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1925 Buick Standard Barn Raising

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Attached is a photo of the metal bracket which holds the rear of the hood at the center pivot.  Kevin Roner made this part for me as mine was missing.  I have since found an original - rusty one- for reference.  What I noticed during hood installation was that the factory hood fit at the rear was rather poor.  Too much gap between the rear of the hood and the cowl trim.  I had to put an S shape into the hood pivot to allow me to move the hood back further and get a really good looking hood line.  This photo shows the added bend that I put into the bracket.  About a 1/8" bend.  The bent bracket on the left.  The original flat bracket on the right.     

 

A note about fitting the hood.  It is easier to fit the top of the hood first without the louvers.  After the top fit is good,  install the side louvers using a slightly smaller sized wire in the hinge for the louvers.  Once all the parts look good, replace the side louver wire with the correct size.    Hugh

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Hugh,

What an impressive restoration. I would love to see that car in person some day!

Before and after pics are great! I’m jealous of your front brakes!

 

All the best! 

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JBuick,  

     Thank you.  I am still working my way toward being able to show the car.  At least now I no longer have to push it.  1924 was a step change at Buick.  Raising the height of the radiator in the model change and adding front brakes.  

I just finished pinstriping the car yesterday.  My pinstripe procedure is below.   I posted my wheel pinstriping procedure earlier.  I also have my replated bumpers on the car.  My headlight reflectors have been sent off.   I was hoping to get a photo outside, but the garage door spring broke so the car stays inside until later in the week.       Hugh

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9 hours ago, Hubert_25-25 said:

aAttached is a photo of the metal bracket which holds the rear of the hood at the center pivot.  Kevin Roner made this part for me as mine was missing.  I have since found an original - rusty one- for reference.  What I noticed during hood installation was that the factory hood fit at the rear was rather poor.  Too much gap between the rear of the hood and the cowl trim.  I had to put an S shape into the hood pivot to allow me to move the hood back further and get a really good looking hood line.  This photo shows the added bend that I put into the bracket.  About a 1/8" bend.  The bent bracket on the left.  The original flat bracket on the right.     

 

A note about fitting the hood.  It is easier to fit the top of the hood first without the louvers.  After the top fit is good,  install the side louvers using a slightly smaller sized wire in the hinge for the louvers.  Once all the parts look good, replace the side louver wire with the correct size.    Hugh

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Hugh:

 As I told you my rear hinge support was missing when I got my car. I had made one out of aluminum and it did the job for a while. Since I had my Master in the garage next to this car I removed that hinge support to duplicate it. I left the flat section a bit heavy and found that it too would not let the hood come back far enough. The riveted receiver on the cowl was a bit bent. I had to straighten it and try to drive it back a bit. I ended up also grinding off the back side of the support which would be the same as you having to bend yours.

 Things seem to fit nicely now.

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The front bumper looks great! I see you did highlight the bracket faces like mine. I chose not to have mine plated because the steel plates were so very wavy. They must have looked pretty crappy even when new. I would have probably spent another several hundred dollars  just getting them smooth enough to plate. For my work in progress driver the powder coating is fine for me.

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Larry, 

       Thanks for the advise on moving the hood back and installing the hood with the side louvers off.  It was fitting Ok, but  it needed that extra 1/8" of gap removed.  I like the color that you chose for the bumper medallions.  I think it suits the car well.      Hugh

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Hugh the car is just outstanding. That and the incredible documentation.  I am terrible about even posting pictures along the way on my 27.  One question. Engine paint color.  All the same or coordinated with car color? Take care!

Lenny

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Lenny, 

      Thank you for the kind words.   Bill Hirsch carries the correct paint color.  Buick Early Green - 1922 to 1930.   The paint has a tendency to dry out early, so take care to keep the lid clean and pour off what you need and keep it sealed.  These are my notes on engine colors with a link to the website.  

 

Paint Colors – Engine Compartment 1925 Buick

Black

Valve cover

spark plug cover

Fan and pulley

Vacuum Tank (top is aluminum)

Olive Green (Early Buick Green 1922-1930)    Bill Hirsch Auto

https://www.hirschauto.com/ENGINE-ENAMEL/productinfo/EE-QUART/BUI GRN ER/

Bell housing and engine cross shaft for distributor advance.

Push rod covers (side of the engine)

Crankcase , cylinder assembly, head

Front engine support

Steering Box (steering column is gloss black – Nickle Plated on Sport models)

Water Pump

Intake Manifold and heat riser

Starter/Generator unit and distributor body (1926 -30 separate starter and generator units and  distributor are black)

 

Hugh

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Got my headlight reflectors back from Uvira today.  I had my reflectors nickel plated first at a Houston chrome plater (Speed and Sport Chrome) ($100 each) - They do good work but are expensive.   Then instead of silver plating over the nickel, I sent them to Uvira for their special lifetime coating process.  Uvira charged $75 for the pair which included return shipping.  Shipping to them was around $20.   Some jobs on the car are easy, some are hard.  This one just takes cash.    Hugh

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I call my car Beulah. Now you can call your car Bright Eyes!

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Striking results!  This calls for a nighttime picture! 

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Larry,  ( dibarlaw )  what does Beulah mean.

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8 hours ago, ROD W said:

Larry,  ( dibarlaw )  what does Beulah mean.

It's a Hebrew word meaning "married" (Wikipedia). It's an appropriate name since we spend so much time and treasure on them !

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Rod:

 The name Beulah was picked for our 1925 Standard at the whim of my wife. We love old radio shows of the 1930s through the 1950s.

 One of the characters on the old Fibber Magee and Molly show was "Beulah" their domestic help with an infectious laugh. …."laugh laugh......love that man".  When we picked up our 1925-45 we tried to come up with a name that fit. "Remley" was chosen. A character from the Phil Harris Alice Faye Show. "Remley "was supposedly a member of Phil Harris's band who was always nursing a hangover.

 Now you know the rest of the story.....

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