dei

ME & MY === 1958 Buick, 1958 Buick, 1958 Buick and……..

Recommended Posts

With my "Honey do list" still in play, turned up the tunes yesterday afternoon and managed to find the backs of the front seats of my Limited. They were shoved in a corner after taking them off with the intent to bring to an upholsterer and see what it would take to have new foam put in them and the seat bottoms. Figured since they are accessible, might as well drop off and see what I need to save up... :unsure:

IMG_0841_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

IMG_0843_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

 

They are original to the car and in generally good condition like a 50,000 mile car should be but the foam has hardened and do not want to tear or damage the material trying to drive it (some day) and have the foam totally disintegrate under the seat.

 

Not getting side tracked from the Special but knowing it will take some time and money, now is as good a time as any to put it on the bucket list!

Edited by dei (see edit history)
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Talked to the upholstery shop and after he found out I had the parts car Limited, wants me to bring in the seat back from it to play with before tackling my good seat back. 

Man, timing is everything in life!

Things have turned cold, wet and threat of snow showers / snow accumulation this weekend. The car sits outside and this wasn't something I had planned right now....

Have to keep reminding myself, half the fun is getting there?

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

After yesterdays sleet/light snow/black ice event and a forecast of 5-8 inches by Sunday decided to go and fire up the snow blower. After some fresh gas and several pulls once it warmed up tried the auger and the clutch to make sure things were functioning properly. Before loading up in the truck fired up the Special (again) and warming up on a not too high an idle tried the lights to help see what I was doing.

1958 Buick Special - Dec 9, 2016 - pic7_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

 

Had to change out the drivers rear tail light as the brake light wasn't working. Easy to check with a 2x4 on the brake pedal.

1958 Buick Special - Dec 9, 2016 - pic1_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

 

Having it in neutral she runs what you see on the dash.

1958 Buick Special - Dec 9, 2016 - pic6_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

Need to check the ground on the gas tank since it should be about half full yet.

 

Edited by dei (see edit history)
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What a week!

After the black ice and drivers not remembering their driving experiences from last year and this weekends record snow fall, WOW!

Coming home from work at the height of the black ice event, decided to take a short bit of the last of the highway into the city. It is posted at 80 kms (50 mph) here and while coming down the on ramp experienced the glazed road so put on the 4 ways and managed to keep traction of my F 150 two wheel truck by running the right side tires on the gravel. Even with that only got up to 50 kms (31 mph) thinking I had things under control and would be home soon safely.

I then noticed in the rear view mirror many headlights charging up my tail! Held my speed and watched as one by one they passed at a surprising speed. My turn off was just up ahead and slowed to the expecting icy curve when I noticed a set of tire tracks going over the slight embankment through the small field and a three inch tree bent over on the ground!:o Noticed ahead of the tree some movement to see this car bouncing up and over the on ramp and stopping in the ditch on the other side. 

Since no other cars were involved kept driving and thought, WELL, what did you expect?

The wife's normal 25 minute drive home from work ended up taking 1 hour 15 minutes.

 

Then this weekend the forecast was right (for a change) and by 3 am Monday morning we had 10 inches of heavy snow! Knowing I had to take care of my property's and Dad's, I couldn't sleep and was out by 4:30 am. This was what I saw.

Scofield Ave - Dec 12, 2016 - 4 30 AM - pic2_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

You know winter is here when one has to dig out the snow blower from inside one's pick up bed!

 

Fortunately the main roads were in great shape even then but... driveways were a bear to dig out with the heavy snow having been pushed in.... Digging out by hand was not what I wanted to do or planned.

 

Got to dad's eventually and knowing they were not to be anywhere special that day took my time.

Ab's Chevy Venture Van - Dec 12, 2016_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

Mom turned 89 this week (still driving) and dad recently got good results from his latest scan

and is stable for now so a good white Xmas is in play!

Especially with highs forecast only in the low 20's for the while. :P

 

Being this cold and no real heat in the garage, the Special will have to wait (again...) for some attention.

 

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Too many idiots out there! Can't win.....

