JoelsBuicks

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    Born in '63, I came into this world with a Dad who seemed to know his cars. Standing up next to him in the front seat, he would point out the makes and models. Back then, I loved the '60 Buick coming and going and I wanted one - and about 37 years later, I got it. It was the first of many Buicks for me, each one a bit needy but having its own story and undoubtedly starting its life as one of the most beautiful cars built.

    This Buick fever followed years of education in Chemical Engineering. Even earlier, I wanted this education to help me get away from the blood, sweat, and the other stuff that came from working with cattle and doing construction work. I've since grown to really appreciate those years, not just for the work ethic, but for the daily lessons that taxed both my mind and my hands.

    In Oklahoma, an engineer has to work to keep from getting into the oil business. It was the thing to do and so I did it. In the last 26 years, oil has been up and down many times but it has never missed a paycheck. It has sent me many places but none yet rival the place I call home, here in Oklahoma. Most importantly, this industry and my commitment to it has allowed me to support a family and support things that I like to do when I'm not working.

    That brings me back around to Buicks and my woodshop. I've got several Buicks that really need a wood worker and I love doing this kind of work. I'm looking forward to retirement, hopefully very soon, and having the time and resources to continue the work to get these beauties back on the road.

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  1. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    Thanks Randy. Being done is probably never going to happen for me. There’s always something else that I will want to do. Things like adequate shelving, trim, handrails, tool organizers and then repairing things that go bad will ensure I never get done. But today, the blower is now working!
  2. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    The down flow in the paint booth will be accomplished with this 5 HP centrifugal blower turning about 3000 rpm. The 8” suction line tees into a “drain” line below grade. I’ve documented this design previously in this thread. My rough calculations estimate the downward velocity inside the booth will be about 6 inches per second. However, the velocity at the blower exit will be about 110 mph. Lots of work left to do on this but this is a pretty good start.
  3. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    After rebuilding a leaking hydraulic cylinder I finally got this lift in shape. But, I wasn’t confident enough to try it out on a Buick so the old pickup went up first. It all all went well but I was far from comfortable walking under it. I can easily see that it latches on all four corners - I suppose you just have to learn to trust it. Like everything else, this took way too long. Now it’s on to the paint booth. Oh, almost forgot, when you get a good look at the underside of your pickup, there’s no telling what you’ll see. 😩
  4. JoelsBuicks

    The toy box and the big shop, my New shop Build.

    Our first freeze here came late but it was followed by a record cold day and near record lows. But our temps are very rarely into single digits and scarcely in the teens. If the unusual cold continues, perhaps the ethanol in our gas will go away and we’ll be encouraged to burn more coal. or, does that just sound absurd?😉 PS - I did recruit a helper for winding the door springs.
  5. JoelsBuicks

    The toy box and the big shop, my New shop Build.

    I completely agree with your thought about it being a big focal point for your shop. Maybe better said is that anything less than a first class door job will detract from that nice architecture. I would wager that you can use the time saved to pay for the additional cost. There may be a chance to save some labor. I bought a 12’w x 14’h insulated door I think it was about $900 with all hardware. The labor quote was around $900 and I ended up installing this door myself. It was no problem at all. Perhaps this is something to consider? I get the chills looking at those pics. Too frozen too soon!
  6. JoelsBuicks

    Chavis garage

    KC that looks great - and it looks very bright in there. Will you be putting a plywood bottom under that bench? You’ll need all the flat surfaces you can get so you can pile them high with junk! Thanks for sharing.
  7. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    That calculation just about covers it and you’re right about the trips to the hardware store - you always forget something. Today I got a little closer with the lift.
  8. JoelsBuicks

    The toy box and the big shop, my New shop Build.

    Hate to see that snow because it means short daylight and slowed progress. But, it’s looking great. I found a pump truck capability chart and it looks promising. I’ll try to post it. http://www.pumppartners.com/documents/schwing31htreach.pdf this shows maybe 8-10 feet ?
  9. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    Hey Randy, thanks for checking in. We got slammed with some bitter cold this week and I just wasn’t ready for it. I have in my mind these thoughts that I’ll have plenty of work to do in the comfort of a heated area. But, I rarely follow through with those thoughts because I’m in the middle of some project and want to see it through, regardless of the weather. Today I got a little further down the road on the lift project. There’s probably a few good days left on this. It has taken longer than I wanted, but what hasn’t?
  10. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    This 4-post lift (by Ben Pearson) is at least 25 years old but a wire wheel and sanding pad on an angle grinder cleaned it up much better than I thought it would. I sprayed it with Rustoleum Rusty Metal primer and have been really impressed with how well it adheres to the old steel. I top coated it with Rustoleum blue and yellow , both colors very close to original. There’s a small handful of parts I’m waiting on but i’ll soon have this project behind me.
  11. Terry, would you go for about Late April ‘17 ? The reflection of the trees in the windows have leaves but maybe not quite fully developed. Hey, don’t I have better things to do! ?
  12. JoelsBuicks

    My clubhouse construction

    Or, she gets hers so that you can get yours! That will be a very nice and spacious screened in porch.
  13. JoelsBuicks

    My clubhouse construction

    That’s a pretty good day’s work there. Will you be able to build high for a good attic space or second floor? You’ll quickly use up all those square feet! Maybe you could install one of those handy car lifts. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard about towns that limit the size of “disconnected” buildings. It seems like there should be some appeal or waiver process based on drawings and specs. My opinion only but I think that size limit is overly restrictive- unless there are things like property line setback rules also limiting you. Will you be expanding or lengthening your driveway? Also what kind of construction? Looks like there might be a short concrete stem wall. Please keep us posted on the clubhouse progress and thank you for sharing.
  14. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    With all but a couple small patches of floor coating left to do, I’ve started a few other projects needed to help “move into” the shop. On the list is an old four post lift, to be first cleaned up and painted. Then, a blower for the paint booth to be affixed to a concrete pad just outside the building. Next, a 400 lb steel table for my welding station will need to look respectable - although I don’t know why.
  15. JoelsBuicks

    Finishing my Buick Shop

    I’m now working on the floors in the main shop area. Shortly after the concrete was poured and hardened, I put on two coats of the Clear Guard coating. Although it had held up well, I wanted to give it one more coat and then follow it with two coats of floor wax. The wax makes the floor easy to sweep. Now, It’s about time to get some stuff moved into this building.