1960 Electra 225 Convertible R&R

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Smartin, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Just lovely work there brother.
     
  2. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    There is about 5000 hours left of nothing but cleaning to do now. There is dust everywhere. I'll rub the paint out and give it a nice coat of wax to get all the crap and any overspray that might have gotten on it. Lots of chrome and stainless to polish!!! JEEZ

    The metallic paint really does a good job of covering everything in sight....workbench, floor, my shoes, hair, :laugh:
     
  3. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    What is the story on the panels attached to the underside of the hood?
     
  4. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    It's one big piece of fabric-type material. Very similar to the tar paper on the floor, but more of a light waffle pattern. It is only removable by hacking it into pieces and pulling out/shaking it out of the lid. This is why I have not replaced it yet. I really hope I don't have to either.

    Apparently, it was installed at the factory before the two pieces were pressed together.
     
  5. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    I am talking in to front over the engine.
     
  6. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    woops, misread your post.


    On the HOOD? They're just wedged in there. The center piece is glued, since it will not stay by itself.
     
  7. GoldBoattail455

    GoldBoattail455 462 -> TH400 -> Posi

    Very nice work, makes me kick myself for not removing my heads and having them re-done and re-painted. :Dou: BTW, what is with the green hood springs? :Do No:
     
  8. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Apparently, that's a stock thing. I've seen a bunch with the engine green hood springs. Weird...
     
  9. ncbuicks

    ncbuicks Member

    just found 2drht under leanto

    while out crusing the back roads I found a 1960 2drht that the original owner parked 15 years ago. I bought it in a heart beat. needs a hood and small rust hole in right front fender. still has original spare use one time for 15 miles. Iam going to get it tommorrow. His wife has a 59 4drht setting in barn she bought new doesn't know if she can part with it. It is a real nice car.If anyone in the raleigh,nc area knows where i might find a hood for a 60 lesabre i would appreciate the help.
     
  10. 54Roadmasters

    54Roadmasters Active Member

    NCBuicks,
    I'm coming up to Raleigh Friday (12/30) from Athens, GA to pick up a 54 Special that a barn fell in on. I may know where there is a hood for ya, not sure if it is a 59 or 60. Hey I'd be seriously interested in hearing more about that 59. Do you know what series it is, Not that it really matters!! What's up with all these old cars in barns up that way.
    Adam, sorry to butt in on your thread but just had to make contact re this 59. I've already given you praises over on the BCA board but man it looks even better over here. You did take me serious when I told you to put me on your list didn't you.
    I'll ante up a bunch of collards and pot of black eyed peas.
    MrEarl
     
  11. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    In duh hood

    You can send me a PM on the hood and I will check on it for you (will be a while due to wifes up coming surgery) so leave me as a back up in case you can't find one.
    In the meantime feel free to contact me directly on 60 model questions as I will be trapped at home a bunch for the next month or so taking care of my wife and 3 children and car talk will be a nice change of pace :laugh: .

    I'm here in NC also :TU:

    electra60@carolina.rr.com
     
  12. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Welp, it's done.

    I did a claybar treatment on the paint to remove any dust or overspray I got on the car while I was working on it. Those claybars do wonders on paint!! It's slick as snot now....and a little show car glaze on top of that does a paint job good.

    There is a small vibration in the steering, but it feels like there is still air in the pump/box, and or the new seals are still a little dry. I may end up getting the car back in it does not quit. :rolleyes: The passenger side windshield fogged up when I fired it up this morning, but it quit after a minute or two. I pulled off the cover under the dash, and saw where coolant was coming out. It was at the heater control valve. I watched it to see if it would continue to leak, and I saw nothing. I ran the car a few more times after that and looked every time, and didn't see any more seepage. Maybe it sealed itself back up? I would really hate to have to pull that whole mess out again. Talk about a pain in the butt!!

    Just a few pictures for an overview:

    This is really a pretty car.

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  13. BuickLeSabre1960

    BuickLeSabre1960 Hot Dogs Anyone?

    They are red on both of my 1960's and on my brothers '66 Pontiac Catalina


     
  14. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Interesting...

    What motors are in your 60's? I wonder if it is supposed to be red for all of them, or is a factory specific thing, or a motor size thing?
     
  15. BuickLeSabre1960

    BuickLeSabre1960 Hot Dogs Anyone?

    They are both 364s, one is the second from the bottom wildcat the other is the normal 2 barrel
     
  16. GoldBoattail455

    GoldBoattail455 462 -> TH400 -> Posi

    WOW! :shock: That looks so nice. :TU: I hope my engine turns out half as nice.
     
  17. bhclark

    bhclark Well-Known Member

    Once again, Adam, let me just say

    WOW! :TU:

    I sheer piece of art.
     
  18. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Thanks!:grin:

    I may do something similar to the 71 LeSabre I just bought....not sure yet though.
     
  19. STAGE III

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

  20. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Are those supposed to be cut into the carpet?
     

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