 RPM is acceptable. Looks like your pressure is fine.
  3. 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.
  4. Lack of everyday use definitely contributes to the ease of fastener removal, as well as quality of storage when the car is resting.
  5. 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.
  6. Thanks guys. It’s hard work, but satisfying.
  7. I checked a small test area on the passenger side door to see if the paint was cured enough to cut and buff. The paint loaded up on the paper just a tad, so that is telling me it needs more time to harden. But I was able to get a small area relatively I took the buffer to it. There are still a few bits of orange peel in that area, but I didn’t want to get too crazy until I know it’s 100% ready to sand. This should look really sleek once completely cut down.
  8. The wind was crazy yesterday, and whipped up a massive amount of pollen. You can see the fenders in the video are highly pollenated LOL Once the exhaust is fixed, it will sound a ton better. At idle, it's a bit "Christine" ...
  9. There is quite a bit of orange peel on the majority of the car. The horizontal panels flowed out really nice but the vertical surfaces are lumpy
  10. Thanks John...I can't wait to get it cut and buffed! That will be weeks away, though. I have to get it running now.
  11. Pretty wild. Reminds me of the 55 Imperial convertible resto-rod that was sold at BJ over the Winter. It went for mid $400k as well.
  12. ...or rust in the battery tray area.
  13. The seal that typically goes into that channel looks a lot like a triangle at the profile. The skinny side of the triangle goes into the channel and tucks up inside there. The clip just cradles the rubber when it's installed. I think you have the wrong rubber, there.
  14. That weatherstrip profile looks weird. Where did you get it?
  15. Pete’s been nudging me to write that since I had the transmission rebuilt. When I finished the build on that 72 GSX this Winter, I wrote up an article on it for our chapter newsletter. I was on a roll and decided to knock this one out too. I remember when it was incredibly hard to write a 500 word essay in I blink and end up with 1500 words without any effort at all 😂
  16. 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!
  17. 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🤣
  18. It does have a clutch fan. I’ll have to check to see if it works anymore.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.