finally got one of my own!

Discussion in 'Buick "Widows" support group' started by convertiblegirl, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. convertiblegirl

    convertiblegirl Active Member

    Another weekend at work! Core support from CA came in, in much better shape than the one I have! Worked on cleaning it up and now it looks great! Also cleaned up the inner fenders.... drivers side looks pretty good, passenger side not so much but will fix it up with some welding!

    Gil and Mike's called and Transmission is done! Will pick that up today!

    This weekend will be spent driving from Cincinnati to Mercersburg PA to pick up a hood! Hood is better shape than the one I have. So road trip this weekend and then back to work over Thanksgiving!

    Next on the list..... clean up the remainder of the engine well, paint all those pieces we sanded down and get ready to put the rebuilt engine back in!
     
  2. gsjo

    gsjo Platinum Level Contributor

    Welcome,keep up the good fight!:3gears: :3gears:
     
  3. scott kerns

    scott kerns Silver Level contributor

    WOW! No wasted time here! Best of luck with the resto. Just remember the car is 40+ years old and the biggest surprise is waiting for you when you drive her.
    :3gears:

    Scott
     
  4. convertiblegirl

    convertiblegirl Active Member

    Driving her will be an awesome feeling! However, each day I work on her, I get more concerned that driving her will happen anytime soon!

    Got the hood, that was a 15 hour car trip made in 24 hours! Out to the middle of nowhere! Hood is on ok shape, has a small dent that will need to be fixed but other than that, it it good.

    Spend Sunday spraying out and cleaning the firewall and frame, looks pretty good now!

    Last night I painted the core support with some Por15, will spray a top coat on it this weekend. Also started to paint the front of the frame with this stuff too. Supposed to be good stuff... we will see!

    Pulled the carpet and back seat bench out last night. Seems to me that a squirrel used to live in this car while it sat in indoor storage (again, I think they lied about that!) There were walnut halves all under the seat! For the most part the floor looks bad. Hole in the drivers side floor was missing the plug and was rusted pretty bad, passenger side looks pretty bad too. Amazing enough, the back floor isnt too bad. Not sure how, seeing as the rest of the car is BAD. The seats are in usable condition, have a couple small rips but will use them.

    Going to finishing painting the firewall and front end frame this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
     
  5. N360LL

    N360LL milehi71Stage1

    I've been following with interest all the effort you have put into this project in olby a few weeks.

    I noticed that you painted POR-15 last night. From my experience the top coat needs to be painted within minutes of putting it on a surface for best results. It may be different in your climate but here where it is dry most of the time being quick with top coats is a must. The flash times are simply much shorter at altitude and low humidity given the asme temperature.
     
  6. convertiblegirl

    convertiblegirl Active Member

    Thanks for the info on the POR15, from the guys I talked to around here (in cincy), they all said it was fine to put the POR15 on the rusted, but sanded down areas as it sticks to that the best, let it dry and then paint it all with top coat. Never used this stuff before, so we will see what happens.

    Well, dug into the floor some more over thanksgiving weekend, needless to say, the floor is a lost cause, worse than we first discovered! Thought the back floor area looked good, turns out the padding between the carpet and the floor was still in when I looked! Ordered a new floor pan yesterday, was going to try and fix but found a good deal with free shipping and 25% off, so ordered a new one!

    The paint..... I am planning on painting the car. I know I want to do one solid color but not sure what color? Any suggestions?
     
  7. Jeremy McNicol

    Jeremy McNicol We had a good time

    Silver or Black
     
  8. 70455ht

    70455ht Well-Known Member

    Convertiblegirl,

    Didn't catch your name. If you don't mind, I was wondering where you got the deal on the floor and if the sale is still going on? I've got a 72 GS conv. I have been picking up parts for it. The floor has some holes in it. Welcome to this site!:beer
     
  9. TODD'S 67

    TODD'S 67 Time for another Buick!

    Glad to see you're making good progress! It almost sounds like you should do a complete body off restoration. Then you would know everything is done right and make sure the frame is good. I know that's a lot of work though!
     
