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Mike 

Looking good I wish I could make this much progress.  What color are you going with

Steve 

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8 hours ago, 195354 said:

Mike 

Looking good I wish I could make this much progress.  What color are you going with

Steve 

Thanks Steve,.....The body tag says Reef Blue......White top..........I'm going to stay with those.

 

Mike

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That is awesome!   Glad you are sticking with the colors she came with!  Looking forward to see her together and rolling.  

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Earlier I said the body tag show a Reef Blue body and a White top and I'm going to stay with those but......

 

Can somebody weigh in and decode the tag for me?.......The "B" after the trim code....does that mean it had a black top?

 

And if indeed it had a black top.....wouldn't the White look better............or do I stay with the black and keep it original??

 

Thanks,  Mike

 

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On ‎11‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 4:12 PM, Our Buicks said:

Earlier I said the body tag show a Reef Blue body and a White top and I'm going to stay with those but......Can somebody weigh in and decode the tag for me?.......The "B" after the trim code....does that mean it had a black top?  And if indeed it had a black top.....wouldn't the White look better............or do I stay with the black and keep it original??  Thanks,  Mike

 

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Good progress in a short period of time since the auction, Mike. Yes, the "B" on the TRIM Code line is for a BLACK convertible top.

 

Convertible tops for 1953-1954 Buick Skylarks and other select marques were a DuPont ORLON® three-layered fabric with a waterproof membrane between the outer and under-layers. A Black underlayer (some call it a headliner or underliner) was standard for Black 1953-1954 Buick Skylark convertible tops. Orlon tops are not available these days. My opinion is that a Black top with the Reef Blue paint just doesn't look right but it's definitely easier to keep it looking clean if you're building a driver. Stark-white tops look good but as you might know, they are a #$%@!  to keep them clean-looking. I personally would not buy another White convertible top. 

 

You might want to consider an OYSTER WHITE or TAN Haartz cloth top. Both would compliment the Reef Blue paint more-so than a Black top IMO. Plenty to choose from in the following link . . . http://www.robbinsautotopco.com/toppings-hst.php   Good luck.

 

Al Malachowski

BCA #8965

"500 Miles West of Flint"

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Thanks guys for weighing in on the top color.......

 

I went searching for blue 1953 Skylarks with white or a black top.........founds lots of white and only a few with the black top.....

 

Check this one out.....it might be Glacier Blue with a the black top but,......it's not as bad as I thought it might look....what do you think?

 

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It looks great on a white background.  I'm pretty sure it will look great out on the road too, since chances are you will probably have the top down while driving it.  Just paint the walls of your garage white. :D

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52 minutes ago, Our Buicks said:

Thanks guys for weighing in on the top color.......

 

I went searching for blue 1953 Skylarks with white or a black top.........founds lots of white and only a few with the black top.....

 

Check this one out.....it might be Glacier Blue with a the black top but,......it's not as bad as I thought it might look....what do you think?

 

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Thanks, Mike

What color is the interior ? white with blue, with black , ???

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4 hours ago, billbuickgs said:

What color is the interior ? white with blue, with black , ???

Bill

Hi Bill,.......The interior is in rough shape but,......it's blue & white....no black anywhere.

 

Mike

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56 minutes ago, Barney Eaton said:

For those of that live in the south and do not have "rust" ......what is rust defender

Hi Barney,........This car is from Wisconsin and I've seen worse in New England.....

 

Your lucky you don't have to deal with this crap....here is a pretty good description of Rust Defender......It's a high build primer that really does a good job of sealing the bare metal.

 

https://www.clausenautobody.com/proddetail.php?prod=rust-defender

 

Mike

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Originally many cars came with asphaslt-rubber based undercoating, and were certainly extremely durable and heavy duty.

I personally like to undercoat my cars with that stuff inside and out. It's commonly called 'rubberized asphalt undercoating'.

Just be aware that some of them are not sprayable.

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Mike I agree with Al the white top is a pain to put it lightly on keeping them looking good.  Black is what I have on my Chevy convertible the only downside is they are hotter than blazes in the sun but it is a convertible easy fix. One thing I should have researched is the rear window they are easy to put marks in maybe I am doing something wrong but it happens.  I wish they had a zipper in the bottom panel so the window could  be removed then it could be put it in some type of protective cover, or be changed it if is needed. This is one of my research projects on my soft-top project when I get to it. The rear window is one of the first things that will show use at least it does in my case, Early morning drives require the top up here in the northwest.

