Kosage Chavis

1955 Buick Century

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If I had the money to do it right, it would be Dover White over Electric Blue over Dover White, like original. I'm probably going to settle for a single stage that's close at my local MAACO, though (white/dark blue/white).

 

Are you going to repaint yours original? or is the paint still good and only need a bit of touch up?

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8 hours ago, Beemon said:

If I had the money to do it right, it would be Dover White over Electric Blue over Dover White, like original. I'm probably going to settle for a single stage that's close at my local MAACO, though (white/dark blue/white).

 

Are you going to repaint yours original? or is the paint still good and only need a bit of touch up?

I am going to do a total repaint.  While I want to keep my car as original as possible, I don't plan on keeping the colors original.  I do plan on a 2 tone scheme.  Probably a lighter smoke grey over a darker smoke grey over a lighter smoke grey.

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Next up were the pair of door stops.20170220_152611.thumb.jpg.dac520e2e4fb05067bfd057c0d0b747a.jpgSimply remove 3 screws and remove stop.  Each stop has 2 grips on the backside.  These grips are sandwiched between the stop and body of car.  Keep these all together.  Showing the removal site.20170220_153420.thumb.jpg.45de80d967e62b4ae4681e87e97b4eb3.jpgShowing the stops removed from car.20170220_153433.thumb.jpg.f14ca859873744f420c4b980f5df3302.jpgOverall easy task.

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Next was the entire front seat assembly.20170226_153856.thumb.jpg.70f10e19eb63dbb9b19a4d891513e734.jpgMy car has the manual seat adjustment.  You can use the adjusting lever to get better access to the front and rear mounting bolts.20170226_154017.thumb.jpg.3e844e9e18eb3074d9b00bead39f06a4.jpgI removed the front hold down brackets first.  Just slide the seat backward and remove the bracket on passenger's and driver's side.20170226_153934.thumb.jpg.4026f7e2e62c35e3fc20b95fdffc97a9.jpgRemove 2 bolts from each bracket. Showing one of the removed brackets.20170226_154229.thumb.jpg.367fa496a760ad3d4e058d7099459453.jpgOnce hold down brackets are removed, adjust the seat in the foward position.  You will now have clear access to the rear mounting bolts.  Remove 2 bolts, both on driver's and passenger's side.20170226_154610.thumb.jpg.3d20633d1bc81d4a07be5c70bf4a5cd9.jpgThe front seat assembly can now be moved out of the car.  When doing so, be very careful not to hit or sit anything on the under seat heating fan assembly (driver's side).20170226_155246.thumb.jpg.c18df919b2bc778f2ce1d1735f166e92.jpgIt is highly recommended that 2 people remove the seat assembly.  This seat is extremely heavy.  Unfortunately, I was stuck by myself to remove.  Did I mention my car is in a 10 X 17 carport and had very little room to maneuver?  I had to remove this behemoth incrementally.  I somehow was able to get it done however.  Showing the removal site.20170226_163720.thumb.jpg.f5e2b0b27574e4c04756e4ba7dfaa487.jpgShowing the front seat assembly removed from car.20170226_163743.thumb.jpg.7637b265c137950057e4fe559f23babc.jpgOverall, difficult task.  If 2 people do this, it becomes an easy task.

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Very easy one man job if you remove the seat back first. :)

Unbolt the rear bolts first and slide it back out of the front loop brackets.

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1 hour ago, old-tank said:

Very easy one man job if you remove the seat back first. :)

Unbolt the rear bolts first and slide it back out of the front loop brackets.

I would have much rather skipped the step of lifting and angling that big ole thing out of the car, then out of the carport and carrying it into the garage.:unsure:  Good news is that I didn't damage anything in the process...including myself.:rolleyes::D

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4 hours ago, Kosage Chavis said:

Showing the removal site.20170226_163720.thumb.jpg.f5e2b0b27574e4c04756e4ba7dfaa487.jpg

 

I have to ask, pray tell, what is that fan assembly in the floor under the driver seat?

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44 minutes ago, D Yaros said:

 

I have to ask, pray tell, what is that fan assembly in the floor under the driver seat?

That is the under-seat heater.  It pretty much suppliments the cabin heating system.  The other part of the heating system would be the windshield defrosters.

