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  1. Back at it with a full tank of gas... LH quarter is finished, and RH quarter has been removed to start trimming the new quarter in. I decided to leave the door jamb portion of this quarter panel alone with the factory jamb, instead of using the whole replacement quarter. The factory seams and panel gaps are perfect on this side, and the aftermarket quarter -to-door gap is not as clean. Driver side worked out pretty well, but I will have to work the door edge a touch to make it right. I have one more full day off work to get this quarter panel hung, then it's off to MCACN Friday morning. Back on Monday, but likely will not do anything in the garage.
  2. I’ve learned a few things since then 😎
  3. LOL Funny thing is, I had to get another tank halfway through your job. I think it's time to upgrade to a bigger one. I was able to get all of the spot welding done yesterday, though.
  4. I concur with all of your assessments. I'll have to have a conversation with him 🤓
  5. Ok I lied...I ran out of shielding gas 20 minutes into the job. Back at it on Tuesday.
  6. That is pretty much what I was thinking...unfortunately he is "firm" on his price and will sit on it until he doesn't have a choice.
  7. TTT I have no skin in this game, just posting for my buddy. I am curious on if this is a reasonable asking price, or if he's dreaming.
  8. I continued hacking the old quarter panel off enough to start fitting the new one this evening. I'm at the point now where I can scribe the cut line on the new quarter inside along the edge of the old one. The new one is fitted where the door gap is about perfect. The body contours line up really well. To clarify about the top "indent" on the convertible quarter panels vs. hardtops, they both have that dip...just at a different angle back-to-front. The second photo posted shows that inside curve at the top of the new quarter, but rises too quickly and disappears into the C pillar...or what WAS the C pillar. My intent is to tease the new one to meet up with the old one. It may require some hammer/dolly work, but I think we will be in good shape.
  9. I've used panel bond...did it on the red 72 X last year in a couple spots that I couldn't effectively weld. One of them was at the lower front of the quarter where it meets the top of the rocker. Be sure you are prepping the metal with enough "bite" for the panel bond to hold onto.
  10. I spent some time this evening peeling the old quarter panel off at the factory welds. I will cut the old repair off at the top, but retain as much of the original quarter as possible so I can try to keep that contour that is specific to the convertible body. I can then bring the aftermarket quarter in to match.
  11. By the way, this is one of TWO big block convertibles built in Tealmist Grey. A total of 6 70 GS's were built in this color.
  12. So I was finally able to get a mobile blasting guy out today...yes, Sunday. Since the weather is turning to crap, he obliged. I'd rather work in 65* and sunny than 30 any day. The condition of the body tub is mostly as expected. A few little pin holes showed up in some jamb areas, but nothing major. Doors and fenders look solid. Once I extracted (nearly) all of the media from the car, I started poking at the quarters to see where my first move would be. I cleaned up the metal at the top 4" of each side so I could see what I was working with. Driver side was welded up a bit higher than the passenger side. My intent is to save the top several inches of the quarters so I can graft the new hardtop quarters in at that point. This is where the body lines/curves differ from convertible to hardtop. So, it appears that my best bet is to completely replace the quarters at the factory seams everywhere but the top. This will allow me to regain the factory weld appearance along those areas. I see they replaced the left trunk drop when they did the quarters. I went ahead and cut out the main section of LH quarter to get some motivation going.. One item of note, check out the quarter marker light location. It is stamped out, but not cut out. This is a sure sign of those Tabco/Sherman/etc replacement quarter skins.
  13. This is a friend's car...just passing along the lead..
  14. This isn't "my" Buick, but it will be an ongoing restoration thread. I thought some of you here on the BCA site would enjoy following. 20 years ago, this car was completely blown apart. I mean, if it unscrewed, it came apart. The chassis was painted, and the body was media blasted. New aftermarket quarter panels were grafted on while the body was off the frame...and as a result of insufficient (read: none) bracing, the quarter panels buckled when the body was dropped back on the frame. The project was abandoned until it was picked up several years ago and stored away again. A couple weeks ago, it arrived here to be completed. The intention is to get it to MCACN 2020 in November next year. It's a nearly impossible order for me, but I am up to the challenge after last year's thrash on the 72 GSX. The first thing I did was install the doors to make sure they were still going to line up with the body, and there was no damage to the integrity of the body shell. Everything lined up perfectly, and all measurements came out good when I checked various spots on the body for square. New aftermarket quarter panels from The Parts Place are on the way, along with a dump truck load of other parts. Since no one makes quarters for convertibles, I will be using aftermarket hardtop quarters. They will be cut near the top of the body line and spliced in properly. The current quarter panels are welded in using a lap joint, and those can be questionable on longevity if any moisture gets in behind the joint. If you look inside the trunk, you can clearly see the joint where the old one was cut off and new welded on. Now that I know where we stand, I am hiring a dustless blasting company to come out and hose the body shell, doors, and fenders. Once that is complete, I can replace the quarters. I'll then brace the body and remove it from the frame. The chassis will be redone while the body is off. Thankfully, the rest of the body is in great shape. All it needs is cleaned up and hit with epoxy to keep it from rusting while I mess around with the quarters. More to come...hopefully soon...
