1971 LeSabre Custom R&R

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Smartin, Apr 16, 2006.

  1. chryco63

    chryco63 14's or bust!

    Ha, I can see it now... the 455 and the 350 get swapped! :Dou: Then you'd be sleeping with one eye open at night...

    That LeSabre looks gorgeous with those rallyes, though, Adam! :) Bravo!
  2. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Thanks, Glen! I will definitely put regular whitewalls on it when I find a set of wheels. The wides don't look quite right.
  3. skyphix

    skyphix Well-Known Member

    That is a great looking car Adam, and you've done quite a job of bringing it back.
  4. BTail

    BTail Well-Known Member

    I kind of like the wider white walls, but that's ok.

    That poor Centurian looks like a neutered dog with those wheels. That pic got me all choked up. Maybe take those hub caps off and go with the steely look or something.

    Those wheels do really look good on the LeSabre. Sweet car.

  5. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I appreciate the honesty with your opinions...that's partly what I'm after with these wheel pictures. I'm still on the fence about the tire and wheel selection. I think now for sure I will use the road wheels, but the tires are still a question.

    I have a set of wire wheelcovers that came on the Centurion from the factory...so I may stick them back on it for now, until I decide what happens with everything.
  6. Eric B

    Eric B John 3:16

    My vote is go with the rallye wheels and narrow white walls (if you can afford it). The wide white walls are not bad looking but they are distracting.

    Now you just need to get some rallyes for the Centurion.
  7. skyphix

    skyphix Well-Known Member

    If you want opinions, I've always got one.

    I think the LeSabre would look a lot cooler with wire wheels than the Centurion, but then again, the next step up on the LeSabre for me would be black wheels/dog dish's. Not to immitate a police car either - it looks like a family car, a car that would probably see some camping trips and cross country. I gotta tell you, I wouldnt want to take my Rallyes into the woods (even if I could get replacements at the factory).

    Don't get me wrong, the Rallyes look good, but Im not sure they fit the function of the car (or, original function, maybe not the same function as it will be used in the future).

    If you DO keep the rallyes on the LeSabre, keep the wide whites, and do the same thing on the Centurion as you had before (whats on the LeSabre now)... it looked WAY to good to switch :TU:
  8. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    w00t! I actually won an award with this car!!! :Comp: :bglasses: :beer

  9. skyphix

    skyphix Well-Known Member

    Congrats, Adam :TU:
  10. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Thanks, Eric! It feels good to be recognized.
  11. chryco63

    chryco63 14's or bust!

    Congrats, Adam! Go four doors! :TU:
  12. EEE

    EEE Straight out of lo-cash!

    A trophy in the boat section, you make us all proud! So what's next to happen in the garage we follow like it's on a webcam?
  13. jamyers

    jamyers 2 gallons of fun

    Congrats, Adam!

    Hey a "Smartin's Garage Webcam" would be a lot more fun than tv...
  14. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    That would be interesting...yet strange..

    Next on the list - AC charge on Saturday

    After that - buff the hell out of every corner of the car.
  15. GoldBoattail455

    GoldBoattail455 462 -> TH400 -> Posi

    Congrats Adam! :beer :TU: Looks great. Keep up the good work. Have fun in Rochester. :bglasses:
  16. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    A/C is ice cold and I'm ready to roll!!! I love R12..

    The choke seal has an exhaust leak, and it looks like my float is set a hair too high. I see signs of a minor fuel seepage. Other than those things, I think I have everything in order.
  17. SpecialWagon65

    SpecialWagon65 Ted Nagel

    (you will be) COOL!
    See you In Minnesota.
    I just have to be cool, don't got no freekin' freon, just wind in the hair the whole way there....................... :bglasses:
  18. SpecialWagon65

    SpecialWagon65 Ted Nagel

    I've noticed all smiley;s are BALD. What is up with that? I need a hairy wind blown smiley face! :beer
  19. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Are you bringing the red car? If it's as nice as your green one, we're in for a treat:beer

    I wonder if Mr. Lore will be dropping in this year...we'll have to pow-wow....had a good time with you guys last year! When do you plan on getting into town? I'll be there sometime around noon on Wednesday, I would imagine. I'd like to get there sooner, but I have other cars to drive with, so I'm at the mercy of the caravan.
  20. Yardley

    Yardley Club Jackass

    Well, well, well... I don't know how I missed this thread all this time, but I am glad I finally found it.

    Adam, very well done. It's like I mentioned in the thread about Ken's Wildcat... all it takes is the ability to unbolt things, take them apart, clean and paint, and bolt back together. It requires no special skill or aptitude, just a desire to do the work.

    Yes, it IS amazing what cleaning and painting can do. Seriously, just cleaning and painting of a car that is pretty much all there (like your LeSabre or Ken's Wildcat) can make it look like a brand new car or a frame-off restoration.

    I was surprised to see you evacuated the AC, but glad to see you recharged it. I evac'd mine years ago, but had to in order to pull the whole front clip off. Anything I do to it now just gets the AC compressor strung from the ceiling (or I lay a broom handle from the cowl to the core support and then use cable ties to hold the compressor to the broom handle). That way it stays put and I don't lose my charge.

    Is the trunk latch supposed to be white?

    SEM makes a spray can of self-etching primer that I have used for years (and Hot Rod just did a story about it!) that bonds real well to metal. I use it everywhere. But I believe you to be correct with respect to the engine block, it would burn off.

    CARS has a brush-on engine paint that is "self leveling", meaning it takes a full week to cure, so it flows out and leaves no brush marks. But you can't start the car for a week.

    Very nice job, bud. I'll call you to get the poop on the brake booster cad so I can do mine.

    Your work makes me realize how long in the tooth my Riv is getting. I POR15'd the battery tray area this past winter, but feel the need to strip it all out and repaint it soon.

    You have given me a brain storm... I'll have my body paint put into a spray bomb so I can do the door jams and trunk jam. Great idea, bud.

    Very nice job, Adam. I'd like to see it in person. But take no umbridge with this remark... don't bring it to Salem unless you plan on racing it. We are the Buick PERFORMANCE Group! Heh heh. Just busting on you.

    Well done. I wish I had the time to paint Ken's inner fenders and all, but there was literally no time. I had literally zero extra time. I basically had just finished screwing it together when they rolled in to the driveway - and even then we had a few hours of work to do on it to get it road worthy.

    See ya in Salem!

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