The car: 1956 Buick Special 2 door hardtop 322 Buick nailhead All stock New aftermarket (stock) interior. The players: Me (Nick) My dad (Nick) My 12 year old cousin Michael My lovely mother Peggy and maybe some other faces here and there Location: A little town in Illinois The Plan: Body work Sub frame with 64 Riviera front stub (the 56 front end will cost alot more to rebuild and the 64 should ride better) 64 Rivi rear end with new rear suspension Lower Clean up engine, paint, and re-install GM Automatic transmission via A-dapter-kit (as the man in black would say) Power Steering Stereo Primer for now but nice paint is definately the plan (with a cool panel and flake job on the roof) The Goal: April 1st drive the car and work out the bugs so we can have a NICE cruisin Buick to drive to the Lonestar Round Up in Texas on April 15th. (that gives us 2 months!!!!!) The Story: November 2008 rolls around and my dad and I realize we don't have a single running car for the summer of 2009. The "wedding car" model A is still sitting in back under a tarp and we both know that we won't have time to finish it. That is when I start looking for a 50's car. We figured "hey maybe we'll find something for cheap that we'll be able to get goin for the summer" We weren't looking to seriously but I came across an old craigslist ad for a 1956 Buick. Described as such "Runs good, 1 owner, new interior needs paint" We contacted the owner via email and it ended up being a lady whos parents bought the car brand new. It was in a town about an hour away from us. Coincidentally my cousins live in the same town and drive past it (sitting on the side of the road) every single day. So my mom, dad, and I hopped in ma's daily and rode up there to look at the car and visit my cousins. We looked the car over with flashlights and we were ready to buy it. We had cash and were about to strike up a deal with the lady and then the husband got home......not a good scene. Thats when he found out she was selling the car. By the look on his face I thought the ol' lady was gonna drop dead. He took over the deal and wouldnt take the cash that we had. We had a nice visit with my cousins and on the way home my dad said "Oh well.................She'll call back, you just wait and see" Sure enough she called back a couple weeks later and we finally got the car on November 13. We drove it up and down the street a few times and then let it sit through the holidays. Where it came from [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] In our driveway Interior [/FONT] On December 31st we pulled the car in the garage and ripped out the motor. We arranged for my cousin Michael (12) to come help us work on the car for the weekend. His parents are not really DIYers but he is VERY mechanically inclined. We thought he deserved to wrench on the car since hes been seeing it nearly everyday for his entire life. That weekend we got the nailhead pulled and the rear suspension yanked out as well as getting it up on jack stands and ready for some hard work. Me Pulling the engine Michael unbolting the rear suspension Three Stooges My ma even lent a hand!