Kosage Chavis

1955 Buick Century

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8 hours ago, Sean Batiz said:

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?

It will have to be cut out and replaced with new sheet metal.  Got to learn how to weld though.

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I removed the rear window.  20190811_195252.thumb.jpg.47cb44c6cbe66667ca64019f63fbe6da.jpgMr Willie advised me to cut the gasket rather than try to save it and risk breaking the window.  So I cut the entire lip of the gasket outside of the car.20190817_193958.thumb.jpg.47f340801d3ecf7aa06ec5ab311f3ef8.jpg20190818_151904.thumb.jpg.a57062f3417cfac3a740e5947b9da52d.jpgAfter you cut most of this lip off, you should be able to lift the glass out of the gasket.  A shot of the gasket with window removed.20190818_152033.thumb.jpg.dba8a3856ad64e240cb7d0cbef02d45e.jpgOnce you peel the entire gasket from the car, remove the 9 clips at the top shown here.20190818_153004.thumb.jpg.2cae6743edd938e96b8a4ba323923a5e.jpgTo remove, I used a putty knife, wedged it between the body and clip and pulled down as shown.20190818_153257.thumb.jpg.5727395979a2965d009710fd78b74f48.jpgShowing the site of removal.20190818_160348.thumb.jpg.35e6bbb33de45d96cdb96cc7ecb7da56.jpgShowing rear window removed.20190818_154402.thumb.jpg.7d247c5abe4cd7181a6131e144e7801e.jpgOverall, a moderate task.

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Save the clips to hopefully use again or to be sure you get the correct ones if you have to buy a new.

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On 8/20/2019 at 1:35 PM, Kosage Chavis said:

It will have to be cut out and replaced with new sheet metal.  Got to learn how to weld though.

Well, try to remain optimistic about the current state that the body is now in, as I’ve had to do, in that now, being as there’s no longer any layers of parts/materials making direct contact with the metal of the body’s window mounting areas to trap water moisture, what cancer or rust exists will henceforth be greatly minimized from spreading moreover, until such time comes whereas you can officially address its removal, once and for all. Water moisture will from now on, dry up (evaporate) much quicker than before; no place for it to stagnate & fester against the steal. Oh and, GOOD LUCK ON YOUR UPCOMING NEW FOUND WELDING SKILLS ‼️

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This time, I removed the remaining sweep spear assembly.20190818_160430.thumb.jpg.0f239082a7d1c3dd4bcffb3642674d5d.jpgThe other portion of sweep spear is still mounted on the front quarter panels and doors.  The remaining portion shown here is divided into 3 pieces.  I started with removing the forward piece.20190818_160901.thumb.jpg.7ff7fae9f57e4cc66d7706b06f135143.jpg3 threaded clips hold this piece in place which are accessed inside the car through this structural opening.20190818_160936.thumb.jpg.514c14234e63c30163ed5bf41ec381bd.jpgUnbolt here.20190818_160925.thumb.jpg.d58cb538dcc95688182b1418d7d717e5.jpgCarefully pull off body of car from front end.  Next, I removed the rear portion.20190818_170629.thumb.jpg.2f32d6aca98eac972475c329b70b21f7.jpg2 clips hold this one in place.  Both are accessed from under the car just inside of the body.20190818_165638.thumb.jpg.bdc46c2b470fcfd442c2ec33bb2c0dae.jpgThese bolts were somewhat seized onto the threaded clips.  So, I loosened them enough to slide the rear piece trim off of its clips.  I then took a dremel tool to grind off the clips from the car.  Finally, the last portion of trim was removed.20190818_161639.thumb.jpg.0cc989a2b98f482b8dee24cbba5b7159.jpg5 clips hold this one in place and the same things were done to remove.  All are accessed from inside the wheel well.20190818_161655.thumb.jpg.ebf5637b111485c20d3151bc60426a50.jpgRepeat steps for opposite side.  Showing the site after removal.20190818_183757.thumb.jpg.7bed77a3561c7eaf00e2fbe4627089e4.jpgShowing rear portion of sweep spear assembly removed from car.20190818_192044.thumb.jpg.80bbf83fe5a545c29e58441f0b897d1e.jpgOverall, a moderate task.  However, if your bolts do not seize on the threaded clips, the task becomes easy.

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Today, I moved the car into the driveway to finally remove the engine.  Had to move the other Buick out of the way.20190830_173327.thumb.jpg.25f5b9c8253ba7b42bb74c9950caf965.jpg20190830_174527.thumb.jpg.4c543c7e521df0e42d42929fda99b036.jpg20190830_181654.thumb.jpg.a7b3a6c282912ff0400e6ec23d06f15b.jpg20190830_182442.thumb.jpg.04e5447c0f395f4b405add44b5eaaeb3.jpgLooking foward to this new phase.

