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Everything posted by Smartin

  1. Are you glad we didn't just "fix the bad spots?" 😁 Black Betty is really coming together!
  2. Looks like you found the marker lights? Man those tires look like they cleaned up well.
  3. WOW! The sweepspear trim really makes the car.
  4. All true... the paint doesn’t bother me as long as the body is solid. I don’t know enough about the interior to be able to tell what’s right. A 49 Roadmaster convertible is definitely on my list, though.
  5. If I only had $30k...
  6. That's what he is referring to, Jason. They exist...just have to keep an eye out on ebay.
  7. Just the fabric...I think the cardboard side pieces are in ok shape. Are there reproductions available for the boards?
  8. I have the ball rolling on a new battery already, but thank you for the offer.
  9. I have no problem driving the car. As far as the battery is concerned, I think the look of the original style is great...and seems to be the only way I can find a battery that will fit with the original style hold-down bracket. Since the majority of the car has been worked over, (ie. new paint and upholstery), I am more apt to change out the old tattered hood insulation and trunk lining. Most of the engine compartment has been spray bombed, originality has gone out the window pretty much completely. Time to spruce it up the right way.
  10. Bound and determined for a gold award on the next round of judging, I have to open up the check book. Pretty sizeable order to CARS, Antique Auto Battery, and Auto Zone (for brake parts). The bummer about points being deducted on certain original items like trunk material and hood insulation, is that it's the original stuff. Not that it's in terrible condition, it just isn't great. So, since condition plays a role in point value, I have to replace these original items to clean things up a bit. Things I need to focus on for next time - rechrome fuel door, clean up outside of fuel tank, clean spare tire (oops), install plastic valve stem caps (someone told me to put on metal ones previously), engine compartment general condition (needs a virtual gut job without messing with the AC), clean up all wires in engine bay that are coated in paint, original style battery, replace hood insulation, clean up small stain on driver front seat, somehow procure an orange/brown power brake pedal pad that isn't worn, replace trunk lining material...and I think that's about all I can do at this point. This year's judging score was 375. If I fix all this stuff, it will be around 388 with no mandatory deductions.
  11. No, it's only Archival Elite or simply Archival.
  12. Judging manual states 1967 is the first year radials were offered as an option.
  13. I wasn't aware you could run radials on a 54...
  14. Jim, if you're on Facebook, look up Joe Glickman. He is on the 1958 Buicks page, and has done a nice conversion on his 58. Should all be the same. I believe he actually used a manual brake pedal due to the ratio being different.
  15. I don't care to hover around my car all day, but I do enjoy chatting about it to passers-by when I am wiping it down or putzing in the general area. I really get a kick out of the comments I hear when I am hanging around Mike's red 72 GSX. The general theme is "they didn't make them in that color." I just have to take a breath and realize that I can't correct everyone that makes that assumption.
  16. Reminds me of when I went to go "pick up some free firewood" that my Father-in-law's buddy just had cut down. It ended up being an entire tree that had a 3 1/2' diameter trunk. It took two trips with my flat bed trailer and my truck bed full to get it all. I finally got it all split this past Winter.
  17. Thanks for reporting on that...I really need to dive into this and work out the kinks. Side note, I think I ran the car about a half dozen times over the course of the national meet to demonstrate the ICE cold air conditioning 😆 is amazingly cold.
  18. Pretty sure the big series and small series vent windows will be different regardless of body style.
  19. I sent an email to and they returned my judging sheet today in PDF form.
  20. I would have to inspect this one personally. It's not in the cards right now, though. Bummer we didn't see this while we were down there.
  21. The Hagerty valuation tool says the pricing for this car is for a #2 condition. I don't see this as a #2 car. More like a 3...or 3- I could fix that, though 🤣 Stop it, Adam.
  22. Looking good! I started using the powder guide coat from 3M a couple years ago and have never looked back. I've painted 5 cars with this stuff, and haven't even needed a refill yet. The first image is of the red 72 GSX that was at the meet last week. The second is of my Skylark I did a couple years ago for our wedding. Sometimes I use this on polyester high build primer if I am having trouble seeing imperfections when blocking. Otherwise, I use it on the last coat of surfacer just before paint. I use a small block with 6-800 grit to knock down the surfacer and sand until the guide coat is completely gone...all over. This way, you can see EVERY spot or imperfection you missed in previous blocking and filling.
  23. There is a full description (more than a couple sentences) here... Looks like the original seat covers are under there. Man this is a tempting deal. Must....resist....
  24. It appears the seat covers are just covering up the old stuff. Maybe original upholstery under there? Man, we were right down the road from Enid last week.