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It was cold over the weekend, so it was only fitting to remove the under-seat heater assembly next.20170304_153606.thumb.jpg.6910bf49d76543be9f49d766bfd5d42b.jpgStart by disconnecting the lead wire and label.  Note that this wire is held down with a floor clip.20170304_153820.thumb.jpg.b0be4106112e66134535e6813ed11f40.jpgRemove the larger cover-to-floor screws on the periphery of the heater cover. There are 6 of these all together.  20170304_161906.thumb.jpg.ac48c15ccbe64eac295c469cb75c6cb9.jpgThen remove the smaller cover-to-foundation screws.  There are 4 of these.  Also unclip the wiring harness from the cover. 20170304_162133.thumb.jpg.7d9b937e4eaa20794628c77858e1c71d.jpgYou will need to provide enough slack to move the cover out of the way.  Be sure to clear the cover from the heater core after removing the cover.  You now have access to the fan blade. Loosen the fan blade retaining screw shown here.20170304_164157.thumb.jpg.364e5c0b0a668022796e0b7119278062.jpgSlide the fan off of its shaft.  20170304_164703.thumb.jpg.89864c7f1351f8c405f5fffd0d6ffd37.jpgThis photo is just to show what the fan motor looks like from underneath the car.20170304_170006.thumb.jpg.170723cb95c04c870328fd883049e07b.jpgI removed the heater core next, which is only held in place by 2 heater hoses.

20170304_165944.thumb.jpg.4705669586edd50f9756612b9d24392a.jpgJust loosen both clamps and gently wiggle off.  Be sure you have something to catch the antifreeze with.  Once the antifreeze has emptied, you can slide the nipples of the heater core from its floor penetrations.  Just gently pull the heater core up from the floor.  You might have to wiggle it out of its place until free.20170304_171410.thumb.jpg.6f14d4517294c9163b62eb77f8b90858.jpgShowing the heater core removed from area.20170304_171512.thumb.jpg.01a8b8dbccf548bf290b95e7e41835f3.jpgI chose not to separate the fan motor from its foundation, but to instead remove the foundation with the motor still attached.  Just remove 2 screws shown here.20170304_173612.thumb.jpg.f0a6a45ec998e48f191b413740a7031c.jpgSimply lift foundation up and out.  A lot of old insulation was still attached to this.  No big deal.20170304_173642.thumb.jpg.651574ac8659785c86277113c3b28026.jpgShowing the area with the under-seat heater assembly removed.20170304_173859.thumb.jpg.c938f461dd4dfa352b8077ac279c55c6.jpgShowing the under-seat heater assembly removed from car.20170304_174150.thumb.jpg.1faec4620118c5520c5b5d117b87870f.jpgOverall, easy task.

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Next, removed the accelerator pedal and brake pedal grip.20170305_141116.thumb.jpg.3fdb132e2c2aca8e813411ac5f26b90d.jpgJust remove these 2 screws.20170305_141151.thumb.jpg.8f046e385e7b0607b9d502e6920cac13.jpgSlide the "L" shaped shaft to the side out from the rear of the accelerator pedal.  20170305_141132.thumb.jpg.bcec73038d14a909d20d72020530bcb4.jpgThe accelerator pedal is removed.

Simply peel off the brake pedal grip from the brake pedal.  The grip is now removed.

20170305_141417.thumb.jpg.ae1176b3caefe7757fb4f3ca14eb900b.jpgshowing the accelerator pedal and brake pedal grip removed from car.20170305_141448.thumb.jpg.92a4f306d93f0fc4153091a0cfe29779.jpgOverall, easy task.

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Next, I removed what was left of the deteriorating carpet.20170305_141823.thumb.jpg.a28788c3bd58f3f77e2fbf460ba80c8c.jpgJust pull the carpet at the front, making sure the holes for the accelerator pedal and high beam floor switch don't get caught.  The rear portion of the carpet wasn't attached to anything.  I also found this rear view mirror tag underneath everthing. 20170305_143659.thumb.jpg.aecf04d41960f09755922393eefa477f.jpgShowing the rear carpet removed from car.20170304_163033.thumb.jpg.aaceb6d7301403afa3dff64e2032255f.jpgShowing the front carpet removed from car.20170305_143349.thumb.jpg.1f8780686832a476949a16abc64ef53b.jpgOverall, easy task.

