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10 hours ago, kgreen said:

Note the sign to which your car gives credence to the term "land yacht".

 

Yup, that's one of a few things she has been called... :)

 

If the Special might be considered a Land Yacht then my Limited might be considered an "Air Craft Carrier" being that it is about 9 inches longer than the Special (mostly in the trunk area). LOL

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After a trip to the City Recycle Center I grabbed the tire at the garage with the Special and dropped it, the painted rim and the final old tire to be removed from that rim so I can clean / paint it up.

The shop is busy so not expecting the work to be done till the end of the week or next with New Years and all.  

Looks like old man winter might be coming around some to close out 2019 so have clothing, gloves and shovels loaded to take care of a few customers.

We really had it too good with temps in the low 50's this past two weeks.... Time to pay the Piper.

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Going to finish 2019 with this post;

 

Dodged another (and last) bullet for 2019 with just a dusting of snow instead of the possible 2-4 inches they thought might happen. Took three cups of coffee to get going which was only to wait around for a delivery of living room furniture my wife had ordered. That came as scheduled with no issues. 

What's the Buick connection here?

I was sent on a mission (from you know who) to get a few last minute things for company tomorrow. While out I grabbed another coffee and decided to get a Gift Card for my mechanic doing the tires and rims. 

Glenn is a car guy wholehearted (even if he owns an F100 and a Camero with a built up 355).

He won't take anything for doing my tires so what better thing to do than get him a $50 Tim's Coffee gift card?

So he says, Thanks and Your tire is done. 

I load it and the now tireless rim in the truck and headed on Home.

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Any work on the Limited will be next year now.... (groan)

 

HAPPY NEW YEARS ALL!  🤩🥳🙌

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Things in the garage stalled till Saturday afternoon when I sneaked out to get something done.

 

I plugged in the electric heater to take the slight chill off and decided to clean things away from the Limited to access the ceiling insulation (or lack of) and the plastic that had been destroyed by the raccoon. 

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I should almost start a garage thread but since this is fixing up, not building, I'll leave that for later...

I had to replace three sections of R 12 insulation near the corner before stapling new plastic up.

 

Naturally my staple gun ran out so I came off the step and went a hunting for the box...

I soon realised my son had borrowed my other gun and took the two box's of staples saying he would replace them. OK, but now the store is closed and no answer from my son.

Fortunately I have lot's of tape so pieced enough plastic together to hold the insulation in place for now.

 

With the step in place I brought out the third of four led lights my boy bought me for Fathers Day and mounted it on the ceiling.

Boy those things really light up the work space!

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With the temps falling outside and a sleet/snow mixture happening I checked the thermometer and was happy to see it was almost 50 degrees and holding so plugging up the gaps up front is making a difference. It should be even warmer when I get at the back of the garage and fix the gaps there.

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With most things moved I wanted to loosen the wheel bolts but the stuff in the cabinet beside the car is too close so grabbed the jack to raise it up and put a stand under this side to level the car.

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There is more sorting to be done yet but pleased with the progress so far.

A little more height and I'll be able to start cleaning and painting the underbody and frame before the transmission goes in.

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Just when I was thinking about going in I noticed a front bumper piece and was curious if it would clean up.

 I got this far with it when I checked my watch and it was 3:15 AM!!!!

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Now that's what you call "Time flying when you are having FUN!"

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Put a few more hours in today.

Located my big Johnson bar and correct impact socket for the wheel bolts and by turning the wheels as far a possible made short work of getting the tire and rim off.

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Next will be the back drivers side tire. Tomorrow I have to bring my truck in for service so will drop off this tire to be removed and then can clean and paint that rim.

 

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Satisfied with having the front tires on I looked up on the shelf and noticed a hood trim I think is for the Limited.

Having sat on the shelf for so long I thought I'd better get out the magic stuff and have at her.

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Good thing I did as it took quite a bit of scrubbing to get a few stubborn spots off.

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While not perfect it will do for a driver and against the black paint some might not even notice.

Fortunately I put all the bolts in so I don't have to go searching those out.

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Not going to be another late night tonight...

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Polishing old chrome is one of my very favorite things! 

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What does one do on a Monday after supper when one doesn't feel like going out into a cold garage and getting dirty?

Grab an old T shirt, some clean rags, some chrome cleaner and a bumper guard from the front bumper of a 1958 Buick Limited, tune in the local Classic Rock (yes that is the appropriate saying for 60-70's Rock) and polish away! 

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Keeping in time with the songs is a great motivator.

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While not show quality it is a great driver condition piece.

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It's not perfect and wears the marks of a 57,000 mile vehicle can have depending on use and storage... 

I'm going for saving what I can to get it complete & back on the road.

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Made arrangements with 95Cardinal (Joe) to go over and meet for lunch on Tuesday.

With his Caballero finished (and looking good!) he had some extra things he wasn't going to need and felt I should come and have a look.

