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  2. Well a couple of buddies of mine are going to help me to see if we can get this thing put back together. I’m trying to find information on the fasteners that hold the torque converter to the fly wheel. I have no idea where mine are, do They need to be a special fastener or will anything work that clears?
  3. For the carpet, just flush liberally with water. Your leak may be the Ranco valve (under that pile of undercoat where the hoses go into the firewall). Remove and plug the hoses going into the Ranco valve and see if it still leaks. Also post your question on the AACA forums...Buick...Postwar.
  4. I forgot to mention the carpet i`m tearing out today will need a good cleaning to get the coolant out so suggestions on what to use would be appreciated. Thanks for your help...Grant in SLC, Utah
  5. Well... it finally happened! After 44years of owning my grandfathers Roadmaster something blew in my heater core and flooded my new carpeting. I seem to remember from previous posts that this is not going to be an easy fix and I had hoped I wouldn`t have to face a problem like this. All heater hoses and cooling lines that run to the tranny were replaced 15 years ago so nothing under the car or in the engine bay show any leaks. All my indy mechanics have retired or croaked soooo.. can I fix this problem myself? Don`t want to but may have to! I`d appreciate your thoughts on how to approach
  6. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1954-Buick-Skylark-Convertible-/393516885888?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m2548.l6249&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0 This one has been relisted several times
  7. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1954-Buick-Skylark-/274921529353?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m2548.l6249&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0
  8. Take the old cables to the lawn equipment repair shop. They can duplicate and form the ends.
  9. Thanks a lot. I will contact them first thing on monday
  10. Curt, Do you know about this company in the US? http://www.oldbuickparts.com/index.php Contact them and they can help with that hose. They will ship it to you as well. Richard
  11. Ok. Your better of in the states then over here in Sweden. Our hydralic part stores only sells european standards. Is there possible that someone know what I should be looking for? In that case can I order it myself and let someone over here press new hoses.
  12. Looking for direction on who out there makes the 54 Skylark convertible top kits. I have installed tops before on many other cars so am confident that I can do the project. There seems to be a few different makers out there. Any advise is appreciated
  13. Maybe she would prefer to be in the driver pole position. She knows that the sibling will most likely get driven more frequently.
  14. Current project.
  15. I agree with Vindictive on the cable issue, most likely they are corroded along the length of the cable. You may have to soak or grease the cable along its length from lever area to end where it connects to venting flapper. You can try with WD40 to start and then maybe once free, coat the length of the cable with a light grease to keep it lubricated and rust resistant.
  16. We should talk, I have extra parts from two other Skylarks that were stripped to rebuild another. I also have a mostly complete Skylark that i am putting together. Maybe we can barter and trade. I also have a complete top frame that is available.
  17. It really depends on where you are state wise. Here in California my auto parts store can custom make the lines with fittings and hose at any length. Check with your local auto parts store with hose in hand. If they do not do it then ask if they know of a hydraulic hose parts store that makes them. Usually servicing tractors and forklifts.
  18. HELP! My hydralic hose in the left door is broken and i´m trying to find a way to get the correct couplings so that I can make a new one. Is there anyone who knows where to by them. I´m will have all hoses redone this winter but for now I´m just going for the left door. If there is anyone outhere who knows how I can solve this problem please let me know. I´m kind of stuck in this problem right now. Curt.
  19. There are definitely a lot of extra parts. I counted 4 steering wheels so far. A lot of NOS items in boxes too
  20. Or lube them in place with WD40, and work them loose. Be careful of the plastic knobs, they are fragile and hard to replace.
  21. The ribbed speaker cover will work, but it's from a 55.
  22. I was fortunate enough to come across another Buick Skylark recently. The owner passed away in the 1980’s and the car has been sitting in the current condition since the 1980’s. The son recently decided to sell the car. I picked it up in Arkansas but at one time it was on the west coast. I’m in the process of cataloging all the parts to see if anything is missing. Should be a fun rebuild.
  23. The control cables are a push/pull type Bowden Cable with a solid metal wire inside the flexible coiled outer casing, like an old choke cable. If someone wasn’t careful with them at some point during the restoration they could have bent the inner wire which will make them difficult to operate. However, it’s more likely that there’s some rust/corrosion inside the cable that has the inner wire frozen. You can pull the cables off and soak them in a good penetrating lube and it should free them up. It worked well on mine which were frozen when I got my Special. Or, you can replace them with lawn m
  24. My 1954 Special had a frame-off restoration from a Buick restorer (Gary Walker in Iowa) and everything works well but the heater/defroster controls are frozen (none of teh controls will move). I am also an appraiser and I inspected a 1955 Roadmaster last week and when I checked these controls, I noticed the same thing - the controls are frozen. Is there a reason whey they won't move? I do many other cars and most at least work but is there a problem with the mid-1950's Buicks? If there is, how can I free mine up? Thanks, Bill Krieger
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