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Meet "Toby" my 50 Model 51 project


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Well is been two weeks of rain and high humidity. The painter do no want to paint  the hood in those conditions. The paint on the rest of the car has been curing, I will say about a month now. Can’t Polish the car yet, I’m afraid I just have to wait until hood is painted and cured. In the mean time, just putting some trim parts together.

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On a rainy day, the upholster is hard at work. This is a sequence of one rear back cushion being Covered with a Chevron type pattern very similar to the original material. When I did the 54, I purchased the material Through SMS at $95.00 @ yard, it took 5 yards of cloth and another 3 yards of vinyl to do the entire car. This time I did my homework and bought 8 yards of remnants for less than $10.00 a yard from  Fabric Guru, an internet site. Sorry, the sequence of pictures is inverted.

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Hood is back from the body shop and installed back on the car. Looks much better now but will have to wait for paint to cure to polish the entire car

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13 minutes ago, Smartin said:

Looks great!  What are you planning to do to polish?

There are some minor surface dust particles that will be remove if the paint is polish.This is a base coat/clear coat job, 3 coats of clear. The whole car is to be sanded down with 3,000 to 6,000 grit paper and then buffed to finish. 

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Doors, fenders and hood were aligned and adjusted for proper fit. Blue tape marks location of small scratches that were unintentionally made while making final adjustments. Paint have to be touch up in those area, will be using an airbrush system. Next will be polishing so I can start assembly. Way overdue!

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This is the drivers door belt molding that the previous owner drilled three holes to install a mirror. Found a welding shop that filled/welded the holes with a stainless welding rod. I spent about 3 hours filing away the excess material which is pretty hard. Molding is now ready to be polish which I will do tomorrow and then will post a picture of The final product. While doing this, I was Just thinking on how  Non- car people do not realize the time and effort spent on renovating these old cars. Happy with the results so far and yes, love this hobby.

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1 hour ago, avgwarhawk said:

That turned out great.  A lot of filing for you but the results look very good. 

Hopefully will polish today!

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Final product, it is the same molding with the drilled holes, I took a picture of the reverse side to show the spot welds. The holes on the lip are the mounting holes.

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 🐕 dish hubcaps are ready to go, they’re are not perfect by any means thus showing minor dings but will do for now. I cheat myself by thinking that in these condition it adds character to the age of the car. When I got “Toby” it came with the aluminum wheels that I been using to roll the car. I got the original wheels from the donor car that I picked up in Maryland but been a Model 52 it had full wheel covers which I will sell. Now I will have to buy the trim rings.

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image.thumb.jpeg.be3633e1e3823c15828f92cf67febc5c.jpegthese are the full covers that I will be selling with minor scratches on the letter “I” due to people storing lugs by the side of the road when they had a flat. A flat tire must of have been a re-occurring event back in the days I presume, all 4 covers shows show the minor scratches.

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38 minutes ago, Elpad said:

 🐕 dish hubcaps are ready to go, they’re are not perfect by any means thus showing minor dings but will do for now. I cheat myself by thinking that in these condition it adds character to the age of the car. When I got “Toby” it came with the aluminum wheels that I been using to roll the car. I got the original wheels from the donor car that I picked up in Maryland but been a Model 52 it had full wheel covers which I will sell. Now I will have to buy the trim rings.

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 FWIW, these are 1954 caps.  1950 and back had letters same as full covers in next pix.

 

  Ben

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3 hours ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

 FWIW, these are 1954 caps.  1950 and back had letters same as full covers in next pix.

 

  Ben, do you have a picture?

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So it looks like that the block letters are the same but the BUICK script is recessed and painted black as opposed to a protruding manner And not painted like the ones I have? Chucks, I bought these on 👿 evilBay and they disclosed them that they came out of a 50. I guess I still be cheating myself

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2 hours ago, Elpad said:

So it looks like that the block letters are the same but the BUICK script is recessed and painted black as opposed to a protruding manner And not painted like the ones I have? Chucks, I bought these on 👿 evilBay and they disclosed them that they came out of a 50. I guess I still be cheating myself

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 Correct.

 

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Ben is correct. Your dog dish are 54.  Same as I have on my 54.  Heavy caps they are.  Prior to 54 the letters were recessed and painted black.  I love that look but it was not to be in 54. 

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Ok so I got the wrong caps, I will used those until I can purchase a correct set. I believe I seen reproductions on the Cars site. At this point they will be in the bottom of the wish list.

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The paint should be Cured by now, the buffer man gave the ok to start the process, here he is sanding the clear coat down

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It seems that it will take forever to finish this project, my buffer man had to take couple of days off. In the meantime, steering wheel was reassembled.

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So still working on odds and ends, was missing one set of door inspection covers so I fabricated a set. The top on the pictures are the originals.

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3 hours ago, avgwarhawk said:

Floorboards are mint.   Love the dash colors.   This Buick is going to be the cats meow when finished.  

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