buick5563

55 Century Convertible project

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I stopped billing six months ago.

MIKE, before you start billing again, I've got a car I'd like you to fix up and paint for me. Half the size of a Buick and I won't make you colour sand. I can have it delivered to you by Wednesday. Remember, though, no billing.

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Finally got Willie's car back to him. I will let him show pics when it is all back together.

Anyway, I got to work on my convertible this week. Painted the air cleaner, cleaned lubed and painted the convertible knob switch, and spent two days fabricating the power window wiring harness. As I said way back, I didn't think it would be a big deal to do. I ordered all of the correct wires from Rhode Island Wire. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, the harness is roughly thirty feet long and has switch legs and power leads everywhere. I went crazy wrapping the thing with nearly three rolls of electrical tape (after testing continuity. ube6a9yg.jpgy7a8a7a3.jpgmetupuqe.jpg

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Mike,

Nice lookin' work! Glad you are finally able to get back on your convertible. Look forward to seeing a lot more progress. Although, I know that you have to work on other cars for other people.........Matt

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I love when other Forum members inspire me.

Thanks Robert, Matt and Adam.

I have been busting through a bunch of small projects this week, many of which involved the wire wheel and "never try this at home". I cleaned all of the rust and schmutzies off of the vent control cables and speedometer cable and lubricated them all. Just a hint: don't let the cable get wrapped in your motor. It will wreck the cable, the grinder and possibly your face. I did none of these...

I also painted my radiator after fixing all of the dings. Took all of my dash chrome bezels etc to the chromer. Fixed my clock and cleaned up my speedo and gauge clusters.

The only pic I have is of the radiator, and it looks even better in person (if I do say so myself).

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Errant punctuation correction (see edit history)

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It has to be really close to straight. The rebuilder can get it reasonably close. I then used a very light skim coat of body filler. I am sure I will get flamed for this, but I did the same thing on my Special's top tank ten years ago and there has been zero cracking. pu6ynu3e.jpg

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Looks perfect to me!

It"s one of the first things I notice when looking at a restored engine bay...rad and air cleaner dings.

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Love it!

........it will be nice to get back on track with my resto, what a feeling when you make something look that nice.

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Got a load of parts back from the plater today. I used a different guy in Austin ten years ago, but I think he probably went out of business due to stricter environmental laws in Austin than the rest of Texas. So with many restorations we use zinc instead of cad plating. I did it on my Special and it looked good. The parts I got back today look almost like reproduction parts. They are super shiny. They look fantastic, but should I just leave em this way and let them oxidize? Or....nehedu8y.jpg

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I would use some bare metal clear coat. It is just sooo pretty that way. Mud

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Mike, I think you need to vacation in NC! And since there is nothing to do where I live, you can work on my Roady!!:)

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Dear Mom,

I was feeling very strong and productive today, so I installed the hood and started adjusting it all by myself.

I had the front sheet metal a little to much forward, but it is looking good after some minor tweaks.

Love,

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should I just leave em this way and let them oxidize?

Let 'em oxidize...I don't want that thing looking better than mine!:D

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Not many can look better than your's Willie! But Mike is doing one hell of a job trying. Just wondering why all the pictures are posted sideways?

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Dear Mom,

I was feeling very strong and productive today, so I installed the hood and started adjusting it all by myself.

I had the front sheet metal a little to much forward, but it is looking good after some minor tweaks.

Love,

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Dear Mom?? I know I am missing something.

Ben

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Hmmm.

Tapatalk is an easier way for me to post pics immediately from the garage. They are showing up correct on my phone and iPad. I haven't looked on my desktop, though that is an Apple product as well. It isn't like the earlier posts in this thread where I saw them sideways also.

Sorry guys, I didn't even know. I'll look into it.

Ben, the dear mom thing is something my old business partner and I said whenever we did something boneheaded and / or embarrassing. As in Dear mom, you wouldn't believe how straight I cut this piece of plywood. (NOT)

Or dear mom, I picked up a heavy hood by myself.

Yeah, I know it's an unfunny inside joke I shan't use again...

Any way.

I am having some morning coffee and gonna try straightening the hood. I messed with it for a few hours and couldn't get it to line up side to side and at the cowl. I think it is actually bent up a little (thus shortening it), so I am going to pull it and hit it with a hammer once or twice. :)

Yes Willie, I already read MartinSR's Autobody 101 post.

Panel Alignment - Autobodystore

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Added 90's reference for clarity. (see edit history)

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Oh, and thanks for letting me know about the pictures. Y'all gotta let a brother know when something isn't right!

Gracias John D

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