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My father's first car, 1957 Roadmaster Convertible, makes it to my worshop finally!

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I built the workshop last year so I could finally start working my Dad's car. So exciting! I will also get the 57 coupe he bought for parts, but 600 miles is a long trip. Grandpa bought it used in 1963 for $140 (I have the BOS), and gave it to my Dad to drive throughout high school. He hit a deer in '66, hence the smashed fender and removed bumper. It hasn't ran since '68.

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

good looking 57 buick project, and good looking garage shop. will you be restoring it to like new condition ?, charles coker, 1953 pontiac tech advisor.

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Keep in touch. Here is where you can find lots of help and very little criticism. Love the colors if it cannot be red. - Dan

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Thanks guys. I will be restoring it to original eventually. First I want to get it complete and running. This looks to be a very helpful place. I have already had several questions answered by just reading through other threads.

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Sweet!!! Looks like a solid car to tackle a deer with so little damage! Can't wait to see it cleaned up a bit.

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HD, wow, I wish my ancestors had had the foresight to store such a beauty in the family barn. If we'd had such a barn. If you need a grille, I have a pretty good spare one, which you can have for the cost of shipping. Don't know how much that would be, exactly, but I recently shipped a hood bar (goes above the grille) to California for about $110. If you're interested, I can get a proper quote on Friday, along with some pictures.

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a solid car to tackle a deer with so little damage!

A deer? Heck, how about a Toyota! Or was it a Datsun, in that cult movie from the '80s, "Cutter's Way"? The anti-hero deals with a neighbour who keeps blocking his driveway, by shoving the offending vehicle into the shrubbery, using his mighty '57 Roadmaster convertible. Awesome. The movie trailer has been posted here before but it's worth repeating - Film Noir of the Week: Cutter’s Way (1981). The choice scene is about a minute into it.

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Watching this one. Looks like a fun project and more so because it is a family vehicle saved for such a day as this!

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Thanks guys. I am not buying parts just yet. Here is a picture of the Roadmaster coupe parts car (still in KS) hiding behind some stuff on my Father's property. It has a good bumper and fender that I can swap out. It will also be in NM this year, and will be parked next to the convertible in the shop. I'm not really doing much to the convertible until the coupe gets here aside from general cleaning and inspection.<p>post-95793-143142142527_thumb.jpg

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A deer? Heck, how about a Toyota! Or was it a Datsun, in that cult movie from the '80s, "Cutter's Way"? The anti-hero deals with a neighbour who keeps blocking his driveway, by shoving the offending vehicle into the shrubbery, using his mighty '57 Roadmaster convertible.....

Why do they have to smash up a 57 Roadie? Convertible yet?!?! This really ticks me off!!!

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Looking at the KS Coupe I would be tempted to use the convertible as the parts car it has what appears to be a very good passenger side original front corner bumper piece. Absolutely almost impossible to find in good original condition. Ask me how I know. That alone would make me want to save the coupe. Besides, theres too many convertible out there anyways at shows. :)

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I like the Roadmaster Coupe too. But, imagine what it would look like with those colors refinished. I have a Super with a very good fender and I would leave the front bumper from the Roadmaster with him just to trade and save the coupe. I, at some time, would then have a convertible and a coupe. Attached photo of my old Caballero that will give you an idea of the colors on his convertible. - Dan

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The coupe is not in great shape. The floor needs complete replacement, no engine, no trans, all the glass is de-laminating, etc.. Trust me guys, I already considered doing something cool with the coupe. After seeing it close up, I had to re-evaluate those thoughts. It will be a great donor parts car, and an excellent reference of how things should be once I start the full convertible restoration. Don't cry for the coupe. After that, I will likely sell the remaining good parts to help finance the vert, and to help keep/get other nicer Buicks on the road. Thanks for the pic C2! The colors (from the convertible's dataplate) indicate mint-green over dover white. Not many cars outside of the '50s can pull that scheme off well! Here are some pics after a quick wash, and putting the hubcaps on.<p>post-95793-143142144644_thumb.jpg

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A factory A/C Convertible 57, WOW!!!!!
Is that uncommon? All the AC parts are there, but I am not super excited about getting them working again. Also, I was told that Grandpa painted the interior portions of the side trim gold because he preferred that color. However, in the areas where the gold paint is coming off, the original paint appears to be a shade of blue. I thought these were supposed to be red?

