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  1. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    I bought the vinyl from Original Interiors and I had it embossed by a manufacturer who makes automotive trim. If you search for embossed vinyl boat trim, you should be able to find a distributor of embossed marine vinyl.
  2. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    Before installing the vinyl cover on the left rear inner wheelhouse, I did a little body work to smooth out a few dents and battle scars. After another adventure with 57BuickJim, spray adhesive and heat gun! Shortly after Labor Day, I visited my friend Pat. He is building the seats and helping me with the door trim panels. The seat covers are looking great! He developed patterns for the door armrest covers and he sewed the parts while I was there. We were not able to build any of the main seat parts, but we determined what still needed to be done before we could install the covers on the frame & spring assemblies. When I got back home with the armrest covers, I started assembling the door trim panels. I began with the right, rear door. I installed the armrest base to the main panel with the original steel tabs and rivets where the tabs were broken or missing. Then I added a layer of batting and the trim cover Mocked up the armrest with the upper sub-assembly The right front door armrest had significant corrosion damage around the upper pull handle and the entire bottom perimeter area. I was not looking forward to all that welding repair, but on a recent visit to CARS (Chevrolet reproduction supplier) in Auburn Hills, MI, I noticed several armrest bases that looked a lot like the Caballero armrests. Surprise! 1955 Chevy Nomad front armrest bases are the SAME as the 58 Buick Century bases. The reproduction parts are made of ABS plastic, so I fabricated 3 retainer tabs to duplicate the original retaining tab designs. The molded armrest upper pad might need minor modification, but the contour and size is correct. I've also been working on the upper "C" pillar trim panels. These are steel substrates, covered with a thin layer of padding and a vinyl cover. Earlier this year, I installed the clock after having it refurbished and it only worked for a few minutes. I recently pulled the clock out of the dash and was surprised to see a piece of gasket material trapped under the clock's second hand. As I removed the clock from the car, the gasket dropped away from the second hand and the clock began to run. I dis-assembled the clock and found that the gasket between the housing and the lens had been glued in by the rebuilder, but it he had re-installed the pieces of the original, brittle gasket. I removed the gasket pieces, cleaned and re-painted the black bezel under the lens, made a new gasket and re-assembled the clock. It is back in the dash and working perfectly.
  3. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    The interior of this car was typical of a desert car that spent too much of its life in the sun... These are the driver's side door trim panels; crispy critters! Notice that the rear door "Century" script emblem is slanted rearward and the front door script is slanted forward... The rear door is correct; the car was built with 3 of the forward-slanted emblems. Having come from the OEM interior trim business, I suspect that someone pierced the driver's door panel in the wrong punch press or upside down in the die, depending on how the tooling was constructed. They either had to scrap the panel or install the forward slant emblem and ship the part. Obviously, they chose the latter course. I will correct the error when I make the replacement part, but part of me wants to build it wrong because that's the way it was done 60 years ago... I disassembled the panels to understand how they were built; the sequence of assembly is critical to re-creating the original appearance. This is a de-constructed rear door trim panel: I used heavy kraft paper to create patterns from the original parts. and made test parts using scrap vinyl from previous projects. The ivory colored material is excess from a 68 GTO vinyl roof cover... After verifying the contours and shape of the main panel, I traced the original part shape onto new "100 point" (0.100" thick) hardboard. I laid out the patterns on the main panel, along with the moldings to verify the seam positions, cut lines and armrest & molding attachment points. I still wasn't ready to cut the vinyl parts, so I used some of the flawed areas of the correct vinyl material to cut my "final" test parts. Here, I have peeled the laminated padding back from the outermost edges of the dielectrically embossed inserts to exactly match the way the original pieces were cut. Everything looked correct, so I proceeded to cut the "production" parts... And also cut the loft pads for the door panels and pre-punched the holes for the window regulator and latch control spindles, as well as all the attachment holes for the armrests and moldings. I also straightened the perimeter metal edge-fold pieces and replaced the corroded parts by modifying tri-five Chevy components: I bonded the pads to the main panel substrate with permanent contact adhesive Verifying position of the sub-assembled panels onto the main panel with the trim moldings One of the "Century" emblems had a missing stud, so I fashioned and threaded a replacement stud and drilled and tapped a blind hole in the emblem into which the new stud was epoxied. If anyone has one of these rearward slanting emblems, I need another one!
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    Is this a real Henry '32 grille shell?

