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Since the car is at the shop and I brought the 38-87 back to storage I have a bit of an empty garage (well one stall) so I spent the day just cleaning up the garage (well one stall). Pulled everything out, blew out all the stuff, mopped the floors, etc.  will probably hit the other half tomorrow (will save the third bay for another time).

 

Then wanted to clean up this trunk a bit.

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so here is before and after

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The metal ribs will have to be repainted and wood grained and there is a good bit of minor leather repair here and there, but really not bad overall and will go well with the overall appearance of the car. Oh I have to have some handles made for the side. There are folks that sell them at Hershey but they are not the right size. I'm thinking I'll see if the upholstery shot can have a crack at it.

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Also got these back from the machine shop.

 

Had to have the rope rail brackets honed to take the rod.  Now assembled

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Then to get these pieces

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I had to have the old bolts machined out  and then i needed to have new bolts made from scratch because they are 7/16 course thread slotted which means they are unobtainium.

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59 minutes ago, 38Buick 80C said:

Little vinegar and some mother's polish and these cleaned up nicely.

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As you are quite aware, its all in the details!  I really hope to see this Buick at the BCA National.

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1 hour ago, dship said:

As you are quite aware, its all in the details!  I really hope to see this Buick at the BCA National.

 

That's the plan... Concord, not Strongsville.

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6 hours ago, 38Buick 80C said:

Since the car is at the shop and I brought the 38-87 back to storage I have a bit of an empty garage (well one stall) so I spent the day just cleaning up the garage (well one stall). Pulled everything out, blew out all the stuff, mopped the floors, etc.  will probably hit the other half tomorrow (will save the third bay for another time).

 

Then wanted to clean up this trunk a bit.

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so here is before and after

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The metal ribs will have to be repainted and wood grained and there is a good bit of minor leather repair here and there, but really not bad overall and will go well with the overall appearance of the car. Oh I have to have some handles made for the side. There are folks that sell them at Hershey but they are not the right size. I'm thinking I'll see if the upholstery shot can have a crack at it.

It came out nice.

 

Did you consider going with a metal trunk, painted the same color as the lower body color?

 

It would give it an elongated and unbroken appearance to the body.

 

Just my thinking. This Buick is a WOW. 

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8 hours ago, Dave Gelinas (XP-300) said:

Did you consider going with a metal trunk, painted the same color as the lower body color?

 

Dave,

I hadn't really thought about it one way or another. I knew dad had a trunk (or at least that was my recollection), but after I bought this one I discovered the one dad had was more like pieces and parts of a trunk. This trunk was a Hershey find a few years back. It was in the condition as shown above, the price was reasonable and it had that Buick tag in it, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. When I learned the condition of what dad has I felt even better about my purchase.

 

In so far as a metal trunk I guess I right, wrong or indifferent I have in my head that metal trunks were used on later Buick's like '33-'35, Maybe on '32's. My unconscious bias I guess.

 

I'd say I've had more thoughts in my head about going without a trunk, than a metal one.

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This was just set up there as we were looking at color match. This photo isn't the greatest cause of the shadow, but it's a decent match.

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If you look closely we got the dual wiper setup complete. Thanks to @Str8-8-Dave for the info to make the missing remote mount. 

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On 2/7/2021 at 7:37 PM, 38Buick 80C said:

 

Dave,

I hadn't really thought about it one way or another. I knew dad had a trunk (or at least that was my recollection), but after I bought this one I discovered the one dad had was more like pieces and parts of a trunk. This trunk was a Hershey find a few years back. It was in the condition as shown above, the price was reasonable and it had that Buick tag in it, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. When I learned the condition of what dad has I felt even better about my purchase.

 

In so far as a metal trunk I guess I right, wrong or indifferent I have in my head that metal trunks were used on later Buick's like '33-'35, Maybe on '32's. My unconscious bias I guess.

 

I'd say I've had more thoughts in my head about going without a trunk, than a metal one.

 

 

I love the rounded style of the metal trunks. Purchased this one at Hershey for not too many dollars and then shipped it back to Australia to fit on my 1930 sedan. Painted it the same colour as the car as suggested by Dave.

 

You are doing a great job getting this vehicle back on the road, loving your work.

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, John_Mereness said:

Try this ebay part # 193887538479

 

 

So I cant find the post where I brought up the dome light, but i have all the components. The headliner was installed and no provision was made to put the dome light in, so the wiring is unconnected is the main issue. The wood mount above headliner is there and I have the "base" that fits in the wood. just need to hook it all up. But luckily or unluckily something (probably moths) got into the headliner and its gonna have to be redone, so it will come down and we will get it right. Which then brings me to the next point.