  10. convertiblegirl

    convertiblegirl Active Member

    the floor pan came from orginial parts group http://www.opgi.com/product.asp?catmainid=4&vyear=69&CatCatalog=Skylark - they still have the free shipping but not sure on the extra sale! That was Thanksgiving weekend when I ordered.

    Black or silver.... think I want more color...... something bright and fun!

    Latest update.....it's cold! Hard to work on the car when it's this cold! yeah, I have a garage to work in but with a smaller propane heater and a high ceiling, it's still really cold....so taking a break with the holidays and will get back into it in January! I know still cold then.....

    My name .... it's sheryl! Glad to have a support group!
     
  11. DeeVeeEight

    DeeVeeEight Well-Known Member

    Welcome Sheryl!

    That's a great project you have going there. We love the progress pictures, keep them coming! :TU:
    I can relate to the cold garage thing, I am trying to warm mine up right now - it's way too cold!
     
  12. Oldskewl59

    Oldskewl59 Silver Level contributor

    Greetings from just across the river. I really like the color on that car.
     
  13. 197064buickspec

    197064buickspec 1964 Special Post-455

    Just and FYI. This thread is from last year nand this memeber hasn't been on since -Last Activity: 12-15-2010 02:36 PM
     
  14. convertiblegirl

    convertiblegirl Active Member

    Wow, been a little over a year since I was last one! Been busy with life and this project! Well, as I continue to gid into this project, we have decided to do a total frame off restoration! Not by choice but by need.

    So over the past year, I have been buying parts, parts and more parts..... have a new frame (just the frame) and have started to sand and por15 it.... see picture.... have started to fix up the fenders, sore support and some more pieces......

    This has become a HUGE undertaking. Hope to have it done by the end of 2012!
     

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  15. 69GS400s

    69GS400s ...my own amusement ride!

    (Sigh) ... I have Lift Envy

    Glad you're still progressing. Lots of times when things were as bad as you found it leads to a total tear down, but you're doing the right thing for both the car and you if you plan to go topless for many years to come.

    Me ... I'm celebrating 20 years with my top down this coming season.

    FYI - Gary and Doug Paine are out in Ohio (Father/Son) and are a great wealth of info and parts for us 68/69 StepChildren. Their board names are GreatScat and PaineKiller.

    Did you get yourself the 1969 Buick Chasis service manual yet ? it will be invaluable to you as you put it back together.

    BTW - "we", the 68/69 fans loosely refer to ourselves as the StepChildren because the majority used to only like either the earlier 64-67s or the later 70-72's and po-poo'd the unique styling of the 68/69's ...

    ... So, welcome to the StepChild Nation and don't hesitate to ask as you progress.
     
  16. convertiblegirl

    convertiblegirl Active Member

    I learned to drive on the 69 with the top down, it was dads. Always dreamed I would own one of my own.

    I did get the manual. Dad is rebuilding his (my brother took it apart and was planning to put it back together but never got it to).

    Building two now! Here's a pic of dad's - from back in the day!
    69buick_mike.jpg
     
  17. SpecialWagon65

    SpecialWagon65 Ted Nagel

    Good to see another Buick restoration here in Cincinnati! That picture reminds me of my 68 Skylark convertible I "restored" in 1977...first car, wore a tux to senior prom @ Moonlight Pavillion :)
    Working on a 69 GS350 hardtop among other things here. Keep us posted on progress!
     
  18. convertiblegirl

    convertiblegirl Active Member

    Been a while since I have been on this website and gave an update.... so.... I found a 68 on craigslist in the area and went to look at it... this one is in much better shape than the one I am currently restoring... so... cahnge of plans... bought the 68 and will drive.... yet DRIVE this one while I fix it. The body looks great and not too much rust. As for the 69... not sure yet, dad has a 69 as well that we are working on so we might use some of the parts and either part out the 69 and/or sell the shell. I know there will be other parts I will get rid of...like the extra frame, extra hood and more. I get a picture up soon of the new old car!
     
  19. convertiblegirl

    convertiblegirl Active Member

    here are the pictures
     

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  20. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    Hey there Sheryl! Great news that you are driving instead of working on the cars only!!!:TU: Have fun and keep us posted!
     

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