WhipperSnapper

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I'm using a machine shop in Acworth. I'll post their details if they do a good job. I'm expecting the engine to be finished around the end of November. 

 

I decided to convert the front brakes to disk for my own peace of mind. There really isn't any other reason.

 

 

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I've used Tommy Goza in Acworth several times.  If that is your shop, you will do well.  Love to see your car sometime, I'm down Chamblee way.

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I'm back! No, I haven't given up and no, my wife hasn't torched the Buick (yet)! It's been a minute since my last update, so there's progress to report. 🙂

 

Here's what's been done, since my last post: 

 

- The engine is back from the machine shop!

- Transmission has been rebuilt and attached to the engine!

- Rear differential has been completely rebuilt and mounted under the car.

- Shocks were all rebuilt; one incorrectly. Oops.

- The frame and most parts that connect to it are restored and (ever-so-slowly) being bolted on.  

 

The frame is coming together nicely but I hit a snag when I discovered one of the front shocks leaking. It's back at the rebuilder for repair. Once it comes back, the spring will be set and front wheels mounted! The engine and transmission will be installed shortly after.

 

Modifications from original will include: 

 

- Wilwood front disc brakes

- Electronic Fuel Injection (still working this out...)

- Conversion to a 12v electrical system

- Electronic Ignition

- Electric windshield wiper motor

- FM & AUX port on the factory radio (completed)

 

If any of you have advice to offer on EFI, please reach out. I'm considering the FiTech Go Street 400 system...

 

 

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Looking good.   You mentioned EFI.  You WILL NOT be sorry.   I have had it on my 1950 for 7 years or so.  You will have to change to 12V if you have not done so.  

 

  I have an Affordable Fuel Injection system on mine. Not as neat as the FItech, but a little less expensive.  If you will PM your phone # to me we can talk of forum.  

 

  Come to Midwest City [OKC] this week.

 

  ben

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Hello Ben!

 

I cannot wait to get rid of the carb! Did you have to change your intake manifold to add EFI? The FiTech (and all the other options I've seen) is 4 barrel. I was thinking I'd have to make an adapter or perhaps alter the manifold... How did you do yours? 

 

Have you noticed any extra power or other perks, aside from the increased reliability? 

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Mostly reliability and driveability.  Fuel mileage is better , slightly, and more consistent.

 Holley does have a two barrel.  AFI made an adapter for mine.  Did not have to change the manifold.  I did later. 

 

  I now have a "hopped up"  '51 263 in mine.  I increased the compression ratio to 9.5-1. 

 

  Ben

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3 hours ago, WhipperSnapper said:

Ben, 

 

Did you keep the original fuel pump or delete? 

 

 The Fuel injection requires an electric pump.  I deleted the original. 

 

  Ben

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Hey guys! I'm stuck on the heater core housing. I've never disassembled one like this before.

 

How the heck do you take these things apart? Is replacement rubber available?

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Parts are in and the leaky shock has been repaired!

 

We're ready to finish the frame and mount the engine / transmission. 🙂

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Did you rebuild the shock yourself?  My 37 Olds needs them done. I was wondering if is a do it yourself job or send them out for $200.00 ea.

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More parts cleaning tonight! 

 

The heater core is done and most of the distributor parts are cleaned. Hoping to have the distributor back together by the weekend. 

 

I've been going through the shop and storage rooms, just cleaning and painting any parts that I can find. It's getting harder and harder to find unrestored parts, which must mean that we're getting close. 🙂

 

 

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Got the parking brake cleaned and painted tonight, along with a few other odds and ends.

 

Yes, I know it's not supposed to be black. Originality police, arrest me. 😛

 

 

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More progress! The spindles need to be honed before they can be put back on.

 

The distributor is rebuilt and ready for instal. Electronic ignition will be added after the engine is back on the frame. 

 

 

 

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Spindles are back from the machine shop! 

 

Wilwood disc brakes go on this weekend! Here's a diagram of the conversion, for those of you interested. 

 

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I'm still here! Babylife has been keeping me busy, but I have made some progress on the Buick in these past 4 months... 😉

 

The engine and transmission have been mounted and the body, doors, and panels are ready for the mobile media blaster. I'm planning to have that done in January. After that's finished, everything will be primed and the floors will be cut out and replaced. Then, we'll paint the bottom and put the body back on the frame. 🙂

 

I've also included a photo of my little helper, wearing his favorite onesie. 😛 

 

 

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