IMG_0882_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Ben.

No one was hurt fortunately... wish I could talk to the guy that distracted me....

Edited by dei
thought of a better way to express it (see edit history)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks John.

No it wasn't a hit and run and edited my post some. 

A van had started to come out of a driveway on my left as I was travelling along and because it had stopped but then moved as I was right at his front, I glanced left and then immediately noticed brake lights in front of me. I reacted by turning the wheel to the left, jamming on my brakes in an attempt to avoid hitting that car but.... it happened all too quick!

Ultimately, one is supposed to have one's vehicle under control at all times under the law but....

Once I recovered noticed the van turn into the on coming traffic, sped up to the turn lane further up ahead ahead and go left. Even the driver of the car I hit on his left rear corner said he could not believe the van was pulling out like that.

It was a very frigid cold night (7 above) and here it seems if all vehicles can drive away from an event, the police do not come out to do the report. They told us all to exchange information and report to a Collision Reporting Centre in the City the next morning.

To add insult to (no) injury, when I got home that night went for my cell phone and in the flurry of things had lost it! My son and I went right back in a vain attempt to find it but no luck.

I have sufficient insurance coverage for the truck and will be picking up a rental next week after the adjuster comes so the material things can be fixed, it could have been worse, even at City traffic speeds.

There goes my 35 years with a clean "at fault" driving record, with my first ever new vehicle no less.

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Met with the Adjuster early today, agreed on a Collision Shop and was supplied a truck to rent while the work on my truck is done.

IMG_0890_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

Talk about overkill! :o It's all I can do at 6ft 4inches to get my cheeks onto the seat with out running boards.......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Trust everyone had a good Xmas!:)

 

With all our family managing to be together (even though work schedules played in the equation for the kids) we were blessed by the fact Dad was up to coming to our home and enjoyed a good turkey dinner. Even Mom (who just turned 89) seemed to enjoy the afternoon / evening and I felt comfortable watching her back out of the driveway heading for the relatively short drive home. 

 

The weather here went from frigid the last two weeks to 57 degrees Boxing Day and had a thought in the back of my mind to go out where I had the accident and look around to see if by chance, with the melted snow, I might find my cell phone. Well..... don't I find it and the loose battery way down the way likely due to the snow plow pushing it up onto the grass! :rolleyes: 

While it has suffered some damage it was a relief that the sim card was still there with all my contact information! :D

 

Now, after I attend to changing out a dripping valve in our kitchen tap and some year end paper work, with my new halogen tripod work light my one son gave me for Xmas, will see if I can get on the brakes again.

He made the statement that I shouldn't have any more excuses.....

Don't you love it when the kids are right?! :lol: 

Xmas 2016 - Garage Tools_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One nice thing about that light. Its a great pin point heater!  Now, looking forward to that road test...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You mean it will generate some heat John? Never had one before. 

 

23 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

Now, looking forward to that road test...

 

With things at work quiet right now need to get paperwork completed first but... hoping to steal some time before the official end of the year comes about so.....

 

You can bet I will record the event when it happens!:) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, dei said:

You mean it will generate some heat John? Never had one before. 

 

"Some" is an understatement!  Be careful around that thing. 

 

ps: I love mine.  I have that one and two hanging halogens.  My son got me a floor standing one but first use the bulb stopped working.  

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In a symbolic effort to start the New Year on the right foot at home, Spent a few hours back in the basement at the clean up and came across this in a box.

IMG_0921_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

 

IMG_0920_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

 

Then I assembled that work light and as stated on instructions and John's warning, it does generate some heat. Definitely will be a step up from my old trouble light.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With having gone into the Deep Freezer again here in the Great White North :P, it is just too cold to be in the garage so....

I went basement diving into more boxes and found these.

IMG_0946_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

 

Then I came across not only an ad but an actual can of wax which still has soft polish in it!

IMG_0936_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

 

Since I had gone back to the upholstery shop and collected the seat back to the Limited, hard to tell but had to pose them in front naturally.

IMG_0942_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Heading over to the Special today and work on the brakes some. Yeah!

