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  1. dei

    The 2018 - 2500 Challenge

    That made me laugh Ken as I imagined you meant but I also like what you did!
  2. After lurking around the Forums for a while now and being inspired by more than a few that have displayed their abilities from professional skills to the amazing accomplishments of those just wanting to have a driver quality Buick, I'm taking a chance and putting myself out there in the hopes to be able to get organized and keep motivated in dealing with my 1958 Buick collection. Having watched with particularly special interest, Smartin (Adam) and his 58 Limited and now his 58 Roadmaster, I have to state that a specific demand from City Hall (a.k.a. Mayor Wife) two weeks ago has me making an immediate effort! In all fairness and before I get blasted for that comment, I have no one to blame but myself. My first car is my 1958 Limited two door that was a hand me down from my Dad back in 1971. After he and I changed the rear universal joint in only a carport and with a small assortment of tools, I kept driving it till I met my wife at a News Years Eve party our new neighbours next door held in 1973. We started dating that spring when she came home from University 1974 and….. With having purchased another 1958 Buick Special convertible in 1972 I had the choice how we wanted to drive around. It took me 6 years of dating and another 58 Buick Roadmaster convertible before I gathered up the courage to ask her to marry me in 1980. Not to be done collecting 58`s don`t I find another Limited identical to mine right down to the colour and options with only 57,000 miles showing on the clock. So…. I clearly got myself into my present situation on my own (with no real opposition I might point out) and complicated it by parking the 1st Limited (now really worn out) behind our two car garage in 1983 where it has sat out in the elements and hence the cause for the City Hall Order! It will and must be the focus before any attempts to work on the other cars as our backyard is getting more and more use with two adult sons, their girl friends and the amount of socializing we are doing now. I tried to use something similar to calling it The Buick Farm to which it was immediately pointed out that 1 - We live in the City and 2 - This is NOT a farm! So I tried another tact using the term Yard Art and the look was enough to kill and I'm glad I live in Canada where there are gun laws, phew! So with order in hand, I have started striping out the car with the remaining trim that was on her in the hopes of getting both the front and back windows out 1st. The front windshield will be a donor for my Roadmaster convert should all go well and the rear window, I might list for sale as my other Limited is fine and after 42 years of collecting parts from various swap meets, and two Buick collection liquidation purchases, storage for the big items has become a problem. I took the complete dash out several years ago, the engine and trans was taken out before I parked it in 83 and the interior was worn past saving then but the front seat frame will become a donor for the Roadmaster as it has a broken drivers seat back. How that happened is beyond me but that car was really mistreated before I got it and part of the reason it was such a good buy. The driver door will be a donor for the Roadmaster also as it was hit and would need a lot of pounding out beyond my capabilities. Sadly (or my current excuse to City Hall) it has been raining with thunderstorms on and off for just over a week here but we at least missed out on the ice storm today. I’m thinking I might post a list on the garage door to list the work in progress to date and have proof of progress to City Hall. Hopefully I’m not going to bore everyone here with this but as some one else stated, You can’t finish unless you start, so let the fun continue. Doug BCA# 35039
  3. Interesting, my engine runs quite well / quiet and even with the heat we have had around here the two past summers, my gauge never ran above the half way point and that was only once in city traffic after coming in from the highway. I usually burn the regular test fuel and currently doesn't ping under heavy acceleration. Highway mileage is around 15 mpg which I don't feel is bad so would putting a 180 in effect it that much? The engine has high mileage (like 140,000) and doesn't smoke. Dad changed the oil and filter himself at not more than 1,500 miles and think it made the difference keeping her quiet. Appreciate the feed back guys.
  4. Thanks Ben, not sure if the pump was leaking at the weep hole or possibly the lower rad hose at that broken section but either way, need to get things in good running order (as you know well). I vaguely remember changing a water pump once before in my ownership but pretty sure I would not have put one on with a broken off section... I'm not a licensed auto mechanic but did get my High School diploma in auto, machine shop, electrical and drafting so process isn't strange to me, it's just not my everyday trade. What is of some thinking is just what is going on with the upper rad hose? Both hoses are pliable and with little effort came off their connections but they appear to have bulged out at the clamp. It almost suggests too much pressure (if that's possible without blowing seams in the rad?) and or heat deforming the rubber? I was running a 160 degree thermostat and will test it to make sure it was opening properly or... just buy a new one since it is off. Will try adding a ground to the tank like I have seen someone post on the Forums and see. I recall Dad having to do that on the Limited after he bought it back in 1968. He was driving it 100 miles a day to work so knowing how much gas in the tank was crucial out on the highway at midnight (or anytime). The sun is out again today and need to clean out Mom's eavestroughs first then will continue with some cleaning / prepping before putting together an order tonight.
  5. Today was not quite as warm as yesterday but not down in the 20's either. I was going to back the Special out to drain the cooling system and avoid making a mess of my clean floor but once outside noticed the gas gauge was showing 1/4 tank and headed off to the gas station. The Shell I went to has 6 islands and was almost full when I pulled up but found the high test pump and pulled in. The Special drew a lot of attention and more than a few people came over to chat while I was filling up. Not sure what is with the gauge but knowing it was full it shows only 3/4. Hope it is just a ground after having had the tank off and painted / cleaned out... I headed back and parked just outside the door to begin the tear down. Must mention again that it is so nice to turn off the car knowing it will start back up without having to pull out the spare battery and boost her. I had a clean pan inside to drain the fluid in and inspect the condition. Then the fun started... I loosened all the hose clamps, pulled the hoses off, loosened the power steering pump and generator to take off the belts, then took off the thermostat housing to check its condition. It is always fun leaning over the rad with a 1/2 inch ratchet trying to get those four bolts out of the fan... Smartened up after feeling a bit of pain in my chest and grabbed a blanket for some padding. With the belt pulley and fan block taken off access was now better so I sprayed more PB Blaster on the water pump bolts and carefully tried to loosen them. After cracking them open some I sprayed on more Blaster and ran them back in a bit but by now the sun was dropping and the hands were starting to feel the cold so fired her up and pulled inside out of the bit of wind that had started up to finish the water pump removal. Surprisingly all the 1/2 inch bolts came out with little problem and most of the 7/16 loosened without breaking (not my usual luck...) so carefully pried with a putty knife to get the pump loose from the guide pins. There was ever so little movement in the bearing I felt with the fan on but was surprised to see this. Whether the bearing is shot or not, this casting needs to be replaced, so a new pump is a must along with new rad hoses, heater hoses and a little painting after some major cleaning. Let's see, Dear Santa....
  6. dei

