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    1956 Buick Century Restomod

    Moving to the interior now. Started installing the Dynamat this weekend and working on the dash. Sorry I don't have more pics of the dash process but when you do body work all the time you forget to take pics sometimes. I'll explain what I did though. I started by removing all the chrome and trim. Then I used the plasma cutter to cut out all the areas that I would be installing gauges and accessories. I re-shaped the angled part, at the bottom of the old gauge cluster, so that it would be flat and allow room for the new gauges. I taped off all of the front areas and then fiberglassed the back. Once I had several layers of fiberglass on the back, I turned it over and put a layer of resin on the front. After that, I used 3M fiber filler to create a solid base layer and recreate the center "hump" to match up to the edge chrome vents. After this I used lightweight body filler (USC) to flatten everything out. Then I drilled the holes for the gauges. I will get it finished up today and post some update pics later.
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    1956 Buick Century Restomod

    So today we finished the rear shock mounts, tied up the fuel and brake lines and got the body back on, for a test fit.
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    1956 Buick Century Restomod

    Ya, we insisted on keeping it Buick. I wanted to put a Buick rear end in it but it just didn't happen. Thanks guys!
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    1956 Buick Century Restomod

    We are currently working on getting the body ready to go back on the frame (first mount of many). There was some very minor rust holes in the floors so we cut it out and welded in patches. Then we cut out the old vents in the firewall and welded in patches. Next we applied Lizard skin to the inside and underneath. That's where we're at right now. We will be applying Dynomat over the Lizard Skin on the inside next, and then we will be ready to put the body back on the car for some fitting and wiring. Stay tuned!
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    1956 Buick Century Restomod

    Next we installed our power steering reservoir, AC dryer/accumulator, fuel pressure regulator, and throttle body fuel injection system. We also added all of the wiring for our engine and our Classic Industries gauges sending units. We also installed custom made Taylor plug wires.
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    1956 Buick Century Restomod

    For the back, we decided to go with a Ford 9" rear end out of a 91 Lincoln Mark VII. It was the perfect length and came with disc brakes already on it. After stripping everything off of it, we started making the mounts for our custom triangulated 4-link suspension. Once all of that was welded in place, we blew it apart and painted everything. Then made the custom mounts for the air bags and shocks. We used the stock spring location to mount the air bags. We fabricated a lower mount for our Firestone bags, that they screw onto. Then made a flat 1/4" mount for the tops. At full drop, she is 3" of the ground!
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    1956 Buick Century Restomod

    Next, we chopped off about 3' of the frame, including the front cross member. We welded in 2x4 box steel to accommodate the custom front end from Scott's Hot Rods. We gave them our inside frame measurements and they built a custom IFS for our Buick, complete with air bags. It was a pretty straight forward installation. Weld in the new cross member, weld on the upper air bag mounts, and weld on the upper shock mounts. After that it was just installing all the hardware. Once it was all mocked up, it was just a matter of tearing it back apart, painting it, and putting it back together. Then running the air and brake lines.
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    1956 Buick Century Restomod

    Next, we found a 455 out of a 75 Buick Electra and tore that down and sent it off to the machine shop. We also got the matching 350TH trans and sent that to AJ's for a rebuild. After rebuilding the engine, we added a March front end kit, which included the alternator and AC compressor.
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    1956 Buick Century Restomod

    We started with the bottom end by sending it to Shirley's Powdercoating.
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    1956 Buick Century Restomod

    We stripped the car off the frame and then removed everything from it.
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    1956 Buick Century Restomod

    Hey guys, new to the group here, and though I've built several cars, this is my first Buick. I am building it for a good friend of mine and I wanted a place to document the build so people could find info if they are building the same thing. I'll start with a little background. Chuck purchased this Century in 1980, in California. He drove it out there for several years but the motor blew in 1990. Shortly after this, he moved back to Ohio and kept the car in the garage, where it sat until last year (2017). We dug it out and brought it to my garage, where we made plans to create a really cool restomod. Here is what we started with: