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  1. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    1958 Buick Caballero Now that the car has safely made it back to Michigan, I think I can safely start the project thread for the Caballero.This car was offered on the Station Wagon Forum: http://www.stationwagonforums.com/fo...ad.php?t=31784 Bill (moparandfomoco) offered it up and I was lucky enough to be the first to respond. I flew out to Albuquerque and spent a fun 4 days with Bill and his son, Anthony. As soon as I got a look at the car, I knew I would take it, so we got it ready for a short trip from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, where it would be easier to coordinate the transport arrangements. I arrived late on a Thursday night and we went to see the car on Friday morning. This is how it looked: Bill and Anthony helped get the car up on jackstands and I got underneath to see what needed to be done to hold the rear axle in position. You Buick fans know this car has a "torque-tube" drive train; without the transmission in place to hold the front of the torque tube, the rear axle is free to float around. Here's Bill, clearing out the vegetation and making sure there are no critters under the car: I was happy to discover that the front of the torque tube was already chained to the frame, so all we needed to do was tie down the rear axle. We pumped up the rear tires and headed off to Harbor Freight for some ratchet tie-downs and tarps to wrap the loose parts. you can see in this photo that the rear axle was sitting too far forward in the frame; the tire was hitting the front edge of the wheel opening: We got the axle into position using 4 tie-downs (2 pulling forward, 2 pulling rearward) and re-checked the tires. The rears were leaking badly, so we pulled the wheels and went in search of a tire service shop to install inner tubes. Chihuahua Tire & Auto Repair to the rescue! After lunch at BackRoad Pizza (Bill knew it was a good "Triple-D" recommendation!), we put the rear wheels on and got it rolling! Bill, Anthony and I managed to push the car from the back of the yard up to the end of the gravel driveway, where it sat next to the home-owner's Buicks: The muscle-men celebrate our little victory: We left it at the end of the driveway. Bill had found a local tow company to pick the car up the next day and move it near his house for the cross-country pick-up. It was about 98F by the time we headed back toward Albuquerque. Yeah, it's a dry heat, but it still felt hot! Next morning, we pushed the car a little further up the driveway so the roll-back could easily got to it. Loading was uneventful and we set off for Albuquerque. The truck needed fuel, so we stopped at the first available spot. The car drew quite a crowd! Bill had arranged to leave the car at a friend's home. I truly lucked out on this deal; Bill, his wife Ruselle and their son, Anthony were SUPER hosts. We had some fun looking through the neighborhoods for old cars and trucks; they are everywhere out there! The day after we moved the car to Albuquerque, I got to the car early and started prepping it for shipment. There was a lot of dust, sand, parts and junk in the car. Bill, Anthony and Anthony's friends helped wrap up the bumpers and get everything back into the car. By mid-day, it was ready for pick-up: Here's the whole team of helpers. From left to right; Bill (moparandfomoco), Anthony, Greg, Chris and Marilyn (their Mother), who is holding a copy of "Automobile" magazine with a picture of a 58 Caballero on the cover). I can't thank Bill and Anthony enough for their help and hospitality. God Bless them! I flew home to Michigan and Bill met the transport company at the car a week later. Here it is as it arrived in Michigan: My intention was to disassemble the car and restore it, but I have been talking to a lot of people about restoration vs. preservation. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I am leaning towards getting it roadworthy and preserving it. More to come!
  2. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    Exciting and more than a littl bit stressful... It's amazing how many little details are still unfinished! But I believe the light at the end of the tunnel is NOT a train.
  3. The 32nd Annual EyesOn Design Exhibition will be held in Grosse Pointe Shores on June 16, 2019 (Father's Day).The show typically contains between 250 and 300 vehicles in a variety of categories. Exhibited vehicles are chosen based on the year’s theme by invitation only. In addition, EyesOn Design features special exhibitions and concept and production vehicles which debuted during the previous year’s auto show circuit, including ones which were awarded at EyesOn Design at the North American International Auto Show.This year, one of the categories will feature station wagons and closely related vehicles.We are seeking several wagons to demonstrate the breadth and creativity of international station wagon designs from the 1960's through the 1980's. Vehicles should be pristine original or restored to original condition.We are looking for the following wagons (and wagon-esque vehicles):1972-76 GM Clamshell1979-1991 Ford Country Squire or Mercury Colony ParkLotus Eclat Jensen GTAudi foxAudi 5000Citroen CXMercedes Benz w123Mercedes Benz HammerVolvo ESVolvo 240AMC PacerAMC/EagleFord TaurusNissan 510Nissan MaximaIf you have - or know of - a wagon that we should consider, please send me a PM and I'll follow up with you.To learn more about the show, click here: http://www.eyesondesign.org/carshow
  4. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    With the seat covers completed, I was able to resume work on the quarter trim panels. First step was to install the windlace along the rear door openings. The windlace tucks under the roof rail molding at the upper end and is retained with trim screws to the inner "dog leg". The quarter trim panel - now completed with the decorative deck seam - installs on top of the windlace and is attached with a trim screw to the inner structure. The black line on the water shield indicates where the color split line is positioned on the rear door trim panel. The quarter trim and door trim color split line up perfectly. And then, do it all again on the passenger side! Moving on to the rear door trim installation, I fabricated the water shields from 6 mil poly film instead of coated paper. Then I re-installed the door handle and window regulator handle springs... And the trim panel: The alignment of the rear door and quarter trim two-tone split turned out nearly perfect. I installed the door handle at the wrong position; another item to add to the list.
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    Cam Bearing Help

