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Projects Restoration 1955 Buick Special Riviera 2dr

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by OldKustoms, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. OldKustoms
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    Wow, nice job. I must say though, that you're a man of few words. :)
     
  10. OldKustoms
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    Normally I would write more than the few words I´d wrote, but I´m very busy at the moment with all my projects.
    So first I posted all the pics I´ve got from the 55 Buick I made in 1 year.

    When I´ll post an update I will write a few words more ;)
     
  11. old soul
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    Your doing really good man keep it up!!!
     
  12. sbin
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    Great thread I am trying to get a 1956 Buick special right now and would be doing the same work also
     
  13. Swede64
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    Great stuff, keep up the good work. Only thing i would change is the Edelbrock aircleaner.
     
  14. stubbsrodandcustom
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    cant tell but was there still sand in that engine when you sealed it up... looked like some had gotten in around the valve springs...?
     
  15. Wow, that's a lot of nice progress. Always had a soft spot for '55 Buicks, it's on the list of "someday" cars. You had me hooked...and then you kind of lost me with the air cleaner, too.
     
  16. 73super
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    Motivation to start piecing mine together! :rolleyes:

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  17. TheLogLady
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    Great thread and re-build ! wuthering heights ! it was like i was present at the build itself :) keep it up and keep those snaps a cummu'n !:)
     
  18. OldKustoms
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    @stubbsrodandcustom: There is sand on the valve springs, but I cleaned it. But after I had completed the motor and tested it, I didn´t had compression!

    So I bought a overhauled 322cui Nailhead.
     
  19. sbin
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    Here is what I will be working on not so nikce as yours.

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  20. OldKustoms
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    Some more words about the work I´d done yet:

    - overhauled the front suspension (including the steering)
    - most of the parts are powder-coated
    - the headers are welded cause there were some cracks
    - new header bolts (the threads were damaged)
    - nailhead got overhauled (new pistons,crankshaft,valves,timing chain and so on)
    - did some rust repait on the bottom inside
    - rechromed the rearbumper guards, dashboard parts, window garnish
    - mounted a new alternator

    And at the moment I stripped all the wiring out of the car and make the wiring harness by myself (including a new fuse panel).

    I will keep you guys updated...


    On my webpage or here at the H.A.M.B you will find my other projects I´m working on.

    1950 Ford F1 Pickup
    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=630745

    1951 Buick Super Riviera Sedan
    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=649982
     
  21. OldKustoms
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    Finally it´s almoste done.
    Have to install new points and a new condenser and take it out for a test ride.


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    Cool old Buick, glad to see another one on the path to being on the road!
     
  24. Bigcheese327
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    A 322 in a Special? Sounds like a homebuilt Century to me! Very cool.

    -Dave
     
  25. OldKustoms
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    Damn it!

    The f***ing motor dies after 2-3 minutes at idle speed.

    The breaker and condenser is brand new.

    I think there are some problems with the e-choke on the edelbrock 1403 carb.

    Maybe it´s gonna be damaged due to a defect on the alternator.
    The diode on it was damaged. So maybe the electric current killed the e-choke.

    Does anybody of you have got some ideas what I can check?

    It´s so staggering, because everything is finished and now the motor doesn´t function like it has to do. :-(
     
  26. chris_horrorshow
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    E-choke problems aside, it looks great. I really dig those hubcaps, what are they from? I think i might crib from what you've done here for my own 56. Especially if the edelbrock winds up working well.
     
  27. shadams
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    Damn thats a cool car. It was neat to see all the pics in progression all at once, although my computer at home was smoking after loading them all!! Always liked the buicks, a lot more style than others of that era..good luck getting it running right.
     
  28. OldKustoms
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    The motor runs, but now the Dynoflow make some problems.
    So disassembling it and we´ll see what´s wrong with it.

    So stay tuned for some updates in the near future.
     
  29. outlaw256
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    well man i like that 55 buick. never was to wild about them but i gotta tell ya that one has changed my mind about them. i now want one!! just like yours..lol youve done that old girl good. hope you get the tranny workin.and yes keep us posted. im hooked now!
     

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