Mack0331

My 57 Buick special project

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Maybe that way for shipping in case something happened and damaged the casting?

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Well dropped the trans off to be rebuilt. I don't do transmissions never have. When I was a ford tech at a dealer we had one guy that did all the transmissions and I've been a fleet tech for the last 7 years for a rental company and we don't do transmissions at all so I just didn't want to mess with it.  Only time I even think about them is once every 5 years when I have to recert my trans ASE certification. Making some progress again! 

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Where did you drop the trans off? I had mine done locally, too, and it has a leak at the torque converter to main body seal.

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3 minutes ago, Beemon said:

Where did you drop the trans off? I had mine done locally, too, and it has a leak at the torque converter to main body seal.

Precision transmission in Everett. 

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Just now, Mack0331 said:

Precision transmission in Everett. 

 

That's quite a ways away, did they come recommended? I was recommended by Transmission Specialists in Auburn off 167 to use King's Transmission in East Hill of Kent. They did a decent job, but it leaks quite a bit from the front seal. Nothing to worry about as the dipstick still reads within spec, but a little disheartening.

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A lot of places didn't seem too excited about rebuilding a 50s trans that's been sitting forever. This guy seemed to know what he's talking about. He has 10 trans shops around the area but said he would do it himself if I brought it to the shop he's at in Everett. Its only about a hour from me so no big deal. Kinda a shot in the dark. 

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Don't leave parts where small children can get them. My plans to get the rear end together we thwarted when my axle flange gaskets went missing. Also I mangled a upper ball joint  boot and no one seems to carry them so I need to measure it and order a universal one as close to the right size as I can. 

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3 hours ago, Mack0331 said:

Don't leave parts where small children can get them. My plans to get the rear end together we thwarted when my axle flange gaskets went missing. Also I mangled a upper ball joint  boot and no one seems to carry them so I need to measure it and order a universal one as close to the right size as I can. 

 

  That's, right blame the kids!  :)

 

  Ben

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Finished up the rear end , brakes , and threw the wheels on . its a roller !  Motor and trans will go in next weekend. Wanted to get them in this weekend but some of the trans parts took longer to get here so it won't be dome until this week. 

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18 hours ago, Mack0331 said:

Finished up the rear end , brakes , and threw the wheels on . its a roller !  Motor and trans will go in next weekend. Wanted to get them in this weekend but some of the trans parts took longer to get here so it won't be dome until this week. 

 

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Looks like the star adjuster is reversed?  Is that on purpose?

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Those things can be annoying to adjust if they are not in the correct orientation.  Access is one thing, and the direction they turn is another consideration.

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9 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:

Those things can be annoying to adjust if they are not in the correct orientation.  Access is one thing, and the direction they turn is another consideration.

Yup  I never remember what direction to turn the darn things

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Getting this trans rebuilt has been a bit of a hassle. First we had to order parts from  like 5 different places to get everything needed. Then some parts cane in wrong so had to get all that sorted. Then valve body needed a massive amount of cleaning which took a while . now everything's back together but apparently no one makes new torque converters for them. Now we are having one made. Everything else is done so I will finally get it back next week about 3 weeks later than originally planed but it will be all entirely new. Starting to think my original plan to convert it all to a LS drive train wouldn't have been such a bad idea LOL. 

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On ‎2‎/‎16‎/‎2018 at 1:50 PM, Mack0331 said:

Now we are having one made.

 

What? 

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On ‎2‎/‎16‎/‎2018 at 1:50 PM, Mack0331 said:

 

On ‎2‎/‎16‎/‎2018 at 1:50 PM, Mack0331 said:

apparently no one makes new torque converters for them. Now we are having one made.

 

 

What?  Do 57's have a sealed torque converter like a more modern trans and  unlike the older Dynaflows?

 

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No it comes apart but I think he's having issues finding parts. Guy knows his shit about transmissions and he called me at work I couldn't really talk I basically just told him to do whatever and get it done. I hate transmissions didn't really care about having a huge detailed conversation about all the internals. Having one made was probably the wrong wording but there's some part of it or something he's making. 

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Well the local restoration shops said it would cost $10k to have new floors put in. F that! Found new rear floor pans online and just used sheet metal to patch the rest. Spayed raptor bed liner over it and that works just fine. It will be under carpet anyway so don't need it perfect. Wasn't paying 10k that's for sure! Started sanding down the body . Need to get the rest of the trim and windows out this weekend. 

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1 hour ago, JohnD1956 said:

I would have made the same choice.  -_-

Yeah, perfect!

I have even used Por15 and fiberglass on small holes!  Not structural and not seen.

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10 grand?? I need to raise my prices.  You chose wisely.

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1 minute ago, Smartin said:

10 grand?? I need to raise my prices.  You chose wisely.

And that was the cheap option. What they called " hot rod floors" . 

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I finally got my transmission back. A little annoyed about two things. I specifically asked if the price they quoted me included rebuilding the torque ball and the guy said the price includes everything it needed. Well they didn't rebuild the torque ball I got that back in a box. Oh well I ordered a rebuild kit. Second they don't have the 3 open spots in converter for the flexplate to attach to in the right position. They have two open holes next to each other. I think by reading the manual I can figure out which of the bolt holes are for the flexplate to attach to. For bolting the flexplate to the converter are they just 3 regular bolts ? I thought I rememered like studs coming off the converter and going through the flexplate then nuts going on to attach the flexplate ? 

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On 56, they are studs and nuts. My shop did not do the torque ball either because it does not come with the kit. However, after I had the car on the road, I took it back to them and they did the repair for free (also had the rear axle shimmed at the same time, took advantage of the free labor to remove the rear axle). The torque ball is not hard to do, though. The kit comes with shims, you need to read the shop manual and then determine by hand what the right clearance "feels like". Make sure to remove all the rubber from the torque ball, too. The new kits have the rubber on the retainer.

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