1955 Buick Special with a Hemi

Discussion in 'Classic Buicks' started by kberjian, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. kberjian

    kberjian Active Member

    I am currently around Calgary, Alberta. I grew up in Saskatchewan and spent a bunch of time around Scobey, MT.
     
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  2. telriv

    telriv Well-Known Member

    Any updates on this thread???
     
  3. kberjian

    kberjian Active Member

    Sorry, between holidays and the cold temperatures I have not been out to the shop to work on it. I did get the stock rad re-cored and tested, and the stock fuel tank cleaned, coated and tested. They look great! I highly recommend City Wide Radiator in Calgary. They have worked on numerous gas tanks and rads for me and always do great work for a great price.
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  4. kberjian

    kberjian Active Member

    So lots had changed in life since I last worked on the car. I have moved to a new place for work but this time the car came with me. The new place has a awesome 2 car garage that I built up with some shelves/workbench. I also built some cribbing stacks to hold the car at 18” high so that I have good access under for the next steps. I was able to get the wiring to the dash all hooked up and tested the lights, horn, and signals. I was surprised when I opened the reverse lights to find the bulb and socket setup wasn’t even there. Next mission is tidying up the wire routing and plumb the air ride.
     

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  5. kberjian

    kberjian Active Member

    Update: Hemi and trans is back in. Planning out the rad hoses and fan now. Fabricated a trans tunnel out of sheet metal and am happy with the result. Next weekend I will finish the trans crossmember if the new rubber mount comes in!

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  6. kberjian

    kberjian Active Member

    Did a couple fun things. Pulled out the original stereo and modified it to hold the new android setup. Also finished the thread sealant on the air ride and pressured up for the first time!



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  7. gs66

    gs66 Silver Level contributor

    Good progress!
     
  8. kberjian

    kberjian Active Member

    I need some help from the knowledgeable people on here. My goal is to paint to have black steel wheels with the original buick "dog dish" caps on them. The front rims are the stock ones so it is easy to just have them repainted but they are missing some of the small clips that hold the caps on it. Can you buy them somewhere?

    The big challenge is the rear rims which are 17" steelies that fit the new rear axle. They have no provision to attach the center caps to them. Any good ideas? The picture below shows the cap and the rims.
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  9. kberjian

    kberjian Active Member

    I had the spacers for the back wheels bored out on a lathe to fit on the centering hub on the rear end. Fits great! Took the shop 30 minutes!
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  10. kberjian

    kberjian Active Member

    The stock wiring and sockets were ruined for the license plate lights and reverse lights. I bought some cheap LEDs from Amazon and then refit them to work. They are bright, energy efficient,have a fully sealed housing and should last a long time. I like them! E3AF6EF2-2335-4ECC-BEA3-8A0B9A108E13.jpeg 8DBD09C8-CB5F-4E6B-A16F-C53CCE206922.jpeg 2810D729-71ED-4180-A52B-2AFB18C0C84F.jpeg 3AF135A9-4BCE-4D7C-9D93-2D138874E8CA.jpeg
     
  11. Chuck Bridges

    Chuck Bridges Well-Known Member

    Hello from Lethbridge. Nice to see another classic Buick owner in Southern Alberta. Looking good so far.
     
  12. kberjian

    kberjian Active Member

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