    Good catch. How long has that place been assembling engines? And, Russ Martin is a GREAT resource!
  6. 95Cardinal

    Vinyl Top Material

    Try Legendary Auto Interiors: https://www.legendaryautointeriors.com/ For a situation like yours, I recommend calling. Not everything is on the website.
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    Garnet Red 57 Roadmaster 75

    Yep, I DO like the color combo! Hope to see you with it in June!
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    Garnet Red 57 Roadmaster 75

    Congrats, Adam; looks like a GREAT find!
  9. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    First step in assembling the front seat back was to clean, paint and inspect the seat frame and spring unit. The transverse spring wire that supports the individual zig-zag springs (essentially the lumbar support) was fractured and had to be replaced. This frame came from low-mileage car and was in excellent condition. The clean, shiny metal you see is as the frame appeared when the old trim cover was removed! It has been coated with a clear protectant to preserve it. Initial test fit of the trim cover and side panel to ensure that all the seams will be covered by the side panels as designed and sewn. I installed the 2 screws that will ultimately attach the ash tray to the seat back. Having the screw heads in place will make it much easier to locate the attaching points for the ash tray after the trim cover has been attached to the frame. Visible at the top of the above image is the first point of attachment of the seat cover. There is a wire-reinforced upper bolster that is attached via hog rings to the upper frame rail. The heavy felt isolator is installed between the two layers of springs in the seat back spring unit. The trim cover is drawn over the perimeter of the frame and retained with hog rings. After installing the cover and verifying the fit of the side panel, the upper bolster looks loose and baggy. The area beneath the french seam required additional padding to fill out the cover contours. I removed the cover and added thin layers of cotton/poly blend padding to better match the cover shape After re-installing the cover, fabricated stuffing tools like these make it easier to manipulate the last bits of padding into the necessary position under the corner: End view of the seat back after revising the corner padding. Front seat back, ready for assembly to the cushion: The 1958 Buick foam seat cushions were among the earliest applications of molded urethane foam seating components. The Special models retained the traditional spring and pad designs for the seat cushions and backs. The Century, Super, Roadmaster and Limited models were equipped with foam seat cushions, but retained "spring and pad" seat back pads with rubberized horsehair pads. I disassembled the seat frame and cleaned and painted the steel structure. Since the cushion frame had some surface corrosion, I used a more aggressive treatment and then painted the frame black. I inserted a stiff reinforcement layer of woven carpet material between the springs and the foam layer, hog-ringing the carpet to the zig-zag springs to ensure that the underlayment would not shift with occupant entry/egress. The carpet replaces the original layer of cotton burlap, which had long ago lost its ability to support the foam and isolate it from the springs. New foam is installed, along with a layer of non-woven cotton/poly felt to retain the rear edge of the foam to the frame. The felt also acts as an insulator/isolator between the rear section of the trim cover and the "bar cover", or rear bottom section of the frame. The foam is trimmed to shape and "skived" or contoured at the perimeter to give a smooth appearance of the cover after assembly. I have found that an electric carving knife works great for shaping and contouring the urethane foam. The pink chalk mark highlights the center of the frame and the center of the trim cover. I always start in the center and work outwards from the center to establish and maintain the proper cover position on the seat. Like the original design, I added a layer of padding and burlap above the foam, then applied the trim cover: The first step in retaining the cover was to hog ring the rear "tie-down" to the lower portion of the seat frame, just beneath where the forward edge of the seat back would eventually be positioned. Then, working out from the center, hog-ringing the perimeter of the cover to the frame. After building up the assembly, I determined that I needed additional padding to get the required comfort, fit and appearance. The cover was too loose on the pad assembly. I removed the cover from the frame and added a thin layer of padding over the entire seating surface, with additional layers around the perimeter to provide a more full looking perimeter. The second build-up was much improved Attaching the seat back to the cushion is accomplished with 6 - yes, 6! - 1/4-20 bolts. Adding the ash tray and robe cord to the seat back: It took 3 of us to maneuver the seat into the car, but we managed to position it without any injuries or damage: It will be challenging (impossible?) to install the seat side panels in the vehicle, but the side panels are still at the anodizer's facility. If necessary, the seat will be removed to allow installation of the aluminum trim panels.
  10. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    Things have been moving quickly as I prepare the car for its maiden show. It will be displayed at the Detroit Autorama on March 1-3. Early in December, I visited my friend Pat who has been working on the seat trim. He had completed most of the covers and we planned to install the covers onto the frame & spring units. He had researched the correct appearance for the covers. Images of interiors of several other cars showed that there was a lot of variation in the way the trim covers were sewn. For example, these seats look "overstuffed" and the french seams at the corners do not line up with the outboard stitch lines on the insert areas: This seat has better contours, without the overstuffed look, but the upper (red) panel goes straight across the seat, instead of curving downward at the outboard corners: Here is the 1/3 section of the rear seat back. The short , angled french seam aligns perfectly with the insert stitch line and the corner of the tan and beige joint. The upper edge of tan/beige joint is contoured to match the images in the 1958 Buick color and trim book and images of original interiors. This is the initial test fit of the 2/3 folding rear seat cushion. Shape looks good, corners and edges still need some finessing: Looking better! Here, I am beginning to assemble the 1/3 section of the rear seat back. A perimeter wrap of non-woven polyester will help retain the shape of the side facings. Together in the car for the first time. I'm not happy with it, so I will disassemble it and start over. But my granddaughter gave it her approval for comfort!
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    Large Garage concrete sealing.

