Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GSX clone

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  1. 72buicklt1

    72buicklt1 Well-Known Member

    Re: Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GS clone

    Chuck, i too have a friend who recommended a shop.. Shop said $50 an hour, so that must be the going rate for custom work.. I have dealings through work with body shops and typically see pricing around $44 an hour for collision type repairs.. but these shops wont do my car because of tying up a bay too long.. They want turnover and also know i am a little to critical of straightness..

    Paint color drives the cost up also depending if you want single stage vs tricoat...


    Dan C.
     
  2. 72buicklt1

    72buicklt1 Well-Known Member

    Re: Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GS clone

    Oh, I forgot to mention that the custom shop said $10 grand will get me a straight job.. So if your budgeting $5k thay may be low for a full out color change..

    Also the more prep work or strip down you can do will save you cash..

    Dan C.
     
  3. 2791 lark custo

    2791 lark custo Gold Level Contributor

    Re: Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GS clone

    I already stripped the car to bear metal. I have the front clip and doors blocked out. I is just the rear quarters that will need some filler sanded smoth and the primmed, and blocked.

    I have done most of the prep, but I think I have come to the point where a pro can finish the body in far less time than I can and do a much better job.

    My body shop guy is comming over on Monday to give me his estimate:Do No:
     
  4. 72buicklt1

    72buicklt1 Well-Known Member

    Re: Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GS clone

    sounds good,, when you tackle the labor stuff that helps alot.. and i agree about the body work part - i prefer to leave that to the expert also..

    Dan C.
     
  5. 2791 lark custo

    2791 lark custo Gold Level Contributor

    Re: Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GS clone

    My neibor came over and looked at my car and sugjested that one of the guys that works for him does side work and I should get togeather with him in an effort to save some $$.

    I also spent time in the shop working on the inner fender splash guards. Finaly reducing that pile of new parts and getting them installed
     

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  6. carmantx

    carmantx Never Surrender

    Re: Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GS clone

    Chuck, you are on about the same schedule as I am. I am not doing any body work though, I leave that to my friend. I've been working on all the mechanical.

    You decide on the color yet? Yellow sure going to look nice?
     
  7. 2791 lark custo

    2791 lark custo Gold Level Contributor

    Re: Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GS clone

    Saturn Yellow I like the boldness. Seeing Jim Lore's GSX convertible on your thread was all it took for me to make up my mind. But I am still using your red one as my screen saver
     
  8. 2791 lark custo

    2791 lark custo Gold Level Contributor

    Well I said goodby to my skylark/GSX clone for a few weeks while she gets a bit of body work and paint. Can't wait to get her back and start the reassembly process.

    And yes the tow-truck driver was HOT
     

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  9. JOE RIV 1

    JOE RIV 1 Well-Known Member

    YES SHE IS!!!!Chuck you were doin a good job how come you gave it to the body shop?( I would love to drop mine off to )hope it turns out perfect for you good luck. Riv
     
  10. 2791 lark custo

    2791 lark custo Gold Level Contributor

    At some point body work becomes art work and I am not an artist. I have the front clip very very close to done, but I want in right and I am getting the deal of a lifetime on the cost. My neibor owns a body shop and with no snow this winter he just need some work to keep his people busy.

     
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  11. Tim

    Tim Silver Level contributor

    Re: Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GS clone

    Chuck, don't forget to fill in the hood emblem holes, Skylarks had the hood emblems not GS.
    Tim

     
  12. 2791 lark custo

    2791 lark custo Gold Level Contributor

    Re: Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GS clone

    And I thought I had everything all buttoned up for paint this week, well I will give the body shop a call this morning and have them weld those holes shut. THANKS Tim!!!
     
  13. LowFlyLark

    LowFlyLark Time for a mild custom.

    Re: Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GS clone

    WOW! You do fantastic work for never doing a car to the frame and back. Looking forward to more pics.
     
  14. 2791 lark custo

    2791 lark custo Gold Level Contributor

    Re: Chucks 72 skylark custom convertible to GS clone

    my car could be painted by next week. Here are some pics in primer. Getting excited to start putting her back togather
     
  15. bbb72

    bbb72 Well-Known Member

    Nice work.
     
  16. V8Sky

    V8Sky "Scarlett"

    Looking forward to seeing your Buick after paint Chuck!
     
  17. 2791 lark custo

    2791 lark custo Gold Level Contributor

    Right now having trouble figuring out how to load pics. Have reduced size but still getting a pic to large kick back???
     
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    2791 lark custo Gold Level Contributor

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    2791 lark custo Gold Level Contributor

  20. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    Just save the pics to your hard drive. Then click on the tree icon in the bar above your reply.

    I want to see a pic of your painter in order to see if he has any hair left.:shock:
     

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