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  1. 33 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:

    @dei Whats the last digit of the engine number?  Or do you know what model the engine came from?  I would be interested in the speedometer drive from a 1956 Roadmaster Dynaflow trans. 


    John, as to the model it came from I have no idea. It had been removed long before I was offered it. I can say that there is only one pulley on the damper so maybe that might suggest being from a lower series as I'm sure Roadmaster's would have power steering correct?


    Naturally I can't find the pictures I took showing the numbers you need but will let you know tonight as I'm going there later today.


    Would the transmission #'s help you at all too?

  2. Took another hour to plug away with the motor today.

    Managed to clean off the valley cover more before taking out the bolts in order to lessen the crap going down into the block. Not sure why just not liking the thoughts of seeing that I guess.

    Once opened up I decided to take off the rocker arm assembly and then removed the distributor. 




    After liberally spraying everything down with PB Blaster I was able with a gentle tapping on the casting and use of a screw driver to move the lifters and then remove them by hand. 

    It's not looking too good as a candidate for a rebuild is it...




    The distributor shaft is stuck. 


    Does this look like it might have been in a car that went into a river?


    Starter will be next on the removal list.



    2 hours ago, Buicknutty said:

    Good progress so far Doug. But she is a bit of rusty beastie for sure!



    Thanks Keith. 

    Does the extra rust mean I'll get more if I scrap the block? LOL 😁


    By the way, does the inside of the block you got look like this too?

    Just curious.

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  3. This motor sure isn't looking pretty and will be curious to see what I can inside.




    Surprisingly all the water pump bolts came loose rather easily. I figured at least two would have snapped off from past experiences. The water pump shaft is stuck and could not get it to turn even after removing the unit. Will be nothing more than a core exchange for someone.




    Pulling out that lower left hand bolt allowed some fluid to drip out. It sure isn't the green looking coolant I'm used to seeing.



    Pulled the rocker arm covers off and no wonder it's locked up. Guessing the roof leaked in the barn I got this from (or worse...).




    I also removed one bank of the spark plugs to see how they looked. Really not bad but not going to hold my breath getting it to turn over once I remove the rocket arms....


    I called it quits heading home for a late supper. Will be up early to finish this weeks lawn work and get back to boxing up the garage collection then continue with dismantling the motor as much as I can.



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  4. As promised, this is to report the effort to extract the stubborn bolt on the intake.


    Simply put, John your idea was SPOT ON!


    I grabbed my loose sockets and found a 13 ml which was a bit under size to the bolt head so also grabbed my double sided hammer, an extension and whaled away till confident it was firmly in place.




    I then carefully put a long pipe on the ratchet handle. My tool box was a perfect height to help support the bar till I positioned myself to keep downward pressure on the socket and extension before leaning on the pipe with some force.




    Hearing a slight snap and feeling the bolt turn I removed the pipe and was able to unscrew it out with no further issues.

    Hard to see but there is a funny bit of a shoulder on that bolt head which I'm guessing must have kept the socket from completely setting down letting it round off a corner or two.




    Thought everyone should know that a little advise goes a LONG WAY!



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  5. Kept plugging away throwing bolts and parts into a box as I went.




    I pulled the fuel pump and supply lines off no problem and started on the intake bolts. Naturally one just had to be a problem!

    The 6 point socket slipped and sure enough the head is rounded a bit...Knowing my good impact socket set was at home I walked away to regroup and not make matters worse. Not sure if heat will help in this case or not? I have nothing to loose at this point do I?


    It's that second bolt from the front you see here that is still buried before I had cleaned it out. I wouldn't care if I managed to break the bolt head off so I can then remove the intake. Otherwise it will be going to the scrapper...




    Will attempt that later as the lawn work needs to be worked on first today. 

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  6. Same old, same old thing been going on with the exception of having to work nights this past week.

    Friday morning I went to the old garage to get another load of steel together for a scrap run to be told the house there had the back door kicked in! Apparently nothing of the contractors tools were missing and with it having progressed as far as it was gutting wise, none of the copper water pipes or wiring had been cut out so not sure what was going on except maybe it was kids ...




    I notified the neighbours when I came back from the run and changed the lock on my container to a much heavier one just in case.


    Meantime, weather conditions have been perfect for the grass to green up and grow so Saturday was spent loading up the lawn equipment in the trailer. With having lost the big lawn contract due to "Corporate saving money thinking" managed to add a few more residential jobs here in town so rationalising it to saving some fuel plus wear and tear at least on the truck. 


