57Century

57 Century (66R)

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In 1995 I had just sold my ’65 Mustang and wanted a late fifties Olds, Buick or Caddy. A friend of mine who had a small business selling cars and parts had a 58 Olds 2 dr HT and this wonderfull 57 Buick 2 dr HT. I took both cars for a short drive. The Olds went first, but as soon as I was behind the wheel of the Buick I was sold. It was my first ride in a Buick, but what a ride.

 

It was built in South Gate. It is single color GG, Dresden Blue and trim 621, Medium Blue interior. It was in decent shape. Most importantly only had minor rust. I knew at some point I wanted to do a complete frame off resto so I immediately started looking for NOS parts. I clearly remember that the first thing I bought was NOS hubcaps.

 

I drove the car each summer. Each year I did some improvements, heater core exchange, torque ball replacement and in 1998 I rebuild the engine. It showed that one cam on the camshaft was only half the height it used to have been, however I never felt that the engine was not running well.

 

In the summer of 2002 I had just replaced some pieces in the fuel system and I was just leaving the gas station with a full tank when steam came out of the left side exhaust. To me it looked like the block had a crack in one cylinder. Damn that was annoying. I only had 6000 miles on it. But it was a sign, that now was the time to start the frame off resto.

It took more than 2 years to take car apart. Meticulously taking notes of all nuts, bolts, washers, clips, brackets, etc. As the years passed I was sometimes very productive and sometimes no progress for years. I would never have dreamed that it should take so long time to do the frame off resto, but I guess that is the way life is.

 

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The last 4 months things are really moving again. The body is at a body and paint shop, it has been stripped with high pressure water to remove all paint, filler, sealer, etc, revealing a few more places that needed some work.

Just got the engine back from the paint shop. It is back in the frame and assembly is progressing.

 

 

I will try to post the progress. The plan is that it shall be finished in 1 to 2 year’s time.

 

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Keep up the good work. I love seeing them go back together.

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Looks great!!

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Love your work shop!

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Thanks for all the support and positive feedback. Much appreciated 🙂

 

On 1/10/2020 at 7:49 PM, lancemb said:

Awesome car!  Do you have some "before" pictures?

Yes, I have some pictures when it was for sale in UK in early nineties.

The panels and lower part of the doors had some rust, so they "fixed" that and painted it. Also did dome upholstry work. It was a nice driver and I had good fun with it.

 

 

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Very nice!  I assume you'll apply the correct two-tone scheme when you repaint it?

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On 1/9/2020 at 2:49 AM, dei said:

Love your work shop!

Thanks dei. It's not huge (22ft x 22ft) but just enough room to hold 2 cars. My '70 GS is at friend's place now, while I'm trying get ready for body to come back from the paint shop. 

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6 minutes ago, lancemb said:

Very nice!  I assume you'll apply the correct two-tone scheme when you repaint it?

Thanks. Yes, all in all I try to make it as factory correct as possible.

From the factory it is single color Dresden blue. But it will definitely be two-tone.

However, the big question is what combination 🤔

Wife and I can't agree and it is very difficult to decide. Have looked at so many pictures of diff. two-tone blue combinations.

Have ordered a sample of each of the 5 blue colors you could get in 57 and Dover white. So hopefully that will help us decide.

 

 

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Got some more work done. Factory correct Carter 2507S and throttle linkage. The linkage will be refurbished when I'm sure the adjust is working correctly.

Exhaust hanger over rear axle and lower shock absorber bolt, washer etc. installed.

 

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Since last update I have been preparing smaller items that need to be rechromed. Many parts and all the large parts like bumpers are done.

I have also worked on exhaust manifolds and exhaust system. I have a set of NOS mufflers, really looking forward to hear how it would have sounded from new.

Today I got the main mufflers hanging in the rights hangers and position.

 

I have also been at the body shop. The repairs that was needed are done. Front fenders and hood are primed and ready for test assembly.

A deck lid is on its way from Idaho. The media blaster company ruined the original one.

 

Samples of the 5 available 57 colors are in progress. Here are Biscay blue and Starlight blue.

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2 hours ago, 57Century said:

Samples of the 5 available 57 colors are in progress. Here are Biscay blue and Starlight blue.

 

 

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Looking great!  If you like blues, here is what Biscay Blue over Arctic Blue looks like on a car.

 

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Thanks. That looks awesome 😀

Yes, I like blue. Some I'm trying choose between the 5 blue colors that was available in 57.

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