Kosage Chavis

1955 Buick Century

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Nice job persevering and getting the engine out.  My finding was that load leveler made things easier when removing/installing solo.  Hopefully you won't get a lot of practice at this with the same engine unless you are upgrading. I get sore just watching you crawl around that car. 😀

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1 hour ago, KAD36 said:

Nice job persevering and getting the engine out.  My finding was that load leveler made things easier when removing/installing solo.  Hopefully you won't get a lot of practice at this with the same engine unless you are upgrading. I get sore just watching you crawl around that car. 😀

Good morning Sir.  Yes, I agree!  The load leveler made things a lot easier on me and I am happy that I got it.  Hopefully, I will never have to upgrade the engine.  I do have a parts car with the correct entire engine that moves freely.  But if I ever did, I would go the same route as you by looking into nailhead from a 56.

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I see you removed the rear to allow removal of the engine and transmission. Just as well. You knew that rear was coming out eventually!  Just the way it is. One shining new rebuilt part calls for all shining rebuilt parts! Nice job! 

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So, what’s left? Body from Chassis now? I can’t remember if you’ve previously stated wether or not you wanted to attempt a “frame up” restoration for your ‘55 Buick Century? There’s several YouTube DIY videos on how to fabricate your own car body rotisserie setup; just requires MORE SPACE! Maybe store the Chassis on the roof of your house in the meantime? Excellent progress, thus far ‼️‼️👍🏻

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1 hour ago, Sean Batiz said:

So, what’s left? Body from Chassis now? I can’t remember if you’ve previously stated wether or not you wanted to attempt a “frame up” restoration for your ‘55 Buick Century? There’s several YouTube DIY videos on how to fabricate your own car body rotisserie setup; just requires MORE SPACE! Maybe store the Chassis on the roof of your house in the meantime? Excellent progress, thus far ‼️‼️👍🏻

My Daughter was asking me the same question.  We both looked at the car and couldn't really figure it out.  Probably the steering column and wiring harness.  The engine too.  After that...that's probably it.  Nothing else can be done with the body until I can get another garage.  

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I have a friend who did a frame off in a one stall garage.  He built some sturdy saw horses and put 4x4's across them. The body sat on the sawhorses and he could roll the chassis in and out of the garage. Work on it in the driveway during the day and roll it back under the body at night.  

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33 minutes ago, RivNut said:

I have a friend who did a frame off in a one stall garage.  He built some sturdy saw horses and put 4x4's across them. The body sat on the sawhorses and he could roll the chassis in and out of the garage. Work on it in the driveway during the day and roll it back under the body at night.  

That's a pretty good idea!  The reality for me is this...I have limited space and means.  I will have to improvise a lot to complete this project in the manner that I want to.  Good news is that my Wife and I are already talking about building a detatched garage.  It won't be huge, but I will maximize it's use.  Just got to be smart about how I design it.  The existing garage that we have now won't do anymore.  Quite frankly, I redid it too pretty.  It looks more like an extension of our house instead of a work area.  Now, my Wife gets a little upset with me when I bring in more car parts.  My workspace has shrunk to one corner of the garage.  So, pray for me.  I have already talked to my Dad about possibly teaming up to build it.  We shall see what happens.  But please, any ideas are a big help in terms of making the best of limited space.  

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I had 2x12 rim joists on my last deck. They were doubled and a couple stout 6x6's were pretty close to each other.  Pulled a few motors with a chain hoist bolted to a steel bracket using the deck. 

 

Put some heavy beams and joists in that new shed.  Use it instead of an engine hoist.  Lift the body and suspend it till you get it on a dolly or some supports.

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Not sure how expensive building permits are in your neck of the woods for altering existing structures but, maybe opt for altering your existing garage by “simply” making just that portion of the garage portion, reframed to “accommodate a boat” with a double height garage door AT BOTH ENDS! Also with the inclusion of the new joists above, being amply suitable for the above mentioned ideas! Who knows, maybe way down the road after your car is fully restored, you’ll then WANT a boat!

