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  1. Getting down to the end on putting my '53 back together after paint, but I forgot which door crank spring goes where...I have a few smaller springs and several larger ones. I have 2 cranks for the vent windows, 2 handles for the door releases, 2 cranks for the front windows and 2 cranks for the rear windows...any help would be appreciated! I'm talking about the springs that go behind the door panels where the window cranks go.

  2. Getting down to the end on putting my '53 back together after paint, but I forgot which door crank spring goes where...I have a few smaller springs and several larger ones. I have 2 cranks for the vent windows, 2 handles for the door releases, 2 cranks for the front windows and 2 cranks for the rear windows...any help would be appreciated! I'm talking about the springs that go behind the door panels where the window cranks go.

  3. When that happened with mine, it turned out to be a bad fuel pump...nobody agreed with me, but I've been working around these things for awhile, and I rebuilt the fuel pump...problem solved. Must have been a check valve or something...it would spew gas out of the top of the carburetor. On the other hand, might you have your choke a bit too tight, making everything a bit too rich when you try to start it?

  4. Prices of valve jobs depends on what else needs to be done. Oftentimes the exhaust valves are bad, and guides may need to be replaced. It seems like the last few I had done were around 800 dollars with parts and labor--me buying the parts. BUT, one of them was on a straight 8, which has more expensive parts than a nailhead. Good luck--maybe it's just the valves!

  5. Joel, in addition to tightening the drain plugs, have you tried torquing all of the front pump cover nuts to 25 ft./lbs? You access them through the flexplate inspection shield area. If there are any loose, you'll lose a lot of fluid. I had a loose one that left a huge puddle every time I parked the car. After tightening them, it only left a dribble or two, like most Buicks!

  6. Values vary widely based upon the model and condition...Before you fix it up, you should think about how badly you really want to fix up a car. Parts for these things are more expensive than some more popular models. Can you do the work yourself, like mechanical and paint? If you have to pay someone to paint the car and rebuild the engine, you will almost certainly be underwater on the car if you decide to sell it, or your profit margin will be slim. If you love 50s Buicks like I do and enjoy working on cars, then go for it. Parts are available and you have a lot of help on this webboard. Good luck either way. Post some pics for more feedback.

  7. Well, my '53's just about done with paint, and it looks great! Unfortunately, my door weatherstripping had to come off to do the jambs...and with all that old glue on there, I'll need to replace them...again. Unfortunately, they're $240 a set from Steele...has anybody used any weatherstripping alternatives? It's for a '53 Special Hardtop. Thanks!

    Aaron

  8. Well, my '53's just about done with paint, and it looks great! Unfortunately, my door weatherstripping had to come off to do the jambs...and with all that old glue on there, I'll need to replace them...again. Unfortunately, they're $240 a set from Steele...has anybody used any weatherstripping alternatives? It's for a '53 Special Hardtop. Thanks!

    Aaron

  9. Thanks for the replies! The body shop is trying to get the hood to not hit the fenders before they paint the car, and the whole hood fit is a bit puzzling. This missing piece is just a question mark...looks like we may have a line on a used part locally. Thanks again!

  10. Calling all '53 owners...do any of you have anything on the center rear edge of your hood, like a bumper? My hood has a space at the rear edge with two bolt holes, and something on the cowl that lines up with the area, but nothing mounted there. If you do have something there, a picture or description would be nice, and a source for the part. Thanks in advance!

  11. Calling all '53 owners...do any of you have anything on the center rear edge of your hood, like a bumper? My hood has a space at the rear edge with two bolt holes, and something on the cowl that lines up with the area, but nothing mounted there. If you do have something there, a picture or description would be nice, and a source for the part. Thanks in advance!

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