More Engine Clean-up and Detailing
After some disassembly… removing the intake manifold, radiator, generator and other misc parts to refurbish them, the rest of the engine was much more accessible for cleaning, so another round of “yellow soap” and the pressure washer was in order. What a difference a high-strength mix of the yellow soap made! Most of the black rattle-can spray paint from a previous engine-bay “detailing” came off the firewall. The rest was removed with a rag and some lacquer thinner. I cleaned off all the wiring too, along with the remaining black paint that was sprayed onto the brake booster, reveling the original cadmium plating. I re-sprayed some Krylon semi-flat black on the inner fenderwells and core support to give it a fresh look. This isn’t the “right” way to restore an engine-bay but for now, it will work. When the day comes to do a proper restoration on this car, the whole front clip will come apart so it can be done correctly. Some of the original Casino Cream paint came off the firewall where it was sprayed over seam-sealer, and then there are some areas where the factory globbed on a bunch of sealer around the wire inlets to seal the area from any heat getting through to the passenger compartment. These areas look ugly, but at least its overall better looking than the old black rattle-can. It looks like what you would expect to see when you pop the hood on a 50 year old car. Next time I get a chance to work on the car (hopefully this weekend) I’ll paint the engine with some POR-15 Engine Enamel. They sell it in various engine colors, including ’60 Buick Green!
Just found the site from your link on utube. Cool car! Fun to see the old girl come alive again. I too am workin’ on a ’60 Buick. A LeSabre 2 door sedan. this weekend I’ll be bringing home an Invicta parts car. A pretty solid Colorado car, let me know if you need anything for your project
Hi Steve, glad you like the project! I’ll need a few Invicta pieces… I’ll contact you via email.
Hey Dave. I have been following your progress closely… good stuff! I also have been playing with my 1960 Invicta (4 dr Hardtop) I bought about 6 weeks ago. Would like to swap some emails about how things are going with you and Steve. Anyway… keep chugging, you really have something!
Hi,nice job on your buick. You were talking about the ignition which I also want to change to push button or key start. Do you know where I can get a kit or instructions how to do this.I want to change cause I have a 2 brl on mine that leaks after you shut car off, and trying to find another carbis very hard. Parts for this are rare. I have a LeSabre 1960 with a 364 2brl 2 spd auto. Let me know if you can help or leave me your number and I will call you. Thanks for any help.
I enjoy seeing your progress on the blog. also have a 1960 Buick Invicta 4 dorr Sedan that I working on. I have the almost everything back together but have one part I can’t figure out where it goes. I would like to e-mail a picture of the part and see if you can locate it on your car? Please let me know if that would be possible.
Thanks for your help in advance.