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  1. Dunno Dick,

    But in preparation for heading to the Nats next week, I tried replacing the fuse. I saw a glimmer of light, then the fuse popped. I assume I blew a part of the solid state circuitry, which is why I haven't taken it back out. Aw shucks! (This may not be what I actually said...)

    The iPod attachment is something I wish I had. Maybe I will send it out again once I get back and have that feature added.

  2. I had the radio switched over to AM/FM a while back. The unfortunate thing for me was that when I ran out of gas in the left lane of a busy highway, I didn't have the time to turn off the radio before trying to really goose the car to the shoulder. Starting your car with the radio on will blow it up, it says so in the instructions several times in REALLY BIG LETTERS! Guess what. It blew up. My fault, of course. I don't feel like pulling it back out. Still looks good.

  3. Rich,

    Pretty much everything under the hood is zinc plated. No black fasteners that I can think of. Fender mounting bolts, hood insulation hold downs, latch, all of the bolts holding front sheet metal, back of the hood "latch" thingy, throttle linkage, all silver. The hood hinges are black, I suppose you could do those (with the springs) in black phosphate. Trying to think if anything else is black...

  4. I believe I got it Boys!

    Took my dad, wife, and son out to get some BarBQue earlier today. Took the 55. Tracked nice and straight, plenty of power.

    Unfortunately in the 100 degree heat today, I pegged the temp gauge today. Had to turn off the AC. Dangit! I think there may be a timing issue. Just changed the coolant. Everything else is fresh as well. Oh well. I'll check it out again. May have to add auxiliary fan after Senior Preservation.

    BTW running Autolite 303 plugs, look great after 10-15k miles.

  5. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: JohnD1956</div><div class="ubbcode-body">In the words of the infamous Mr. Earl, My GAWD, 4 ongoing restorations being documented side by side! How much better can this possibly get? </div></div>

    Just for fun...


  6. Bob has actually made several good points.

    A) this is how the Hatfields and McCoys started.

    B) the old fart who made the original statement hasn't lost any sleep over this.

    C) getting over it is the best thing at this point

    We're all in this together, enjoy your car and I hope your wife doesn't sell hers.

    (Also, very) respectfully

  7. I could conceivably "afford" a $35k car, but why? The last "new" car I bought was a loaded Mazda B4000 that I use for work. It was originally a $25k truck that I got for less than half of that with 12k miles on it. I know on the restoration of my 55 convertible that I will spend AT LEAST $35 k. I can deal with that, but for the riff-raff of us making less than 100 grand a year, you won't see me in a Thirty Five Thousand dollar car anytime soon.

  8. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: JohnD1956</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: special55</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Hey Ken,

    I've been following your car on your other posts.... I'll be whatching your progress as you move along.

    Rich </div></div>

    Hope you two don't mind but I'll be watching too. To see two of these documented side by side restorations will very interesting indeed! </div></div>

    I will too. It has already gotten me in the garage working on my "old" 55, and after the Nationals I will start posting my progress (or lack thereof) on my convertible (which in fairness to me, isn't as solid as Rich or Ken's cars. No race for me fellas. grin.gif

  9. Thanks Bob,

    Yeah, I checked for grooves, nicks, and burrs. I'm gonna change my fluids later today, then drive it as much as I can this week.

    The good thing about getting ready for these long drives is finding out what is wrong instead of ignoring little noises etc. The good news is when I drove it last week, after moving it, I noticed that it was completely dry under the car. I have clearly done other things right while fixing it!!!

  10. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: 1DandyDaves</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The BIG question is. How many cases of beer does it take a couple of do it your selfers to restore an old Buick? whistle.gif Dandy Dave! </div></div>

    Personally, I lost track after the first case when I was restoring my 55. smile.gif

  11. Thanks guys,

    When I reinstalled it, the castle nut lined up in the horizontal position instead of the vertical cotter pin hole. I guess I had it on too loose, or like First Born said, maybe it loosened a smidgeon. My guess is that my left handed tightening technique (wrist torque wrench) is set to Adagio. Like I said, I'm blaming the mechanic on this one. blush.gif

    Thanks again.

  12. I wish one of you guys would write a book on adjusting a front wheel bearing and send me the first autographed copy.

    After my short run last week, I thought maybe my bias ply tires had gotten flat spots from sitting. I just knew it COULDN'T be the front left wheel bearing again.

    It was.

    I have had three instances of this happening (once destroying the bearing). I talked to some folks who said the new bearings weren't as good (made in China, etc.).

    Clearly I am doing something wrong, since it happened again. I have followed the shop manual religiously each time, but it still loosened up enough to shimmy a bit. I took 'em apart again today, relubed and reinstalled. How tight are they supposed to be? I know from talking to mechanics, friends and reading for myself that too tight is bad. But just tight enough is clearly eluding me. Help me!

  13. Jason,

    Just remember, you get what you pay for. I got the front and back bench seats done in my 55 for around $600 plus materials. It looked better than the old seats, but I later had them resewn to get the wrinkles out. Get references from local car guys and look at their cars. I got my Wildcat completely redone for under two thousand dollars including materials by a young guy starting his upholstery company. He is now charging upwards of $12k for the same job working for a well known hot rod company here in Austin (co-owned by Jesse James).

  14. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: jeff_a</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> You don't get to be impolite just because your car costs more. </div></div>

    Perfectly stated.

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