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  1. 14 points
    Sunday December 30, 2018: Final visit to Bob's paint shop for the hand compound and final polishing I have 190 miles on her now, and Bob had a few days open in his shop schedule to get the Buick in for the last steps to finish the paint. There were a few touch-ups to make around the hood and a boo-boo I made in the trunk. The most pressing issue for me was the hood alignment at the front. So over the last few days, Bob fixed all that stuff and I got her back this afternoon. (Disclaimer: I had a REAL TOUGH time trying to resize photos tonight! I took hours trying to get these on the site) Back in Bob's shop for the final paint work. Here's the front end and the hood (mis)alignment. I just couldn't stand the way it all lined up. And touch-up work needed on the forward edges of the hood where it meets the front clip. As always, Bob takes his time and evaluates every inch of the car. I caught him doing a little fine touch-up on the inner surface of the trunk lid. I like watching the technique. After the front edges were all touched up. Now she's ready for the hand compounding. Using this 3M product, Bob hand-rubbed the entire car, starting with the roof. After all that labor, the car then got a finish coat of wax. All the labor done by hand, no machine for this final stage. She looked just beautiful inside the shop under the lamps..... ..... and looked even better outside! The front hood / grille area lines up so much better now! The gaps look great on both sides. (I'm really sorry for the poor quality of these photos.... some are dropped down to 218KB.... ) I took my nephew out for a 20-mile run! So much fun. 2-years ago he was two. Now he's four and loves the cars. Have a great night out there! I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year!! Gary
  2. 12 points
    It's been a great year for us and The Aqua Zephyr. It was centerfold featured this year in both the Riviera Owners Association magazine 'The Riview' and in the BCA magazine 'The Bugle'. The car took home a "Best Original" class trophy at the NC Cotton Festival Car Show and a "Best Buick" trophy at the Spring Carolina Collector Auto Fest Car Show. The Aqua Zephyr was also awarded an "Outstanding in Class" award at this years Rockingham Super Chevy Show. At the Tarheel Tigers Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac car show we were recognized for having the best 50 year old Buick, Oldsmobile or Cadillac and we won a third place trophy in the Buick category. For all of these tokens of recognition we are very thankful but they don't compare to all of the people we've met who ask questions about the Riviera or shared their "car" memories with us. To them we say "Thank you and God Bless!" Merry Christmas to all of you and your families. Have a safe and prosperous 2019! "Wouldn't you rather drive a Buick?"
  3. 11 points
    Thanks for all the nice compliments. I'm so happy that you guys find value in my work. The next car I would love to own would be a convertible model Buick of the same vintage. 1937 or 1938 Buick Model 66-C. Keep that between us for now! Of course, I need garage space so that will most likely be the first step. Thanks for all your help throughout this journey! I've made some really great friends here, and appreciate the camaraderie. Respectfully, Gary
  4. 11 points
    I had my health scare seven years ago in my mid 40’s. I’m down 135 lbs, and can fit in all my cars again. Nothing more important than family, friends, and taking care of you health. I got lucky and pulled through without too many lasting complications. New lease on life, new attitude on living life. Spending more time with family, friends, and cars. My only regret is I didn’t doo it ten years sooner. Photos are six years ago and this summer. Still fighting the beltline every day.......a never ending battle.
  5. 10 points
    Just thought I’d mention the efforts of those who post detailed restoration threads in this forum. For many, there are hours and hours of research spent on their project then hours and hours of physical work spent. While many understand those parts of a restoration, I don’t believe many realize unless they’ve done it, is the hours spent documenting their work. Many of us enjoy reading, viewing the pictures, and learning from these people, most don’t realize or fully understand the immense effort put in to make those threads so entertaining and informative. Time is spent by stopping ones work to take step by step pictures, more-time spent by recording measurements, readings, etc., Then, when the physical work is done, most relax by going through their daily pictures, notes, and general mental thoughts to prepare their often daily posts. I personally spend hours and hours in my garage though my wife barely complains of being a “garage widow”. What she does complain about is all the time spent on my computer or iPad. She often says “you’d have more things done on your car if you spent less time on the damn forums!” So thinking of what she said I immediately realized that I’m just a small part of all spending the same amount of time posting their work. My hat goes off to those here like Luv2wrench, Mike Macartney, Ron Haussmann, Matt Hinson, Joe Puleo, Hurrst, Rich Bad, Laughiing Coyote, and all the others. This forum is the most enjoyable on the site because of all you.
