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About Randiego

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  • Birthday 10/19/1949

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    Oceanside, California
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    1936 Plymouth P2 Tudor Touring Sedan , 1936 Pontiac Master 6 Coupe, 1977 & 73 Fiat 124 Spiders, 1960 Ford F100, 1978 Triumph 750 Bonneville, 1968 & 72 Honda Trail 90s, Starflight Ultra Light, 72 Simplicity 4041 Power Max Tractor 1938 El Monte walk behind garden tractor, 1956 17' Mahogany cuddy cabin cruiser (restored) with 1958 Mercury 48 HP (restored) Outboard


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    I have been in and around automobiles all my life. Starting with my brothers Model A Ford in 1957, progressing through various cars through my youth (Oh but to have some of the cars back!) I had a 36 Pontiac Business Coupe that only had 11K miles on it and a 50 Mercury coupe, a 49 Packard 2Dr. Fastback, 55 Ford Crown Vic., Plymouth Furry, 55 Chevy, 4 (bought 3 for less than a hundred dollars!)57 Chevy coupes, 70 Pontiac Bonneville, 1960 MGA (Migrated to California in that car). I purchased a 77 FIat Spider new (when I was working for a dealership here in San Diego) Recently, I just sold a 1972 Chevrolet Caprice Coupe with 25K original miles. IT was a pristine car that showed like NEW! It now resides in Qutar purchased by an emir three years ago. I am now involved with FIAT 124 Spiders. My daily driver is a 78 and I am restoring a 73 with a race motor. I restored 2 Triumph Bonneville Motorcycles. I kept the 78 (better road bike) and ride it through the San Diego back country. I am undertaking rebuilding a Starflight Ultralight that I inherited from my brother. In general, I love all around mechanics and working on anything.

