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Projects 1955 Buick special 4 door sedan. Series 41. Build thread.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BrandonBerkosky, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. Rack swap. 88 cavalier. Center take off. 2.8 turns lock to lock.

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  2. No Buick progress this weekend. But.
    Pulled a 413/727 today for my dads 1960 Chrysler.


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  3. It was a unanimous vote so I went back to steelies and poverty caps on the 57.

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  4. Pulled the dash.

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  5. Fedman
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  6. I agree. In fact there's no part of this car that doesn't excite me.



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  7. Pulled the frame out from under the tub.

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  8. I put another brace under the middle of the car after the pics.


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  9. Could someone chime in and help me out with finding a master cylinder and booster for the Buick? I want to get rid of the single pot. But I want to leave the master under the floor.


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  10. Some shots of the frame. Now I can wrap up all my welding before Powdercoat.

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    Torque tube eliminator. With early bronco 9"

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  11. Frame stripped.

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  12. Fender action. Figured I would try my hand at repairing the rust. Fenders don't go cheap.

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  13. Engine tear down. Looks like no one bothered to change the oil. Couldn't even drain it. Had to poke at the hole before the gunk oozed out.

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    5.3 and mopar 413.

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  14. Dropped the engine off at the machine shop.

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    Picked up the frame from Powdercoat last night.

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  15. Frame looks good man:)
     
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  16. I'm very satisfied with the outcome. I never actually had anything powder coated. Normally I pay to have the frame blasted then I prime and paint it myself. And this was cheaper and easier.



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  17. Blasting and cleaning up the castings before powder.


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  18. LONG
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    cool. would it be wise to grind or stamp in the pat number or L R? depending on how quick turn around is.
     
  19. That's a great idea and I was going to. But I found the part numbers on them and they're the same part number. And they look exactly the same. So I looked at all the front end parts and it seems the only parts that are side specific that can be mixed up are the spindles. The driver side has left hand threads on the bearing retainer nut.
    The steering arms and lower control arms are also side specific but they are hard to mix up. You can tell which is which.


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    To Powdercoat or paint? That is the question.


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  21. powdercoat suspension components
     
  22. I was thinking that but what if I chip something re-installing all the parts? Especially squeezing the springs back in.


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  23. woodbutcher
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    :D Chipping should`nt be a problem.Folks that reload their own ammo for handguns and rifles have been powder coating their cast lead bullets for years,and have no problems with chipping or other damage to the coating on recovered slugs.I would think that those cast bullets get a LOT more abuse than your suspension parts would get subjected to.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
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  24. So I decided to paint all the parts.
    They looked great.
    Then today I decided to get them powdercoated.
    So I blasted them all back down to metal.
    I had to go all the way being this far.


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  25. Powdercoat action!

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  29. Time to get it back on it's own wheels.

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  30. Very tedious trying to not scratch/chip. Very frustrating when you do.

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