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On the topic of boats for a second, if by chance you DO end up wanting to eventually tow a boat with your boat (I mean, your Buick! Lol), then you will indeed find the fallowing original leaflets information to be priceless! The eBay seller that I acquired this from about half a year back, I believe has one more of these available and is original! And priced very fairly.

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Last weekend, I didn't do too much with the Buick.  I had car parts that needed to be boxed up and stored...so I did that.  Also, I forgot to get some good shots of the engine compartment with the engine removed.  Here are a few...20191013_133443.thumb.jpg.be6fe307dfe5efa74f36fb9da2275fcf.jpg20191013_133453.thumb.jpg.aa786520d765cb86a53ab353d5ec0599.jpg20191013_133502.thumb.jpg.599043e5e319fd38b7a31548664c1c9a.jpgAfterwards, I put her back in the carport.20191013_171339.thumb.jpg.3057a2ed5d01d8c23eb7298846c506b1.jpgShe rolls around without too much effort now.  We'll have to see what else I can do this weekend.

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On 10/16/2019 at 5:15 PM, Sean Batiz said:

On the topic of boats for a second, if by chance you DO end up wanting to eventually tow a boat with your boat...

I don't ever plan on towing anything with my car, but I love what you shared.  I have never seen this before.  Thank you Sean.

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Worked on the car some more last weekend.  I didn't get a lot of time to work on it...and the day that it did, it poured down all day long.  So, I decided to start breaking the engine down.  My 2 youngest wanted to help.  My Son removed the thermostat housing as shown.20191020_153415.thumb.jpg.b0796dbbc5f1f2729c2a9fe9e751079f.jpgJust remove both bolts.  Remove air cleaner/silencer front mount.  My Son used a rubber mallet and tapped on the housing to break the seal.  Remove thermostat and housing.  Showing the site of removal.20191020_153603.thumb.jpg.309aaa7f73e507e9195557b44359f6bc.jpgShowing the thermostat housing assembly removed from engine.20191020_153627.thumb.jpg.c5b3237aa73fc563f4a2242799b8602f.jpg

 

Next, my Daughter removed the fuel pump as shown.20191020_153721.thumb.jpg.a24fcae6b1b557d67061fc4347ae211c.jpgShe removed just 2 bolts while I held the pump in place to keep from falling.  Remove.  Showing site of removal.20191020_153841.thumb.jpg.e0bfd6d8af92162c1a07e90916e668b8.jpgShowing fuel pump removed from engine.20191020_153849.thumb.jpg.5f8c18724f557807990695466c9f17f5.jpg

 

Next, I removed the coolant manifold as shown.20191020_154018.thumb.jpg.1fa28c031754bc0675e05737f9266ddd.jpgThe set of bolts on the right side were previously removed.  I only needed to remove 2 bolts on the left.  Make sure you have a pan beneath to catch any coolant.  I had to tap on both sides with a rubber mallet to break the seals.  Then, grab both ends and pull up as you slightly wiggle the part.  Remove.  Showing the site of removal.20191020_154648.thumb.jpg.5c5cbfde51d6aaac97d66c7cb59ed279.jpgShowing the coolant manifold removed from engine.20191020_154656.thumb.jpg.b691f23467b5fd13406a60b77521f5aa.jpg

 

Next, I removed the water pump as shown.20191020_155744.thumb.jpg.77500f9e78240a443c5c1ae9549672c3.jpgRemove 10 bolts.  I tapped the spindle end with a rubber mallet to break the seal.  Pump is also kept in place with 2 dowel pins.  Slide off and remove.  Showing site of removal.20191020_161201.thumb.jpg.73d48b7fbb3abf9e2d38d2e968790522.jpgShowing water pump removed from engine.20191020_161210.thumb.jpg.d22b05aa8a0471874de659166ab7a1fe.jpg

 

Next was the crankshaft pulley assembly as shown.20191020_161748.thumb.jpg.360dff5b6430b1da68a05b9f4666f76e.jpgRemove 3 bolts.  Tap lightly with a rubber mallet till pulley moves a bit.  Wiggle and pull pulley till it slides off.  Do the same with the spacer and 2nd pulley if necessary.  Remove.  Showing site of removal.20191020_162606.thumb.jpg.256a9c5e7ca322882daf11bb8da3d588.jpgShowing crankshaft pulley assembly removed from engine.20191020_162731.thumb.jpg.8cff2a188fbe250f3eaef481b0438b87.jpg

 

Next was the timing marker as shown.20191020_162615.thumb.jpg.247e5c823c2a94cf931af1670c835fdb.jpgRemove 2 bolts.  Remove.  Showing site of removal.20191020_163712.thumb.jpg.f8da95a597f37d7a6b53911148ba95c1.jpgShowing timing marker removed from engine.20191020_163730.thumb.jpg.67ed4a14251e55b9fc1c55dfa8ca71b2.jpg

 

Finally, I removed the harmonic balancer as shown.20191020_164207.thumb.jpg.ff48359ac805c72eeab40a1b94f44386.jpgRemove bolt and hold down washer with an impact.  20191020_170958.thumb.jpg.7c3686be788239c5986f6c53f67e3aa5.jpgThis is not a reverse thread.  Install a puller.  Again, nothing fancy.  Just a cheap Pittsburgh puller works well as shown.20191020_164445.thumb.jpg.ac0475a20007f5ef3940df345b8f1726.jpgEngage puller till harmonic balancer slides off crankshaft.  Showing site of removal.20191020_171240.thumb.jpg.ed1aa68f778fcf589b38a0f061234c14.jpgShowing harmonic balancer removed from engine.20191020_171303.thumb.jpg.9823c3e566162d4cde230f88454a1eb1.jpg

 

Overall, all of the task in this post are easy.

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On my original 322, the balancer had a hairline crack going down the inside. Make sure you inspect it if you plan to reuse. If you get a new one, you'll have to have it balanced with the crank and flywheel.

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10 hours ago, Beemon said:

Make sure you inspect it if you plan to reuse.

One more time:  clean, inspect, restore, refurbish or replace parts as you take them off; then store them.  This saves so much time doing all this when reassembly starts and you are not searching for parts at this time.  But then what do I know?:(

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Old-Tank, seems like sound advice! I wish someone would’ve told me this over 40 years ago! Oh and, like I mentioned some time ago, Kosage, you’ll be VERY WISE in obtaining/acquiring your very own solvent wash-bay and bead-blaster! You’ll be spending many countless hours on getting those parts all cleaned up. I suppose that one of the key elements that anyone considering the challenge of restoring a classic car, is SPACE & patience!

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15 hours ago, Beemon said:

On my original 322, the balancer had a hairline crack going down the inside. Make sure you inspect it if you plan to reuse. If you get a new one, you'll have to have it balanced with the crank and flywheel.

Thank you Ben.  I will make a note of that.

 

5 hours ago, old-tank said:

One more time:  clean, inspect, restore, refurbish or replace parts as you take them off; then store them.  This saves so much time doing all this when reassembly starts and you are not searching for parts at this time.  But then what do I know?:(

You know more about this process than I probably will ever know Mr Willie.  However, given my circumstances, this is the best method I can come up with in term of order of operations.

 

1 hour ago, Sean Batiz said:

Old-Tank, seems like sound advice! I wish someone would’ve told me this over 40 years ago! Oh and, like I mentioned some time ago, Kosage, you’ll be VERY WISE in obtaining/acquiring your very own solvent wash-bay and bead-blaster! You’ll be spending many countless hours on getting those parts all cleaned up. I suppose that one of the key elements that anyone considering the challenge of restoring a classic car, is SPACE & patience!

Sean, I do plan on getting both of these items at some point.  A garage comes first though.  Got to get the car out of the weather.

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Got this in the mail today.  A battery hold down bracket...compliments of Mr Spencer.20191023_155059.thumb.jpg.1043638bb168774f3ccbb82b1ce4c8db.jpg20191023_155113.thumb.jpg.d77de0ee8a90dec28465f75bbd299e87.jpgIt is solid.  I will just need to repair one of the metal straps.

