95Cardinal

1958 Caballero

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November 24, 2017 update

 

Well, I was overly optimistic. The car did not get painted 2 weeks ago, but the doors, tailgate and hood got painted on Wednesday, the day before US Thanksgiving:

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I think the color looks great!

 

Back in my garage, I continue to rebuild, repair and prepare parts for assembly.

Here is an assembled, rear-view, fender-mounted mirror. I think these are SO cool.

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I made patch panels to replace the rusted sections of the instrument panel pad carrier:

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Patch panels clamped in place and almost ready for welding

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The seat covers and door/quarter trim panels are in typical "desert" car condition.

Brittle vinyl, separated seams and shrunken parts are making it quite challenging to get good sew patterns. 

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Tail light lenses cleaned and polished, getting ready to install new sockets for the tail lights and backup lamps.

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Heater control lenses were disassembled, old paint removed, repainted, polished and re-assembled.
Here are the polished lenses before assembly:

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More soon!

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12 hours ago, 95Cardinal said:

I think the color looks great!

 

X's 4 there Joe!!! :)

Can't recall if you mentioned this earlier but will the roof be white?

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26 minutes ago, dei said:

 

X's 4 there Joe!!! :)

Can't recall if you mentioned this earlier but will the roof be white?

 

No, it will be all one color, same as the original data plate code NN.

The color is called Garnet Red.

Can't wait to see the entire car with paint!

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Just now, 95Cardinal said:

 

No, it will be all one color, same as the original data plate code NN.

The color is called Garnet Red.

Can't wait to see the entire car with paint!

 

And with all that new bright work too!

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It's painted!
These photos above show the paint on the body as it came out of the booth; not polished yet.

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Here are two of the doors after polishing:

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After everything is polished, the shop will install the doors, lift-gate and tailgate.

Then I'll bring the car back to my garage for assembly.

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That is awesome.  This is one of the most satisfying times for me during a restoration.  Once the paint is on, it's such a lifting moment.

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Joe, did you manage to get her home before this crappy snow and road salt set in?

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5 hours ago, dei said:

Joe, did you manage to get her home before this crappy snow and road salt set in?

 

Unfortunately, no.

 

The interior rear compartment has to be painted tan and then it will be ready to move it home.

I hope to get it home next week.

 

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I received the completed park lamp bases and grille extensions from the plater.
Time to assemble the park lamps!

I installed a new socket and pigtail in each lamp base.
The lenses and gaskets are also new.

Here's one side mocked up:

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Here's the test fit of the park lamp onto the grille extension

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I still need to install the seals on the attaching studs and add the grommets to the conduit where it passes through the grille extension panel. 


The power post was looking tired and worn. Here are a couple of photos of the refurbishing process.
After disassembling and cleaning the part, the insulator was painted semi-gloss black and the base and posts were with a copper layer to prep for a final layer of plating:

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Then plated with "Copy Chrome" by Caswell:

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The second piece in the above image is one of the folding seat back lock posts. It was showing a lot of wear on the post; the "Copy Chrome" is an excellent match to the original plating.

 

 

I recently cleaned up the back side of the aluminum side trim panels. The ribs on the visible surfaces were polished several months ago, but the back surfaces had not been cleaned and sealed.

After cleaning, I found a few spots where the oxidation had penetrated all the way through the aluminum panel. OH NO!

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I finished cleaning the back of all 4 panels. Only one panel exhibited any actual penetration.

The parts have been sent to a local plater for anodizing. Hope to have the completed parts back by the end of the year.

 

Back at the paint shop...

The metal interior garnish moldings, the inner rear compartment and the inside surfaces of the tailgate are being painted interior "Tan" before I bring it home. Here's the tailgate with the inner surface painted tan:

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Weatherstrips installed on the doors.

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Doors hung on driver's side:

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Getting close!
 

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Today I installed the new headlight pigtails into the headlight housings.

I was able to open the crimps on the original ground lugs, so I crimped and soldered the new ground wires into the original terminals.
With freshly plated adjuster screws, these are ready for headlight buckets.

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The rear bumper trim inserts need to be painted with a silver and black stripe pattern. 
It was interesting to see how the exposed areas of the original bumper inserts look after nearly 60 years of New Mexico UV exposure.

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I used one of my original panels as a test panel.
I painted the matte silver base, then masked off the stripes with 1/8" wide tape.
I was out of flat black rattle can paint, so I used semi-gloss black.
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This is another one of those million details that still need to get done...

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Hello.

I am also doing a 1958 Caballero.

These rear bumper trim plates are made of stainless steel. If you polich them and paint only the black stripes you will end up with a mutch better looking part.

On all other series in 1958 Buick this is the way its done and i think also on 1958 Caballero.

The black stripes can be bought as a glue on set, but it is easier and better looking to spray on the paint.

 

Regards from Norway by Finn Strøm

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Finn, thanks for the tip!

I will try to polish the panels, but mine look like they are galvanized steel.

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Hit them with a magnet.  If it doesn't stick, it's stainless.  If it does, it might still be stainless. ;)

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Home for the Holidays!

 

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Beautiful, sunny day with temperature near 50F; perfect day to move the car!


 

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Xmas came early didn't it Joe!? Are you able to tear yourself out of the garage yet? :lol:

 

On 18/12/2017 at 11:15 PM, 95Cardinal said:

This is another one of those million details that still need to get done...

 

Taking her apart to get things restored to this point seems easy I would imagine compared to putting her all back together (I wouldn't truly know :D) but... everyone one of those pieces you put on will have great satisfaction towards the end goal.

 

Have Fun and all the Best of the Holidays to you and your Family Joe!

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On 12/20/2017 at 9:38 AM, dei said:

Xmas came early didn't it Joe!? Are you able to tear yourself out of the garage yet? :lol:

 

 

Taking her apart to get things restored to this point seems easy I would imagine compared to putting her all back together (I wouldn't truly know :D) but... everyone one of those pieces you put on will have great satisfaction towards the end goal.

 

Have Fun and all the Best of the Holidays to you and your Family Joe!

 

Yes, it's very exciting to have it home.

So far, all I've been able to do is clean part of the engine compartment and the frame horns, but I am looking forward to working on it after the holidays.

Stop over and check it out soon.

 

All the best to you and your family as well, Doug!

Joe

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Joe, I'd love to come over and see the car some day.

In fact, if you need a hand with something requiring an extra hand one day let me know. 

January is usually slow for me (other than snow cleaning) and would be happy to help, especially on a '58 Buick! :D

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Happy New Year, everyone!

Here's an update on some recent activities...

I assembled the freshly plated door handles with new seals and lock cylinders.

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Polished all 160 chrome squares in the grille, then masked them all off and painted the grill frame black.
This took a while!

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Here's one half of the grille after polishing and painting:

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I went through all the rollers in the window regulators. About 25% of the rollers had flat spots or cracks, so I replaced those.
The rest of the rollers were in excellent condition. I cleaned and lubricated them; regulators are now ready for installation.

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This was a big day; new tires mounted on painted wheels and installed on the car.

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I saw the car this week and the pictures do not do it justice.  This car has an phenomenal over the top paint job. The work is stunning.

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