'72 Skylark Resto

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by MichaelH, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. MichaelH

    MichaelH Well-Known Member

    So begins the restoration story of my Grandmother's 1972 Skylark Custom convertible... She bought it new in Dec. 1971, drove it and loved it. Here are some before photos for later comparison. Doesn't look so bad, right?

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    The first round of process pix from <a href="http://www.paintworksunlimited.com/">Paintworks</a>:<br/>
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    As Sean began stripping off panels, he discovered the car originally had side molding. Do I try to find replacement molding or just leave it smooth? I vote smooth.
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    typical rust holes in the fenders
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    What is that blob? Anyone have a pair of good fenders they'd be willing to sell me???
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    Cardboard. That's stock, right?
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    More to come!
     
  2. bodyman5001

    bodyman5001 Well-Known Member

    man, pictures can really hide stuff. yikes

    I sold a nice 77 gmc pickup a month ago. It was a nice solid truck but in pics it looked like a show truck. I guess I shoulda sold it on ebay. :laugh:
     
  3. MichaelH

    MichaelH Well-Known Member

    Rear 1/4 action
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  4. chucks71

    chucks71 Well-Known Member

    Looking good!!:TU:
     
  5. MichaelH

    MichaelH Well-Known Member

    Sean tells me, "That was the easy side."
     
  6. MichaelH

    MichaelH Well-Known Member

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    Check out the mess on the floor!
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    Thankfully the upper half of the quarter panel was OK, AFAIK there are no reproduction skins for convertibles.
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    Doors, trunk and hood are off to be media blasted. Still waiting for the California fenders to arrive!
     
  7. MichaelH

    MichaelH Well-Known Member

    Well, the PS door was swiss cheese and there were some major rust holes that needed patching. I'm amazed at how much body filler was in my car!
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    The trunk, hood and doors are back from being media blasted. You can see the holes in the hood a dent puller left from a repair in the '80s.
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    I'm on the hunt for new weatherstripping, any recommendations?
     
  8. chucks71

    chucks71 Well-Known Member

  9. 56cent

    56cent Well-Known Member

    Man it looks like some real Hacks got hold of this car way back when! It looks like your bodyman is doing a great job!!!! Can't wait to see it finished. Great job!!! Bill
     
  10. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Great pictures of the good work in progress.
     
  11. copperheadgs1

    copperheadgs1 copperheadgs1

    I'll be in that same boat soon. Have lots of work to do on trunk and rear wheel houses. Thanks for the pictures. Try Ames Performance Pontiac for original GM trunk weatherstrip. Much better than the aftermarket stuff as it is soft latex. You will not have to slam the trunk like with the aftermarket stuff. For the other stuff you are pretty much stuck with aftermarket.
     
  12. MichaelH

    MichaelH Well-Known Member

    Primed and ready for block sanding:
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    The front fenders have arrived! Weatherstrip to be ordered this week.
     
  13. 67 Post GS

    67 Post GS Well-Known Member

    Nice job man.
     
  14. JOE RIV 1

    JOE RIV 1 Well-Known Member

    More pict's nice job
     
  15. rjfox

    rjfox Well-Known Member

    can't wait to see more updates on this!
     
  16. MichaelH

    MichaelH Well-Known Member

    I was in St. Thomas for a week while the poor guys at Paintworks slaved away on the convertible. Things are looking good!

    The California fenders weren't exactly as advertised. One was pretty banged up and the other side had a rather piss-poor attempt at a patch. That's the way it goes, I guess.
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    We were able to use the original wheel houses up front with a little patch work.
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    The front end was remarkably intact.
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    My engine looks so filthy compared to Sean's work.
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    Headlight bezel
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    Bottom of the hood cleaned up well.
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    checking the fit
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    Trunk was patched and painted, looks nice.
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    The car will sit for a week while the primer hardens and then on goes the color. I saw the jambs painted and the color looks great. Weatherstrip and tires have been ordered and I'm working on some interior pieces at home. Thanks for the advice! This summer is going to be awesome...
     
  17. GoldBoattail455

    GoldBoattail455 462 -> TH400 -> Posi

    Looking good!:TU:
     
  18. cstanley-gs

    cstanley-gs Silver Mist

    Man keep the pictures coming! I love it!
     
  19. alec296

    alec296 i need another buick

    convertables rock!!:beer
    but mine(#2) is a rust bucket compared to yours:ball:
    mine will have a hot small block buick around 350 hp 400 lbs i hope
     
  20. rjfox

    rjfox Well-Known Member

    looking great!
     

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