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It does have a clutch fan.  I’ll have to check to see if it works anymore.  

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The thermal lock-up capability is important to the lower RPM cooling.  The original equipment clutch is not nearly as efficient.   However, on my Roadmaster, the OEM is very adequate.

Dan

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Very impressive to hear that the A/C still works!  Nice!  

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I couldn't believe it, John!  I think that's a testament to how much the previous owner cared to keep this car in operational condition.  He did mention to me that it worked when he sold it.  If I can make this cooling issue go away, I may actually drive it to OKC this year🤣

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If you get around to changing the brake hoses, try also ensuring the junction block is not clogged.  Since it sits low, if car sits for a long spell with impurities in fluid it can collect there and cause a blockage.

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14 hours ago, Smartin said:

I couldn't believe it, John!  I think that's a testament to how much the previous owner cared to keep this car in operational condition.  He did mention to me that it worked when he sold it.  If I can make this cooling issue go away, I may actually drive it to OKC this year🤣

 

Did you happen to read the tech services bulletin I posted on the temperature issues with the 56?  It may help to have a 160 thermostat, although as Ed often points out, that is the minimum temp.   But more importantly, it may help to realize what the temp gauge visual is really showing, in so far as I believe the '56 and 57 temp gauges may be very similar in calibration. 

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I haven't had time to yank the radiator and have it cleaned out, so I will tow the car to OKC this year.  I did drive it about an hour one-way a couple weekends ago to Laura Buick GMC, and it crept up to about the 5/8 mark on the temp gauge.  I don't like seeing it above the N mark...soon the trailer it goes.  I may have a day or two to work on some authenticity details that have been bugging me...it will literally be the day before we leave.

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44 minutes ago, Smartin said:

5/8 mark on the temp gauge.

Put a real gauge on it or infrared heat gun at the thermostat housing. 

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Maybe when I get some real time to work on it...although it definitely won’t hurt to have the radiator cleaned out since it really has done nothing but sit for the last 9 years.

 

In other news, there are a few items in my interior that are not 100% correct after it was redone.  The upper door panels are supposed to be heat embossed, and the ones that are on it are sewn.  It just so happens that the panels in the parts car are the correct color, and they cleaned up super nice this morning.  I will have to change the dash pad extensions out with the ones on the car, but this is a really cheap fix for authenticity.  Also, the headliner and sun visors are a perforated vinyl, and not the correct diamond pattern. The visors in the parts car are surprisingly nearly perfect....sooooo those are going on too.

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Here is a comparison shot to show how nasty these things were.  Door panels were like this too.

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Well, bummer about the upper door panels.  Unless I can find a good dye that matches the copper color on the dash extensions for the front panels, I can’t use these.  They aren’t detachable without peeling the covers off.  So maybe I’ll visit the local auto body store to see if he can match me some vinyl paint.

 

Next small project...cowl seal for the rear part of the hood was completely missing.  I ordered a new one, but it’s not as nice as the original one I pulled off the parts car.  So I cleaned up that one and installed it.  I just need rear hood bumper pads now.  Hopefully cars will have them at the show.

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Dang, that parts car is coming in much handier than imagined!

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I'll be putting the rear door panels on, but the fronts are a no-go for now.  They may have another use.

 

So, my ONE day off before we leave for the national meet...tomorrow is detail thrash day.  Most of it will consist of under-hood authenticity issues like bolt colors and hose clamps.  I need to get the correct size battery.  Wiper motor needs to be replaced with a vacuum unit, which I cleaned up this evening.  My front marker lights had the wire harnesses snipped at some point in its life and they look horrible.  Swapping those out for the ones in the parts car that are perfect.  LOTS of stuff that can/will snowball into a big mess tomorrow...

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Once you hear it run, you're going to want a full exhaust put on Black 😁

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I was up at sunrise this morning with the hood up.  Wiper motor replaced with correct vacuum unit, all new vacuum lines and washer jar was cleaned up.  The wipers work for about 3 swipes and then quit.  I don't plan on using them, anyway.  Most of my cars wipers never work.  Rain X is a wonderful thing.

 

All of the fender bolts with square washers were removed and cleaned up, then painted a silvery color that's as close to silver cad plat that I can find.  They were all body color from lazy painters in the past.  Hood hinges were badly oversprayed with body color, too.  I did my best to just hose some flat black on them to hide the fact they're covered in Garnet Red paint.