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  1. Gary, Has Le Baron Bonney given you any hint as to when they will be getting you the new kit? I come to the Forum hoping for good news and to see what you have done next. I know it is a bit selfish as a reader of your thread, and I can imagine how unnerving it is for you to be waiting for the fabrics to arrive. Is there anything else that you have to do to the car other than the seats and door panels? Hearing that you start the car up weekly is comforting to know that at least the mechanicals are completed. Only for a road trip to confirm of the "road worthiness". But I bet that the Buick could travel cross country without a hitch. I am sure that family doings keep your self busy but...........
  2. Roger, Your picture of the door with the wires looks to be about the size of the real part. And looking at the wire, they are very small in diameter. We look at the pictures in the thread and do not realize that sometimes the pictures are larger than what the real size is. Looking at the "Continental" letters that you got back from the plater, they must be TINY. We all know that you hand carved every one of them. No CNC lathe here, just diligence with a file and sand paper. The wow factor is in every part that you make. Amazed. Randy
  3. Gary, Thank you for the referral to Bob regarding the wood grain refinish of my dash and window surrounds. It is sad that we are down to one supplier of the interior fabric for restorations. Two decades ago, we had several that were supplying to the antique market. When the eggs are all in one basket and the basket gets a hole in it, disaster strikes. Let us hope that Le Barron Bonny will stay healthy for some time. I am doing the frame and body of my Pontiac Coupe first. That will take a while. Certainly not a year as you so deftly showed all of us out here. If we all have access to a good painter/body man that you have, that is half of the battle. Count your lucky stars that you have such a good and talented man at your disposal. If we here were as fortunate. You have to be very careful as a lot of them talk the talk and do not deliver. Seems that they inhale way too many fumes and it "clouds" their judgement and performance. There are good ones out here but taking out a second mortgage to hire them sticks in my craw. Randy
  4. Gary, One other question; Who did you use to do the wood graining paint job on your dash and trim pieces? I have to get my dash and window surrounds done and would like mine to look as good as yours does. Is it a local company there in your area or ? Randy
  5. Gary, Any more news from Le Barron Bonney regarding when they will get you the upholstering kit for the Buick? I am concerned as I am awaiting my fabric for my 36 Pontiac. How long did it take for the fabric to show the issue with it changing color? They do not have the "kit" for my coupe but I have a very talented upholsterer who can "build" my seat and door panels. Plus, being a business coupe, there are flaps and a compartmented shelf area behind the drivers side that traveling salesmen used to keep their forms and other items stored in. Behind the passenger seat was the spare tire, jack and handle. The shelves and flaps are still intact so he has them for duplication. The headliner may be something that I can do. We will see. Hopefully, it won't be too long till the material comes in. Are you doing any other items on the car while you are waiting for the fabric to arrive? Randy
  6. Mon Dieu ! ! ! (I don't spell in French too well), Geeeez Roger, The frame with the detail and looking at the firewall of the Mark is so realistic. If one did not know better, they would think that these elements are being posed for the technical manual from Ford on the Continental. It is getting exciting to see the frame come together with all of the elements that we watched you fabricate. Now we get to see how they all fit together and the finished look of that part of the build. It is sad that the people seeing the car completed, even with the car inverted for pictures of the underside, will not see all of the painstaking detail that you have been through with this model. I am in amazement, along with the rest of the followers of your thread, at how exact the 1:12 looks compared to the full sized components. I will save the biggest and longest Bravo's till the car is complete. You get the deserving compliments every time that you post. Many watch and do not add compliments but you must know that they are out there waiting to see the next installment. Randy
  7. Roger, I just can't believe that your body, painted now in blue, is a 1:12 rendition of the Mark. With all the body creases, indentations, and "stampings" it looks just like the 1:1 car. Just amazing. And the finish in the pictures (without the clear coat) shows all the details. Putting on the clear coat will "blind" us with the dazzling finish. At least you can photograph the body without the reflection. Just beautiful.
  8. Roger, I am curious. Does the trunk "latch" and if so, how do you open it? Is the key operational? or how does that function work? With the trunk seal, I imagine that it is a tight fit. Will you have to "shave" the bottom of the spare so the trunk lid will close? Just curious
  9. Gary, Being on the South West Coast, we do not have Dogwoods or Bradfords out here. (We have other blooming trees). You have done a magnificent job on your Buick. It would be nice to see the Buick in it's first show back there. We just had our La Jolla Motor Car Classic. It is a concourse show and your Buick certainly would have taken first in the "Pre War Domestic" catagory. Randy
  10. Roger, Looks great. It would scare me to do the assembly. I probably would scratch the beautiful finish. I forgot to ask you. Have you got the carpet material yet? Do you use a doll house company to get the right nap and small weave? One topic that we haven't seen you discuss with us yet. Just curious. I found some miniature carpet for the 1:6 scale Volvo Intercooler F12 truck and also some fabric for the seat covers there too. Randy w
  11. Roger, The US was teeming with the Pneumatic/hydro lifts back in the day. Almost all shops use the frame style hoists today (I have a 10,000 lb hoist in my warehouse). The problem with the old hydraulic hoists was that they had to have a sizable hole excavated in the floor as the cylinder was over 8' tall. And the labor and materials pretty much sped to it's demise. It is much less expensive for the newer style hoist. I got my new lift installed back in 2005 for $4,250.00 (a good price at the time). Today, the market is saturated with lifts (thank you China) and you can pic up a good used one (un-installed) between $1,200.00 and $2,000.00. Installation extra. but they are easy to install and you don't need more than a fork lift to do the job. They are 115 Volt so you do not need 220. I cannot imagine what the old style lift would cost to install. There are still some around. I don't think that they make any new ones any longer but I may be mistaken. The one good thing about the old lifts is that their "foot print" is smaller than the new lifts. All the dealers and garages had many of these lifts. They were used from brake jobs, muffler and shock installation, transmission and drive train R&R, and most everything else. All the dealers that I worked for had at least 8 to 12 in the shop. I saw a new shop here in Oceanside where the owner managed to get 6 of these older lifts from a dealer refurbished and had them installed. He did not want the bulky look of the newer lifts as the access to the work area was unencumbered with the hydraulic lift. It is a state of the art shop right down to the epoxy floors finished in an off white, LED overhead lighting, etc., etc. Stunning shop. Do you see many of these old style lifts there in Switzerland? Randy
  12. Gary, When cutting out the "pizza slices" from the corners, BE SURE that you have at least 1/3" of material that is on the back side of the panel. This ensues that you do not have the material "creeping" back to the edge of the board and then exposing the panel. As careful as you are, I am sure that will not be an issue. Without seeing an auto upholsterer for him (or her) to give you tips, as smart as you are, you can figure this one out. This is not rocket science, just taking your time, as you always do, and cutting carefully. Having all that material in the corners always is an issue and getting it to lie flat gives the look of a professional job. Lucky you that you got to do a "trial run" before the material arrives. Randy
  13. Roger, What Cadillac are you adding to your collection if I may ask? Is it restored or is it another "project" ? The three that you have are beautiful and it will be interesting to see what you are adding to your stable of cars. Randy
  14. Gary, The pictures of your winter wonderland are really first rate. Your new Nikon really catches what your eyes see. And enhances them to boot! We have to drive an hour and a half to see snow here. Brrrrrrrrr! It is giving me pause about ordering my Canon EOS. Both are great cameras and the diff between the two are minimal. It's just as you said; Comfort level with what you know. Lucky you. You get to "practice" with a bad lot to get it to "perfection". We followers of the build vote that it should be your middle name. You personify perfection and it is so gratifying to see you jump the hurdles that get in your way, coming up with sensible answers to the big problems. Great work, Gary. Randy
  15. Gary, Very nice job. And for not being an upholsterer, those look very professionally done. Can't wait to see the progress with the seats when the fabric comes in. For some reason, after witnessing you installing the head liner (NO EASY FEAT) I can imagine that the seats will look the same in workmanship............professional. Hope that Le Baron Bonney gets you the kit soon. Anyone wanting to restore an old Buick or for that matter, any 30's car, can refer to this site on how to do it..................properly. We will await your next post.