    Sunday it rained late in the day so went to the old garage halting the lawn  cutting and looked at the nail head engine/transmission to decide just what to do with it. 

    I believe it to be a 1956 322 after having discussed it with @Buicknutty but it is really locked up tight. It is a very complete unit including four barrel carb, starter, exhaust manifolds w/ cross over pipe and fuel pump, transmission steel lines and carb linkage. Sadly the dynaflow is still attached due to no access to the flywheel bolts making it a beast of a thing to move let alone store (of which I have no move room).


    Decided to take off things to break it down regarding the weight as the rain poured down outside.




    I rescued this out of an old barn years ago for a song not realising then the mechanical differences between the years thinking it to be spares for my '58's... Live and learn but will save the smaller things as cores should I come across someone needing something.

    Surprisingly most bolts loosened up with minor effort given how it looks.




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  7. Picked up my first paying work since last October this past week working nights which makes for a late morning start at the old garage. Fortunately the new owner is graciously telling me to take my time so the pressure is off but looking forward to concentrating on the work at home and not dividing up my efforts. 

    With the demo work going on inside the house the new owner wants done, it looks like they will be at it for months to come. Meantime he has applied to the City to sever the lot where he says he will build another house and that process takes time also for approvals.


    I have the back section of the garage cleared out for the most part and most definitely going to miss it...



    Those boxes are empty ones I'm using for stuff that will go into the container for now and if no room at home after the garage addition is completed, guess I'm going to have a large yard sale (once we get out of this Lock Down / Stay At Home phase again).


    This shelf unit is quite unique and want it in my garage at home but where I want to put it is a bit too big. Decided yesterday to cut it down and eliminate the one side which will allow it to fit.

    Will be one of the last things moved out. 



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  8. 15 minutes ago, NC-car-guy said:

    Only shocks when the horn blows.  And yes the horn will blow without me touching anything else.


    Not to belabor the point but describes exactly what mine did and only when resting my arm on the door frame and pressing the horn ring otherwise touching the ring gave no shock with just touching the ring.

    Once I put a rubber piece around the wire at the contact area in the column the shock disappeared.

    I never looked further down the column to see where it came through but yours might have worn the wire covering off there?

    Good luck.

  9. My '58 Buick had that exact issue.

    Turned out to be the isolating gasket on the horn wire in the column. 

    Years ago I had wiring short under the hood and it melted that rubber/plastic insulator some and once in awhile got a shock while hitting it with my arm on the metal window frame.

    Take the horn ring off and remove the horn bracket to see if that is your issue.


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  10. 13 hours ago, 364nailhead said:

    My Dad had fender skirts on the '57, I drove the car home after his passing. I took them off to show more tire. I like the skirts, and then I like seeing the whole tire. Any thoughts? 


    Not sure if my answer to your query will help or not.

    It's now your car so as the expression goes, do what you like.

    It's about whatever floats your boat isn't it?

    Dad apparently liked them so I'd suggest putting them on and drive it that way for awhile. Then remove them and you will know which way you like her best.


    I've owned three 1958 Buick's since High School and put up with so many opinions of negativity about just how much chrome was used on the cars but felt it was my car and I like it! So... go buy what you like fella's. 

    I have a set of skirts for my Special convert that I'm unsure about putting on her but they need to be painted first and then will see whether they stay on or not. 

    I figure they go on and off easy enough so go have fun and enjoy your car.

    I'm sure dad is looking down watching you having that fun.

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  11. Another bit of nostalgia I came across was about the Overland.

    He purchased the car from a fellow local Car Club Member Mr. Ron Norbury who had found a 1924 Oakland touring he wanted and decided to sell the Overland.

    That was in 1966 and after getting her home, driving her for two years decided he wanted to rebuild the engine as the Club was very active back then and held weekend runs during the summer which dad wanted to be sure the car could "keep up" as he put it. Back then other members had Studebakers, Chryslers, T's and other misc makes in the teen's and twenties so the pace was much slower than today's modified rods prefer to do!!


    I came across the invoice in that box showing what it cost.




    Sadly, when he went to pick it up and when he heard it running, the look of disappointment on his face was unmistakable! Seems when they line bored the motor it was off and to rectify that they cut the transmission gears to mesh and it had a distinct whine to it! The shop owner said that one of two things will happen, either it will wear itself in or it will not!

