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. Lamar, I recall several times when your comment or encouragement would turn a bad day into good. Straight and square with impeccable attention to detail and integrity is how you approach everything. You did this job superbly well. Thank You! -Joel
  2. Fantastic shop! I like how you used the white sheet metal in the internal walls and ceiling. There’s nothing like a well lit, comfortable space to work. Will you have to do woodwork on work on the car? I use a separate shop for my woodwork because that dust gets everywhere. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
  3. About a year or so ago I considered including a right tail light for my ‘31 8-67. There are no frame holes or any other indication that it was an option. So, I studied the geometry of the left side bracket and I recall that you could make one strategically located cut through the tube, rotate 180 degrees and weld it back. Then flip the entire thing over and it would mount on the right side. The only evidence left would be the mount itself against the frame would tilt the opposite direction. This would be almost impossible to notice but it could be corrected by making a second thru-cut close to the mount and rotating that mounting oval. I havent done this but haven’t ruled it out. Joel
  4. Randy, you have to remember what his wife Rita says about him, The only thing predictable about him is his unpredictability.
  5. I have one just like it; broken exactly like yours is. I have successfully used the Muggy Weld alloy on many pot metal pieces and had them rechromed. I had to work with my chromer because he would create too much heat when buffing his copper base. The underside of the ‘36 ornament is somewhat hollowed and I think lends itself to getting a good bond across the break by filling this hollowed area. One of these days I’d like to take one of my good ‘36 ornaments and get a 3D scan. Then, mathematically enlarge it to accommodate molding shrinking. A model could be printed and used to make a wax piece that could then be cast in bronze. Wouldn’t that be cool? Other than the Muggy Weld or similar “magic alloy” I don’t know how it could be fixed. I guess you could lay a stiff rod into the hollow area and fill surrounding volume with good epoxy. Good of luck with it. -Joel
  6. Eventually I’ll fashion a piece of tin to shed the water away from the compressor. Snow concerns here are no concern at all but ice is. I would not not want to be any further north because of the cold. Maybe it would be different if I had a strictly indoor hobby but I am getting to be less of a cold person every year. I’m less of a hot person as well.
  7. I need to go look at this Sam’s club shelves but I learned that our membership expired. I guess we weren’t getting much out of Sam’s. I still haven’t made any progress with shelving. I did get my compressor moved outside and I have been working to pipe up air to both the woodshop and my new shop. I have two compressors that now can be connected together through buried piping between shops. Once completed there will be 22 “air drops” with quick connect fittings. Figure about $10 worth of fittings for each drop and this gets expensive. I was was concerned about water freezing in the compressor tank drain line so I built an automated drain using a solenoid valve and a time controller. I hooked up the time controller to the pressure switch and so the valve is actuated each time the compressor cycles. I set the controller to open the solenoid valve for one second. Got a break in the weather but wet and cold is on it’s way.
  8. Just curious if the building plan or construction can be altered a bit to accommodate future expansion? For example, depending on orientation, an end wall could be made to be easily disassembled and then moved over another 24’ or so. The end result will be something that doesn’t necessarily look added on. Just a thought because you know how things can get out of control! Can you show show us a sketch of your planned layout including roofline? We’ll give you a good critique! congratulations and do keep us posted!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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. 😩
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.