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  1. #26
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    the body guy is finally moving full speed ahead, got the firewall repainted after scratching it in while installing the engine, go the whole car D.A'd all the rust is gone and new metal welded in, got the hole in the floor cut out for the tranny, bucket seat brackets are in, and we should have the car ready for etching primer by this weekend!
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  2. #27
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Huh, don't know how I missed this thread. Looking good. I considering power window's as well, and for $40 I'd do it in a heart beat!
    The Silver Buick- '77 Skylark coupe w/455, SPX, MegaSquirt 2 & TKO-600 (Drag Week 2011!), '72 Centurion Conv't - 455w/TH400, '67 T-bird 4Dr (suicide) w/428, MegaSquirt 1 & C6. '69 Firebird replaced, now building a Pontiac Turbo L6!

    My Skylark thread
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=208168
    My Pontiac OHC Six thread.
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=219250

    I'm just a regular guy that fuel injected an old Buick and Thunderbird.

  3. #28
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    got the motor back in, started to get the wires in place. the body shop guy is back in snail mode. not looking good o have it back on the road by spring time. im working on getting the z-bar to fit without hitting the headers, i had to cut off the lower tab and move it closer to the block. the picture of it here is not the finished product.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  4. #29
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    installed msd box, rpm activated switch (for shift light), and wired up the gages.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  5. #30
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    installed the brakes today. summit (sbbc) aluminum 2 piston disc up front and sbbc disc in the rear. painted them with "G2" caliper paint and am not happy at all with the outcome. the cast iron rear disc look ok, but the aluminum came out runny and blotchy after 4-5 coats of paint and the color isn't quite what was represented on the box. a little too orange for me, but im not going to strip it down and redo it another color. also installed the pre-bent stanless front brake lines, they are REAL nice! ordered from classic industries, the fit was almost perfect
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  6. #31
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    got the electric fan in today after having some brackets fabricated out of aluminum. the fan is out of a 2000 dodge intrepid. fits perfect!
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  7. #32
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Finally got tired of all of the excuses and snail's pace that my body guy was doing and moved the car to a regular body/resto shop. its going to be a bit more expensive now but i didnt have much options. the car has been there 5 days now and they are moving along. they got the hood, wheel wells and back shell worked and ready for priming and or block sanding. thankfully they dont have much of a problem with me tinkering around them as long as im not in their way (which i dont want to be in anyway). so i got my "Momo" steering wheel that i found at a swap meet installed. it has a carbon fiber ring and yellow momo horn button to match the carbon fiber instrument panel and guages and the momo shifter knob and pedals. i also got my seats (front and rear) back from the upholstery shop.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  8. #33
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    awsome news! this body shop seems to be motivated and has been chugging along. they say that they will be done by next weekend. which leaves me only to finish the wiring and reinstall the interior. they are also letting me do some work while it is in the shop, so i got the exhaust and my new shortened driveshaft back in.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  9. #34
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Nice to see it moving along.....

    I like the color


    1971 SKYLARK
    Built to scare children and old ladies

    Chuck Hensel

  10. #35
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    the car is finally painted!!! just needs to be buffed and blocked.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  11. #36
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Car is finally painted, just needs to be blocked and buffed, hoping to bring it home on saturday.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  12. #37
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Looks great Dan! Let the cleaning begin, that dust gets everywhere!
    Dennis

    70 Buick GS

  13. #38
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    My baby is HOME!!! im so psyched. i've been working on getting it back on the road non stop. so far got the fan, front and rear head/tail lights, electric keyless entery door locks (thanks to philip's how-to post) prety much wired up. emblems are on, as well as the battery shutoff in place (real happy with how the matching paint looks). made a last minute decision to paint the "buick" on the valve covers to match the exterior color (thanks to perple for the idea)


    trying so hard to get it ready for the puyallup show (local BCA show)
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  14. #39
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    rolling along nicely, having some troubles here and there, but mostly in the wiring which was expected. been working about 3 days straight, not much eating or breaks. car should be ready to start tomorrow.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  15. #40
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    interior is just about finished. the car started with a little problem solving. power window and keyless doorlocks are all operating nicely.
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  16. #41
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    I'm not knocking your car, but every time I look at it, the Christmas song "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" runs through my head. You know the part, sing it with me......" you can even say it glows"............. Man is that paint bright.
    68 Skylark

