70 Stage1 Convertible

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Smartin, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. BYoung

    BYoung Stage me

    Just curious, is Tealmist Gray paint color readily available or will it require some formulation?
     
  2. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    It's always nice to have a part that still wears the original paint. The doors on this car are original, and still have original paint on the jambs. I will be taking it to the auto body supply guy and seeing if he can take a picture with his magic camera. Hopefully that will be enough.

    There are easier ways, like just going to autocolorlibrary.com and ordering straight through them. The base colors are usually really close in color. I've used them several times now. The base paint is not the highest quality, but if you use a good quality clear over it, you're in good shape. The drawback of the more inexpensive base is that it requires more product for the same application. Mix ratios are 2:1, as opposed to 1:1 for a higher quality base.
     
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  3. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Santa came today with a pile of parts!

    I made some progress on assembly, but not a ton. Santa didn't come until 4pm. I basically had everything ready to go beforehand, so I didn't miss a beat when they did come.

    Tomorrow, all bushings are pressed in, and hopefully this weekend I'll have the chassis on the ground.
     

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  4. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I pulled the front upper control arm bits out and started fitting them together, and found out that the "faux" rivet kit from TPP for the upper ball joints is a total joke. The heads are so small they go nearly through the holes in the ball joints. Oddly enough, the size of the heads are correct if you install them upside down...but that's contrary to the idea of having the look of riveted ball joints. So I took the bolts that were supplied with the ball joints and ground them down until they resembled something like what was on there from the factory. Great...next!

    The big convex washers that came with the shaft kit for the upper control arm bushings had a gold cad-like finish on them. I'm pretty sure these were just zinc or silver cad originally, so I just took them to the buffer and zipped the gold coating off. Magic!
     

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  5. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I am nearly ready to get this thing back on the ground. I just have the front brakes to install. I ran out of steam and time this evening...so tomorrow morning I'll pick back up.
     

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  6. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    It's back on the ground now. I took photos before putting on those lovely 30 year old whitewalls and rusty 14" rallyes though:D

    When I was installing the brakes, I screwed up and installed the left and right brake adjusters on the wrong sides. I went to do a preliminary adjustment and ended up tightening the adjuster all the way in...causing me to disassemble both sides to swap them. That's what I get for not double checking.

    Brake and fuel lines will be here sometime mid week. In the interim, I'll bring the body back in and start getting that ready. I don't imagine it'll take long to get it cleaned up and ready for paint. The doors and fenders are in pretty good shape, with the exception of two creases in one of the doors. I have a suspicion that the fenders are "flat tops" and will need some help there. Trunk lid is nice. Hood is exceptionally nice, but I'll have to make the spring disappear on the bottom side.

    Maybe end of February to see some color?
     

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  7. mrolds69

    mrolds69 "The Cure"

    Adam, kind of late now, but for future reference you can use button head Gr. 8 (Allen type) bolts for the ball joints to replicate the rivets. Then you can put Bondo or strip caulk in the Allen hole after installing. If you need to remove them you just pick the hole out. The chassis is coming along fast!
     
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  8. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Thanks for the tip, Frank!
     
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  9. Brian Albrecht

    Brian Albrecht Gold Level Monkey

  10. BuickV8Mike

    BuickV8Mike SD Buick Fan

    Adam, The restoration is certainly too shelf. ;) I was wondering what brand bushings you bought and if you were please with them? There seems to be plenty of choices out there...rubber, delrin, polyurethane etc. Happy New Year.

    Cool tip Frank.

    Best regards,
    Mike
     
  11. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    All stock rubber bushings.

    Thanks!
     
  12. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    On to body work!
     

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  13. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I started on the doors and trunk today while waiting on setup time for the body shell. I don't have any fun in-progress pics except this one of the trunk lid. The paint lifted as fast as I could brush the stripper on...never seen it work that fast before!

    So, since this is a Skylark trunk, I am going to need a stencil for the GS emblem holes. Anyone know of a source?
     

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  14. flh73

    flh73 Well-Known Member

  15. Brian Albrecht

    Brian Albrecht Gold Level Monkey

    Sanding and sanding and more sanding. Are you hand blocking?
     
  16. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Mostly, yes. I'll use an air file for some of the big stuff, but I'd say 80% is hand work.
     
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  17. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Second round of super build...

    I haven't been working much on this the last week or so, due to the new building needing my attention before certain things are completed. But I got a few hours in this afternoon after doing some wiring out back. I'll continue on the building wiring for now while I let this cure. I might pull the fenders down and start messing with them...
     

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  18. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I was able to get all of the fuel and brake lines installed this morning....except the two small hard lines that connect the front brake hoses to the wheel cylinders. Apparently, those are a separate item in the "drum brake line kit" from Inline. WHY...I have no idea. Other than that, all hard lines are installed. The chassis is in the house garage right now...it's fun running back and forth from garage to garage because you need a tool.
     

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  19. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    This is what I think is the last round of polyester primer...famous last words, I know. Started blocking with 180 and gave up for dinner.
     

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  20. Daves69

    Daves69 Too many cars too work on

    Looks like it is snowing in your garage.
     
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