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  1. #1
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    Default My Resto Project

    Well my car has taken on a few too many dings and scratches so i've decided to tear it apart and fix it up the way i want it. I started last week, and i'll be posting every now and again to keep you all updated.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Looks like a pretty clean starting point! Those Western cars hold up pretty nicely. We East coasters have to deal with tons of scale and rust. Keep the pictures coming!
    Joe M.
    '67 Skylark Convertible (Project)
    '04 Mazda 6S Wagon (Daily Driver)
    Past Project: '70 Stingray Coupe (Sold)

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    i wish that was the case, joe. this car spent the first 28 years of its life in new york on long island, probably the worst area on the east coast for salt in the air and in the street. i moved out to the west coast 6 years ago.The skylark had a paint job 7 years ago, but it was done by maaco and the poor bodywork is starting to show through. not to knock maaco, they told me when they did it that it wasn't a top quality job and i got what i paid for and maybe a little more, the paint is holding up real well, just not the body work.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Dan, you can send that poor old 455 down here to me and I will give it a nice home in sunny So-Cal.

    Greg Carolus 1975 Olds Omega Salon with the heart of a Buick 350/4 needing some love to get more ponies.
    My Buick engine dont leak it marks it's turf......

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    I'LL trade you my 455 for a ls7 and 6 speed manual!

    The media blasting is done and has revealed a LOT more rust then i even imagined. i guess i will be sending my body guy to Hawaii instead of disney.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Looks like a good idea going through it when you did. Nothing too bad, but if left alone you may have had real issues.

    I am looking forward to following this thread and seeing how things go.

    Everyone talks about cars out west like we all lived in the arid desert.
    We see up to 100 inches of rain in a year here and enough wind to make sure it gets everywhere. Moss grows on everything, even road surfaces. We don't need salt on the roads in the Northwest to rust our cars (although DOT is starting to use it again).
    David
    Raymond Washington

    Empty garage, for now.
    Still room in the garage for the next 65

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    "i guess i will be sending my body guy to Hawaii instead of disney"

    Thats funny ........ I also look forward to following along.. good luck with the project!
    Dennis

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    started work on the new dash/gauge cluster, and body guy is slowly working on the front fenders.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    recieved my door panels from classic industries, awsome pieces except for the fact that the metal upper bracket does not come attached so you need to use your old one. its tricky putting it back on because it was originally designed to go together using a special tool, so a little fabrication was needed to make it work. i used carpet glue, a few pop rivots and a 3 pound hammer. they came out nice, i think.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    looking good Dan...
    Dennis

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    Guage cluster just about finished mounted autometer carbon fibre sport comt guages in covan classic panel.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Quote Originally Posted by wormwood View Post
    Guage cluster just about finished mounted autometer carbon fibre sport comt guages in covan classic panel.
    This is HOT I may have to "borrow" this design from you.
    Greg Carolus 1975 Olds Omega Salon with the heart of a Buick 350/4 needing some love to get more ponies.
    My Buick engine dont leak it marks it's turf......

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    whew! things are going slowly. i have been working on putting electric windows in my doors, what a chore. finally finished the passanger side. also finished painting/por15ing my core support. there are more pictures posted on my picasa account. http://picasaweb.google.com/DnRLemyre/BuickResto5509#
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Nice pictures Dan, it's amazing what you find when you strip a car down to bare metal. I was laughing reading your post, your putting power windows in your Skylark, and I'm contemplating putting manual windows in my Regal.. Were never happy are we.... Keep up the good work!
    Dennis

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    well, im really only putting in power windows because i got such a good deal. $40 for both motors and regulators, i couldn't resist.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    moving along.. finished POR-15'nin the frame today, painted the steering column and picked up the new tremec 5 speed.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    firewall ready for paint, after that i'll be ready to install the engine and new transmission.while the body guy hopefully continues with the body.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Are you painting it body color, or going back with black?
    Dennis

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    gonna go with the body color on the firewall, and thinking about black on the inner fenders for a little contrast.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    some updates on the slow moving progress. the firewall is primed and ready for paint. engine is painted and bolted to the new 5-speed and will hopefully be back in its riteful place.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Hi Dan
    Is this the car that you brought to Puyallup 3 or 4 years ago on the trailer?
    If so, it certainly sounded like a big engine. Anyway, it's looking great. I hope you will be done for Puyallup in June.
    Cheers
    Harvey

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Quote Originally Posted by wormwood View Post
    gonna go with the body color on the firewall, and thinking about black on the inner fenders for a little contrast.
    Heres an older skylark engine bay I saw at Goodguy's this summer, it does contrast well....

    Dennis

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    yea harvy, that's it, i would like to have it ready by the puyallup show, but at the pace my body guy is moving i hope to have it there before the world ends in 2012.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Firewall is painted and ready for the motor and tranny to go back in. also picked up an electric fan (out of an 01 intrepid, i hear they fit perfectly in x'body's) and the brackets for the bucket seat install.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    got the motor and tranny in. unfortunatly when i was puting in the motor, i scratched up the firewall.....so mad i feel like screaming at the top of my lungs. also got the wiring harness installed and started to run the wires.
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    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
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