Elpad

Meet "Toby" my 50 Model 51 project

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Another 1/2 Sunday to work on Toby but unexpected passing showers forced us to go inside the garage and be done for the day. Humidity index was kind of high not good sign for bodywork. Nobody said it was going to be easy!

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Another Saturday doing bodywork with my friend Alex. We all have to love this hobby much! I have spent all day jus like the movie Karate Kid but instead of wax, what about sand on and sand off!

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Both rear fenders were removed for better prep

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On 12/26/2016 at 8:17 PM, Elpad said:

This is my next project after finishing The 54 72R that took me 4 years to build. God only knows how long this one will take but it needs a lot of work specially sheet metal work. Don't know much background on this car other than The car was acquired at a local auction in Florida and traces back to Ohio. It has an old BCA sticker so if the previous owner or someone else in the forum recognizes the car, please let me know 

Al

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My soon to be new friend Al.  That is really a project you have on your hands.....oh wow!  I wish I had some '50 parts on hand that could help you out. But, if you will get an old Buick Master Parts book, none newer than '55, but '53 would be better, and you need anything dating back to 1939 or 1941 I may be able to help you with some mechanical parts.  By the way, in one of your pictures I see a Master Cylinder hanging out.  The rebuild kit is still available from NAPA, their part number 3,  yes #3.  If you can't find one, I have a bunch of them here, new in the box.  You don't say if Toby is a Special or a Super....I'm guessing Super...if so it has a 263 cid engine and almost nothing from the old straights in the engine area will interchange (a couple of gaskets maybe).  But, if it is a Special, almost all of the 248 cid engine parts will enterchange back to 1937.  I have a good number of those for my '39 Special.  My '41 is a Roadmaster, and I have few parts for the big engine.  Just get a Master Parts Book and follow the numbers.  There is nothing more valuable when restoring an old Buick straight 8.  Remember the numbers in the book were the parts that were still available when the book was made, so the newer the book, the less part numbers and interchange for your '50 will show up.

 

 

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Earl, still working on the”Super”, I started on this project when I started this thread. Is been a long journey and still turning wrenches to the left as my friend Mr. Lamar Brown says but enjoying every moment of it. The car is complete and running “super”, the odometer says 75,000. I picked up a donor in Maryland and used the two rear fenders and hood plus many miscellaneous parts that I still have around. I have all the chrome done and all materials to do the interior. The way I look at it, is all about the preservation of these Buick machines. Very slowly thou!

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Another Saturday prepping “Tobby” the 50 Super

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Fresh coat of primer to check for imperfections. Sanding an blocking will continue. This is my friend Alex trying out his new electric paint gun.

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This is how I spent another Sunday. Need to finish this project!

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Glad the project is moving along.:)

Noticed it is a little breezy there.

Hope the neighbours aren't getting over spray on their cars...

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1 hour ago, dei said:

Glad the project is moving along.:)

Noticed it is a little breezy there.

Hope the neighbours aren't getting over spray on their cars...

Moved all neighbors plus mines! Not much overspray mist and dried instantly 

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I helped a friend respray a Torondo in similar fashion.  Worked well.   Once paint is on it feels like a major milestone.  Once finished you will run into the dilemma as me.  It is hard to decide which one to drive for the day.   But, I find the choice is easy depending on which one is more accessible at the time.  Usually the 60 is as the 54 is up on casters and pushed to the wall to make room in my garage.  It is a bit of a pain taking her down to drive.          

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This was just heavy primer to continue blocking and sanding. the car is black so we have to keep doing this for minor imperfections since black will show any anomaly.  You should know this since you are the owner of a beautiful black 54 now sitting on casters! Paint will be sprayed at a paint booth. Well both the 50 & 54 will fit in the garage you see in the pictures once I finish putting it together. I have parts all over the place in there plus in my home office plus in utility shack. As far as driving them, once side by side I could flip a coin. Will see

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This is how I stand today (look at the last pictures on the thread) waiting for next weekend to continue 

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Wow looking better and better, you will have a difficult time choosing which to drive, heck that is a good problem.

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