95Cardinal

1958 Caballero

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27 minutes ago, Larry Schramm said:

I saw the car Monday and it is STUNNING. 

 

Thanks, Larry.

And thanks for all your help, too!

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27 minutes ago, Larry Schramm said:

I saw the car Monday and it is STUNNING. 

 

You are so right Larry!

 

I can't wait to see it on display at the Detroit Autorama!

Hope to see you, Jim, and Joe and others who might attend the show.

I have not been there for a long time and think the Caballero is a good reason to start. 

 

You are going to have to remind us Joe what you started with again after you show us the awards I'm sure you will get!

All the best,

Doug

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Thanks, guys.

I appreciate the good wishes.

 

I'm not anticipating any award considerations because the Autorama competitors include many very high end restorers. But it will be a fun experience to go through the judging process at such an event.

 

I'll post fresh pics on setup day.

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The seat side trim panels came back from the anodizer. Time to install them!

I test-fit the passenger side panel and discovered that additional padding was required along the side of the seat. I inserted multiple layers of thin, felted cotton.
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Installation took a lot of finessing and adjusting. The lower panel on the passenger side required an "Ionia Body" tag. 57BuickJim to the rescue!

Using a high-resolution image of an original Ionia tag, Jim re-created and printed new, replacement labels.

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The backing plates were made from .030" aluminum and the new tag was attached to the side panel with split rivets. To avoid deforming the thin aluminum side panels, I used a dab of clear silicone on the back of each rivet to bond the tag to the base panel.

The rear corner closeout has to be installed before the upper panel. I used the original cover patterns to help locate teh attaching screw holes, then some gently prodding with a small pick allowed me to find the original attaching holesd in the seat frame. No new holes required!
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Near the top of the upper panel, the robe cord escutcheon attaching screws also retain the inboard edge of the upper trim panel.
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My grandson painted the spacer needed to align the rear folding seat back latch to the seat back.
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The liftgate window has 2 "layers" of stainless steel exterior moldings. The first layer was installed after the glass was installed.

The second layer is retained by unique spring clips, many of which broke or disintegrated when the moldings were removed during disassembly of hte liftgate.

I have not been able to find any replacements for these clips, so I had to fabricate 8 of them.

The clip inside the white circle is one of the replacement clips I made, using a medium binder clip as the raw material.
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A heavy bead of glass bedding compound was applied to the liftgate surface and the clips were pre-inserted into the molding. I interspersed my fabricated clips with the original clips, using the originals in the most critical positions.

The masking tape on the glass was marked to indicate the position of each clip (C) and each screw(S) for the two layers of moldings.
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I centered the molding on the glass and pushed each clip into position. The outboard, vertical moldings also act as retainers for the pillar scalp moldings. Quite a complicated molding scheme!
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I managed to scuff the top edge of the quarter panel with the molding edges. Another touch-up for the painter.
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All moldings in place; my clips appear to be working well.
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I had the same problem with my clips for the rear window trim.  No one has them! Nor the gas line clips.  So, like you, had to make them. Still watching your progress! Michael.

 

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Well it is move in day for the Detroit Autorama.  Here are some pictures of loading it from the shop and taking it to Cobo Hall in Detroit.

 

I even got to ride in the car.  Joe told me that I was the first person to ever ride in the car since it is done.

 

While we were putting it on the floor of Cobo, there were a number of persons coming over to look at the car.  It truly is a stunning vehicle with all of the triple chrome overlay from the '58 model year.  Enjoy the pictures.

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That is so beautiful!  Great job Joe and Larry and all who participated!  Surely it will be honored in some fashion! 

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19 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:

That is so beautiful!  Great job Joe and Larry and all who participated!  Surely it will be honored in some fashion! 

 

The plan is to have it in OKC for the Buick Nationals according to Joe.

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NICE JOB on the pictures Larry!

 

And Joe, What an accomplishment!

That smile on your face about says it all for your hard work.:)

This group sure appreciates what you have done!

Hope to see you on Saturday.

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4 hours ago, dei said:

NICE JOB on the pictures Larry!

 

And Joe, What an accomplishment!

