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  1. Dynaflow transmision

    Good evening all. I expect this question has been asked before but........... Has anyone rebuilt their transmission themselves? If so, did you need to purchase or make any special tools? I would like to have a go at rebuilding my transmission myself and I have heard that the 54's are a little easier than earlier models. The car has been rescued from sitting for several decades and thus I have no idea what the state of the transmission is. The engine was stuck, so I'm expecting the worst. The kits I have seen for sale are in the $270-300 range and are labeled 'Master' kits, I assume these will have all the parts I would require. Any thought? Thank you so much for any advice.
  2. Well another long weekend of preparation and patience resulted in this: All I can say is
  3. I have owned many cars being in the hobby for over 20 years, I have owned Hotrods, Kustoms, Roadsters, Gassers, Lowriders, and more. Currently I own a 64 Impala ss, 62 f100 patina shop truck, and a BONE STOCK 54 Buick Special 2 Dr post. Just picked it up and it is very original. 264 3 speed Black on Black. Very nice car..... My intent is to go the mild custom route. Give it a stance, kustom Watson style flame job etc. Etc. My problem is I'm conflicted. I'm not a stock guy, I get too bored with a stock car. But this car is as original as it gets and has only 40k or 140k miles. I have all local dealer documentation. bill of sale etc etc.
  4. Dynaflow still leaking

    Fired up My '54 today to finish filling it with fluid, I looked down after shutting it off and noticed it dripping from near the hand hole cover on the bell housing. I put in a brand new seal and everything was done according to the shop manual. I added 4 additional quarts while it was running, put it about an inch past the full hot mark. Would this cause the leak?? Or could I have left a converter drain plug loose??
  5. Ok, i found my way back to the 54 highway. Al has been a huge help pointing me in the right direction for my restoration. Thanks, Al. I'm needing to find parts and information to have the dynaflow transmission and ring and pinion gear repaired. Where can i find parts for the differential? I think my tranny guy can do the transmission but differentials are a different matter. Are special tools needed to rebuild the differential? Thanks. And how to i turn on email notification to know when someone replies to this thread? Sorry, not a forum guru...yet.
  6. Bellhousing bolts question

    Proceeding to take out the bellhousing bolts on My '54 to drop the Dynaflow out for front seal work I have lower 2 on driver side,and lower one on pass side out. How many more are there? Also, is there a trick to get the remaining pass side bolts out? the road draft tube is in the way, and the drain tube for defroster. How in the world can those on pass side be removed? Shop manual does not say anything about removing anything else on that side to get to the bolts
  7. My 1954 Buick Special

    Hello everyone and thank you letting me join the site , This is my 1954 Buick Special 2 door all org except for the A/c i had installed
  8. Looking for a good used rear transmission mount for My 1954 Century with Dynaflow. Reasonable priced,please PM Me if one is available
  9. Starter Bendix Issue

    So, I had my starter rebuilt this week at a local starter/alternator shop that has a pretty good reputation. I bolted it up after work and went to start and heard a horrible noise. Not really a grinding noise, more like when you drag a heavy chair across a wood floor. And the motor never turned over at all. So, I decided I better have a look. Pulled the cover plate off the bottom of the bell housing so I could look up inside and see where the bendix gear meets the flywheel. I noticed that even without the solenoid engaged, the bendix gear appeared to be in contact with the flywheel. Not meshing with the teeth, just up against it. So, I pulled the starter back out for a closer look. I don't remember the gear extending out of the housing to the extent that it does now. I believe there was more of the shaft visible and the gear was retracted further on the shaft into the housing. Before I go back to the starter shop and question their work I'm hoping somebody more familiar with this starter than I am can look at the pic I attached and confirm my theory. Did they install the wrong bendix drive? This is fully retracted.
  10. Transmission fluid question

    I am having one helluva time trying to find type A fluid for My '54, is there an equivalent fluid that I can use in it?
  11. 1954 Buick Century 4dr mild custom. rebuilt ('06) 322 nailhead and dynaflow tranny. recored radiator. edlebrock 4barrel cab w/ holly hvy duty fuel pump and summit fuel cell. seatbelts added. lowered and shaved. candy classics and lakepipes. $10K in so cal video
  12. Newbie '54 model 48D

    Just got my first classic a 54 Special, 2dr sedan. It needs some work, but I'm excited to get started. Glad to find this site, I'm sure I'm going to have plenty of questions along the way.
  13. Hi guys. I thought I would replace my transmission front seal while the engine was out - In the course of dis assembly I found my sun gear yoke is cracked in two. One photo will show you that it appears its been broken a really long time, otherwise that would all be shiny metal (IMHO). The little bit that shines in the break would be the impact marks when the yoke is in use. The tranny worked fine for the previous owner, and my issues with the tranny were due to the mounts being bad. So this broken part was not related to any known issue. Given that there are currently none on ebay or any parts suppliers that I can see right now, should I just re-assemble and forget? I am in a rush to finish Cali now that I am tying up a friend's garage. I also see from a very old post from Bob that this yoke is a one year only part.. :-(
  14. Rockville MD Car Show