    1958 Buick Registry

    Beautiful looking car with the matching colour interior? I wonder why he put the trunk handles on that are found on the Specials? The lower chrome strip has the handle moulded into it (above the fuel door).
  7. dei

    The 2018 - 2500 Challenge

    Squeezed in another few miles today due to a new battery and wanting to feel the rebuilt transmission. The end of the year isn't over just yet you know...😁
  8. I jumped the weekend by a day but it was so nice to be in the mid 40's Friday and after putting in a new battery, just had to go for a ride. So excited forgot to take pictures while out...
  9. After having been delayed dealing with an issue with Mom I finally got to the Special today. I first needed to take the old battery out to use for the core charge. Guess it was time to do as I found the hold down bracket was getting some corrosion. First place I went to which has had this battery on the on the shelf in the past said this particular style had to be ordered now so thanked them for their time and moved on down the road. Went to a local Battery builder / supplier (which by the way was where I bought the last one) and once paid for and secured in my truck headed on back to the garage. I grabbed a can of black enamel spray and after sanding down the build up on the hold down frame gave it two light coats to dry in the sun. The temperature was up to 45 degrees so it didn't take too long to dry. While waiting for paint to dry I occupied myself with cleaning up the white cell caps I saved from the old battery as I didn't particularly like the flat black ones on the new battery thinking they gave it the more traditional Delco battery look. What a nice change to hear her turn over with energy till the carb got enough fuel to fire up and be on high idle! After warming up some I decided to back her out and clean up the floor as I had placed various pieces of card board and plastic to catch the transmission fluid and antifreeze that had been leaking. With now having a parking pawl that worked I instinctively reached to release the parking brake which was my practice for some 40 years... Once outside I placed her in Park and felt the gentle slight roll now locking the drive train. Man this is a different car! OK, it was just too tempting to not go for a drive and after putting it into D instead of low which I used to do to avoid any slippage, took off down the road with confidence. I went by our friends house to find him just getting out of his car and suggested I come in to see their two year old granddaughter so put the car in park, shut her off and went inside. I don't have any grand kids yet and two years olds are busy people so, kept the visit short and said it was time to go. Bob walked me to the car and I held my breath as I turned on the key and pressed down the gas pedal to engage the starter... No, not what you think I was going to say... with not too much effort from the starter, she fired right up like it should! WOW! Who's car is this anyway??? I headed back to the garage and pulled inside to spray some PB Blaster on the bolts of the water pump and the fan to take off tomorrow as dinner plans had come up and was informed I needed to cleanup! It has been quite a roller coaster ride this past year and a half dealing with getting back on the road again after a 13 year slumber but every mile right now means more every day!!
  10. It's Friday, having my second cup of coffee and the forecast is while light rain going to hit 45 degrees for the next three days. YEA! Will be heading over to the Special for the day and see what I can accomplish... Meantime, I received a call from Tony this week who has the only other '58 Buck in town. It seems he is smitten with my convertible and wondered if by chance I knew of another one somewhere for sale as he would love to have one. He knows there is no way I'd sell mine hence asking if I knew of one. Told him the Internet was his best bet but would keep an eye out for him. I asked what he would do with his Special and told me he would sell his hoping to get what he has in it if he could. It is a very nice car, road ready with a few minor issues that can be addressed as you enjoy driving it. It is the basic Special with the stainless trim around the door windows, dual exhaust, has it's original upholstery, standard steering and brakes, rebuilt transmission, rebuilt carb, chrome is in excellent shape and nice paint. He would be looking at something around 19 - 20 thousand US. I would love to add it to my collection but... That kind of money for me would go a long way to upgrade my current collection. I'm not really selling this for him but thought if any of you out there might know of another Special Convertible out there (or have one for sale) I can give you his contact information. Now, Time to dawn those coveralls and get to work on mine. 😉
  11. I'm sure it must have a bad cell as it would not have more than enough energy to roll the engine slowly for a bit and then die even after having been totally warmed up or coming from a run. Plus I tried the spare battery I have used for jumping her and it showed better voltage before the load test and then showed it was weak on the load test (just in the upper weak yellow markings). That one has not been on a charger since September sitting in the trunk so my thinking is it needs to be charged up and I will try the test again. Will borrow my son's volt meter after I get a new battery and check the charging circuit next. The ammeter seems to show it charging while running but... with a bad battery... More to check and be ready for next years season.
  12. Well I could not wait to try my new toy and was curious to see what it would tell me regarding the condition of the battery in the Special. I connected it to the battery without connecting the disconnect and saw this. It has been sitting disconnected since I drove her home from the transmission swap out. Next I tried the Load Test and it showed this. Just to be sure I tried the battery on my every day truck to have faith in what I saw and well... guess I will be making a trip to the Battery Store tomorrow. One thing crossed off the list, water pump next.
  13. It would be great if you could make it sometime Ken as with anyone else coming this way. It's located about 30 miles once you cross the Bridge into Canada and the terrain is as flat as the prairies so not hard on the old car if you are driving it.
  14. Thanks everyone for the thoughts, suggestions and what I will take as motivation to get my ... in gear. Looks like there is a break in temperatures starting tomorrow in the right direction and managed to have my wife get me an early Xmas gift so planning on some tool time.
  15. dei

