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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Yaril, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. Yaril
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 990


    its time to build another traditional Kustom, some of you will remember my cross country taildragger 50 Ford Miss Loved, well now that's at a better home and I was left wanting another white padded top custom. so literally the day after the 50 was picked up by Reliable, I purchased this 41 Buick Convertible and had it shipped down to Miami. it already has a Nova clip with 350/350 running driving (for the most part lol) so my intensions are to build another cross country taildragger only this time I want to use modern drivetrain (going to swap 350 for an LS) and I also want airbag suspension. the body and interior styling will be late 40s early 50s, as best I can make it, but it will be a driver with power: steering, windows, brakes and even a/c.

    So I am shooting to finish this one in time for GNRS 2017... hopefully all goes well and I can make the 3k mile trek. Thanks!

    day it arrived (next to the daily driver 51 Buick):
    photo 1 (1).JPG

    already installed disc brakes and power master to the 1970 Nova clip, planning out the chop:
    photo 2 (1).JPG

    skirts arrived, convertible header removed from rack:
    photo 31.JPG

    4" chop out of the A-pillar:
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  2. Sakke
    Joined: Mar 12, 2011
    Posts: 224

    from Finland

    Great start !! I will follow this build.
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  3. Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Can't wait
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  4. CadMad
    Joined: Oct 20, 2012
    Posts: 716


    The hamb just got exciting again. Here is a factory sketch by Art Ross in 38. -6503063383476761666.jpg Don't tell me the designers didn't know where they wanted their rooflines.!
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  5. Downtime
    Joined: Jul 18, 2012
    Posts: 35


    It would be cool to come and see yours. We are working on my 39 in Hollywood. I think i may be too chicken to do the chop.
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  6. Can't wait to see where this leaving it a true convertible?
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  7. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,720

    Jalopy Joker

    Cool -
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2015
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  8. hacknwhack
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 481

    from mass

    stoked you are building this. Now I don't have to. SubD
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  9. eric54chevy
    Joined: Jun 3, 2009
    Posts: 988

    from TEXAS!

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  10. 41sedanetteowner
    Joined: May 11, 2013
    Posts: 29


    I have a Sedanette, so I'm along for this ride. I'll be watching with great interest!
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  11. Yaril
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 990


    anytime you want im at the shop most of the time.
  12. Yaril
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 990


    will be a removable padded top, not folding.

    yes after seeing that car in person at GNRS few years back I am happy to be building one, one of my all time favs!
  13. Tin Can
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
    Posts: 2,096

    Tin Can

    Very cool you are building another buick. I just picked up a 41, in the planning stages now.
  14. 427PostGalx
    Joined: Jul 21, 2010
    Posts: 28

    from So Cal

    That Buick looks sick already! Look forward to following the build and to see it at the GNRS.
  15. This will be awesome! I would love to drive my '41 to GNRS 2017 too.
  16. Like where this is heading.
  17. Boy howdy, great project.

    We need an all Buick thread!!

  18. There you go again!! This'll be great - subscribed!

  19. LONG
    Joined: Aug 20, 2011
    Posts: 292


    Last edited: Nov 19, 2015
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  20. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,116


    This should be another great one. I'm in.
  21. thecrazed(k)666
    Joined: Feb 7, 2010
    Posts: 212


  22. Orn
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,056


    Yaril, looks like a good start. I will follow this, keep it up!
    Here's another one just like yours in Sweden.

    Last edited: Dec 26, 2015
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  23. Yaril
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 990


    no real updates yet. been wrapping up the year on customer cars and with the arrival of our baby boy!

    progress will pick up on this very soon ;)

    yarilsCustoms-2603 (Large).jpg
  24. Yaril
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 990


    yes Orn I saw him on facebook! looks great!
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  25. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis

    Very cool, Yaril !

    If you can make it to the GNRS, try and make it to Salina in 2017...would be great to see that ride in-person, my friend ! BUT, if you do bring the '41, BEWARE ! Remember in Salina when I carjacked your Ford while you were taking this picture ?!

    (NOTE: Never leave your keys in your car...especially while you're taking a picture of someone who's conned you into doing that while they're sitting in the car ! )


    Happy Holidays, to you, your wife, and, that new "pre-rodder" baby boy !

    Last edited: Dec 29, 2015
  26. Yaril
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 990


    thank you Jonnie! your welcome to take my custom anytime no conning required. we are having a blast with the pre-rodder watching him grow.

    happy holidays to you and your family as well!
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  27. papajohn
    Joined: Nov 2, 2006
    Posts: 875


  28. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,548


    The other one sure was fun, I'm in! Guessing there is some more thrashing in your future!
  29. Yaril
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 990


    papajohn, not sure what the more "correct" reason for the removable top, but from my understanding... its first of all easier to build a padded top than rework all the frame to properly open and close, my opinion. second I think the flow on a padded top is most difficult to duplicate in a folding top. it allows for a softer rear shape and no tent-like looking on the top.

    I personally like the look of how it can flow with the body. I rarely removed my top but it is nice to have the option of removing it.

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