Beemon

Me and my beautiful 1956 Buick

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I'm adding to the wishlist here. Holley/MSD just recently came out with a coil-on-plug driver system that uses their distributors with a blank cap. I think having two LS coils on each side of the valve cover breather with some type of throttle body injection would really wake this old 322 up. I guess if you take the MSD nailhead distributor and gut it with replacement hall effect stuff on the inside, all the billet bases are the same so you just throw the blank cap on there. Then you can have either one of their Sniper units or a stand alone coil driver fire the plugs with a programmable map.

 

I think I've just about given up on doing dual quads at some point. The air cleaner really completes the engine and I just think it would look silly without it. I thought about the Chevy/Cadillac/HEMI dual quad air cleaner but there's no guarantee it will fit and its pretty massive. I think the only thing that would cause me to give up the original air cleaner would be a McCulloch supercharger setup, but good luck finding one of those.

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I went home for the weekend to see my wife and make an appearance at a Halloween party. Of course my real motive was to see the Buick...

 

If you recall, my antenna is was inoperable after the car came out of the restoration shop. I didn't really have much time to look the car over since I picked it up and left for school on the same day. After taking a second look, all I can really say is that I'm disappointed. To start, I examined the antenna. The leads were ripped out of the switch when removed, and the aluminum coil for the nylon cable to go into has been broken off. I think the motor is still operable, but I am beyond disappointed, especially with how rare a working original power antenna is. I'm hoping, because I did not have time to remove it, that the damage is repairable. I can resolder, crimp, whatever wires back together, but the nylon cable is ripped out of the bottom of the antenna mast (after I had already JB welded it back together). 

 

Then I started looking. They installed the starter relay with self tapping screws into the inner fender and not where it was originally bolted down. They also did not put the bottom bolt through the inner fender to the outer fender behind the wheel. The bolts they used to fasten the outer fender to the body at the bottom were also loose. Then all the bolts that went to the inner fender that was replaced were also loose. It is a rushed mess altogether.

 

I feel I am partially responsible given the short time frame, but they did assure me it would be done to the best of their ability. 

 

I honestly cannot wait to be in industry after this final semester to start building my own garage. I am like a broken record at this point, but I literally cannot find any honest professionals around. Its like a curse. Even when I do research and look at prior work. Maybe my expectations are too high? I am grateful the car is done, but the "premiums" that came after the insurance company paid out didn't sit right with me either.

 

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I don't know if you can see this, but the skinny part if you follow the loop is the actual nylon cable exposed. The thicker part is the aluminum coil that is supposed to be attached to the motor top. 

 

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Also unrelated but here's the light show coming from my Generator. Looks like I'll be moving towards an alternator full time since I can't keep buying these things. I don't understand why I burn through these so quickly, I follow the shop manual to a T when adjusting the voltage regulator and its outputting the correct amount. All I can think of is foreign contaminant since they didn't really cover the engine bay when they did their work - its covered in dust and other crap.

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Ouch man I'm sorry... If you want I've got two pretty fresh rebuilt gens  that I did actually use and they both worked fine before switching to the power Gen.. You can have for the cost of shipping.. Although they are heavy...

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I might take you up on that. I only had a day with it, but I'll be heading back for the weekend of the 11th so start digging into things hopefully, if not then Thanksgiving week.

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Hell I think I still have the output test on the Wilson one.. That one I ran for a year before converting.. The other one is a beck arnley that was on the car when I got it.. Drove it for a few years with that one.. Swapped it out for the Wilson one cause I thought it was making noise.. It wasn't lol.. They're just sitting around

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I might be able to help with power antenna parts...  Let me know.

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Does this picture look right to you? Guess I will be sifting through the junkyard to find original hood bolts that have mysteriously disappeared. 

 

I went and talked to the shop today to get my stuff, since we had an agreement to hold my things until the week of Thanksgiving (break) and they have all mysteriously disappeared. 

 

This is why I hate this hobby.

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The rest of the antenna is fine, I just need to re-glue the nylon end back into the antenna and re-feed the nylon cable. 

 

I just can't believe a shop suggested by Hagerty conducts itself this way.

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Hopefully this can be welded back together. I don't see why not but we'll see. 

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1 hour ago, Beemon said:

Does this picture look right to you? Guess I will be sifting through the junkyard to find original hood bolts that have mysteriously disappeared. 

 

I went and talked to the shop today to get my stuff, since we had an agreement to hold my things until the week of Thanksgiving (break) and they have all mysteriously disappeared. 

 

This is why I hate this hobby.

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I hear ya Ben! @MrEarl might have a 56 with the bolts ya need.

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Is stealing bolts a common thing for restoration shops? Most of the nuts and bolts that were used to hold the front end together, specifically the flange head bolts, have all been swapped out with standard bolts. 

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"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."  -Hanlons Razor.

 

I doubt they stole them. They probably threw them away out of ignorance. It is pretty common. I wish that weren't true, but it is.

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1 hour ago, Beemon said:

Is stealing bolts a common thing for restoration shops? Most of the nuts and bolts that were used to hold the front end together, specifically the flange head bolts, have all been swapped out with standard bolts. 

Stealing bolts is not common. loosing them is.

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That seems very negligent to me. Obviously they were not interested in keeping my things and lied about it so i'm not surprised they would lose all my bolts.

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21 hours ago, Beemon said:

This is why I hate this hobby.

Not unique to the hobby, just life in general....

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28 minutes ago, old-tank said:

Not unique to the hobby, just life in general....