 

Front marker lights were replaced with ones from the parts car.  The harness was cut right at the bulkhead at the radiator support, and then sloppily pinch-coupled together with stupid stupid connectors.  I cleaned up all of the wiring the best I could with lacquer thinner and a rag...tons of black paint all over the place.

 

The hood latch parts on the radiator support and the hood itself were all hosed with black paint.  I pulled those off and bathed them in thinner...then used a brass brush to clean them up without disturbing the original plating.

 

New plug wires to replace the ugly blue ones.

 

Battery hold-down bracket was too skinny to hold the new battery...so I "modified" it to fit.  Hopefully no one will notice one side of it is missing 🤣

 

I made a feeble attempt to put tower clamps on the top radiator hose.  Did fine with the top one, but the one at the t-stat housing snapped when I tightened it up....so I piggy-backed a worm drive clamp on it closer to the end of the hose.

 

When I got the car, it had a crappy plastic fuel filter on it, and the bracket/glass filter was MIA.  Thanks to Lance for getting me a fitting that connects to the bracket for mounting.  I was able to get all of that fixed up correctly today, too.

 

I still have a ton of detailing to do...but it's close.  It's on the trailer and ready to go tomorrow.  I still have to pack...but at least all the part I'm bringing to sell are loaded.

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Looking forward to seeing you and the car, Adam! It looks great.

 

57BuickJim, Larry & Joyce Schramm and I are leaving Wednesday morning and plan to arrive on Thursday afternoon.

It's about 1060 miles for us.

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Really looking forward to meeting you and seeing the 58!

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Instead of commenting on the election thread, I'll drop in here and mention that the 57 got a Silver award last night.  I am eager to get the judging sheet back and make corrections for next year.  One of these days, I'll score the elusive Gold Senior.  Plain ol' gold would be good, too.

 

 

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On 6/16/2019 at 4:08 PM, Smartin said:

Instead of commenting on the election thread, I'll drop in here and mention that the 57 got a Silver award last night.  I am eager to get the judging sheet back and make corrections for next year.  One of these days, I'll score the elusive Gold Senior.  Plain ol' gold would be good, too.

 

 

How do you obtain judging sheet?  I have never gotten one...

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I thought I remembered there being directions inside our registration bags about sending self-addressed stamped envelopes to the office...but since Cornerstone is now the office, it may change.  Will probably need to call them.

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On 4/23/2019 at 8:51 AM, Smartin said:

It does have a clutch fan.  I’ll have to check to see if it works anymore.  

Installed a thermal lock-up clutch on my Roadmaster today.  I will test it before the Saturday Club Show.  Temps this week will be in the lower 90s.

 

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On 6/25/2019 at 7:04 PM, Caballero2 said:

Installed a thermal lock-up clutch on my Roadmaster today.  I will test it before the Saturday Club Show.  Temps this week will be in the lower 90s.

 

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Today's temperature is 92 degrees now.  Temperature on the highway is dead center on the 'N'.

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Thanks for reporting on that...I really need to dive into this and work out the kinks.  

 

Side note, I think I ran the car about a half dozen times over the course of the national meet to demonstrate the ICE cold air conditioning 😆 ...it is amazingly cold.

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Bound and determined for a gold award on the next round of judging, I have to open up the check book.  Pretty sizeable order to CARS, Antique Auto Battery, and Auto Zone (for brake parts).

 

The bummer about points being deducted on certain original items like trunk material and hood insulation, is that it's the original stuff.  Not that it's in terrible condition, it just isn't great.  So, since condition plays a role in point value, I have to replace these original items to clean things up a bit.

 

Things I need to focus on for next time - rechrome fuel door, clean up outside of fuel tank, clean spare tire (oops), install plastic valve stem caps (someone told me to put on metal ones previously), engine compartment general condition (needs a virtual gut job without messing with the AC), clean up all wires in engine bay that are coated in paint, original style battery, replace hood insulation, clean up small stain on driver front seat, somehow procure an orange/brown power brake pedal pad that isn't worn, replace trunk lining material...and I think that's about all I can do at this point. 

 

This year's judging score was 375.  If I fix all this stuff,  it will be around 388 with no mandatory deductions.

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