    If I were doing a new floor, I would probably go with polished concrete. Here's some work done by a company in Atlanta: https://flawlessgrind-polishflooring.com/projects/ This is what you see in many commercial and industrial facilities.
  12. 95Cardinal

    1969 GTO Judge Convert

    What a combination... 68 grille, 69 Endura bumper (or possible a 68 with the arrowhead emblem holes filled), 69 front valence & park lamps, 69 instrument panel and seat covers, 68 quarter markers as mentioned, 69 deck lid and bumper. If only these cars could talk...
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    Deduction for Flare O Flames

    Skip the imitation flames and go for the real deal! This is Bob Fryz' "Sh-Boom": But, it'll cost more than $4 every time you light 'em up! And don't forget extra fire extinguishers....
  14. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    I had to delay making the quarter trim panels until the rear door trim panels were finalized. The two-tone split line on the quarter trim should align with the 2-tone line on the doors, so I had to confirm that location before making the quarter trim. I marked the location of the 2-tone split on the rear of the rear door opening and used that to finalize the trim patterns for the quarter. This is the preliminary assembly of the quarter trim, for mock-up in the car. And in the car: I still need to add one decorative stitch line, above the color split. Just waiting for my friend to wrap up the seat covers so I can use the proper color thread for these pieces. I've learned to take lots of photos and notes when disassembling a project. I also try to retain as many original parts as possible, just in case they can be useful. These remnants of the quarter window gaskets came in very handy. The witness marks on the outer surface indicated the correct orientation of the exterior molding clips and the dimensions of the gasket helped indicate how much material had to be removed and where it had to be removed. I used a fresh razor knife blade and a disc sander to shape the gasket. It took many iterations, removing only a few shavings each time, to get the gasket to fit into the opening. When the glass and gasket could be fit tightly into the opening, I removed the gasket from the glass. I applied a bead of bedding compound into the glass channel of the gasket and re-inserted the glass into the gasket. A small amount of bedding compound is visible at the gasket edges: With a bead of bedding compound applied to the inside of the quarter window and some liquid detergent as a lubricant on the gasket, it was finally time to install the glass. The glass is retained by 4 stamped retainers on the inside on the body. The exterior reveal moldings are retained by a variety of clips and threaded rods. With the exterior moldings installed, the interior garnish moldings are next. At the front of the quarter window, the C pillar trim consists of one painted steel garnish molding, a vinyl-wrapped trim panel, the polished aluminum roof rail molding plus a cloth windlace. The vinyl-wrapped panel is installed first and is visible as a sliver of dark tan between the upper steel trim molding and the polished aluminum roof rail trim. Originally, I had wrapped the steel panel with a single layer of cotton felt and the vinyl cover, which was exactly as the original piece was constructed. The part was too thick and it couldn't be loaded properly under the edge of he headliner panel. I had to remove the layer of padding and re-apply the vinyl directly to the steel substrate. I had not realized that the new vinyl was significantly thicker than the original material; with the padding removed, everything could be properly installed.
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    What did you get for Christmas this year?

