jackofalltrades70

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

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Not too much to report. Still working on a little bodywork. Bumping metal is a work of art! I like my studwelder and am getting better at straightening panels. Broke up the monotony and wire wheeled the area under the rear fenders to remove the old undercoating. Some of the stuff flaked right off, while other parts is gonna take a lot more work to remove. Not too much time in the garage this weekend. Rested! I'll try to get some more done during the week. Matt

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I spend a whole lot more than she knows anyways! Whoops, did I say that out loud.

This reminds me of a friend of mine, who came up to me one Monday morning and said "If you see a single 60 yr. old guy around here, it'll be me!" It seems he misled his wife as to how much some engine parts cost, and he was telling some of his car buddies about the REAL cost of them, but his wife was around the corner, and heard every word, so he was in serious dodo for quite a while.

I won't tell though

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This reminds me of a friend of mine, who came up to me one Monday morning and said "If you see a single 60 yr. old guy around here, it'll be me!" It seems he misled his wife as to how much some engine parts cost, and he was telling some of his car buddies about the REAL cost of them, but his wife was around the corner, and heard every word, so he was in serious dodo for quite a while.

I won't tell though

"It'll be an investment. This thing is only going to increase in value."

Some girls can actually light furniture on fire with their eyes. It's amazing.

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A guy has to fairly NAIVE to think HIS wife hasn't HID a few purchases over the years.

I don't keep tabs on my bride's spending, I do kid her though about, NOT KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE OF AN ITEM, FOR SALE, and one that is, ON SALE. I bet most have heard her say, OH NO, THAT'S NOT NEW, I'VE HAD THAT A LONG TIME, sure!!!!!!

Got to LOVE my bride.

Dale in Indy

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More bodywork tonight. Only about an hour or so. Had a lot of dust and undercoating to clean/sweep and vacuum up of of the floor and anywhere that had a horizontal surface. It seems to be coming along nicely. Still, since I haven't done this stuff in a long, long while and nothing ever this intense, I still catch myself wondering if I'm doing it correctly. Getting closer on making a decision on my interior material. There is some nice "faux" leather out there that is really impressive stuff. I am open to any and all pictures, (the more detailed the better) of any 46, 47 or 48 buick convertible interiors. Especially interested in door panel detail shots, the rear seating area and the convertible top tray area. I will be making all of these myself, so I want every possibility that I might be able to get it somewhat close to original. Matt

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By the way.......wifey is no dummy! I try to be as honest as possible so's I don't get in trouble on the purchases. I slip a couple in every once in awhile.......carpet set is ordered.....sssshhhhhhh! Matt

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Matt,

I have a nearly complete original interior from a '48 56C. I saved all the original pieces after I put in a Hampton Coach interior when I restored my car some years back. I have the all the door panels, rear seating area panels and top well lining panels. I would be happy to loan them to you if you're interested. I'm located near York, PA. Good luck with your project.

Mike Lawson

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More bodywork today! And, what a beautiful day it was!:) 55deg! So, I opened the doors on the garage to have some fresh air while I worked. Curiosity got the best of two of my neighbors, so I had some company for a little while. They were wondering what all of the metal banging has been the last couple of weeks and much to their amazement, they saw a totally different car than they saw come off of the trailer and into the garage! Many compliments were made of my progress and my "ego" went through the roof!

I'm taking my time with this and I've heard that the deeper and darker the color, the more imperfections stand out in paint. Even though my car is gonna be a driver, I want it to be as nice as I can make it!

What primer/sealer is recommended? I'm getting close to thinking about finalizing things before paint. So, I figured I would post that question. Thanks and look forward to all comments.

Thanks Matt:D

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Matt, I'm thoroughly enjoying this thread, some great inspiration to me and I am sure to others also. Gotta ask though, you're making great progress, is this a weekend project or are you working on it pretty much daily or?

in regards to wives...My wife and I were happy for 20 years...then we met:rolleyes::o.....:D;) just kiddin, I got lucky and got the best one in the world.

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Matt, I'm thoroughly enjoying this thread, some great inspiration to me and I am sure to others also. Gotta ask though, you're making great progress, is this a weekend project or are you working on it pretty much daily or?

in regards to wives...My wife and I were happy for 20 years...then we met:rolleyes::o.....:D;) just kiddin, I got lucky and got the best one in the world.

Lamar,

Thanks for the comments. I work on the car when I can. Weekends always seem to be the ideal time where I can work on it the most. I usually get up at 6:30 every other Saturday and 6:30 every Sunday, head out to the garage and work 4-5 hours before everyone in the house wakes up and then I make breakfast. I have to work every other Saturday for 1/2 day. This weekend, I got up around 9am both days, but still got a lot done. (at least in my eyes). I'll try to post some pictures later.

Some days during the week, I'll get out in the garage for an hour or so and piddle with some bodywork.:D Matt

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Pictures as promised! Might not look like much, but I see a lot of advancements. No more bullet holes anywheres! Cannot even see where they were. As I work away at the panels, I keep finding little dingers and dents here and there that keep me from finishing. The door and fender extensions are probably the worst and most work right now. The big caved in area behind the passenger door is done. Matt:D

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Make sure you buy the primer that your paint manufacturer reccomends. Any more they come as a system, so if you are going to use PPG paint, find a PPG Hi build primer. This is for best results of course.

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Bill,

Thanks for the input. Well, I can see that at least some people are reading all of my threads! :)

Does anyone know what the paint color code for Midnight Metallic Blue? I'll start looking. Matt

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O.K. I haven't posted for awhile, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on the Buick! I have almost finished the bodywork on all of the door pontoons, body extensions and fender extentions. I have started fitting in the dash and have got the steering column back in.

