1958 Limited Four Door Riviera

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Smartin, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. RJBT

    RJBT Well-Known Member

    Really nice job !
    I follow this thread religiously.

    By the way where did you get your door VIN ID tag ? Is that the old one or a refab ?
    I have none on my car (intentionally taken off ?) and although I live in France I really need to get one to register the car locally (bought on ebay - shipped over from Michigan).
    I could not see any on the CARS.com website. Does anyone make 1960's era VIN tags ?
  2. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    That is the original VIN tag that I just taped over so it wouldn't get painted.
  3. RJBT

    RJBT Well-Known Member

    Anyone know where I can get a 60's vin tag ?
  4. Bad Boattail

    Bad Boattail Guest

    Make one yourself using Adam's photo.
    I don't think that the French inspectors will know what a real VIN plate looks like :laugh:

    Does the car still have the body number plate at the fire wall?

    Just to make sure:

    The VIN tag is not on the door, it's attached to the door hinge pillar :TU:
  5. RJBT

    RJBT Well-Known Member

    Yes I have the body plate tag (on firewall).
    But no vin (on door pilar). i kind of wished to have a original looking one :-(
  6. m.kozlowski

    m.kozlowski Well-Known Member

    Go to some kind of army shop, and talk with guys that make dog tags. They can make good looking vin tags :)
    Just small tip/trick from Poland :)
  7. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Inner fenders installed...fingerprints and all :)

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  8. SmittyDawg

    SmittyDawg Need another garage....

    Absolutely LOVE how that Blue Mist color turned out!
  9. 70lesabre455

    70lesabre455 Don't U wish U had 1?

    Adam, I LOVE watching the progress you are making on your Limited. You have done an absolutely fantastic job and it contiues to amaze me what you are able to accomplish in a two car garage.

    I've been keeping up with this thread since you first posted it and the more I see, the more I get motivated to go outside and work on my Buicks! Very soon I believe I will finally be able follow in your restoration footsteps and blowing apart my '58 Roadmaster. I was only able to dream about it before, but I recently got a new job with better hours, better pay, and a better career in general so I do think that the time has come for my '58 to get some serious love.

    Thanks for the motivation and the continuous updates on your restoration. :beers2: Keep up the GREAT work!!
  10. 69GS400s

    69GS400s ...my own amusement ride!

    Is that a still by the left firewall ? you planning on cookin' shine while you drive ?

    Beautiful color and craftmanship :beer

    ... and this shot ? PRICELESS !!!

  11. flynbuick

    flynbuick Guest

    Yep ---in moonshine country that is what we call a mash tube (a/k/a " a mash hopper").
  12. Taulbee2277

    Taulbee2277 Silver Level contributor

    Not sure how I missed this thread, but I just enjoyed killing an hour reading it all. Great job Adam :TU:
  13. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Thanks Justin!

    Guys, that is a vacuum tank for the brake booster.

    I slapped the driver's side fender on this evening. This front sheet metal is a major pain in the arse to get lined up. You pretty much have to leave all of the fasteners loose until you get them all started...and then you're still fighting it into place. I can't wait until I get the hood on. That should be fun to line up. I still have to install the heater hose on the passenger side, as well as the fuel line...before I can install the passenger side fender.



  14. austingta

    austingta Well-Known Member

    You know what they say... if it was easy... women, children and sissy men could do it!

    Looking great.
  15. htrdbuick

    htrdbuick Gold Level Contributor

    Just think about all the extra room you will have in your garage once you have the car all back in one piece! That must be a big treat after having the car disassembled and scattered all over the place for so long. Keep up the great work.
  16. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I already have noticed a huge difference in space that I have, now that the doors, fenders, hood, and trunk are all out of the freakin' basement! All that is left to get installed now, is the trunk and hood. The only big things left in the basement are the seats and bumpers. Everything else is trim.

    Lots of progress today...

    Heater hoses installed
    Fuel line run to the tank
    Passenger side fender hung in place
    Splash pan installed
    Other misc front end sheet metal tacked on
    AC condenser installed & lines connected

    I almost forgot about the engine wire harness. I'm hoping I can make the old one look good...because I really don't feel like paying thousands of $$ for a new complete harness for this car. I think the engine harness is in decent shape, but the dash harness is another story.

    I am ready to start stripping the trunk lid. I don't particularly enjoy this part of the game. Once I can get the hood and trunk primed, I can paint the jambs and install them....then it's time for more blocking!!! Then paint :)





  17. dorcheat

    dorcheat Silver Level contributor

    This is such an incredible thread. Adam, you are the man! I hope you can find some windshields soon to replace the originals that broke. Just out of curiosity, but do you plan on trying to get the air suspension system working again?
  18. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    No, I am keeping the coil springs. The air suspension would cost me $10k to restore.

    I do have replacement windshields from the black 58 Super parts car I dragged home 2 years ago. I have a couple chips to repair in the front windshield, but it's better than nothing.
  19. rogbo

    rogbo Gold Level Contributor

    That color combo is going to look great.
    Reminds me of my old 56, it was called Cadet Blue.
    Still think it was the prettiest car I have owned.
    With the white top it really accented the chrome I thought,
    and you have plenty of that!
    Sent you an email Adam, let me know what you have if you
    can find them!

    Edit: Added spear pic per PM to Adam

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    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012
  20. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I won't be in town until tomorrow night, so I'll check it when I get back. Duck hunting this weekend!

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