Hello everyone!! My name is Jen and I am obviously new to the HAMB, at least as a member. I've read quite a bit before but now that I've got the car it was time to join once and for all! I'm hoping to make some friends and connections, and also build my network. I want to hopefully meet some people to hang out with at shows and cruise nights, and maybe pick up some parts in the mean time. And of course get tips and how-to's on finishing my car, since I know some but definitely don't claim to know it all. I'm still learning! Luckily I've got my brother Nick (NOT_SO_FAST) to teach me more and help me undertake this heap of a project. I've always been interested in classics, kustoms, and muscle since a real early age; my family has a lot of history in cars in the area, mostly with Mopar muscle. I also own a bike (a little 1980 Suzuki cruiser...for now), and so there's definitely a degree of surprise when people I meet (or even my friends I've had for a while) find out that I am such a gearhead !! And while I will always have an appreciation for muscle cars, about 5 years ago I started gravitating towards the kustoms and all the culture that goes with it. And I just can't stay away!! Finally it was time for me to get my own car, I started looking around for an old Mopar, since I was raised on them and love them so. I do, however, have a certain soft spot for Oldsmobiles; my first car was a '94 Cutlass and subsequently my second car is too, an '89 Cutlass. Now it looks like my third car is also an Olds, as I just picked up a '56 Olds Super 88 sedan. It's definitely the new love of my life! (Bought it a month after ending a rocky relationship too, ironically enough...haha) I've posted some photos below (hopefully you're still reading since I've probably written more than enough...) They are the photos I took the day after bringing the car home from Crown Point, IN. It has the original 324 4-barrel Rocket engine and the Jetaway trans. Power steering, power brakes. Front disc brake conversion, and also converted to an alternator. The last 2 owners did quite a bit of jiggy-rigging with the work they did, so everything needs to be gone through and re-done correctly. It's definitely a little bit of a project. Runs and drives at least, so I can tear up the town!! The wheels are already different than in the photos; I put some steelies on and the original hubcaps that came with the car. I've done some work on the interior, and by that I mean I ripped out the nasty old headliner, put a seat cover on the front seat, and laid down some carpet pieces on the bare floor for now. All of the glass and both bumpers need to be replaced (cracked and/or foggy, or missing completely), and I have to make new door panels and package shelf. Luckily I do get to finish it the way I want. The last thing to change will probably be the paint. I bought it with the paint you see and I'm definitely not married to the scheme; and the guy who did it pretty much didn't mask anything off so I've been spending a lot of time with steel wool and lacquer thinner trying to remove overspray. I'd welcome any tips and pointers anyone may have, or photos of other '54-'57 Oldsmobiles so I can get more ideas on what to do and what's possible (and maybe what not to do?). The end result is inconclusive as of yet. I just want to get everything done mechanically first and then finish it off cosmetically. Also please let me know if you have any parts to spare; I am specifically looking for both bumpers at the moment (but I am interested in anything you might have to offer). Questions and comments, please reply!! Now, for the photos (I really hope you're still reading...): and one of me!!