Kosage Chavis

1955 Buick Century

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1 hour ago, Sean Batiz said:

Not sure if you've read my previous & first ever msg I sent to you about an hour ago but, I was rereading part of this thread & forgot that you had mentioned that you do already have a pair of those transparent air ducts for your factory A/C system. And that you stated that they do NOT fit your car? If you can PLEASE send me a pic of one of them with a ruler/tape measure next to it, showing its length, I'd highly appreciate it! That pair you have there MIGHT be the size I've been looking for! If so, I'd be more than happy to just "give" you the pair I have here (shorter & intended for a 1955 Buick Century), in exchange for the pair that you have there. Even trade? 

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KC, be very careful with that trunk light. it's got enough mercury in it to kill 10 men.

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2 minutes ago, Beemon said:

KC, be very careful with that trunk light. it's got enough mercury in it to kill 10 men.

:lol:!!! You funny Ben!

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Open it up, it's got a mercury contact switch in it.

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Thought I'd write a bit more. When I came across this thread during a random search for more info pertaining to my 55 Buick Super, I almost skipped reading through the whole thread due to it pertaining to a Century but, as with so many other folks out there that have chimed in here & there throughout your Buick memoirs, I to conquer on it being well written and documented as you went along. The crazy part is, is that I'm quite literally on roughly the EXACT SAME STAGE of work with my own Buick! Crazy weird. Except, after I created an extensive, itemized list of the parts that I knew I'd have to either still obtain or have repaired, I instead just bought another 1955 Buick Super of expect same style, with factory A/C! I may end up restoring both cars now, one as all original with as many factory original bells & whistles as I can affordably acquire and, the other car as fully original with original "patina", leaving miner bumps, dings, rust & so forth with restored interior & driveline. I believe that I'll have to create my own thread here soon enough to cover all that I've done & as progress continues. Pic's are of my first Buick "then & now" (then, 2005 just a few months after the engine DIED, BADLY! And now, as it currently is). Last pic is of my "new" Buick Super that I just got about 3 weeks ago. I have a mountain of original literature as well!

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13 hours ago, Beemon said:

Open it up, it's got a mercury contact switch in it.

:lol:- - ->:mellow:- - ->:huh:- - ->:unsure:

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11 hours ago, Sean Batiz said:

 

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Sent another PM.  A lot of us was keeping an eye for this car at the bottom when it was put up for auction on ebay.  Send me your cell number when you get a chance.

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Awesome news!!!  I met someone in Cali that has the proper factory clear ducts for my A/C system.  It will be an even trade-off for the pair that I have, which are too big for my car, but will fit his.  We are both sending off the packages this Monday.  Very excited!!!

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As a newbie, I am having a ball reading through these threads and getting up to date.  It's like binge watching a new Netflix series!  Kosage, I love this thread.  I have only gotten as far as page 7, but I am enjoying every page.  You had me hooked at the initial post about your father and grandfather.  What a great background for a project!  I also really enjoy your mantra, "Overall, easy task" at the end of many of your posts.  I have a '41 and you have a '55, but it is amazing how much I am learning about my own car.  I am really looking forward to catching up to the present and then following the rest of this thread!

 

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14 hours ago, neil morse said:

As a newbie, I am having a ball reading through these threads and getting up to date.  It's like binge watching a new Netflix series!  Kosage, I love this thread.  I have only gotten as far as page 7, but I am enjoying every page.  You had me hooked at the initial post about your father and grandfather.  What a great background for a project!  I also really enjoy your mantra, "Overall, easy task" at the end of many of your posts.  I have a '41 and you have a '55, but it is amazing how much I am learning about my own car.  I am really looking forward to catching up to the present and then following the rest of this thread!

 

Mr Neil, I can't tell you how glad I am to hear how much you've enjoyed my thread!  I don't know nearly as much about the ins and outs of the Buick as the other guys pn here.  I work on cars all the time, but was very intimidated by this one.  So, I just made sure I took my time and accomplished "bite sized" goals.  Going about it in this manner has made the process very easy for me and my hope is that this will give others (like myself) some confidence to take up the task of rebuilding, restoring or just fixing up a Buick.  Whatever helps our little community grow bigger.  I would love to see more of these old Buicks back on the road.  You take care and welcome.

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Thank you for your gracious reply.  I agree completely with what you say about giving confidence to those (like me, also) who love the old car hobby but don't have anything like the skills and expertise of the more experienced forum contributors.  I like the concept of "bite-sized" goals.  My philosophy, as well.

 

I am now up to date with your thread.  Speaking of goals, this is my favorite quote from you so far: "I just need to learn how to weld sheet metal."  :)  That's going to be a big "bite!"

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Finally!!!  I got my PROPER clear ducts delivered today (compliments of Sean). I cleaned them up a bit and I am ecstatic about them.  Here's a few shots of them.20170330_193658.thumb.jpg.764d9bb5daa54285b281ceb001452a20.jpg20170330_193715.thumb.jpg.653f00629919886c450ca6b935592424.jpg20170330_193832.thumb.jpg.2a7c53cb8b5f11634e25fce712941b82.jpg20170330_194153.thumb.jpg.33e3c20f1c2a2867f7ce4c8068f3ee39.jpgI also went into the Buick to check the fit and everything looks like a perfect fit.  

 

 

Now, all I need are the scoop assemblies and I will have the complete A/C system.  I know you all got my back!

