Kosage Chavis

1955 Buick Century

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Today, after dinner I had some time to mess with parts car.  My main concern was that the engine was seized.  I removed the fan and put a breaker bar on the crankshaft.  It took very little effort and the engine turned over with ease!  I then removed the passenger's side valve cover to be sure all valves moved freely and weren't stuck.20180601_194236.jpg.3554aa5df2f5f6d379c8a6992e3a395e.jpgIt looked as I expected.  No surprise there.  Turned the crank until each valve moved up and down.  All valves moved freely.  Nothing was sticking.  I then removed the driver's side valve cover and did the same thing.20180601_195931.jpg.f77961015825130e34e770b57ae5e09a.jpgAll valves moved freely.  Nothing stuck again!  Good signs so far.20180601_200831.jpg.ff48fae0aef9f8a40349c318c09c5eb1.jpgI would love to see if I can get it started, but one thing at a time.

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Cool!   you're still going to juice up the cylinders and turn the oil pump though right?

 

 

 

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Since you are almost there, make sure to take that fan belt and water pump pulley off before even thinking about cranking that engine. 

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5 hours ago, MrEarl said:

Cool!   you're still going to juice up the cylinders and turn the oil pump though right?

Hey Mr Lamar!  Good to hear from you.  How's the family and yourself?  Yes Sir...going to do all those things as you suggested.  Mr Willie also gave me the rundown.  I will be sure to follow all advice.  Thank you much and I will post a video if all goes well.  

 

2 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

Since you are almost there, make sure to take that fan belt and water pump pulley off before even thinking about cranking that engine. 

Yes Sir.  I already removed all of the belts.  Moved the water pump out of the way as well.  

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On 4/28/2018 at 7:49 AM, EmTee said:

 

You must be referring to the Ford Thunderbirds in the background.  That body style ran from 1964 - 1966.  So-called "Square Birds".  Those are gaining popularity in the US also.

 

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One of the most distinctive features of these cars is the sequential turn signals!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy1cyvMSus

 

Thunderbird "Square Birds" were the 1958 - 1960 production models. The ones in the back ground are the third generation which started in 1961. They are the ones with the sequential turn signals though.

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14 hours ago, RivNut said:

Thunderbird "Square Birds" étaient les modèles de production de 1958-1960. Ceux dans le fond sont la troisième génération qui a commencé en 1961. Ils sont ceux avec les clignotants séquentiels bien.

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very very beautiful :wub::wub::wub:

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Looks like it's trying to be an Oldsmobile. 

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Got these in the mail today.  A pair of genuine Unity spot lights with mirrors.  20180626_193422.thumb.jpg.ab7341419234b81e5ac3e5ed8b751286.jpg20180626_193518.thumb.jpg.371924195e47dabff6e94fe615100e5f.jpg20180626_193626.thumb.jpg.15ca3121b104acd802280e2f04e5a226.jpg20180626_193814.thumb.jpg.6920e5a365040cad2976a652b28b8154.jpgThey are in much better shape than I thought.   Chrome is in good shape and the light bulbs look immaculate.  My Dad's car had one spot light on the driver's side, so I always knew I wanted one on mine.  I found out that Buick offered a pair of spot lights as an option.  I finally found a few pictures of these lights and I was a bit turned off by them.  They seemed bulky and in my opinion, clashed with the look of the car.  

 

 

I took a picture with the Unity spot light next to the headlight of the car.  20180626_193712.thumb.jpg.7063a79a259c9521e779208a1565cbf3.jpgThese spot lights were made for this style of car.  The contours and shape compliments the 55 Buick beautifully.  I am very thankful to the gentleman that helped me get them.  Compliments of Mr Rich!

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Yesterday, I got a couple hours to fool around with the parts car.  Before I dismantle the car fully, I would like to see if I can start the car up.  I went ahead and removed the starter to bench test.  Only 2 bolts hold it on, but the top bolt is a pain to reach.  The starter removed from car...20180703_195143.thumb.jpg.a4c99f2bf727389826bae1945b051fcc.jpgThe teeth on the flywheel looked very good.20180703_194624.thumb.jpg.88cdc70406759d2173e6056ad26f0987.jpg20180703_194607.thumb.jpg.d5b9ec4796a720f491c6676cfa904d11.jpgLooking over the starter, I noticed that it was rebuilt at some point.   The paint still looks fresh at the end of it and the gear side looks almost new.20180703_195149.thumb.jpg.d2b8785a9bf3fb0452f0358f480d937e.jpgHowever, the plastic portion of the solenoid is broken at one of the smaller connection points. 20180703_195205.thumb.jpg.68c26a463d7794a02464e189caf39afc.jpgAn overall look at the starter.20180703_195226.thumb.jpg.75180bb51a69d876b2d0d58721bce322.jpgI will do the bench test next time I get a chance.  I have some questions concerning this.  I will pose them in the Post War forum.