Found Joe in his garage hooking up a Sonomatic radio but after saying hello and talking said to come on into the house, Say hello to his wife and go downstairs to search through some boxes and shelves.

 

One choice item was the small padded piece on the dash matching the padding on the glove box door. While the foam on his piece has crumbled (like on my Special) it has still held it's shape. I can dig & vacuum out the remaining foam and then shoot some expanding foam spray in carefully then replace my sagged and cracked vinyl piece.

 

Found the Photofact pages with full wiring schematic for the radio upstairs waiting to be tested.

 

Pulled out the small chrome trim piece used in the cowl grill matching the hood center chrome. I thought it might be better (even with some pitting) than the one on the Limited now... They are universal to all '58 Buicks.

 

Opening a box he pulled out a speedometer cluster saying it came from a wrecked car that had only 24,000 miles on it and by turning the end sticking out where the cable goes, watched the drum smoothly climb a bit and recede, plus the odometer started to roll nicely.

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THIS is going to be great as the speedo drum in the Special was starting to bounce when starting off and not registering the correct speed let alone the odometer was stuck meaning I had to rely on the trip meter only!

 

You'll notice the small numbers on the left side is part of the speed minder system as is the cable on the right. The cable once connected, allows you to roll the numbers up or down so when at that number, and the drum registers that speed a buzzer is activated to remind you that you are travelling at that speed. All my Buick's have this and worked intermittently so will see how well this one works with that low mileage use on it.

 

Then we went back out into the garage to test the radio.

Joe turned on the switch and immediately heard the vibrator humming so waited and with a little bit of adjustment we hear clear AM music playing on the single speaker. Success!

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It was then time to head out for lunch which turned out to be a short walk from his warehouse where he has the Caballero parked along with many other owners cars for the winter.

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Joe has a few more of his personal cars there including a recent purchase that I will leave for him to post but it is a honey of a car!

 

With a great pub style lunch and a beer finished over good conversation we headed back to his truck and then Joe asked if I had time to stop at the restoration shop next door who had painted his Caballero.

Could this day get any better?

The amount of Corvettes in the shop was unbelievable along with a '58 Eldorado stainless steel roof, suicide door, black Cadillac! 

We chatted with the operations manager Brian for quite a bit till it felt like it was time to go.

 

Once back at Joe's I loaded my treasures up and said thanks &  good bye for now.

With it being only 3 pm traffic on I-75 was not yet revved up to full "Let's get home" volume so got to the Border easily taking the Tunnel. 

Once at Customs the Officer asked, "What was the purpose of your visiting the States?"

I told him I was visiting a fellow Buick Club member to share lunch and chat over our 1958 Buick's.

He then asked, "Did you buy or receive anything?"

Yes I said, my friend gave me a used AM radio and a used speedometer. (clearly sitting on the back seat)

He asked, "All original?"

Yes sir!

He then said, "I hope you bought him lunch" and handed me my Passport to be cleared to enter Canada. 

 

Honest answers to the Officers questions is always the best thing to do!

 

Thanks Joe for a wonderful day!! 

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"Thanks Joe for a wonderful day!!"

 

You're very welcome!

It was a great visit and thanks again for lunch.

And thank YOU for putting those parts to good use!

Joe

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If you come across more things I should look at, let me know. 😁

(any excuse for a visit is good)

 

I might swap out that chrome grill piece later as it shined up really well but like most pot metal, has a few pits in it but less than mine I think...

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Lordy...no wonder the NOS one I had sold for mucho $$

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8 minutes ago, Smartin said:

Lordy...no wonder the NOS one I had sold for mucho $$

 

Yes I'll bet.

Can't imagine the cost to have this little piece re-chromed...

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7 hours ago, dei said:

 

Yes I'll bet.

Can't imagine the cost to have this little piece re-chromed...

I would estimate at least $250 to $300!

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4 hours ago, Elpad said:

I would estimate at least $250 to $300!

 

I know pot metal is expensive!

At the National in Flint (way back then) a fellow came in with a Limited two door fresh from a restoration shop and over heard him talking about spending 45,000 on re-chroming alone...

 

I can't afford anything like that so she will wear the best I have for now.

Money for the engine and brakes plus some paint on the front end is going to be enough.

Getting it back on the road driving it will be my reward.

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Another fine afternoon in the garage today.

 

Called a fellow the other day that used to have a paint and body shop till last year when he retired. Said he bought another property that had a garage big enough to do small projects here and there because he just wasn't ready sit around doing nothing.

Talked about the Limited and my goals to get it back to going on the road again as funds would permit. I then asked if he would consider painting some panels and possibly the fenders that need painting? Told me he would need to come around and see exactly where I was with the car and what I wanted to be done on Friday so dug in and gathered the inner panels together to show him.

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With that done I went to the back and started to move things around, some of which was knocked on the floor from that four legged hat! (raccoon)

 

To my surprise don't I find a hood trim piece and.... a headlight switch.