    1940 76C Reconstruct

    Can I ask Ken what the plan is for this car after you get the good parts off it? Would there be enough left to make a road car out of it or is it more than likely going to be strictly a parts car? Did it come with an engine? Just curious / dreaming... believe me when I say I know what it is to have a car or two around to have for reference and swap out parts.
  16. dei

    1958 Special model 49D almost done!

    Sure is a great looking wagon Pete!
  17. It's mostly due to not having heat in the garage John. While not having had snow of any significance yet, it has been really been COLD! Dipping down to 20 degrees and not getting above 30 well... My poor old hands can't take it like they used to... too many years working outside has caused a bit of arthritis. I have a couple of ideas once I get some materials together but even being dressed to combat it, the hands just suffer. As to breaking a bolt or two, my luck is such than it is just part of the plan so that isn't stopping me. Going to send out a search party in my Black Hole and see if I can locate a rebuilt water pump I'm sure I bought at the swap meet up in Flint one year otherwise will be sending it to a place for a rebuild. It is supposed to be warmer this weekend with rain (not snow) so going to give it a try and will see.
  18. Not much really has been accomplished as it's just too danged COLD! Having dropped down into the lower 20's at night and no heat in my garages... only short efforts are done for right now. I have been driving around with the now spare transmission in the back of my truck since the power washing but decided it has to be removed and make room for my snow blower which is inevitable around here. I needed to plug the pan hole up with a rag as there was fluid still is there. What a mess that turned out to be! I was able to slide it down my ramps after cleaning up the mess and put it on my small dolly where it will likely stay till ready to have it gone through at Jim's. Need to figure something out to get at the water pump removal...
  19. Should it come down to it man, I'll have her get in touch with you. 😉
  20. No Elpad although my wife might disagree.
  21. dei

    1958 Buick Registry

    I agree with Roberta that Frank Lyle would be a good source for information on possible numbers. He owned this beautiful car and drove it to South Bend National meet along with selling parts if you need something. So that's three that I know of....
  22. dei

    1958 Buick Registry

    As to production numbers for all 1958 Buick series you can look over what I took from the book "70 Years of Buick" which is a great reference and come up for sale here and there. While 1,181 is somewhat low it doesn't say just how many have survived from those produced. I have one also that needs restoration some day but trying to focus on my Special convertible for now. This is one that I believe is still in the BCA. If you are a member you might look over the membership listing and see who has one. So that is two... Would love to see your car. Feel free to start a thread in the Me and My Buick section as we all love pictures.
  23. dei

    Starter Question

    Would having to jump my car indicate a bad starter? This is after leaving a charger on the battery in the car. The car is a 1958 Buick.