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Then lubrication of the ball joint and reassembly, a by the two small heads we do not see the parts :D

(I'll have to clean the bay too)

 

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Then the bay gate

 

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Then after a good cleaning, painting

 

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Then provisional installation , i will have to put in place the stop / stopper of the wipers to fix the grille, and put the large chrome strip at the bottom of the windshield

 

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And reassembly

 

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It will remain that the central strip of the hood and its insulation, and the hood will be finished.

Next step, finish the outline of the windshield with the bay.

  

I then ordered the sound and thermal insulation for the interior of the passenger compartment and I went to buy "underlay" to put on top of the insulation on the floor

 

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So here is where the work is ! :)  

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Hello Sebastein, my name is Ryan and I have recently purchased a 69 Lesabre Custom Convertible I was told you know a lot about Buick’s and wanted to introduce myself for future questions. Good luck on your rebuild it looks great so far. 

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On 8/8/2021 at 2:25 AM, Ryan McNeill said:

Hello Sebastein, my name is Ryan and I have recently purchased a 69 Lesabre Custom Convertible I was told you know a lot about Buick’s and wanted to introduce myself for future questions. Good luck on your rebuild it looks great so far. 

 

Hello Ryan, thank you ;) 
There is no problem, do not hesitate to ask me questions or ask me for information ;) 
Do you have pictures of your LeSabre ?

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  • 2 weeks later...

Good evening :) , after the holidays here is some news from the Buick.

I therefore continue with the contour strips of the windshield

 

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cleaning

 

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Then once the small chopsticks on the sides are done, I continue with the large one above and there I realize (I had never seen it) that someone has scratched the chopstick :(

 

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So I will have to repair this soon.
And so for now I can't put them back together :( 

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Then I continued through the mirrors.
For the record, in 1969 when this Buick arrived in France it went to "mines" (to bring it up to French standards) and they removed the original Buick mirrors to put French "retractable" mirrors.
It is mirror are "Cipa lll E2 0054" which was mounted on Citroen 2cv, Dyane, Renault 4l, Peugeot 404, ...
And that's why I end up with it's rearview mirror.

 

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cleaning

 

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Then once clean I realize that the seal around the edge of the glass has damaged :( 

 

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And the base gasket is dry and a little damaged in one place.
The problem is that there is only the new base gasket, and there is no (if I'm not mistaken) the new glass gasket :( .

So I also can't put the mirrors back in again, I will have to wait until I find a solution .

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Then in the meantime I receive a package ! :) 

 

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And that's the insulation ! :)

 

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I was surprised by the weight of the boxes, I thought it was much lighter :) 

 

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A carton is made up of several insulating sheets

 

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It is in the form of a sticky "tar" with the aluminum foil from above

 

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So cleaning the interior again before starting to install the insulation

 

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My brother came to help me, didn't know at all :) .
Applying the first track ! :) , and I thought it was going to be a lot much faster than it did :D 

It is almost not possible to make a fold / mark during the application

 

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Then at the end of the day :D

 

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Then the next day with the other side :) 

 

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during

 

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Then the day is over

And we resume the next day with the descent of the back deck

 

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Then we continue with the most stressful part, the roof.

Stressful in that we are directly on the outer sheet of the roof and that we do not especially need to press like gluttonous so as not to make dents on the roof.

We therefore heat all the plates with a heat gun before applying them to the ceiling so that they are even more flexible.

 

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There is still the rear shelf to do but before I wait to reassemble the nozzle and defrost ventilation box of the rear windows, speaker, ...

In all for two people, it took 3 days of work, 1 day for one side, 1 other day for the second side and 1 day for the descent of the rear deck and the roof.

And we thought it when a morning everything was over: hauhau:

So here is the work for the moment :) , the rest will be either : reassemble the rear window defrost box with the loudspeakers, ... to be able to finish the insulation. 

                                                                                                           or: raise the window regulator compasses and reassemble the door windows

 

It's up to me :) 

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  • 4 weeks later...

Good evening everyone, here is some news from the Buick :) 

After doing the insulation in the passenger compartment, I continued to reassemble the rear window defrost / demisting system.

This one has never worked since I had the car and I remade it a while ago

 

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Screw cleaning

 

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And setting up

 

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I then tested it and it works great ! :) 

 

Then cleaning the attachment points for the seat belts

 

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And reassembly

 

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Then with the help of my brother, we spent many hours cleaning the cables and connectors of the electrical harnesses in the passenger compartment.

We checked the beams and re-sheathed.

Then then fixing the beam

 

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Then I took care of the audio wiring (the stack of cables that have been seen under the dashboard)

But first I took care of the rear deck speakers.

The original one is not in superb condition and I had bought two "Focal" speakers which have the same dimensions as the original one.

 

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I put in place foam on the speaker to avoid vibrations between the sheet metal of the rear shelf and the speaker

 

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Then installation, and installation of the insulation on the rear shelf

 

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Then I continued with the antenna, the original one had been removed and I had bought this telescopic antenna model a few years ago

 

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Then set up

 

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So here is where I am for the moment, it seems can but it takes a long time anyway :) 

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