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  1. Thanks Em Tee. That was the first thing I thought of. But I have inspected the drive shaft, and had it inspected as well, and the consensus is the unit is ok. I had a similar situation in my last '78 wagon. Replaced a bunch of stuff and in the end found a leaking shock and replacement fixed the issue. The right rear shock on the Electra was leaking, so this time I am starting there with a known defect, before throwing a bunch of money into other parts. But I am not throwing out the possibility that there may be a bad u joint in the drive line. Luckily the 72 does not have a CV joint in the middle of the drive shaft. It has a front U joint and then a pair of rear u joints in a coupling. All are available, if needed. But before going to that I will be rotating the tires to make sure it's not one of them either. The vibration is present in a really narrow speed band. 60 -70 mph. And it does smooth out after a while. So it could be a slipped belt in a tire. But at least I will know it is not the shocks.
  2. Regardless of the stormy weather forecast I dove into the rear brakes today. Since I am not fond of squeezing between the car and the little bit of space around it in the garage, I put a pop-up in the driveway and pulled under it for some protection. Man this car is lonnngggg! Anyway, jacked er up and removed the pass side tire and then struggled with the drum. Just would not come off, so I poked around the backing plate for the adjuster hole to find none. What? I was completely surprised to discover the plug for the adjuster hole had never been removed. I figured this spelled trouble for the brake drums, which are so clean you can still read the part numbers without any wire brushing. So, I popped out the one adjuster plug hole and backed off the adjuster a number of turns. And when I got the drum off I found this! Sweet biscuits. Those shoes look brand new! No point in changing them, unless the other side needs to be replaced. But the plan was to do one brakes and shock absorber on one side at a time. Enter plan "B". removed the tire and that drum just pulled off with out a problem and I found this: So I held up a new shoe to one of these and the material seemed to be very close in thickness. Measuring each rivet hole I found the bottoms of the drivers side a little thinner but the rest of the thickness were identical at: And both brake drums are smooth finish with no gouges. I cannot believe these are the original brakes. The car has 107K on it now. Must have been a very competent person who put these brakes on to do so without the use of the adjuster hole. So, the new shoes are going onto the parts shelf for this car. Since I did remove the adjuster plug on the pass side I also removed the one on the drivers side. Then I slipped the drums back on and tackled the shocks. At this point it was starting to cloud up and I thought I heard a little thunder so I did not stop to take pictures. The bottom bolts came off with the strong tug I expected. The tops are, of course, bolts and nuts. Naturally the side with the exhaust was very tight. After numerous tries I had to squeeze my arm between the exhaust pipe and the gas tank and then lay on my side to reach the bolts on the top side of the frame. I was concerned about how I would get the nuts started again with the new shocks, but the fasteners separated without much ado. I was pleasantly surprised to find that starting the fasteners was no problem at all, and they both started the first shot and tightened up easily. Then I did the drivers side which was super easy as there was a lot of space without an exhaust pipe there. So that is done. Didn't get a test ride as I just put everything away before the sky drew dark and the thunder was unmistakable. Thing is, it never did rain. But I'll take it to church tomorrow, and then go see if this resolved the slight vibration I had at 60 MPH.
  3. @Rollin-360 Have you considered joining the Buick Club of America? I could see your car being a feature in the Club's monthly magazine.
  4. During the replacement of the steering wheel project I had trouble with the door hinge and posted a request for help in the post war technical section. Here is a link to that thread: need help w 56 door hinge Based on the helpful replies I sourced two spring washers from the local hardware store. They call em "wavy" washers now if you're looking for any. Anyhow, I tried to reinstall this part onto the new washers to see if that was all that I needed: The washers were held in place in a wheel bearing grease pack, and are still in place after several attempts to do this. And while it went in easy enough, the problem was the "catch assembly would not fold, as required, and I could not move the door from the wide open position. Inspection of the catch showed what looked to be a deformity. In this picture you can see the top and bottom slots are off center. However, from what little I could see, both slots aligned with the pins inside the hinge and engaged the pins while allowing the two fastener holes to align. So it seems it was made this way. It is pretty stout metal versus what the pins appear to be so I tend to doubt it was deformed in operation of the unit while installed. But I do not know that for certain. Here is the spring side of this unit. I can see that there are three moving parts. And while the unit freely moved on the pin joint, I do not have the strength to fold the joint where that spring is. This spring is definitely pinned into position already, but I wonder if the spring assembly was also pined to the hinge with a bolt or something? And if you can believe this, my small parts manual pictured below does not have any reference to a door hinge, so I am hoping someone does have an interchange manual or something so I can try to source a new hinge?
