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Keiths1976
11-11-2014, 10:58 PM
http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1293_zpsruddwnus.png (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1293_zpsruddwnus.png.html) not to bad :) http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/Mobile%20Uploads/20140623_124435_zpsp7za7kd3.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140623_124435_zpsp7za7kd3.jpg.html) now has tints on her http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1459_zpswcw7wnx8.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_1459_zpswcw7wnx8.jpg.html) new sway bar from David . Sorry guys been a while posting her on here http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/Mobile%20Uploads/20140807_125342_zpshmmm72fb.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20140807_125342_zpshmmm72fb.jpg.html) not bad of a 3100 with 134,000 miles I have new Taylor wires on it now . http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/Mobile%20Uploads/20141022_095647_zpsc0pp7xag.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141022_095647_zpsc0pp7xag.jpg.html) 2003 chevy malibu rims 15 inch is my next project saving for tires hope for some interior shots soon thanks keith :) hope all the pictures come out

thesam1984
11-11-2014, 11:11 PM
They came out great....wish Roxanne (or any of my cars) were that clean.

Keiths1976
11-11-2014, 11:16 PM
Only thing that old girl needs is a new paint job roof hood and trunk lid are fading fast :( but holding strong . I get a kick out of people when I go to start in the am not even one sec when u turn the ignition she fires right up . Starter spins half a sec and boom running . Thank you again for helping me I wasn't coping the link silly old me lol

Century7667
11-12-2014, 06:02 PM
Only thing that old girl needs is a new paint job roof hood and trunk lid are fading fast :( but holding strong . I get a kick out of people when I go to start in the am not even one sec when u turn the ignition she fires right up . Starter spins half a sec and boom running . Thank you again for helping me I wasn't coping the link silly old me lol

A '95 just like mine. All those picks look familiar, including the 3100. Yeah, that car starts very easy; hardly any spin-up on the starter, especially when she's warmed up. Driven with car on the road, it can do 31-32 mpg (34 was the best tank I got).

I had the body shop take care of the clear coat fail on my deck lid and the door frames last week. Next item for me is the headliner. This I am sure I can handle myself. I just don't do body work. Ever.

Ken T.

Papadopoulos
11-12-2014, 07:02 PM
Nice project! I'm sure it will become a good looking car.

Keiths1976
11-12-2014, 07:07 PM
http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/20141112_094943_zpsioogeybu.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/20141112_094943_zpsioogeybu.jpg.html) all cleaned up have a couple more but for 5 bucks I have a blue headliner now I drove for 2 years without one

Keiths1976
11-12-2014, 07:08 PM
http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/20141112_094957_zpsyltrepgo.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/20141112_094957_zpsyltrepgo.jpg.html) not to bad with tan

Keiths1976
11-12-2014, 07:10 PM
http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/20141112_095042_zpscewfbujt.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/20141112_095042_zpscewfbujt.jpg.html) I picked up some blue Taylor wires ( oh and ummm yes blue is my favorite color lol ) they were on sale for 26.99 so said why not i have a new set of Delco put away. The taylor wires wanted to see how they were and looked so far been very happy

Keiths1976
11-12-2014, 07:14 PM
Thanks guy she does really good so far not done yet . Ken i have to agree on the highway as per mileage I get about 30 -31 heading to Tampa florida about 250 there and back . My good friend bust my balls all the time regarding I drive a geriatric Mobile over 100 year of age applies . But oh well not a racer but a damn good cruiser and been good to my family . My son and wife wants to get a wagon so we will see down the road . Have a great day gang

Tyson
11-13-2014, 03:18 PM
Very nice!

Century7667
11-13-2014, 05:47 PM
Thanks guy she does really good so far not done yet . Ken i have to agree on the highway as per mileage I get about 30 -31 heading to Tampa florida about 250 there and back . My good friend bust my balls all the time regarding I drive a geriatric Mobile over 100 year of age applies . But oh well not a racer but a damn good cruiser and been good to my family . My son and wife wants to get a wagon so we will see down the road . Have a great day gang

Yeah, as a highway cruiser I am very happy. The seats are comfortable, and the FE1 suspension (ducking real quick) makes for a very comfortable ride. The front end tracks like dream.

Nice pics; I see that your headliner is still intact!

Ken T.

Keiths1976
11-14-2014, 12:21 AM
Well ...... Ken that's a junk yard one it was tan and it fell apart over the years . So i went to the junk yard and saw a 1992 ciera with blue interior I said screw it was 8 bucks or something crazy price and it was mint condition !!! She tracks good to with the 28 mm sway bar and it's a blast how she hold the road better now with all new bushings ,ball joints ,struts I have 14 on her now but going to swap 15 in under a month or so .

Century7667
11-14-2014, 03:12 AM
I had bare steelies on mine too when I got her; I think there was one wheel cover left. I went out looking for the Century Limited alloys, which aren't too common. Popped some Michellins on them, and the way I went. I keep everything lubed, and the front end is all original. My '96 went almost 150k before one of the lower balljoints started to go (wouldn't hold alignment).

Ken T.

Keiths1976
11-14-2014, 04:25 AM
My old girl was my wife's grandparents car they bought new they lived in a retirement complex saw 15 to 20 speed bumps daily so suspension took a beaten I got her 8 years ago 66,000 miles and basically rebuilt the front end now she has 134,000 . I don't complain one bit I know she's getting old but at this rate mostly all is redone so in a way I have a fairly new car underneath the skin. I'd love to add more power as engine swap but who knows I have a 8 year old boy so my time is spent . Trust me I'd love to drop a 3800 in her but not sure of that route yet.

Century7667
11-14-2014, 06:13 PM
My old girl was my wife's grandparents car they bought new they lived in a retirement complex saw 15 to 20 speed bumps daily so suspension took a beaten I got her 8 years ago 66,000 miles and basically rebuilt the front end now she has 134,000 . I don't complain one bit I know she's getting old but at this rate mostly all is redone so in a way I have a fairly new car underneath the skin. I'd love to add more power as engine swap but who knows I have a 8 year old boy so my time is spent . Trust me I'd love to drop a 3800 in her but not sure of that route yet.

Very similar story. Bought mine 6 years ago. It was making bingo and grocery runs for years the owner's mother. It had 62,000 on it, and now has 134,000. Yeah, I'd like a 3800 too, but the car must be 25 to exempt it from emission laws...

Keiths1976
11-14-2014, 06:44 PM
Hey my photos got deleted ??:(

Keiths1976
11-14-2014, 06:54 PM
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Keiths1976
11-14-2014, 06:56 PM
Sorry guys somehow got deleted I reposted them . Ken add me as a friend where do u live ? To funny we have same cars and color and the story lol .

Century7667
11-17-2014, 05:03 PM
I see that your body side molding has deteriorated like mine did on my '96. We don't have much rust down in the south, but sun is hell on plastic. :thumbsdown:

Keiths1976
11-17-2014, 05:36 PM
Yea not much rust on her at all some surface stuff nothing major. But the sun kicks my poor old girls butt . I January going to have the body shop sand her down and redue the paint / clear coat . Florida sun is brutal on wax and finishes .

Century7667
11-19-2014, 04:19 PM
Yea not much rust on her at all some surface stuff nothing major. But the sun kicks my poor old girls butt . I January going to have the body shop sand her down and redue the paint / clear coat . Florida sun is brutal on wax and finishes .

Yeah, both of mine have see too much sun. It is a killer.

I think I mentioned it before, but I had my deck lid re-done since the clear coat had failed years ago. Looks pretty nice now.

