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Dad bought a Buick and it's Breathless

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Wolfman1, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Wolfman1
    Joined: Jul 8, 2010
    Posts: 265


    It really is Breathless, the Rick Dore 52 Buick, it has a few chips and scratches and my dad is considering having it repainted. Anyone know a good painter in Southern Ontario.
    Don't really want to paint it but the car deserves to look it's best
  2. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Yes it is breathless, very nice car.

  3. EBW
    Joined: Oct 16, 2011
    Posts: 540


    Beautiful Buick !!

    Chips and scratches add character and gives you stories to tell at events about how they got there.
  4. That is indeed breathtaking! you'll have to let me know when he'll have it out to any shows cause i'd love to drive up and see it sometime.

  5. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,257


    I don't think i could repaint. I would preserve that one as it is. I don't know the age of the car, the history etc i have seen it before and it is beautiful. Sometimes the chips, warts, age in the leather etc are part of the heritage and your job is to preserve it. Fixing some chips can lead to a slippery slope if you know what i mean.
    Congratulate your Dad for us ok? That is a hell of a car.
  6. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,998


    Look into having someone GOOD touch up the blemishes. Unless you have Rick repaint the car, the car will never again have a Rick Dore paint job.

    Talk to your high end paint/body guys about touch up guys. BE THERE WHEN THEY DO IT! If you're not happy at the first repair, stop them right then!
  7. That is a good looking Buick. There is a danger when repainting a car like this, you don't want to drive it in order to maintain it. Personally, I'd rather have a few chips and scratches and feel like I could drive it and enjoy it. But that is just me.
  8. graveyardsledder
    Joined: Oct 30, 2006
    Posts: 294


    Man, that's a beautiful car!
  9. Wolfman1
    Joined: Jul 8, 2010
    Posts: 265


    Thanks for the input guys, it's a tough call to paint it or not.
    Got to get it home first, have to wait 72 hours to get it across the border.
    Heavychevyboy, I'll let you know about shows,we usually go to the Fleetwood show in London in June and Syracuse Nationals in July
  10. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,705


    If the paint that's on it now is original to the build when the car was first completed, I woudn't touch it, or only do what touchups are necessary to preserve it. It would be a shame to undo the original paint of the build just to fix some chips and scratches.

    It is a really nice car and Rick Dore has some great building skills.
  11. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,279


    Wow, I've wonder what ever happened to Breathless. I built the frame, motor swap, basically all the mechanicals on it for Rick seems like a zillion years ago. Somewhere I have the build pics from when it was at my shop, let me know if you'ld like them, I did them out and send them to you.
    It had a nice set of cruiser skirts that Dick Dean built for it when I had the car and it was planed to have a white top. Bill Reasoner talked Rick out of the skirts and into the black top, I always thought it would of looked better with the original plan.
  12. Hot Rod Bob
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,146

    Hot Rod Bob
    from T-ville Ky

    That Ride is Beautiful !!!
  13. coolbreeze1340
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,340

    from Indiana

    Great car! I agree, unless the paint is really rough I would have some high quality touch up done and give it a good buff. Is it a removable Carson top?
  14. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,975

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Rolling art..beautiful!
  15. magneto57
    Joined: Feb 20, 2012
    Posts: 125


  16. rrthiv
    Joined: May 3, 2011
    Posts: 84

    from S.E.Ohio

    Very nice car...
  17. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep

    just drive the shit out of it!!!
  18. Wolfman1
    Joined: Jul 8, 2010
    Posts: 265


    Hey Metalman, we would love to have copies of the build pictures, I really like the black top.
    I know what everyone means about keeping the paint, but there's a good sized blister on the left quarter that really should be dealt with and to fix it requires a grinder so where do you stop and I know nobody will match the candy paint

    Coolbreeze- yes it's a Carson top that I'm told was built by Dick Dean

    Big creep - the shit will be driven
  19. Zigged should've Zagged
    Joined: Aug 21, 2011
    Posts: 74

    Zigged should've Zagged
    from Emmaus Pa

  20. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,328

    from South Indy

  21. DANG thats nice
  22. Man, that is beautiful! Chips or not, I wouldn't touch the paint.
  23. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,279


    I'll look for the pics tonight.
    Don't take me wrong, Didn't say the car looks bad with the black top, car is beautiful as is, just I envisioned it with a white top while i was working on it and was shocked when it was black. Guess I feel white would of been more traditional for a carson (I like traditional) but Bill was more into the 90's contemporary style. Surprised he didn't talk Rick into billit wheels:eek:
    Yes, your correct, Dick Dean built the top. He chopped the original hardtop and pulled a mold for the fiberglass carson shell, then cut the top off.
  24. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,388


    beautiful car , id be real proud of that one
  25. Super nice car and buy!
  26. mj40's
    Joined: Dec 11, 2008
    Posts: 3,280


    Chips? I call them merit badges and have earned everyone of them.
  27. malibustevens
    Joined: Jan 7, 2012
    Posts: 287

    from Illinois

  28. slickhale
    Joined: Dec 19, 2010
    Posts: 765

    from Phoenix

    I wondered if that thing was still around. That car produced a pile of awards.

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