    Dad was furious!! We had a run the next weekend with the Club planned and was advised to not drive her the three hours away but said emphatically that he was going to go and if it broke down he had a guarantee and if that wasn't honoured he would sue!!

    Well, we went, all five of us and by the time we came home on Sunday miraculously it did quiet down. Dad did an oil change the next week and luckily didn't find any metal in the oil.

    However, over the years he kept an eye out for a spare engine just in case which I have to move again.


    The car was used pretty regularly over the years and in 1975 I was allowed for the first time to drive it as the Club was doing an event for seniors, driving them around the city centre. I came upon this picture dad had saved from our local paper.




    It was lot's of fun and the first time dad trusted me with his baby!

    Dig those crazy 70's checked pants man. He must have felt better that I had cut off my almost shoulder length hair ....

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  12. While my thread should primarily be about my Buick's I've taken the liberty to post about my other cars rather than have a long absence posting nothing and trust you all know I'm going to get back to the '58's as soon as I can.

    Moving a 13 year collection of parts, literature and figuring out car storage has been somewhat daunting but there are moments when things come to light which make me smile.


    I came upon a box with paperwork Tuesday in it that I will be a better caretaker for as it is full of info for the cars and brought it home to file properly. For example, I found the original owners manual for the Nash. 

    Not only is it the original (well worn) that came with the car but it has the original owners name in it.





    Dad purchased the Nash from the 2nd owner who knew the original owner Mr. Badgley. 

    Apparently he went to the Nash dealership and ordered the car new and when it was ready to be picked up made arrangement to go to the Factory in Toronto to drive her home.

    He drove the car full time but sparingly if not at all through the winters the 10 years he owned it.

    Mr Badgley then sold her to dad's co-worker Mr. Fred Maybe who again drove it regularly including through it's 1st winter. Once again liking the car so much and appreciating the condition it was in for a "rust belt car", decided to keep it as a fair weather/Sunday driver never seeing another winters driving while he owned it.

    Fred decided to sell her in 1968 and had a nephew who was interested but... he started talking about putting a V8 in her to have more power than the flathead 6 which it came with.

    Fred was lamenting to dad at work about what his nephew's idea was saying eventually that he should buy the car and add it to his collection with already having the Overland.


    Being only 13 I'm not sure what mom thought about the growing car collection but remember clearly walking the 3 miles to Fred's house the day dad was handed the keys to drive it home. I'm guessing she was busy that day??


    While none of this is documented and signed I have written it down to pass on to the next some day owner.

    The one piece of corroborating evidence, besides the fact of it's side emblems labelling as a Canadian Statesman model car, is the original owners manual clearly printed on the front cover as a Canadian built car with Mr. Badgley's signature inside.







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  13. Being the 1st of April means I'm officially a month behind vacating the old garage now.

    Fortunately the new owner is giving me a relaxed time limit but after the months of work I have been at this, it needs to be completed so I can concentrate on things at home.

    Today's official news from the Province announced that we are going to be continuing with the lock down restrictions so not expecting any increase with regard to commercial business for me so if anything, that lets' me stay focused longer with the task at hand.


    I made a trip out to the sea can with things that I can access easily and just had to take a picture of this Buick again.




    With temperatures having been in the upper 50's this week miss having the Special (or the Nash) at home to go for a quick drive but... that will happen later.


    Went back and loaded up more metal for scrap which paid about 85 dollars again having aluminium in there too.




    Went back afterwards to gather up chemicals which fortunately the City will let you bring in for disposal free but for some reason it seemed like half the city was there dumping garbage too!!




    The drop off building is behind me separate from the garbage hill and was told to drive into the lineup so... 

    I know people are tired of being restricted and have cabin fever and all but the guy in the van laid on his horn after trying to prevent me from entering that line up, swearing out the window what an A hole I was that he and the others had been waiting for 25 minutes to get out so get at the back of the line idiot!!!


    I was temped to... but held my tong and moved my truck into the line in front of him anyway... Yes it took 25 more minutes to clear the scale. They really have to streamline the system better but with only having to make another trip will be prepared for the lunacy of the general public.

    I'm sure my smiling face will work wonders for the vocal idiots!!!!

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  14. Hopefully he is just busy with his family and life in general after a busy year building his new garage and all.

    Would be good to hear from you sir and let us know you are spared from the virus though.

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  15. No problem Sir.

    I plan to disconnect as much as I can before it goes to scrap as I have no more room for another complete engine with transmission attached...


    I hate even reading this back but I'm seriously at my limit for extra parts of that size!

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