Gary W

1937 Model 48: RESTORATION HAS BEGUN! (Photo)

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dibarlaw    350


 Just to let you know we have made nearly 900 miles on our trip to the Buick nationals with the BD-1 Marvel Carb and Delco Choke set up.


Other than a bout of vapor lock coming over the central PA mountains on last Monday all is running fine.  I have averaged around 15 mpg..

Best Regards:


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Gary W    256

Wednesday July 19, 2017: Woodgrain and the rest of the Chrome is finished!


Hello out there!

It's been over a week since I've posted, but I assure you the work continues, maybe not at such a frenzied pace (this summer heat slows me down!), but still plodding along!  


John and I are finishing up painting the heater, emergency brake handle and steering column.  The painter is still moving on the body (he had a couple other jobs squeezed into his schedule, so work on the Buick has stalled until the shop clears out).  I'm still doing other things like cleaning and painting fasteners, and today I'd like to mark (label) the original headliner bows so I can clean them up and re-install them into the new headliner in the same position they came from.


Yesterday FedEx dropped off four huge boxes with the rest of my chrome order from Paul's Chrome Plating and all my woodgrained parts came in.  They were all done by Mr. Bob Kennedy in Whittier California.  Beautiful craftsmanship, excellent finish and he got the grain so realistic you really cannot tell it's not wood!  I'm so very impressed with his work and he is truly a gentlemen.


Some photos:



The final coat of the brown paint on the column and the heater assembly.



I am going to detail the process later on, but it's coming along nicely.



This is the result after the first coat.  I actually baked the parts in the oven, then we sprayed the second coat.



Here's a close up of the dash, defroster, garnish molding... just before disassembly and removal from the car.



The parts were pretty worn.  All these were sent first to the blaster to get all the paint off, then shipped to Mr. Bob Kennedy in Whittier California to be wood grained.  I shipped everything in two bicycle boxes.  I sent him a color sample that I was looking for and he really nailed it.  I'm so happy with his work.  

Check it out!





I chose a mahogany wood grain, but I wanted it more in the deep brown, not the red that can become dominant in mahogany.



It's hard to photograph as the flash reflects but the grain is really, really realistic.



Here you see those defroster parts, ashtrays, window separators....  (and the chromed hubcap above!)




Here's the chrome parts getting ready to ship out to Paul's.  I've covered the parts as they are coming in previously, but the hubcaps came out great!



Here's the hubcap.  All the dings and dents are gone, the finish is superb!



The front grilles, the hood vents and those "special" inserts all done.  At this point, all the chrome is ready for re-installation!!





Here's the delivery from yesterday!  All Good!








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rlcokc    1

Curious what Paul's charged for the hubcaps. I recently sent mine for the 1936 Special to Canada and as I recall Paul's quote was $275-300 per hubcap. Is that the range the charged you? They look great and of interest to me is how you intend to paint the indent "buick"  on the cap. Given that any thought? Glad to see your most recent post as I was going thru withdrawl--I find this most interesting and many parallels with my 36. 


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GARY F    65

All great looking parts. Beautiful work. I see you made good use of your kitchen also. You cant wait to put them on and I cant wait to see it done.

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Paul White    107

Hi Gary, like Rod Cook, I too started to suffer from withdrawals over the last week. Arriving at work each morning, turn on the computer with my first task to check for your next post only to find there were NO POSTS from you!!! Good to see you have returned and with some fabulous images. Mr Kennedy's work is amazing...could you email me is contact details please, I think the glove box and instrument panel surround in my '36 could benefit from his masterful attention. Good to see you back Gary, Cheers Paul  

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Gary W    256

Saturday July 22, 2017:  Update progress on the body work:


I stopped by the painter's shop this morning to check on the body progress.  There is another car in the shop that is taking Bob's time right now, but here is the progress as of today:




In the last episode, our patch panel was just getting spot welded in to position.



The weld was carried across the entire seam of the patch panel.



Fiberglass body filler mixed and applied to a couple of areas.  Namely under the door sill where there were a bunch of small pin holes and to the seam of the patch panel.



The fiber glass is stringy when applied.  I don't know the cure time until you can sand it.



Days later, Bob is sanding the fiberglass smooth under the door sill.



Glass applied to the seam as well, and smoothed out.



Next comes the body filler triumvirate.  The small tube in front is some sort of hardener/catalyst/accelerator....  



Pumping the metal glaze into the Evercoat base.