Keiths1976
11-19-2014, 05:35 PM
Yea can't wait for mine to be done and she will be good as new . Had to walk the junk yard for my wife's 05 nissan altima her coolant reservoir cracked and I wasn't paying any dealer 159 bucks for one . Looked on the Web saw some 30-50 buck one but cheap knock off so I said screw it . Walked in half hour later walked out with one and for 12 bucks and perfect shape :)

thesam1984
11-26-2014, 11:18 PM
I see that your body side molding has deteriorated like mine did on my '96. We don't have much rust down in the south, but sun is hell on plastic. :thumbsdown:

Don't feel bad about the side molding... it happens up north too, which is why I hunted for an older century that has the black rubber... I think it just takes a few more years to get bad.. Just let me onow if you cant find certain int. Parts down there. The interior plastic holds up much fbetter for us up here

Keiths1976
01-06-2015, 02:33 PM
Well guys I got these put on <a href="http://s31.photobucket.com/user/mx67627/media/20150106_100737_zpszwsphlv0.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/mx67627/20150106_100737_zpszwsphlv0.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 20150106_100737_zpszwsphlv0.jpg"/></a>

Keiths1976
01-06-2015, 03:44 PM
<a href="http://s31.photobucket.com/user/mx67627/media/20150106_100737_zpszwsphlv0.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/mx67627/20150106_100737_zpszwsphlv0.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 20150106_100737_zpszwsphlv0.jpg"/></a> see if this works

Keiths1976
01-06-2015, 03:45 PM
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Keiths1976
01-06-2015, 03:54 PM
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fixitman333
01-06-2015, 04:13 PM
nice!

thesam1984
01-08-2015, 06:38 AM
Looks great... iwould take the buick logos from behind the rear windows of a couple junkers and glue them to the center caps. .. wish id thought to save mine from the parts car, or id send them to you

turbokinetic
01-16-2015, 04:27 AM
Like the wheels!

Can you give the measurement of the center caps? I may go to the junkyard soon, and could see if there's a Buick emblem that would fit there.

Keiths1976
01-16-2015, 10:52 AM
Thanks David :). I will email u a few picture with measurements. From looking at old pictures of the lesabre t type alloy rims they look the same but the inserts that it hooks on to not sure.

Keiths1976
01-16-2015, 11:05 AM
The center actual cap is 2 5/8 Sir thanks again for looking I sent some photo's of the actual center cap to.

Century7667
01-16-2015, 06:03 PM
They look like they are from an early 2000's Malibu.... if that helps.

Ken T.

Keiths1976
01-16-2015, 11:14 PM
Yea they are Ken 2002 David was going to look for buick century terms caps to match car.

Keiths1976
01-20-2015, 01:51 PM
Now I have front and back and she's aligned and looks good just have to do body work and get rid of the sun fading from florida weather. http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/mx67627/Mobile%20Uploads/20150120_093509_zpsfu1t9myy.jpg (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/mx67627/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20150120_093509_zpsfu1t9myy.jpg.html) http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/mx67627/Mobile%20Uploads/20150120_092625_zpsyxxrlwyz.jpg (http://s31.photobucket.com/user/mx67627/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20150120_092625_zpsyxxrlwyz.jpg.html)

turbokinetic
01-20-2015, 01:56 PM
Looking good there.

BTW, I haven't had a chance to go yarding yet! Been busy with the OldsDiesel engine etc.

Keiths1976
01-20-2015, 02:26 PM
David no worries sir, no rush glad to upgrade and make her handle better .I been watching that build ur doing awesome job . She will run like new when ur done with it . I went and picked up new tires near me and the guy walks out and is begging me to sell her to him I'm like no way lol . Do u think the 4t65-hd will hold u to the diesel I'm sure she will it's a decent tranny though .

turbokinetic
01-20-2015, 03:01 PM
Hi Keith, I'm sure the 4T65EHD trans will withstand the diesel. This diesel engine is only 85 HP. Yeah, that's eighty-five, nothing's missing. The 4T65EHD was used with 240+ HP engines from the factory. It came in cars with the L67 supercharged 3.8 engine.

AVTechMan
01-20-2015, 03:28 PM
Yep, where diesels lack in HP they make up for it in low end torque.

Keiths1976
01-20-2015, 03:54 PM
That's true guys low hp but torque the force that moves you :) she should be good to go .

Keiths1976
03-16-2015, 12:17 AM
My little helper :) http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/C9B8FE5C-4FD7-4082-ACB2-6C85187FCE4A_zpsdrwtp7x2.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/C9B8FE5C-4FD7-4082-ACB2-6C85187FCE4A_zpsdrwtp7x2.jpg.html)

Skip
03-16-2015, 07:25 AM
That car is coming right along. Lookin' good. :)

Century7667
03-16-2015, 04:30 PM
My little helper :) http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/C9B8FE5C-4FD7-4082-ACB2-6C85187FCE4A_zpsdrwtp7x2.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/C9B8FE5C-4FD7-4082-ACB2-6C85187FCE4A_zpsdrwtp7x2.jpg.html)

Yeah, I had one like that once. He's 16 now. Quite a bit bigger....and more helpful!

Keiths1976
03-16-2015, 06:35 PM
Haha can't wait for that :)

Keiths1976
05-08-2015, 07:13 PM
Well went Yarding today saw a 1993 Pontiac transport that the rear was totaled out . Pulled a 28mm sway bar for my Buick have to clean it up and paint it . http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/CDE97FA6-CEF1-4B77-B389-8C8470814D8C_zpswanoli7d.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/CDE97FA6-CEF1-4B77-B389-8C8470814D8C_zpswanoli7d.jpg.html)

Keiths1976
05-08-2015, 07:16 PM
Lol don't mind the table cloth lol it's been used for projects

Doc Salvage
05-09-2015, 10:12 AM
dude those rims are lookin' good! I've got my dustbuster sway bar painted and ready--still haven't gotten new bushings yet though--is a problem finding some.

Keiths1976
05-09-2015, 12:39 PM
Hey Doc thank you man :) . For the sway bar bushings try napa , I have a Florida chain store called Bennett auto parts u can try and see about shipping . Worth a try I did this for a throttle cable I called the dealer for the actual part number they gave me a antique warehouse email and number that gm sends left over parts to . David Allen gave me his century GS sway bar that was hard to find them being a 27mm called napa they had them and moog bushings .

Keiths1976
05-09-2015, 12:47 PM
I could be wrong Doc 26mm is available now and when u press the bushings onto the bar and I to the slot for the sway bar to cradle it's a tight fit as it is . I did this for 27mm and it was a tight fit as it is . I was using my floor jack to press the bushing into the groove .

Doc Salvage
05-10-2015, 02:38 PM
I can't remember what my bar measured at--I'll check it again--thanks for the napa tip

Keiths1976
05-10-2015, 02:41 PM
"Into "

Keiths1976
06-29-2015, 03:24 PM
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So had yet the front transmission mount decide to pull apart . Funny thing never showed any signs what so ever . I decided to pull it out to get some room for replacing the tranny cooler lines . As I took it off I fell apart in two pieces 😫😫. Simple projects turn in to inventfull ones but local small pops autostore had one and it was made here in U.S. OF A lol . 😎😎😎

occupant
06-29-2015, 03:49 PM
Here's an idea for center cap stickers. $17 shipped?

http://search.ebay.com/251965200100

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MzUxWDM1MA==/z/fDwAAOSwKrhVWo2b/$_12.JPG

Says 3.5 inches in description but they will make on request any size you want. 1.5 to 3.5 is easy and others you have to wait I guess. So measure how big that Chevy badge circle is and match it up.

