Grant Z

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    Adelaide, Australia
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    Pre-1970 American cars

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  1. Many thanks Matt for taking the time to do this. Below is the photo Neil Morse kindly sent me with a small ruler for dimensions. This is of his original (unrestored) dash. I've put the image into Microsoft Visio (drawing program) and carefully calculated the diameter of several circles to get an average and I've come up with circles which are .009" larger than 3/8". So allowing from some error, it's hard to argue with 3/8" being the diameter. Matt & Mike both seem to agree with this so it seems very reasonable assume this is the size.
  2. Thanks Matt, some time ago Neil Morse kindly provided me with a photo of his glove box lid with a small ruler laid on it so I could measure the circles. They are 3/8" in diameter. I'm keen to see what yours measure.
  3. Thanks but I'd rather try doing the real thing one day on my dash.
  4. Many thanks for your comments Mr Riviera 🙂
  5. Hi I just stumbled across this old conversation we had re my car. I've now made contact with the owner of the other brother's (David Provan) car. The current owner is Geoff Pollard and he lives near Harcourt, Victoria. I went to his home and saw the car about 3 months ago. A lovely man, and very nice car. I intend to drive my car to his home (640km) next year and photograph them both together. Here is photo of David Provan's car (now owned by Geoff Pollard who is next to the car).
  6. Would anyone have a front license plate mounting plate (see attached photo)? After seeing the attached photo of another forum member’s car (Valk) I now know this is missing from my car. I live in Australia but after payment is made, it can be posted to a shipping yard in Richmond CA. It will then be automatically forwarded to people I know here. Regards Grant Zippel
  7. Oh Wow! Lovely Roadmaster? Beautiful roofline on the Fisher/Buick body (mine being the Fisher/Chevrolet). Thanks my friend.
  8. If you wish to contact Adam regarding reproducing some skirts, you can email him at He's already been contacted by someone else in California. He's very willing to do this as has made a pattern. The guy in California is sending over a set of rear fenders to make it easier to get the shape correct.
  9. Many thanks for your kind words Matt. Yes I agree with all you have said in every way. You have a very keen eye for detail and obviously know these cars very well. I've referred to your website many times and have found it extremely helpful thank you. Re the lower trim piece, we decided not to replicate the small curved piece which fits on the rubber gravel shield as expense was getting away and I felt I had to stop somewhere. Being a big of a custom guy (and my friend also) we felt a couple of subtle tasteful modifications done well would work just fine and we're happy with the outcome. Yes I've drooled over the picture of that gorgeous dark silver Roadmaster convertible many times. Stunning car. That and a few others online have been handy references for what a correct car should be. My car is of course the most inexpensive 1941 Buick made (Series A Special Business Coupe) and the Roadmaster Convertible Coupe is something I can only dream about. However, I am extremely happy with my car and never thought I could own something so rare & beautiful here in Australia. I've now driven her over 3,000 miles in just 10 months and jump at every opportunity to get her out. My friend Adam has already been contacted re the possibility of making more sets of skirts for someone in the USA. Your suggestion of reproducing the lower trim piece (but with the vertical forward end, and short curved gravel shield extension) makes good sense. Sincere thanks for taking the time to comment Matt.
  10. Hi all, as I live in Australia and have little hope of inspecting a set of 2nd hand 1941 Buick fender skirts before purchasing, I commissioned my good friend Adam Bakurski (from Rollin Relics, a 1-man restoration shop here in suburban Adelaide, South Australia) to fabricate a set for me. I wanted to share these with you as I'm pretty pleased. My goals for these fender skirts were; to have steel fender skirts styled to look perfect (even if they didn't perfectly replicate the original factory design). They must incorporate the original 21-inch fender skirt ornaments which would be removed from my rear fenders. Replicate the stainless trim (in aluminum) which decorates the lowest edge of the skirt and is an extension of the stainless sill-panel molding. Adam & I created a pattern which followed the shape of the rear fender - which we believe is important. Adam then formed a set of skirts which we decided were too 'flat' (see unfinished photo) and were unable to take up the 'curve' in the 21-inch ornament. We decided that the skirt needed to be more 'bubbled' and then to weld in a special custom insert piece that the ornament sat on. This would take up the remainder of the curve in the ornament that the skirt was unable to do so. This piece must look as though it was pressed into the skirt from the rear as if the factory could have produced this (see photo). Adam then fabricated the mechanism to hold the skirts firmly to the vehicle with no chance of them coming off. He tried various ideas, but finally replicated the mechanism that most (if not all) skirts are produced with. He also welded tabs on the bottom-front & bottom-rear edges to enable a screw to secure each end of the skirt to the bottom of the rear fender (in front of and behind the wheel arch). A threaded stud was also welded inside the rear part of the skirt to support the overhang not supported by the locking mechanism around the wheel-arch. This stud utilised one of the existing holes which secured the ornament on the rear fender before it was removed. The aluminum lower trim along the bottom of the skirt was made from aluminum bar-stock and machined to replicate the profile of the sill-panel molding. Black rubber has been used along all surfaces where the skirts touch the body and where the ornament mounted on the skirt. This stops any chance of scratching the paint. Adam is not totally happy with the skirts and there are some issues I'd like addressed which can only be done so by making another set. For now, I wish to drive the car and enjoy its new look. Visually the skirts make the car appear much lower. I'm also in the process of lowering the rear suspension 2 inches but I don't wish to ruin the ride quality so am addressing this with caution. 2nd hand skirts in the USA seem to fetch between US$1500-$2500. At the current horrid exchange rate this translates to AU$2230-3700 (Australian). Yes, that is obscene! My skirts sure cost about that but I know they are right and an original set would need restoration in most cases anyway. Adam has not made fender skirts before and is confident that future sets can be made much quicker. I hope you like these skirts as much as I do. Cheers, Grant Zippel
  11. Would an adhesive have been used on the sheet of cold rolled steel or was it simply pressed with the main steel sheet and folded over with tooling dies?
  12. Well this makes excellent sense to me and very close to an idea I shared with Neil Morse some time ago. Being a Fitter & Turner (specializing in Toolmaking) by trade, I suspected that there was just 1 panel (without a separate thin layer) which would have been engine turned before being pressed into shape (glove box & instrument panel). I also wondered if there was another thin layer (as there is indeed), this could have been a zinc plating (or something similar) applied to the panel before stamping. Oh well, I was on the right track. The decal idea just didn't sit with me (not that I am any type of authority). Sincere thanks all you guys.