  6. 10 points
    The Riviera's were always considered to be part of the family so back in 2005, I included them in the family Christmas card. Unfortunately, the kids have grown and left the roost as well as the Riviera's. I hope you all have a Very Rivvy Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  7. 10 points
    Joe, I got a chuckle out of that one! Just the other day I was thinking the same thing! Back in the early 90's I lead a group of volunteers in a project to jack two steam locomotives out of the mud and re-build the roadbed underneath them. They had been abandoned on-site in 1933. It was a remote location here in northern Maine (we rode in a canoe to get to work every day) All the bulk materials - railroad ties, 150 yards of crushed stone had to be moved into the site during the winter via snowmobile. I remember the crushed stone vividly because we moved it 3 miles across the ice and trails in five gallon plastic pails (over 4,500 of them) using tote sleds and snowmobiles. When I look at those photos now I can't believe we actually thought we could do such a thing but the photos are proof that we did it! Personally, I really enjoy posts documenting projects and restorations. Over the years I have found countless technics and ideas to apply to my own projects. It also the mentality of "Well they did it so why can't I." (that one has gotten me in over my head a few times!) Best regards, Terry
  8. 9 points
    Everyone is invited to the 2019 - 2,019 mile challenge. This challenge is all about using your collector car in the year 2019. Basically, choose your vehicle and choose your mileage goal and then see if you can accomplish adding that many miles to the car in this year. There are no rules. You can use one car, or more than one car, if you like. You can go the 2,019 miles, or more, or less, if you like. You choose, and you keep track, and occasionally along the way post up how you're doing. Pictures are optional but we all like pictures. So post places you've gone, and odometer accumulations, or what ever helps you make your goal. In the spirit of Buick fellowship everyone is invited to join at any point along the way. As for me, I am going to try the '56 Super again this year, and accumulate the 2,019 miles. I wish you all good luck with your goals.
  9. 9 points
    Happy New Year to all! For the first day of the year, we will no overdo ourselves. Therefore, there are just some pictures showing the hood emblem and the license plate at the back. I’m glad that I have not to do another plate for the front!
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  12. 8 points
    Hey, My name is Nick, I'm 30 and I'm a huge history buff. I just recently came across a complete steal on this barn-find. 1923 GB pickup, Dodge Bro's inline 4. Don't really know too much about them, but she's in INCREDIBLE shape for the age. Looking forward to bringing her back to her former glory
  13. 8 points
    I had to delay making the quarter trim panels until the rear door trim panels were finalized. The two-tone split line on the quarter trim should align with the 2-tone line on the doors, so I had to confirm that location before making the quarter trim. I marked the location of the 2-tone split on the rear of the rear door opening and used that to finalize the trim patterns for the quarter. This is the preliminary assembly of the quarter trim, for mock-up in the car. And in the car: I still need to add one decorative stitch line, above the color split. Just waiting for my friend to wrap up the seat covers so I can use the proper color thread for these pieces. I've learned to take lots of photos and notes when disassembling a project. I also try to retain as many original parts as possible, just in case they can be useful. These remnants of the quarter window gaskets came in very handy. The witness marks on the outer surface indicated the correct orientation of the exterior molding clips and the dimensions of the gasket helped indicate how much material had to be removed and where it had to be removed. I used a fresh razor knife blade and a disc sander to shape the gasket. It took many iterations, removing only a few shavings each time, to get the gasket to fit into the opening. When the glass and gasket could be fit tightly into the opening, I removed the gasket from the glass. I applied a bead of bedding compound into the glass channel of the gasket and re-inserted the glass into the gasket. A small amount of bedding compound is visible at the gasket edges: With a bead of bedding compound applied to the inside of the quarter window and some liquid detergent as a lubricant on the gasket, it was finally time to install the glass. The glass is retained by 4 stamped retainers on the inside on the body. The exterior reveal moldings are retained by a variety of clips and threaded rods. With the exterior moldings installed, the interior garnish moldings are next. At the front of the quarter window, the C pillar trim consists of one painted steel garnish molding, a vinyl-wrapped trim panel, the polished aluminum roof rail molding plus a cloth windlace. The vinyl-wrapped panel is installed first and is visible as a sliver of dark tan between the upper steel trim molding and the polished aluminum roof rail trim. Originally, I had wrapped the steel panel with a single layer of cotton felt and the vinyl cover, which was exactly as the original piece was constructed. The part was too thick and it couldn't be loaded properly under the edge of he headliner panel. I had to remove the layer of padding and re-apply the vinyl directly to the steel substrate. I had not realized that the new vinyl was significantly thicker than the original material; with the padding removed, everything could be properly installed.