Keiths1976
06-29-2015, 03:58 PM
Occupant thanks my friend I will look that up well appreciated !!! 😎😎👍👍

Keiths1976
08-05-2015, 12:29 AM
Well had some fun two days the first day I was sanding down my side panels that use to be rear windows in the older-Century / Ciara's . Came out good http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/4049B708-021C-4804-B990-3851CB0F341C_zpssmsl7ae1.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/4049B708-021C-4804-B990-3851CB0F341C_zpssmsl7ae1.jpg.html)http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/A46DDF1C-B771-444F-9AC4-3627DA683D8E_zpsp8luyjjx.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/A46DDF1C-B771-444F-9AC4-3627DA683D8E_zpsp8luyjjx.jpg.html)http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/4EF2E5EA-2482-469A-849C-685F0625BCF9_zpsmo6f1zxu.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/4EF2E5EA-2482-469A-849C-685F0625BCF9_zpsmo6f1zxu.jpg.html)

That was great the second day wasn't so fun :( I went to grease my ball joint fittings passenger was great checked all good come to the drivers side looked like yellow puke all over the underside of the car ( torn cv boot and grease leaked out ) http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/9BAD6BE5-C548-4017-A022-0742AEA7DA39_zpscgfn62ek.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/9BAD6BE5-C548-4017-A022-0742AEA7DA39_zpscgfn62ek.jpg.html) The ball joint was fine and greased the axle was not fun to remove . Had to take it to my buddy to have it replaced due to bad rains by me and no garage to work in . Great part good food and some beer and laughs had it replaced easy with just the cost of the axle http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/AFF5BD7F-BC41-4FAC-BE6B-5E5ABDB67C62_zps68gsa24t.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/AFF5BD7F-BC41-4FAC-BE6B-5E5ABDB67C62_zps68gsa24t.jpg.html) brand new axel not remanufactured . So all and all had a good two days now the old girl shall be good again . There wasn't a sound howl humm shake or anything from the drivers side axle if I didn't do routine stuff wouldn't have noticed it .

Keiths1976
08-05-2015, 12:32 AM
I have used degreaser, brake cleaner , dawn with a brush man that shit is hard to get off and clean . I can tell u this gm never applied anything to make it easy to remove heat , slide hammer ,heat ,long crow bar 😳😳😳 .

Century7667
08-06-2015, 10:12 PM
Hmmm. Are you considering a clear coat for those Lexan pieces (behind the rear doors).

Ken T.

Keiths1976
08-06-2015, 11:18 PM
Yea Ken in going to soon as she gets painted at the body shop I will do it using flat black right now to minimize the fading and keeping it looking decent . Florida sun is taking a toll on the paint .

Doc Salvage
08-08-2015, 12:14 AM
Keith has been busy--I got to get back working on our old girl--I'm working so much now not much time for tinkering. I got money to buy parts though! maybe I can put em on when I retire ; - ) dude have you put that sway bar on yet?

Keiths1976
08-08-2015, 03:16 AM
Yes I did Doc !!! On the axle pic is the u van 28mm sway bar :-) 😏😏.have to get parts together for a strut tower brace when ever I get to the junk yard when it's not pouring in Florida and having to swim to get parts of cars

Keiths1976
09-17-2015, 11:44 PM
Hey gang been busy and all , but been speaking to Ray who is a fellow a-body buddy . I wanted to make a front strut tower brace for some time and grabbed one of a 92 caddy Seville . Ray said he could fabricate the end brackets to fit my 1995 Buick I received them and I am very impressed on his craftsmanship (kudos Ray) . I have a few pictures of what they look like not on my car yet due to Florida weather and pouring I will install them tomorrow and follow up with a finish product and let u know how she rides . http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/CF48DA32-1D96-4543-B1E2-C7665D1DCD69_zpsgud39wcn.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/CF48DA32-1D96-4543-B1E2-C7665D1DCD69_zpsgud39wcn.jpg.html)

Keiths1976
09-17-2015, 11:46 PM
http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/BF69881F-296F-4B49-AA7D-E16CB932D848_zpsvjioirgp.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/BF69881F-296F-4B49-AA7D-E16CB932D848_zpsvjioirgp.jpg.html)http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/FBD651D9-49B5-4CD3-9EA5-4C3A52ECED0B_zpsmarwol2k.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/FBD651D9-49B5-4CD3-9EA5-4C3A52ECED0B_zpsmarwol2k.jpg.html)

Keiths1976
09-17-2015, 11:47 PM
So like I said I test fitted them fits perfectly to my strut bolts and the bend is perfectly . Even painted them and shines like factory set up .. Thanks so much Ray !!!

PGuru
09-18-2015, 03:08 AM
Wow, that is awesome! I've been looking everywhere in my area to get some made and haven\t been able to find a good place to get them done! Would a brace like that fit my 89 Celeb? I believe my alternator placement make its a lot harder though.

turbokinetic
09-18-2015, 01:16 PM
That looks good. How much difference did it make to the handling feel of the car?

Century7667
09-18-2015, 04:18 PM
VERY IMPRESSIVE! If the old x-body could benefit from bracing, I'm sure the a-body can as well.

Ken T.

Keiths1976
09-18-2015, 05:03 PM
It gave her a crisp feel and responsive in and out of corners mind u I have fe1 steering in her and it still rides amazing !!. I have two with it inhttp://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/610E35BF-538B-490F-B690-20647491D288_zpsx3ccpap5.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/610E35BF-538B-490F-B690-20647491D288_zpsx3ccpap5.jpg.html) (drivers side with a finger gap between the wiper motor ?

Keiths1976
09-18-2015, 05:04 PM
http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/5939E1D6-983C-40E7-9B58-311E7B1564EA_zpst9idhzip.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/5939E1D6-983C-40E7-9B58-311E7B1564EA_zpst9idhzip.jpg.html) (Looking at it in from the passenger side

Keiths1976
09-18-2015, 05:05 PM
http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/8E489405-AB3A-4D40-B475-6307ED7ED201_zpstxgyvfes.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/8E489405-AB3A-4D40-B475-6307ED7ED201_zpstxgyvfes.jpg.html)( passenger side don't wind the rubber tubing for the windshield wiper pump line )

CorvairGeek
09-18-2015, 05:16 PM
That is sweet! I had been longingly looking at other bodies seeing if anything was readily (i.e. easily) adaptable.

Keiths1976
09-18-2015, 05:18 PM
Guys let me say it again not bad over all with the u van sway bar and 15' 205 65 15 she's on rails on . thanks ray_mcavoy my friend ..

Keiths1976
09-18-2015, 05:34 PM
Pguru if u have the 2.8 should be fine since my alternator is in the same place . I have the 3100 v6 bigger brother so to speak . It clears it great and have no issues . As far as the bar is perfect it's the brackets that have to be modded to fit out car that came off a 1993 caddy Seville

Keiths1976
09-18-2015, 06:38 PM
Also as what Ray said the mounting strut bolts changed positions in earlier a-body cars but once the brackets are made it bolts right in I had to adjust the bar to bracket bolts and positioned it where I wanted and then tightened it up and then good to go

Skip
09-18-2015, 07:12 PM
That's sweet. I'd love to do that with mine.

CorvairGeek
09-18-2015, 07:13 PM
The A/C accumulator/dryer might interfere on early cars.

Ray_McAvoy
09-19-2015, 12:48 AM
Guys let me say it again not bad over all with the u van sway bar and 15' 205 65 15 she's on rails on . thanks ray_mcavoy my friend ..

You're welcome Keith! I'm glad to hear that it fit okay.

The fitment with the 3100 engine was a bit of an unknown on my part. I noticed that you were able to install it with the bar back towards the firewall to clear the alternator.