    Several great pics in these 2 threads. I am not a Deuce expert, but I don't recall ever seeing the multiple indentations along the perimeter on an original Ford shell. https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/original-1932-ford-grill-shell-and-insert.922565/ https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/early-1932-ford-grill-shell-sold.1037106/
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    Pontiac rear fender ID

    I think that's 1941-42 Pontiac.
  6. I need one of these door trim emblems for my 58 Caballero. I have a spare of the "forward" slanting emblem for the other side if you want to trade. Please send me a PM if you have one or know of one. Thanks Joe Tonietto
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    The Premier Pre-War Event is This Coming Weekend

    I agree; this is a GREAT event! Shown above: Larry Schramm and my wife rolling through the village in Larry's 1915 Buick truck.
  8. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    I plan to use custom mixed SEM color coat. I've had great luck - on many projects - with that product.
  9. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    After repairing the broken weld, I installed the ventilator and lined it up to the A pillar. On this side of the car, window alignment was easier and took a lot less time then the passenger side. Part of the time savings was due to what I learned on the passenger side, but the other big time-saver was being able to get the glass aligned without dis-assembling the window sashes to re-position the glass in the perimeter frames. All 3 of the windows on the driver's side (vent, front door and rear door), were correctly seated in the sashes. Now, on to one of the challenges I face with the interior... These cars were built with a molded trim cover over the inner rear wheel wells. Most of the restored cars have had those molded covers replaced with sewn vinyl covers. I want my wheel wells to look like the originals....so... 57BuickJim and I agreed to work on this little project together. Jim found some supported vinyl with a very stretchy, knit backing. The grain is a very close match to the original grain, as it appeared under the folding seat latches. We thought about this a long time before we took the first step... We cut a piece of the vinyl with enough extra material to allow us to hold the perimeter and we attached the lower, front corner to the inner fender, at the floor. It took us a couple of hours over two evenings, but with me pulling at the rear and along the perimeter and Jim applying the adhesive, warming the vinyl with a heat gun and stretching the vinyl into position, we were able to get a very nice result. The puckers around the perimeter will be trimmed away and any wrinkles near the edges of the wheel well will be completely hidden by the load floor and the trim moldings that surround the floor. Now, I have to touch up a scuff mark and dye the vinyl to match the dark tan color of the interior. This is exactly what I hoped to accomplish! One down, one to go!
  10. Doug, glad to see that the days of temporary fuel systems are over. The tank looks great. Congratulations to your wife on her retirement!
  11. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    My helpers finishing up the deadener in the rear compartment. Now that the passenger side windows are adjusted, I am moving to the driver's side. I am still missing one of the reveal moldings, but I can get everything lined up and ready. I started by aligning the ventilator frame to the A pillar. I noticed that the inner panel moved when I tried to tighten the attaching bolts. I found that there were 3 spot welds holding the 3 layers (inner panel, reinforcement and outer panel) together. One of the 3 welds only held 2 layers together, causing a fatigue failure adjacent to the weld. Got some advice from some VERY experienced friends... They recommended drilling and tapping 3 holes in the 3 layers, then using 3 fine thread set screws to lock the layers together. The set screws and the interfaces between all 3 layers are coated with JB Weld epoxy. Repair worked great!
  12. 95Cardinal

    Any good part shops? 1968 Firebird.

    There are many, but these are a few that I've utilized over the years: Ames Performance Frank's Pontiac Parts Year One NPD Inline Tube The Right Stuff Rock Auto OPGI
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    Need exhaust for a Deluxe 28

    Try Waldron's Exhaust 1-800-503-9428 http://waldronexhaust.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=61_53_103&products_id=2807
  14. 95Cardinal

    Looking for Head Bolt torque pattern

    What year and what engine?
  15. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    I AGREE!!!!