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7 hours ago, dei said:

Nice job on the fuse block Lance. I'm going to have to do the one for the Limited and have the harness from the Roadmaster out in storage which likely needs cleaning up too. Can't hurt right?

 

The linkage looks great!

You say you painted it, can I ask what with and the colour? My screen doesn't show it well.

Doug

Cleaning up the fuse block is a chore that provides less immediate satisfaction, but may save frustration later, so definitely recommend.

 

I plated, not painted the linkage...silver (clear) cadmium.

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1 hour ago, lancemb said:

Cleaning up the fuse block is a chore that provides less immediate satisfaction, but may save frustration later, so definitely recommend.

 

I plated, not painted the linkage...silver (clear) cadmium.

 

Well DANG!

Lot's of excuses asking the question when  I just needed to READ your post. Sorry.

I'll call it late at night or maybe smelling too much metal polish?

 

 

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Got the rest of the braking system together.  I wound up going with the cad-plated booster can since I had it already.  I haven't installed fluid yet; I'll do that once I get more done since it's not ready to move yet anyway.

 

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35 minutes ago, lancemb said:

I haven't installed fluid yet; I'll do that once I get more done since it's not ready to move yet anyway.

Easier to bleed em now. 

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2 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

Easier to bleed em now. 

I'm sure it is.  I was just putting it off because I want to swap a couple things on the brakes before I adjust everything up (at least preliminarily) before I bleed them, and I'm anxious to make progress on other stuff.  However, I'm waiting on a couple things anyway so I just might tackle finishing brakes next.

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I was thinking of just a "gravity bleeding" of the system while the inner fenders were off.  But I will admit that I thought of this cause it's getting tougher for me to bend at my knees.  You, and others, may not have that consideration.  🤔

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One small step for Lance, one giant leap for Gray-kind.  Got the rubber flaps cut and installed on inner fenders.  Time for a couple of big pieces to go back on the puzzle!

 

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The vital parts are beginning to come together.  There are still plenty of hours of tedious tasks, but to see it at this point is jolly good!

 

Some of these parts have been collected for a long time, long last to find their home.  But they are not the last...

 

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Today's project was installing an original NOS 1957 Buick Autronic Eye System, while access is good.  Some of the installation instructions were missing, so I had to use information from Cadillac and Pontiac installations to get it put together correctly as there is no available documentation other than what came in the box.

 

On the Cadillac the large amplifier goes on the driver side (thanks @g-g-g0 for pics), but Buick has the battery on this side.  Hence, the Buick amplifier comes with a super-long cable to move it to the passenger side.  The relay stays on the driver side to be near the headlight harness.

 

Luckily, I do have the template for installing the eye on the dashboard.  That part will happen later after I get the dash in.  When I do, I'll simply need to plug it in.

 

There is a little shelf wear on the amplifier, but I didn't want to mess with it and ruin the originality.

 

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On 11/9/2020 at 2:03 AM, lancemb said:

Got the rest of the braking system together.  I wound up going with the cad-plated booster can since I had it already.  I haven't installed fluid yet; I'll do that once I get more done since it's not ready to move yet anyway.

 

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Looks very good. Great job. One question regarding the booster, is that they way it would come from the assembly plant? I'm just in middle of doing mine.

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