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FYI, BCA judging allows cars in the Archival or Unrestored class to have one panel repainted, and still be eligible for Archival class. The roof would be considered "one panel". Any more repaint than that, and it would have to go into the regular 400-point judging class. Terrible shame, but it looks to me like the roof is repairable.

Pete Phillips, BCA #7338

Leonard, Tx.

Thanks you Pete for clearing that up for me...my fear was that the "Survivor" status would be lost forever.

I plan on driving it from Perth Ontario to South Bend this year...you can all come by and see Harriet and her new repair.

Just some more background, turns out that "Harriet" was owned by Harriet R Wilson Mother of Virginia Harriet Wilkinson of Wilkinson Buick in Bountiful Utah. Yes there is a Buick dealership in the provenance of this one owner Buick. I have inquired a bit about this from the seller (Grandson of Harriet, son of Virginia) but he doesn't seem too interested in any in depth communication. He did seem happy that I was interested in the history but our dialog has been short. I am trying to find the line of respect for privacy and the insane want of historical info.

There may be some treasures in the car....can you believe I forgot to check the glove box? Also I can't believe I missed noticing this item on the passenger floor in this picture:

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Robert that is good and hope nothing but the best. But we all know that your drama could of gone & spun out 51/50 in an any array of ways.

Remember the saying: " There is good in everyone"? There is also the standard reply to that which is: " Then you have'nt met everyone yet".

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Robert that is good and hope nothing but the best. But we all know that your drama could of gone & spun out 51/50 in an any array of ways.

Remember the saying: " There is good in everyone"? There is also the standard reply to that which is: " Then you have'nt met everyone yet".

David, methinks Roberts glass is half full. Is yours half empty??

Ben

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LOL...reminds me of my favorite quote by Churchill:

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm"

That being said, I won't lie...I was pretty beat up over this at the start when it was looking like I had another project car to deal with and not a driver. My first attempt turned into a project quick...now this?

Just glad it is working out and that I will have a chance to drive to the Nationals this year in a 54 Buick...hopefully with my Dad

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David, methinks Roberts glass is half full. Is yours half empty??

Ben

...ha ha. No I just strive to know where my cup is at all times and it is within easy reach.

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David, methinks Roberts glass is half full. Is yours half empty??

Ben

Now that also depends on what is in it. :P Dandy Dave!

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Patience is not something I am known for...but here I am still waiting.

The shop has been great, they even setup an FTP site to send pics.

Just had a set back however, the dammed glass that was shipped showed up broke!

It seems this car does not want to be delivered.....

Here are some of the pics, as it enters the shop and how they are repairing it.

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Yea the snow is melting fast....saw a nice 58 Chrysler out on the road today!

I just don't want to lose any 54 Buick Highway time....I really wanted to take my daughter to her 1st communion in it which is in 2 weeks, doesn't look good now.

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Yea the snow is melting fast....saw a nice 58 Chrysler out on the road today!

I just don't want to lose any 54 Buick Highway time....I really wanted to take my daughter to her 1st communion in it which is in 2 weeks, doesn't look good now.

Congratulations for your daughter!!!

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While they look like they're trying to do a good job, I wouldn't be happy that they're using filler on the roof.

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There is NOTHING wrong with using filler, as long as it is THIN, and properly applied.

I have tested HIGH QUALITY filler on a thin flat sheet of steel, and it does a great job of adhering even when bending the sheet. The windshield area is strong, and less likely to be an issue, IMO.

Dale in Indy

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Dale, if this was my car, an original survivor, I would not allow it. Filler is just that, filler. It's fine on a commercial job, but not on a quality restoration. If the body man was really any good, he wouldn't be using the copious amounts in the photo. I'd buy a spot here and there to cover any tool marks but nowhere near as much as that guy is using.

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Looks good to me. After he sands most of the filler off there will be just a few patches 0.020" thick. Like at the shows when someone brags that their resto only has 2 tsp of filler; then I tell them I used 2 gallons on mine!

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This was after sanding 15 year old failed paint (lacquer)...all of the substrate was good and retained --- What filler?

Willie

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~DJ~, You, or anyone else should restore your car/cars as you see best. You won't get an argument from me regarding such.

With that said, fillers have come a long way, MOST quality shops use it. The fact that a lot goes on doesn't tell the real story, it's what is left AFTER the sanding etc. that counts, IMO.

My Limited has filler, such was put on in 1993, 20 years ago, NO sign of failure, NONE. I have seen a lot of LEAD issues over the years, a lot has to do with the body man.

Dale in Indy

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I think they did an excellent job getting the dents out and repairing the welt where the chrome trim will go. Unless they were putting a new skin on I doubt any repair can be made satisfactory without filler. Trying to look at the silver lining, you won't have to worry about the original paint on the roof getting so thin that the metal rusts underneath it, and you also will not have to put that car on a rotisserie to paint the roof yourself.

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If you guys saw it in person you would know that no matter what some filler had to be used...there were some serious creases and compound bends some of which were just not assessable from the underside.

They used many weld tip pullers which attached to a huge hydraulic boom then tapped it all down, I wanted to save the roof liner so they are avoiding having to tap from underneath.

It looks heavy on the bondo in the pics but if you look at what he was covering...it looks pretty damm straight. That will sand down to very little while giving a perfect smooth radius.

So now I wait for a second piece of glass to arrive, atleast it won"t be long as the work sould be done soon.

BTW, Thanks for the comment Fr. Buick...she is growing so fast. It should be a very special day.

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Almost there....I have to say I am amazed at what a good body guy can do. The radius of a roof has to be a difficult thing to get right and these pics sure look like he got it right.

Primer on now and waiting on the second shipment of glass, looking good to be home for next weekend yahoo.gif

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Almost there....I have to say I am amazed at what a good body guy can do. The radius of a roof has to be a difficult thing to get right and these pics sure look like he got it right.

Wow! That's some talent!

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Yeash...still waiting on glass, they broke the second one. It arrived again with cracks all over it?

Somebody has to get a hold of who ever is packing these things and shoot him.

The good news is they were able to find someone elsewhere who is selling a beautiful NOS piece..all with the correct markings. This one is being crated up and shipped by air...not that its was ok to have the others break, if they break this NOS piece it would be a crime.

It's strange almost like ol Harriet is pissed off.

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