Decided to start a build thread on my 56 Olds 88 . I bought the car about 6 years ago . It had a bad motor and trans so I swapped it out with a sbc th400 . Would of liked to use the original 324 but it would of cost an arm and a leg to build. Besides I want to be able to hop in it and go tare up in it and not worrie about breaking down in the middle of nowhere and not be able to get parts for it. It will have an Olds motor someday (350 455) but for now I'm happy with what I got. So last year I decided to fix my car up and paint it . The old paint felt like sand paper and was fading bad. Doing bodywork was new to me the last time I did it was in auto shop class in high school . That was 15 years ago ! My buddy lives in a 30' camper in a warehouse down in the city (Chicago). He told me to bring the Olds down so I could tare it apart down there and paint it . Thought it was a good idea at first didn't think it was going to take me over a year to paint it, but it did. My wife was real cool about me going there at first, but at the end I could tell she had it with me going there. I only worked on it Friday and Saturday nights, coming home at 3 or 4 in the morning sometimes waking my kids up . I think that's what pissed her off . WHAT EVER !. When I started on it I blocked the whole car down with 80 grit what a bitch that was that took me almost 2 months ! Then came the body work it wasn't to bad the car was actually straight ! I think the worst part of the body work was the roof lower fenders and renoising the hood. That took alot of time. After I primed it the first time I blocked it again with 120 grit. That sucked too . After I was done with that shot it again with primer, then wet sanded . That wasn't to bad. The whole time I was doing this work to my car I couldn't figure a color to go with. I really wanted to two tone it, but I'm missing all the rear side trim for the car . I can not find it for the life of me I bought a set of trim from a 56 hardtop thinking it would work, but I was wrong. My car is a two door sedan and it's like a needle in a haystack finding the trim. So for now I'm panting the car a solid color till I find the trim. Left the holes for the trim on the car . Knowing my luck I fill the holes in then when I'm done the trim shows up for it for sale. So I kept on debating on what color to paint my car . I was going to do blue but my buddy's 59 Impala wagon is blue so that was out . I ended up going with Hot Rod Flatz Mint Green I thought it was a real cool color for the car so I choose that. The dash and steering column I went with an original 56 Olds green. I thought It would look tits with a shiny dash and garnish trim. It has a little bit of a yellow tint to it but I'm starting to dig it. I just finished painting the car this week . It took forever to get done, but I'm happy with it. I still have a lot more to do on the car so I'll keep you guys posted . I'm trying to post pics, my computer is being a pain in the ass!