When I laid out the templates for the newer style A-body strut tower bolt pattern, the only cars I had to work off were my Mom's 94 wagon (which now has a 3800 swapped in place of the 3100) and a 92 parts car with a 3300. On both of those, the bar fits okay up near the front of the strut towers so that's how I had envisioned it being placed. I guess it's a lucky coincidence that the newer style A-body strut tower bolt pattern is symmetric and allowed you to place the bar back toward the firewall. And in case you were wondering, that is why those factory "LH" and "RH" markings on the end pieces are flipped around backward ... had I have been thinking about 3100 alternator clearance issues, I could have easily flipped those around and made them correct but that's just a minor detail :)



Also as what Ray said the mounting strut bolts changed positions in earlier a-body cars ...

Yes, the mounting hole pattern in the newer A-body strut towers is rotated / clocked 90 degrees different from the earlier A-body strut towers. I think that change took place sometime in the early 90's.

For reference, here's a pic of a strut tower brace I made for my 88 a few years ago:
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w131/ray_mcavoy/88CutlassCiera/Engine.jpg (http://s175.photobucket.com/user/ray_mcavoy/media/88CutlassCiera/Engine.jpg.html)

It's based off the same early/mid 90's C/H-body brace as the one in Keith's car. But notice how the end brackets I made are shaped different to fit the earlier strut tower pattern. I placed this bar up near the front of the strut towers so it wouldn't interfere with the trans dipstick ... it looks close to the PS pump but that's just the angle of the photo. And unlike the later years, the bolt patterns in these early towers are not symmetric so this bar couldn't simply be flipped around to move it closer to the firewall for use with a 2.8L or 3100 ... different end brackets would have to be made for use with one of those engines.



The A/C accumulator/dryer might interfere on early cars.

I don't have a 2.8L powered car available for test fitting to know for sure, but I think the accumulator is mounted low enough to not interfere with one of these strut tower braces.

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Back when I built that brace for my 88, I didn't take very many photos of the process. But I did take lots of photos when I made the braces for Keith's car and Mom's 94 wagon. As soon as I get some free time, I'll sort through those photos and post up a build thread showing the procedure I've used to modify stock C/H-body strut tower braces to fit these A-body cars.

SegaGT
09-19-2015, 01:27 AM
Great job Keith! All you need now is a 2" drop and you'll be ready for the track! ;)

Ray, I'm sure there would be some interested in seeing that '94 with a 3800 in it.

From the sounds of it there are a couple guys here contemplating that swap!

Keiths1976
09-19-2015, 01:43 AM
Lol Sega trust me I have dreams of my car to make it quicker just money on my part . Everyone I know or read done the 3800 and 3800sc swap into there cars . Kinda searching for a caddy 4.9 and tinker with it to be a quick cruiser ac cruise control just little more Pep 😎. I know I know guys Buick with Buick motors etc but would be cool having a v8 powered car that suppose to move 4200 lbs caddy with force but it in a 3000 lb car should make it quick enough for me and keep it as a family car hehe .

Keiths1976
09-19-2015, 01:47 AM
Ray my friend I am super happy with all you did for me as you can see I'm pleased . Handles a lot better and holds the road good to with what I have done and the brace . Like I said if enough people get together you can start a little side thing as long as time my friend . No worries about the Lh and RH in theory if your looking at the engine it stands corrected where it should be hehe . Now all we have to do is get together and build a rear one

SegaGT
09-19-2015, 06:08 PM
Lol .... I know I know guys Buick with Buick motors etc but would be cool having a v8 powered car that suppose to move 4200 lbs caddy with force but it in a 3000 lb car should make it quick enough for me and keep it as a family car hehe .

I understand what you are saying. I do admit though that sometimes I feel like a cat in a dog park. :ugh:
Buick fans/owners tend to have a group thing, and I having an olds, don't quite fit.. :nervous:

Its not a bad thing. Chevy and Ford folks have their packs too. I've always been more of a odd man, or underdog fan so its fitting I guess. As far as my feeling toward Buick, I always respected their engine building since I was familiar with the history of the Rover aluminum V8. I worked on imports Triumph being one of them, and seeing that tiny 3.5 liter V8 with tomato can pistons stuffed into a TR7 (TR8) was awesome. The more recent history (Buick) has seen the brand try to shake off the "old man car" days where column shift and no gauges was the standard to the new (post waterfall grill) revival. I have to admit I HATE the Buick commercials that self insult the brand and its image "That's not a Buick!"...

A final though on engine transplants, to stay with a Buick in Buick, or Olds in Olds, if I was rich I would throw a LX5 (shortstar) in my Ciera just for fun. It is my favorite GM engine at the moment, and as the Aurora 4.0 V8 and it were Olds exclusive and final Olds engines I think it qualifies. :p

Keiths1976
09-19-2015, 06:37 PM
I think I'm going to look for a l27 from a older car make it look stock factory look and stay with age and year . Buick accident made one 1995 century with a 3800 motor lol

Keiths1976
09-19-2015, 06:38 PM
Sega so agree with u 😎😎😎

turbokinetic
09-19-2015, 10:34 PM
I think I'm going to look for a l27 from a older car make it look stock factory look and stay with age and year . Buick accident made one 1995 century with a 3800 motor lol

Did something unfortunate happen to your current engine?

Ray_McAvoy
09-19-2015, 11:03 PM
Ray, I'm sure there would be some interested in seeing that '94 with a 3800 in it.

From the sounds of it there are a couple guys here contemplating that swap!

Here's the thread on that engine swap --> http://www.a-body.net/forums/showthread.php?5402-94-3100-to-95-3800-engine-swap-wiring-questions It started off as a discussion about the wiring harness modifications and then sort of morphed into a build thread.

It turned out to be a relatively straight forward swap using mostly stock GM parts from various vehicles (A-body, H-body, and U-body). There were only a few pieces that had to be custom fabricated and the wiring harness (as expected) was probably the most involved. I ended up building the custom engine harness out of parts from a U-body van 3800 harness along with parts from the original A-body 3100 harness.




Ray my friend I am super happy with all you did for me as you can see I'm pleased . Handles a lot better and holds the road good to with what I have done and the brace . Like I said if enough people get together you can start a little side thing as long as time my friend .

You're welcome! Yeah, if anyone else is interested, I would consider making more of these. The arrangement that Keith and I used worked out good ... he found the donor C/H body bar at one of his local junkyards, mailed the end pieces to me for modification, and I mailed them back. That saved me from having to locate a donor bar and it was probably less postage to mail the end pieces round trip than it would have been to send the entire assembly in the mail.

At this point, I have templates to fit these bars to both the early and late A-body strut tower patterns. Although my current design of brackets for the early strut towers place the bar in a position that will probably only clear the 3.8L & 3300 engines.

And as I mentioned earlier, I'm planning on posting a write-up showing the procedure for anyone interested in making their own.

CorvairGeek
09-19-2015, 11:13 PM
Since I threw the question out there, I did snap a pic of an '86 today with A/C and a carb'd 2.8. Look at your own risk at the monstrosity.

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn39/jdcasto/1986%202.8_zpsfrhfkh57.jpg (http://s300.photobucket.com/user/jdcasto/media/1986%202.8_zpsfrhfkh57.jpg.html)

Keiths1976
09-19-2015, 11:59 PM
David, nah my 3100 is going strong with 145k on it but was looking for a replacement in the future is something in case and build up . Have a spare engine And wiring harness some parts and store them and eventually make her little more oomph to it .. No complaints to my engine gets great mileage holds its own on the highway . Would consider adding a turbo to her but that's a whole different thing I'm not familiar at or have any experience with . But could manage swapping a engine that I can do .

Century7667
09-20-2015, 01:32 AM
I would like to drop an L27 in my Century one day. That motor puts out about 200 HP naturally aspirated, and if I have the time to boost it, well that's an option too.

Ken T.

