lancemb

1957 Roadmaster Convertible

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Lance,

You really have a beautiful set of Roadmasters. I showed my wife the photos from this thread, and she commented, "Wow! That is a pretty car! I love the blue color."

I've been trying to get her excited about my 76C ever since I brought it out to NM, and she doesn't seem to care either way, but your car gets the "Wow!" comment. Maybe she doesn't see the $ signs in front of yours like mine has.

Post lots of photos of your work. I'm using the info to document what mine should look like.

Thanks a lot! I will try to document this over the next couple months.

Your car is actually in similar condition it seems with the exception of the engine troubles. It looks every bit as solid and original though, and you didn't have to go buy it to boot! Remind your wife of that perhaps and the fact that every $ you put into this car is worth it.

If there is any thing you need me to help with providing pics or information along the way just ask.

Do you have a top boot, btw?

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Do you have a top boot, btw?

 

If you are talking about the cover that snaps over the retracted convertible top, yes I have the original. It is tattered, but good enough to act as a representation of original for recreation.

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After an initial degreasing I found that the left exhaust manifold was cracked. Unable to get a nice one for a reasonable price quickly, I took it to a local place to have it welded since it is in otherwise nice shape and the crack is not all the way around the pipe.

One of my mounts was also completely separated so I sent them in to Steele to be revulcanized. There are some supposed new aftermarket ones on Ebay but they look crusty and figured if I can get fresh vulcanized rubber this would be better than 50 year old dried out rubber, especially since it will be cheaper and the seller won't budge on price. This will bee the last thing I need before putting engine back in so I can afford to wait a few weeks!

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Finally got to do some fun stuff! Reassembly has begun and man do I love that fresh Buick green! I can hardly believe it is the same engine.

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It wasn't long ago that I was at the same stage. I can practically smell the fresh paint still. I guess you must have already peeked inside - did the bottom and top ends look okay?

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It wasn't long ago that I was at the same stage. I can practically smell the fresh paint still. I guess you must have already peeked inside - did the bottom and top ends look okay?

Yes indeed I took a peek, but didn't take anything apart inside. Looked pretty normal to me with no sludge up top or bits of anything. Some sludge in pan but that's to be expected at this age!

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One exhaust manifold installed! This is the one that was cracked; I had it welded locally. I even reused the original french locks!

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As an aside, Lance,  can you expand a little on that cool ride toy car behind the engine?  Just looks interesting.  I never saw one like that before.

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It looks beautiful!

Thanks! I think a nice engine is a work of art. I'd look at this more than any painting I think.

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As an aside, Lance, can you expand a little on that cool ride toy car behind the engine? Just looks interesting. I never saw one like that before.

Yes! This is my daughter's car. It is a Chinese battery-powered plug-in car whose styling is an obvious ripoff of an early 50's Cadillac. Therefore I put a real Cadillac emblem on the hood that I just happened to have and got her a Cadillac key chain. It can be driver operated or with a remote control, which is pretty helpful sometimes when I don't trust her erratic driving on the way to the park! It works great though and was not super pricey.

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Mind posting a picture or two?

 

Also, I love the way the manifold is shaped in the rear two cylinders, so as to make room to access the starter I believe.  The Starter is a tight fit on the 56 with Dual exhaust.  Should there be a heat shield for those two spark plugs?

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Also, I love the way the manifold is shaped in the rear two cylinders, so as to make room to access the starter I believe. The Starter is a tight fit on the 56 with Dual exhaust. Should there be a heat shield for those two spark plugs?

Yes it is a cool looking manifold but unfortunately the same design makes it susceptible to cracking. And yes you are correct on the heat shield! I had to do some touch up on it and will put it on along with the other side by this weekend.

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Mind posting a picture or two?

Here is my boy enjoying his first ride in his sister's "Cadillac". I think he wants to inherit it soon.

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How cute is that!  Nice find, as I have never seen one like that locally.  then again, I'm not prone to carousing the toy stores anymore, except at Christmas time. 

 

Thanks for the pictures Lance. 

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Put a few more pieces on the engine. It's nearly ready! Next comes the transmission seal, cleaning up under hood, and brake lines and then in goes the engine!

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Transmission cleaned up and regasketed! It's also in the car. Engine dropping in next weekend!

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Fantastic car, congratulation with the one million chance lottery car to find (and that in your own neighborhood) Hope you will keep us updated for the near coming future.....

 

When Better cars are built - Buick will build theme!

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