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1949 Buick Super 4dr restoration project

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The after-market Wilwood brakes:

Here are some pictures of the installed dual-chamber brake master cylinder and the pedal linkage. Neat and clean. There will be a bracket fabricated to attach to the bell housing that will hold the return spring.

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The after-market Wilwood brakes:

Here are some pictures of the installed dual-chamber brake master cylinder and the pedal linkage. Neat and clean. There will be a bracket fabricated to attach to the bell housing that will hold the return spring.

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Dan

Nice set up but it looks kinda tight for the exhaust pipe. Looks like the exhaust will be too close to the master cylinder. Amazing how such large cars have so little room

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A few pictures from today:

The rocker arm cover decals are installed, the fan has been painted black, and the body is back on the chassis.

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Beautiful restoration, Dan!

I'm guessing a test fire and cam break-in are imminent?!?!

Super progress .... your shop is doing right by you!

mike

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Hey Dan,

Been following your thread with much interest; kudos!

Can you tell more about that dual master cyl? Looked all over for one when I did my '49 Roadmaster brakes, couldn't find one. Did this piece come from Wilwood? and what exactly had to be fabricated?

Thanks in advance,

Steve.

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Hey Dan, ... Can you tell more about that dual master cyl? Looked all over for one when I did my '49 Roadmaster brakes, couldn't find one. Did this piece come from Wilwood? and what exactly had to be fabricated?

Steve,

He told me the brake master cylinder was Ford, like this: Master Cylinder

Next time I get to the shop I'll get more details on the fabrication. I'm fairly certain the push rod was a fabrication but can't say at the moment about the brake pedal pivot.

I will gather up more information for a more detailed post a bit later.

Thanks for your comments, Steve and Mike.

Dan

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RADIO RESTORATION

I want to put in a good word for ALAN KRISS (BCA #5609) regarding the restoration of the old radios in our Buicks. I made an effort to do this restoration on my own but ran into some things that were beyond my skill set. I sent my radio to Alan. Last night, I spent over an hour having a wonderful conversation with Alan. He is so very knowledgeable about these radios. He will take the time to talk to you about your radio and give you some good basic information about its operation and the history of its manufacture. All good information to know. I have no doubt that the radio in my '49 is going to be playing better than factory new because of the modern day components that go into a restoration. Better manufacturing techniques for the capacitors, resistors and tubes all work together to give a superior result. Alan advertises in The Buick Bugle. The price is very reasonable. If you have a radio that isn't working, I would encourage you to give Alan a call and talk to him about restoring it. To be fair, there are others that offer this service in The Bugle so there are choices. But for the restoration you are reading about in this topic, Alan is the radio man. :)

Dan

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I was looking back through the photos I've posted and realized I don't have many "before" photos.

Here's a couple of the engine before the work started:

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Another fun part of the project has been "disassembly archaeology." You find some interesting things when you take your car apart...:)

Not sure if these are inventory control slips or what, but the date is July 13, 1949.

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And a tag from inside the old seat covers - 1954...

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Another slip tucked inside the upholstery of the rear seat arm rest...

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And a door handle - never used - left by a factory installer on the floor and covered by the carpet. I shed the first light of day on it since 1949 when I took up the carpeting in the back seat area. This is just where I found it.

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And another slip left inside a rear seat arm rest, placed by the factory installer in the still tacky glue used to attach padding...

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And a door handle - never used - left by a factory installer on the floor and covered by the carpet. I shed the first light of day on it since 1949 when I took up the carpeting in the back seat area. This is just where I found it.

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Cool! I love the "archaeology" aspect of car restoration. That's one of my favorite parts. You can't get much more "factory original" than that door handle! I bet the original owner never could figure out where that darn rattling sound came from.:)

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And the shop has lost the first part out of many hundreds I've given them. It happens...

I'm looking for this part. If any of you guys can help me out, it would be much appreciated. I've also posted in the Wanted to Buy area.

EDIT: CANCEL. Shop has found the part. :)

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Thanks,

Dan

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More progress. The wiring harness installation has commenced. The main harness has been installed through the body into the trunk and out to where it will feed the tail lights and backup lights. The full air cleaner is on. The windshield wiper motor is on and the wiper transmission is reinstalled on the firewall. The voltage regulator is mounted and the horns are also installed.

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The doors are now complete with glass and channels. I am very happy with the quality of this work. The glass fits perfectly as do all the vent window seals. (Steele Rubber and Sanderson Reproduction Glass). I delivered the door panels today and they should be installed soon. I am very pleased with the outside stainless trim. The doors have not yet received their final alignment adjustments.

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Here is a view of a completed wheel. (The correct valve stem covers have not yet been installed.)

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Looking at getting the car back by the end of September. Keeping my fingers crossed. The shop wants to display this car at the Goodguys Southwest Nationals in November. Never had that in mind when this started but I've warmed up to it now.

Dan

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Awesome work Dan... Just beautiful! I would be too anxious to get this car back.

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DISASTER AVERTED!!

Whoa! Looking at/drooling over pictures of the work completed and all the sudden it jumped out at me. The wiring harness has been mis-routed. The wiring harness needs to be run behind the roof bows rather than along the roof margins above the doors. The location where the harness is now installed would conflict with the installation of the headliner and door windlace retaining plates. I just cannot fathom the depth of my despair if I had discovered this after the wiring was complete and all dressed in to instruments behind an installed dashboard.

Look at these pictures:

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Whew!

Dan

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Dan, thanks for posting this catch. This is a major help for me since I have to redo my harnesses.

Geoff

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