    And here's the proof! Click on the image, then click on the "Play" arrow if the video doesn't automatically start.
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    52 Super Estate Wagon model 59

    Yes, those arms are the front pivots for the folding rear seat. The seat bottom (cushion) folds forward and the seat back folds down to create a flat surface that extends from the tailgate to the back of the front seat.
  17. Doug, if you want the rad checked out, I can highly recommend Ferndale Radiator. http://ferndaleradiator.com/ Mel is the 3rd (or 4th?) generation owner in that operation.
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    Brian Heil Official Announcement

    Congratulations, Brian!
  19. 95Cardinal

    1958 Caballero

    When I test-fit the rear door trim panel, it was too large for the opening and the attaching "nails" didn't line up with the holes in the inner panel. Time to figure this mess out... First, peeled back the edgefold: Compared the right and left trim panels and developed a new pattern to fit the rear door. I made sure the pattern fit both the left and right door. Comparing it to the panels I made, I found that I had made a couple of errors. I had cut the armrest bracket mounting hole about 1/4" too low on the panel and I had made the perimeter about 1/8" too large all around the panel. I re-trimmed the perimeter of the panel to fit the door opening with adequate clearance and re-cut the armrest bracket opening. Then, I used the new pattern to accurately position the attaching nails around the perimeter of the panel. The second test fit was much better than the first. With the nails re-located, I edgefolded the part and tested it again. Here's the panel with the upper moldings attached. It still needs the lower molding and the "Century" emblem added before installation. With the rear seat structure in place, I could install the floor-mounted rubber retainers that hold the "legs" of the seat cushions in position on the floor. The part in question is the small, black oval on the carpet, at the bottom of the seat support rod: I have 3 of these for the car. One is in useable condition, but 2 of then have badly corroded metal reinforcements. These parts were manufactured by molding a hard, black rubber material directly to the steel reinforcements. Clockwise from upper left: 1. Useable part, with steel reinforcement painted black 2. Rubber portion of part after removing steel reinforcement 3. New reinforcement made from 0.040" aluminized steel 4. Underside of molded rubber, after removing steel reinforcement. I removed all the dirt and corroded metal from the rubber parts and bonded the new, steel reinforcements to the underside of the rubber with a urethane adhesive. After the adhesive was fully cured, I removed any excess adhesive and coated the rubber with "Bumper Black" topcoat:
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    1958 Caballero

    It's time to start assembling the rear bumper. The brackets, ends and center panel go together first. Ready for installation...by 4 of us. Two holders, 2 of us installing bolts. The rear bumper will be one of the last parts I install. Once it's on the car, it will be difficult to get around the vehicle in my garage!
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    1958 Caballero

    This is what the rear seat heater looked like when I acquired the car: Mostly mangled aluminum fins, but the tubing looked good. I had the local radiator repair shop pressure test the unit; it passed with flying colors. It took a couple of hours to get the fins to this point. I used tweezers, a fin comb, surgical hemostats and very small needle nose pliers...and a LOT of patience. I worked on the fins until I could see air gaps between every fin, then a final cleaning to prepare for paint. Painted heater unit with mounting brackets, attaching screws and newly fabricated gaskets: In-cabin installation is quite simple. Each mounting bracket required 2 screws and there is one center clamp. I'm going to wait to connect the underfloor hoses until I have the car up on a lift. Now, back to interior bits! These are the components that will become the rear door "dogleg" trim panels. They close out the rear door opening, from the rear edge of the sill plate up to the roof rail molding. Top: stamped steel substrate (original to this car, with some corrosion repairs already completed) Middle: 1/8" thick non-woven pad Bottom: trim cover and windlace, already sewn together. The trim cover and pad patterns were developed using the original "crispy" pieces that came off the car. Trim cover and windlace after sewing and before attachment to the steel panel: One edge of the steel substrate has pre-formed lance tabs to puncture and retain the windlace. The opposite edge is bonded with trim adhesive. Binder clips make great clamps for this kind of work... Ready!
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    1958 Caballero