    Wow! What a great time! Thanks to Kevin, Chris, and the others who met up at the crack of dawn this morning to make this one of the best car shows yet! I'm still going through my photos but at least here is one I've downloaded so far. Chris...Kevin...if you guys have photos of the event please share!
  15. Not a Buick post but just an update. I finally had a chance to drive my Cadillac after a few weeks of waiting due to saving up for the registration costs. comfortable! The only thing I can say is that the Buick Dynaflow is far superior to the Hydramatic. I miss being able to drive from 0-70 and feel nothing in the sense of gear shifts. My new car kinda lags from 1st-2nd but then its smooth. Turns out this is common for the Hydramatic trans. The power brakes are alright but they are super sensitive...which is also common for the Treadlevac brakes. I'm in love with my new ride but at the same time I miss my old 150 HP 264 with the Dynaflow. In any case I'm looking forward to catching up with my fellow Buick motorheads at the Rockville car show Oct 17th!
  16. Thrust Pad

    Can anyone confirm that the manual transmission and Dynaflow transmission thrust pads are the same. Thanks!
  17. What kind of automatic transmission fluid should I use in my Dynaflow transmission?
  18. Anyone set up there 54 to tow a trailer? I recently aquired a 1964 traveleze 15 foot camp trailer thought it would be cool to use the buick as the tow vehicle. Was wondering what you guys use for a hitch? Helper springs? Brakes? Transmission cooler? Will the dynaflow handle it? Thanks
  19. WTB: hi guys, I am after a 322 engine, preferably running to change out the 264, if anyone knows of any for sale that would be great. Would especially love it if it were in Australia somewhere. Or even if u know of a 401 for sale let me know, and i may look into this path also. Thanks Regards rob...
  20. Vintage Air in your Buick?

    With the new baby here I'm going to put AC in the Buick. Does anybody have experience with the Vintage Air Mark IV underdash unit? It's the best looking one out there in my opinion. Any issues with the stock radiator handling the addition?
  21. Here's hoping you have a Buickful one!!!
  22. Reluctantly selling my Willow Green Super Model 52 due to needing space for a more senior car. The Super is in overall very good condition, 53,000 actual miles; new brakes, tires, starter, hoses, battery, Dynaflow gone through and new seals throughout. The car is in top shape mechanically and will drive anywhere, no need to ship, just drive it home. Its been my nice weather car for over 10 years. Very solid body with presentable paint and chrome. Asking $12,900. For any additional photos or information which will be promptly shared. please contact me at my email address: [email protected] No disappointments on this car. Its real and its solid. Thanks,
  23. The new little low mileage Special I just got had a hollow sounding rattle coming from what sounded like the right upper engine area. I pulled the rocker arm covers and *discovered that the previous owner had replaced 4 of the push rods and that they were over sized in diameter. I suspect that back when it was pulled out of 20 years storage, the valves had stuck *resulting in some bent push rods. I am not sure but suspect this may be the cause of the rattling. * I pulled some out of a parts car, cleaned them good and proceeded to pull all the over sized and old ones from the right side of the good engine and replace with the salvaged ones. As I was installing the salvaged ones, one of them dropped further than the other two and I almost lost hold of it. *I went to put the next one in and met something about half way in. I played with it in the hole for a minute and could tell it was hitting something cylindrical. After a few explatives beginning with "What the" I calm down and sadly figure out that apparently as I was pulling the old rods the lifters had stuck to the rod, *came up with the rod as I was pulling to the point of the bottom of the head and then pulled off and apparently laid down flat in the top of the engine block probably over the cam. After a few more explatives now beginning with "You stupid" I resign myself to the fact that I am now going to have to pull the intake manifold and valley cover to reinsert the (explatives) lifters back into their respective holes. So now I am confronted with the question *"well now that I am going to have to go into the engine that far what else do I do "while I'm at it". Probably at least go ahead and try to paint as much of the engine as I can while I have every thing out of the way. Is there anything else I should do while I have the valley pan off. I just wanted to share this experience. I have pulled rods like this before but never had this to happen. Next time I will more slowly pull the rod and try to sense whether or not it is a little heavier than the rod itself and if so tap on it to try to dislodge the lifter before pulling it *the rest of the way out.
  24. Anyone with a '54-'56 Buick knows two things: They came from the factory with a front sway bar, and the front sway bar is a Tinker Toy. Stock bars are .69-inch diameter, with a 113lb/ft spring rate. Wanting something that kept me in the seat around corners, I started manufacturing 1.00-inch bars for these cars, with a 500 lb/ft spring rate. I could have gone up in diameter, but 1.125-inch bumps it up to an 800-lb spring rate, which I thought was too stiff for our Buicks. These are true bolt-ins, attaching to the frame and control arms with the factory mounting points. I've test-fitted it on my '54 Special, and it took longer to get the tools out and get the car up on jack stands than it took to install the new sway bar. My sway bar kits include a sway bar powder-coated black powder-coated to modern OE specs and standards, black urethane bushings, and all new plated hardware. These bars are proudly made in America to modern OE specifications. $219, plus shipping. For more info, send me an email at [email protected], or call (706) 424-5035. -Brad
  25. Guys: After some thinking I'm thinking about parting ways with both my classics in order to buy another classic. To me it makes more sense to have just one really nice one rather than two. That being said I'm thinking about parting ways with my 1954 Special 48D. Its in great running shape and it comes with extras to include a NOS hood (not installed) and a new radiator (which could be installed for the buyer, current one works fine). I also have some original advertisements, receipts from the Dynaflow rebuild, gaskets, etc. I'm looking for around the 15k mark but I'm open to offers. If any of you might be interested let me know. I'm not pressed to sell it as it is a beautiful car so please no low ball offers as I'll just end up keeping her. -Tim