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1954 century sedan. GA to NC


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1 hour ago, wndsofchng06 said:

Bumper back in place. Whew! I know it's hard to see the difference. But I can tell. Actually one dagmar is About 3/16" proud of the other and my eye catches it every time!  Drives me crazy!  But I've spent two days adjusting,  with no luck...

 

 

Looks good to me.  Which way is it off? 

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Hell the whole bumper was "tweaked" in a couple of inches hence the need for replacement of the half grill. Surely if you tweaked out two inches you can tweak out another 1/8" and call the other 1/16 factory tolerance.

 

LOOKIN GOOD Bro!!!!

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From where I'm sittin it looks like that far right end of the bumper is still a bit lower than the left. If so have you tried putting something to cushion the bumper then using a jack to jack that end up and letting it spring back in place.

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It's the nature of the beast, man. My rear bumper sits higher on one side than the other, but after doing the front bumper I just let it be. My front bumper needs to be shifted towards the driver side by a quarter inch, too... just grab some 3/16" flat stock and stick it between the mounting bolts to give you that perfect shim. Based on the damage, I'm guessing someone backed into it?

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Shims might work.  Sometimes they solve 3/16" in one place, but create 1/2" in another.   Make some shims from sheet metal and try some above or below the bolt creating a wedge effect.

Anyhow I tried all that to later  find that the body is a little crooked on the frame...from the factory!:o

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1 hour ago, old-tank said:

Shims might work.  Sometimes they solve 3/16" in one place, but create 1/2" in another.   Make some shims from sheet metal and try some above or below the bolt creating a wedge effect.

Anyhow I tried all that to later  find that the body is a little crooked on the frame...from the factory!:o

 

 

I have noticed "close enough" work from the factory.  

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On 2017-6-1 at 7:19 PM, wndsofchng06 said:

 

Wheel cylinders arrived!  Took me a whole hour to reassemble one wheel!  But it's hot and I'm tired after work.

 

 

That's not bad!!!! 

Ashamed to admit it but took me over many years to do my brake job. :wacko:

However, the end rewards are truly wonderful!

 

Keep at her! :)

 

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you may be missing one or both of the springs, the big spring may be broken or you may have the plate that hold the springs adjusted down too tight. Here are some pictures of the innards of the horn button.

 

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I'm pulling a complete power steering unit this week so will send you the complete horn button assembly, til then if anything gets in your way just give out a good ol Rebel yell. 

 

 

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Well I thought I'd regret today.  I followed the instructions before installing the new fuel pump, be sure all lines, filters, and the tank are clean and free of debris.  Every Buick gas tank I've dropped has been a bigger project than I ever wanted.  I figured that since this car sat for 20+ years, I was about to find myself in for another $250 to buy a new tank and sending unit.  Began with some PB blast, the bolts came right off, and dang if the tank wasn't slap-full of fuel.  I now have 3 gas cans of old gas. Surprisingly it wasn't too badly varnished and didn't smell too stale so I will run it in my lawnmower.  I guess having a full tank saved the tank itself.  The sender was in good shape and the inside of the tank is very clean!  20170617_153320.thumb.jpg.45c82b41c03dfd5f531c25be2eef68b8.jpg

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While I was at it, I decided to clean and paint my fan shroud and fan, and the battery hold down.

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Luckily my supervisor, Bruno approves as he guards some Buick parts.

 

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Matt, the tank straps ground the sending unit and tank to the frame. Since you painted it, make sure when you reinstall, to put a grounding strap from the sender to the frame. Did you check the sender to see if it still works?

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Yea I just run a wire from one of screws to the frame.  Haven't checked the sending unit yet.  On a side note,   has anyone ever successfully removed a drain plug from one of these tanks?  Ha ha ha

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I removed the one in mine right before I coated it with a tank restore by POR15. It was tough at first, but that's the only way to effectively get all the old gas out.

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19 minutes ago, wndsofchng06 said:

Yea I just run a wire from one of screws to the frame.  Haven't checked the sending unit yet.  On a side note,   has anyone ever successfully removed a drain plug from one of these tanks?  Ha ha ha

 

I've removed a couple, no problem. You having a problem with yours?

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5 minutes ago, MrEarl said:

Flat jaw vice grips 

there's a good write up on here and the '54 Highway on cleaning and sealing . Lots of fun.

I'm not sealing it,  I'd buy a new tank before I went through that again.  plus if you don't do it just right you end up with bits of it stuck in your fuel line. It's hard to take a picture but this is literally shiny inside. 

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