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1937 Buick Model 48: RESTORATION HAS BEGUN! (Photo)

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Happy Birthday Gary!  Your hood stand setup is a perfect example of one of the things that folks who don't rebuild cars just don't understand when they see the finished product.  The car itself is but one of many other projects done along the way.  Carry on!

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Gary, I think these photos will show how the hood rest pad looks as well as why the hood rest is needed. The original design tends to push the hood welting towards the rear and tends to bang up the paint on the cowl over a period of time. 

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Friday January 5, 2018:  Hood Vents, Chrome light switch bezel and Installation of the Front and Rear Bumpers:

 

 

After some running around today ( S L O W L Y   as we are still digging out!) I got around to a couple Buick projects late this afternoon:

 

 

HOOD VENTS:

 

 

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Here is the underside.  You'll only see this when the hood is raised.  I've been spraying coats of the Rustoleum Aluminum paint, allowing a full week of dry time between coats.

 

 

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Here's the show side.  The masking tape is still on the chrome ribs.

 

 

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Closer view of the up side.  The tape still in place but today it's ready for the big reveal!

 

 

 

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I removed the green tape from the upper and lower chrome strips first.  Immediately you can see the contrast.

 

 

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Then I unmasked the inner four ribs.  This blue tape has a sort of elastic quality and it really seals nicely.  No paint got under there at all!

 

 

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I highly recommend this paint.  It went on smooth and the finish is beautiful!  Now the chromed ribs really pop!

 

 

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This is the "Special" nameplate being installed.  Notice I did not paint the word "Special" because it is barely raised and I think I'll just make a big ol' mess of it.

 

 

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I am very happy with the final results.  I took my time and waited for that paint to fully cure before re coating because I didn't want it to peel or react in any way.

It was worth waiting.

 

 

 

CHROME DELIVERY:

 

 

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My final order arrived at 4:00.

 

 

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Bumpers, bumper medallions and the light switch allen screw and chrome bezel plate.  

 

 

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My switch is held in with just an old rusted allen screw.  It's the one that came out of the car.  My car never had the chrome bezel plate. 

 

 

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Just for the ones that haven't done it.  You push the spring inside to release the pull knob.  Remove the knob and use an allen wrench to free the light switch from the dash panel.

 

 

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The new chromed bezel plate and chromed allen screw going back in to secure the lighting switch to the inside of the dash panel.

 

 

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Slide in your knob, engage the spring clip under there and you are done!  Just another nice finishing touch.

(You'll notice I've removed the radio to ease the hood installation.)

 

 

 

BUMPER INSTALLATION:

 

 

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I laid everything out, opening bags of parts and using new stainless bolts / nuts / lock washers for the outer bumper attachments.

 

 

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I bought these heavy duty stainless nuts, bolts, washers from McMaster Carr.

 

 

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The carriage bolt square fits perfectly inside the bumper support.

 

 

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Being I was working alone, I first set the outer bolts in their holes and ran the nut on a few turns.

 

 

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This allowed me to "hang" one side on the bolt while I got to the other side to secure that bolt in place.

 

 

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I got the outer bolts finger tight at first, just so there was enough "wiggle room" to install the medallions.  

You will have to push and pull on the brackets a little bit to get it all aligned.

 

 

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Once everything was installed, I tightened up the nuts and secured the bumper.  I'm very happy I had them re-chromed.  No sense going this far.

 

 

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Rear Bumper installed.

 

 

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Even the back side looks nice!

 

 

FRONT BUMPER:

 

 

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FLASHBACK to January 11, 2017.  The day I started this restoration.  The bumpers were the first thing I removed.

 

 

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And tonight.  Going back on the car!  I did the front exactly the same method as the rear.

 

 

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Here's a shot of the back side of the bumper.  Paul's did a really nice job (on everything!)

 

 

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Here's the front bumper installed.  Do any of you guys put a rubber pad under the medallion where it touches the bumper so it doesn't scratch it?

 

 

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I think I need to update my "Front End Friday" photo!!!

 

 

 

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, thanks for following along and I hope you enjoy your weekend.

 

 

(P.S.   The hood is painted, but the weather prevented Bob from getting to the shop to wet sand and buff it.  But it should be done next week.)

 

 

Gary

 

 

 

 

 

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Gary,

 

Since you did not paint them before the installation, I am guessing you might not realize that the horizontal recesses on bumper guards are typically painted black. It really makes the bumpers look even better. 

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Hi Matt... Thanks for the head up.

 

 I had Laser Cut-outs made for my hubcaps and for the bumper guards.  The polishing left the indents shallow, so I used the vinyl tape instead of paint.  ( 2 of the bumper guards have the black accents, two do not....  they were chromed at different times). I'll put the black accent on the two bare ones as soon as I figure out where I put the stuff!  

My car did not come with a gravel guard, so maybe a call to Bob's is in order.  Anyone notice a quality difference between the repro and an original?  Just much less body work on the repro if it is made well.