    With the pillar trim done, carpeting and folding seat mechanisms come next. Most restored Estate Wagons & Caballeros have the rear seat stanchions bolted on top of the carpet, but all the photos of original, unrestored wagons I've seen clearly show a simple slot in the carpet, with the stanchion protruding up through the carpet. Like this: The folding seat frames can be adjusted in just about every direction, so it took quite a bit of measuring and trial fits to get the seats to appear level and even in the car. Initial cut around seat stanchion. I spent hours making vinyl "sleeves" to trim out the openings around the seat stanchions. In the end, I decided that the sleeves didn't help and they weren't part of the original design, so I removed the sleeves and will make the slots look as good as possible. No matter how I positioned the rear section of the carpet, I couldn't get a consistent position of the carpet openings in the rear door openings. 57BuickJim lent me his new carpet to compare to mine. The length of the rear door opening on his carpet was more than 1" shorter than mine. To determine why the two sides fit differently, I folded my carpet over at the center line and found that the left and right pillar cut-outs did not match. Trimming the passenger side pillar opening allowed the door openings to line up properly on both sides of the passenger pillar and door openings. I wasn't comfortable trying to sew this on my machine, so I hand-stitched the binding back on to the re-cut edge. The floor carpet is a typical 2-piece design. The rear section of carpet goes from the middle of the front door opening to the rear edge of the floor pan, under the rear seat. The front section of the carpet goes from the firewall/toe panel to the middle of the front door opening. This is the pre-cut jute underlayment for the front carpet. Minor trimming was required at the bottom of the A pillar, at the center relief cut and below the steering column. Holes had to be cut for the dimmer switch and the accelerator rod. Front carpet positioned. Next comes the rear (underseat) heater installation.
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    1958 Caballero

    Thanks for the kind words, sebastienbuick & dei.
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    1958 Caballero

    Lots going on recently... Liftgate glass is IN! I was reluctant to tackle this myself, so I got help from the glass installer who installed the windshield. I was lucky enough to get a tinted liftgate glass panel from another Caballero owner (57BuickJim). His parts car had tinted glass and he agreed to swap it for my clear glass. Painted the wheel well trim to match the interior. Installing rear compartment load floor panels. This is the front edge of the rear load floor. There is a vinyl closeout panel that covers the floor pan from the middle of this part to the rear of the floor pan, under the rear seats. This part was created by using the crispy, original remnants that were in the car when it was disassembled. It got us close to what was required, but the patterns needed refinement. I used muslin material to develop and confirm the revised patterns. Time to cut & sew! I cut the vinyl pieces and used 2-sided tape to hold the hems down while sewing the hems. A hardboard reinforcement was sewn to the upper edge of the original panel. I incorporated a panel edge molding (sold for 1/4" wall panels) to provide a more defined, straight edge. The upper reinforcement is screwed to the waterfall, below the load floor. Then the vinyl is folded down and lays onto the waterfall and floor pan. The cutouts for the seat bottom stop brackets are made and this part is done. This is when I realized that I needed inboard stops for the split folding seat. This car originally had a full width second seat, requiring only 2 bottom stops. The split folding seat needs 4 stops. Two pieces of 1/8" flat stock and some bending and drilling yielded these little gems Installed & painted, ready for seat installation: First test fit of the carpet... The "B" pillar cover panels must be completed before I make the final cuts and install the carpet. Muslin test parts sewn to confirm patterns are correct. These were interesting panels to construct. There are hardboard panels behind each of the 3 curved surfaces. It all gets sewn together "inside out", then inverted into the "vinyl side out" orientation for installation into the body. Masked the pillar flanges and sprayed adhesive on the part and the flange edges, then applied the part to the pillar. The edges are pulled taut to the pinch weld flanges at the front and back pof the B pillar, then the painted steel retainer moldings are pressed over the flanges, trapping the vinyl in place. These turned out great!