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  1. Exercised the back today and finally removed the last nut holding the speedometer in place. What a struggle reaching that bottom nut! With my arm reaching over the dash and at the same reaching from under (basically hugging the dash) I was able to direct this combination and carefully loosen it off... Hard to see but there is minimal room to wiggle the unit out with the stiff wiring harness and that vent tube behind it!! I had undone the trip odometer reset cable from the dash before so once out (and accessible) disconnected it from the case as it
  2. Need a speedometer cable for my 1958 Buick Special. Mine is broken at the head so suspect I need the cable housing and the cable complete.
  3. Bill, I can take shots of my '58 Special for you this weekend if that will help you out. The gas tank door would be the same on all models and suspect the brackets (bumper to frame) would be also but will compare my Limited (currently apart) with the Special for you and see.
  4. Picked up the first set of panels for the Limited today. Going to dig out the rad cradles and the lower splash pans to see which ones will be the best to do next. Cleaned up parts are giving me incentive to keep moving on the car but will be going to the Special tomorrow to remove that hidden bolt for the speedometer removal next...
  5. Used changing the clocks ahead 1 hour and the batteries in the smoke detectors and CO2 detectors to switch out my Buick Shelf. The details with this are excellent! it has the Steer Head with horns on hood round chrome like the actual car. It also has the pistol door handles and the rifles that go in the consul. That chrome piece on the shelf is actually one for the Limited hood in the garage. I can take looking at this for awhile. Some people count sheep to sleep at night... (I think you get it right Lance?) 🤩
  6. Adam, I can see with the amount of cars you deal with it would indeed be a blessing (aka time saver). Space and costs are the reasons I'm not there... Lance, Other than getting at the Roadmaster one day, my days of doing extensive work are numbered, even if I had more space... I actually have a small table top sand blast cabinet that needs to be tried out for small, I mean small pieces. It was a gift from my son thinking it help me out but a couple of things: it's not big enough to handle my 15 inch rims and my upright portable compressor I don't think has enough capaci
  7. Being that it is under padding and not seen underneath (unless lying on one's good back) I used a paint listed as a rust encapsulator before applying the black. I've had that top off once before many years ago and never noticed any paint on it then as evidenced (I believe) by the surface rust I found today. My thinking at this point is any covering / paint is better than none at all. Should it be a problem some time down the road,,, I'm leaving that for my sons to deal with (or not if it's sold).
  8. Using Daylight Savings Time change as my excuse (and I'm sticking to that...😉) I changed out the Limited two door for the Wells Fargo model. It even has the steer head on the hood centre chrome. All in all a nicely done model of the original which by the way, still exists.
  9. Started with with the intention of cleaning around the raised metal as getting in close was a pit of a challenge. One thing led to another, three hours later and three wheels... Had just enough time to spray a coat of black on before supper. Will let it dry completely before flipping it over and painting the top.
  10. That's too bad Pete. Been in that situation myself once or twice. Should you come across another '58 keep me in mind please. Doug
  11. Thanks Lance. Since it came from the Roadmaster which has the foot selector switch I'm OK putting an operating Sonomatic in the Special. Imight keep the inexpensive AM/FM in the glove box for a bit of FM music if I can figure where to put in better speakers (out of sight) for a better sound.
  12. I put a little more time in on the dash top tonight. Figured with it being padded / covered up going at the rust with a brass wire wheel wasn't going to be a problem. With the top side looking not too bad went at the speaker grill. Continued doing the back side. Then took a can of black and shot both sides. While waiting for it to dry noticed this stamping on the dash top. Assuming it's a part number... Once it was dry enough to set aside I flipped the dash top over and
  13. Brought the dash top out to the garage today to see what I could do. I had gone to Dad's garage (at Mom's) and saw he had an old school hair dryer and brought it home to try and heat the glue holding the vinyl. While it took awhile, did a nice job. i was able to get the black vinyl loosened and lifted leaving only some of the cotton padding. With this dash being padded noted the speaker grill is covered with the cotton too. Continuing with the hair dryer I carefully used the scrapper to remove the balance of the cotton pad
  14. The nice touch with the well worn napkins was the stainless steel hose clamps used to hold the knife and fork wrapped in them. I'll bet there are a few of them that walk out of the place. Will most definitely go back and with the Special parking it for a picture or two in front of those gas pumps!
  15. Distraction today as we had to take our neighbours to the Metro Airport in Detroit for a 2pm flight. On the way back after saying goodbye I asked my wife if she wanted to try a restaurant I heard about for a late lunch. Since we were going by Dearborn pulled in to show her this. It's located on Michigan Ave near Oakwood Blvd in the heart of FORD Country. In fact, behind this building across the railroad tracks is The Henry Ford (Museum) and Greenfield Village. The Model A's parked there have darkened windows and don't have seats or door panels but sure l
  16. Something you might also check is the ground strap that goes from the block to the firewall. Mine was broken and had some effects. Your car is a Super right?
  17. Looks like Elvis is marking it out for you (or about to?).
  18. Looks very nice! And it's red. LOL
  19. Yup, been there with that once. Any pictures of your car Kevin? What model is it? Glad to hear it is running and on the road. I'm partial to '58's. LOL
  20. Called it a day and headed home to look at the dash cover. Pulled the speaker off to see what condition it was in after all these years. No cracks at all but should I be looking at replacement?
  21. There are two bolts that secure it to brackets that need to be removed. Then it is a matter of sliding it towards the windshield and turning it upwards to remove. With wiring tagged I decided to clean up the radio face a bit. This was a radio I took out of the Roadmaster since it worked. (for awhile) Having the Wonderbar feature was nice but not the Sonomatic that should be in there for the 40 Series cars. The dial knobs for the '58's are different from the '57's so will swap those out. They actually cleaned up well.
  22. Light rain with 50 degree weather is doable so after completing a few errands went back to the Special. The headlight switch is out and have it beside the shelf one. The '58 one has the rubber end whereas the '57 has the chromed knob. They are interchangeable so no worries there. This is a process but will move one step at a time. Figured I'd remove the radio next for more access. Nice thing about the huge glove box is that I could put a small radio inside and hide it.
  23. So... has the car gone to the crusher???
  24. John, The switch has contact issues regarding the dash lights and back seat courtesy lights and with having another one sitting on the shelf figured I'd try that one out. With also putting in a working speedometer and working radio figured now is the time with everything opened up. It's hard to see but there is a bracket below the switch and with my back still not 100%, laying on the floor reaching up and around it is more than I can deal with right now. I do have the switch out going from the top and working on the speedometer but thinking I will remove the radio next to acces
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