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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by José, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. José
    Joined: Mar 19, 2006
    Posts: 48

    José
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    from Sweden

    So i was thinking maybe i should start a build thread here so here it goes :)
    Got myself a little project a while ago, a -55 Buick, dont really know why cuz i never looked at these models before but i stumbled on an ad and it was located pretty local so from there it was :)
    The plan from the beginning was just to make it roadworthy again, but over time i really started to enjoy the car and i was raising the bar a little higher and thought why not build something little more than just a regular -55 that no one notices.. So here comes a bunch of pictures of the build, still tons of work left on the "todo" list but hopefully it will be on the road next summer. / Josef

    First off some pictures how it sat when i found it and when it arrived in my garage
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  2. José
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    José
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    from Sweden

    It was pretty rough so there were plenty of late nights and beers to keep up my mood :)
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  3. Canada Jeff
    Joined: Jan 9, 2003
    Posts: 292

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    Please tell me you're going to reuse the snow leopard seat covers! They're so wrong they're right.

    Nice work so far, looking forward to seeing more.




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  4. José
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    José
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    from Sweden

    Now to some of the chassieworks, the frame is boxed and i did a small c-notch in the rear so i can lay frame, its hard to see but i added some reinforcement to the c-notch which isnt in the first picture but you can see it in the picture before paint, the exhaust goes inside the frame to make clearance
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  5. José
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    José
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    from Sweden

    Bought a pair of dropped spindles from gambino, they were way off so i had to make the upper arms adjustable 33.JPG 34.JPG 35.JPG
     
  6. José
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    José
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    Now to the marriage, everything went fine besides i have to modify the bottom of the trunk for the exhaust and the floor to make clearance of the drive shaft
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  7. silvertonguedevil
    Joined: Mar 1, 2009
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    Whoa! That's lookin' badass!! Nice job!
     
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  8. Century
    Joined: May 28, 2009
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    Century
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    Subscribed. Cool project, looking forward to more progress.
     
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  9. Sgt. John
    Joined: Nov 23, 2014
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    Sgt. John

    Hey.that is a great job . Every thing looks good..keep us posted
     
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  10. sevenevez
    Joined: Jul 21, 2010
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    sevenevez
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    from Yuma, AZ

    comin' along nicely man. i always been a sucker for these
     
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  11. José
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    José
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    45.JPG 46.JPG 47.JPG 48.JPG Since it came without the driveline and i dont have the budget right now i decided to install a chevy 350/700, i will keep the original rear axle but gonna convert it from closed to open driveshaft, the factory wiring harness and box went in the trash and i installed a box from megasquirt instead.
    Hopefully i can afford another engine that i dont have to be ashamed over everytime i have to pop the hood in the future :)
     
  12. José
    Joined: Mar 19, 2006
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    José
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    I had some kandy layin around for my Ford so i decided to throw it on the Buick instead, i layed some gold base and put "diablo red" over it, i also got a new complete wiring harness from "Ron Francis", actually it was made to fit tri-five Chevys but it worked well with the Buick also :)
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  13. José
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    Removed the doorhandles and cleaned up the trunk, starting to look like a car again:) also did a small surprise for future archeologists behind the fuel lid before i welded it shut :)
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  14. keep up thegoodwork.
     
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  15. José
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    José
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    A kustom gotta have those dual sunken antennas, but in my case i have to settle for dual horizontal ;)
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  16. José
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    Had to get rid of the headlight bezels so i replaced them with Chevy -55, much better in my opinion :)
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  17. Looking good! You have certainly put in the hours!


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  18. José
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    Packard 1956 :) 71.JPG
     
  19. No_Respect
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    No_Respect
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    from So-Cal

    Awesome Build!
     
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  20. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
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    Well, the first RULE of kustom cars is never open your hood cuz it disrupts the lines...sooooo, IF you don't open the hood, no one will know you've got an SBC in there... just let them assume...!!!

    R-
     
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  21. Lebowski
    Joined: Aug 21, 2011
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    Your '55 is looking good. Earlier this month I bought a '56 Special. It had a frame-on resto in 1996-97. I'm getting the roof painted black next week. Keep up the good work....

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  22. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    great job so far keep it up !! larry
     
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  23. PraiseDLowrd
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    PraiseDLowrd
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    from Texas

    Lookin good. I'd like to see how you convert that rear dif to open drive.
     
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  24. Kensey
    Joined: Sep 25, 2006
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    Kensey
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    from Pittsburgh

    Dig the shit out of those dual antenni!
     
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  25. Gambino_Kustoms
    Joined: Oct 14, 2005
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    Gambino_Kustoms
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    when did you get these up rights from us ? for your year buick there are 2 different king pin angles , looks like you have the wrong up rights .
     
  26. Dman
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
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    Good to see a Buick. Keep the updates coming.
     
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  27. Looking great so far!
     
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  28. José
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    José
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    I know and you asked specific for pictures on my uprights so i mailed you a bunch and later on i got these in the mail.
     
  29. José
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    Turned out great with the packard lights
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  30. layedout49
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    Damn that's looking good


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