wndsofchng06

54 century 4dr sedan

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I got mine at o'rileys. Dorman part# 555-084 for the steel ones. There are brass ones available too that won't rot over time like the steel ones. 

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22 hours ago, wndsofchng06 said:

Been driving her as much as I can....  Love this car.  

 

I can assure you this is exactly what the previous owner would want to hear.   2 doors, 4 doors....no matter....a blast from the past. 

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On 10/18/2017 at 6:33 AM, stealthbob said:

Chris...you and I think alike...just as I was scrolling through the pics I thought to myself, this needs a sepia filter :)

Nice pics @wndsofchng06 you must be having a blast!

 

 

Some pictures just take to a color change to set the mood or era.   This was one of them.   Older home and American flag.  Bingo.    

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Will be driving her to work tomorrow,  as my truck will be on loan in Virginia.  35 miles each way.... wish me luck.  Attached are photos from last weekend. 

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No need for luck.  These Buicks are very dependable.   I have driven my c-dan  hundreds of miles in one clip.   She just keeps on going.   I would drive the Buick anywhere.   Enjoy the ride!        

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Well the trip here went well, with the exception of the lack of a defroster fan!  She did not like the 40 degree morning either!  Started right up, but stalled 2x while idling at warm up.  The drive to work was smooth, took all back roads.  We are going down to 25 tonight, gotta pick up antifreeze.  This weekend I think I'll finally fix the leaking freeze plug and possibly check the points and plugs again.

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Cold start and driveability has come a long way since the 50's.   The carb atomizes fuel/oxygen and works well when warm.  However,  once atomized fuel/oxygen hits cold air it becomes a liquid again.   Liquid fuel does not burn.  The vapor/atomized fuel/oxygen does burn.   The engineers worked on what is called EFE or early fuel evaporation.   To obtain good cold start and driveability the engineers needed to find ways to introduce warmth to the carb to keep atomized fuel/O2 from returning back to liquid form thus not burning and providing misfire, stumble, stutter, stalling and overall poor performance when cold.    Our nailheads have absolutely none to speak of.  Sure, there is a choke that holds the idle high and kicks off as the heat from the tube attached to the exhaust manifold warms the coil inside the choke assembly.   But that is it.   Over the years the engineers developed hot air tubes from the exhaust manifolds that fed directly into the air filter housing.   Ports in the intake manifold that allowed hot gases to warm the base of the carb.  My 401 has this port in the intake manifold.   Intake manifolds that have passages that allow hot antifreeze to warm the base of the carb.   Electric grids that warm the fuel as it passes through the intake(throttle body injected engines).   And finally, direct injection that the computer does a great job of controlling.   Much of early EFE is not required any longer.    

Nailheads are not fond of the cold.   I let mine warm for a minute or so then go since driving does make the engine warm faster.   She will still sputter and such until warm.   Plus, she is some old bones.  Can't blame her. 

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Finally got that freeze plug changed.... damn they didn't plan on anyone ever taking off the starter did they?  My fingers hurt!   Also got the vacuum wipers redone....

 

 

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Took her out of the highway for the first time. She ran good at 75mph. Smooth.  I'm surprised how well it warmed up today too,  considering it was 26 degrees outside. 

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On ‎5‎/‎31‎/‎2017 at 6:31 PM, wndsofchng06 said:

Bumper is back.  Hard for me to remember tolerances were not as tight back then.  3/16" is driving me bonkers. 

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You got a cool ride going. I checked out your complete Thread and couldn't find my answers. How many miles on the clock?

I'm putting together a lengthy article on insulating a 1950s-era Buick. Would you be willing to comment and maybe post a picture or two of what you have for ORIGINAL fiberglass insulation and note the COLOR. I would be mainly interested in (1) the underside of the hood, (2) the underside of the upper instrument panel, (3) fresh-air intake areas, and (4) any other areas that you might have found fiberglass insulation. A picture of the underside of the trunk lid's textured tar paper inserts, painted or non-painted originals, would help also. Thanks for your time.

Al

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4 hours ago, 1953mack said:

You got a cool ride going. I checked out your complete Thread and couldn't find my answers. How many miles on the clock?

I'm putting together a lengthy article on insulating a 1950s-era Buick. Would you be willing to comment and maybe post a picture or two of what you have for ORIGINAL fiberglass insulation and note the COLOR. I would be mainly interested in (1) the underside of the hood, (2) the underside of the upper instrument panel, (3) fresh-air intake areas, and (4) any other areas that you might have found fiberglass insulation. A picture of the underside of the trunk lid's textured tar paper inserts, painted or non-painted originals, would help also. Thanks for your time.

Al

Tomorrow is supposed to be less rainy than today,  I'll see what I can do.  115k on the clock,  but the last 25 years it was locked in a barn and had not seen daylight.

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Previous photos all of my 54. 

Here's what's left under a 55 dash I have out back....  appears yellow 

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Here's what's left under a 56 hood I have,  appears grey like my 54...

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On ‎2‎/‎18‎/‎2018 at 6:06 PM, El Diablo said:

These images are from a dealer training filmstrip, maybe they can help, too...

Thanks Jan for your latest pictures. It a good start for addressing 1954 insulation details. By chance, would your low-mileage Gracie's under the hood insulation pad be original 1954 issue, and if so, would you be willing to post a picture of it and confirm the color of the insulation? I'm also looking for Buick literature or factory photos for 1955 Buick OE insulation colors. I'm in good shape for 1953s. Thanks for your time.

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On ‎2‎/‎18‎/‎2018 at 9:01 PM, wndsofchng06 said:

Tomorrow is supposed to be less rainy than today,  I'll see what I can do.  115k on the clock,  but the last 25 years it was locked in a barn and had not seen daylight.

Thanks for taking the time to take and post your latest pics. Some of your previous exterior pics got me thinking it was a lower-mileage survivor.  These are the Buicks that I prefer . . . . . the ones that are not overly restored and get a lot of people scratching their head trying to figure out whether it's the real McCoy or not. They draw the crowd too.

The under the dash pictures with the yellow insulation I agree with. Your picture of the under the hood insulation pad color, I question. Does this pad look original 1954 issue with the correct cut-outs and other dimensions to you or do you think that its been replaced well before it was parked in the 1990s? I question that because of the info on Classic Buicks website information and posts on the BCA Forum Thread addressing 1954 and 1955 colors. The trunk inserts look original but look like they got part of the re-spray juice.  

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