True! Hence why I have so many projects. Can't trust anyone else.....

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2 hours ago, old-tank said:

Not unique to the hobby, just life in general....

 

There is bad everywhere, but this hobby is something else. The only crooks i've come across have been in the classic car hobby. I feel like this hobby attracts a lot of people with skills looking to take advantage of others. I mean just cars in general. Those stereotypes of mechanics taking advantage of people are just multiplied in the classic car hobby. 

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11 minutes ago, Beemon said:

 

There is bad everywhere, but this hobby is something else. The only crooks I've come across have been in the classic car hobby. I feel like this hobby attracts a lot of people with skills looking to take advantage of others. I mean just cars in general. Those stereotypes of mechanics taking advantage of people are just multiplied in the classic car hobby. 

 

You have definitely had your share of "not conscientious" service people for sure Ben.

Let me tell you, they are out there....

 

A friend of mine has a 1966 Mustang convertible with the pony option interior but it has a 6 cylinder automatic. Dan felt he had to have the motor rebuilt (for what ever reason...) and took it to a Restoration Shop locally. I have seen some of their work (at shows) and thought, What did that cost for how it looked?

The rebuild started out at a quote of 6,000 (CDN) taken out by the shop, rebuilt and setup back in the car in running order. 

While out doesn't the shop owner say that the front unibody torque boxes are bad and need to be rebuilt. Not a surprise on a Mustang really but this car without being on a hoist looked beautiful and showed good door gaps which usually is a give away sign.

Now with the motor apart things are adding up over the 6 grand and... after the front boxes are fixed it was decided to check the sub frame at the back. 

Yes, supposedly they needed to be replaced also and by now the owner felt he had no choice but to trust their word (even after looking at it).

Finally the motor goes back in and setup with the body work completed and Dan goes home to a not very happy wife when she saw the bill...

He took his time breaking it in as instructed and later took in on a car run which he had done several times before all this work was done. On the way out the gauge was reading high on the temperature but made it without boiling over. 

After the all day event he and the wife headed home only to have the rad boil over!

CAA (your AAA) was called and dropped at his home for the night.

The '"Restoration Shop" was called on the Monday and they came to drive it to their place.

 

Two days later Dan was told the problem was the radiator which they said would be 900 bucks for one adequate enough to cool the car. (for a 6 cylinder car???)

Turns out, another mechanic (not the "restoration Shop") set the points & re-timed it which solved the issue after the rad by itself made little difference.

 

All said and done, the "Shop" soaked him for over 25,000 (CDN!!!!)

 

Nice car but....

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I know this doesn't help you Ben but want you to know yes we have one too.

Not all are like this so don't want to cast all in the same light. 

 

Just how much does one have to research before not experiencing this kind of thing? 

I do know however NOT one of my cars will ever see their door!

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On 11/25/2019 at 6:18 PM, NC-car-guy said:

I hear ya Ben! @MrEarl might have a 56 with the bolts ya need.


sorry for the crappy picture, took it with flash at dusk. Looks like some sort of push nut. They’re definitely different than 54,5. Can send you these if you want. And just to prove nice reputable guys are still out there ,  $100 for set four 🤣🤣😉 

 

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17 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

True! Hence why I have so many projects. Can't trust anyone else.....


and then there are the guys who did your hood and fender fitment 

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4 minutes ago, MrEarl said:


sorry for the crappy picture, took it with flash at dusk. Looks like some sort of push nut. They’re definitely different than 54,5. Can send you these if you want. And just to prove nice reputable guys are still out there ,  $100 for set four 🤣🤣😉 

 

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Dear God... golden bolts!  Lol.  Yes 56 hinges are unique, I've already sold mine.

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17 hours ago, Beemon said:

 

There is bad everywhere, but this hobby is something else. The only crooks i've come across have been in the classic car hobby. I feel like this hobby attracts a lot of people with skills looking to take advantage of others. I mean just cars in general. Those stereotypes of mechanics taking advantage of people are just multiplied in the classic car hobby. 

 

 

I'm not sure it is multiplied by the classic car hobby and shops but it appears to be more common for a shop to take a car, cash for restoration and then close up the following week.  Do not hear that of major dealerships repairing daily drivers. However, quite a few times I have dropped my daily driver for warranty repair only to find missing nuts and bolts.  Different nuts and bolts.  Disconnected fresh air tubes to the air cleaner, etc.  I'm never a fan of others working on my rides.    

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Spent yesterday with my Dad for his Thanksgiving dinner. We went sand shrimp foraging on the beaches of Ocean Shores. Didn't find anything, but driving on the beach was pretty fun. 

 

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Today we went to give thanks to the grandparents. Its the first time I've gotten the car out after getting re-registered and new insurance. I noticed today the grill medallion reads 1956 Buick Special. Among the things that were thrown away includes the original 1956 Buick Century medallion, so I'll need to track another one of those down to make the car correct. This Saturday I will be going to the junkyard to see if I can track some of this stuff down, but given how rare Centuries are, I doubt I will find a medallion locally. I'll be making a post in Buy/Sell, hopefully someone has some Century parts out there.

 

I'm trying to remain positive but everytime I find something, it just ruins the mood.

 

Happy Thanksgiving all.

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I may can help with that as with the bolts as I mentioned above. Let me know if your junkyard visit is unfruitful 

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On 11/26/2019 at 5:23 PM, Beemon said:

The only crooks i've come across have been in the classic car hobby.

 

Wait until you buy a house and need something done... 

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