  15. To say that I'm excited might be an understatement. I've been wanting to do this since I bought my first house 15 years ago. We now live on several acres and have the room to do it. Financially, I didn't think I would be able to make this happen for a few more years, but I waved my magic wand and figured out a way to do it a little sooner than that. The plan right now is to get the building up, then pour a floor and driveway in the Spring...when I have some more money to spend. I spent months trying to figure out a good spot for this building...and tried all avenues of gaining workshop space. Original idea was to put up a pole building behind the house, but my wife didn't want to be able to see it from the back scratched that idea. Next idea was to bridge the gap between my house garage and the current detached garage. Great idea in my head, but the roof lines were making it almost impossible to make it work right. No contractor wanted to touch it, either. NEXT another separate garage in front of the detached garage toward the street. Great idea, but my building line on the property was 50', and I would have been well into that easement. So here we are. Close to my original idea of going behind the house with a pole building. With no other choice, my wife caved in to the idea. I promised we would plant some trees😀 Speaking of trees, I am smack-dab in the middle of the deep woods. In order to get this building up, a massive pile of trees had to go. Originally, the size of the building was to be 40x60. I got the property line surveyed, and the only way I could fit that building in the spot we were looking at, was to get rid of a tree we were really trying to keep alive. I downsized to a 35x56, and that allowed us to fit the building right where we wanted it. Fast forward through several tree removal bids, I hooked up with a guy I knew in high school, and have kept in light contact with for a while. I found out he was in the business and he came out. We walked the area and painted the trees to be removed. We estimated about 30 decent sized trees, with countless saplings. I also had to clear a road to get back there...which meant more trees. And a blessing from the neighbor, because I was encroaching on his property with said road. All of my bids were in the $12k and higher range to get the trees done. My guy ended up doing this for $9k...PLUS he brought out his 8' wide brush hog and cleared me a path through the woods and to the creek. He also chipped all the wood that was less than 15" in diameter and mulched my entire path. 9 grand was a tough pill to swallow, but it was better than $12k. I got a cool little walking trail out of it too. Anyone need firewood? Next on the agenda was to build up a pad. The area where the building was going had a light slope down toward the back. Our irrigation company has used a certain guy for hauling rock for years, so I called him. He actually builds all of the pads for a local pole building construction company, so he was perfect for the job. He ended up having to raise the back end of the pad up 5 feet to get it level with the front. 650 tons of screenings later, I have a pad. Also, he brought in 100 ton of 2-4" clean rock to stabilize the screenings around the border. Screenings will wash away in a rain unless they are buried or stabilized like this. So, another $8500 for a pad. At this point, I am starting to question whether I can financially swing this building. These two items that have been done at this point have almost doubled my budget. I would figure it out...onward! The guy building the shop is a full time lineman for a local electric service provider. This is his side gig, so his schedule is a bit volatile. Since late August, the pad has basically set idle. Since then, I had gotten all the necessary permitting and plans completed....doors and windows ordered. Colors picked out. So his last building he was working on ended up being a lot more than he originally anticipated...hence the delay. This last week, we finally got moving. All of the poles are set. Trusses are waiting patiently in the front near the haul road. It's like Christmas every time I come home and see him working! Photos in the next couple posts...
  16. This was the only way I got the one off the parts car this Spring...looks terrible, but it worked! On the outside, I used the same strap wrench buick man posted. In the past, others were easier to hold on the inside, but this one was extra crusty. I have used the chisel trick before, too.
  17. I really enjoyed reading through mine today when I got it. I look forward to the October Bugle every year!
  18. One has to just hope that all the parts are there on a basket case like this.
  19. Makes the one that sold on ebay recently look like a steal.