54fins

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  1. everything is for sale!
  2. So a 20 million 1966 ford gt thinks it can park next to betty The nerve
  3. Concouse in denver and looks like I'm the only buick. Barrett Jackson chose Betty for their booth, I take that as a compliment. The new leather interior is in
  4. A lot of differences between roady wide body seats and century seats. The Skylark used a Roady seat and yes, the mounts are different. I made a simple bracket as the Skylark seat mounts were hacked in as an afterthought when they were built. My advice would be to save your wide body seat for a guy restoring a Skylark or Roady but its not worth the trouble putting it into a small body.
  5. and the red interior is a perfect fit for the 56 convertible. It was originally a yellow car. no paint scheme yet. I'm trying to do one car at a time and Betty has to get done in the next 4 weeks.
  6. My skylark is modified but this is applicable to stock. Buick crammed a Roadmaster seat into the 1954 Skylark. Betty is modified, but retains a very stock look so I decided to do the original seat rather than Buckets. The 54 Skylark with a Wide body seat looked good but wasn't the best idea. The seat touches the doors and that is a problem on a convertible. Worse. If you try to bring the seat up into the grandma position it hits the armrest. Not much I could do about that. At the factory they took a hammer and beat out a flat spot for the seat mounts and welded in a small plate. I made a couple of brackets to give a better mounting pad. The original seat is very problematic. I had the original interior for patterns and had it made in leather for a fraction of the price of a Jenkins interior. However, the Jenkins kit is top quality and perfect, so don't take this as an alternative. I have a retired upholstery guy but to make a custom leather interior would otherwise be extremely expensive. Also, my car is modified so I can take some liberties. I also removed the hydraulic system and used electric rams. Everything is done in a manner leaving it practical to go back to original if a purist ever wanted to take that on. The red cloth just didn't quite cut it, the Black leather was that final touch, just had a little too much red. Will it be ready for the all Buick show in Loveland? Of course, I never get behind schedule very often.
  7. My skylark is modified but this is applicable to stock. Buick crammed a Roadmaster seat into the 1954 Skylark. Betty is modified, but retains a very stock look so I decided to do the original seat rather than Buckets. The 54 Skylark with a Wide body seat looked good but wasn't the best idea. The seat touches the doors and that is a problem on a convertible. Worse. If you try to bring the seat up into the grandma position it hits the armrest. Not much I could do about that. At the factory they took a hammer and beat out a flat spot for the seat mounts and welded in a small plate. I made a couple of brackets to give a better mounting pad. The original seat is very problematic. I had the original interior for patterns and had it made in leather for a fraction of the price of a Jenkins interior. However, the Jenkins kit is top quality and perfect, so don't take this as an alternative. I have a retired upholstery guy but to make a custom leather interior would otherwise be extremely expensive. Also, my car is modified so I can take some liberties. I also removed the hydraulic system and used electric rams. Everything is done in a manner leaving it practical to go back to original if a purist ever wanted to take that on. The red cloth just didn't quite cut it, the Black leather was that final touch, just had a little too much red. Will it be ready for the all Buick show in Loveland? Of course, I never get behind schedule very often.
  8. drop me a PM, I an interested in your factory dual quad setup.
  9. I like to pick up a strat (squire, they are cheap) and paint it the same color as the car. Need to do 1 up for betty. the stratocaster was first made in 1954 so it is fitting.
  10. Car guys and HOA's are not a good mix. The neighbors actually like when I pull up an old car on an AG zoned property. We do have a Jackass that wants to form an HOA and everyone was pretty unanimous- NFW!
  11. After some disputes with HOA's I moved to a 3 acre horse property. Should have done that a long time ago but better late than never. The shop is a pole barn with a high bay intended for RV storage. I have another pole barn with horse stalls that is converted to car storage, but my wife calls it "Gods little acre". I traded the horse stalls for a tractor and I'm fencing in an area for car chopping (best done in private). So, the horse barn is now a horse-power barn, the car then moves to the shop and the complete cars go in the garage for detail and storage. I work on any make I find interesting but the Buicks do dominate. Betty is in the garage getting a black leather interior. There is another Skylark in the barn and the new frame has already been started. The shop has a 56 convertible and a 56 donor is on the lift, now sliced and diced. I'm a convertible nut. The 425 nailhead is out of a 1964 Riviera and the remains were sold off to a guy restoring a Riv so it worked out well. We are getting good at updating drive trains. Unfortunately you get a lot of friends when you have a shop that delay my projects so I had to run off any outside work. We had a snowy winter and now it looks like I can get these moving for the all Buick car show in Loveland. I do have a lot of 54 to 56 parts so if you are ever in Colorado do look me up.
  12. Getting the spring just right will be a lot of work. On a 56, you get nice shock mounts- I would just add in adjustable coil overs. I bet you could find a set that fit the existing shock mounts.