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After removing the carpet, there was so much debris left behind.  It was a good time to clean this mess up with a shop-vac.  This would also allow me to finally see how badly rusted the floor pans were.  As you can see, my oldest Son finally took some interest in the Buick and helped out a bit.20170305_145142.thumb.jpg.90068d541b22ad75f635228a2038a065.jpgShowing a broad view of the front floor area after clean up.20170305_153508.thumb.jpg.796091f0bc713a4b9795dbbb25d3ec97.jpgShowing a broad view of the rear floor area after clean up.20170305_153519.thumb.jpg.5959986cfb0f1b4f57f75dac178baead.jpgLooking foward, front passenger's side floor pan.20170305_153621.thumb.jpg.0fbd06d7394e6fefd43e9210d2fc22f5.jpgLooking foward, front passenger's side floor under seating area.20170305_153633.thumb.jpg.8705ad9983825d20e613d3c0001e8c52.jpgLooking aft, rear passenger's side floor pan.20170305_153654.thumb.jpg.1a19628793b15087589cd1c8c7f4b999.jpgLooking aft, rear passenger's side floor under seating area.20170305_153703.thumb.jpg.5a59b1e4c8342b282785acb90945632c.jpgLooking foward, front driver's side floor pan.20170305_153735.thumb.jpg.adaee66b07c4f99c9f579c0acc279925.jpgLooking foward, front driver's side floor under seating area.20170305_153741.thumb.jpg.8315fa1adc8bf21a0534211113cf0166.jpgLooking aft, rear driver's side floor pan.20170305_153755.thumb.jpg.5f7300525437a37768eb80230147ca85.jpgLooking aft, rear driver's side floor under seating area.20170305_153807.thumb.jpg.fd57f6ff29a02906605c5a32e06c09b0.jpgAs you can tell, the floor will need work, especially the rear driver's side floor pan.  I just need to learn how to weld sheet metal.  I am a bit pleased however.  I really thought the flooring would be in worse shape than this.  

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I had a little more time to burn, so I decided to start clearing out the trunk now that the cabin removals are winding down.

20170305_155501.thumb.jpg.5dec7cd491f2d642a15380347e9d7bf9.jpgRemoved all weather-stripping.20170305_155600.thumb.jpg.f884b66fc7b2f4d2ab1ff6d1e010d7ad.jpgRemoved the spare tire.20170305_160734.thumb.jpg.79f93e5ccec5638477443f7c9d94e86b.jpgRemoved the car jacks.  I have no clue if either of these jacks are the original. Maybe, someone could answer that.20170305_160858.thumb.jpg.1dbe8d93413b560007e102175e7482e1.jpgOld antique tire pump.  I am pretty sure these did not come standard with the car.20170305_160933.thumb.jpg.d746c142885342f32d3fda2dec31df3d.jpgThe previous owner had an amp and subwoofer, which worked very well. These were removed as well.20170305_155523.thumb.jpg.da9a618fe57f44b64782548d2e6efbd3.jpgI vacuumed up all debris.  Next time, I will remove all the trunk lining and make bare.  All of the old liners will be kept to template new pieces.  Hopefully I can get more done this weekend.

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Would need to see the jacking mechanism, but the one on the left looks promising. 

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2 hours ago, MrEarl said:

Would need to see the jacking mechanism, but the one on the left looks promising. 

Okay, so this is the one on the left.  It has square tubing.20170307_165404.thumb.jpg.37880d36df2ff764af78c7a5f72a7509.jpg20170307_165417.thumb.jpg.517c7ce776c6ed572bebcffdd385e682.jpgIf its still hard to tell, I will post pictures of the other one.  Thank you.

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not a 54/55 jack like I ever saw before. But I have been wrong, wunzt.   Jeeez that thing is scary looking just sitting there.

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26 minutes ago, MrEarl said:

not a 54/55 jack like I ever saw before. But I have been wrong, wunzt.   Jeeez that thing is scary looking just sitting there.

LOL.  I will post the other in a few.

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1 hour ago, old-tank said:

Triangular one on the right is like all 3 of mine...but the base is different.

 

40 minutes ago, MrEarl said:

not a 54/55 jack like I ever saw before. But I have been wrong, wunzt.   Jeeez that thing is scary looking just sitting there.

What about this one?20170307_174354.thumb.jpg.b42ae662f19aff38ea10ee0800538556.jpg20170307_174409.thumb.jpg.872d4aa806e90364e6c2fec073440cb5.jpg

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Got only a little while to mess with the Buick this past weekend.  Most of the day was spent working on the family van.  Anyhow, I removed both floor plates that protect the wireways at the foot of both doors.20170312_165105.thumb.jpg.6acd6217ba4d30dcde4acfe23f8d4c87.jpgEach plate is mounted on with 5 screws.  Unfortunately, most of the screws were too rusted to remove normally.  I either had to grind new slots into the screw heads and remove with a flathead screwdriver or just grind off all the way. Showing the removal area.20170318_130120.thumb.jpg.106318d9a53a92dccbf890bc2b41fa93.jpgShowing the plates removed from car.20170312_170919.thumb.jpg.040572e3fe00d941bb46eafba31a403e.jpgOverall, moderate task.  If you have no rusting, then it becomes an easy task.

