1957 Buick Special Convertible in General Discussion Posted August 26, 2010 Thanks for the comments today. I will take the parts car and sell it cheap after utilizing what I can from it. I suspect that I will not need a whole lot as the convertible is actually complete. I am quite concerned about the braking comments I am seeing. I live in Alberta and have family in British Columbia that I visit often. One plan is to have the convertible each summer to go out to BC. There are many mountains to cross (starting with the restoration) and ending with the Rockies. LOL. Would a complete new set of brakes help in this area? I hope so.The intent of the car is to enjoy and drive. The restoration will be a frame off, and I am fortumate enough to be able to do it right. I may show it a little and attend shows, but it will mainly be for use as a pleasure vehicle. Part of that will be a trip across the US and Canada. So safety will be the main concern, not points at shows, Everyones enthusiasm for origional cars has convinced me that this is the way to go and that this oarticular car deserves it.My question is how much a slight modification to a better braking system will afect the car and its value/hostory.Again, fully origional is important and I am dedicated to that but if everything else is true to the way it rolled off the assembly line except brakes, will it affect anything overal?I have decided that the origional 2 tone red is the paint of chioice, and the car had black and white leather/vynal interior.I have bought an origional radio that seems to be in excellent working condition. With the exception of a number of dents the car seems to be in excellent condition. Little rust and solid repairable chrome. I am taking the 7-8 hour drive next week to trailer both cars home so I will know more then after seeing her in person. The seller is a fine gentleman and seems genuinely interested in having her sold to someone that will care and treat her well.My son is getting more and more excited to get out there and get started on this project although I am sure we will have some issues with getting him out to the garage on some evenings as I am sure you have all faced. I hope this instills a love of cars in him.My first "car" was a 35 chevy farmers field car that I bought at 13 years old. It "almost ran" befor I gave it up and sold it to a friend, my next one was a 67 Chevelle SS convertible with 45000 miles on it in perfect condition bought at 15. It was a great car. I wish I had the foresight to keep it. I sold it for $2500 when I was expecting my first child at 19. What a mistake, I just saw one sell for $115,000 at Barrett Jackson a few months ago.After that kids and life have kept me away from cars with the exception of a 2008 Land Rover LR3 (the wifes ride) and a 2008 Infinity QX56 (mine). I was a HD mechanic for about 6 years in the oil industry working on 360 ton Haul Trucks. I learned nothing and really have to get back into any mechanical work to see if I am capable.I left the oil industry 6 years ago and went into commercial real estate.The real estate is a great career and I love it. Fortunately I do very well and can now begin to get back into my passion for cars. I find the every day vehicles very boring. The 57 Buick I saw made me fall in love.So I am very excited. Like many others the rods entice me. But the passion I see here is wonderful and I look forward to a true American piece of auto history restored to the way it first rolled out.I am sure I will be asking plenty of questions of all of you in the future.