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18 hours ago, Sean Batiz said:

 I suppose that one of the key elements that anyone considering the challenge of restoring a classic car, is SPACE & patience!

 

And money. Lots of it. 

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For me, it’s been small amounts of dough spent, MANY MANY COUNTLESS TIMES over the years. I really try not to ever think about how much in total that I’ve spent in total thus far; and to think that my Buick is still only in about the exact same state as Kosage’s Buick currently is in! 

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2 hours ago, Sean Batiz said:

For me, it’s been small amounts of dough spent, MANY MANY COUNTLESS TIMES over the years. I really try not to ever think about how much in total that I’ve spent in total thus far...

I actually keep a log of my Buick expenditures...everything from the car itself, all the way to the smallest item.  I list the specific item, who or where I bought it from and how much I spent on it.

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9 hours ago, Kosage Chavis said:

I actually keep a log of my Buick expenditures...everything from the car itself, all the way to the smallest item.  I list the specific item, who or where I bought it from and how much I spent on it.

 

I started out doing that when I first acquired my '58 Limited from Dad and then with the other three '58's so have a rough idea what I have invested also. 

Over the later years I didn't write things down as much when I bought things at swap meets etc but when digging in the garages (that space thing going on here...) and come across this or that piece, it pops into my head where, when and what I paid for it as if it was yesterday (for now anyway...). 

I also have a list of contacts and cards though that sometimes has helped when needing something or service. Sadly due to the "Long Time" being in the hobby some of those contacts are either retired or... 

I'll never sell my cars so investment wasn't my motive for record keeping.

I do find it somewhat interesting though to see what I have into them for nothing else than hearing what others have in there efforts if just a driver or a full blown restoration 100 point car and will weigh it against an insurance value now and then.

 

In today's money some have told me "you did pretty" good for what you have and yes it might seem so.

When you take into account I was 16 in High School, living at home working two part time summer jobs, dating and life, saving to purchase a home one day and then buy into an established business by the age of 22, that money wasn't exactly excess or found cash.

To me that reflects the same money for today's hobby like yourself with a young family and home on the go and with things costing more but wages up from my teen days governs the spare cash to invest.

 

With all this what I'm trying to say is by keeping investment records it helped keep me grounded in reality as to where my "hobby expectations" were going to be. 

I am thrilled to death to have a running dependable driver right now and plan to have a second on the road in the near future (God willing). 

When that time comes I have two son's that will get the collection and they will at least have an idea of Dad's investment and decide for themselves if keeping them is worth their time and money but hope they will see the enjoyment also.

 

Keep posting your progress and look forward to seeing the day your car is on road again!

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On 10/24/2019 at 9:40 PM, Kosage Chavis said:

I actually keep a log of my Buick expenditures...everything from the car itself, all the way to the smallest item.  I list the specific item, who or where I bought it from and how much I spent on it.

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Riv-Nut, Now THAT cabinet would possibly be “just big enough”, lol! I originally was printing up every page for each and every single online sourced item for my Buick collection, to file away with the printout of receipts, along with whatever items receipts from other sources, in chronological order by date of purchase. I suppose this was done due to my thinking that “just in case” any of the online sites got bought out and vanished to become a completely new websites. For probably the last ten years or so, I’ve just hand written the information along with a printout of just a receipt. I save screenshot images of the items instead of printing them all. Does tend to get slightly overwhelming to organize it all. I’m sure having A.D.D. doesn’t help this situation either! NEVER content on the particular organization arrangement! This all said, I really like having obtained several vintage heavy duty, piano hinged binders for storing the various original Buick literature in! Makes it seem as though it’s all always been stored in them. Kosage, sorry for creating this long winded tangent distraction from your topic! I really should just be working on my own dang thread for my ‘55 Buick’s! Lazy, I am! Too much to discuss, so little free time! Argh 😤 

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On 10/24/2019 at 10:40 PM, Kosage Chavis said:

I actually keep a log of my Buick expenditures...everything from the car itself, all the way to the smallest item.  I list the specific item, who or where I bought it from and how much I spent on it.

I used to. I then decided that was as useful as tracking my beer money...

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