Then adding a drop of the accelerator.  Literally... a drop!  Being it was over 96 degrees today, this stuff set fast!



Begin mixing, being careful not to incorporate too much air.





Begin application



Continuing down the door sill



The application process is complete, and this stuff is already curing!



Being it was cured and hard enough to sand in about 10 minutes, Bob sanded off the high spots, then progressively sanded it down to a 320.



The door sill looks very nice at this point and...


DSC_0274.thumb.JPG.f963b2f1bf20bbb184d901d0c8086ada.JPG very, very smooth to the touch!



Demonstrating the straightness of the blend.



Then on to sand the inner wheel wells in preparation for the yellow self-etching prime coat.  He hopes to have the whole car in yellow Monday, then two coats of build-up grey primer.







Interesting photos: 



While making the repair on the other car that was in the shop this week, Bob had a little build-up prime left in the gun, so he shot a couple of areas of the body.

Here you see the primer on the firewall, and when I came in the shop, he wanted to show me what the build-up primer can do.

This area looked really nice to me.  I was happy to see the metal so smooth.  But then Bob showed me something I thought was really cool:



He sanded the area with a 320, lightly going over the primed area.  It revealed that there are actually slight undulations to the paint that are not detectable to the eye!



Here you can see what the build-up primer does!  By filling in all the low spots, your final product comes out so much better.  

It now gets a second coat of the build-up primer applied, then a final sanding before color.

(I thought that was pretty neat)







And now a question:  Can someone tell me what these "bump-outs" are for that are pressed into the body?

 Bob and I thought they were to make room for the window drain, but the drain runs much more forward.



Driver's side.  Just ahead of the rear seat.



Passenger's side.  (You can see the inside of the patch panel in this photograph)


Have a great day!



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Gary W    256

Sunday July 23, 2017:  Radio Grille:


Small stuff but very cool seeing the first parts going back onto the newly wood grained dash panel.




Here's the "screen" that fits behind the chrome speaker grille.  It was so crudded up and rusty.  

Actually, if you scroll back up to my previous post on Wednesday July 19 when the wood grained parts arrived, there is a "before" close-up shot of the dash as it was removed from the car.  

You can see the rust and the junk on this screen right through the grille.  My car did not have a radio, but I am installing one.

I am also missing four of those grille retaining clips.



First a soaking in thinner, and a scrubbing with a stiff wire brush, both sides in every direction to loosen and remove all that rust.



Here you can see the thinner turning a rusty brown. I let it soak a few more hours, and gave it another scrub, then an acetone bath/scrub to remove any residual oils.....



I used this paint.  I didn't want to see a high gloss back there and this stuff has a beautiful "semi-flat" finish.  

(You can see how brown the thinner got after it soaked!)



I set up a first-class fancy spray booth, and gave it a few light coats from both sides and from all directions to try not to miss an angle.

 If you look close, the metal retaining clips are hanging there also, but the car only had two.  I need four more of them.



After a couple hours, here is the result.



Back together again and....



Taking its original place as the centerpiece of the dashboard!



I just had to get that together to start getting an idea of how she's going to look!

 I'm planning on doing as much dash "pre-assemblies" as I can without hindering the installation.  It's so much easier to install on the kitchen table!




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Spinneyhill    206

I think those little "bump-outs " are for strength. They make it harder to bend the panel out- or inwards along that bottom fold. They may also be a construction aid, to provide a little lateral stiffness before the firewall is attached.

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Gary W    256

I was thinking maybe in the Fisher Body assembly plant that a jig fit into that recess to align the panels prior to welding?  So I'm kinda on the same page as you, but I figured I should pose the question here... someone will know!  


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Terry Wiegand    264

Gary, when I first looked at the photos with the 'bump-outs' noted, my first thought was maybe this was clearance for the bolts that mount the body to the frame.  I'm purely guessing here because your car is 15 years newer than our newest 'old' Buick.  And you have very little, if any, wood in this body like ours has.  I sure do like the chrome work you had done.


Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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Spinneyhill    206
On 7/24/2017 at 8:34 AM, Gary W said:

I was thinking maybe in the Fisher Body assembly plant that a jig fit into that recess to align the panels prior to welding? 


That might be it. If there is a fitting bend in the panel under and behind, it could be a simple alignment method for assembly. Line up the kinks, clamp, weld. Done!

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FLYER15015    164


Re your radio screen, those flat little retainers are called "Tinnerman Nuts" and they come in the threaded and push on versions.

A dime a dozen at any decent hardware store.


Mike in Colorado

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