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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. Redrilled rotors for 5x5.
    Made a transfer punch out of the old kingpin.

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  2. Finally got her sneakers back on. I had to order new studs for the rear axle because I lost them somewhere in the shuffle. Now I can set the body back down to transport it for blasting.

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  3. Haven't done too much lately. Saving up money and for parts. The machine shop called and said my engine need to be bored out. So I told them to hold off I'll bring another one down. It's good to be a parts hoarder

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  5. Plugging away at the tub before it goes for blasting.
    Can't wait to see what it takes to reproduce this rear crossmember.

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  9. low budget
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    Whats the latest plan? Stock look or custom?
     
  10. The original plan is still in place. I want it to look exactly like my fathers did. Black and white with hubcaps.
    I only upgraded all the drivetrain and brakes for safety sake and quick parts availability. I plan on driving the wheels off this car.

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    I forgot what it looked like all in one piece!


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  11. Been putting this off for too long.

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  12. low budget
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    I think a "very subtle" custom touch of making one piece rear side glasses would look good.
    I like 4 doors also but that little wing glass looking thing is one thing that bugs me on many cars including my favorite, tri five chevies, 4 door sedans. The buick looks like it would be a lot easier to do as it already looks done here...just a thought, carry on as you please, lookin good!
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  13. Thanks. Maybe the full rear window from a two door sedan will work in the back door. Now you have me thinking.


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  14. Have to clean up the welds a little more. But I'm satisfied with the overall outcome

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  15. low budget
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    A 2 door one would probably be a few inches short front to back, but Ive had flat glass cut pretty cheap, just had to have a template to go by, the window track is probably what would take a little creativity.
     
  16. Slowly but Surely

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  17. My first attempt at making a template for this piece under the trunk failed. Now I am using a plumb bob to drop the points right from the trunk to the paper. Gotcha this time ya sumbitch.

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  18. Turned out to be a pretty complicated piece in my opinion. Had to make it in 3 pieces on the car. I removed it to finish welding and add in the reinforcements.

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  19. Really thinking about selling the Buick lately.
    For a few reasons.
    It's gotten out of hand to the point where it has to be perfection.
    I'm really more of a rough finisher. That way I can still drive them where and when I want and have fun without worrying.
    I'm having a lot more fun with the chrysler. The Buick is more stressful because I want it so perfect.
    I have $12,600 into the Buick and I think it's going to take at least $8-10k more. Now that I'm in business on my own and really trying to just save all my money I'm having a hard time swallowing those numbers.
    It's a 4 door so no one in their right mind would give me what I have into it.

    I could take it out of my shop and park it in a garage my dad rents. Maybe take a break for a while and see if I change my mind.

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  20. BuckeyeBuicks
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    Don't give up on the Buick, if you do you will kick yourself later. Take a break from it for awhile. Just think of the good memories it will bring back when it is rolling down the road with its new black and white suit!!
    P.S. I have a set of 56 Plymouth wheel covers like in the picture of your Dads 55 if you meed them.
     
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  21. I ended up putting the car away in a small garage my father rents. I hate doing bodywork when it's 90* out anyhow. I'll get back at it after I finish my fathers 60 chrysler.


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  22. Stopped to see the old girl today. It's calling out to me in my dreams. "Finish me.."
    I'm going to bring it out as soon as the snow clears.

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  23. DIYGUY
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    Just read the whole thread. Man have you got projects! This thread has it's interesting points, not near as good as the Chrysler. I think the fins are a turn on and the drivetrain choices in the Buick are a turn off for many. Most dislike an LS more than the diesel. Personally like the diesel. Happy Trails !
     
  24. About the Hot Rods To Hell truck arm kit: Did you have to modify the frame for that front crossmember? I looks that way from your pics. I've got a 56 Buick I'm putting a 700r4 in and trying to figure out the easiest way, truck arm kit or 4 link? I actually already have all the pieces except that crossmember that the arms bolt too, but if I have to hack up the frame for that thing to fit, seems like a 4 link might be a better way to go.. Thoughts?
     
  25. ffr1222k
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    I really enjoy both of your threads on your project. I like where you are headed with the Buick. When complete this will be a dependable and fun driver.
     
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  26. pvfjr
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    Someone has to ask...
    What's happening with the Buick? Most of the pics in this thread don't seem to work, but I like what I've seen!
     
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