49_buick_super

1949 Buick Super 4dr restoration project

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Better than new!!! It's cool that the license plate even matches... Can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

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Awesome! I too will be waiting for the rest of the story. I would have a very hard time staying out of that car.

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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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...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??

Thanks, Robert. Always a few bugs to sort out at what appears to be the end of a restoration. My intent is to post some drive pictures after we get out on the road.

You asked about it getting nasty in Arizona. I've been reading your thread on winterizing cars. That's some interesting material. Here, we "summerize" our cars. That involves sitting in a comfy chair next to your car inside the garage with a cold, frosty mug of beer in hand, looking outside through the open garage door and repeatedly saying, "It's just to dang hot to go driving." There you go. A summerized car. :cool:

Dan

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All fixed Dan? I hope so - an amazing restoration. I'm sorry I won't be at that particular event to see it - a bridge too far from Missouri.

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All fixed Dan? I hope so - an amazing restoration. I'm sorry I won't be at that particular event to see it - a bridge too far from Missouri.

Ready to go. The shop that finished the restoration is exhibiting it. Not to worry. There will be pictures. :)

Dan

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Goodguys Southwest Nationals at Westworld in Scottsdale, Saturday, 11/16 -

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We had a great time at the Goodguys National today. The building here is where the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction is held every year in January.

There was a lot of interest in the Buick. Most of the cars at an event like this are modified or rods so a car restored to original stands out. The Chevy next to my car belongs to the president of the Valley of the Sun BCA chapter club, but I'm not gonna show it here cuz it ain't a Buick. ;)

Dan

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Oh. Em. Gee. This car is just spectacular. Truly better than new and I mean that in the nicest way. I'm so looking forward to seeing it - and its owner - in person, next summer in Portland.

Wow, you can zoom in on these hi-res photos and the workmanship just keeps getting better.

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Thanks, Rob. Appreciate the compliment.

You can see in photo 2 that the front end is riding a bit high. The new springs have caused this effect. We're going to give it a few months to settle on the new suspension components but it is looking like a half to full turn of the coils needs to be removed in the front to bring it to where it should be.

Dan

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I noticed the high stance. Didn't you have an issue with the springs vendor (Eaton I believe)?

Beautiful! I am sure the Super stood out.

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I noticed the high stance. Didn't you have an issue with the springs vendor (Eaton I believe)?...

Yes - they sent the wrong front springs at first but they made it right and the springs they returned were correct in every respect: diameter, circumference, height and spacing of the coils, as well as the diameter of the bar. From a visual and mechanical perspective, nothing appears different from factory original. I am left to conclude that something is different in the metallurgy that provides a stronger compression property for these springs than was contemplated by the engineers. I'll let the suspension settle and then make adjustments after the first 1,000 miles on the car.

Dan

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Awesome looking car. It'll be a beauty to drive. I guess that the "driving season" must be coming up in Arizona? Here in the North we have them all put away, as there's quite a bit of salt on the roads already.

Keith

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Nice how everything turned out for you Dan. Yeah the lip of the wheel well to the front fenders should ride along with a small over hang to that of the outer shoulder of the tire. The deep inner fenders gave move than enough travel area for the coil and arm strong link shocks in which to travel upon. I might of missed something here, but If the springs that are shown in the photos above are still in the car then this stance is way too high and will never settle more than an inch or so whenever that occurs. I would simply reinstall the old ones back in. Since you no doubt rebuilt the shocks and links what is the worry and it will ride just fine and as important will look correct as well. I grew up in these Buicks as my Dad had many and the fender lip always followed and hugged just at or slightly over the tire tops. Only Fords, Chevys and Studebakers rode this high. Not Cadillacs and Buicks.

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... I would simply reinstall the old ones back in. Since you no doubt rebuilt the shocks and links what is the worry and it will ride just fine and as important will look correct as well...

You are reading our minds. The old springs are going back in sometime in the next two weeks. We really didn't expect it to settle much at all. More the reality of the wait is trying to shake the bugs out of it, if any, so they can all be handled at the time the springs are replaced. It do look weird at the moment.

But on that note, a strongly worded letter to Eaton Spring will follow. :)

Dan

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This issue you have with the springs make me wonder about the ones I installed in my '56 last winter. It sits a low in the rear, considering all new springs and shocks, etc, all the way around. I now wonder if the ones on my car are wrong, but in the opposite to yours, too low instead of too high.

I bought mine from a reputable dealer, but there can be mistakes made.

I've worked in manufacturing, and sometimes specs that are reasonably close to each other get lumped into the same item(part) as it reduces costs considerably.

Anyway, I still think you've got a lovely car, and they all take a bit of "sorting out" to get everything to how it should be.

Keith

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