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More progress observed today.

The front grill and upper bar are installed; all the stainless trim is installed on both sides; and while I was taking pictures, they were installing the rear bumper. The exhaust is also completely installed.

You will also notice in the pictures that accompany this post that the radio has been installed. I listened to it and it sounds just perfect. A nod and tip of the hat to Alan Kris who advertises radio restorations in The Bugle.

Tomorrow - the engine starts at 10:00. I remember well the day I took this car out for it's last drive before I parked it and summoned up the resolve to start the restoration. I might be a little misty-eyed tomorrow when her heart starts beating again.

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Dan

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Engine start up. Well, not actually the first time because I realized there would be testing in the process, but this is the first time I saw the engine run since I parked the car and started the restoration about 7 years ago.

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Also, two door panels have been installed as well as the glove box and door.

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And the best news is that the car will be completed and back in my possession to drive and enjoy by October 17th.

Dan

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Closing in on the finish.

It's looking like the full car again. The front grill and bumper are completely installed. The rear bumper is installed. The doors and windows are complete with panels and operating controls. The rear seat arm rests have been installed and I was told the back seat would be in before the end of work today. Also, the steering wheel has been repaired of one major separation and an number of small crazes, painted and installed. Trunk lid and hood go on at the first of next week. Road testing follows. Those of you who have been separated from a car for years during a restoration know how the excitement is building. You have the car, you work on it, you can see it, you can touch it BUT you can't drive it. That all ends soon.

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Sorry for the poor quality of the photos. My flash didn't work properly for some reason today.

Dan

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Kudos to the shop that is busting its butt to finish the car for you....

As you know progress doesn't always proceed like this at some places!

mike

Thanks, Mike.

The car went into the shop on August 2 last year and they estimated it would be finished by February or March. I told them I wasn't in any hurry so my accommodation has added about 7 months to the time estimate. Things come up during these restorations that cause delays. Chasing parts when things go wrong is one thing I can think of that adds time. Overall, I'm very pleased with the work and the amount of time it has taken to finish.

Dan

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I just saw this thread today. Early when you said you were spending your kids inheritance I laughed. Now I say congratulations on the decision. What an automobile that you guys have built. I wish I could see it in person. This is one of those instances that pictures do not do it justice.

You made another comment was about keeping it clean, shop dust on the frame made you think about how hard it will be to maintain the "like new" condition. Don't try, treat it like a new car and she will give you great joy. I hope that you do not make her a trailer Queen.

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...I hope that you do not make her a trailer Queen.

Upon that you may rely. I don't own a trailer. I may rent one to trailer her to Portland next year but otherwise, she's a driver. As a matter of fact, she's going to do the entire Route 66 trip from Chicago to Los Angeles sometime in '14 or '15. But that's for another thread when it happens.

Dan

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DAN, here's a cross-border challenge for you - I'll try to drive my patched-up '57 the 1500 kilometres from Edmonton to Portland, if you drive your good-as-new '49 the 1500 miles from somewhere in Arizona. If I end up flying down, you can go ahead and bring a trailer. Deal?

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DAN, here's a cross-border challenge for you - I'll try to drive my patched-up '57 the 1500 kilometres from Edmonton to Portland, if you drive your good-as-new '49 the 1500 miles from somewhere in Arizona. If I end up flying down, you can go ahead and bring a trailer. Deal?

Rob,

Lemmee see here. You want a challenge wherein you drive from Edmonton through blazing temperatures in the Canadian summer during July of, oh, about 70F to arrive in Portland where the average temperature in July is a scorching 80F and I get to drive a bit farther, starting in south central Arizona and cross the cool, frosty deserts of Arizona and Nevada in the summer where the temperature is a tepid 110F on an average day - in a '49 Buick with no air conditioning... :)

I'm gonna need to mull this over a while.

Dan

That thing about 4/40 air conditioning only holds true in the more temperate states and provinces. Here, it is deemed 4/40-110 (4 windows down at 40 mph and the temp is still 110.) And the same at 4/50-110, 4/60-110, etc. A linear progression.

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I thought everyone always said you don't feel the Arizona heat cause it's a "dry" heat...

The exact quote is, "But it's a dry heat." Nothing ever mentioned about not feeling it.

If you want a sampling at home, set your oven to "Bake" at 400 degrees and when it gets to temperature, open the door and put your face in the center of the open door about 6 inches back. There you go. Phoenix in July. :cool: Just like being here except no sunburn and none of the bad drivers.

Dan

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drive from Edmonton through blazing temperatures in the Canadian summer during July of, oh, about 70F

I probably shouldn't mention that my Roadmaster has factory air. I pulled it out of a parts car that originated in Oklahoma. Why I'm bothering with the extra complexity and weight, in a locale that rarely suffers from temperatures above 30C (86F), is an unfolding mystery.

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Delivered the license plate to the shop today. This gal's almost ready to hit the road.

The hood and trunk lid are installed; the steering wheel is completely reassembled and installed; the rear seat and package shelf are installed as well as the seat belts for the back seat and the doors are now complete. The last pictures were a bit dark so I've included more. I've chosen the Redi Rad to use for playing FM radio and music from an external source through the original Sonomatic. You can see the input line in the picture of the open glove box. Today, the hardware goes back on the trunk lid and the front seat goes back in. Looks like the trunk lining will be the final piece of the reassembly.

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Dan

PS: Rob - that air conditioned Roadmaster is a deal breaker, per the boss (my wife) :D

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Took a full family Christmas Vacation trip to spend christmas with my Mom's sister. Went from South Dakota to Wisconsin and back as little kids in that same back seat in 1959 in my Dad's 49 Roadmaster. The family fit 4 in the back and 3 in the front.

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Progress observed today.

The trunk lid is on but we are waiting for the trunk handle to return from the platers. It was done separately from the bezel. The rear wheel skirts are installed and looking good. The front seat is installed along with seat belts and the sun visors. The only things left to go are weather stripping the doors and trunk, installing the trunk handle and installing the coat hanger hooks. And the YOM license plate is on and looking good. The "Super" and "Dynaflow" scripts go on after the final polishing buffing.

Looking forward to taking her home next Thursday.

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And now, the rest of the story.

The next day...

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The torque converter seal started leaking, so back to the shop. This happened on 10/18. The car just returned to the shop yesterday from the transmission shop. There are a few other small issues I want them to fix, so it will be a little while longer until I have unfettered access to drive the car. C'est la vie.

Dan

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:)

You could always PM him if you don't want to put your business out here in the public eye. I don't really want you to post the number here anyway, for two reasons. One, I might faint and break my laptop when my head hits it. Two, there's not enough room on here for all those zeroes and you might crash the forum. :P:D Lol, just kidding but seriously, she looks amazing. Hope you get your problems sorted out soon so you can drive her a bit before it gets too nasty outside. Or does it get too nasty in Arizona??

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