1 hour ago, Erndog said:

That dome light is not used in a Model 61.

 

 

That is EXACTLY what mine looks like so if not that one, than what does it look like?

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15 hours ago, 38Buick 80C said:

 

 

So I cant find the post where I brought up the dome light, but i have all the components. The headliner was installed and no provision was made to put the dome light in, so the wiring is unconnected is the main issue. The wood mount above headliner is there and I have the "base" that fits in the wood. just need to hook it all up. But luckily or unluckily something (probably moths) got into the headliner and its gonna have to be redone, so it will come down and we will get it right. Which then brings me to the next point.

 

That is EXACTLY what mine looks like so if not that one, than what does it look like?

 

Very interesting. My 1930 Model 61 was completely original when I got it, except for two "repaired" main sills. There was no dome light other than the rear corner lights, nor wiring for one or evidence of ever having been. Additionally, the Master Parts Book does not list a Dome lamp (group B1.925) for the 1930 Model 61. It does list a "Dome lamp door switch" (part# 4310035/4310036) for this car, but that would be the one for the corner lamps.  However, there is a "Front compartment door lamp and switch" (part# 4300229) for the 1930 Model 60L. That is the limousine, of course, and the sales brochure for 1930 shows it for that model, though it is not shown for any other 60 series car in the brochure.

 

If your car has one it may have been added by mistake, or just a rare car, or I may be completely wrong. In any event, good on you!

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Well it's finally home. 

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Long story, painter wasn't satisfied with the hood so he did it again. But basically a little over a year since I started on it and it looks like a car now. I still have some work to do interior wise but I plan to have her on the showfield at the AACA National next week in Concord a whole 2.5 miles down the road.

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Did a handful of things this evening after soccer practice

 

Dash wood grain piece installed

 

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And installed the door pad and some wood grained window trim... Learning I may have some more work on that front. And know these will come back off to do the misc fabric trim that was never made back 30 years ago...waiting on fabric from SMS.

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Trying to get more done for Saturday. Installed all the door panels and wood grain I could. Door handles and window cranks too. Gave her a good bath last night and worked on white walls today. Found the chrome cowl hoop was never tightened so did that too. 

 

 

Sorry didn't take much photos, but I did for this small detailIMG_20210407_154921.jpg.74a48af4d063b3e3f398bcc0e9cb4fac.jpg

 

Oh and got the dual wipers in place too and set the wiper switch in the dash, but it's not connected yet. Looks like rain for this weekends show but we will see. 

 

Got to work on the white walls more and detail her some more before the show, not gonna score any awards with all the missing interior upholstery, but want to her to look nice none the less. Plus it all has to be done some time so why not now 

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Had a good time at the AACA National in Concord this past weekend. Car displayed nicely and dad I think was very happy about it, especially seeing her drive down the road. Dad was my Uber to shuttle cars back and forth to the showfield and back. He sat it in in the back seat for quite some time and picked up my hardware at the appropriate time (I had to do my dad duties and watch my oldest son win a soccer game about 90 min away from the show that afternoon). I tried to give him the hardware, but he wouldn't accept it (I think he wanted the car back instead). With 2 other cars in the show and the soccer game to get to I didn't get to take any photos. Hopefully some one else did and will post on here.

 

On the drive home she got to 210 and spewed like a can of beer when I shut her off in the driveway. Also noticed a discharge which I think might be a loose wire as it was intermittent. Think I will borrow a trailer to to take her to the upholstery shop which is her next port of call. Hopefully ASAP, I will talk to them tomorrow.

 

A BIG thank you to Doug and Nate Seybold. My 1969 Dodge Charger decided to be the car that refused to go home after the show and they were kind enough to unload their car, load me up, and take me the two miles up the road. I haven't quite diagnosed what is an obviously ignition issue (as we had another soccer game today), but she did manage to get her Senior award so I was happy about that. Hey the rule is it has to be driven ON the showfield, nothing about driven off.

 

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On 4/8/2021 at 7:24 PM, 38Buick 80C said:

 

Plan is to bring it to Auburn. Bring one of yours over, its just a stones throw from you.

There is a big family party on Saturday, day of show, so I'll probably just drive mybtruck there Friday to check out swap and whatever cars I can.  I'll look for your car!

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Brian,

 

I was going to take some photos of the car, but several people were standing around. I planned to come back but between the off and on rain and having to ditch the camera before I started judging, I guess I never got back. I did get these for you though...

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