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Everything posted by Smartin

  2. That sucks...thankfully you didn't wipe out the crank. The 430's are notorious for cracked heads in valve seat area. Hope to see it in OKC!
  3. Sounds like you have the right attitude to get it fixed...glad you're ok, and that's all that matters. I live in a rural area and I've had some really really close calls with deer, but no hits yet. Fortunately, they made 600 gazillion 56 Buicks, so hopefully parts won't be a huge issue. Car has fresh paint so it shouldn't be too hard to match it.
  4. Hey Ed, that's the 350 in my 71 LeSabre LOL Here is a 430 painted correctly. From the factory, the engine was assembled, and then painted.
  5. Yes it is a casting number. Just google Buick head 1237650 and it will take you to it virtually.
  6. It looks gorgeous! I can't wait to see it in OKC.
  7. Progress continues. Thank God for the parts car.
  8. It went very well! are a few shots.
  9. I'll second Steele for weatherstripping.
  10. Lectric Limited does not sell the style listed for the 57.
  11. I told the exhaust guy I wanted it QUIET. He obliged.
  12. Tomorrow, this car is being used for a photo shoot for a pinup model, and some vintage stuff with my wife. So I had to brave the crappy weather today to clean off the blue crap from the white walls and hose off the extra scuzz that has been on the car since I brought it home. It sure would be nice if we had a sunny day once in a while! Looking at the photos, I don't like how high the rear sits. It has coil-over shocks, and I'm sure that is a contributing factor. I was in a hurry to get the car on the ground when I swapped the driveshaft, so that project got sidelined.
  13. I don't know about that guy in St. Louis, he's a weirdo.😂
  14. That's what I'm trying to avoid. Plus, how often are you coming across old T3's in these cars anymore? And who is selling old dead T3's?
  15. So it’s possible to install a pair of new sealed beams and not get dinged for it? That would be nice.
  16. I guess these aren't available anymore? What are the 57 guys/gals doing to ensure points are not deducted? Are we relegated to swapping out out new halogens with old burned out T3's at the nats? Or are judges turning a blind eye?
  17. I got the car back from the exhaust guy yesterday. He’s an artist! Super quiet exhaust note that belongs on a car like this, and with the engine running so smoothly, it’s like a new car. I ran across some other paperwork from the previous collector who apparently had a bunch of cars they never exercised. Here is a log of their routines on exercising this one...
  18. I would also check the side-to-side play on the distributor shaft. Pull the cap and try to wiggle it. If there is slop, the dwell will be all over the place...and is mostly noticeable when the engine is under load.
  19. What are you running for ignition? Points or electronic?
  20. Master cylinder is the next suspect. I just dropped the car off at the exhaust guy. $500 full system with mufflers and resonators. I'll take that!
  21. Did you have to clean/prep the fasteners prior to taking them to the plater?
  22. I played musical cars this afternoon so I could get Lance's car into the shop, and mine OUT so I can (hopefully) get it to the exhaust guy sometime in the next week. This required me to move the parts car into the grass area between the garage and shop, move my 57 out of the shop, slide the orange 72 out of the way, move Lance's car into the shop, move my car back into the house garage, and the orange 72 back in front of the shop. While it was still light out, I shot a couple photos. The brakes were pretty terrible, so I assumed I just didn't bleed them enough when I reconnected the rear end. So, before I tucked in everyone else's cars, I rolled it back into the shop and put it on jacks. Not too long ago, I bought a pressure bleeder so I don't have to mess with that crappy mity-vac that I really don't trust to bleed brakes. Upon bleeding the rears, everything appeared to be air came out that I could see. I pushed a bunch of fluid through there, too. The left front seemed fine when bled. Right front had no fluid. Crap. Off came the tire and drum. Yanked off the cylinder and pulled it apart. I found some awesome stuff in there. Cleaned it out and reassembled, installed, and bled all 4 corners again. I think I used about a quart of fluid to make sure it was all bled. Brakes still suck. Power assist is there, but the pedal damn near goes to the floor. I also adjusted all of the brakes while it was in the air. I'm not sure where I am missing out. The only thing I can think that is wrong is the master cylinder. Wrong size displacement piston maybe? Carburetor is not a happy camper, either. There is plenty of work to do before this thing is road-worthy.
  23. A few receipts from the last 25 years...