Yesterday, I stumbled across my hydraulic pump for the top. I took it all apart, got it cleaned up, etc. and bench tested the unit. Works great. Nice pressure. Just need to get a new bowl seal and a correct gage. The one I used was from work. Now I just need to clean it again, paint it and then it will be on the shelf awaiting assembly of the car.

Today, I started coating under the trunk pan and above the rear axle with Miracle paint. First coating is on and it looks good. I also painted the rear fender area. I hope to coat the underside of all pontoons and fenders tomorrow or Sunday.

Tomorrow, I hope to buy all new lines to start bending and installing the hydraulic seat and cylinder lines. Then I can get the cowl insulation cover back in.

I know, a lot of info and things done, but no pictures yet. I'm looking for window retainers for the doors. My Roadmaster doesn't have them and the ones in the Super are different.

Matt:)

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Wow, time flies...............Rolled the Buick out of the garage today for some cleanup and organizing of the garage. Another beautiful day! Blew the sanding dust off of everything in the garage, washed down the floors and cleaned the dust off the Buick. Mounted the gas tank back under the car. Started wet sanding the main body of the car. I found one of the bottom window retaining channels for the car. Still have to find another.

I still need to see if I can get the line material for the hydraulic lines. My local store didn't have any available!!?? Just a small section.

Talk about drawing attention.....Had a lot of people comment driving by the house and quite a few thumbs up from people looking as they passed by. Makes ya feel fuzzy all over inside! Matt

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I am new here, have a '47 buick like yours. It is inside the barn, all intact, body no rust & original paint. Now I think too late in life to start so want to find a good home (and some cash, too...lol). Any idea who might want this if you don't? And what is fair asking price? I think the engine needs a head gasket, but we never opened it up. randyhennigar@yahoo.com thanks.

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Drug the fender skirts out of the attic in the garage, removed the stainless and started dent removal process. They are really straight and look nice now. Then I said to myself, "Self, you need to make sure these fit the fenders before you prime/paint the fenders." So, I had to bolt the fenders back onto the car, then position the skirts. Wow, my "fat bottom girl" is lookin' really sexy with her skirt on.

I also started working with some of the chrome and stainless trim. Here's the radio grill.:D

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Still working on the bodywork. I pulled the extensions off of the rockers to work on them and found a bad spot on the rocker panel passenger side. Not that bad, just a setback. I have most of the rest of the bodywork done and my plan is to have everything ready for the high build primer for next week. The weather has been cooler and windy, so I've not been out in the garage too much. Work has really been wearing me out these last 3 weeks, but I see light at the end of the tunnel. The front end will come home next week and then I get to start the bodywork on it, although it's not that bad. More pictures at a later date. Not had time. Matt:)

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Another fine afternoon outside, working on my wonderful Buick! I found some soft spots on the door that I hadn't seen before and while I was on that side, I tackled the rocker panel rust and a small section behind the door jamb, which is under the pontoon behind the door. My welding skills are improving greatly!:D I'm really proud of the repairs today! :D I even have pictures to show.

I also owed a picture of my "fat-bottom girl" with her skirts being fitted. :P She looks pretty nice with them on! I figured that now would be much more appropriate, than finding out later that something was twisted or not right after paint!:eek:

Well, enjoy the pictures and hope everyone had a great Easter! Matt:D

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Went and got the front clip out of storage tonight around 9 and finally got settled down now @ 12:00am. taking the family to Hershey park tomorrow, Will work on the car all day Sunday! Matt:D

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Wonderful day @ Hershey on Saturday. Saw quite a few cars out and about at some little car shows here and there. Sunday I worked on the front clip removing a really nasty boo-boo that was put in the front fender somehow or another before I got it.

I worked on the clip some more today, and managed to "manuver" it into place and bolt it back on the car. It Fits!!!!!!!!!! I still have more work to do to it, but I was needing floor space in the other stall of the garage for the hood and rear fenders and pontoons, etc.

Also received the cowl insulator from Bob's and popped a picture of it. Just have to finish the hydraulic lines and it will go in.

Still waiting........................7 weeks later for the wiring harness........3-4 weeks is a really long time.

Progress is good! Matt:D

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hood is now in primer. did dental work for 6.5 hours today. repairing the mustache bar was a chore in itself. Still not completely happy with it. still have 1/2 of the teeth to go and will probably work on some more details on the teeth before I start polishing them. I'll post pictures when I get further along. Interior material is ordered so I can make door panels and cover the seats. Matt:)

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Worked on the Mustache bar some more tonight. Am almost done with the hydraulic lines. I hope to start installing them tomorrow, then I think the firewall insulator goes in, then wiring. Narragansett shipped my NEW harness:cool: this afternoon and I should have it in a day or two.:D Carpet material and kit should be here in a couple of weeks. Gosh, got a lot to accomplish in a little while. Matt

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Matt, your body work is looking fantastic! That is gonna be one totally awesome car. That can be seen in it's lines through the pics you've taken. I am most impressed! You gotta be proud of that ole girl!

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John, I'm trying my best to make it as nice as I possibly can! Sometimes I feel as if I'm going overboard, but If getting it right takes a month or so more, then that's what it takes.

I worked some more on the mustache bar tonight when I got home. I was actually able to get some shine back out of the stainless and it looks much better than it did. I will post pictures tomorrow of that.

Looks like, if UPS comes through, I'll have my wiring harness tomorrow. I am almost finished with the hydraulic lines and need to get them back in the car.

I'll get back to the grill and work on the teeth some more. I need to get it wrapped up, and back together so I can finish up some bodywork on the hood. Found a couple of dingers. Also, both front fenders behind the wheel wells are folded where the car had been picked up by forklift. Gotta get those two spots massaged back into form.

Have a Buickful day tomorrow! Matt:D

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