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28 minutes ago, Smartin said:

The six-window cars that Brian posted don't have any trim.  The 4-window factory photo shows trim, yes.  But the other photos I see online of those cars without the extra quarter window have that trim too.

 

Yeah, you are right.  I can not find a 6 window 62 with that trim.   Odd indeed.  

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I know this is not an Electra but here is a picture of a friend's LeSabre he restored a long time ago. Being a body man he did that part of it himself and had the shop owner apply the paint.

If you expand it you can see a bit of that trim discussed here separating the white from the body colour.

 

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Love the model on the air cleaner painted the same as his car.

 

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I made the long trek to the shop today (about 60') to tackle the driveshaft bumpity bump I was hearing when moving the car around.  I bought a new center carrier bearing thinking it would be a pretty quick job...

 

Wrong, as usual on this car....

 

 

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It is crazy that Buick had so many drive shaft pieces. My 72 has a unit like that and its a CV joint. Besides the universals there is a movable joint between the two.  

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Yes John, it's a CV joint.  The driveshaft guy was kind of surprised to hear it has one, since he has a couple Impalas of the same vintage.  So he is going to dissect it this week and give me a prognosis.  He said worst case, he will have to lop off the end of the driveshaft and install a new end.  5-7 day tun around time, which is perfect for me, since I'm leaving for FL tomorrow for a week.

 

He has a nice big established shop....I feel much better than I did when I dropped off the chrome and stainless for the 72 GS I'm working on.  I picked that stuff up this morning and have a much better idea of their capabilities.  I'll be doing my own stainless from now on, if needed.  I really don't want to use them for chrome either.  There is a chrome plater in Quincy IL that I will try next....I want to stay with a shop that is a drive-able distance so I don't risk damaging these huge bumpers in transit.

 

Unrelated to this thread, but here is the chrome/stainless situation with the stuff I picked up today.  I'm not a happy camper, but I don't even think he is capable of doing any better on the stainless.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Smartin said:

Yes John, it's a CV joint.  The driveshaft guy was kind of surprised to hear it has one, since he has a couple Impalas of the same vintage.  So he is going to dissect it this week and give me a prognosis.  He said worst case, he will have to lop off the end of the driveshaft and install a new end.  5-7 day tun around time, which is perfect for me, since I'm leaving for FL tomorrow for a week.

 

He has a nice big established shop....I feel much better than I did when I dropped off the chrome and stainless for the 72 GS I'm working on.  I picked that stuff up this morning and have a much better idea of their capabilities.  I'll be doing my own stainless from now on, if needed.  I really don't want to use them for chrome either.  There is a chrome plater in Quincy IL that I will try next....I want to stay with a shop that is a drive-able distance so I don't risk damaging these huge bumpers in transit.

 

Unrelated to this thread, but here is the chrome/stainless situation with the stuff I picked up today.  I'm not a happy camper, but I don't even think he is capable of doing any better on the stainless.

 

That is unbelievable.  You should redo a piece of the stainless and bring it by with the rest to show them what your expectations were.

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Got the bad news today that the driveshaft CV joint is completely trashed.  He can't locate parts for it, and neither can I.

 

I posted in the post war forum asking if there are alternatives to having a new driveshaft made.

 

In other news, I now have a gas pedal and new dash courtesy light lenses...and I replaced the headlight dimmer.  Now the brights aren't stuck on, but they won't go on with the dimmer switch either.

 

And no luck finding a guidematic eye.  I think I'm done trying.

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On 2/7/2021 at 6:33 PM, Smartin said:

The 1960 is Lucerne Green.  This is Willow Mist.  Pretty much the same color.

Same as the 1960 Pontiac Berkshire Green.  GM used the same green for a lot of the lines with different names.  

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3 hours ago, Smartin said:

Done.  I could install fabric headliners all day!

 

 

 

That and all the rest you do shows you have a real gift for this stuff Adam!  Nicely done!  

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I got my $587 driveshaft back today after an hour drive each way.  The nuts that are tacked to the carrier bearing were missing when I got it home.  So I tacked new nuts on.

 

Started to install driveshaft, and it's an inch too long in the forward section.  Instructions said 33 5/8", and it is 34 5/8"

 

Not happy...but that's par for the course on this car.

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