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.
  13. very cool! the 425 will smoke the tires stock, with your dual quad injection you won't get left behind!
  14. I kept the car with the original look, but it is modified
  15. great shots, every one of them. Betty at sunset summer in colorado
  16. This is a straight and rust free Colorado car- the 770 classic convertible. Beautiful new metallic paint but the best part is the drive train is a low mileage 360 mopar with an automatic and ladder bar rear end for an open driveshaft. Better yet, I'll talk trades. In Denver area 54fins@gmail.com
  17. That I do not know, but the torque tube rear ends would probably be more trouble to convert to open shaft than replacing the whole rear end. Then you have to deal with the Dynaflow on the other end of the tube. This is the bitch for us Buick guys, Buick had to be different and you will quickly see the interchange problems. Old Buicks don't play well with aftermarket or even other GM divisions. Given your situation- tight budget, limited resources, the best option will be swapping the guts on your rear end. Once you get into the rear end conversion the project will grow into a beast. Given that not many young people are into Buicks, you are welcome to my pumkin guts if you happen to be in Denver.
  18. My observation is that the rear diff is rarely, if ever serviced. You may have the original oil in it. Then the ATF tends to walk down the torque tube. if 1956 is a bastard year I have 3 of them and hopefully 2 are good. If I run into any issues I'm more likely to scrap the torque tube and convert to open drive shaft. The Riviera rear ends are nice- right size Posi and with the 5 on 5 bolt pattern- with the monster drums. Unfortunately its not cheap if you are paying shop rates but I can get an overdrive tranny and do the conversion way cheaper than rebuilding the original drive train. I just did a 55 Pontiac and it was so easy, adaptor plate for the motor was $700 but all I needed was the drive shaft length adjusted and done. The Buicks are a bear but that keeps everyone from having one. Most car shows have at least 5 tri-5's and I rarely run into another Buick
  19. Anyone needing 56 parts, let me know. The donor car was a rat infested rust bucket and I'm obviously going to pick through the best stuff. But I will have a could extra drive trains. I'll likely end up needing a few things and swaps r us. I find I don't have the time to deal with pulling parts to sell so it takes a swap to get my attention. What would really get my interest would be a good 322 block. I have lots of heads etc but I just don't want to do a bottom end rebuild.
  20. I have 2) 56 century sedans that a fellow had to get off his property. Even with 2, making one sedan didn't work out. So along comes a 56 convertible with a fair body and all the convertible parts- but no interior. now we have a project. So, a few 70 degrees happened last week and it was time to do some chopping. I now have a new plasma cutter just for this purpose! The 56 has some cool stuff, being a 54 buff. Dual exhaust, rag joint power steering and quite a few interesting upgrades. The trunk is going to become a buick couch and there was a lot of useful parts for the convertible. The convertible motor looked good, but was simply packed with too much sludge to even mess with. 2 more blocks to go, I hope one is usable.
  21. 57 roady convertible- no brainer on that one, restore it! I wouldn't worry about the coup, unless it has a perfect body it won't be worth restoring.