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Projects My '50 Buick special build

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by PraiseDLowrd, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. PraiseDLowrd
    Joined: Apr 11, 2014
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    PraiseDLowrd
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    from Texas

    Well I'm not a pro but the interior is looking alot better than i expected! For some cheap carpet i think it really turned out well. It was very easy to cut and install.. It's waaaay more comfortable and better looking than what was in it! I used small ammounts of glue and double sided aluminum tape in specific areas. I made sure to keep in mind that it would have to be removed and put back down someday.

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  2. 1959Nomad
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
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    Looks really good, care to elaborate on the "how to" of cutting and installation?
     
  3. Acleveland38
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    from Athens, AL

    This is awesome. Great job on the suspension setup! The buick looks nice on the ground.
     
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  4. PraiseDLowrd
    Joined: Apr 11, 2014
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    from Texas


    Sure, the 3 yard roll i bought was 80" wide so there are no seams. I started by measuring from the firewall above the trans tunnel to the center of the shifter. I rolled out the carpet on the floor and marked where the center of the shifter would be. I made an X Cut to drop the carpet around the shifter. That was my starting point for smoothing out the wrinkles. Once i had it relatively smoothed out to the edges of the floorboard i sprayed a bit of adhesive to the firewall and started smoothing it out towards the back of the car adding tape and small ammouts of adhesive to the floorboard and corners where it might raise up or move. Once it was over the seat brackets i cut out a 2" swath over the center of the brackets from front to back. That made it easy to tuck the carpet under the edges of the brackets. The driveshaft tunnel was the only hard part. I had to use alot of adhesive and stretch the carpet around the tunnel and hold it there for a couple minutes. Under the rear seat wont be seen so i cut a couple relifs in the carpet near the tunnel to help it flatten out towards the inside edges of the body. Once it was all glued down and smoothed out i tucked the uncut edges as close to the doors and inside edges of the body as possible. I used some soap stone to mark the tucked edges to cut. I started at the back and cut towards the front. Marked along the edges of the rocker seams and cut those. Then put everything back together. Pretty straightforward. I could have gotten ALL of the wrinkles out of the carpet if i glued every inch but it would be a nightmare to take up of i ever had to. Not bad for $79 worth of material.
     
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  5. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
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    Yes for a non molded carpet it is an exceptonal job!Very well done and the back seat looks good.
     
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  6. don't always have time to keep up with all these projects, but got back to this one today. Love love the color combo's and workmanship is fantastic.
     
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  7. PraiseDLowrd
    Joined: Apr 11, 2014
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    PraiseDLowrd
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    from Texas

    Thank you for the comments!

    I took it easy this weekend and put some insulation down on the trunk floor and glued down the liner fabric. It turned out very well! I also insulated the rear deck behind the back seat and started working on a panel to carpet and cover up the gap left by raising the rear seats. I gotta say, all of this insulation has really quited down the compreasor noise. After all that i went for a little cruise. About 25 miles in and the trans started to get a little warm.. about 180*. Mostly my fault for forgetting to lock the converter in 3rd and 4th a couple times. Staying on top of the manual lockup will take some getting used to.

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    Looks like my dog found a new use for the old carpet
     
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  8. 1959Nomad
    Joined: Jun 21, 2009
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    Thanks for the explanation on the carpet install:cool:
    Looks like a good choice for when standard molded is not an option
     
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  9. Interior is looking sweet. Nice job on the carpet.
     
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  10. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
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    Awesome ride !What's up with the S&W on the dashboard?Heading into dangerous territory?
     
  11. 48SuperConvert
    Joined: Jan 17, 2011
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    from Seattle

    Now that you have had chance to put on some miles....how do you like the way the 700R4 works with the straight eight. I have a New Process manual 4 speed and I have been toying with the idea of an automatic in place of that.
     
  12. PraiseDLowrd
    Joined: Apr 11, 2014
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    from Texas

    The 700r4 works very well with the straight eight. I really love driving the car now! It drives very smooth and is much quicker than it was with the dynaflow! I dont have a tach on the car but at 65-70 mph with the converter locked the engine is humming along at what sounds like a fairly low rpm and feels like ot has alot left in it. I haven't calculated the gas mileage yet but I'll post it once i do. The only draw backs are It was a little complicated to swap into the car and get it working properly (fabricating and adjusting the tv cable bracket on the carb, adjusting trans pressures, ect) and manually locking the converter all the time is kind of annoying. Other than that i love it.
     
  13. PraiseDLowrd
    Joined: Apr 11, 2014
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    from Texas


    Haha you never know.. I take the python just incase someone thinks they want to keep the car more than i do.
     
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  14. Ialone
    Joined: Apr 27, 2017
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    Ialone

    IMG_3739.JPG Found this thread and love the way the car is coming along. Just picked up a '50 Special last weekend. Been chomping at the bit to get started.
     
  15. mcnally351
    Joined: Apr 12, 2011
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    from boston

    This is the coolest ride on the Hamb! Love it bro!
     
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  16. Broman
    Joined: Jan 31, 2002
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    from The Island

    Fucking rad. 50 Buick is my favorite car man and you're nailing it. Great unique style on the (possible) shift knob and pattern on the panels. They contrast and compliment each other well. Add a S&W and you might just be a serial killer, LOL... Thumbs up!

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  17. LONG
    Joined: Aug 20, 2011
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    if your right fender is as bad, I have one.
     
  18. oneratfink57
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  19. oldwood
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    I keep saying that I need to go pick this one up. 3 onda tree car.
     

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  20. PraiseDLowrd
    Joined: Apr 11, 2014
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    from Texas

    Wrapped up the interior today.. well minus the headliner and a shifter boot. I also put in new rear quarter window glass, felts, glass channels, weatherstripping, and rebuilt the regulators. Even with the seats raised 1" because of the new floors everything fits great.

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  21. PraiseDLowrd
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    from Texas

    Go get it man!
     
  22. PraiseDLowrd
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    PraiseDLowrd
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    from Texas

    You wouldnt happen to have a speedometer layin around?
     
  23. LONG
    Joined: Aug 20, 2011
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    sold it to buickvalvenut. in Cali. he might still have it.
     
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  24. PraiseDLowrd
    Joined: Apr 11, 2014
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    It's good to be roadworthy again

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  25. Orn
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
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    You did a hell of a good job on your -50 and a super nice build thread too with all pics!
     

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