49_buick_super

1949 Buick Super 4dr restoration project

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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

Thanks, Geoff.

When last we communicated you mentioned your wiring harness. I think you said you were working to preserve a previous restoration on that beauty. My experience with this car was that the wiring harness was probably not bad enough to worry about from the dash panel aft because this wiring is so protected from real environmental extremes. The worst decay in my wiring was everything forward of the firewall - for obvious reasons. I just decided to do this as an option because I have the car so completely opened up. If you have a good headliner in place, you might want to give serious thought to replacing the main harness through the body. It would be a shame to disturb an original headliner that was in good shape or a headliner that had been replaced in a previous restoration. I can't see any way to run the wiring through the body without disturbing the headliner and the attendant problems that would cause. My tail lights, license plate light, backup lights, dome light and rear cigarette lighter wiring were all in acceptable shape.

Dan

Now for the disclaimer. Nothing I said here applies to any car that has set outside for years, unprotected from the elements, rodents, and intrusive bush and tree growth. :)

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The air intake valve on the driver's side is mounted, as is the voltage regulator and the firewall grommet that seals the wiring harness entry to the engine compartment on the firewall.

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The defroster assembly, dome light, door light switches, windshield wipers (with fresh refills), and radio antenna have also been mounted. Not shown in any picture is the heater core and battery tray, which have been installed on the car.

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The wiring harness mistake has been corrected, as seen in this photo. And an overall view of the car from the passenger's side.

First fire has been promised within a week. The complete upholstery package is in the shop and ready to be installed in the car. I was given what I considered to be a solid estimate of two weeks to completion. When I left the shop today, the rear fenders were being brought in for installation and the dash is nearly complete and ready.

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The wiring harness mistake has been corrected.......

First fire has been promised within a week.

It is scary the way my eyes picked up your last post^^^^

Looking good Dan.

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Progress observed today:

Both rear fenders have been installed along with the tail lights; the headliner, door windlace and B-pillar upholstery are being installed today; both front inner fenders are installed; the throttle linkage is installed; the battery is fully installed in tray with hold-down; and the dash has been installed with all instruments and some controls. The paint on the dash and all the reveal mouldings is a split scheme of Verde green over some light green/gray/touch-of-blue color that I've never been able to identify from color charts. You can't tell from the photos but in person you can see that the colors are factory correct. I'm pretty sure that all the heater hoses and the gas tank were installed after I left the shop today. Front fenders go on after the wiring has been completed in the engine compartment.

First fire has been promised for Monday or Tuesday of next week.

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Dan,

This reminds me of when we had a house custom-built. This is the adrenalin stage! I know the color you mention on the lower portion of the dash, and your description is very much what I've observed. I will be pulling my dash to repaint it and I need to find that color number to have it mixed.

Your car looks great now and will be amazing when you drive it home - I am guessing it will even smell like a new car!

Geoff

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The gas tank is installed and plumbed. The engine has been test cranked for oil pressure and fuel pump operation. Passed.

First fire had been scheduled for Monday or Tuesday of this past week but now is set for next Tuesday. The exhaust is going back in before she fires.

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I've been asked a few questions about the installation of the brake master cylinder with the Wilwood disk brakes. Here are photos looking up from below the frame. In the one photo taken directly below the exhaust manifold throat, note that there is plenty of room for the exhaust pipe to drop away from the manifold and take its normal route through the frame on its way aft.

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Dan,

This is coming along nicely! I would hate to drive the car - I assume you installed disc brakes because you intend to put some miles on it. The car looks flawless - I'm looking forward to the drive report.

I was under my dash looking for the dash mounting bolts and couldn't see them from below - where are they on the 49?

Geoff

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...I was under my dash looking for the dash mounting bolts and couldn't see them from below - where are they on the 49? Geoff

Geoff,

On the '49, there are screws along the windshield margin of the dash, visible after the reveal mouldings are removed. Then under the dash there are bolts for braces that are behind the wiring maze on the drivers side and behind the glove box/defroster assemblies on the passengers side. Some in the area of the radio, too.

I do intend to drive it. It's been nearly 7 years since we last drove it. Too long for me and the bride. Any more cars we obtain in the future will be cars that we can maintain in top condition but always ready to drive. This is the second complete restoration of a vehicle I've been involved with and the last. No more restorations.

Dan

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Thanks Dan. Now, I have to get committed and get started! The last thing I have to do before that is test and connect the underseat heater core.

Thanks again Dan,

Geoff

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What nice detailing! This is one fantastic job! Sure hope to see it in person one day.

Thanks for keeping your thread active Dan.

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Hmm... I wonder what new cars smelled like, before there was plastic?

Probably envision something like Bake-lite in a wool suit! :)

Great intensive step by step project diary on a very very admirable 49er. I could be wrong but the paint looks like base coat / clear ?

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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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