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    1956 Buick Special Project

    Quote Originally Posted by etizz View Post
    this car is fantastic too. I do have a question regarding the u joint adapter you made. I need to make something similar for my car, did you leave the u joints in the piece when you welded it or did you take them out? If so is there a trick to doing so? I haven't tried yetbut i was just curious if its similar to a driveshaft I won't have any trouble. thanks!

    I left the u joint assembled, and welded it off of the car. No trick to doing it- just set it on a flat surface so the bottom of the adapter and bottom of the u joint are even. If you need me to make you one let me know.


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    1956 Buick Special Air Conditioning

    I made some progress on the AC. This has been rather difficult because with the new engine in there, there isn't enough clearance for even the factory non AC air box. Like the brake box on the other side, I am doing this without cutting or modifying the firewall. Depending how much spare time I have this summer I might work on a new heating system. With the other car being a convertible theres no such thing as too much heat or too much AC when you need it. I am using a mid 2000s Silverado evaporator. I will need to make a couple adjustments but overall I'm happy with how its looking.









    Heres a later model heater core I was thinking about installing. At first I wanted to do a firewall mounted setup with both heater and AC but ran out of room in a hurry with just the AC so heaters staying in the factory location


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    that's some nice work.
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    1956 Buick Special Project

    These pictured didn't turn out the best, but heres how I attached the trailing arms for the jaguar suspension. I used 20" threaded tubes with 5/8" threads and 1/2" eyelets on the rod ends. I welded a 2x2 bar between the frame rails. the bottom of the bar sits 1" below the frame to have clearance for the exhaust to come through the frame. The bar has two 30 degree cuts in it to fit the X in the frame. I'll put pictures of the measurements to help anyone doing the same thing on a 56.






    Overall:


    Longest part of angled area:


    Shortest part of angled area:


    In front of the rear driver tire:


    A little undercoating fire:





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    1956 Buick Special Project

    Here are a couple pictures of the power steering conversion using the ICT billet kit. very pleased with it.





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    1956 Buick Special Project - Air conditioning evaporator

    The air conditioning project has turned out to be a lot bigger of a pain than expected. the main issue is making it so that it has clearance to be removed with the engine in place. right now it bolts together from 3 pieces, and does clear this engine, so it has a smaller profile than even the factory non ac box. I also found out that the factory blower motor housing couldnt be bolted to a flat surface, so the flange for that had to be spaced out 3/4". here are some pictures












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    1956 Buick special Project - Air conditioning

    On the bright side, getting a new condenser in there was a breeze! Im thinking it will need its own pusher fan, maybe a thin 15"
    An original condenser weighs about 40 pounds and this thing is maybe a quarter of that, and should work better!
    I made a pattern from the original radiator core support, which will come in handy to make a bracket to hold in an aluminum radiator.







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    Nice Work!


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