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PostSubject: '57 Buick Special   Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:23 pm

I figured I'd bring this post here, after doing some work to this car.

I bought this car from a friend that spun a bearing some years ago, and he was not going too fix it.



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PostSubject: Re: '57 Buick Special   Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:29 pm

After replacing floors in a friend's miserable Mercedes, I was finally able to resume some ongoing projects. First was to get Roger Hill's old Boooick going again. Little John offered me a crankshaft from his private stash, but after checking them, all would need to be turned. I'm trying to avoid the machine shop, as I don;'t have a trustworthy one nearby any longer. Little John said I could have the engine from a '57 Century he dismantled years ago, so I pulled the plugs to inspect them. There was black carbon soot on all of them, but no burned oil residue. The engine still turned as well, a good sign.

Without the transmission bolted to it, there was no way to mount the starter, so I figured I'd take a gamble and place it in the car. I removed the old engine, and had to swap over most external parts, including the intake, as a Century used a four barrel carb. After setting the engine in place, I fastened the torque converter, and tightened two bolts on the bellhousing. The engine would just barely turn over, and I found the starter was drawing 600 amps! I removed a starter from a parts car and it bench tested well. Now the engine spun over like it should. This time after adding some fuel, the engine started up, although three cylinders were not hitting. I cound hear a snapping sound in the valvetrain, like a valve sticking and then coming loose, so I went ahead and finished the installation. I disconnected my fuel can from the carburetor, drained the fuel tank, and added fresh fuel.

With fuel feeding, and the coolant filled, I ran the engine about 2000 RPM, and you could hear the dead cylinders come back to life. Looked like the engine was a good one! Next was to replace the bent door hinge and realign the driver door so it would open properly.

Here is the engine I removed, and the replacement setting in the cradle.


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PostSubject: Re: '57 Buick Special   Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:21 pm

With your contacts John you find some really nice old project cars.

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PostSubject: Re: '57 Buick Special   Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:24 pm

Yea Johhn, You get lots of nice cars Smile

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PostSubject: Re: '57 Buick Special   Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:53 pm

Cool, that is a beautiful car.

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PostSubject: Re: '57 Buick Special   Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:21 pm

A friend drove the Buick to a local show in Maxwell, me following behind as the tags were expired, when Al pulled into the show grounds, the radiator decided to spring a leak and it peed all over the lawn. After the show, we filled the radiator, and left the radiator cap loose so it would not build pressure, and it didn't lose any water on the trip back.

Once back, I popped the hood to look for the source of the leak, but got busy with a customer, and never did anything of the sort. A fellow came by the yard last week, and asked if the car was for sale, I said I'd consider it if the offer was good. He had just sold a '32 Ford he had, and the money was burning a hole in his pocket, apparently, as he offered four times what I had in the car! I can use that extra money now for mine and my wife's cars, I liked the Buick, but it would have had to live outside, as all my sheds and carports are full.
The new owner bought a tube of stop leak at NAPA, and drove it home in 100 degree weather yesterday, he called to let me know the car made it home fine, and that he was happy with it.

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PostSubject: Re: '57 Buick Special   Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:39 pm

wow good deal john that was a nice looking car but to leave in out in the weather is a shame at least it sounds like it went to a good home

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PostSubject: Re: '57 Buick Special   Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:03 pm

Glad that nice Buick made it to a good new home.

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PostSubject: Re: '57 Buick Special   Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:50 pm

Thanks, Guys!
The new owner is already buying some chrome engine goodies to dress up the engine bay.

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