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The red stripe came with the optional red wheels. Factory on the wheels was black outside and grey on the inside I have not seen blue on a mint green car, However it would not look bad. Other than the red (Tangerine) there was Blue and green. I have the Duco color codes if you should ever want them. Note the stripe on the Wagon is green. As far as A/C is concerned, It is a Factory Option that is quite rare and valuable on your car. Accessory code 'N'. My convertible also is a factory A/C. - Dan

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I've never seen a Barn Find respond so well to a quick washing! Wow, you've got a fabulous car there. Do you have the full interior? It'd be all leather in a square, buttoned-down pattern - outrageously expensive to replace but very nice. The floor looks good and solid. Not to quibble but those are '56 wheel covers. The ones from '57 are even nicer.

According to the '57 Buick Service Bulletins, repainting the sweepspear centres and wheels to better match a car's paint colours was an approved dealer operation. You might scrape down another layer and find Tangerine was applied originally.

Trim 710 is 2-tone green leather. A dark green convertible top was available, Code 5.

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The red stripe came with the optional red wheels. Factory on the wheels was black outside and grey on the inside I have not seen blue on a mint green car, However it would not look bad. Other than the red (Tangerine) there was Blue and green. I have the Duco color codes if you should ever want them. Note the stripe on the Wagon is green. As far as A/C is concerned, It is a Factory Option that is quite rare and valuable on your car. Accessory code 'N'. My convertible also is a factory A/C. - Dan
<p> Thank you. I'm learning a lot! Dataplate says "ACC BIN". My neighbor didn't understand why they would ever put AC in a car that had the ability to fold the top down.

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I've never seen a Barn Find respond so well to a quick washing! Wow, you've got a fabulous car there. Do you have the full interior? It'd be all leather in a square, buttoned-down pattern - outrageously expensive to replace but very nice. The floor looks good and solid. Not to quibble but those are '56 wheel covers. The ones from '57 are even nicer.

According to the '57 Buick Service Bulletins, repainting the sweepspear centres and wheels to better match a car's paint colours was an approved dealer operation. You might scrape down another layer and find Tangerine was applied originally.

Trim 710 is 2-tone green leather. A dark green convertible top was available, Code 5.

Rob, I have the seats and rear sides. The car wasn't always in a barn. It spent a good decade in the late 80s-early 90s outside under plywood and tarp. Dad knew he was losing the moisture battle, so he pulled the seats and carpet, sandblasted the floor clean and applied a rust inhibitor. His efforts probably saved the floor, but it was a sad thing to watch. Here are the seats, front bumper, rear seat sides, and snap-on convertible cover. They are all in bad shape, but the patterns and colors are there.<p>post-95793-143142144845_thumb.jpg<p>As for the wheel covers, I have four, but one of them has a slightly larger "Buick" center. I assume it is correct for the car. The remainder of the wheel covers are likely inside the coupe. I just grabbed four that looked right and threw them in the vert before heading out.

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The wheel cover pictured above with Rob's post is the correct one. - Dan

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Thank you. I'm learning a lot! Dataplate says "ACC BIN". My neighbor didn't understand why they would ever put AC in a car that had the ability to fold the top down.

I call it conspiciuous consumption. ;)

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Doesn't the ACC stands for 'accessories' and the B, I, and N are the codes for the accessories? As stated in an earlier post, someone said he also had a '57 convert with a/c, code N. What are the I and the B for?

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