SegaGT
09-20-2015, 12:02 PM
Here's the thread on that engine swap --> http://www.a-body.net/forums/showthread.php?5402-94-3100-to-95-3800-engine-swap-wiring-questions It started off as a discussion about the wiring harness modifications and then sort of morphed into a build thread.

Thanks Keith for the contributions. That is what makes this place so good. Having a vision and figuring it out. That way the rest of us benefit from seeing it done.

Ray, thanks for the link, and it makes sense about the thread morphing since it didn't start in the projects area, but then again, it definitely does fall under the category of performance ;) I was not a member back then so thanks for pointing it out. Made a good read and also makes me want to get into body work and shoot some paint again. Your skills (+welding and paint) all around are very impressive. :thumbsup:

turbokinetic
09-20-2015, 01:10 PM
Here's the thread on that engine swap --> http://www.a-body.net/forums/showthread.php?5402-94-3100-to-95-3800-engine-swap-wiring-questions It started off as a discussion about the wiring harness modifications and then sort of morphed into a build thread......

Hi Ray. I greatly enjoyed your 3800 swap thread! For some reason it's hard to find when searching the forum. Possibly you can PM Joe (Cutlass) our forum admin and have him sticky that in the Project Central area; with 3800 swap in the title. There is so much good info there it is a valuable resource.

I have built one LN3 3800 "performance build" for a friend. The LN3 is the 1988 to 1990 with all metal "air gap" manifold. It would be a good choice for the 3300 cars since it looks almost the same as the 3300. With a camshaft regrind from Delta Camshaft, some head porting, and a tune; it has more power than a naturally-aspirated Series II engine with no ill effects. These modifications were all very inexpensive and the result was worth it!

PGuru
09-20-2015, 04:43 PM
At this point, I have templates to fit these bars to both the early and late A-body strut tower patterns. Although my current design of brackets for the early strut towers place the bar in a position that will probably only clear the 3.8L & 3300 engines.

And as I mentioned earlier, I'm planning on posting a write-up showing the procedure for anyone interested in making their own.

I would like to see that write-up! I've wanted to make a brace for my car for ages but I've all but given up trying to find a good shop that doesn't want to charge me hundreds and hundreds of dollars. With a design in hand, I may as well try to do it myself! Looking forward to it!

Keiths1976
09-20-2015, 05:24 PM
It so helps out the front end I'm sure with David car and the rear away bar it will be on rails lol

Century7667
09-20-2015, 09:26 PM
Hi Ray. I greatly enjoyed your 3800 swap thread! For some reason it's hard to find when searching the forum. Possibly you can PM Joe (Cutlass) our forum admin and have him sticky that in the Project Central area; with 3800 swap in the title. There is so much good info there it is a valuable resource.

I have built one LN3 3800 "performance build" for a friend. The LN3 is the 1988 to 1990 with all metal "air gap" manifold. It would be a good choice for the 3300 cars since it looks almost the same as the 3300. With a camshaft regrind from Delta Camshaft, some head porting, and a tune; it has more power than a naturally-aspirated Series II engine with no ill effects. These modifications were all very inexpensive and the result was worth it!

Ditto on that! I'd like to find that thread too! I see a transplant coming in 2019 when my '95 is smog exempt.

Ken T.

Ray_McAvoy
09-21-2015, 12:33 AM
Hi Ray. I greatly enjoyed your 3800 swap thread! For some reason it's hard to find when searching the forum. Possibly you can PM Joe (Cutlass) our forum admin and have him sticky that in the Project Central area; with 3800 swap in the title. There is so much good info there it is a valuable resource.

Thanks for the suggestion! I just sent a PM to Joe with the request.


I would like to see that write-up! I've wanted to make a brace for my car for ages but I've all but given up trying to find a good shop that doesn't want to charge me hundreds and hundreds of dollars. With a design in hand, I may as well try to do it myself! Looking forward to it!

Okay, I'll try to get all of my pics gathered up and get that write-up on the strut tower brace project started asap.

Ray_McAvoy
09-23-2015, 01:51 AM
Okay, I'll try to get all of my pics gathered up and get that write-up on the strut tower brace project started asap.

The strut tower brace write-up is finished and can be viewed here --> http://www.a-body.net/forums/showthread.php?57169-Modifying-a-C-H-body-strut-tower-brace-to-fit-A-body-cars

Keiths1976
12-07-2015, 07:36 PM
Hey guys soon as the weather isn't so bad in forbids tons of rain I have a small rear end upgrade . I picked up some rear station wagon springs off of a 96 Buick century with 46k that was totaled up front :(. http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/9280C3B1-A59C-4DFD-AFB0-EEF4D0C9D20F_zps7wr9k9ly.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/9280C3B1-A59C-4DFD-AFB0-EEF4D0C9D20F_zps7wr9k9ly.jpg.html). Should be nice with them for our road trips with luggage in the back over highway bumps . Little bouncy back there with new shocks to .

CorvairGeek
12-07-2015, 08:05 PM
They will be a big improvement. I got them off a '94 wagon for our '96 Custom sedan.

Keiths1976
12-07-2015, 08:31 PM
I meant Florida lmao hahha sorry .. I will do a small write up took me 10 min to pull them off the car . Can't complain cost me 10 bucks for the pair in the yard down here . It's a win win lol

CorvairGeek
12-07-2015, 11:48 PM
That's a good price. While the U-Pull-It here are reasonable overall, they get almost $20 a piece on springs.

Keiths1976
12-08-2015, 12:24 AM
Yea I know the sway bar I took out of the Pontiac transport I think was 15 while other places was 20-25

Keiths1976
12-09-2015, 02:47 PM
Well ok guys have a few pictures putting the rear springs in honesty totally time was 25 minutes with a floor jack and two jack stands some basic tools and had to borrow the factory jack cause I need the axel to drop lower to the ground but very ease. Safety is a important thing to anyone working like this I even placed the tires under the body of the car just in case it moved or fell it would land on them not me .http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/45CE6CC8-D631-4F0F-BB27-0A32D55C674C_zpsgugyr2lr.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/45CE6CC8-D631-4F0F-BB27-0A32D55C674C_zpsgugyr2lr.jpg.html) http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/14FC351B-E752-4209-A3A5-7C808A2578C2_zpskvlt9uva.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/14FC351B-E752-4209-A3A5-7C808A2578C2_zpskvlt9uva.jpg.html)http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/DF963AEB-DD4F-473C-8CB4-EA78931F4A6F_zpsclxasfsa.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/DF963AEB-DD4F-473C-8CB4-EA78931F4A6F_zpsclxasfsa.jpg.html) basic stuff as for tools I took off both shock bolts and the drivers side torsion bar both very easy . I have to switch jacks here cause the floor jack wouldn't go down lower enough to to let the springs go . So I used a spare one I had just drop it lower . Once you lower the axel down enough the springs practically fal out of the perches .http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/4D76E2ED-95F3-4C0B-BD71-01C233464E1F_zpsasip68pk.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/4D76E2ED-95F3-4C0B-BD71-01C233464E1F_zpsasip68pk.jpg.html) Hence lol at the passenger side lol .http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/4E7B734B-76E5-436A-BB44-343F5749E08D_zpskykfw0uq.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/4E7B734B-76E5-436A-BB44-343F5749E08D_zpskykfw0uq.jpg.html) Yup no spring it fell out lol couldn't catch it fast enough . http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/72B8D385-8537-4BDC-9C01-ED73C4576020_zps6ltyotv4.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/72B8D385-8537-4BDC-9C01-ED73C4576020_zps6ltyotv4.jpg.html) Side by side the bigger or taller one is the stock 95 century and the shortie is the wagon from a 96 century wagon . I re used the rubber bushings that came with my car they looked way to good and swap out easy . I must note the 94-96 a-body uses this method and springs to fit another same year a-day cause of the perch design and apron design has changed . I am very happy and pleased with this gave the back end a more planted feel as u switch lanes and rides a lot better not hard at all since the wagon was a fe1 suspension . Just gave it a little less bounce and firmed it up . I also felt the rear not drop as much as u take off cause of the spring rate difference not a bad thing at all . Yes those are my blue shocks lol kyb firmed it up nicely great combo I recommend it to anyone . There about 6 months to a year old give it take . Well hope u guys enjoy all this any questions feel free to send them here 😎😎😎

turbokinetic
12-09-2015, 03:14 PM
Looks like the wire diameter is a LOT larger on those new springs! Should ride a lot stouter.

