jackofalltrades70

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

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Made it out into the garage for 5 hours today. Dug out the convertible top, put it in the car again, and bolted the new bow on. Looks nice. I figured out how to get the "chromed" parts off of the top assembly. I will then have the rest blasted and powdercoated I think. I also removed the stainless pieces over the two windshield glasses. I cleaned all of the repaints, primer and more primer that were all over these. They are going to need some finess work in the dent removal department. I also have a little more trim to remove from the car so I can finish up some of these last areas that are pending before finishing the bodywork and having it ready for paint. Anyways, it felt good to be out in the garage again and working on the car again! matt

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chrome/stainless confused!!!!???? (see edit history)

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Made it out into the garage for 5 hours today. ... Anyways, it felt good to be out in the garage again and working on the car again! matt

Amen Brother Matt. I was out dealing with a sticky issue on the GS too. Felt good to hear it running for a while.

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Glad to hear that it's coming along. About 10F here yesterday, but I too put the heat on in the garage and did some work on my '56. Nice to be working on the babies! I'll be even nicer when we can drive them!

Keith

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Another fine day in the garage...........Took the header off of the convertible top. It was dented, rusted through in a couple spots and pitted horribly. Welded up all of the holes, pulled the dents out and put a layer of bondo on it for starters.

Worked on the seat awhile also. I worked on the passenger side seat back and started covering the cushion for the seat back. Might not look like much, but took me 6 hours to do all of this........Moving forward.post-72076-143141748129_thumb.jpg

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Hey Matt, it looks like great progress! I bet it feels great too...nothing like moving forward. So where did you get your wood bow work done? (redo, or all new?) Mine has some pretty serious water rot.

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Anderson,

PennDutch Restorations made my bow. (Restorer32) here on the chat board. Feel free to contact him. He steam bends, as original. If you have your pattern, he would be able to make it fairly easily. 1-717-515-8617 is his number and his name is Jeff Hammers. Matt

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Just read all of this thread and I have to say that you do amazing work and your motivation and lack of fear are inspiring me for my 1947 special. I lucked out on the floors being pretty solid but it still needs a lot of rust work. Out of curiosity what ever happened to the 56c you started with(said it was being stored outside and then never heard about it again)? Future resto? I was originally planning to be at this years BCA in south bend but due to a very bad wiring harness and needing a complete mechanical over hau at the leastl with my budget I may have to wait till it comes around my area again. Can't wait to see some more progress on this beauty.

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48buickkid, thanks for the comments. I haven't been doing much on the car and have just started to motivate myself again. There are a lot of great people here on the chat board and The BCA is a great club to meet a huge number of people that share your same love for Buicks. The 56C, sits outside and has mostly been stripped as parts for the Roadmaster. Some of its parts are funding repairs and parts I need for this build. I have other lines for another car, just have to finish this one before I start another.

By the way, my skills are something that anyone can do that is willing to try. I have never done a full restore on a car before this one. It takes patience and planning. If those things are followed the work kinda falls into place and is much easier. Matt

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Might not look like much, but took me 6 hours to do all of this........Moving forward.

Man, do I know what you mean. I'm at a similar point. Things are moving very slowly here. I just have to keep telling myself that even a little bit of progress is still PROGRESS. Keep on keepin' on brother!

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Wow! Has anyone priced foam lately? I just bought a piece big enough to use on the springs on the back seat cushion. Luckily the cashier found a 40% off coupon so I could breathe leaving the store.............Matt

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Yep, foam AIN'T cheap....... Bride of 52 years is working on sewing/knitting, and quilting stuff nearly ever day so she is in Jo Anne' often.

She uses their coupons for every purchase.

Welcome to the world of higher prices.

Dale in Indy

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I know what you mean, I redid a dash on a 66 cadillac on the cheap for a friend in the black "Angel Hair" material and was newb enough to think that $18.99 bought the whole roll I was thinking man thats a hell of good price. Then the lady informed me it was by the yard and steered me to a %50 off coupon. I walked away with 3 yards instead. I did look at their foam too and thought it was a little pricey for the quality. Anyone know of good wholesale places with good products at a decent price? I want to get into doing upholstery someday. What sewing machine did you use matt? Or was it by hand? I really dig the way your seats came out.

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Well Guys, I guess this sloooow work is going around, as I'm finding it slow going on my project too.

Keep up the good work Matt! Love to see your progress, even though it may not be as quick as you'd like, I enjoy seeing the things you've done to your car.

Keith

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I know you have NEVER heard this quote. "Rome wasn't built in a DAY".

Hang in there, a TURTLE gets where it WANTS. A owl stares, fast eyes see LITTLE.

Sometimes we just need to take a deep breath, sit back, and pretend you are an owl and stare at the progress.

It is all worth it, IMO.

Dale in Indy

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Well now, let's see here.............Today, I just went to the garage for some tools to work with. Spent all day working on the interior in the house, nice and warm! Didn't even take off my slippers! Today was a LONG day to say the least. Door panels and rear quarter panel interior panels were the agenda of the day. May not be perfect, but I am quite satisfied with the outcome so far. I will mark the door panel later and install a carpet kick at the bottom. Need to see if I can find a trim strip to make the transition from the vinyl to the carpet. I dug out my window switches and bezels and they are now in their place on the panels. It was nice to have a weekend to dedicate to the car, but man am I tired.

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MATT, if you're looking for a generic stainless steel trim strip for your door panels, consider rear quarter panel mouldings from an MGB. They're about 3/8" wide, have a nice convex face, are snapped onto disc fasteners that can be screwed or riveted to the backing panel. They're straight, with a gentle horizontal curve that can easily be flattened. However, I'm not sure they're long enough for your doors and my MG is in winter storage, so I can't measure them for you. If they are long enough, they can be cut to length. The cut end can be finish-bent with pliers and buffed out on a wheel.

These mouldings are $9 each from Moss Motors, plus $0.50 each for the fasteners - MossMotors.com - Restoration Parts And Accessories For British Cars

Any local shop that specializes in British sports cars can get them for you and might even have them in stock. Don't worry, they won't infect your Buick's electrical system - they're probably made in China, not England.

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That color is absolutely HOT!!! Nicely done Matt. It must be satisfying to be able to do that work!

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