  17. #42
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Very nice!
    Parrish and Kelly
    In order of modification priority:
    1. 1973 Green Buick Apollo (Kelly's)
    2. 1974 Black Buick Apollo (Parrish's)
    3. 1973 Silver Buick Apollo (Parrish's)
    4. 1999 Chevy Corvette
    5. 2007 Dodge Charger R/T

  18. #43
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    the car is about 98% finished, figured out that the high rpm thing was the throttle return spring was getting stuck. its still backfiring through the exhaust a little, but not as bad since i got rid of a few exhaust leaks. if i could figure out the brake problem i would be able to drive the car. im thinking maybe since i went from drum to disc rear brakes maybe i need a bigger master cylinder and proportining valve?
    i picked up a center console from a 2000-2002 camaro/firebird. i was gonna paint it tan, but thinking of maybe leaving it grey (it matches the dash). what do you guys think? i really dig the matching "Momo" carbon fibre shifter handle and steering wheel to go with the momo pedals
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    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  19. #44
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Finally got to drive the car! i got the brakes to work well enough to drive the car, but they are still not perfect. i may have got rid of the popping sound (backfiring). hoping to put some miles on it this week. should have some pictures soon.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  20. #45
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    hey Dan, what is that exact color? Its kind of close to mine. i might repaint that color :D
    Aaron

    1978 Buick Skylark 4 door(Whole Earth Brown) 231 v6 even-fire Auto

  21. #46
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Its a sherwin williams color i believe it is called "rusty metallic" i tried to get something close to the original color of my car which was called "bittersweet" a buick only color which was a rare option going back to the GS days. i love the color, it looks unbelievable in the sunlight.
    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  22. #47
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    okay thank you very much (: im trying to finally decide on my color lol
    Aaron

    1978 Buick Skylark 4 door(Whole Earth Brown) 231 v6 even-fire Auto

  23. #48
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Well it started in may of '09, and is finally done! I first thought it would take about 2 years so i guess i finished about 10 months ahead of schedule. bad news is i was about 2000 over budget. but i am very happy with the outcome. so in a nutshell here are the upgrades listed from front to back...

    added newer "Halo" style halogen headlights:


    Dual electric fans from a 2000 dodge intrepid:


    Dual piston aluminum front disc brakes, rear disc brakes:


    Covans classic carbon fibre gage cluster:


    Bucket seats and console from a 2002 Camaro:


    New carpet with heatshield insulation:


    and of course the tko600 5 speed.
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    there are alot of smaller upgrades like a complete rewire of the car with a 21 circuit new style fuse block, upgraded soundsystem.

    And the finished product







    Dan Lemyre
    75 skylark stage 2 455 (Bittersweet)
    2002 Trans am Ws6
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=181075

  24. #49
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    I can't see the pictures through the firewall at work, but I'll be checking back when I get home from work =D
    The Silver Buick- '77 Skylark coupe w/455, SPX, MegaSquirt 2 & TKO-600 (Drag Week 2011!), '72 Centurion Conv't - 455w/TH400, '67 T-bird 4Dr (suicide) w/428, MegaSquirt 1 & C6. '69 Firebird replaced, now building a Pontiac Turbo L6!

    My Skylark thread
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=208168
    My Pontiac OHC Six thread.
    http://www.v8buick.com/showthread.php?t=219250

    I'm just a regular guy that fuel injected an old Buick and Thunderbird.

  25. #50
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    Default Re: My Resto Project

    Where did you find those headlights, they look amazing!
    Aaron

    1978 Buick Skylark 4 door(Whole Earth Brown) 231 v6 even-fire Auto

 

 
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