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Well as you all know, my Century was totalled and is being used as parts for my special.  However, I couldn't resist the opportunity to own a beautiful, low mileage roadmaster.  Thanks to Lamar for tr

Hey Matt, thought you like to have some pictures of your car when she was still at the Gardens!

Is that where the term “granny gear” came from?  Low and slow miles...?

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1 hour ago, Avgwarhawk said:

Gosh...I know that look inside a nailhead.   Are you going to hone and install new rings?    I use ZEP 505 degreaser.  That stuff is awesome.  However, wear gloves if you ever use it.  It drys out your natural skin oils pronto.  

It has 13k miles....  Just replacing dried out gaskets. Wanted to do headgaskets while at it.

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1 minute ago, Father Buick said:

Timing cover looks fine to me.  I would err on the side of rebuilding the water pump, especially after it was soaked in chemicals.

BTW, where did you find the WD40 stuff?

The WD 40 rust remover is available at Lowe's and online (not sue in Cali).  Its way gentler than naval jelly and does a better job I think. 

https://www.wd40specialist.com/products/rust-remover/

And I'm definitely having it rebuilt.  Just cleaning both so I'll rebuild the one that cleans up the best. 

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On 6/19/2019 at 11:17 AM, Avgwarhawk said:

Are you going to hone and install new rings?

You have gone this far so do it.  The new moly rings are cheap and have far less drag then the original.  My 322 still showed hone marks at 80,000 miles...original rings would have worn a groove.  If it has low, but slow miles the ring grooves will be full of sludge.

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1 hour ago, old-tank said:

You have gone this far so do it.  The new moly rings are cheap and have far less drag then the original.  My 322 still showed hone marks at 80,000 miles...original rings would have worn a groove.  If it has low, but slow miles the ring grooves will be full of sludge.

Sorry Willie, I'm with you on most things but in this case I'd sell it 1st!   This is an ever creeping project and I'm out of money! If I do rings I gotta hone then I may need new rod cap bolts then (ask Ken). Gaskets came in today. Its only got 13k. We'll see how far she goes.....

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I had shot MMO w/acetone into the cylinders and turned the engine over2-3 times during the years that she sat, the last time being maybe 2-3 months before you picked her up. Curious as to whether there was still any sitting in the cylinders and on the pistons when you opened her up. I've always wondered how long the MMO lasts especially when mixed with acetone as it evaporates pretty quickly. How do the piston heads and cylinder walls look. Re the sludge in the ring grooves, is there any treatment you can do to clean the ring grooves. from what I was told, the little old lady only drove the car to church and to the doctors office. I think I left her blue cross insurance card in the glove compartment so yea they were probably "slow miles".

What  are you using as a guide as to what to torque everything back to? JC

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3 hours ago, MrEarl said:

I had shot MMO w/acetone into the cylinders and turned the engine over2-3 times during the years that she sat, the last time being maybe 2-3 months before you picked her up. Curious as to whether there was still any sitting in the cylinders and on the pistons when you opened her up. I've always wondered how long the MMO lasts especially when mixed with acetone as it evaporates pretty quickly. How do the piston heads and cylinder walls look. Re the sludge in the ring grooves, is there any treatment you can do to clean the ring grooves. from what I was told, the little old lady only drove the car to church and to the doctors office. I think I left her blue cross insurance card in the glove compartment so yea they were probably "slow miles".

What  are you using as a guide as to what to torque everything back to? JC

Got the torque specs on team buick.

http://www.buicks.net/shop/reference/torque.html

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23 hours ago, MrEarl said:

I had shot MMO w/acetone into the cylinders and turned the engine over2-3 times during the years that she sat, the last time being maybe 2-3 months before you picked her up. Curious as to whether there was still any sitting in the cylinders and on the pistons when you opened her up. I've always wondered how long the MMO lasts especially when mixed with acetone as it evaporates pretty quickly. How do the piston heads and cylinder walls look. Re the sludge in the ring grooves, is there any treatment you can do to clean the ring grooves. from what I was told, the little old lady only drove the car to church and to the doctors office. I think I left her blue cross insurance card in the glove compartment so yea they were probably "slow miles".

What  are you using as a guide as to what to torque everything back to? JC

Is that where the term “granny gear” came from?  Low and slow miles...?

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15 hours ago, wndsofchng06 said:

Well I wanted to show y'all how nice the water pump turned out but it won't let me upload the photo.   Says error 200...

Looking good!  Brings back memories of cold wintry days of cleaning (ugh!) and rebuilding Madam Maybelle’s engine.  Portable heater, hair dryer, Palmolive dish detergent, engine degreasers, scrubby pads, scrapers, wire brushes, etc....  

 

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On 6/21/2019 at 7:13 PM, wndsofchng06 said:

Sorry Willie, I'm with you on most things but in this case I'd sell it 1st!   This is an ever creeping project and I'm out of money! If I do rings I gotta hone then I may need new rod cap bolts then (ask Ken). Gaskets came in today. Its only got 13k. We'll see how far she goes.....

 I did the rings and hone with my 264.  In frame.   It was a rebuild that was completed before my ownership.  It was less than stellar.   I'm thinking you'll do just fine.   Looking forward to seeing her run again.    

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2 hours ago, maybelle said:

Those 5 blade fans are hard to come by.  My original was stolen by the first shop I tangled with.  A friend with an A/C ‘55 Roadmaster parts car let me have the 5 blade fan off of it for Madam Maybelle.  I’d leave that 5 blade on unless showing at a BCA National and enjoy!

Yea.  2020 Charlotte.  Planning to drive to the show.  I'll change the fan in the hotel parking lot I reckon!  LOL

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