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I know this is not about a Buick but a friend has been parking a 1950 Packard on his cement pad out in the open for a buddy of his for about 10 years. He mentioned just this Wednesday that someone stopped by to inquire about if the car was for sale and would like to look at it. 

Guess they opened the trunk and the mice ran out like a Chinese fire drill! 

Your picture reminded me of that moment.

 

I guess the interior is infested with them too... Sad to let what looked like a very decent car when it came there get ruined like that!

 

Looks like Kowpi earns her keep MrEarl.

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1 hour ago, MrEarl said:

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Which reminds me of a story...  I had a car with a slight coolant leak.  Being as I lived in a rural area and the car was parked outside, a wood rat would climb into the engine compartment and chew on the coolant-soaked hood insulation.  Open the hood in the morning, and like as not he was sitting there.  One day I take off in the car and drive about 15 miles.  I stop at a red light, and a rat takes off from under the car and shoots across a 6-lane intersection.  I'm guessing it got a little warm for him under there, but he was too scared to bail while I was cruising down the freeway. Never saw another sign of a rat under the hood, so maybe he was the only one with a taste for antifreeze.

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26 minutes ago, MrEarl said:

Nah, that’s what took BlueBird ?

BTW Bluebird is fine, they pulled the engine out to put together and paint engine and bay. I have not see it but will take pics when I do

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1 hour ago, Elpad said:

I thought it was the Cuban rum that affected you!

I don't know about the rum from Cuba but I had a Cuban cigar once.  Oh my what a joy!!!

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1 hour ago, Elpad said:

BTW Bluebird is fine, they pulled the engine out to put together and paint engine and bay. I have not see it but will take pics when I do

 

 

Thanks for the update. Considering that is a 24,000 mile car, you really should go over and make sure it gets done correct, per the thread on the ‘54 Buick Highway. Just a thought.  

 

Sorry for the highjack Matt, now back to your story. Here’s a few teaser pictures. Check these sweet door panels! 

 

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And the trunk (with all 10,454 parts to be reinstalled) 

 

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Stunning!  Gorgeous car with lots of life left beginning a new chapter...  ;)

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Groovy man. Did you hit much rain on the way home ? The giant sandwich bagged carburetor do ok? 

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5 minutes ago, MrEarl said:

Groovy man. Did you hit much rain on the way home ? The giant sandwich bagged carburetor do ok? 

We had a few spurts of rain the carburetor cover held but did get some water in the floorboard

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Boy after 9 mos of no old car I'm really not feelin' it...  I'll try again next weekend.

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Wait until you drive the Roadmaster 

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53 minutes ago, NC-car-guy said:

Boy after 9 mos of no old car I'm really not feelin' it...  I'll try again next weekend.

Around here we call that the Mañana syndrome.

You're looking at one big project.  Gotta think of it as a bunch of little-bitty  projects.  Start with the covers over the vents...easy to get to with the hood off.

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They are off.  Pulling this engine/trans to paint and detail....  Ugh. I'm gonna see if I can get it in the local shop and finance maybe.  

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18 minutes ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

You just need a break!   Jump in the daily driver and come to Midwest City.

 

  Ben

My DD is a Ford truck.  🙂  and I just started....

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Posted (edited)

The deed is done.  Two questions:

1. Judging from the water pump area, should I be concerned with the rest of the water passages?

2. The trans cooler was blocked up with chunks and a blackish greasy material.... Any ideas?  Trans fluid showed no sign of water. 

 

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4 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

1. Judging from the water pump area, should I be concerned with the rest of the water passages?

 

yes.  Since it is out, I'd consider opening the core plugs and washing the block passages.

 

4 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

2. The trans cooler was blocked up with chunks and a blackish greasy material.... Any ideas?  Trans fluid showed no sign of water. 

 

More evidence the engine cooling passages should be checked? It's good that there is no water in the trans, but obviously it will tend to overheat the trans unless coolant flow can be restored.  This might be a good candidate for an auxiliary trans cooler assuming those would be enough to cool a Dynaflow.

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Just now, JohnD1956 said:

 

More evidence the engine cooling passages should be checked? It's good that there is no water in the trans, but obviously it will tend to overheat the trans unless coolant flow can be restored.  This might be a good candidate for an auxiliary trans cooler assuming those would be enough to cool a Dynaflow.

Remember the 55 and earlier ran water back to a little heat exchanger at the transmission.

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1 hour ago, NC-car-guy said:

Remember the 55 and earlier ran water back to a little heat exchanger at the transmission.

 

Yes, I stand by my statements.  It was indicated that the trans cooler had black greasy solids in it.  I figured this was in the coolant passages of the trans cooler.  As such, that same black greasy material is probably present, and settled into the lower regions of the engine block.  

And if the cooler cannot be successfully flushed of that material, then I think I would go for an auxiuliary trans cooler for the front of the radiator, and eliminate this factory coolant unit. 

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