Kosage Chavis

1955 Buick Century

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...or follow the procedure in the Body Manual!  The top piece is ALWAYS installed and removed with the windshield.

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Looks like you’v been busy with the task that really tries one’ patients! I likewise, had very similar frustrations with this same task and did not refer to the Body Manual as per Old Tanks’ comment due to the fact that at that time, I wagered it wouldn’t have helped much because of the fact that the rubber windshield seal on my 55 Buick was basically petrified, rock hard rubber! Had to gradually crumble the seal away to free this piece of trim and the windshield itself, which later got smashed by a tree branch falling in heavy wind!!! 😤

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Also removed the front windshield.  Mr Willie let me know that I got a little ahead of myself when removing the front windshield trim.  The top piece trim is removed with the front windshield and associated gasket seal.  So, I will pretend that is where we are starting from here.  Here is a photo of what is being removed...front windshield, gasket and top piece trim.20190726_174539.thumb.jpg.2463d2b3a4082fc51c3af3a17faeae5e.jpgGrab a putty knife and untuck the top part of the gasket with top piece trim still attached.20190727_111808.thumb.jpg.4924db247cdafe6830e0a6be88dfc7b9.jpgOnce you've untucked and popped out  the top and sides of the gasket, you can probably safely pull the top piece trim from the gasket.  The windshield should be dislodged enough to pull from the front.20190727_114101.thumb.jpg.5bcefd6e998c28508ca0721d9c3f2d59.jpgNow you can lift the windshield up and out.  Remove any gasket left behind.20190727_114432.thumb.jpg.3a395ea425f2080c88bedf0137074971.jpgShowing site after removal.20190727_114709.thumb.jpg.b3b89076df7771e1851190950d54380d.jpgOverall, easy task.

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Removed the horn ring assembly today.20190806_163836.thumb.jpg.9368af0e8f2e3ba679944868c0ccacff.jpgFirst, place a socket over the decorative horn retainer and twist off.20190806_163910.thumb.jpg.7157642634ab0d74e9c15ae7ae43209a.jpgBe careful, this part is spring loaded.  The threaded retainer will come out along with larger plastic washer, metal washer and smaller plastic washer.20190806_164046.thumb.jpg.1b667600b2623476e8b9ad8593c18e41.jpgRemove spring.20190806_164111.thumb.jpg.43380441476cfa06a18689fa2b2a4be3.jpgAnd then remove the nut.20190806_164120.thumb.jpg.8e2b4dd9c8484bdbdc5e34b5cca0456e.jpgOnce nut is removed, the cupped washer and horn ring can be pulled out.20190806_164831.thumb.jpg.2ef6ab209d323cf6a35a9560027dfbe2.jpgShowing area of removal.20190806_165147.thumb.jpg.063c7a8bf89262b843227da02af1e440.jpgShowing the removed horn ring assembly in order.20190806_164900.thumb.jpg.9ab4f39a4395870286a9afdc7967a71b.jpgOverall, easy task.

 

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18 minutes ago, Kosage Chavis said:

Overall, easy task.

 

Do yourself a big favour and keep this photo handy when you finally get back to putting things together.

Those nylon gaskets are there for a reason. (ask me how I know...)

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2 hours ago, dei said:

 

Do yourself a big favour and keep this photo handy when you finally get back to putting things together.

Those nylon gaskets are there for a reason. (ask me how I know...)

Yes Sir.  Please school me Mr Dei on those nylon gaskets.

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As you have laid out the parts,use that as your guide to putting it back together.

 

I did not do what you are doing, documenting details and after looking through the box of loose parts forgot which order those gaskets went in. That is critical to insulate the horn wire when at rest (not using it). 

After more than a few times putting it together and having the horn blowing constantly I referred to the chassis service manual which wasn't a big help either. (no exploded view)

Fortunately I had the Limited together still so spent time taking her horn apart to get the correct order of parts together.

 

That process (short of have good pictures) actually was a good thing as part of my horn problem on the Special was that the washer on the wire coming up through the steering column was worn badly which was my original problem having the horn blow when making a turn. 

