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1957 Buick Special Restomod Project

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Yes, the fact the factory took the extra effort to crease the sides to corespond with the trim is very cool.

Since I know a (little) about mods, I too am enjoying this build. I recall measure, measure, and measure, and MOST important is starting off with a level base. Seems to me that you have that under total control, GOOD FOR YOU.

Dale in Indy

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I see you did a rack/pinion steering conversion. What kit did you use? Was it a bolt on swap or did you need to fab some brackets?

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Hi everyone, I'm ZombiesRnuts also known as Shane, Gary's Dream builder!  I'm following this thread along with all of you. Any questions that I can answer to help Gary out, I will try! lol 

 

This project has been a dream to work on. It started out as a picture and a visit to Gary's garage somewhere about 4 years ago, There was a direction in the beginning but then, several sleepless nights brainstorming on a creative way to totally customize a 57 Buick without changing a single inch of the outside body, has led us to where we are now! Most everything underside has been modified by hand and with help from a Chris Alston chassis kit, the frame became appropriately beefy. The NailHead got really dressed up and someone along the way mentioned fuel injection! I blame Gary for that....  The interior should turn out to be a very handsome compliment to the outside style of a 57' Special.

 

We've all came a long way since the beginning and looking forward to wrapping up this project very soon! 

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I see you did a rack/pinion steering conversion. What kit did you use? Was it a bolt on swap or did you need to fab some brackets?

Beemon, The Rack is a part of the chassis kit and all mounting points were pre assembled into the kits crossmember!

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If this modified Buick doesn't put to rest that modified can't be cool, then nothing will.

I love the originals, but done right a MOD can be SUPER and a, ROAD, (MASTER).

Dale in Indy

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Thanks Shane for jumping in and answering questions and posting the pictures of the frame. As can be seen, the frame has now been powder coated and re-assembled awaiting the body which will happen soon! Next on the agenda is to cover some of the mods made to the body. Stay tuned!

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Taking a break from Basketball. I am a NCAA Basketball Junkie!!! Before we go forward I would like to step back a bit in time and post some cool pictures of the bottom of the car prior to tear down for powder coating.

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OK! So let's do some mods to the front end for the new radiator.

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In my vast organization skills, I discovered some additional detail pictures of the frame after powder coating.

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So here is a sneak preview as to where we are heading with this build!

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BWell the next thing we need to tackle is the dash. To me the '57 Buick dash is quite homely! So since all models of 1957 Oldsmobile's and Buick Special and Century bodies are the same, the Oldsmobile dash should fit right in. Well sort of! First of all the Buick dash was screwed in place and the Olds dash was welded in. No biggie! Basically it fits right into place. However, the mounting brackets, clock mount, wiper mount and various interior reveal moldings required some tweaking/mods to make them fit. Thought Shane was going to loose it for awhile!!! The dash that I am using is out of an Olds that was equipped with factory A/C which was not different than '57 Buick's in that there were not a whole lot of them built. A pretty rare option back in 1957 and even rarer today. We are incorporating the factory vents to work with the A/C unit being installed in the car.

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And here is the Olds dash installed in the car.

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I can't wait for you to take it out for a ride, I'm considering switching my 41 Limited to COIL OVER spring/shocks.

At present it's riding on late Vette front and rear aluminum suspensions, with the fiberglass springs, would like to soften it up, and would like to hear your view of your ride.

I have talked with a couple shock people, and seem to hear that if I buy a set that has a lot of adjustments, that I should be able to soften the ride.   Comments are most welcome.  Needless to say, I will factor in the front and rear car weights too.  Also angle of the new set up.

Very nice DETAILED workmanship, 

Dale in Indy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks Dale! Hope to have it on the road in June. Gonna be tight!

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Did not mean to imply that transplanting an Olds dash had not been done before. Actually the inspiration for this project was a '57 Buick Special that I saw in Southern California a few years back that had a '57 Olds dash. I know that 421 6speed that used to post here is doing a similar install in a '57 Super. That is a bit more involved as the Super body is wider that the Special/Century body. Will be interesting to see how he accomplished that. I also sold a factory A/C '57 Olds dash to a gentleman is SoCal that is also doing a Super/Roadmaster install. As far as I know 421 6 speed,  the guy in SoCal and I are the only ones using a factory A/C dash and or components. Likely more out there but I am not aware of them.

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36 minutes ago, g-g-g0 said:

Did not mean to imply that transplanting an Olds dash had not been done before.

 

I'm not trying to take away from anything your are doing, your dash swap simply made me think of this.  Probably the only way to make a F*rd any cooler would have been to put a Buick engine and dash in it.:P

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Well it's time to clean up the engine compartment. The goal is to get rid of all of the unsightly holes, crazy corners, wires and hoses. Remember this picture? So let's clean it up a bit! We fill some holes, make a cover for the windshield wiper mechanism, and smooth it all out.

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So we can't stop at the firewall/cowl/ We are going to need some new inner fenders and some supports to hold them.

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Since the project is going to need a fuel tank and the rear wells are going to be mini tubbed, there are going to be some serious mods to the trunk area. The original trunk floor was removed and is going to be used in another BCA members project. So now we do some serious cutting and fabrication.

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