Kosage Chavis

1955 Buick Century

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Remove 1 screw on each side of the dome light cover assembly.  DSCN3712.JPGDome light cover assembly removed from car.DSCN3713.JPG

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A family project -- that's great!  :D

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Ashtrays...just open and press down locking tab in back.  While holding down locking tab, slide completely  out.DSCN3715.JPG

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My little girl at the wheel.  Reminds me of myself when I was her age when I used to sneak in my Dad's old Buick and pretend to be driving it.DSCN3717.JPG

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Cigarette lighter...just remove 2 screws.DSCN3718.JPGDisconnect at connector and label both connection points.DSCN3721.JPG

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To remove steering wheel ornament, just simply grasp firmly and pull out from center.DSCN3730.JPGCar door locking grips...just unscrew.DSCN3731.JPG

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Just found this picture on Facebook.  A gentleman named Robert Tollenaere sold me the car.  He took this picture the day he towed the car to my house and sold it to me.  He mentioned in the post that he finally sold his 55 Buick Century and that he felt it was going to a good home.  True indeed Mr. Rob!405081_497634363604626_127324380_n.jpg

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Thanks for posting the process you are making with such clear pictures and detailed explanations! Your leaving a great legacy for me and other folks to follow to be able to refer back to these photos and text. The manuals don't do near the justice your doing here. I just "binged" through it anxious for more! Good luck. Greg

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12 hours ago, 2carb40 said:

Thanks for posting the process you are making with such clear pictures and detailed explanations! Your leaving a great legacy for me and other folks to follow to be able to refer back to these photos and text. The manuals don't do near the justice your doing here. I just "binged" through it anxious for more! Good luck. Greg

The pleasure is all mine.  Thank you for your kind words.  It is my intent to simplify the restoration process as much as possible.  Lord knows I don't have nearly as much knowledge as some as the others, but breaking it down into more digestible pieces will help.  I'm so glad you are able to make use of my post.  I have more to put up.  Take it easy.

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So getting back to the process, rear seat is next to be removed.  The video below explains it all.

Part 2 shows the cut outs that sits just behind the upper portion of the rear seat.

The rear seat removed.DSCN3739_kindlephoto-22580830.jpg

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All interior trim would come next starting with the door just beneath the door window.

Then the trim just beneath the rear window (part 1).

Part 2 of the same piece of trim.

Showing the step panels at the door.  Just remove all screws and gently pull the panel up.DSCN3783.JPGTurning to the rear windshield trim removal.

Removal of trim above the side windows.

Removal of trim at the front windshield.  Please forgive me, but it was getting dark that day and visibility in this video is pretty bad.  Once you are left with the front windshield trim (2 pieces), just remove screws and gently pull off.  This will then expose screws that hold up sun visors and rear view mirror.  Simply remove those screws and remove sun visors and rear view mirror.

Showing all trim, rear seat, rear view mirror and sun visors off the car.IMG_20160605_163633.jpg

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Upper portion of front dash was next.  When all screws are removed, be sure to pull back on upper dash to remove.  Do not force too much, as to be sure not to damage anything.  Once the upper dash is pulled out, disconnect the radio light at the connector.  Be very careful of sharp edges.  For the exception of dislodging the upper dash from rest of dash assembly, this is a pretty easy.

 

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Started removal of the door decorative panels next.  The video explains it all.  Just be sure not to damage the plastic washers for all of the hand cranks during removal.  Also,  these panels are also held in with nails along the periphery of the panel.  Pry slowly.  I did keep all the nails.  You never know.

Panel after removal.  Be sure to group each hand crank with its own set of hardware and then label.DSCN3735.JPGPanel off of car.

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Removal of rear decorative upper and lower panels.  For the upper panel, remove hand crank and screws.  The panel should be pulled from top, leaving behind the lower panel.  The lower panel only has screws retaining it.  Just simply remove.

 

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Rear dash panel is next.  My hand is touching the flange like strip that is screwed in just behind the top part of the seat.  Just remove screws and the panel will slide out forward.  In my case, I also had to remove speakers before sliding out the panel.DSCN3782.JPG

 

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Removed access panels from front doors (2 total per door) shown in picture below.  Just remove screws and pry open.  DSCN3792.JPG

The video will show the other access panel already removed which will give you access to the rear quarter panel nameplates.  The video will also explain how to remove the nameplate.