Keiths1976
12-09-2015, 04:20 PM
Funny David the stock 95 rear spring is the taller one out of the wagon is smaller go figure . Rides a hell of a lot better :-)

CorvairGeek
12-09-2015, 05:53 PM
I had more of an issue getting the wimpy, looonggg sedan springs out. The shorter, stout wagon springs were easy to pop in place. I by chance had taken the rubber cushions from the wagon. Good thing, as the small diameter wire springs had worn through the originals and were metal to metal (Around 150K miles).

Keiths1976
12-09-2015, 06:23 PM
Yea I had a spare jack from another car so I can lower the axle down almost to the ground . Funny hearing a spring hit the ground I'm like bye bey whimsy spring hellllloooo super strong one lol

SegaGT
12-10-2015, 12:42 AM
Well ok guys have a few pictures putting the rear springs in ... Well hope u guys enjoy all this any questions feel free to send them here ������

Yes, very happy to see pictures! Thank you for posting this!!!

Keiths1976
03-03-2016, 07:33 PM
Well gang I finally got my old girl all painted and body work done . Here is some pictures and some before or after . Have to pick up some emblems for the trunk and rear quarter panels but have to wait a few weeks to apply them on .

Keiths1976
03-03-2016, 07:39 PM
http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/6E8751D8-3C37-484C-9A98-03BBD228CC42_zpsjmp1ngni.png (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/6E8751D8-3C37-484C-9A98-03BBD228CC42_zpsjmp1ngni.png.html) http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/D9CE5751-914F-4358-B1C8-8DE1FB7B7EDF_zpsiarbouec.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/D9CE5751-914F-4358-B1C8-8DE1FB7B7EDF_zpsiarbouec.jpg.html) before now after http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/2FA1D2AF-DDBC-4360-840A-55EAC14CD7E9_zpslpqqtdmf.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/2FA1D2AF-DDBC-4360-840A-55EAC14CD7E9_zpslpqqtdmf.jpg.html)http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/CE2FA860-1976-4E2A-8C92-AFB92FD31C3C_zpsemfpxswm.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/CE2FA860-1976-4E2A-8C92-AFB92FD31C3C_zpsemfpxswm.jpg.html)http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/C6886A9C-305B-4C9A-9ED1-335BD095CFE9_zpsbjgob7yz.png (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/C6886A9C-305B-4C9A-9ED1-335BD095CFE9_zpsbjgob7yz.png.html)before http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/BC317295-3C03-4403-9D0B-E55EC69F1C04_zpswpdepwsg.png (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/BC317295-3C03-4403-9D0B-E55EC69F1C04_zpswpdepwsg.png.html)now after http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/E8393825-ACDD-48A4-A43D-10599132562C_zps4fqufpnl.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/E8393825-ACDD-48A4-A43D-10599132562C_zps4fqufpnl.jpg.html)http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/CC5C62A1-CD59-42BF-B0CA-90889CB392C8_zpsxsgba5ph.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/CC5C62A1-CD59-42BF-B0CA-90889CB392C8_zpsxsgba5ph.jpg.html) they did the black trip work on the sides http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/F3021A0E-A5C5-43BB-8244-721F4FA24567_zpsypw3yi2z.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/F3021A0E-A5C5-43BB-8244-721F4FA24567_zpsypw3yi2z.jpg.html) passenger http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/DF0D173D-334D-4D6B-A0BB-DBCA9950D95D_zpsh0wsvdwt.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/DF0D173D-334D-4D6B-A0BB-DBCA9950D95D_zpsh0wsvdwt.jpg.html)drivers . I am very very pleased with the way she came out there is more pictures I'm sorting it . Hope you guys like it :-)

turbokinetic
03-03-2016, 09:27 PM
Yeah - that looks excellent! Nice to have the patchy rust look done away with!

Keiths1976
03-03-2016, 11:07 PM
Sir I so agree there !!

Ray_McAvoy
03-04-2016, 12:00 AM
Nice!! The new paint & body work makes your "old girl" look young again!

SegaGT
03-04-2016, 12:23 AM
The "old girl" is a spring chicken again!
Great job! Looks wonderful! ;)

Keiths1976
03-04-2016, 12:26 AM
Thank you guys !! Now what engine am I going swap in . Hehe now the planning and looking since she's all set.

Keiths1976
03-04-2016, 12:31 AM
Hey guys here is a Question about the emblems . What would you suggest to use to re apply them back on ? The body guy told me I'd have to wait a few weeks for the paint to cure and harden . So I have a a set of rear quarter panels emblems and have the back Buick on the trunk lid . I kinda like it plain though but I know it don't look right without them . Thanks again for the comments she is a sexy young fine lady now lol

Ray_McAvoy
03-04-2016, 01:35 AM
I used 3M double-sided molding tape to put the emblems back on my Cutlass Ciera after re-paint. This type of stuff --> http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/3m-super-strength-molding-tape-7-8-x-5-ft-03615/7100051-P?searchTerm=3m+molding+tape+7%2F8

Prepping the emblems with the new tape was quite a slow & tedious process though. I carefully scraped the old foam residue off the back sides of the emblems and used some lacquer thinner to finish cleaning off the old adhesive residue. Next, I stuck strips of the 3M tape onto the back of the emblems. Then, I used an x-acto knife to trim away the excess tape from around the outlines of all the emblem's letters. That was probably the most difficult part of the job. A sharp new blade helped, but that tape is super sticky and has a tendency to stick to the blade as you try to cut through it.

Once the tape has been trimmed to the shape of the emblem, it's just a matter of peeling off the protective backing and sticking the emblems in place. The tape sticks on contact so you only get one shot at positioning the emblem or you have to completely redo the tape again. So to make sure I'd get them stuck on straight & level, I put a temporary strip of masking tape onto the car just below the desired emblem location to act as a guide.

Century7667
03-04-2016, 11:03 PM
Very nice Keith! I had a little touch up work on my '95 on the deck lid and the door trim. It really makes a difference!

Ken T.

Keiths1976
03-04-2016, 11:17 PM
Thanks Ken !!!! Hope all is good at your end sir ! Keep in touch can't wait to see your century back and going again .

Century7667
03-09-2016, 01:39 AM
Thanks Ken !!!! Hope all is good at your end sir ! Keep in touch can't wait to see your century back and going again .

Been a bit buried lately. The the poor ol' '95 Century, my wounded warrior car, keeps being pressed back into service again and again. It just keeps rolling....

Hopefully I can get the reseal done on it soon.

Ken T.

Skip
03-09-2016, 02:31 AM
She's gorgeous Keith. Nice job.

Keiths1976
03-09-2016, 11:03 AM
Thanks Skip !!