 

I was away from the taken apart horn parts for two weeks before reassembly and knowing you are likely going to be away from yours more than that, hence my noting you keep that picture of the order handy for down the road.

 

Keep posting. There are things you show that I'm sure will aide others with the same year.

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3 hours ago, dei said:

Keep posting. There are things you show that I'm sure will aide others with the same year.

Thank you for that anecdote Mr Dei.  This forum is my diary.  I try to be as detailed as possible for many reasons.  Obviously to help me when it comes time to reassemble this car and to help others who aren't experts on these types of cars, but are intimidated with working on one.  Thank you for your encouragement Sir!

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7 hours ago, Kosage Chavis said:

Thank you for that anecdote Mr Dei.  This forum is my diary.  I try to be as detailed as possible for many reasons.  Obviously to help me when it comes time to reassemble this car and to help others who aren't experts on these types of cars, but are intimidated with working on one.  Thank you for your encouragement Sir!

While I enjoy learning how you've disassembled this car, I do hope you have a backup to this diary. This site has been hacked in the past and several members have lost older content. I notice some of my older posts no longer contain actual photos posted, which appears to be related to the various upgrades to this site software.  So a backup plan is essential if your reassembly plans are still a few years into the future.

 

But please keep posting your activities.  It has shown me more than a few things I've wanted to learn.

Respectfully submitted' 

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2 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

While I enjoy learning how you've disassembled this car, I do hope you have a backup to this diary. This site has been hacked in the past and several members have lost older content. I notice some of my older posts no longer contain actual photos posted, which appears to be related to the various upgrades to this site software.  So a backup plan is essential if your reassembly plans are still a few years into the future.

 

But please keep posting your activities.  It has shown me more than a few things I've wanted to learn.

Respectfully submitted' 

X2

 

Had to repost a photo last week for someone.  The old post was found but no picture with it.

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3 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

While I enjoy learning how you've disassembled this car, I do hope you have a backup to this diary. This site has been hacked in the past and several members have lost older content. I notice some of my older posts no longer contain actual photos posted, which appears to be related to the various upgrades to this site software.  So a backup plan is essential if your reassembly plans are still a few years into the future.

 

But please keep posting your activities.  It has shown me more than a few things I've wanted to learn.

Respectfully submitted' 

Or just hurry up and put it back together. :D

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11 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

While I enjoy learning how you've disassembled this car, I do hope you have a backup to this diary.

 

9 hours ago, RivNut said:

X2

 

Had to repost a photo last week for someone.  The old post was found but no picture with it.

Yes Sir.  I have a place on my computer that I store all of my pictures and I have a book that helps me inventory everything.  I think this will suffice if something went wrong.

8 hours ago, old-tank said:

Or just hurry up and put it back together. :D

(In my stereotyped scottish accent)  I CAN'T GO ANY FASTER CAPTAIN!

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White Star Line ship builders was at one point, a very prestigious Scottish company but, we all know what happened when the Scots rushed a project, don’t we? 🚢 

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Anything like the rush job the Scot, David Dunbar Buick, did in the development of his car company?