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Over the weekend, I removed the driver's and passenger's side inner fenders, front apron and radiator mount.  There are too many photos to add for one post, so I will split this up into two post.  First, I will start with the passenger's side inner fender and then the radiator mount.  Here's a shot of the passenger's side inner fender before removal.20190907_161737.thumb.jpg.e6dfff39ff58358e4c4b69c029b3d6a8.jpgFirst thing I did was remove other parts that are clipped to the fender...a heater house (radiator to heater core) and wiring that feeds to the generator and passenger's side exterior lights/horn.  I labeled and unclipped the hose at 2 spots on the fender.20190907_161603.thumb.jpg.aadd2ec9e2fbbf8aab08ff7ca94ac627.jpg20190907_161646.thumb.jpg.9bb289a9ef722c4a75289351b4da7f71.jpgNext, I labeled and unclipped the wire at 2 places along the fender shown here.20190907_161834.thumb.jpg.3f35810cd2df2449f6553eaf8d781ab8.jpgI then pulled the wires from this terminal shown here.20190907_162110.thumb.jpg.dce29240be650d440441b8e5d9998b40.jpgOnce all wires are unhooked, I carefully pulled the wire bundle from the penetration shown just to the left of the terminal as shown above.  I then pulled the wire bundle from the penetration on the radiator mount shown here.20190907_162256.thumb.jpg.302c351e956107aee8ca13790e951653.jpgI also had this relay mounted to my fender, which feeds the electrical fuel pump that was installed to bypass the original mechanical fuel pump.  This was removed.20190907_163016.thumb.jpg.ba09ae869171891022daf6c1a232ec76.jpgThe fender should now be free from all miscellaneous components.  Remove both of the bolts shown here towards the bottom of the fender.20190907_163247.thumb.jpg.9f15d3546e17a8b7b1fca0dc9b3e6ebc.jpgRemove 3 bolts shown here.  2 bolts thread into the bottom/side of the radiator mount and the other one penetrates the car frame.20190907_163650.thumb.jpg.6c2820ec4d4528f62bd9caa019b3529b.jpgBe aware that the bolt that penetrates the car frame needs a ratchet on both ends to remove and that there are 2 rubber pads on both ends.  Finally, remove the remaining 3 bolts that hold the inner fender and radiator mount together shown here.20190907_164448.thumb.jpg.5ddc9ffa8de527b5d843aad9e6d5b921.jpgLift the inner fender up and foward.  Keep your eyes on the metal brake line so that you don't hit it.  Showing the area of removal.20190907_164902.thumb.jpg.1d6e3bba7a75b276e73adffd120d5176.jpgShowing the passenger's side inner fender removed from the car.20190907_164910.thumb.jpg.3e60b49d88b49d8611672563bd1fa021.jpgOverall, easy task.

 

 

The radiator mount was removed next.20190907_165246.thumb.jpg.5e5d72d2471b854fee4ef05c59fa4bb5.jpgPull wire bundle through this penetration shown here.20190907_165253.thumb.jpg.fd319ad191aece8fd3b8b40d6adda562.jpgRemove both bolts at the bottom/side of the radiator mount.20190907_165523.thumb.jpg.2ed0bc9d9cd1327625ba95a1119f0fe5.jpgThen remove the 3 remaining bolts shown here that holds the inner fender and radiator mount together.20190907_165729.thumb.jpg.4605200e2110f997b3d1fd82aa55cb97.jpgRemove the radiator mount.  Showing the area of removal.20190907_170008.thumb.jpg.44e9a714e8e828eb8385e2c567a9979f.jpgShowing the radiator mount removed from car.20190907_170033.thumb.jpg.7ec1ba49adbce7f61040364c33672b3e.jpgOverall, easy task.

 

Part 2 will come soon when I get some time to post.

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Fantastic progress! You oughta show a young hipster a montage of  ONLY the pictures of everything you’ve done so far and tell’em, “This was what people used to have to do, JUST TO CHANGE THEIR OIL!”

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...part 2...

