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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Mack0331, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    Yeah its not what I would have chose but they sold me the engine for just their parts cost so I'm not going to complain lol
     
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  2. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
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    You could always have a new plate machined out of aluminum to cover it up. It could be ribbed, or you could make up a logo for your car's name.
     
  3. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    Mail man brought me some stuff to do this weekend.

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  4. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    a bit of progress today . Got the rear end housing in . New springs , shocks , grade 8 bolts . Got the torque tube tore apart and put in a new driveshaft bearing and U joint and got that all put back together. The U joint was a pain to find. I ordered both u joints oldbuickparts had listed for 57 and niether fit. Ended up just measuring it and matchimg it up. I belive the one I got that fit was from a early 60s galaxy. Strange. Rolling chassis is getting there.

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  5. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    Missed a pic.
     

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  6. SHARKO
    Joined: Mar 7, 2010
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    Great project. My first car was a 57 Buick and I put a stick in it. But it's not 1964 anymore. My bro gave my wife a 53 and I found a local guy to do the Dynaflow and it cruises just fine. The Buick Club has a magazine (The Bugle} with parts for sale in the back. I see 3 engines and even a manual transmission in this month's issue. The stick add did not mention bell housing clutch pedal, etc, so would probably start you down a slippery slope. The Buick club members are cool and can help you a great deal though. We have been members for 3 years now. www.buickclub.org
    Good luck ps Make sure to get a copy of a factory shop manual
    Pat
     
  7. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    I have a shop manual its actually on the floor in the second pic
     
  8. SHARKO
    Joined: Mar 7, 2010
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    I should have seen that. Really nice job on the frame. You aren't messing around!
     
  9. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
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    You may want to protect your shop floor a little better when you use Por-15, it will lift the concrete when you go to scape it off. :eek: Oh and don't get it on your skin either, ask me how I know.:mad:
     
  10. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    I don't really care about the floor . it seems no matter how hard I try to not get it on me I still manage to do just that lol .
     
  11. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    I've always wanted to build a 50's car. Great style , big , lots of chrome. Didn't want to do something everyone else has. Truthfully I wanted a 58 belvedere to make a Christine but the parts availability and price for those are astronomical. I do really like these Buicks and there aren't a lot around where im at. Debated on doing a full body off resto or not but figured if I'm going to do it then I'm going all out. Replacing or rebuilding everything !
     
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  12. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    Picked up the motor today !!!



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  13. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
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    wow!Killer engine with a high rise intake and dual carbs. Like the massive X frame,should handle the torque from that mill.
     
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  14. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
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    Luv your Nailhead.
     
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  15. LOVE the look of the engine! You are progressing quickly, I will be following along. My love for the
    B.O.P.s from the mid 50's grows every year.
     
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  16. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    Thanks guys I'm pretty excited about it.

    Dropped the trans off to be rebuilt today. I don't do transmissions never have. When I was a ford tech at a dealer we had one guy that did all the transmissions and I've been a fleet tech for the last 7 years for a rental company and we don't do transmissions at all so I just didn't want to mess with it. Only time I even think about them is once every 5 years when I have to recert my trans ASE certification. Making some progress again!

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  17. Mack0331
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    Mack0331

    Finished up the rear end , brakes , and threw the wheels on . its a roller ! Motor and trans will go in next weekend. Wanted to get them in this weekend but some of the trans parts took longer to get here so it won't be dome until this week.

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  18. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    Gearing up to start body and paint. Rear floor pans ordered and got this IR 5hp 2 stage 80 gallon compressor.

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  19. dave plmley
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  20. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
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    Ingersoll/Rand expensive! Aint no Harbor Freight!
     
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  21. One fine looking ride. This will be one great sleeper. Keep up the great work!
     
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  22. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    Figured I might as well get a good one and have it last. I'm a tech my compressor is better than the one that runs our whole shop at work lol.
     
  23. philo426
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    No doubt!
     
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  24. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
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    When it comes to anything to do with compressors or air tools its hard to beat I/R. Good choice and nice work!
     
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  25. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
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    I'm a little partial to 57's

    It's pretty much a bolt in, just a couple little differences, but a dynaflow 401 would slide in like butter.

    LOL, and people wonder why I did what I did to mine.

    And there are so few that do.

    I really really hope they didn't do valve seats.
     
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  26. rustednutz
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
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    from tulsa, ok

    Cool project. That engine looks great and ought to make that Buick a sweet cruiser.
     
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  27. Mack0331
    Joined: Jul 17, 2017
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    Mack0331

    Getting this trans rebuilt has been a bit of a hassle. First we had to order parts from like 5 different places to get everything needed. Then some parts cane in wrong so had to get all that sorted. Then valve body needed a massive amount of cleaning which took a while . now everything's back together but apparently no one makes new torque converters for them. Now we are having one made. Everything else is done so I will finally get it back next week about 3 weeks later than originally planed but it will be all entirely new. Starting to think my original plan to convert it all to a LS drive train wouldn't have been such a bad idea LOL
     

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