  5. A bit off topic, but Buick related, a little while ago I questioned this tube running alongside the generator in this '58 Buick While browsing my parts manual from 1960 I ran across this image of the '58 Buick A/C installation. So while the tube employed in the blue car seems to be aftermarket, it also seems to be an attempt to re-create what the factory would have installed. Further, the next page of the manual showed an alternative '58 system called a "cool pack" This does not employ the tube. And having never heard of this system, but wondering about the open fan cage, a few pages later I found this reference which appears to be a hang under the dash unit. My parts manual did not show anything like this for another year up to 1960, but there it is if anyone needs proof that this is a factory unit. I now return you to the subject of this topic.
  6. Make sure it is an exhaust manifold leak and not the plate under the intake manifold. The 56 has a port to the exhaust crossover under the intake. Its a thin cover and prone to rust through. I replaced mine with a flat piece of 1/4 in steel plate. There are mechanics stethoscopes or use a length of fuel line to find the leak first.
  7. @NC-car-guy Wow! What a nice place! That front door is VERY nice! The store would look great there.
  8. reneg on the agreement? Just looking at the structural damage and thinking it won't stay together while being lifted for the rolling trucks. But not too much can be seen in one picture. Maybe it's better inside than it looks?
  9. I had a short conversation with him. He is a new owner. Bought it last year at the Saratoga Auto museum's first auction. Can't say much else about it. It looks great, and sounds very powerful too. It is very showy. One thing he did say was; It is very thirsty! lol.. For that reason and a few others I chuckled when I was asked if I'd swap the Queen for it.
  10. It does seem that Buicks have enjoyed a surge in popularity locally. But it may just be that more old cars, in general ,are coming to market lately.
  11. @Rollin-360 Which parts are you talking about? The brake shoes like in this picture? Or the brake drum and hub, as in this picture? Actually, those brakes look like they are half used and there is more service life in them.
  12. ttt. Getting ready for another installment. Been some screeching from the rear brakes this time. Parts will be here tomorrow. Did not realize the forum lost some of my older pictures. Going to try and repost them when the season changes. Meanwhile while getting the annual State inspection looky what showed up in the next lift. The guys in the garage were lovin this opportunity to gawk.
  13. What have you done to remove the drums so far?
  14. Rode in Ed's other '67 Saturday, on the way to look at a parts car he was interested in. Overcast and threatening rain all day. But this area is the north end of the Catskill Mountains in upstate NY. Just a nice ride if even a bit cool out. While looking over the parts car we asked if there were any old yards in the area and were directed to Russell's place. Russell was described as a 93 year old bachelor, who lived in an off the grid cabin, on the top of a hill, with no running water and no electric connection. But he had accumulated a bunch of cars and he may have had a few Buicks. So we drove 17 miles into the hills and found Russell. Russell was a really nice fellow. Very congenial and willing to let us "boys" look around all we wanted. And he did live in a small shack, probably half the size of a one car garage. But he asked us not to take any pictures because he did not want to become famous. So we walked the stone wall boundaries and discovered an amazing stash of 50's Chryslers. So may Desotos from 55 and 58. Yikes! But just like these places tend to do, everything was recognizable, but thoroughly rusted. Throughout we saw he had a fondness for Mercedes Benzes. And we did find three Buicks, a 55 Super, and a 55 Special, and a 63 Le Sabre Convertible. But not much left useable. There may have been more. This time of year the bushes are thick and a lot was totally hidden. Yet is was a fun day of walking yesteryear. Today was a GS day. And got my two young grandsons out for their first ride in a convertible! The 4 year old loved it! The 3 year old said it was too windy! Until we stopped to look at the birds in the tree. Then he found some redeeming value I guess. lol I told them the next time we will go in the Super!
  15. @Lance sounds like the small wires on the solenoid are touching the battery cable post? Thats a classic symptom.
