1958 Limited Four Door Riviera

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

  1. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I know there are parts cars out there, but it would require me to shell out some serious $$$ fast. Part of the reason for this being such a long project is the cost involved. And blowing up the engine in my Centurion didn't help any:laugh:
  2. Camilla

    Camilla Well-Known Member

    It's cool and everything, but... can you find something bigger?
  3. austingta

    austingta Well-Known Member

    Wha wha wha what?

    Did I miss something?
  4. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Ron- I tried to find something a few inches longer, but could only come up with this 227.1" hulk:grin:

    Frank - I spun #7 and 8 rod bearings in the Centurion on my way to Columbus in August. I don't remember if I tiold the story on the forums or not...but my wind-bagged version is in the latest BPG newsletter:TU:
  5. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

  6. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I took another rust/dirt bath tonight getting the rear bumper off. All 4 bolts promptly twisted right in half.

    What a mess!

  7. Aaron65

    Aaron65 Well-Known Member

    Now's probably about the time where you're getting that sinking feeling..."How am I going to get this thing back together?" You'll get there! It's not that bad--I've seen MUCH worse. At least it's a rare car you're working on.
  8. GoldBoattail455

    GoldBoattail455 462 -> TH400 -> Posi

    If you need a hand let me know, its a short drive away.....3 hours and I'll be there. Keep up the good work. I was at Kevin's on Saturday. Seriously, I have all of December off. :Brow:
  9. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    You were at Kevin's?? Damnit...I was duck hunting. I think I had more fun though:grin:

    I've seen Kevin's place a couple times now, and it's a neat archive of history there.
  10. Dale

    Dale Sweepspear

    Been watching your progress Adam.
    After my '72 Electra I swore I would never attempt to fix up a rusty car ever again. Your a brave man.

    I see at some point someone thought enough of it to get personalized plates for it.

    King of chrome those '58's!

  11. GoldBoattail455

    GoldBoattail455 462 -> TH400 -> Posi

    Yup. You probably did have more fun, he has TONS of car literature. And a couple cars. :laugh:
  12. woodenbuick

    woodenbuick Well-Known Member

    I spent the weekend drooling over this...

    Attached Files:

  13. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Cool...did you get any interior shots? Does it have AC?
  14. woodenbuick

    woodenbuick Well-Known Member

    Sorry, no interior shot and it did not have A/C. All I had was my cell phone camera with me.

    He did tell me he didn't drive it much in the Texas summer due to lack of A/C.
  15. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I've been just disassembling things one piece at a time, bagging and photographing everything...

    I decided to grab the cutoff wheel and welder this afternoon..

    This was one of the areas I was concerned about being able to fix myself:


    With some patience and a couple hours, it's done!


    I took care of another hole that was about 2" wide on the top of the rocker where the sill plate goes:

  16. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    Looking good, Adam. Boy are you diving into this project! Keep up the enthusiasm and good work, she'll be a beauty when you're done. :TU:
  17. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Couple things today...

    I replaced the part of the floor next to the front driver's seat today. I know they make a replacement panel for this, but it looked easy enough just to make myself. I had to replace the strip on the rocker that butts up to the floor pan before I made the floor piece first.



    Remember these nasty dealies on the front end when I pulled the fenders?


    I decided to tackle one of them today..turned out ok, but I think I will work with it and smooth some things out before they get painted.

  18. EEE

    EEE Straight out of lo-cash!

    Impressive work :TU: :TU: :TU:
  19. Elf

    Elf Elf

    You're doin' a great job! Keep at it.:grin:
  20. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Another Saturday, another update..

    Rocker panels came early this week, so I started cutting the bad bits out of the driver's side. I could've cut the whole thing out, but I don't have hte doors on as a guide to keep the gaps correct, so I left the "good sections" of the old rockers there and grafted pieces onto it.

    As you can barely see in the first photo, the inner rockers are toast, too. I will get the car jacked up tomorrow and finish welding in new metal there. Then the drivers side rocker will be done....


    Measuring to cut!



    Here is the bad spot in the front. Note the rotted out cowl corner...gotta fix that as soon as I get the rocker done.



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