Keiths1976
05-06-2016, 09:25 PM
No performance mod here but more to clean her up . The 94-95had plastic black valve covers . So I picked up some late 96 aluminum valve covers from a Buick century have to clean them up but will stand it better for sure . http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/DD66CAD8-BC7D-4C81-A588-298E945B55FE_zpsrraz0k96.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/DD66CAD8-BC7D-4C81-A588-298E945B55FE_zpsrraz0k96.jpg.html) This is her now till I clean them up soon will have a after picture . http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/F906FF33-B7D5-4AC7-84B8-CCDB0AAF705A_zpsa3z9t1hj.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/F906FF33-B7D5-4AC7-84B8-CCDB0AAF705A_zpsa3z9t1hj.jpg.html) New covers the were black as the dickens lol this was after 2 cans of brake cleaner lol http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/20A0BB5D-B3B3-4D14-8696-728CBE52E610_zpsw5mn0ueo.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/20A0BB5D-B3B3-4D14-8696-728CBE52E610_zpsw5mn0ueo.jpg.html)this was just about cleanedhttp://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/E86F039F-476A-43FB-B970-0852FDA3A90B_zpswhhnaydf.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/E86F039F-476A-43FB-B970-0852FDA3A90B_zpswhhnaydf.jpg.html) took al the plates out and clean them too looks pretty good . So next weekend they will be on have little more scrubbing and degreasing :(

Century7667
05-07-2016, 02:46 AM
Hey guys here is a Question about the emblems . What would you suggest to use to re apply them back on ? The body guy told me I'd have to wait a few weeks for the paint to cure and harden . So I have a a set of rear quarter panels emblems and have the back Buick on the trunk lid . I kinda like it plain though but I know it don't look right without them . Thanks again for the comments she is a sexy young fine lady now lol

If you don't want your emblems, send them to me!!!

Ken T.

Century7667
05-07-2016, 02:49 AM
http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/E86F039F-476A-43FB-B970-0852FDA3A90B_zpswhhnaydf.jpg[/URL] took al the plates out and clean them too looks pretty good . So next weekend they will be on have little more scrubbing and degreasing :(

Those valve covers look real familliar....except that they are cleaner than mine!

Ken T.

Keiths1976
05-07-2016, 02:58 AM
I used brake cleaner and zep degreaser . Was going to sneak them into the dishwasher but the wife was home lol . Some more scrubbing with dawn and then some light sanding and will bring them back to the true polish

Keiths1976
05-07-2016, 03:00 AM
Ken I have the two rear quarter emblems sir the Buick name on the trunk lid broke apart when it was removed . I will snap a picture to you tomorrow . I think one is getting fragile with the Y in century but some glue will fix that

Century7667
05-08-2016, 12:25 AM
Ken I have the two rear quarter emblems sir the Buick name on the trunk lid broke apart when it was removed . I will snap a picture to you tomorrow . I think one is getting fragile with the Y in century but some glue will fix that

Thank you kindly sir!

Ken T.

Keiths1976
05-09-2016, 03:49 PM
http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/49E00C36-1030-4667-BE27-B4D7F91C3755_zpsza3nvyuv.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/49E00C36-1030-4667-BE27-B4D7F91C3755_zpsza3nvyuv.jpg.html)Before :-) http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/13966A35-EEE9-4782-B77B-CCC5D82C6EEF_zpscw7ejbgo.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/13966A35-EEE9-4782-B77B-CCC5D82C6EEF_zpscw7ejbgo.jpg.html)after much better :) . I can say now have to clean up the uim next to match them . Next week project while I have that off check the ohms on my injectors while I am there and clean out the egr port .

Century7667
05-10-2016, 05:09 PM
Keith,

I'm betting your injectors will be fine, since they are Multec-II injectors (dry core). More likely they'll clog or leak. Both my 3100's had injectors with flow issues.

Ken T.

Skip
05-10-2016, 05:54 PM
Nice job Keith. Looking good my friend.

Keiths1976
07-14-2016, 12:10 AM
Well howdy gang only did a rear motor window on the old girl but has a strange twist to it . I found a interesting charm on the bottom of the inside door . See I know this car personally cause it's been in my wife's family and that door has never been touched it's a sealed from factory . I found a charm on the bottom and thought it was cool cause some woman on the assembly line must have had one on her wrist and it broke off . So I laughed went that's odd and cool at the same time cause there was another woman touching my girl lol lol . But other then that I will show you a few pictures cause immune hands here to involved to get pictures . http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/CC3FFC87-9D7E-4478-8F67-743D42274E60_zps8cz7uh1o.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/CC3FFC87-9D7E-4478-8F67-743D42274E60_zps8cz7uh1o.jpg.html)(Charm)http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/91B7C2E2-E242-4B75-B5C2-284C5378AA56_zpsv7twvnbm.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/91B7C2E2-E242-4B75-B5C2-284C5378AA56_zpsv7twvnbm.jpg.html) (new motor ) http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/1BE3D73C-F0D3-4DF9-B2E2-E357BF79B4DD_zpsrn26hy3n.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/1BE3D73C-F0D3-4DF9-B2E2-E357BF79B4DD_zpsrn26hy3n.jpg.html) she's in :-) its not that hard just the factory pop rivets drilling out and awkward angle . The backs are easier than the fronts for sure http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/th_36A4A27B-7215-4260-8C01-B55FC7E7FCFC_zpstniow8da.jpg (http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/36A4A27B-7215-4260-8C01-B55FC7E7FCFC_zpstniow8da.mp4)

Century7667
07-14-2016, 04:23 PM
Keith,

Fun finding artifacts in an old car. I found about a $1 in loose change when I changed the heater core in my '95 Century.

Did you need to do any cleaning lubrication in the door? Did you re-revit, or just use machine screws?

Ken T.

Keiths1976
07-14-2016, 04:40 PM
Ken I used machine screws :-). For the door lubricstion I had a oil base on hand I used for the rubber strap and track but it was pretty good . . I found 2.50 cents in mine but my son was a year old and put change down in the vent duck when my wife had the car lol

Keiths1976
09-24-2016, 09:56 PM
Well guys I have one more add on to this old girl to help and stabilize her persistant ability to corner and hold roads with the big boys. I want to thank Ray for yet another perfect skills of his that made my dreams come to reality . Pictures will be coming soon installed will be tomorrow due to weather . The Test driving will be Sunday as well so won't keep you in that much suspense but will give a taste . http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/AB26B498-6D54-43EB-B62B-9F8825CDF831_zpsjdxiylmy.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/AB26B498-6D54-43EB-B62B-9F8825CDF831_zpsjdxiylmy.jpg.html)Started out with a junk yard 7.99 strut tower brace:-) center bar with 3-4 coats http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/1796C0AF-AB9C-4065-ADCC-07094CFDE4D6_zpsy4z7cqnn.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/1796C0AF-AB9C-4065-ADCC-07094CFDE4D6_zpsy4z7cqnn.jpg.html)http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/D067E964-6807-431B-ABB5-24BB09CDB90D_zpslvygghk7.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/D067E964-6807-431B-ABB5-24BB09CDB90D_zpslvygghk7.jpg.html) end braces to fit the trunk shock tower I am going to make little slits in the factory carpet so it will look stock http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/741676EB-0404-4551-B459-D2D2728CF89D_zpswr5xk2br.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/741676EB-0404-4551-B459-D2D2728CF89D_zpswr5xk2br.jpg.html)bar and braces next to another and look sharp http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/BCF73982-C566-4C78-AC23-69FA5DF716DA_zpsqvmdr1c3.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/BCF73982-C566-4C78-AC23-69FA5DF716DA_zpsqvmdr1c3.jpg.html)the end result is pure amazing and can't wait :-) more to follow guys

Skip
09-24-2016, 11:22 PM
Okay, you've got me salivating now.........Can't wait for more pics

Keiths1976
09-25-2016, 10:30 PM
http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/00E4E1E4-1FE0-47D3-A5C1-7DE1C709236B_zpsra8sxa84.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/00E4E1E4-1FE0-47D3-A5C1-7DE1C709236B_zpsra8sxa84.jpg.html) This is what I wanted to do with the bracket keep it stock looking http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/AC37EAE4-92AF-46B8-BD4B-061DA7FE936C_zpsshjft10y.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/AC37EAE4-92AF-46B8-BD4B-061DA7FE936C_zpsshjft10y.jpg.html)all most bolted up have to put the carpet back in http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/62B13F88-CC0D-47EC-BD07-D0C7C02DF458_zpsrfys9ufu.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/62B13F88-CC0D-47EC-BD07-D0C7C02DF458_zpsrfys9ufu.jpg.html)and the finished look :-) I must say it helped the back end but not where it is to tight . Handles a hell a lot better now . I want to rethank Ray on here for helping me out . Hope you guys like what you see :-)

Ray_McAvoy
09-26-2016, 12:16 AM
You're welcome Keith!