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Next was the trunk liner and associated trunk hardware.  I started with this piece.20170312_152632.thumb.jpg.fad6a83245aaeeb96ee45ba0bc3b4acf.jpgShowing piece removed from car.20170312_152701.thumb.jpg.52d11e1be1840671938b33293572bba2.jpgNext piece.20170312_152736.thumb.jpg.69ca5636c5a234cfd721b5e5ec129a7f.jpgBoth sides have one screw at the rear. Remove.20170312_152747.thumb.jpg.013bb0264b9c5aec49d8547c059d36be.jpgBe sure to pull up off of locking tabs.20170312_152802.thumb.jpg.690652850641b5d621bc97bcd6c67f96.jpgShowing one of side liner pieces removed from car.20170312_152928.thumb.jpg.0bb9a35e1cb1e87cf1e04eb6d448774f.jpgNext piece.20170312_153419.thumb.jpg.59d5fbdbc4366fa926022537e72681e4.jpgPiece removed from car.20170312_153443.thumb.jpg.4ff8c961b435b79e4a3a1c7582d262cc.jpgNext piece.  Fold inward at the sides to clear locking tabs.  You'll have to tilt and manipulate a little to remove.20170312_153522.thumb.jpg.afe67dec8af0cf9b23183307f668648e.jpgShowing piece removed from car.20170312_153648.thumb.jpg.dc137afa9e3c96285c0946d07c70f586.jpgNext piece.20170312_153758.thumb.jpg.076c3b61b79f4a114481db98af79425b.jpgShowing piece removed from car.20170312_153949.thumb.jpg.b6aa9d67cc95702f742732ab2f43d167.jpgNext piece.20170312_154028.thumb.jpg.f9be67fab77ecb996f589a2c25229ea1.jpgShowing piece removed from car.20170312_154139.thumb.jpg.294b0fa11fcc2ef0ade869ad61185cb8.jpgNext pieces.20170312_154314.thumb.jpg.829b6763ad5fe343297d08b3e8a435cf.jpg20170312_154321.thumb.jpg.fd60a9545c934957ab35ea20abf1ab9a.jpgShowing pieces removed from car.20170312_154904.thumb.jpg.9d43479537db1faa8232e059ad91c06e.jpgTo removed the spare tire mounting hardware, just remove cotter pin and slide the pivot shaft out.20170312_154731.thumb.jpg.62b8d07bb383eb6e61b2c294d6df640e.jpgTo remove the trunk light, just unscrew.20170312_155318.thumb.jpg.3ec3673bd6108524f04556cc7f6562d3.jpgDisconnect.20170312_155436.thumb.jpg.3828a757204cfa798426761ca0888633.jpgTo remove trunk latch, just remove 2 bolts.20170312_160020.thumb.jpg.8c95ac4d638da22e1bb07bdb458a8bc9.jpgShowing trunk hardware removed from car.20170312_155549.thumb.jpg.6e2487d43b3412ce0c08b77131dd063e.jpg20170312_160433.thumb.jpg.f96ab2879bb30b8448e47e982202e11a.jpgShowing a bare trunk.20170318_130156.thumb.jpg.f8eeb526409d1dabf1f6a13ae0290600.jpgOverall, easy task.

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Next up was the fuse board assembly.20170318_141644.thumb.jpg.fc3c5ee5cd69a8cb0b434d046847fd83.jpgI labeled everything as I removed each connection.  My labels corresponded with the numbers shown on the fuse board.  I got say, it was pretty tough disconnecting most of these connectors.  Be patient and be thorough with keeping up with the labeling process.  Showing fuse board removed from car.  20170318_153208.thumb.jpg.9fbbeb262ada689fc25db52b6d195a3c.jpgOverall, moderate task.

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Not sure if you've read my previous & first ever msg I sent to you about an hour ago but, I was rereading part of this thread & forgot that you had mentioned that you do already have a pair of those transparent air ducts for your factory A/C system. And that you stated that they do NOT fit your car? If you can PLEASE send me a pic of one of them with a ruler/tape measure next to it, showing its length, I'd highly appreciate it! That pair you have there MIGHT be the size I've been looking for! If so, I'd be more than happy to just "give" you the pair I have here (shorter & intended for a 1955 Buick Century), in exchange for the pair that you have there. Even trade? 

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