Author Topic: Making progress on the '54  (Read 2945 times)

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #100 on: January 21, 2019, 03:24:32 PM »
Makes sense. Thanks Lou.

Another quick question. Any idea on a source for these? Restoration specialties said no. They are inside the inner upper window moldings to attach the molding to the door frame.  Probably the first of many "where the heck do I get these" posts.
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'99 Eldorado

Offline Agent86

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #101 on: January 23, 2019, 08:48:15 AM »
The shop and I are having a hard time figuring out where these go back to. We assume they are around the steering column, but cant figure out where or how.

I thought those go in the trunk...
Art Gardner

Offline Agent86

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #102 on: January 23, 2019, 08:49:04 AM »
Have you finished sanding and buffing the paint?


Cobalt Blue looks awesome on a 54-56 FW...


Congrats!
Art Gardner

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #103 on: January 29, 2019, 03:49:23 PM »
The paint had been sanded and buffed by the shop and looked great. I may decide to do some more as well when she gets home.  She's on the way back to me and should arrive tomorrow or Thursday. So excited!

That solid rivet idea for the grill extensions was a short-lived experiment.  I couldnt get my air hammer to properly squeeze a few practice rivets. Went to the local fastener store and spent $3 on these button head bolts. Emulates the original hollow rivets pretty well and looks nice. My overthinking can sure get in the way sometimes.

« Last Edit: January 29, 2019, 03:51:30 PM by RobertM »
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'99 Eldorado

Offline 57shark82

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #104 on: January 30, 2019, 09:38:56 AM »

Which paint shop did you use?  I need to repaint my 1937 LaSalle here within the next year and I'd love to find a quality shop like the one you used for your 1954!
Tim

CLC Member #30850

1937 LaSalle Opera Coupe "Adeline"
1955 Cadillac Coupe Deville "Evelyn"
1957 Cadillac Series 62 "The Shark"

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #105 on: February 18, 2019, 05:34:33 PM »
57shark62 I went to Carolina Auto Body in Pittsboro, North Carolina. It's a small shop literally in the woods. The owner is a real pleasure to work with. He only hires older experienced workers and it shows in the work.  All the metalwork that was needed killed my budget, but I have to say the final product is really nice.  I just got the car back about a month ago but haven't had the time to start putting her back together. That will start very soon.
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'99 Eldorado

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #106 on: February 18, 2019, 05:42:22 PM »
Haven't had much of a chance to do anything the past month, but I did manage to get the front bumper and grille assembled over the weekend.  I sandblasted and painted all the brackets and hardware. Most of the nuts and bolts are replaced, with stainless where possible. I will need to replace the fog light lenses eventually; one has a crack and the other is crazed.

For the next couple days it will be a big centerpiece on my kitchen table. I don't think I'd get away with that if I were married. 
« Last Edit: February 18, 2019, 05:46:02 PM by RobertM »
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'99 Eldorado

Offline Lexi

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #107 on: February 18, 2019, 06:57:22 PM »
That is beautiful. I do stuff similar to that all the time in my kitchen as well. A house is intended to be lived in. Nice work Bob. Clay/Lexi

Offline South_paw

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #108 on: February 18, 2019, 08:55:56 PM »
Very nice bumper stand Bob.
Lou
1956 Eldorado Biarritz
CLC Member since 2001 (Unlisted in Directory)



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Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #109 on: February 19, 2019, 09:27:13 AM »
As a point of reference, here is the before.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2019, 09:56:48 AM by RobertM »
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'99 Eldorado