 

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Some of the AC parts I got from my trip to Georgia, compliments of Mr. Lamar.

 

Sight glass and associated tubing.20160807_160544.jpg20160807_160519.jpgBoth factory copper lines that connect to AC receiver.20160807_161609.jpgFactory braided line.  I already have the other (stored away).20160807_163519.jpgAll other factory copper lines that connect the front with the rear (compliments of Matt)IMG_20160501_133057.jpg

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More factory AC items received from my trip to Georgia, compliments of Mr. Lamar.

 

Factory AC condensor.20160807_174318.jpgFactory AC power steering pump.20160807_151636.jpg

Factory AC dehydrator.20160807_144325.jpg

Factory AC solenoid valve.20160807_142119.jpg

Factory AC 5 blade engine fan.20160807_135548.jpg

Factory AC receiver.20160807_133610.jpg

Factory AC control panel.20160807_131929.jpg

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 The last of the AC parts from my GA trip.

 

Factory AC evaporator box.IMG_7955.JPGFactory resistor and evaporator drain tubes.20160807_164358.jpg

Factory AC compressor and AC generator (generator bought from another person)20160807_123447.jpgFactory AC grill and duct sets (ducts do not fit my car, still looking for correct size (compliments of Matt).IMG_20160501_131228.jpg

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Be sure to seal all components that had refrigerant inside and store inside in low humidity.  Rust will form and render them useless.

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4 hours ago, old-tank said:

Be sure to seal all components that had refrigerant inside and store inside in low humidity.  Rust will form and render them useless.

All AC items were boxed up and kept in my garage.  Stays pretty cool in summer and stays warm during the winter.  However, I did not temp cap the outlets.  Am I in good shape or do I need to go back and temp cap?  Thanks Mr. Willie.

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10 minutes ago, Kosage Chavis said:

All AC items were boxed up and kept in my garage.  Stays pretty cool in summer and stays warm during the winter.  However, I did not temp cap the outlets.  Am I in good shape or do I need to go back and temp cap?  Thanks Mr. Willie.

Needs to be capped/sealed and inside.  It is too humid in the garage.  Refrigerant oil will absorb moisture and does not protect from rust like other oils...in fact it will promote rust!  If you are not ready to refurbish the compressor take the cylinder head off the back to inspect and spray down the cylinders and valves with WD-40; you should be able to turn it with a 1/2 wrench on the front bolt.  Then re-assemble and turn the service valves to close off the insides.

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So the panels located just under where the bottom portion of the rear seat would be if still installed.  Each side has about 3 to 5 nails.  You'll need a flat head screwdriver, small hammer and plyers to remove nails.  Tap the head of the screwdriver underneath the head of the nail, until the nail sticks out enough to grab and turn with some plyers.  The nails act like screws, so turn counterclockwise to remove.20160813_164753.jpgThere is also a rigid pad underneath that should be glued to the fabric.  Remove together.20160813_164848.jpgShowing the panels outside the car.20160813_170108.jpg

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 I moved to the removal of the headliner next.  All the trim has already been removed at this point.20160813_172214.jpgRemove all nails from the whole periphery of the headliner.  All you should need is some needle nose plyers.  Yes, I kept all the nails.20160813_172256.jpgWhen all nails are removed, gently pull edges of headliner off car body.  The video below will explain the rest.

Showing hard top without headliner.20160813_180225.jpg

Showing headliner off of the car.20160813_180339.jpg20160813_180242.jpg

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Next, I removed the front seat skirts.20160827_165600.jpgVery simple, just lean seat forward and you'll have access to all screws.  Mine had 3 in the back and 2 in the front.  Be sure to lift the whole panel slightly off of foundation.  Then you will gently pry the front end away from seat.  Once you do this, the whole panel comes right off.  Don't forget the seat adjustment button.  Loosen the screw at the bottom.  It is an internal hex socket head screw.20160827_164234.jpgShowing skirts off of car.20160827_165934.jpg

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