39BuickEight

1939 Buick Special restoration

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a few parts painted, also got word of an allowance of funds to be put towards the car, so it will be done in 10 years instead of 20 now :D

 

 

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

got all the suspension parts in this week, it's mocked up without all the bushings for now, should have all the suspension done this weekend, put some fluid in the shocks and they work like a charm now...had one leak, but tightening a bolt fixed that, then it's time to figure out the Torque Ball stuff:

 

 

 

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put the axles back in today, and mocked up the torque tube/driveshaft, found out it has the standard 4.44:1 gears with 40/9 teeth and the white paint on the right axle, anybody know what the red and green paint on the left axle mean?

 

 

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It's certainly coming along nicely Billy.

Something satisfying about bolting things back together.

Danny

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got the transmission on, the rear bearing seal was a pain to get on the middle shaft, but we got it eventually, got the wheels and steering shaft/gear out of the shed to sandblast next, Dad has been touching up the paint on the frame too since we scratch it every time we put something on :

 

 

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The transmission and entire driveline assembly is so much tighter now in terms of overall movement.Before we had to put 2x4's under it to keep the transmission from flopping around, now it stays put all by itself.

 

 

Putting the jackstands under the lower arm in the front didn't budge the suspension at all. I'm guessing once the engine is in it will squat a little :)

The entire rear end is a little to the right, but when we put weight on it, it straightens out. If you look at the old photo, it's a little to the right in that one too. I guess it does that when the springs are extended, geometry I guess. Of course it will all need to be adjusted when it is under full weight, but we are still trying to get it halfway straight right now.

 

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cleaned the garage floor and put the steering column in tonight

 

 

 

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next up ordering motor mounts and sending motor off for rebuild

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If I ever need an operation I would like to have it done in your shop....

Good gawd man.

Very nice work, I am enjoying your very rapid progress through your project.

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If I ever need an operation I would like to have it done in your shop....

Good gawd man.

Very nice work, I am enjoying your very rapid progress through your project.

Well, the progress has been pretty good this winter, we have more done that we thought we would have done so far. It will come to a screeching halt when it warms up and the weekends will turn to fishing.

Dad likes to keep his shop clean. It does make it easier to work, that's for sure.

Today we disassembled the timing chain and found it was put together wrong, according to the manual anyway. The car couldn't have been running quite right.

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Dad likes to keep his shop clean. It does make it easier to work, that's for sure.

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This is a very important statement....

I found a loss of drive towards my project for a while, always dinking around and fiddling with all different things......getting nothing substantial done. My shop was a mess....tools everywhere, bench loaded and unusable and most importantly THE DUST! I sanded the car down and it layered everything! It wasn't until I cleared my bench, the floor and the dust from sanding that I was able to start getting some real work done again. I even scrubbed the floor as it does have a nice epoxy coating.

I doubt I will have that showroom garage like your Pop's but I try now to keep it neat to keep it enjoyable.

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Billy, in what way was the timing chain put together wrong?? Inreresting!

Agree with others, fantastic garage and work.

Ben

According to the manual, the 2 links with the washers line up with the marks on the gears. Well, the side facing out only had 1 washer link, and it wasn't lined up on either gear. The side with 2 washers was facing in, impossible to see. Unless they lined it up and just put it on inside out. It certainly didn't look like the picture in the manual.

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Today we disassembled the timing chain and found it was put together wrong, according to the manual anyway.

That's interesting !! Did you take a pic ??

The genius that did my engine put the timing chain on totally wrong.

Thankfully I picked it up before I put the head back on otherwise I would have had smashedvalveatosis.

Danny

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WOW!! What a big progject. '39 Buicks are beatiful cars...a little different style than what you would expect from a Buick!! I love these at the show...BEST OF LUCK!!

Robert

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Billy: Did anybody reply to your timing chain question of a few weeks ago? The 28-41 Parts Book shows the 39 Series 40 chain as fitting 1934-1941 Series 40 and 1940-41 Series 50. The Ebay chain pictured is probably Oldsmobile as stated.

Your restoration looks terrific. Keep those posts coming!

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Billy: Did anybody reply to your timing chain question of a few weeks ago? The 28-41 Parts Book shows the 39 Series 40 chain as fitting 1934-1941 Series 40 and 1940-41 Series 50. The Ebay chain pictured is probably Oldsmobile as stated.

Your restoration looks terrific. Keep those posts coming!

No and thank you! Looks like it was a good thing I passed on that one. I've been trying to find a timing chain that isn't $100 to my door.

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engine just might be back this week finally....

and a 30x40 ft building is being installed!!!!! This should help move things along better in the summer so there will be no seasonal musical chairs with the boat and the car.

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