 

Thanks!  Gary

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Gary, hope you enjoyed your "Double Nickle" day.. Glad to hear the light switch solved the problem, looks like you also changed out the old knob, all is really looking good. Now this is just me, but I normally paint the backside of the bumpers/guards with "Argent" which is a dull aluminum paint to seal the backside, which always seems to develop a rusty look.    Tom

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2 hours ago, Gary W said:

 

My car did not come with a gravel guard, so maybe a call to Bob's is in order.  Anyone notice a quality difference between the repro and an original?  Just much less body work on the repro if it is made well.

 

I can't answer the quality question. I bought one from Dave for my 1937 Century. It is a little bit rough but should look about right for the unrestored 1937 Century. I admit I have not yet installed it yet. It seems that I have been too busy on the '38 to do anything to the '37 but drive it. 

 

One other tip, when you get it. It does not install the way you might think. It does not hide the rear bumper bolts. It hangs down below the bolts to prevent rocks from being thrown up from underneath the car. 

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Gary, are you getting Laser cut tape for the "Special" on the hood side inserts? Also where did you get the laser cuts done?  Tom

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I'm wondering if something like stamping the hood name plate might work. Have a pad with paint, then touch the piece down onto it. 

 

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I actually sent the "Special" plate out for the laser cut process but even they told me the words are not raised enough to get a good digital photo and make the laser cuts.

But it was my first idea.  The Buick in the hubcaps came out perfect, as did the bumper guard cutouts but they just couldn't grab the "Special"  I may just leave them chrome.

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After watching your previous work, I am surprised that you have not taped off the Special lettering, trimmed around the letters with an exacto knife or razor blade and then painted around the letters. Off the top of my head, I think the background area surrounding the chrome letters are supposed to be the same gray as the louvers, but I could be wrong. 

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2 hours ago, Gary W said:

I actually sent the "Special" plate out for the laser cut process but even they told me the words are not raised enough to get a good digital photo and make the laser cuts.

 

Peculiar.  One might think even a reasonable picture would be sufficient. Can you put it on a scanner bed?  Photo or scan, you can clean it up in Photoshop or the like.  From there, it should be easy enough to generate the appropriate file to have the letters laser cut.

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Matt:

 Most restored 37 cars I have seen the series nameplates I have seen are black. I just liked red for mine. I spent about an hour painting the raised letters in my posted photo you can see the model paint, brush and match sticks to do the lettering. Then several coats of clear. I like it.

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As far as I know, my 1937 Century has never been restored, but I have only owned it for about 4 years and could be wrong. I have a 1938 Special emblem from the body donor car for my 1938 Century project. I also have the 1938 Century project that I don't think has ever been restored before. The lettering style on 1937 and 1938 are different, but I suspect the colors were the same. I realize that many people paint the letters black. I don't know for sure, but I don't think that is how they were done originally. I have several other unrestored hood parts that I found at Hershey that I can check, but it will be Monday before the snow melts so I can see them again. I think most of them are rusted enough that it might be difficult to tell for sure, but if I recall correctly the areas around the letters is rusted about the same as the rest of the louvers, which makes me think that I am correct. 

 

No matter what Gary decides to do, his car is going to be a wonderful restoration. I do enjoy researching the small details to try to do as accurate a restoration as possible. It is more difficult for those of us who are too young to remember seeing them new to restore these cars than it would be to restore a later car that we remember seeing when they were new. Lots of small details have to be researched when you are restoring something much older than you are.

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36 minutes ago, MCHinson said:

Lots of small details have to be researched when you are restoring something much older than you are.

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I really like how that looks!  

I like the chrome letters showing through the colored background.

   Is that a cream color?  Could I use the silver and "wipe" the Special clean?

 Thanks Matt!  (Thanks again!  and again and again......)

 

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Gary,

It appears to be the same gray as the louvers. It has aged a bit differently due to the underlying chrome on the emblem. Your idea about painting it all and wiping the letters might work.

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Sunday January 7, 2018:  Getting things ready for the hood install

 

 

 

But First:

 

 

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I shoveled.   Can you say "backache", boys and girls?

 

 

Back to the Buick:

 

 

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I installed this welt on the cowl and this leading vertical edge last week.  I took Larry's advice and tonight I removed it in favor of a thinner welt.

 

 

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Here you can see the difference in the thickness.

 

 

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I used the one I removed as a template and marked the length and the holes with a gold sharpie marker.

 

 

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From there, it was three punches...

 

 

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Blackened the top edge with another sharpie marker

 

 

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And installed the flat welt using # 8 - 32   X  5/8" stainless steel machine screws and square nuts.

Thanks Larry for the "heads-up"  appreciate it.

 

 

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Then I sorted through boxes and bags to find and organize the Hood related parts I'll need this week.

 

Any helpful hints on the hood install, please send them along!

Have a great night!