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After pulling it out of the small plastic bag and looking it over, I read the writing on the masking tape and almost fall over!!

It was a swap meet find from many years ago....

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I remember locating one for a fellow that was doing a '58 Caballero (no not 95Cardinal's) and being told he wanted 450.00 for it as it was NOS.

If this one isn't NOS it sure is an early take off...

 

I'm going to use it on the Special as hers doesn't work the dash lights lights anymore.

Between the radio, speedometer, light switch and recovering the padded dash top, I will only have to have things opened up once.

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Larry & his helper came by this morning to assess what I have going on and need to be done.

He felt the car was very presentable in it's present condition but the panels could use work stating if it was his car (think body shop owner here) it might need a lot of work but would be willing to do what I felt was going to be good for me. Also saying, Where do you start and stop?

I trust Larry and we worked out a time and materials rate I can live with since I don't have facilities to paint in so Sunday will be stopping by his shop to get this ball rolling!

 

Meantime,

With a forecast of 4-7 inches of snow starting at midnight, going to load the snow blower soon and fill up the gas can.  Looks like we are not going to miss this one...

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Snow storm blew in over night as predicted and dumped about 6 inches total by noon but as the temperature climbed above freezing it turned to light rain making the snow HEAVY!

With 5 driveways to clean it was a five hour day before getting to the garage with the Special.

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The old Craftsman was able to handle it but glad I changed the oil last week.

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Got lots here too, Doug. Chains came off a rear wheel, a pin popped out of the plow, not a lot of fun. I had hoped to get a bit of work done on mine too, but no dice for me.

Dry but plenty cold now.

Keith

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Sunday was eventful...

 

The Good: 

I brought 8 panels to the paint shop to get things started.

I figure this will be the test if I will continue with the rest of them and the front fenders once those are blasted.

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The Bad:

 

Having accomplished the drop off I went on over to the Special with hopes of assessing tools needed and a plan of attack on removing the dash top to access the speedo, radio, dash pad and light switch.

Before I pulled off the blanket on the roof I notice some pieces of foam insulation thinking, Now What???

Just then I hear something in the rafters and then hear some tin noises at the side door.

When I get to the door and look outside don't I see two soffit panels hanging!

I didn't see it but looked around the building and found where likely a raccoon has scratched through the plastic covering and chewed through the window screen to get in out of the cold!!!

Decided to try and push the panels back in place standing on a big truck wheel rim that was right there on it's flat side. Managed to get the first panel in but the second one was fighting me in the cold as the weight of the bugger had bent it out of shape some. 

With nothing nearby for the critter to grab on the way down I sincerely hope it smacked the floor!

 

It was then with a bit more force that my hand slipped and lost my balance doing a "TIMBER" like tree fall landing with my back hitting the edge of a wood bench!! 

Out of instinct I had reached my left arm out and smacked my elbow either on the bench or the concrete walk... 

I didn't think I broke anything but had to lay there for a time as the pain shot through my abdomen and elbow.

I managed to get on my knees and hands waiting for signs of more pain to signify a 911 call.

A few more short breaths and managed to get into my truck, drive the 5 klms home and get into the house finding my son and wife sitting at the table chatting. 

They checked me over finding nothing scraped, swelling or bruised then went and laid on the bed.

 

As the Brit's say, "I'm in a bit of a pickle".

With three days in bed I know it will be awhile before any progress gets done on the cars now.

Oh, did I mention, I recently officially became a Senior Citizen? 😝

 

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Oye Dei!  Glad you didn't break anything.  Those damn raccoons! 

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"Decided to try and push the panels back in place standing on a big truck wheel rim that was right there on it's flat side."

 

Doug, you know better!

At our age, we don't bounce well.

You're lucky you didn't do more damage...hope you're healing up quickly.

Joe

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2 hours ago, dei said:

Oh, did I mention, I recently officially became a Senior Citizen?

"Too soon old, too late smart":D..I've been in the senior category for awhile and that describes me...

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54 minutes ago, old-tank said:

"Too soon old, too late smart":D..I've been in the senior category for awhile and that describes me...

 

 You found the "smart"?  Where?

 

  Ben

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Two questions: Do the windshield wipers work?  If not look into oil pump repair, not fuel pump repair. The car will also have a bad miss and smoke a whole lot in conjunction with the windshield wipers not working.   Also, does the red line speedometer work? They usually don't.  There is a new roll on ebay for a 1957 and I don't know if they interchange.  Other problems I had with me included a broken a-frame and a heater valve that required removing the right front fender to get to.  Oh yes, the Buick dealer in the 1960's replaced half of the driveshaft to fix a u-joint because he said half of the u-joint was permanently attached to the driveshaft.  I had many problems with my two 1958 Buicks back in the day, but the windshield wiper thing was the worst.  Luckily, in 1964-5 the Buick dealer had a new oil pump on the shelf.

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