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Mark Shaw

1912 Buick Resurrection Day

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A few more progress photos from last weekend...

Removed exhaust, steering, & frame.

Pressure washed the frame which peeled almost all the beige paint down to the original grey.

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Although this does not look like much, it took hours to remove the ball studs from the tie rods that allow the rear end to go up and down with the springs.

I checked several Internet sites for replacement ball studs to no avail. I need two with 15/16" ball diameter & 5/8"-18 male threads. Mc Master Carr lists the right ball size but it only comes with 1/2"-20 threads. I also need two drag link ball studs the same size with weld ends.

Does anybody have a source?

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I bought four of these 1" weld end ball studs from Mac's Ford Parts. I will modify two with 5/8" threads for the rear axle struts & use two to renew the steering linkage they were designed for.

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Cut off old ball, drill out the hole, insert the ball stud and weld it.

Helps to restore original steering feel and response

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I picked up the frame from the sand blaster today and immediately applied a coat of primer sealer. My references tell me this car only came in "grey body with matching wheels and blue hood and fenders".

I need to know if the running gear is painted blue. I suspect the correct blue is the blue/black like my 1913 Model 31 Buick.

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Due to end of the year business commitments, Wife's Birthday weekend, and getting over a bad cold, I have made little progress since my last post. Today is the day after Christmas 2011 and now that the big day with family is over, I am back on my project. I took this week off work just to work on this car.

I bought a new mask for painting and several Duplicolor spray cans of satin black to paint the chassis parts. My logic here is to use paint that is easy to touch-up for the parts that will see grease, oil and wear & tear from touring with the car when it is done.

None of my cars are show cars; although they are all restored as original except for replacement aluminum pistons for increased HP & reduced wear, modern wheel bearings because the originals are no longer made, and safety items for running on modern roads. None of my modifications (except safety items) can be seen by even the most qualified "experts" because most cannot be seen without disassembling the car.

I used my new mask and painted most of the loose parts and three sides of the frame before lunch today. Although I am still recovering from a bad cold, I couldn't even smell the paint until I finished and removed the mask. For now, I need to let everything dry and get some help to flip the frame to paint the underside. Meanwhile, I will continue to wipe down the previously primed axles with paint prep to degrease them before painting them later this week. I will post photos when all is painted.

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Although this does not look like much, it took hours to remove the ball studs from the tie rods that allow the rear end to go up and down with the springs.

I checked several Internet sites for replacement ball studs to no avail. I need two with 15/16" ball diameter & 5/8"-18 male threads. Mc Master Carr lists the right ball size but it only comes with 1/2"-20 threads. I also need two drag link ball studs the same size with weld ends.

Does anybody have a source?

Mark,

To repair these for Model "A's" what we do is grind down the ball and buy a single ball bearing, soften it with a torch, drill a hole in it and weld it on the stud. Gives a very smooth and round shape to the old stud.

Mike in Colorado

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Today is New Year's Day and I made significant progress this week during my week away from work. I got the leaf springs back together with "slip Plate between the leaves & everything back together, cleaned, & painted.

Yesterday, I got one of my Buick buddies to help me put the frame back on the axles. It took two guys and lots of finese to get everything lined up, but we got it done. So, I have a rolling chassis again.

Next will be the outside shifter mechanism, then the tranny, engine, etc....

Stay tuned....

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Mark,

NICE PROGRESS !!

Wish we could be there to lend a hand, but I'll content myself with just driving the '14 Touring today.

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Hey Mark,

Love doing stuff like that, painting the parts and all, coming along great.

Maybe I'll go out and clean the shop or something... BRRRRRRRRRRR

Sandy

Today is New Year's Day and I made significant progress this week during my week away from work. I got the leaf springs back together with "slip Plate between the leaves & everything back together, cleaned, & painted.

Yesterday, I got one of my Buick buddies to help me put the frame back on the axles. It took two guys and lots of finese to get everything lined up, but we got it done. So, I have a rolling chassis again.

Next will be the outside shifter mechanism, then the tranny, engine, etc....

Stay tuned....

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Sandy,

The high today is about 45 degrees amd we got a break in the rain. I took down the Christmas lights, cleaned the gutters, & investigated & fixed a roof leak this morning before the rain restarts.

This afternoon (after a cup of fresh coffee to warm up), I plan to get back to work in my heated shop....

Eat your heart out Sandy!

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nice progress!

We were going to start blasting the body on my car yesterday, but the weather went from 55 and sunny Sunday to 25 and snowy yesterday, so we just worked inside on little things.

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Billy,

How about a progress post with photos of your car?

There really isn't much to see in photos of what we have done recently. Of course you can see the current status in my thread below. When the brakes are done I'll stick a new photo in there.:)

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Mark you are making the restoration look easier with the step by step pictures and updates. I also like the large and clean work space you have that always makes things go smoother.

And the constant progress is very encouraging, Keep it up and the update are great! :)

Steve

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OK now how do I remove or move the last post- wrong topic..................:confused:

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you just click edit, then delete it

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Hi Mark,

Nice to see progress, keep up the reports and you may intice me to taking on a 1915 six cylinder Buick which is lurking in the wings!!

Mark, have sent you a PM to see if you can help me contact an ebay vendor. Can you let me know if you can help. Thanks - and best wishes for the new year - wont it be nice to see that 1912 back on the road in its 100th year!!

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Stuart,

Yes, that's the plan. I want to have a 100th Birthday & coming out party sometime in April.

Did the Ebay vendor contact you yet?

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Hi Mark,

That looks great! Every time I see a '12, my hinder parts hurt, 'cause I kick myself for selling mine all those years ago. Maybe you can post some video footage of your '12 project. Hey, does the coil box cover have a little dos and don'ts instruction pasted inside it? Mine had one, and the funniest don't was something like "don't dissect the magneto we put the right number of little wheels in it to start with"

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I installed the transmission last weekend and connected the shifter linkage three times during the week before I got everything to work right. The third time was to install the hand brake lever that should have been the first thing to go on the shifter shaft....

Today, I installed the front coupler assy for the transmission and carefully mounted the new leather cone clutch. I used a puller to compress the clutch spring and just rotated the whole clutch to thread it onto the engine output shaft. So, it's not a two person job after all...

Tomorrow I will be helping a friend move an antique tractor, so I doubt that I will be able to get much done on the Buick...

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Pulling this tractor out of the woods was a lot of work... but fun...

I have loaded lots of old cars, but this was my first "Tractor Pull". My 8,000 lb winch worked great!

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The tractor looks like a Fordson. Drive train functions as the frame.

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Suchan is correct.

It is an old Fordson that will be a featured piece of "yard art" for my former next door neighbor.

I suggested that it would make a great water feature if he put a small fish pond in front of it and plumbed a recirculating pump to make it gush water out of the top of the radiator.....

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