  16. I feel the old car market is getting soft and will continue to get softer as time moves forward. Without getting into the discussion about why that is, I think the evidence is all around us that it truly is slipping away. So if you have decided you had enough of the Buick, you should just take the best offer you have, and move on. We all know that for cars which are not exotic classics, we will never get our money out of them. But it seems to me that, in general, resto moded cars do better sales price wise, than a similar car authentically restored. And it also seems resto-moding includes a standard list of things like A/C and other driver luxuries. I would suggest that your price has to be established in comparison to other similarly set up resto moded cars. And you may need to weigh the price balance vs additional investment, to score the higher dollar sale. But once priced, you also have to consider searching nation wide, for the potential to find someone who, just like yourself, "always wanted that particular car". Then you'll also have to weigh in the buyers costs to ship the car to wherever. The point being; you may have to consider if any of these activities will actually result in additional "NET proceeds" from the sale. I am sure a '66 Big Block Corvette is a major score. But that is a real nice Buick you built. I might suggest a long test drive in the Corvette, if possible, before deciding which car fits your future lifestyle better. Respectfully submitted
  17. That lead to deciding I had to refinish the headlight doors. The silver paint around the headlights was showing it's age, and the black paint around the outer perimeter of the lights was likewise flaky. So I washed them with thinner till all the old paint was removed. This was REALLY EASY.. lol... And then taped up the thin polished chrome separating the silver and black finishes. this was REALLY HARD!!!! At this point I hit them with self etching primer and then dug out the silver and black paint I had in stock. I managed to paint both the silver and the black without much ado. Used Rustoleum bright sliver around the bulbs and basic satin black around the outside. And when I was done peeling the tape , THEN I noticed that the can said the silver was not suitable for wet conditions. Oph-fa! But they looked really decent to me And I already had them on the car! But off they came, and I taped that chrome strip up again ( which was REALLY HARD) and shot them with a few coats of clear coat! They are a bit shinyer now but they will have to do. My son and grandson had helped me get the bumper back on the car, and then I was able to do an initial alignment. But Ed cam over the next day and helped me get a better fit. And now I have no excuse for not straightening out the crapola in the shed!
  18. It was nice to work on it since the bolts have not had time to rust up again after 2008. But as always, one thing leads to another. The bottom of the radiator support were showing some wear. Well, I wire brushed, sanded, treated with the "New Metal " acid spray, and then self etching primer and a few top coats of black satin paint. They are not really done right. But I am not in financial position to tear it apart to do more. Plus it is driving season, so I moved on to reassemble.
  19. Oh boy, have not posted anything about this car since 2017! It was lightly used in 2018 and so far in 2019, too. So I have not done much to it except gas it up and go. Last year the seal on the AC Compressor leaked and while I bought a new seal, I have not addressed it yet. But this week I was finally challenged to put on the refinished bumper, the one that was refinished in Spring 2015. I had put the refinished rear bumper on back then, but held off on the front because I was tossed up on doing more body work. Since then the bumper has sat in the shed alongside the Queen. Partly fearing I would hit it someday, and partly needing to get it moved so I could try to organize the crapola in the shed, Ed helped me realize I had to put the refinished bumper on the car, and put the core bumper in the rafters. It is satisfying to get this unit back on the car. I say back on the car because, this is the bumper that came with the car. It was damaged in the past and had a folded area in the center. The story I was told was that the original owner would pull the car into the garage till the front bumper hit the concrete front wall. Then he knew it was in far enough that he could close the garage door. I guess in the early 70's it was a practical decision. But at the 2008 Flint meet I purchased a core bumper from Clarence Getz, which looked great laying on the ground. Later when I put it on the car I discovered it was also damaged with a twist on the drivers side. This is after I got a little of the twist out, and after I took it to a shop to see if they could get the twist out. That is one stubborn bumper. Still, the chrome was acceptable and so I left it on. Then, in fall 2014 I took the original front bumper and a core rear bumper I got in Oregon, to Sandy's Bumper Mart in Syracuse. I retrieved them the following Spring . And on 8/5 I finally started the replacement project.
  20. Tonite. was just a pleasant night for a cruise! This car has been driven only 600 miles since last October. Kinda sad that I haven't used it more.
  21. While I enjoy learning how you've disassembled this car, I do hope you have a backup to this diary. This site has been hacked in the past and several members have lost older content. I notice some of my older posts no longer contain actual photos posted, which appears to be related to the various upgrades to this site software. So a backup plan is essential if your reassembly plans are still a few years into the future. But please keep posting your activities. It has shown me more than a few things I've wanted to learn. Respectfully submitted'
  22. Willie, What's that tool used for? And that is quite the shop oven you have there.
  23. Thanks for the responses. Tony's car as posted by Dei indicates there isn't even a hole in the radiator support, while the one from Matt looks like there is a plate there for a hose hook up. Sure does add to the crowded conditions under the hood! I assume it is not a factory piece for the '58. Meanwhile, met some BCA friends for breakfast this am. About a 78 mile round trip. Kinda wish the '56 had AC...but maybe someday... It was still a great ride and except for the loud truck tires on the highway, very enjoyable.
  24. @Matt Harwood That '58 is a Super, Matt, not a Special. And it is indeed SUPER! Thanks for posting To the '58 Guys, What is that plastic tube running from the radiator support towards the firewall, and next to the generator? Is that a factory piece? Can't say I've ever seen that before. Also, would the ac lines run over the top of the radiator support? Or should they go through it?