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Over the past couple of weeks I have been chasing a few details for my 1931 8-66S.  All my restoration pictures are organized in sub-folders by subsystem or topic.  These are pictures I added to various folders this week...



Interior Trim folder:

I got an e-mail from Shelby Trim that they are 2 yards short of a picnic for my interior seat upholstery job.  I have been buying material samples from various fabric vendors and today I finally sent a sample of what is in the car to SMS Fabrics in Canby OR to see if they can match it. 

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Parts Department folder:

I bought a pair of rear axle roller bearings and felt seals to go with the rest of my rainy-day selection of wheel bearings...

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I'm building a fully functional and correct spare heat riser and exhaust diverter valve...

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Fabrication projects and tools folder:

I made the connecting rod that coordinates the diverter valve butterfly position with throttle and heat valves on the riser.

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The original heat tube set screws for both riser and diverter are square head.  I can buy the 1/4-20 set screws for the heat riser casting- I have a bag of 100.  The diverter valve casting is another story.  The set screws for it are also square head but not 1/4-20, not #10-24, you can buy those, try finding #12-24 to fit the original threads in the casting!  I spent a couple of hours center drilling and tapping 1/4" square rod to fabricate heads, then installed #12-24x3/4" Allen head set screws in the square heads and silver soldered the heads to the set screws.   Such a simple thing... Do you think I'm getting a little too involved here?  I'm just sayin... 

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Trying to straighten bent front bumper mounting brackets...

Should just phone Dave Tacheny and see if he had a set of good ones.

Finally found enough good McLaughlin Buick rims to make a good set of 5,  last one arrived today.  Now I don't have to use the deeply pitted one from being sunk into the dirt(it was going to be the spare anyway but.....)

When I get the brackets straightened I will take them, the rims, and afew other parts to get powder coated.

My heap of junk never had any when I found it.   Not sure what I was thinking over 3 decades ago!  Thanks to all the people who helped/sold parts to me,  not many of these cars around here so everything is so far away.



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4 hours ago, dibarlaw said:

Just think, you should now have some potential spare stuff showing up in Winnipeg.

Indeed,  depends what Lucy's new owner needs and doesn't need.


It may not look like it but my project is kind of down to the short strokes of a climactic finish....😉.


I told a fellow Buick enthusiast I've never waited this long for anything.   His reply,  "Patience brother.  I've waited 30 years for this(his) Buick "build".  Ain't  no schedule for joy."


I appreciate the encouragement.....  I just don't want to run out of time.  And regarding patience,  patience is a virtue,  but no one has ever called me virtuous.   Actually having the project take this long must say something about me,  maybe both good and bad.    I guess I don't want to spend all my time on patience anymore,  I'd like to spend my time enjoying what I've been "patiently" waiting for.....  to drive my 37 McBuick coupe.


Take care everyone.


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I am rebuilding the rear door window tracks on my 1936 Buick. I found the left hand door wood dog leg in bad shape with lots of rot.  Since I am not restoring the vehicle I just needed to repair this joint.  What to do.  Here is my solution.  I cleaned out the rot, mixed a concoction of wood chips and the expanding type gorilla glue and pushed as much as I could get into the joint.  After drying I cut and sanded the dog leg.  I band sawed a piece of oak to fit the joint and screwed and glued it all together using gorilla construction non expanding glue.  I also installed a number of screws from inside towards outside of the wood to reinforce everything.   





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I learned that a metal lathe can also work as a metal shaper to cut gear teeth by watching videos on youtube, so I am using that same technique to machine the 16 spline teeth for new door handle shafts for my 1925 Buick Master touring.   Next I will have to learn how to make a lost wax casting mold and cast some handles. 


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