Mike will you stick with the hydraulic system for the windows and seat, I have heard of the windows being converted from hydraulic to an electric set up. I have not seen a car converted yet.

Keep posting pictures like to see how you are doing.

Steve     

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11 hours ago, 195354 said:

Mike will you stick with the hydraulic system for the windows and seat, I have heard of the windows being converted from hydraulic to an electric set up. I have not seen a car converted yet.

Keep posting pictures like to see how you are doing.

Steve     

Thanks Steve.....I'm going to stay with the Hydraulic system through out the car.....top, windows, seat.

 

I did go with a more modern vacuum brake booster though......I bought it from a company in Arizona I think.....A little bit of fabrication but it looks like it's going to work fine.

 

Mike

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Thanks for the "Rust Defender"  info.

I spent the first 25 years in central Indiana, so I have some base for rust on cars,  but tend to forget how bad it can be.

I am in the process of putting a 1965 Corvair back on the road and by most standards it is in very good condition,  just need the rubber replaced.   I had to replace the factory undercoating which was mainly in the wheel wells and

starting to come off.......I chose to go with the material they use for Pick-up beds .....got a do it yourself kit and the only thing I don't like is it is too shiny.... hope it last as long as the original,  but I will never know.

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Over here in Canada all the cars I've seen came with the rubberized asphalt undercoating and most of it is still intact to this day.

If you want to save money, you can start with 'roof glue' on flat areas, and then use 'asphalt crack filler' to spray crevices.

This stuff is exactly what was used back then, and it's extremely durable, and I've used it for years, in the snow and sludge of Canadian winters...and it's not shinny

 

 

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On 11/17/2018 at 8:24 PM, Barney Eaton said:

For those of that live in the south and do not have "rust" ......what is rust defender

That might be pronounced rusty fender? Lots of those in the banana belt of MN!

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On 11/17/2018 at 5:15 PM, Our Buicks said:

Thanks guys for weighing in on the top color.......

 

I went searching for blue 1953 Skylarks with white or a black top.........founds lots of white and only a few with the black top.....

 

Check this one out.....it might be Glacier Blue with a the black top but,......it's not as bad as I thought it might look....what do you think?

 

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Thanks, Mike

Mike,

 

The black top against the blue is contrasting and very sharp. Quite frankly you will find that you will have the top down most of the time. The 53 Skylark is striking with the top down and looks much longer, lower and sleeker that way.

Best of luck with your restoration.

Glenn

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The base coat/clear coat went on the car today.....so far so good.

 

The Reef Blue is a little darker than my camera shows here.....I'm happy with the result so far.

 

I'm looking forward to trimming the car now.....and getting a nice black top on the car.

 

I can't wait to get this driver out on the road!!

 

mike

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On the subject of top color, there is a plus to keeping it the original black, as far and $value$ goes to a collector down the road.

 

But...here is just my two cents. A convertible is meant for summer driving, whether the top is up or down. Therefore, I believe all convertibles should be a light color: white, cream yellow, light green, champagne beige or, in your case, the best color for 53 Skylarks, reef blue. (I never understood why someone would own a black convertible. Would be like a rolling frying pan.) The top should then be WHITE, not black, for the reason already mentioned of the heat absorption on sunny days. The original buyer may have regretted choosing black after driving it awhile. Plus, I doubt you will be neglecting regular cleaning of the top after you spend dearly for a new one properly installed. Plus, I think the inner wheel wells on your car should correctly be painted white. If you want to see what a 53 Skylark looks like finished in reef blue, with a white top, white wheel wells and a blue & white interior, you can find one posted on YouTube. Just type in "1953 Buick Skylark" to view one that was later auctioned off for north of $100,000.00.

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I wanted to post a few progress pictures......

 

The rust repair and the body work really blew a hole in my budget....so I have to go with the best trim and chrome I have and keep looking for better pieces as time goes by.....I wish I had better finishing trim for this car, but the goal was always to make a nice driver out of her.

 

Friends come into the warehouse where I'm working on the car and they all say WoW! what a cool looking car....There are none on the road here so nobody ever sees them....I can't wait to get this on the road....

 

The tires are off an Eldorado that came in and the rims I bought used about the same time as I bought the car.....

 

So far so good, hydraulics are in but un-tested, lights all around are working, brakes are in......I have to keep punching and get the car done......

 

mike

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