Lord Vader - An Unknown Buick Returns

Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by Brett Slater, Sep 16, 2017.

  1. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Much better.

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    Also got the heater box back in. I forgot how much that project sucked.

    I do have heat and defrost, though but did manage to break one of the mounting tabs on a heater cable. I'll get to that this week and get my disaster of an interior back to normal once that's squared away.

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  2. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Busy day today.

    Tackled and won the battle with the impossible firewall heater box nut.

    The trick is some caulking on the fingertips to get it started and then a long, thin ratchet head 7/16 wrench to finish it off. Works like a charm.

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    Then we move on the the search for Lord Vader's birth certificate. While coming up empty, I did manage to gain a functioning fuel gauge. So, there's no more "guessing" how much gas is left.

    Overall, this sending unit from CARS was an easy install. Of course, I benefitted from the use of my mechanic friend's lift - and also from a 50 year old car that's never really been exposed to the Northeast elements. Also, Patton Glade's gas tank pad is a perfect fit.

    It'll be nice to know when I need to gas up.

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  3. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    Brett, thought I would see you at the Berkley show yesterday. Now I know why you weren't there.
     
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  4. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    I got a text from a friend who said there was a "triple black" '70 GS convertible there. I immediately knew who it was.

    That's a decent show, too. I'll be there next year.

    How'd you fare?
     
  5. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    Registration opened at 8, we got there close to 11. So no hardware for us, participant judging was already about finished. Nice show, an eclectic mix of cars. Amazing amount of "new" cars, maybe 20 Scat Pack Challenger things, 10-15 Camaros, 'vettes, Shelbys, Mustangs, SRT Jeeps, Chargers. It was really hot out, that's why we went late. Two Buicks besides mine, a 72 lime GS350 in average shape, and a really exceptional maybe 68 or 69 burgundy wagon with a 455.
     
  6. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    I think that 72 GS 350 is actually from Berkley and I see that wagon at all the local cruise nights.

    Most of these shows are all new stuff. Seems like the days of the "classic" car show have gone by the wayside...
     
  7. Mike B in SC

    Mike B in SC Well-Known Member

    Yep! Sounds just like the cruise-in's around here. Challengers are the new "bellybutton" cars. More of them than Mustangs...
     
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  8. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Local show yesterday afternoon. Probably the best one I've been to in the last couple years.

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    I think there were close to 100 cars. This really sharp '63 409 showed up later in the day.

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  9. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Local show today with a friend who's finally taken his car out of hiding after forever.

    Mom also made an appearance.

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  10. alain

    alain Well-Known Member

    :)Car looks great
    Alain:)
     
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  11. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Thank you, sir!
     
  12. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Someone just sent me this.

    Notice both hands on the steering wheel. :D:D

    Safety first.

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  13. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Looks like my season has been cut short.

    Little to no compression in cylinder 3. Time for a new motor. 20190921_120927.jpg 20190921_120918.jpg 20190921_123824.jpg
     
  14. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron Nice Chevelle LOL

    That stinks is it smoking ?
     
  15. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    Like a crop duster.
     
  16. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    Funny...but not funny.
     
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  17. PGSS

    PGSS Well-Known Member

    Nooooooooo..
    when? how? out of the blue? I mean it seemed was running good from all the other posts??:(
     
  18. Brett Slater

    Brett Slater Super Moderator Staff Member

    There were a few underlying issues that I didn't address.

    Nonetheless, it's a good jumping off point to start gathering parts for a new powerplant.
     
  19. alain

    alain Well-Known Member

    :)All the best with your rebuild .And no bad surprise.
    Alain:)
     
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  20. GSST1

    GSST1 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, what Alain said. Gods speed!
     
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