It looks good in there and I'm glad to hear that it improved the handling!

Keiths1976
09-26-2016, 12:39 AM
Sir , you need to make a few for your cars it's defiantly a improvement .

Ray_McAvoy
09-26-2016, 01:41 AM
Yeah, I'll have to keep an eye out for another donor brace at the junkyard and make one for my '88. I'm not so sure about making one for Mom's wagon though. I can definitely see where a rear shock tower brace would be even more helpful in a wagon with it's more open body structure. But I'm afraid it would interfere with hauling large items in the cargo area when the rear seats are folded down.

Keiths1976
09-26-2016, 01:44 AM
See that's true I could look for the brackets here . The whole bar and brackets cost me 7.99 . Let me know if you can't I will pick one up and ship it to you :)

Skip
09-26-2016, 05:13 PM
That's a sweet mod Keith. Nice car you've got there.

Keiths1976
09-26-2016, 05:39 PM
Thanks skip it's filthy in my trunk cause I haven't clean that in some time . But looks stock handles great and what I wanted just need some feeder Ramps lol

Keiths1976
12-07-2016, 11:06 AM
Replaced all stock dew strips finally ! Have to play around with the rest passenger door motor. It was a Autozone motor at the time so I think the window tape is slipping cause it works just stops halfway and you hear the motor making noise . If not will have a replacement in due time . Other than oil change and grease the front end she's been really good and reliable . I did switch the front struts to the factory Springs and installed u van strut I had quick struts in her and gave her a very firm ride that got old and had a clicking on the passenger side . Going to rebuild them and save them it did have a stiffer spring than factory but did handle really good with them . I had one scare on my end my wife told me I had a puddle under my car when I went to take my son to school . Turned out my ok pressure switch was leaking really bad and made a mess of my clean car underneath :-) that's a quick update sorry no pictures guys

Century7667
12-07-2016, 11:23 PM
Replaced all stock dew strips finally ! Have to play around with the rest passenger door motor. It was a Autozone motor at the time so I think the window tape is slipping cause it works just stops halfway and you hear the motor making noise . If not will have a replacement in due time . Other than oil change and grease the front end she's been really good and reliable . I did switch the front struts to the factory Springs and installed u van strut I had quick struts in her and gave her a very firm ride that got old and had a clicking on the passenger side . Going to rebuild them and save them it did have a stiffer spring than factory but did handle really good with them . I had one scare on my end my wife told me I had a puddle under my car when I went to take my son to school . Turned out my ok pressure switch was leaking really bad and made a mess of my clean car underneath :-) that's a quick update sorry no pictures guys

So you are done with the struts? ...or are you going back with the stiffer spring?

Ken T.

Keiths1976
12-08-2016, 12:18 AM
Not for a while tho I can say the spring was firm of the strut mount wasn't messed up and a leaky strut on the passenger side I would have kept them . But was faster to swap back to original spring and new strut so I can rebuild them . I have those moog strut mounts for .49 cents from close out sale and just have to see what strut to install . They could be for another a body tho never know lol .

Keiths1976
12-08-2016, 12:19 AM
She rides good with factory stuff back in and little firmer than stock with the u van strut inside the stock spring

Century7667
12-09-2016, 05:00 PM
She rides good with factory stuff back in and little firmer than stock with the u van strut inside the stock spring

If I were going to modify my setup, I'd go that way. I bet bottoming out isn't an issue with the HD strut.

Ken T.

Keiths1976
12-10-2016, 01:34 AM
Nope never doesn't flinch and over railroad crossings it glides over them with not much effort

Keiths1976
03-01-2017, 01:09 AM
The past two days has been a privilege and a true meaning to a good friend . I had a visit from a select individual I won't mention any name (lol) . It all started out with a email saying he will make his way down to Florida and wanted to try a tune on my old girl and set fan settings to a 180 thermostat settings as well . What was done is made a old girl feel young once again with joy to have passionate hands work on her . It brought some pep to what was hidden . Now not many pictures were taken in truth to this was more talking like a old buddy haven't seen in ages . Gave inspiration to my young 10 year old boy who I must say talked his ear off while data logging my buick . I wanted to say thank you for that David he truly looked up to you and gave me a great feeling Of joy . After the two days we had two junk yarding fun and found nothing but two guys talking over cars and passion of it all . The one picture I missed to get was seeing his Olympia next to my old girl in a pepboys parking lot . Like two horse chariots riding off in the sunset after said in done of course his would have kicked my butt from here to Nigeria in it . David you are a inspersrion to this forum as well as me I looked up to you from the beginning and wanted to say thank you and this friendship is a good strong one for sure . http://i1370.photobucket.com/albums/ag249/mx676271/keith/29441CEC-58F9-4BE4-8849-CC38D535E2C5_zps3o6gofy9.jpg (http://s1370.photobucket.com/user/mx676271/media/keith/29441CEC-58F9-4BE4-8849-CC38D535E2C5_zps3o6gofy9.jpg.html) to you David thanks for everything !!!! Now ps. I need a radio from a caddy an a hood rod latch like yours . This should keep you from not forgetting lol Jk

Century7667
03-04-2017, 02:17 AM
Keith,

Always good to get a helping hand once in a while, especially from people like David who are so willing to lend it. :)

Ken T.

Skip
03-04-2017, 05:07 PM
Awesome, great to see you guys get together. Wish I could have been there too. :)

Keiths1976
03-25-2017, 04:07 PM
The Old girl has been going strong so not much updates here just picked up new drums cause I had a adjuster spring break the tab off and it got wedged between the drum and shoe on the highway . Didn't hear anything or notice anything till I came through a toll both and hear a click clank so I pulled over and had to do a road ride fix . I guess at 75 mp for 180mole the drum was so hot took 3 cold waters just so I can touch it I will have pictures coming up soon when I fix it . That was a while ago replaced the spring I had a spare on the shoulder of the road and drove it home and it's been like that for some time to save to get new drums and shoes . I will get a picture of the shoe and drum soon :) . Plus been very happy with David adjustment on her I gained more mpg for sure . Idles better runs great trying to keep my foot off her and see what I get overall . Next road trip I will take her on a highway ride and let ya''ll know . :)

Keith

Skip
03-25-2017, 04:37 PM
Ahhhhh, David tuned her up for you. She must be running great.

Do you custom bend your rear drum brake return springs Keith or were they just stock?

Keiths1976
03-25-2017, 04:56 PM
Well I replaced all with new hardware a year or so ago in the drums and the adjuster spring broke that little tab off and it lodged between drum and shoe not to bash but was a advance auto parts spring . No I wish I learned how to tho skip :(. She's got a 180 stat and a slight tune with fans and adjustments on the timing :). So ya runs smoother and quicker