Know they won't be completed just yet but happy to get back to this. The weather is up and down temperature wise but typical where I live and time to take advantage of it.

 

Recently I came across a thread on decal placement on '57 Buick breathers. 

With having four '58 Buick's wondered about my old original Limited which had a red breather cover and red decal on the base. 

1958 Buick Limited - Feb 1983 - before engine pulled @ 145,000 miles - Copy (2).jpg

 

My Special had a white decal on the base and wondered all these years what the difference was.

IMG_0816_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

 

Thanks to that threat I now understand the difference. 

Simply put, the red is when there is a four barrel carb on the car and the white is when there is only a two barrel. 

You are never two old to learn something new. :rolleyes:

 

Now, off to the garage with my new trouble light.

 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Managed to get to the Special late after dealing with the days events.

One good thing was a call stating my truck was finally inside the shop and work was to start on the repairs...... YEAH! 

With the rain we had last night, checked the trench around the garage and it needed to be raked out of debris for better flow. Fortunately the grading is shedding the water away from the building but... the low spots are pooling still which means I need to do more grading this spring. 

During this I decided to fire up the car in an effort to build up a little heat once the door is shut only to find the battery isn't holding a charge. Looked back and guess the last time I had it running was the first of December so... Jumped it with a battery on the shelf. I know the fuel pump works as I can see the fuel come into the clear fuel filter I put on and after the second attempt away she went.

Once I shut her down and closed the doors finally set up the new light stand and boy, what a difference from that home made unit you see on the floor! :D 

Right Rear Brake - E Cable cleanup - Jan 12, 2017 - pic5_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

 

As per John's warning about being careful working around this thing, Yes, it delivers some heat! 

While cleaning up the E Cable I was hunched over and thought, Hmmm, That is a different smell than the usual oil, exhaust, paint smell I'm familiar with? Sure enough I moved back and could feel the heat on my right leg through the coveralls! :o

Fortunately nothing burnt but... fair warning.

Decided to wire wheel the few remaining parts needing to be done, apply paint and before you know it, the wife is texting me wondering if I'm coming home for supper?

 

Not huge progress but funny how the time flies when you are having fun. 

 

Next effort will be replacing the flex hose at the torque tube and reassembly of the brake parts on this wheel including a new drum. On with the fun!

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My experience with the Harbor Freight variety halogen lights is the  elements last no more than a couple of hours.  Practically every time I have used mine the elements have burned out without my ever having getting to the point of being ready to turn the switch off.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With life issues having ramped up I missed the opportunity window of a January thaw and working in the garage. :P

However, one last minute call from my oldest son Friday provided a memorable experience on Saturday. While he might one day be the beneficiary of one of my Buick's, he is not quite hands on with them but that's OK too.

His hobby interests have been into audio and loves the tube type equipment sound plus vinyl records. Seems he had been looking for a rather rare type speaker set and managed to find them. His call was to ask if I might go with him on a road trip.

Needed to leave by 6 am as it meant we would travel the Ohio and Penn State Turnpikes just to get there. :o Opportunities in life can be missed sometimes without thinking about them and having made many road trips with my Dad thought (as the kids today say) "just do it".

Funny how last minute things work out better than often long time planning. Somehow the stars aligned as the weather had a window with no snow and traffic was unusually low so it was a Good Day but long! :)

Our travels took us passed Hershey which my dad and I have attended twice so hence my willingness to help my son out and share.

I won't bore you with the details but share a few pictures since it was a great trip (and accomplishment).

IMG_1028_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

After going through the fourth tunnel, it was a surprise not see any more snow!

 

 IMG_1034_Easy-Resize.com.jpg

First time in Philly and wished we could have spent time to explore but... next time?

Can say that my boy's Envoy stood out like a sore thumb with the amount of salt it had on it compared to everyone else!

 

As stated things went fine and round trip was 19 hours and 3/4 by the time we were home!!! 

He was happy with his purchase and I think with our time together.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Where to start...