  14. 8 points
    Not sure maybe this has been posted before but its a cool pic. Modern imitations can't replicate the time period
  15. 8 points
    and in ‘54 Buick Headquarters hic-cup
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  17. 8 points
    If you have $100,000 to spend, buy a finished car.
  18. 8 points
    And here's the proof! Click on the image, then click on the "Play" arrow if the video doesn't automatically start.
  19. 8 points
    Went shopping for the wife's Christmas presents and just so happened Home Depot was next door, so in need of a new good big tape measure I came out with $100 worth of Christmas stocking stuffers for my self. The wife wasn't amused when I walked through the door and she said did you get me something nice, (she knew I was going Christmas shopping for her) when I showed her the Milwaukee Bit sets and new tape measure.
  20. 8 points
    After a half day of work in the shop I had my lovely assistant help me hang the other front fender. Came out just like the other one. Nice gaps and no scratches. I'm pleased with everything so far. Now the next phase will be the big roof.
  21. 8 points
    At first, I wanted to paint the license plate a darker blue from a spray can supplied by a friend. I was not able to spray that tiny plate properly, I had always dust particles. While I often doubt about my capabilities, I tried anyway different paint, the same as the one for the body. Strange, no dust this time! The next problem came with the clear coat: the can I used for the body was empty; I had another one from Dupli Color but the can had a leak at the bottom. Result: loss of pressure and the coat was uneven. I’ll let time to get the paint totally dry, then I will sand it; this is the explanation why the plate is not yet ready and attached to the rear bumper. In the meantime, I attached to the body the lower molding at the windshield; the results are not what I expected: the curve at the RH side could have been better; it creates a “large” gap between the molding and the windshield. To minimize that issue, I will put some black silicone between the molding and windshield; the gap will be less obvious. I have the same issue at the molding from the back window, fortunately less obvious; I will apply the same solution. I did also a test with another glue to attach the letters to the body. The last product I tried is called Araldite, a 2 components glue. As the results were encouraging, I glued the emblem at the front fender. I believe I will attach the CONTINENTAL letters with the same product. Contrary to the instant glue, this glue let the time to correct the letter’s position; after 5 minutes, the glue is setting.
  22. 7 points
    I got the engine for our 1915 truck running today.
  23. 7 points
    A couple pics of the 25 taking part in parades dragging floats along.
  24. 7 points
    I know this image is around the interwebs, but this one was from the Spalding (maternal grandfather) archives. From Hock's Buick in Cincinnati. My grandfather had several Buicks- a 62 LeSabre and a 68 LeSabre were the ones I remember. He also had the greatest nickname i@ MIT - Dymo (short for Dynamo :)) He was also known as Skip... I do not think anybody called him by his given name Francis Wheeler Spalding. He would always draw locomotives for me when we came for Christmas. I got married too late to have kids, but I though "Rusty Wheeler Nagel" would be hilarious ... Nagel is German for nail Merry Christmas Buick People!
  25. 7 points
    Ho Ho Ho to ALL Boys and Girls from the Great Southern Land down under. ☺️