NC-car-guy

1954 century sedan. GA to NC

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1 minute ago, Beemon said:

You could always scarce up some later backing plates to upgrade your surface area. Great work with the car, Matt! You're probably just waiting on radiator now, huh.

Rear shoes and a radiator!  Thankfully Ken Greene is toting the radiator to Atlanta so it will have a shorter distance to ship. 

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

After gathering quotes to reline my brake shoes,  it will be much cheaper to order from the one company on the east coast that stocks them. They'll ship later today!

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After 25 years, she drives again!  Hell of a tick, hope once I can warm her up good that lifter will stop.

 

 

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So as I may have stated earlier in the thread,  I pulled off the seat covers and the original upholstery is in good shape underneath.  Today I shampooed it,  wondering if there's any fabric treatments that help keep it in good shape? P.s. the lines in the photo are just from the vacuum.

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15 minutes ago, wndsofchng06 said:

 wondering if there's any fabric treatments that help keep it in good shape?

Just keep it covered from the sun, abrasive butts and hot storage.  Even then 60+ year old fabric will soon go south...usually the seams first.  But do enjoy it and display as often as possible.

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 clearly keeping it covered this long has helped but they had a permanent cover attached with hog rings I need to get a slipcover that I can take off when I want to show off the upholstery I guess

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Awesome can't wait to see the rest. I am sure though that the front drivers seat is going to be worn some. I told you, the upholstery and glass was worth the price of admission.

I forget, how are the plastic seat skirts? and if I recall,  it has a rubber mat up front right, standard in all series except 70. Keep your eyes on ebay, they come up every so often. (Right Chris?)

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Driver's seat is fine, it too was covered. Upholstery is fine, foam is brittle there too.  The only thing I cant get perfectly clean is the vinyl top part of the front seat.  Plastic seat skirts are shot. I've got some extras uncracked, but not replacing those until the seat is completely fixed!   Plastic mat up front is shot,  every time I look at it it cracks more!  

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 Got it up to temp,  had to add a quart of trans fluid,  but don't see any on the garage floor, carb evened out once hot.  Generator is charging well.  She runs very quiet other than the lifter tap....

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Lifter tap may work itself out after an oil change. My new engine had a noisy valve train, almost like yours. It went away after an oil change and now it sounds like a sewing machine. 

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Some days are better than others....  got all the heater hoses changed out,  but broke a wheel off the creeper, and broke the heater contorl valve...  ugh

 

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4 hours ago, wndsofchng06 said:

and broke the heater contorl valve..

Looks like it was not rebuildable anyhow.  I may have one I rebuilt a few years ago...PM if interested.  Or find a core and rebuild yourself.

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So I did it the hard way.  Wet sanded 800- 1000- 1500- 2000- 2500 then used the polisher and medium polish.  Still need to fine polish,  but my hands are ready to fall off and my polisher needs a new foam pad. 

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 Anyone know which tube nut it correct for the "Buick " on the hood and the side scripts? 

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Looks like the finish came back very nicely!  Hope you get this back on the road this summer.  Be a shame to have it just sitting in the garage all winter.

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What can you use to fix when the bakelite washer breaks between the horn contact and the steering column?

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Maybe just substitute a nylon washer from the hardware store?

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Maybe even a plastic washer? That's all bakelite is. A fiber or rubber washer would be too soft for sure, but isn't the washer just there to keep the contact from touching the threaded end of the steering wheel?

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The washer behind the bakelite washer ought to hold a nylon washer straight. Its not like there is extra pressure required in this location. If unsure, maybe you can get a circuit board @ a local Radio Shack and trim up one or two discs for a replacement? Getting them in is going to be fun. But I have an idea how to, if you want any ideas.

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1 hour ago, JohnD1956 said:

The washer behind the bakelite washer ought to hold a nylon washer straight. Its not like there is extra pressure required in this location. If unsure, maybe you can get a circuit board @ a local Radio Shack and trim up one or two discs for a replacement? Getting them in is going to be fun. But I have an idea how to, if you want any ideas.

Ha ha ha radio shack.... last one in NC shut down last year....   I miss them.  Anyhow, I'll try the nylon washer.  Good news is my radiator arrived.  Any tips for soldering on the new overflow tube???

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You could cut a slot thinner than the stem and the push it into place. 

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Patience and time. Might be better at this time to put a rubber hose and add an expansion tank so you're not puking coolant on a hot day. 

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