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Got a chance to get a closer look at the power brakes on my parts car.  From the T fitting on the intake manifold to the vacuum tank, everything is there and still intact.20180703_195109.thumb.jpg.b653c907f2a80dba7f685e2cad1803af.jpg20180703_195006.thumb.jpg.ae7df550d772dbec51a3e5a8aceae778.jpgThe master cylinder looks pretty rough, but is very solid.20180703_194718.thumb.jpg.9365f6175eb354938696998911a18f7e.jpg20180703_194755.thumb.jpg.0e73819c7b8da441c61ce275ff325b40.jpgThe vacuum tank looks better than I thought and also looks solid.20180703_194912.thumb.jpg.cb7c74a9706f63a95e635d19d5a8a157.jpgI know that the brake system will need to be refurbished, but I am happy with what I got.  So...the complete factory power brake system, compliments of...an auction.

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Those power brake systems are easy to rebuild. You'll be pumping those brakes in no time!  Be careful with the brass T fitting, they can break easy and the remnants can be a huge pain to remove from the manifold. 

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Today I recieved a couple of factory power antennas in the mail.20180712_162101.thumb.jpg.fb397420dc677a77eadde04579e430d9.jpg20180712_161941.thumb.jpg.60582b01bb1df9d4bc116d99ab88c092.jpgI should have enough here to rebuild a good power antenna with a surplus of

parts.  Compliments of Mr Greg.

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Geeze! Good guy Greg! 

 

Did both of them come with masts? If the nylon cable is pulled out (or not yet), save yourself some trouble and JB weld it in place. Just went through this.

 

These units are really easy to rebuild. If you had no issue with your power window motor, this will be even better. 

 

When you play with the set screw after you get it running, make sure you start with it completely out. Run the motor in the up position and tighten the screw until the antenna goes up. If it doesn't come down in the down position, tighten it until it does. You're looking for just enough tension to bring it down but not excessively so it slips when the antenna is either fully extended or fully retracted, otherwise the motor will try to rip the cable out the end of the antenna. 

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48 minutes ago, Beemon said:

Did both of them come with masts? If the nylon cable is pulled out (or not yet), save yourself some trouble and JB weld it in place.

It appears that I have 1 good mast while the other is broken.  Thanks for the suggestions Ben.  They are golden.

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Today I recieved one of the most illusive pieces on a 55 Buick...the pointer switch for the rear speaker switch.  20180716_154729.thumb.jpg.edf9c463a11653d66d9c2055d87fbbc1.jpg

These knobs are make from bakelite and do have the set screw on one end.20180716_154924.thumb.jpg.f8b9368767ba1a0b3db9473347313148.jpgI went ahead and bought 2 types, only because the vendor required a 20 dollar minimum on purchases.  Out of the 2 styles I got, the one on the right looks to be a perfect (or near perfect) match compared to Mr Paul's and Mr Lamar's switch.20180716_154951.thumb.jpg.7351dbfb55748d2652c447adcd9b0440.jpg20180716_155021.thumb.jpg.b560a268ac73f5cf226115d396c7ad8e.jpgFor anyone who might be interested, here you go...20180716_154328.thumb.jpg.4f7a46a82725ae8e73de1b15a3902c9d.jpgI have to give a lot of thanks to Mr Al.  He found and gave me the website and I am very happy with it.  Rear speaker switch pointer knob, compliments of oldradioparts.com.

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Now,

 A bit of friendly advice Sir...

 

DON"T do like I have and carefully pack them in a box, label the box and then... 

Put it in a place that you THINK you will remember when you need it.

I'm plagued with that situation right NOW!

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21 minutes ago, dei said:

Now,

 A bit of friendly advice Sir...

 

DON"T do like I have and carefully pack them in a box, label the box and then... 

Put it in a place that you THINK you will remember when you need it.

I'm plagued with that situation right NOW!

Yes Sir!

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I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Coker's Buicks today.  They were simply gorgeous!  I was blessed to be accompanied by my Wife and my kids and also was happy to see that both Mr Lamar and Matt were in attendance as well.  All of the Buicks were sold, but for far less than what you would expect.  If I am not mistaken, one gentleman walked away with 3 of them.  I took a lot of pictures so that all can see who wants to.  First set of pictures is of the 55 Buick Century station wagon (clone).  They had a hard time starting this one up, but once they did it ran beautifully.20181103_122258.thumb.jpg.80738a710d0ce195842f44d44d7c3bfb.jpg20181103_113333.thumb.jpg.dba075cc9fbf96daeb9db8f4838183fc.jpg20181103_113344.thumb.jpg.45decf8e3f0a423a8555ddd22d383e9a.jpg20181103_113847.thumb.jpg.cfd80ecb4f6144e126acff425037186d.jpg20181103_114217.thumb.jpg.9a444fea187a9c63e9d06acee5e8bc7d.jpg20181103_114226.thumb.jpg.9b715a348f797099a1020d2d67d99b34.jpg20181103_114050.thumb.jpg.21a441420c53f9740a0fe5680cc75830.jpg20181103_114400.thumb.jpg.208c1d82689b40dd6797956660128d5f.jpg

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On ‎11‎/‎3‎/‎2018 at 6:53 PM, Kosage Chavis said:

All of the Buicks were sold, but for far less than what you would expect.

 

And there's the catch 22 of this hobby!   You can never guarantee any equity in this field,  no matter what the brand or pedigree. 

I hope the Coker family is satisfied with the results of the sale. 

And thanks for the pictures !  Bob did have these cars in Buickful condition , may he rest in peace!

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