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Both my Son and Daughter decide to keep me company while I mess with the Buick.  This is the second time that I allow my Son inside the car seeing that he is old enough to watch out for certain things.20190811_170319.thumb.jpg.c996200a2e5683b13f033b485b79224e.jpgAs my kids took turns pretending to drive the car, I removed the rear window trim.20190811_173242.thumb.jpg.f4a58893521e088157a4e9a1e944b1a5.jpgFirst, I removed the most bottom piece of trim.  There are 9 nuts that hold this trim in place.  If your back seat hasn't been removed already, you will need to go through the trunk to access these nuts.  I was able to remove from the inside of the car.  5 of those nuts are inside a set of holes as shown.20190811_173325.thumb.jpg.5c70ad2ffba3594d127fb2ba95346d72.jpg20190811_173335.thumb.jpg.1591eb5e09f1c46196813fb2fd5ddafe.jpgYou will then have a set of 2 nuts on each side of the car as shown.20190811_182628.thumb.jpg.c7a4a59ab2473e053262245a8aa0d1f3.jpgOnce all 9 nuts are removed, you can pull the bottom piece trim from the assembly.20190811_183021.thumb.jpg.6aa59cb3d78150dd251882ff01704fc9.jpgThe removal of the bottom piece trim will now expose the mounting screws for the inner bottom piece trim.20190811_184018.thumb.jpg.f53619e6b3f4d213dbaf40f5616c0d09.jpgThe inner bottom piece trim is made up of 2 pieces of trim.  There should be 4 screws on each side.20190811_184042.thumb.jpg.d14ad6c01f13dcc5db2261a91c473973.jpgHalf of these screws on mine were too rusty to remove normally.  So, I took a dremel cutting wheel and either cut slots into the screw heads (to remove later with a flathead screwdriver) or just grinded off as much of the head as possible without damaging any surfaces.  20190811_185853.thumb.jpg.c4755210395f015251e372e7271a6e68.jpgOnce inner bottom trim is removed, remove side piece trim.20190811_190937.thumb.jpg.01c03acf286c5ecbaafb1d5231757f58.jpgThere is a single nut holding this piece of trim in place.  You'll find it inside of the car somewhat covered by the window gasket as shown.20190811_190959.thumb.jpg.28a6c5c54b3a671692707319aa1ccf0b.jpgRemove this nut and then very carefully and slowly pull out the trim using a putty knife.  Work one end to another.20190811_191542.thumb.jpg.db3040419c46f92373814ea1765e9526.jpgRepeat steps on other side.  Once both side piece trim are removed, use the putty knife to remove top piece trim.20190811_193406.thumb.jpg.cb42b487a205a9ead312c5a652232a8c.jpgBe sure to pull out and not pull up on the trim.  Start on one end and slowly work your way to the other end until free.  Showing the area after removal.20190811_195252.thumb.jpg.622d4a9e1ccacba831f2b18ff9053ae6.jpgShowing the rear window trim assembly. 20190812_153114.thumb.jpg.9029d2766ac7a314d593454fe3f05355.jpgOverall, a moderate task.

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I have a 1955 Buick Special model 46R.  I want to install dual exhaust which means installing an exhaust pipe and muffler on the left side of the car.  I have an exhaust manifold from the left side of a 1956 Buick Century in which I could use on the left side and then install the exhaust pipe and muffler that fits on the left side.  What I want to know is:  can this be done, has it been done before, and what if any difficulties I would encounter?

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I thought the left side space was limited because of the brake master cylinder and lines near there?

 

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15 hours ago, Airy Cat said:

I have a 1955 Buick Special model 46R.  I want to install dual exhaust which means installing an exhaust pipe and muffler on the left side of the car.  I have an exhaust manifold from the left side of a 1956 Buick Century in which I could use on the left side and then install the exhaust pipe and muffler that fits on the left side.  What I want to know is:  can this be done, has it been done before, and what if any difficulties I would encounter?

Yes this will work on a 56. The M/C is in a different spot. The 55 has the M/C under the floor right where you need to put your exhaust pipe.

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On 8/18/2019 at 4:14 PM, 95Cardinal said:

It can be done, Waldron's  even sells a conversion kit. It's a "thread the needle" project.

I used to own Waldron's, but I don't recall if this kit will fit a "power brake" car.

 

http://waldronexhaust.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=61_31_100&products_id=4561

1956 Special, Super, Century, Roadmaster Dual Aluminized Steel - Click Image to Close

When I called a few months back they said on the phone" we are no longer making a duel exhaust conversion for 55 Buicks." PS, I asked why the add in the paper version of the Bugle doesnt reflect this change? No idea was the response!

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On 8/18/2019 at 4:21 PM, Airy Cat said:

I have a 1955 Buick Special model 46R.  I want to install dual exhaust which means installing an exhaust pipe and muffler on the left side of the car.  I have an exhaust manifold from the left side of a 1956 Buick Century in which I could use on the left side and then install the exhaust pipe and muffler that fits on the left side.  What I want to know is:  can this be done, has it been done before, and what if any difficulties I would encounter?

Airy Cat, you are more than welcome to use this thread, but you would get more needed attention in the Post-War technical section.

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Hey; what are your thoughts on how to deal with the cancer that you’ve discovered in the regions of the body where the window seals used to be?

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