The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by GearSlammer, Mar 4, 2013.
i spent my sunday funday taking my 54 out for a test drive.....
Cool, you were goin that fast you lost a cap! Did she go good?
haha, i wish! some tires were bad so i put a used tire on to get it off the jacks...yea i suppose any going is good with me, but the trans isnt shifting right.
it felt really good!! i even had a nascar moment, i got out at a stop sign to check a tire and my door wouldnt open up so i jumped in that baby like kevin harvick...but ya i dont know much about those dynoflows, can an average joe rebuild them?
Looks better on the street than on the roll back. HRP
Good luck with that. Very few trans guys I know could work on a dynaflo and if you need parts,,,,,$$$. My buddy had his rebuilt, it took 3 times to get it right. The Slim Jim in my Pontiac went. It was the same price to rebuild as doing a 350th swap.
Go onto the 1954 Buick forum, there should be some help with your Dynaflow there.
FYI, it is not supposed to shift!!! Put it in Drive, and leave it alone. Low is for a quick start or heavy traffic below 40. Upshifting should always be done with your foot off the gas.
Don't expect it to be quick, it was meant to be smooth and reliable, and was a big improvement over shifting gears...
Also try the Buick Club of America, which has a great web site.
You have a very cool car there!!!
Congrats. Nice lookin' Buick. One neat thing about the Dynaflows...you can push start the car if needed. Ya just gotta get 'er goin' about 25mph or so...lol.
thanks for all the replys, I learn more and more everyday. im pretty new at this and still don't do to much with out my pops by my side.
I rebuilt mine in trade school when I was 19 and didn't run into any serious problems. I did have access to some good transmission men for advice though.
Kits aren't cheap but won't break the bank. http://www.classicbuicks.com/Dynaflow_Twin_Tubine_2_T.html
good looking car...
Nice! It's a whole new ball game once you get em driving. Take it easy on that trans, not built for doing burnouts...
I celebrated my Cezar Chavez day by dropping the dynaflo...going to run through it and change some seals..lordy loo that was a sum beech to get out!
These were big cars with plenty of style and tons of chrome.
Wonderful era for car designers.
Awesome!! I had mine out all day today for it's first time. Good times.
Bendstens in MN sells adapters. The money it will cost to rebuild that dyna-slow, you could buy an adapter and have a over drive, also put the shifter on the floor and have some fun dropping through the gears. 700r would do well in that big boat.
That's a cooool car.
That's a very nice '54.
theres a older experienced guy from salinas who is an expert in dynaflows he advertises on craigslist
well since i purchased this buick off a nice old lady in march ive done the following in repairs
. dropped the gas tank, removed 12 year old gas gunk and chunks
. new sending unit
. flushed fuel lines
. removed broken fuel pump, installed block off plate
. new electric fuel pump
. fuel pressure regulator
. re kitted the original stromberg
. dropped the dynaflow, replaced all the gaskets
. new torque ball seal
. drained the rear end, new gear oil
. replaced thermostat
. oil change/ filter
a few more things and then ill be content for a while and enjoy her
. new www
. lower 3"
. minor rust repair and paint
ohh and that one little problem with the ca, dmv! god i hate that place!
nice score drive the crap out of it. if you ever get tired of the dyna slow put a 700r4 in it.
im pulling the trigger, im going to call and order my lowering coils from Jamco tomorrow. i hope they have improved their service!
Two weeks later to the exact day and my coils arived. I jumped for joy and had them installed in less than an hour.so I tuned the carb to factory specs as best as I could, threw the girlfriend in the middle and away we went. Took it on a good 30 minute krewz then pulled into my garage only to smell burning wire. It was coming from inside my alternator. Heres a few pics of the new stance.
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pretty car it looks great , to bad about the alternator ,
thanks man, i just dropped the voltage reg and generator off with an auto electrician to get checked out.
Welp..im still chippin away at the buick...I was able to finally get new cokers through summit racing and spiffed up the wheels a tad....my next step is exhaust..I want to find or make a drivers side header that dumps back and not forward so I can run lakes.
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Looking good! HRP
Damn, those old Buicks look good.
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