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Imagine trading up from a Beetle to a chrome-plated Buick! Good stories. I doubt the girl next door had any idea she'd still have a relationship with that red convertible, forty years on.

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Imagine trading up from a Beetle to a chrome-plated Buick! Good stories. I doubt the girl next door had any idea she'd still have a relationship with that red convertible, forty years on.

I'd take that bet Rob! LOL ;)

See.... she knew what she was in for alright! It only took me 6 years to decide to tie the knot.:o

Coming up on our 40th Anniversary very soon.

But...I did the right thing by letting her drive it once in a while.

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The best part?

Her father grew up in the Chrysler Corporation from the age of 15. Naturally he had new Chrysler, Dodge or Plymouth cars but seemed to be amazed with me keeping this old Buick running.

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One month ago I inquired about a trunk emblem for my Roadmaster. With pictures (not all that great) sent and coming from a sunny part of the US I decided to take a chance and have it shipped.

This is what I received yesterday after driving through heavy snow, seeing lightning, hearing thunder and finally torrential rains all in about two hours......

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I guess from what I have now to this I should be happy?:confused:

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Yeah, I'd be pretty disappointed with that. Eventually, I'll be looking for a few pot metal trim pieces for my '57 - missing the pins on a couple of trunk letters and the Roadmaster scripts are pretty pitted. Gonna have to be careful to receive clear photos before I send any money orders.

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With poor pictures and little detailed conversation I learned a good lesson. "You're just never too old to learn."

I have had many, many years of good luck purchasing parts for my Buick's and just figure there has to be one or two that don't meet expectations......

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Unfortunately, pot metal parts do not fair any better in sunny dry climates. I have often felt they seemed to be even worse.

I had few unpitted parts on my cars while living in SoCal.

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With today's temps up in the low 50's and most of the snow melted decided to venture behind the garage and get to the Limited.

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What a difference a month makes!:)

Because she is basically being scrapped I decided to start at the back and had to pull out the rear seat that I'd put there.

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Not really a tough decision to make on what to do here.

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My Dad drove this car two years daily before he gave it to me (in 1971) and one of his fixes was to put screen in the spare tire well with some bondo and it's still there! Sadly the metal around it is.... not doing as well.

So, with tin snips in hand I started cutting the trunk out piece by piece.

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It really wasn't too difficult and after awhile it looked like this.

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I have this crazy idea to save the rear quarters and mount them on the insides of my one garages with the original (not great condition) tail lights and trim but..... time will tell there.

I wanted to jack up the body/car to aide in the cutting down the road but look at that differential! Seems the cement blocks I had put under the brake drums sank in the ground to the point the axle is still frozen there!:P

This was therefore the end of my day for now.

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Anyone need a trunk lid for a 1958 Buick Limited 2dr model specific?

One last shot / comment;

Another of Dad's fixes was to pop rivet galvanized metal in the truck pan and put grease under it before pop riveting. The grease is hard but still there......

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Now off to the junk yard Monday!

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So with the snow all gone it is now the rain that is the complaint (naturally).

Stole a few hours today after having to put in 13 hrs Sunday to catch up on contract work and managed to get the rear end of the Limited out of the ground.....Should make it a bit easier to cut those quarters off and possibly save for mounting on the wall. Will see what the next weekend brings.

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Man is it in tough shape! I realized that the frame from the springs back is NON-EXISTENT!

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Managed a couple of hours tonight and have started to change the landscape of my backyard.....

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Will be saving the stainless trim but the fender is pretty much gone.

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Will be saving this for the garage wall (maybe with the rear quarters).

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Surprisingly I only broke three bolts getting things off so far.

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Looks like you're making good progress. Pretty soon there won't be anything but a little rust in that corner. LOL

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Not really sure about it being 'progress' John.... but I will take it as a word of encouragement.;)

If nothing else it is keeping the home fires quiet but still burning (and that's good :rolleyes:).

Once the total removal work is completed I hope to get on to the one inside the garage.....

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Sad to say but... it's only been 20 years since this one has seen the light of day compared to the other one that spent most of it's life out and exposed.....:o

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...Surprisingly I only broke three bolts getting things off so far.

Do you mean to say that there were still some bolts left in all that rust? Given a little time, that car would have become landscaping and returned back to nature.

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Do you mean to say that there were still some bolts left in all that rust? Given a little time, that car would have become landscaping and returned back to nature.

You are 100% right on there DJ! LOL

My thinking was, don't worry about it since I have her twin sister under cover inside and with taking things apart back then meant where to put those loose parts? That is starting to come true now and while most of the car is as you say "returning back to nature" there is still going to be things that I have to find room for till I get the other one going like; doors, differential, trunk lid, interior parts (front seat for sure), etc....

