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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by StageCat on Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:20 am

Beautiful work Tim, you certainly cleaned it up and detailed that bay. The before an after is really night and day......
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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by Tim_D on Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:37 am

woody1640 wrote:Tim: Nice clean looking motor and cradle unit ... I love it, congrats on a great looking job! I'm just wondering how you went about cleaning n painting the cradle unit? Did you dissemble it and have it powder coated or sprayed or just what? I would love to hear some specifics and details on that if you wouldn't mind elaborating on it a bit? thanks Tim.

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Keith,

This was done the old-fashioned (in other words - cheap) way. Started with 2 rounds of oven cleaner to remove the heavy gunk. This was done while the cradle was still assembled, with the steering box plugged. Then it was disassembled completely, and all "hard" parts (frame, control arms, spindles, cross-shafts etc) were sandblasted. I protected the areas that are sensitive, like threads and bearing surfaces, during the blasting process with duct tape. The spindles and cross-shafts were rattle-can sprayed with flat clear, and the big parts were done with self-etching primer and Eastwood Chassis Black. This was spayed from my gun, but a rattle can would have worked fine. New bushings, ball joints, outer tie rods, and adjuster sleeves were used from oldbuickparts.com. I did not rebuild the hollow steering link, mostly because I didn't know how...
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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by woody1640 on Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:53 pm

lol


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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by Tim_D on Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:04 pm

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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by regal81455 on Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:21 pm

Where's the knocking coming from? Can't tell from vid..

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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by Tim_D on Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:30 am

regal81455 wrote:Where's the knocking coming from?  Can't tell from vid..

You're the second person to mention that, and it made me nervous. I didn't perceive any knock when I was standing over it.

Re-watching the video clip, it's the exhaust. It's an open y-pipe currently.
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Post by regal81455 on Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:41 am

Gotcha -- thats why I asked cuz sometimes video picks up things in the mic that normally wouldn't be heard standing close. Glad to see you got it running though -- was following you're posts earlier. Definitely looks the part!

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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by Esasky's62Lark on Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:49 am

Looks great Tim! Nice work!
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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by StageCat on Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:02 am

Tim, any updates to your bad ass buick?
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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by Esasky's62Lark on Tue Feb 09, 2016 12:07 pm

Tim_D wrote:'62 Pontiac Tempest door panels





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Tim,

I see that you ordered your interior door panels from AMS. They are showing in their catalog for 61 Tempest and 62/63 LeMans.

Which ones did you actually order? Do you happen to have part numbers for what you ordered sir?

Thanks!

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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by StageCat on Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:32 am

Chris,

I ordered PUI 62GD55 (black) through Summit, I believe this is what AMES is selling.
Summit was less with no shipping, rear panel # is 62GD55C.....

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/pui-62gd55

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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by Esasky's62Lark on Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:06 am

StageCat wrote:Chris,

I ordered PUI 62GD55 (black) through Summit, I believe this is what AMES is selling.
Summit was less with no shipping, rear panel # is 62GD55C.....

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/pui-62gd55

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Tom,

Thanks so much for sending this to me!

The 62GD55C says its just upholstery. Are you certain about the 62GD55C being the entire rear panel or is it in fact just material without cardboard backing?

Do you happen to know if the if PUI offers seat covers/seat foam for our cars as well? Will the Pontiac Tempest ones work on our cars?

This would be spectacular if they did!

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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by StageCat on Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:17 pm

Chris,
I don't know why but the Summit site doesn't list it right, I have the shipping invoice from PUI in front of me (ordered thru Summit) and it has previous part numbers above listed. AMES only has numbers in (--) after description, those numbers correspond to PUI #'s color only. On Summit you would pay more than $65 for seat covering and front door panel as they show ( the # is correct but description is all F'up). Go to This PUI page and put in part #'s and then choose color and see what # comes up. Hope this is of some help.......

http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb.dll?userwatch~dynamicSearchPage~cadefkkx
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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by Esasky's62Lark on Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:40 pm

StageCat wrote:Chris,
 I don't know why but the Summit site doesn't list it right, I have the shipping invoice from PUI in front of me (ordered thru Summit) and it has previous part numbers above listed. AMES only has numbers in (--) after description, those numbers correspond to PUI #'s color only. On Summit you would pay more than $65 for seat covering and front door panel as they show ( the # is correct but description is all F'up). Go to This PUI page and put in part #'s and then choose color and see what # comes up. Hope this is of some help.......

http://www.parts123.com/parts123/yb.dll?userwatch~dynamicSearchPage~cadefkkx

This is of great help!

If its ok, can I give you a shout later on this evening?

Thanks!

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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by woody1640 on Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:40 pm

lol


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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by StageCat on Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:39 am

Keith, $220 for both...AMES wants $239+shipping Also pattern on these is different from Buick as I'm sure you know.
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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by Esasky's62Lark on Wed May 04, 2016 6:38 am

Tim,

I see that you made a driveshaft for your combination. What made you go with the CV style DS? What was overall length on it? Looks expensive. :-)

I am in the process of getting ready to do a 1-piece DS on my 62. My plan was to use the slip yoke from a g-body (TH-350 trans in car) and use the original rear end mount from my DS and have a custom length tube made. My DS measured out at about 62" C-to-C.

Any problems with vibration?

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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by woody1640 on Wed May 04, 2016 7:14 am

lol


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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by Esasky's62Lark on Wed May 04, 2016 7:18 am

woody1640 wrote:Chris: Tim is a driveshaft engineer by trade, and made his out of proto parts that are no longer available. I have asked him before about it ... lol


Keith

Ahh, I gotcha. Maybe he can chime in and give us an alternative.

Hard to find a DS that's as long as we need to use as a donor. Was thinking one off of a Caprice, but still not long enough. Sounds like I may have to get one made with my ends and new tubing.

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Re: 1962 Skylark 2-Door Hardtop

Post by Tim_D on Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:31 pm

A couple of minor updates this summer.

1) I scored a set of chomed stock valve covers off a 215 core I bought for rebuild purposes. These will serve as placeholders until I get my hands on a finned set from nailheadbuick.com.



2) I also finally got around to having the carpet done. I'm actually not extremely happy with it - the installer cut, fit, and glued it directly to the floor. I suppose you get what you pay for - it was half the cost of other competitive bids. I also added a hump-hugger style console that fit my re-fabbed trans/driveshaft tunnel perfectly. This particular model is sized for a '67-'69 F-Body.



If all goes well, I should be able to drop the refurbished 215 in over the winter. That leaves bodywork and paint as the only remaining (major) items!

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