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1947 56C Project "Can't finish unless you start"

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Well, snowed Friday night and Saturday morning. About 3". So spent part of the morning removing snow from the driveway and sidewalks. Managed to tackle the carburetor and get it back on the car, along with the radiator and mounting brackets. Today, I managed to repair some "speaker" hole that was put in the rear. I guess the top was never lowered?? Or, everything hung into the trunk area. Anyways, I cut a new piece of steel and welded it in. Floors are now ready to be coated. Gotta get my brushes and rollers for tomorrow evening. Hopefully, I have more pictures of a completed floor then. Matt:)

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Good eye, FirstBorn!!! this thread really started out as my '47 56C project. Since the Super needed SO MUCH sheet metal work, I started on the 76C car. I have laid a lot of "fears" behind me with this car, when it comes to repairing rust. Heck, I even managed to cut the cowl section off and put a different one on.:D Gonna try to get as much done as I possibly can during these cold months that I can't do anything else! This is what I got accomplished tonight. Still have to touch up some areas that I couldn't reach. :eek:MENTAL NOTE: When Bill Hirsh says: Do not get Miracle paint on your skin. Don't! Just trust me. I got a couple spots on my arms that I didn't see. I'll look cute for the meetings in the morning!:eek:

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Preparing to order the wiring harness. I have checked several of the suppliers. Anyone have any constructive criticism on the suppliers? I want to order this week. Would like to hear about quality, service, lead time, etc. All input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks:)

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Hope you are planning on keeping it Sienne Blue. It's a great color that looks blue in some light and grey in other. This color was used by Cadilliac only in 1946 and only 1947 by Buick. I have a 1947 Roadmaster sedan in Sienne Blue. It's an HPOF car. These pictures are of the same Roadmaster in different light. Your car would look great in this color.

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Check in the mail for the wiring harness. I went with Narragansett. Their lead time is good, price is one of the better ones and they've made the harness before and will be making mine with one for a 48 roadmaster convertible. I'll let you know and post pictures when I get it in 3 - 4 weeks. Meanwhile, I've got some body work to start doing and new hydraulic lines to make. Got to dig the dash back out and prepare to mount it back in.

On the funny side of things, I quoted a new interior from Lebarron Bonney! :eek: I will probably order some things from them, but the seats,etc. will have to wait until I find some real money. I'll be making my own door panels and seat coverings until I win the Megamillions!:D

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On the funny side of things, I quoted a new interior from Lebarron Bonney! :eek: I will probably order some things from them, but the seats,etc. will have to wait until I find some real money. I'll be making my own door panels and seat coverings until I win the Megamillions!:D

LOL... I guess this is a skill we all should learn.

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Well now, let's see...........Cleaned up the garage for a couple of hours Friday night. Believe me, it needed it. Dust and dirt everywhere from where I blew the floors out before coating them. Washed the wifes car, as it shares the garage with the buick. Started bodywork on the passenger side. Used my studwelder to pull out some dents and sanded and pulled off the pontoons and fender extensions. Managed to get some filling primer on some pieces. No pictures tonight. Too tired. Things are really starting to come together. The body repairs look like they are going to be pretty straight forward and quick. A little welding here and there to repair some rust, but not too awful much. I like the studwelder. New tool to use. :D Matt

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"cut the cowl section off and put a different one on"

Wow, that's the metalwork equivalent of a human head transplant - is it really the head or the body that's being transplanted? Nice work - and so brave.

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I really like your project, I am thinking of starting with a 46 buick myself. I wonder, will you consider selling your spare convertible top frame. I am in Colombia South America.

Thanks

Douglas

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Better keep the wifes car clean so you can get a good price for it once she decides she wants to drive the Buick. LOL...

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Well, since the Hampton Coach interior is out of the question for now. I've been looking at options tonight, (while I drink tequilla):P I just have to decide on color now of the material. I think I'll be able to put something together that is pretty economical, looks nice because its gonna be a driver anyways and I'll have the satisfaction of doing it myself. Now, gotta find my glass and fill 'er up again! This cold fightin' is fun stuff. Bad thing is I can't go to the garage when I'm doing this........:D

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Matt, keep the faith. Great job thus far on your 76C! Just keep working in stages and you will get her done. Pic's are great and show progress. Keep them coming.