A fellow Buick owner / friend's mom is the same age as my Dad and with the seven degrees of separation thing in play, found out she was in the same hospital when Dad was in Emerg this past week. We have not spoken for awhile and after sharing our concerns over our parents the conversation eventually turned to our Buick's. His 1957 Buick Super has been off the road for many years and not being a hands on guy figured it just might never be back on the road. As it turned out I wanted to go out to the storage where both cars are and take some pictures of my other '58 Buick I have not talked much about here. He asked if I would take some pictures too and after the 45 mile trip out planning on spending an hour (or two) I get a call about 1/2 an hour there to say my Dad had fallen at home and could I help. Fortunately my son was close and managed this situation and with no major injuries I hastily none the less shot what I could after having wiped the car down. 

She was a only a dream when I bought it and storage was cheap but know with the other projects on the go might have to consider what to do in the future.

IMG_1068_Easy-Resize_com.thumb.jpg.66fad34bc856d6f87d2f439beadd2100.jpg

 

IMG_1066_Easy-Resize_com.thumb.jpg.a4b358266f9add7e65a69cef993c0a41.jpg

 

IMG_1070_Easy-Resize_com.thumb.jpg.9811c87bfcbf6482e96804e313529de2.jpg

 

Sadly I discovered the engine would not turn by pressure on the fan belt but.... like the Special, hope with some soaking I can free it up and get it running again.... 

 

My friend's Super has been here longer and it would not turn over either....

IMG_1073_Easy-Resize_com.thumb.jpg.486679b143a4fe59cd3e4b7c9d253791.jpg

 

IMG_1084_Easy-Resize_com.thumb.jpg.554233cca79034b5d12583a0c88ed3ad.jpg

 

What is it with Nail Heads when they sit?

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With my friend's mom and my dad not doing so well and discussing our Buick's, kicked around the idea of either looking at his to get back on the road or possibly selling his. Decided with things in play now to shelve things for awhile.

 

My Dad was moved into Hospice Friday and while relieving Mom of the 24 hr duties needed, it has been busy with family coming to see him.....

I went up today at what turned out to be a quiet period for him and after an hour he said he was OK and I should go and enjoy the fine weather which is very unusual for this time of year. 

Because of our mutual joy of cars took him at his word and went over to the Special.

Decided to fire her up and with a few cranks to get gas up to the carb off she went! 

58ab8ed0b633e_1958BuickSpecial-Feb202017-running-pic2_Easy-Resize_com.thumb.jpg.b4dc18d1e0a7888884e951ed4b501ab4.jpg

As usual lot's of plays in motion but will deal with things as they come.

Sure was comforting to be assured the battery was up and running nice.

 

Went home after things warmed up and opened up the garage door. I have a flat head motor on a stand for my 52 F-1 sitting in front of my Limited and decided to put a bar on the crank to see if it would still turn.

58ab90e76db2c_DSCN0712-copy.thumb.jpg.42c80e9d65e39a78d7ab5087c918d1c2.jpg

Fortunately it is fine so pulled the plugs and dumped some trany fluid in just to be safe.

 

With Mom, house and issues.... dealing one day at a time for now.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
50 minutes ago, dei said:

My Dad was moved into Hospice Friday

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dei.  Hoping for the best!

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

With the Forum being shut down, a little late getting back but thanks John and others for your prayers and best wishes. 

Dad is actually in a good frame of mind knowing he isn't the burden he was for my mom. The care and concern for his quality of life is amazing and being only 10 years old, the facility has the latest for patients and families. 

I know this thread is supposed to be about my Buick's but going to break the rules this once and post a picture of where it all began for me with antique cars and owning my first car (58 Buick).

 

Shoot! Won't up load even with resizing ..........

 

Edited by dei (see edit history)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember your dad from when he showed your Whippet Cabriolet long ago.  I think I have an old photo of the car and he in Chatham.

 

My roommate from collage drove a '55 Special sedan and that is how it began for me.

 

Attended the SWO Flea Market this morning in Essex, didn't purchase much but had a good breakfast in their diner.  Best regards, Gary

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...