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#1 jonahboo

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 12:56 AM

My car is a 55 Buick Special

Cost was around 3500 - maybe i over paid - but whats done is done

I'll take you throught the photos Start - to Current (cuz for me - they're never done)



yep got her on ebay - crazy as it seams - but thats how it happened......the following is the original ad:

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#2 jonahboo

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 01:04 AM

as bought


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crude patch panel hidden below sweepspear in front of rear wheel - a common issue
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ouch (i spent an afternoon with a hammer and dollie - a lot of this out)
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i contemplated swapining the roof out - and glad I Didn't
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 01:09 AM

dis-assemble and more dis-assemble
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POR15 the floors
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bring her on down to bare metal
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patch panel not addressed YET
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Epoxy Primed and stored foe winter #2 (2010-11)
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this was a rewarding step - i like to paint - all done in the lil ol garage in background (on weekends here and there)
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 01:12 AM

people questioned my insanity here and there - but I set myself a time frame in Spring of 2012 - i want to drive this ol girl to Lead East this year - come Hell or Highwater.....

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 01:24 AM

high build primer and sand and sand

no foolin - I sanded my finger prints right off

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my lil girl (don't panic - she only sanded for like 5 minutes
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now color time - maybe the hardest choice is choosing color (when not staying Stock)

again shooting her myself in that lil garage
TPR has a HVLP 3 Gun Set for $99 - that did the job ok enough for me

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some assemble required
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mother .....happy to see the project comin along
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tried RED wheels and Hub caps - NOT FEELIN THE LOVE though
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well here we are Back in Black
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with my 65 Bel Air Wagon in the background - HEY MOM - this one is moving in to the garge while the Buick is out! - sorry
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 01:57 AM

WOW! Nice looking 55 there Jonahboo! It is amazing what you can do in a small garage. Great paint job, love the colors. I kind of like it with the red wheels, but the black look pretty good too!
Jim
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 12:03 PM

Very impressive!

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#8 shorty7

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:32 PM

Wow looks killer!! I would say well bought also

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:33 PM

Stunning car, Jonahboo. Well done.

Any idea what caused the dents in the roof?

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#10 buick5563

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:41 PM

Wow looks killer!!


I couldn't say it better.
I also dig the red wheels with the small caps.
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 10:43 PM

She's A beautiful ride,Nice job!!!!!!
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#12 jonahboo

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 12:47 AM

thanks guys


red wheels huh.....we'll have to see 'bout that

as far as the roof dents - i have no idea - niether did the prev owner........

#13 buick5563

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 02:56 AM

Just showed my wife the pics.
She had a great point. You notice the gorgeous gold car with the black wheels. You notice the wheels with the red ones.
She has been around me too long.
She DID call it gorgeous, BTW.
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#14 jonahboo

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 10:43 AM

Just showed my wife the pics.
She had a great point. You notice the gorgeous gold car with the black wheels. You notice the wheels with the red ones.
She has been around me too long.
She DID call it gorgeous, BTW.



i couldn't agree more

your wife is a smart lady!


tell her thanks........she has good taste ;)

#15 chevy_dude97

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 09:58 PM

great looking ride, inspiring post!
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#16 jonahboo

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:29 AM

just for Giggles - Last summer I made a Guitar Amp (with some styling cues from the car....3 port holes, sweepspear, and emblem) - I call it 55 Special - here are some pics of it:

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Edited by jonahboo, 15 April 2013 - 02:37 PM.
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#17 Rob McDonald

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Posted 22 August 2012 - 04:08 AM

You are one creative guy. No wonder Mom lets you monopolize her garage. I kind of see Mrs. Mike's point, that the spectacular paint should be front and centre, not the flashy wheels. How he got her to look at your pictures is something on which he should provide lessons to the rest of us. My Wifey otherwise understands me but she has no clue about this tragic automotive obsession.
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#18 MrEarl

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 10:57 PM

Just catching this thread. Man THAT was a lot of work. Congrats on a great job. Love the colors and leaving the top white helped retain the period look just enough. My first car was a red and white '57 Chevy that I had painted 66 Riviera Gold.
Again great job, you gotta be proud. And Mama too.

I'm still undecided about the wheels and tires though. I'd like to see a photoshop of black walls with gold wheels and the dog dishes. But then again you need the white walls to balance out the white top. I don know....

Kool amp too. Dude you're quite an artist

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#19 Buicknutty

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 02:04 AM

Just looked through the thread here. Nice looking car, great colour combo. Enjoy it!
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 02:56 AM

Great car, nice work, FANTASTIC PHOTOS, and STUNNING paint job. Awesome. May want to add some skinny beauty rings to those beautiful red wheels and small hubcaps... the wheel set up is sweet now but the rings will make 'em pop even more.
--Dave

Edited by dave_b63, 20 February 2013 - 02:59 AM.





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