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Well the 55 is much lighter now.

Notice the silly grin on the idiot standing under the body completely oblivious to the overwhelming task ahead of him to reassemble the beast.

As soon as I borrow a trailer I will be sending the frame and axle off to the blaster's.

Rich

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Here are a few more pics.

My last post was my first attempt at attaching a photo so I wanted to make sure it worked before posting more.

Notice my Faithful helper is just as oblivious as I am.

Rich

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: special55</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Notice the silly grin on the idiot standing under the body completely oblivious to the overwhelming task ahead of him to reassemble the beast.

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Notice Rich is oblivious confused.gif to the irony of wearing a shirt that says "You ain't seen nuthin yet" in this photo. Oh, I can see some good stories coming from this restoration. laugh.gif Uh huh.

Seriously, good start. I wish you a 400 point finish!

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Just keep looking that happy as you go through the job, and the look when you're finished will be incredible. As will be the feeling of accomplishment that you did alot of the job yourself.

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The BIG question is. How many cases of beer does it take a couple of do it your selfers to restore an old Buick? whistle.gif Dandy Dave!

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: 1DandyDaves</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The BIG question is. How many cases of beer does it take a couple of do it your selfers to restore an old Buick? whistle.gif Dandy Dave! </div></div>

Personally, I lost track after the first case when I was restoring my 55. smile.gif

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: 1DandyDaves</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The BIG question is. How many cases of beer does it take a couple of do it your selfers to restore an old Buick? whistle.gif Dandy Dave! </div></div>

Depends. Is the beer to dull the pain of the bills paid by the owner of the restoration, or is the beer to lube up the owners friends to come over and do the harder parts of the restoration? confused.gif

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Hi I am about where you are on the restore of my Century. Your body looks real good. Do you have any rust out? Ken

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Hey Ken,

I've been following your car on your other posts. My car is pretty clean with a few small pin holes forward the rear wheels on both sides. I will be cutting out to good clean metal and welding in a couple patches. Other than that it is pretty clean.

I would say you are a bit ahead of me. I was hoping to get the frame to the blaster's this week but will be sending it out next week(dog gone blaster went on a powertour. can't trust those car guys).

The body is still just as it appears in the photos. I have all the stripping to do yet.

Looks like you got a hold of a nice clean one there. I'll be whatching your progress as you move along.

Rich

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: special55</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Hey Ken,

I've been following your car on your other posts.... I'll be whatching your progress as you move along.

Rich </div></div>

Hope you two don't mind but I'll be watching too. To see two of these documented side by side restorations will very interesting indeed!

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: JohnD1956</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: special55</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Hey Ken,

I've been following your car on your other posts.... I'll be whatching your progress as you move along.

Rich </div></div>

Hope you two don't mind but I'll be watching too. To see two of these documented side by side restorations will very interesting indeed! </div></div>

I will too. It has already gotten me in the garage working on my "old" 55, and after the Nationals I will start posting my progress (or lack thereof) on my convertible (which in fairness to me, isn't as solid as Rich or Ken's cars. No race for me fellas. grin.gif

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In the words of the infamous Mr. Earl, My GAWD, 4 ongoing restorations being documented side by side! How much better can this possibly get?

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: JohnD1956</div><div class="ubbcode-body">In the words of the infamous Mr. Earl, My GAWD, 4 ongoing restorations being documented side by side! How much better can this possibly get? </div></div>

Well, for Mr. Earl, these cars are a bit too new grin.gif If they were '54s, Rita would never get him away from the forums. wink.gif

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: JohnD1956</div><div class="ubbcode-body">In the words of the infamous Mr. Earl, My GAWD, 4 ongoing restorations being documented side by side! How much better can this possibly get? </div></div>

Just for fun...

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Hey Mike,

You know what would look great in that vert???

Floors!!!

Sorry I couldn't resist.

Man there has to be someone coming from the Northeast heading your direction that would be willing to drag this floor section your way without charging you the price of a new car.

We just need to keep looking. Somethings bound to show up sooner or later.

Rich

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Thought I would add a picture showing the brains of the operation.

This guy is little in stature but runs a tight ship.

Rich

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Isn't that the truth.

Although if he is interested in cars of this vintage when he is driving age I will be happy to hand over the keys.

(spare set of course whistle.gif)

Here's a little update on the progress:

Frame, rear axle, torque tube, all front suspension parts and upper and lower front valance were sent to the blaster's. They are all finished and at the painter's for some color. I couldn't buy the materials for what the painter is charging me to do the job so I decided to let him get dirty on this one.

Rich

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Here's a little update

Got all the parts back from the painter except for the rad support. Seems it was misplaced and left behind at the blaster's.

All is well though. It was found and is now with the painter to be sprayed. I will post some additional pics later of the frame and axle but here are some of the parts.

In the one photo you can see the different colors. Most of the parts were painted with a POR-15 equivalent. The front suspension stuff is cast iron grey and the backing plates are sealer. I will be using the Eastwood gold cad system on those.

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Here's a little update

In the one photo you can see the different colors. Most of the parts were painted with a POR-15 equivalent. The front suspension stuff is cast iron grey and the backing plates are sealer. I will be using the Eastwood gold cad system on those.

A word of caution, I've used the Eastwood gold cad stuff before, and I was disappointed. It didn't look anything like what the photos looked like. I would recommend testing it on a part you can afford to "re-do", as it is a multiple step process, and if you don't get one right, the rest just pile up on the previous....and some issues don't really show till later layers are applied.

I'd hate to see you mess it up then have to pay somebody to do work again.

Good luck, and post more pictures....

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Thanks for the words of caution

I did paint a couple smaller parts prior to doing anything with the backing plates. Although not an exact match I think they came out looking close enough for a part people would have to crawl under the car to see. The trick I found was to do several mist coats as opposed to a wet coat like you would typically lay down.

It also helped to use a grey primer base as opposed to a darker color. It seemed to result in more of a "rainbow" effect as was common on the gold cad pieces.

I'll get some photos up tomorrow or Monday as I have a wedding today so no garage time.

Be back soon :D

Rich

Here are the pics guys.

One obsvervation on the Eastwood system: their base is too gold. They should try and use a base that's a bit more of a silver/gold mix.

Let me know what you think. I am interested in your opinions.

Well anyway here are the pics.

Rich

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Nicely done! Thinking of my 56 however, I'm not certain the backing plates are gold cad though. I thought they were just ordinary satin black?

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