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My 60 Electra 225 Convertible

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The paint cleanup really made a difference in how the car presents.

 

Tom K, Some light drippage from the two corners during the heavy rains.  3 hours of heavy rains :)

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I got home from the Buick Race Day/ Buick Performance Group car show this evening, and within an hour, I had the wheels off, drums off, and left rear axle pulled.  I am taking the wheels/tires to get balanced, and possibly tires replaced if they will take back the horrid looking brown walls that were sold to me.  The drums need turned, as I am getting some pretty good chatter when coming to a stop...especially at higher speeds.  The left axle seal was leaking, too. 

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Drums are turned and stops nice and smooooooooothly now!  Replaced the left rear axle bearing.  Just saw the right rear is leaking now, too.  That one can wait.  Whitewalls are white now, due to 180 grit on the DA.

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You can't beat freshly turned drums. 

 

I am really glad to see you guys using and enjoying this car!

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...and I'm glad you nudged me at the time you did last year.  I'd still be driving the 58 if it weren't for that message :)

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Lots of progress Adam. Look forward to a closer look next week in Springfield!

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Knowing that my speedometer hasn't worked since I bought the car, I decided to investigate.  My initial suspicion was that the cable was just unhooked either at the cluster or the transmission.  I looked under the car first, and pulled the cable from the transmission.  Hmmmm...no inner cable.  There was a new complete speedo cable kit included with the car, so I pulled it out and ripped out the inner cable, and stuffed it into the old housing.  Test drive revealed why it was taken out in the first place.  Something inside the instrument cluster was causing the barrel to hang up and read 120mph all the time.

 

Today, I pulled the dash apart to get to the instrument cluster to see if I could handle this myself.  After some time getting to all the fasteners, I finally had the cluster out.  Not as bad as I thought.  The 60 has a printed board that all the electronics run on, and is plugged into a single connector.  One connector, speedo cable, and a clock connector, and it's free!

 

After taking apart the cluster, I found that the magnet that turns the barrel was rubbing on the cup it rides in.  Some MacGuyver work later, it was smooth running.  I basically added a spacer to the inner spindle of the barrel to keep it about 1 1/6" away from the magnet. 

 

I also made sure all bulbs inside the housing were good.  I replaced two of them.

 

I now have a working speedometer, and as a bonus, a working clock!!

 

Later this evening, I will be tackling the door, hood, and trunk jambs...as they are very scuzzy.

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Good work in tackling and solving that problem!

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Nothing like working to the last minute Adam, reminds me of when I restored my 67 (the 2nd time) before the National Meet in 87ish in Indianapolis, I was off the week before and worked round the clock putting the car back together, at 4 AM the morning I was leaving for Indy we put the interior in.  My Dad gave the car a bath while I went to bed for a couple hours and I took off for Indy in a freshly restored car that had not been even on a shakedown drive - all went well. 

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Clock keeps blowing fuses.  Not sure why, but I think I'm going to look into it when I actually have time to think about it :)

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So I found a weak spot with the convertible.  Yesterday, I had gone down to Arkansas to pick up a 60 Cadillac to work on, and Atena ended up driving the convertible behind me.  I was pushing the speed pretty hard at 75-80mph.  On I-44, the hills are pretty relentless.  The Buick finally overheated and puked coolant all over the side of the road.  We filled the radiator back up with water we found in a deep puddle (it was clean enough) to get us to the next exit to refill and cool off.  Other than that, it ran great.

 

I found an NOS side mirror for it at the swap meet, and it was sans glass.  I did some research online and found http://mirrorglassplus.com/...several models of car are the same glass as the 60, so I ordered one for $19.99 shipped.

 

The radiator is out to get cleaned out, as well as the radiator for the 54. 

 

This past weekend has given me a kick in the a$$ to start getting the 60 into shape.  Of course these events always have a habit of doing that to me.  I think we are going to sell the 54 after I get it running so I can concentrate on going through the 60.  We will eventually find Atena another car. 

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NOS mirror installed with new glass...total investment $60! 

 

One piece at a time :P

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That's awesome.  What a bargain!  I actually need a glass for a hooded mirror I am restoring (just for the heck of it and in case I decide to switch to these on the convertible) so I may try that place, depending on what the local glass shop says.

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you should go to jail for stealing

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There was the same NOS mirror next to it with glass, and it was $150.  I win this one :) I do wish I could have found that passenger side lower fender molding.  I would love to cover up that rust hole!

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Adam, ongoing kudos...always entertained by your canny maneuvers.  FYI haven't forgotten about our '49 convsation, still getting ducks in a row....

 

-Steve.

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Cool, thanks Steve.  Let me know as soon as possible, because I need to know if I will have an open garage this Winter, or if I will be tearing the 60 apart to do the body.

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Thanks to shorttimer, I now have a lower trim piece to cover up the lovely rust hole in the passenger side fender!  It looks soooo much better with that piece mounted.

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What I thought would be an easy project of replacing the shocks has turned into a full afternoon affair.  3 of the 4 bolts that hold the bottoms of the front shocks on broke off.  Drilling out bolts from under the car is not fun.

 

In other news, I ordered tires.  Now I get to strip and paint the wheels.  The tires should be delivered August 4 or 5.  No more brown walls!

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Carnage.  I had to cut off the rear shocks.  Another horrible top mount design. 

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I had to cut the nuts off the front shocks on my Corvair too.  Sometimes it's just the fastest way to get them out.  

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I had to cut the nuts off the front shocks on my Corvair too.  Sometimes it's just the fastest way to get them out.

An easier way to remove the single nut on top would be to use an appropriate size deep well socket with a suitable extension end bend the rod back and forth until it fatigues and snaps off, that is, unless you want to re-use the old shock absorber.

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I guess this one will be the spare. :wacko:

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