That smile on your face about says it all for your hard work.:)

This group sure appreciates what you have done!

Hope to see you on Saturday.

 

Thanks,  Collected them from a number of places & persons along with the pictures that I took.  Thanks to all that contributed.

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 Fabulous job! It was great honour to follow your progress during the restoration of this amazing car.

 Thanks. Hope it does well at the show.

 Keith

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Looking forward to more, high-quality photo of the completed car.  It's just stunning!

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I met Joe and saw the car in person this afternoon! Outstanding!!!! Larry has just posted some very nice pictures but seeing it in person is even better! Joe, what a marvelous restoration and the detail is stunning! Thank you to you and your motley crew of helpers!

 

Gary

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Gorgeous car Sir!  It's stuff like this that inspires and encourages me with my project.  Hope you don't mind me asking you questions from time to time.  Thank you for the pictures.

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Hi Joe

The car looks fantastic. Really enjoyed following the restoration and your attention to detail.

Excellent work.

Larry

Thanks for the photos.

Steve

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12 hours ago, Kosage Chavis said:

Gorgeous car Sir!  It's stuff like this that inspires and encourages me with my project.  Hope you don't mind me asking you questions from time to time.  Thank you for the pictures.

 

I agree with you 100% as to encouragement with my cars too!

Having seen Joe's car up close and personal while in progress has influenced my thinking greatly! 

Not sure my Limited will be "show quality" but taking advice the way Joe did his, I'm rethinking my goals for it.

Thanks Joe for your inclusion to the Buick family!  

 

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In the rush to complete the car for the Autorama deadline, I have fallen a little behind on my project updates.

Let's skip the last 4 weeks of work and take a look at the car on display at the 2019 Detroit Autorama.

Move-in day was Wednesday; the show opens at noon on Friday and runs unti 7pm Sunday.

Larry Schramm graciously allowed me to use his enclosed trailer to move the Caballero in the slushy mess on Wednesday. I doubt his trailer has ever carried anything this heavy; we calculated teh trailer + vehicle weight at approximately 7700 pounds.
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I've never had a car in this show; it's an exciting day for me!
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We dropped the 2 cars (my Caballero and the Modified 74 Corvette) in Masterworks' spot and left as soon as possible. There are about 800 vehicles being delivered in a 36 hour window; you can't leave your tow rig in the building any longer than absolutely necessary.
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One happy guy...
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We made a last-minmute decision to make "Before" posters; Schramm to the rescue...again!
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I like the "Air Born B-58 Buick" advertising materials and logo; the decorative plate turned out great!
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Cloth pull-up sign to tell a little story and thanks the major helpers!
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Ready for Friday opening
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That's me, cleaning and preening the car. I figure I've earned the right to wear that "Authorized Valve-in-head" service shirt by now!

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TRh ecar drew a lot of attention. THere was almost always a small knot of 3 to 12 people checking it out and asking questions. 
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Family visitors; my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren came to check out our handiwork
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I didn't win any awards with the car; the class competition (1958 - 1967 Restored) was fierce and I agreed with the judges selections of the top cars in the class. Mine was close, but not as perfect as the winners.

All in all, a great weekend!

I'm going to be off-line for a week. I'll add more photos when I'm back.

Thanks again to Pat (BuickEstate) for his interior work, Jim P (57BuickJim) and Larry Schramm for years of hard work, support and help in bringing this baby home!

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It looks gorgeous!  I can't wait to see it in OKC.

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Congratulations for this great job, I am this restoration in France since the beginning and I am amazed by this restoration. I even showed your restoration to friends and they were amazed by this magnificent restoration.
Congratulations, you did a great job !  ;) 
this buick is beautiful :wub: :wub:
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Not sure you have left yet but do us a favour and bring back some nice weather with you OK?

 

Meantime, if you need some one to baby sit your baby, I'd be willing to help with that.... 😉

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On 3/4/2019 at 2:34 PM, 95Cardinal said:

the class competition (1958 - 1967 Restored) was fierce

 

Yikes -- that would seem to include 3 or 4 classes in many other shows!  A beautiful Buick among other beautiful cars -- what's not to like!  ;)

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