I have the complete dash out and it has found a spot on a shelf over my small work area inside and not sure how much more I can put up in the rafters before I need an engineers report.

I wish I was beyond this parting out phase and getting to the putting together phase but will just keep plugging along.:)

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So, to use John's term this will be a 'progress' report.

Since the rain/storms went north of us in Michigan spent the afternoon on the Limited.

The first effort was to cut out as low as I could, the garbage tree that just wouldn't die, between the car and my shed. It took a bit of contortion to get in there and work carefully with the electric chain saw.

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Four bolts and the hood was off. It will be headed to the scrap dealer Wednesday.

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Now gone and without fear of the hood folding in half while on the car, access to the passenger side inner fender was much easier. (running into a few bolts now that are breaking...)

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Decided to check out the heater core next.

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On first look it seems to be in good shape but..... will have it checked out later to be sure.

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Nice not to have to lay on the ground, reaching up and clear off rust in my face!!!!

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Started on a few bolts on the driver side fender but decided to call it quits for now.

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Since it has been more seasonable temps lately, decided to fire up the BBQ and the fire pit to have coffee outside after dinner. The landscape she is a changin' .....

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Where the heck are the aluminum drums??

The heater core looks like it has some corrosion on it. I have had no less than 5 of these in my hands that look good, but never pass the test...all from 58's. I've had two of them recored at about $200-250 each.

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I was wondering if someone was going to comment about the drums. Kinda figured Adam that it would be a '58 Buick guy and having had two you obviously know what should be on them.;)

After Dad got the car (1969) he had to do the brakes and it also needed the right side muffler, tail pipe and rear resonator to get him going. Those drums were put on by the shop and I had them turned once during my driving of her.

Being my very first car and having been around those antique cars in my signature some of which have mechanical brakes, I just plain didn't know if there was any difference in braking with aluminum finned drums on or not. After getting the Special about a year later and because she didn't have aluminum drums, being a bit lighter car, just figured that was the difference. You also have to realize that around my part of the country it is as flat as a mill pond for about 200 miles so never had to keep the foot on the brake for down hill grades and experience the reported brake fade.

My other Limited and Roadmaster both have aluminum drums and I have a third set with bearings that measured out fine so I'm not in need right now. If you look back at post #67 you can just see under my flathead motor the aluminum drums on my good Limited.

Good to know about the cost of a new heater core should I need one. I see what you see there but not going to discard it with the really rotten metal just yet.

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HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF (once again in April) :eek:.......

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Due to cleaning up decided to swing by and take the hood and some loose metal to the scraper.......

Talk about a slow process!

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DOUG, scrapping the black Limited may seem like a slow, sad process but it's essential, to allow you to focus on the cars on which you'll eventually be working. Keep picking away at it but be critical about what parts you save. Ask yourself, "Is this part good enough to put on a finished car, without massive rework?" If not, put it in the scrap pile.

I'm starting a cleanup myself, so I'll be chanting this same question to myself as I decide Save or Toss.

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ROB, totally agree with everything you have said and doing the marking / labeling process as I go on the keeper stuff. It is kinda' bitter sweet for now knowing that when this is finally finished I can concentrate on either the Special or the twin sister Limited next. Both have their financial issues in order to get on the road so will have to determine which is the more affordable before proceeding.

Progress however on the dismantling has slowed to a snail's pace as the 'life roller coaster' is at maximum right now and trying to hang on:(. Not only is this the start of my busy season but I have been dealing with Mom not being able to drive due to recent health issues and me driving her to umpteen Doctor's appointments......

On the bright side, tomorrow Dad will be celebrating his 90th Birthday!:D Planning on having them over for the late afternoon and BBQ which they enjoy. One of my sister's is coming up from Gatlinburg with her daughter and her friend (who has never been outside the US or seen what the Great Lakes are like) so should be a nice couple of days for all.

Not sure I want Dad to see the Limited but..... if you think I have posted sentimental pics and stories here, I know he will top me there!:rolleyes: Definitely nothing wrong with his mind at his age, just the physical that's slowly failing.

There is another issue I have to deal with too but will post pics when I catch something.....:eek:

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Today was a fun day as we celebrated Dad's 90th Birthday!

The weather was a bit cool and windy for this time of year but managed a walk out back after a few pictures around the Whippet which I brought home and he saw the old Limited and the state she is in. It wasn't too big a surprise as I have talked about what is going on but as expected, once he took it all in, many stories and experiences he had came flooding back. (most of these I have heard more than once before but it was his day and let him go the distance respectfully :))

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Really a sentimental moment to find us together not only at the beginning of this cars adventures for me but now at the ending too.

Soooo lucky to still have him with us.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD.

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