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14 minutes ago, sebastienbuick said:

Beautiful buick and beautiful work;)
good luck for the future ! :)

Thank you Sir.  I appreciate the encouragement.  Take care.

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9 hours ago, Fr. Buick said:

Nice!!  You lucked out there!!

I am hoping for a similar type of fortune with the proper scoop assembly.

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58 minutes ago, Kosage Chavis said:

I am hoping for a similar type of fortune with the proper scoop assembly.

It would be best if they were left off!  I have 2 cars with factory air that have scoops on the top of the rear quarters.  Even after I blocked them off and sealed, sealed, sealed they still decide to randomly leak.  And you cannot duplicate that cheezy tube that drains to the outside.  They are also useless if installed since the a/c on a 55 is marginally efficient recirculating the inside air and you would lose that if introducing outside air.   It seems that even a pin hole will suck water like a 2" pipe.  If I ever paint one again I will weld the hole in the quarter shut and throw them your way!

Judging?  most judges would miss the missing scoops.

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42 minutes ago, old-tank said:

It would be best if they were left off!  I have 2 cars with factory air that have scoops on the top of the rear quarters.  Even after I blocked them off and sealed, sealed, sealed they still decide to randomly leak.  And you cannot duplicate that cheezy tube that drains to the outside.  They are also useless if installed since the a/c on a 55 is marginally efficient recirculating the inside air and you would lose that if introducing outside air.   It seems that even a pin hole will suck water like a 2" pipe.  If I ever paint one again I will weld the hole in the quarter shut and throw them your way!

Judging?  most judges would miss the missing scoops.

I want them for the look, not for functionality.  But yes please, I would be more than happy to purchase a set from you if you are willing!:D

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Got a little time to pull off some more things off the Buick yesterday.  I have a couple more small items to remove from the cabin area, but decided to start removals from the engine compartment. I started with the air cleaner housing asssembly.20170402_154456.thumb.jpg.c03690d5e14d558293769e0bd32eea18.jpgStart with removing the wing-nut.  I am missing mine.20170402_154509.thumb.jpg.1deb44c50586ff5eebf53bf22820f9bf.jpgYou will then remove the silencer-to-bracket bolt underneath the silencer shown in this area.20170402_154800.thumb.jpg.a6b0501e78f65335f145df1533abef26.jpgA shot of what it looks like in this area underneath the silencer.  Again, mine is missing the bolt.20170402_154642.thumb.jpg.b1972796aca60dcc9fe86811af4b2b3b.jpgLift the whole assembly up from the carburetor.  Showing the air cleaner housing assembly removed from car.  I am missing the air cleaning element from my assembly.20170402_154959.thumb.jpg.18531244feb6d76684cbaeea5936e790.jpgOverall, easy task.

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Next, I removed the windshield wiper fluid reservoir assembly.20170402_155319.thumb.jpg.02c3e23147437b07321c1de1833cb188.jpgGently lift the jar out of its retainer.  You now have access to the screws that hold the retainer in its place.  Remove 3 screws and remove retainer.20170402_155425.thumb.jpg.af5970dc1dbbb16153fc85953e57528f.jpgShowing area after removal.20170402_155842.thumb.jpg.debe22f892a51b126aa92fa81df31ac4.jpgShowing the windshield wiper fluid reservoir removed from car.20170402_155859.thumb.jpg.9e267c47c4f8f39ba34eff0c5ebe709c.jpgOverall, easy task.

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7 minutes ago, Kosage Chavis said:

20170402_154959.thumb.jpg.18531244feb6d76684cbaeea5936e790.jpgOverall, easy task.

are you missing the insert?

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3 hours ago, wndsofchng06 said:

are you missing the insert?

Hey Matt.  Yes, my car is missing the insert (element).  Do you have any extra ones that are in good shape?

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21 minutes ago, Kosage Chavis said:

Hey Matt.  Yes, my car is missing the insert (element).  Do you have any extra ones that are in good shape?

Sorry, I don't. I bet Greg or Lamar do!

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Next, I removed the blower motor assembly.20170402_160345.thumb.jpg.7820cb7f6b47458f5761c330f4a14541.jpgDetach the ground wire from the flange bolt and then reinstall flange bolt.20170402_160452.thumb.jpg.779a8667d1c0fc55411b58bcd84cc81f.jpgRemove these 5 screws.20170402_160718.thumb.jpg.4ea54a622675a2800fb13e8bdfd97205.jpgPull the blower motor from the housing.20170402_161040.thumb.jpg.77df8e7f2d7aa250cb4942ba607fbf4f.jpgThe blower motor housing is held on by 4 nuts located on the backside of the foundation.  Here's a shot of the inside of the housing.20170402_161107.thumb.jpg.7ab594824aaf9f37ef8c84df1cec956c.jpgGrab a small or stubble quarter inch socket wrench to get the far side nuts. Here's a shot of one of the nuts from the far side.20170402_161148.thumb.jpg.29b843d0aefa0b8217dcc5206bf9670b.jpgPull the housing off of its surface.  You might have to tug on it a little because the existing gasket is binding both surfaces.20170402_161642.thumb.jpg.438194fa4a3e8fa6d3962ebdf3c6a3e6.jpgShowing the blower motor assembly removed from car.20170402_161806.thumb.jpg.a74b15634528f1f9b040ced84b5cee54.jpgOverall, easy task.

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