Of course, tequila never hurt anything when doing what we do with our cars. :D

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Just wondering....................., how many project of this nature have you undertaken, or help with over the years?

I'm betting you and I would get along just great, NOT AFRAID TO TACKLE ABOUT ANYTHING.

Good for you, and GOOD FOR US to read and see your progress.

Best wishes, FOR SURE!

Dale in Indy

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Ok, for all of you wondering.............this is my first restore on any car. I have done some light bodywork, worked on motors/trannies on everything from mopeds to Caterpillar dozers. I've had the opportunity to work on many Antique automobiles for others. I'm really enjoying the fact that I finally have my own cars that I'm able to work on and make progress with. I've lived out of the country several times working, so having a project of this magnitude was just out of the question.

Now for update: I have material samples coming for the interior. Should have them in a day or so. Then, just have to send a check and wait for the material. Gotta get over this sinus problem. Can't stand being in the garage with a respirator/filter on when you can't breathe.:eek: Matt

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Hey fellas! Got quite a bit done this weekend. But, no pictures yet. I have dust all over everything. Worked on bodywork for about 5 hours Saturday night. Removed all of the rest of the fender and door extentions. Removed all the rest of the bullet holes and bumped out some more dents. Trying to figure out the trunk lid. Has quite a few crinkles in the sheet metal. Almost like someone set something really heavy right in the center of the middle of the trunk lid. I beat the crap out of the creases and pulled out some of the dents that I could see. I have a "BIG" bullet hole in the lid that I need to get shut and welded. Not sure how I'm gonna do that yet.

I need another 12-16 hours to finish the bodywork, I think. Still don't have the front end here to start on, but with all the fender and door extentions, I have enough to keep busy. I will post some more pictures when I get the garage cleaned up a little more. 3 more weeks and Narragansett will be finished with the wiring harness. I am still waiting on my cloth samples for the interior so I can finish picking the color and fabric type.

Matt

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Another fine Saturday! Spent another 3-4 hours in the garage today. I really feel as though I'm getting somewhere now.:D Things are starting to come together and my welding capabilities are ever increasing! I worked on fenders and panel extensions today to see if I could get rid of all of the rusted out areas. Mission accomplished! I was able to bump out some more little dents and straighten some more areas. It's amazing how much abuse a car can go through! Tomorrow I'll finish grinding and blending and then try to finish up some bodywork on the trunk lid. Getting closer............

Got my samples on fabric for the interior today. Now I'm really not sure how I want to do this:confused:. I thought I knew what I wanted, now after looking, I'm not sure of how I want to go forward. Enjoy the pictures. :D

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Fabric, Aren't you going to go with Leather on the interior ?

Bill,

I would love to do the leather interior! My finances, however will not allow it and thus I will be trying to do all of the work myself. Getting the wifey to let me spend anything extra on the car is "difficult" at least. I spend a whole lot more than she knows anyways! :eek:Whoops, did I say that out loud.:eek: I got my samples and don't like my idea, but I am considering a all vinyl interior that would look closer to original. Still I have to do the work and I've got a neat idea I'm gonna try when I make my door panels.

This car is gonna be my driver and probably the only car I'll have. Maybe at a later time, if the "Money Gods" have mercy on me, or I hit the lotto, I'll get the right interior from Lebaron Bonney! Matt

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I haven't read all this thread, so wonder if you have checked prices of ULTRA LEATHER? It is a great product, tough, and looks great. I put it in my Limited, and get lots of good compliments. I have it in my headliner as well.

Dale in Indy

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I haven't read all this thread, so wonder if you have checked prices of ULTRA LEATHER? It is a great product, tough, and looks great. I put it in my Limited, and get lots of good compliments. I have it in my headliner as well.

Dale in Indy

Thanks Dale. I'll check in on it. Never hurts to have a look.

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