Gary
 

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1 hour ago, Gary W said:

Sunday January 7, 2018:  Getting things ready for the hood install

 

 

 

But First:

 

 

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I shoveled.   Can you say "backache", boys and girls?

 

 

Back to the Buick:

 

 

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I installed this welt on the cowl and this leading vertical edge last week.  I took Larry's advice and tonight I removed it in favor of a thinner welt.

 

 

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Here you can see the difference in the thickness.

 

 

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I used the one I removed as a template and marked the length and the holes with a gold sharpie marker.

 

 

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From there, it was three punches...

 

 

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Blackened the top edge with another sharpie marker

 

 

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And installed the flat welt using # 8 - 32   X  5/8" stainless steel machine screws and square nuts.

Thanks Larry for the "heads-up"  appreciate it.

 

 

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Then I sorted through boxes and bags to find and organize the Hood related parts I'll need this week.

 

Any helpful hints on the hood install, please send them along!

Have a great night!

Gary
 

Hi Gary, ah for it to be snowing. It was 119F in parts of Sydney yesterday. Car is looking fabulous! Cheers Paul

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Gary, I've been lurking for some time and alerted my brother Randiego to this inspiring restoration. It is so satsifying to see the job done right with so little delay. I told my wife that the difference with this restoration, very close to finish in 12 months, is that you stayed with it. Most people get frustrated, or tired, or whatever and back away for months at a time and the next thing they know 5 years has got behind them. My guess is that with your project we're seeing the result of desire aided by the habits that experience instills (your Model T, etc.).

 

I bought a 49 Buick Super Sedanette in February 2012 that I estimate was restored in the early 80s. This car brings me great joy and has significant meaning - from the date stamps on the clock and speedometer it was assembled in February or March of 1949 in GM's Kansas City assembly plant when my late father was in Kansas University medical school in Kansas City (1951 graduate - he delivered me as an intern in 1952). It still looks great, and is mechanically excellent, but should be painted and needs some very minor metal work in one lower spot. Reading your post encouraged me to do the same as you did with your 37, but I'm still on the fence - I love driving it too much on my County two lane blacktops! It was Elan Blue (a light metallic blue) from the factory but was painted black when it was restored. I'd like to redo it in a metallic navy blue.

 

Thank you for your post, attention to detail and your boost to the old car hobby. I'm looking forward to seeing the hood, doors, trunk lid and seats installed!

Geoff Lockett

Dardenne Prairie, MO

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Monday January 8, 2018:  Hood Update at the Paint Shop

 

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I stopped by the paint shop this morning on my way into the office. 

The hood is painted and here you can see the contrast between the trim black on the underside and the gloss up top.

 

 

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Bob was just starting the 1200 grit wet sanding process.

 

 

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Soapy water and a light touch to smooth out any irregularities in the clear coat.

 

 

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And then squeegee it off to be sure all the imperfections are smooth.

 

 

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I only stayed a few minutes.  But I should be taking them home Wednesday.

 

 

 

Happy Monday!

Gary

 

 

 

(Model56s....  Thank you for the kind words.  I'm so happy to hear that I am  helping boost the hobby.  I truly love these old cars.  I was born with motor oil in my veins.)

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17 hours ago, Gary W said:

Sunday January 7, 2018:  Getting things ready for the hood install

 

 

 

But First:

 

 

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I shoveled.   Can you say "backache", boys and girls?

 

 

Ok now, you have done some really neat and creative things along the way on your car over the past year, but do you really expect us to believe you created a pile of snow like that---with a shovel???   :wacko:

 

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Monday January 8, 2018:  Hood Stainless trim polishing

 

 

I wanted to show some before and after photos of the stainless hinge and the side moldings.

I had a few cancellations today, so I took the time to open a new cotton wheel, and using Tripoli, Rouge and finally Simichrome Hand Polish I finished the stainless parts for the hood.

 

 

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It's hard to photograph stainless but here you can see the tip of the one not yet done on the right

 

 

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And there were rust blossoms down the length of the hood side molding.

 

 

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I opened up a brand new cotton wheel.  

 

 

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I use a lower speed as I find it much easier to control the work.  First step was Tripoli.  It removes the surface scratches and begins the polishing process.

The next step is Rouge and then I finalize with a hand polish to remove any red residual and give it a final polish,

 

 

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After machine polishing.

 

 

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They didn't come out perfect, but some of the blemishes were really in there good.  But I'm happy with the result.

 

 

Have a great day!  

Gary

 

(I was doing the cleanup after the plow finished!  A little fun with the camera!!)

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On 1/7/2018 at 9:37 PM, Paul White said:

Any helpful hints on the hood install, please send them along!

 

If you think back to the hood removal effort when an errant scratch may not have been that significant a doubling of the effort on the install errs on the side of caution.

Rustle up as many warm bodies to steady the 4 corners and one for front center to protect the rad/grill shroud etc.

 

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