Kosage Chavis

1955 Buick Century

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Yeah.  I can say that much about it...it's different.  The plan is to keep the whole car original with the added factory options.  The only thing I plan on changing is the color scheme of the body and interior.

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Nice!  I, too, kinda like that current 2-tone scheme ... can't say I've ever seen that combo.

 

 

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Hi, I agree, I like the color combo very much. Never seen that before and suits the car very well. 

 

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Thanks for sharing, look forward to following. Looks like a good candidate for your planned project, where did you find it and why did you happen to choose a 55 Century.  

keep us posted and don't hesitate to ask for help in the PostWar forum, there's lot of knowledgeable 55 owners here. 

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So everyone, this is the inspiration behind my car.  This was my Dad's (and my Grandad's before that) 55 buick century.  I would love to see who has it now.

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 Mr Earl suggested putting the story behind me getting my car, so here it is...I bought the car in Hampton, VA about a little over 3 years ago...about 15 minutes from where I live in Newport News.  The reasons for choosing this particular car runs deep.  My grandad also owned a 55 buick century. Same body style too.  Only thing different was that my grandad's car had all the factory options.  He even had the four-way power seats.  It was the family car and was my grandad's favorite car. My dad has told me stories about riding around in that car.  When my dad became a family man himself, he begged my grandad for years for that car.  Finally, my grandad gave it to him, but on one condition...that he never sell the car.  I remember sneaking into that car when I was little and loved pretending to drive it.  I used to draw pictures of it all the time that my dad loved.  I loved that car as much as my dad.  Then we came on hard times where we were really behind on the mortgage for our house.  The only thing we had worth selling was that car.  My dad was going to sell it for 2,000. But I really feel the guy who bought that car took advantage of my dad's desperation and he ended up selling it for 900...under the condition he give my dad the first chance at it if he ever try to sell it.  This guy's name is Glenn Danks.  Before turning the car over to him, my dad started the car up for one last time and we road it around the neighborhood one last time.  I even snuck into it one last time to look at it, smell it, feel it and snap a few pictures of it.  I was 8 at the time.  When the tow truck finally came, my dad and I stood next to each other in the living room and just watched the car leave our sight.  Soon as that car disappeared my dad broke down and cried right in front of me.  I didn't know what to do.  That moment has always stayed with me.  Of course my grandad was upset when my dad explained what happened. Rumor has it that the guy fixed it up and put it in car shows, but we never had any contact with him.  My dad is still bothered by selling it to this day.  My grandad has also passed away since.  So you could imagine how fast I jumped when a co-worker told me they were selling a car exactly like the one pictured up at my work station.  I was even more excited to see that it was the same year, type and body style as my dad's.  This is how my grandad and dad are involved with this.  My dad is so excited and I make sure I keep him posted with this process.  But that's why I chose the 55 buick century.

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          Great choice for all those reasons and more! Hope to here more details unfold as you work(play), along with it! Like pictures. Lemme know if I can assist. Best Regards, GregIMG_20150501_193456.jpg

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Over the past weekend, I was able to put some work in on the Buick.  In the middle of pulling interior parts right now.  The tedious part is storing.  I start with taking pictures and/or video of the part removal.  The part fasteners are zip locked and labeled.  Part and part fasteners are boxed.  Box is then given a special number that I created.  Box info is then recorded in my records book (includes special number, contents of box, date it was stored, where exactly it was stored and and any special comments).  It is finally stored away.

 

By the way, I wanted to post some pictures of the process, but I keep getting a message at the bottom of the screen that says that the prior operation was unable to perform due to low memory.  Is this my phone or the website.  Please help.  Thanks.

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I am normally against ever changing the color a car was born with, but I understand in this case.  Good luck! 

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Was the yellow & blue the factory paint on your car, or is that a respray?

 

As for numbering removed parts, if you have the Buick documentation (chassis parts book / body parts book), Buick has a detailed code for each part that remains the same across model years (though the part numbers are year-specific or year-range specific). Cars, Inc. in particular organizes their replacement parts catalog using the Buick numbering system.

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12 hours ago, Eric W said:

Was the yellow & blue the factory paint on your car, or is that a respray?

 

As for numbering removed parts, if you have the Buick documentation (chassis parts book / body parts book), Buick has a detailed code for each part that remains the same across model years (though the part numbers are year-specific or year-range specific). Cars, Inc. in particular organizes their replacement parts catalog using the Buick numbering system.

The paint on the car right now is original.  At the moment, I do not have a chassis parts book.  The numbering system I created theoretically will help make assembly relatively easy when that time comes.

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Does anyone on here know how to directly link YouTube videos onto any thread?  All I know how to do is provide a link to the actual videos.  Thank you.

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On November 26th, 2012, I first saw this car parked in the front yard of someone's house in Hampton, Virginia.  After a few months of the occasional drive around the block I finally began what I plan to be a full restoration.  To start off, I wanted to remove as much exterior chrome as possible.  At this point, I had nothing to store the car in.  Removal of the following items were done in a strategic manner, starting with the simplest thing...the grill ornament.  Only 4 bolts holds this on.

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Next thing to be removed was the headlight assemblies.  Pretty easy task.  However, there are many small calibration pieces that are easy to lose if you don't take your time.  Keeping all associated pieces together is important. All you need is some zip lock bags and a sharpie.  Also, I made sure I took pictures of everything and labeled everything.  Take nothing for granted.

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The taillights proved to be a little tougher.  I took off both lenses to gain access to the bolts to find out that the mounting bolts are accessed at the back.  Making this more difficult was the fact that those bolts were almost covered in years of grit and dirt.  Wear your safety glasses for this one.  There are 4 bolts total.  I provided a picture below.  Also, there is one more bolt accessed when the top lense is removed.  I am pointing to it in the picture below.  Finally, a picture to show the bolt pattern for the entire taillight assembly.

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On July 13, 2016 at 8:40 PM, Kosage Chavis said:

Does anyone on here know how to directly link YouTube videos onto any thread?  All I know how to do is provide a link to the actual videos.  Thank you.

 

 

Just copy and paste the link and it magically turns into the video. Is that what you are asking? 

 

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Next up was the rear bumper.  Had to use an impact on this.  DSCN2545.JPGBe sure to detach licence plate lights before removing rear bumper.DSCN2546_kindlephoto-28920934.jpgSimply remove 6 nuts to remove rear bumper.  Be sure to support both sides to avoid dropping.DSCN2552.JPG

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