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  1. A Falcon wagon! So cool! I just sold a '63 Futura, 2 door. I'm an early Mustang and Falcon fan.
  2. Thanks, I hope to really enjoy it someday, but for a while it won't rack up many miles since I am moving away. I'll go with the bias plys when the time comes. I want to keep this car as original as possible. It's funny that you should mention the smell. It is my favorite smell in the world. I remember it from when I was a kid at my grandmother's house and I'd ask to go to the garage to see the Buick. I'd lift up the sheets that were covering it, open the door and get a huge whiff. Just sitting inside that car as a young kid, I knew it was special. It's a way to connect with my grandfat
  3. I still cannot believe it, but last Saturday, our 1953 Buick Super added one mile to the odometer for the first time since 1991. Here's the quick version of the story: My grandfather bought the car in 1970. He owned it and maintained it until he passed away in 1985, a year before I was born. Until 1992, my dad was able to make fairly regular trips down to his mother's house to start the Buick up and drive it around for a mile or two. From 1992 to 2005, it sat untouched (except for my curiosity while visiting my grandmother). In 2005, my parents built a garage and we brought the B
  4. Thanks for the quick response and the link! That's a very helpful chart. It was a 5/16 / 18 bolt. I bought two new ones last night at the hardware store and they were a perfect fit. Except for being shiny, they don't really look out of place. I set them to 15 ft-lbs and that felt right. I also had to cut out my own gasket because they one that the auto places have never fit. The opening is a little too big and they have oblong shaped bolt holes, so they wouldn't even make a complete seal. It looks like Bob's Automobilia has the right gasket online, but it was quicker for me to buy some
  5. After making some progress on the Buick by cleaning out the brake system and rebuilding the master cylinder and wheel cylinders, I hit a snag while trying to replace the leaking thermostat housing gasket. I snapped one of the bolt heads off and had to drill out the remaining piece. I think I may have over-torqued the bolts (and there may have been some gunk in the threads on the manifold). Can anyone verify the proper torque for the thermostat housing bolts on a 1953 322 V8? I have both the 1952 and 1953 shop manuals, but I cannot find the term "thermostat housing," or a listing in the torq
  6. I was scanning Craigslist and found this ad. I hope someone can save it. FOR SALE A 1950 BUICK DYNAFLOW
  7. Haha, great! Well, I'm moving to LA, man. I have never been to Lebowskifest or even heard of it, but it doesn't surprise me. I'm sure I'll run into one in LA. When I was there last year, I made a pilgrimage to an In N Out Burger in the Hollywood area.
  8. I'm so ashamed to say that almost two years later I still have not waxed this car. I am planning a move that will put me 3,000 miles away from home and the garage full of cars, so I've been motivated to get this car looking good and moving under its own power before I go away. Also, if Lebowski is still around, I absolutely love the movie reference! :cool:
  9. I plan to polish by hand and I'll try not to rub excessively hard. Thanks for the tips.
  10. Not to outdo Bob, but I worked on this for the past two nights (not all night, just an hour each night). I thought you might want to see those cars transported back to the original dealership.
  11. Hi, I haven't been on these boards in a while, but I was recently motivated to get my '53 Buick on the road, or at least to the point where it can be driven up and down my driveway. I'm hoping that it just needs brake fluid (and a bleed), new tires and a transmission pan gasket. I want to wax the car. What is the best way to clean, polish and wax original paint from 1953? What brand would you recommend? Thanks, Justin
  12. That all sounds good. Nothing wet came out of the cylinders! The battery is a few years old by now and has just sat most of its life. The battery cables are new. I did go through the starting system and cleaned the contact points as well as the engine ground, however, I know those things can corrode quickly, as you all have said. I will take another look at it tomorrow and also get the battery load tested. I will keep you updated. Thanks!
  13. Hi, It has been a while since I last posted here. Here's a very quick history of my car: 1953 Buick Super, all original. 42,616 miles. Bought by my grandfather in 1970 and maintained/driven by him until 1985. 1985-1992: Seldom started and driven by my father. 2007-Present: Rebuilt carb, fuel pump, new hoses, belts, plugs, wires, distributor cap, coil, points, cleaned out gas tank and lines, new battery and cables, cleaned starting system contact points. I did have the engine running several times and it would run as long as I would let it. I tried to start it tonight (its been a while,
  14. Is there anyway to put this thread in a favorite's list?
  15. Hi Barry, Let us know how it works out. I also have a '53 Super (4dr sedan) that has been in our family since 1970.
  16. This is cool...we're all from PA. I live in southeast PA, about 40 miles NW of Philly. A recore is definitely expensive. How do I tell if a recore is necessary? I'll have to keep my eye on the radiator, but I think there are only a few small leaks. Thanks
  17. I managed to get the '53 Super fired up today. The brake system needs to be refilled, the tires need to be replaced, the transmission has a leak somewhere, and the radiator also has a leak. When I tackle those problems, it should be ready for the road. My main concern is the radiator. What are my options? Is there a replacement for a V8 radiator? Can these be rebuilt for a few hundred dollars? What are the honeycomb style radiators and why are they so expensive to rebuild? Thanks, Justin
  18. Hi Jon, It's a Stromberg 2bbl on top of the 322 V8. I'll have to see if I can check on the float height tomorrow. Is it normal for fuel to leak out from the lower body if the carb is flooded? I'm away at school Mon-Fri so I'm not near the car until the weekend. If I can't get things worked out I'll definitely give you a call, thanks!
  19. Hi, I haven't posted in a while, but I'm the young guy who has his grandfather's 1953 Buick Super. My dad and I were able to get it started and running this past summer, but it leaks gas from the carburetor body and I can't seem to keep the choke linkage together (I think the pin keeps falling out). I rebuilt the carburetor myself and I thought I did a good job for my first rebuild, but I may have not done it perfectly. I'm thinking that I may have not set the float correctly. I'm considering sending the carburetor to a reputable person/business so I know it will be rebuilt properly. Can
  20. Thanks for the tips, I'll play with it this weekend.
  21. Hello, I haven't been on the boards for almost a year but I would like to thank all of you who have previously helped me with my late grandfather's Buick. My dad and I were finally able to get it running this past Sunday! The last time the Buick ran was November 26, 1992. It has logged about six miles in twenty years. I'm hoping to get the odometer rolling again soon. Now that it is running, I need to fine tune it. This is the Super model, with the 322 V8. It has a 2bbl Stromberg carburetor. There are two adjustment screws on the front of the carburetor base. I'm not sure which is air
  22. I worked on the Buick some more today and made further progress. I cleaned the connections on the starter last week but that did not help so I am assuming that the starter is ok. Today I cleaned the terminals on the engine ground strap. I also looked at the accelerator vacuum switch on the carburetor as a possible culprit. When I put it back together a while ago, tightening the screw all the way down caused a gap between the metal and plastic bodies on the opposite side. I wrapped some electrical tape around the gap and tried to start the Buick. My heart stopped when I heard a very quick
  23. It was a nice white/blue spark. Gas is getting to the carb. I haven't tried any starting fluid lately. The last time I looked at the plugs they looked good but I'll look at them again. It might not be a bad idea to get a fresh set anyway.
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