 

Removal of the driver's side inner fender.20190907_170629.thumb.jpg.4951808b84afdb3314c5951dab7db80d.jpgDetatch the wire ends from this terminal.  Pull wiring harness from this penetration shown here.20190907_170636.thumb.jpg.867cf3f7545778213ad0ed1d621c1c40.jpgRemove 3 screws on this wire harness hold-down bracket shown here and remove bracket.  20190907_170935.thumb.jpg.0ecb3c386307c9dbd4c37db4ce5b9dc6.jpgUnscrew all relays and modules mounted on this inner fender. 20190907_171402.thumb.jpg.1d838338f130d14bcb365c25f5deb743.jpg

20190907_172447.thumb.jpg.5141f76c118cdf9b2949906168980d6b.jpg20190907_172714.thumb.jpg.8815c3383e01886992e02df408a8765f.jpgAlso unclip wiring harness at 2 places on the inner fender as shown.20190907_171554.thumb.jpg.4cd0982555cac4b2628dc4076bc099a3.jpg20190907_173101.thumb.jpg.4f2a06a2177920e2dcf58946e093560e.jpgYou should now be able to move all of the wiring harness out of the way for now.  I then removed 2 bolts shown here.20190907_174259.thumb.jpg.e4bf7595082535d9974614169292d8eb.jpgRemove the bolt shown here.  This one penetrates the frame and should have rubber on both sides.  Again, you will need a ratchet on both ends.20190907_174700.thumb.jpg.b8c1bc98af9d16b5e747003d50d29b7c.jpgFinally, remove these 2 bolts shown here.20190907_175950.thumb.jpg.6ba6e8c7e69c1d0166f0b9f9809eace7.jpgTo access these 2 bolts, I had to hold back a few heater hoses that come off of the water pump and reach down towards the inside/bottom of the inner fender.  The inner fender is now detatched from the car.  Lift up and move forward.  Be sure to watch the brake lines when removing.  Showing the site after removal.20190907_180335.thumb.jpg.858c3c836a53d6ba2c94ddaea35b521a.jpgShowing the driver's side inner fender removed from car.20190907_180345.thumb.jpg.a48483e79392d9e5c3fb1e187dbf3985.jpgOverall, easy task.

 

 

After both inner fenders are removed from the car, it completely frees up the front apron shown here.20190907_180354.thumb.jpg.996264f75182e83b1b8d2801645a08c6.jpgShowing the front apron removed from car.20190907_180413.thumb.jpg.809d43bd9d8ae540d4f1bd9a1d2e4336.jpgNo work required here.

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I tend to have this bad problem of thinking that I have a photographic memory, which I don’t! Your latest update montage has been like I was thumbing through my mental pictures of each of these same steps! A refresher! I’ll DEFINITELY be referring back to the various disassembly pictures you’ve posted, in assisting my reassembly process, whenever this eventually occurs, even though yours is a Century.

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On 9/12/2019 at 10:03 AM, Sean Batiz said:

Fantastic progress! You oughta show a young hipster a montage of  ONLY the pictures of everything you’ve done so far and tell’em, “This was what people used to have to do, JUST TO CHANGE THEIR OIL!”

Thanks Sean and I am trying to do my part in getting young people interested in these cars, not scare them away😉!

 

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I appreciate greatly the documentation you are doing to be able to refer to it when the time comes for re-assembly!

 

With having had 4 "58 Buick's in various states always figured I had reference as to how things went together but... realised awhile ago that time is passing by and heaven forbid I don't get them back together, my boys would be stuck trying to figure out what goes where. 

They have their lives to live and are busy, but have kept them involved when I can and have been documenting things much like you have been doing from the start of your project.

The issue for me now will be to back up that data (for that just in case electronic failure...)

Keep up the good work.

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12 hours ago, dei said:

I appreciate greatly the documentation you are doing to be able to refer to it when the time comes for re-assembly!

Thank you Mr Dei.  Lord forbid anything should happen to me, but if it should, I want one of my kids or even my Father to be able to come behind me and to easily finish what I started.  I want this Buick to be the family heirloom that my Dad's (and Granbad's) should have been.

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Maybe someone else out there can correct me on this but, if my memory serves me correctly, when you attempt to  divorce that nailhead from its dynoflow, you’ll want to be sure to mark, peen, or paint some sort of matching mating locations of the torque converter to the starter ring flexplate for correct alignment of reassembly.

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37 minutes ago, Sean Batiz said:

Maybe someone else out there can correct me on this but, if my memory serves me correctly, when you attempt to  divorce that nailhead from its dynoflow, you’ll want to be sure to mark, peen, or paint some sort of matching mating locations of the torque converter to the starter ring flexplate for correct alignment of reassembly.

Not a problem.

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I do not know if this applies to the '55's but when I had my '58 rebuilt by Jim Hughes he sent it back with these markings saying it was the proper way to connect the flex plate.

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