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#1 James2

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:15 PM

I picked this up from ebay, loosely screwed together.  Thought I would begin clean up and body work while working on my Mercury.

Should be a fun build, plans are Low, Smooth and Pegasus wheels. The tail lights are missing, but if I can't find any I'll make some.

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#2 charlie8575

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:17 PM

Those are wild enough stock, and you're customizing!?

 

Seriously, those look nice as a more traditional custom.

 

The Modelhaus has your taillights.

 

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:24 PM

Great project. I've been looking for one of these, and I like the other restyling I've seen of yours, so I'll be interested in seeing your spin on it. Have you seen Darryl Starbird's take on the car? He ditched the canted quads and cleaned it up some...really attractive car, featured in a 1960 Hot Rod mag.



#4 James2

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:42 PM

I been searching the internet soaking up all the cool 59's I can find. It will be very subtle what ever I decide to do.

​I agree Charlie, these were one of the best factory customs to come out of Detroit!



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 12:53 PM

Cool project.  No need to get stock tail lights, there are a bunch of decent candidates for custom lights!  Here's the one I've done, AMT '57 Ford tail light, with a '59 Caddy bullet in the center. 

 

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:10 PM

I've got a few tail light laying about, I'm sure I can find something that looks good.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:20 PM

That is a cool project James.  I also picked one of these up on EBAY and it is in the pile to be worked on when I get around to my "Class of '59" builds.



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:28 PM

COOL project!!  :D 



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 01:32 PM

If it were me , I'd keep da Spinner hubcaps . KEEP it H A M B friendly ....................



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Posted 23 October 2013 - 02:23 PM

I love these Classic Cruisers

Wish they could find the tooling of this one!! 

Or give us a New tooling of it!!

I have one left of 2 "Boondock Bomber" issues.

I am converting mine into an 'Electra 225' convertible Indy Pace car.

Had to replace the leftover roof/windshield frame with one from the Monogram 59 Impala.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:19 AM

I found a convertible version of this car at the swap meet in Hershey,Pa. back in 2001.Mine was customized in the popular method of the time-Use as much of what's in the box as possible!It's saving grace is that it's chrome is great,it wasn't ever painted, and remains so today.It's one of those models that,every once in a while,I think I'm going to disassemble and rebuild but then I remember that it's a piece of early modeling history so back into it's original box(!) it goes.



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 11:21 AM

'60 Buick taillights can be found in either in AMT's '50 Ford convertible kit, or possibly in their '57 Ford Fairlane 500 hardtop kit.   If you want me to check further, please let me know. . .



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 12:19 PM

​Thanks guys. My parts box did not produce any thing suitable so now the search is on any help is appreciated. I would like to keep it a mild custom or even the stock lights are fine. Modelhaus is one source.

The parts are in decent shape but I think I'll give them a good purple bath to be safe. Most of the blemishes are where the skirts and scoops were removed.

Fortunately the glass was never glued in place!   Thanks again, J2

 

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 03:02 PM

Great Score, I picked up a convertible with a crushed windshield for $2.00 15yrs ago, and was finally able to find a fairly clean yellow plastic hardtop promo about 5yrs ago for $40... Ive wanted to build the convert as a Kustom and paint the hardtop Nassau Blue, just havent had the ability since theyre stashed in my storeage unit for some time now...

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 03:28 PM

Looking forward to your work on this one also James....



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Posted 24 October 2013 - 07:27 PM

Since this has turned into a thread of viable options for the '59 Buick,  I have restored one using the mentioned '59 Chevy windshield frame, which is a nicely chromed piece.  I also used that kit's interior, and will mention that it's much wider than the original Buick interior. I carved the body out and it does look right. You will have issues getting the dash in there.  Once I got the windshield and interior to fit, the Chevy's uptop fit too!  I'd post pix but Fotki is holding them hostage right now.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 02:01 AM

 I've got a few decisions to make. One I have made is I won't be doing any real cutting on the body. I am leaning toward paint and wheels right now. 

 

Thanks, J2



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 07:03 AM

AMT '60 Buick taillights would be a direct swap. Their '50 Ford convertible that's been reissued a thousand times, has clear red copies of these lights.

 

Looking forward to seeing where you go with this build.

 

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 08:56 AM

James2,

 

It seems to me like you have some nice plans for this one, as well as the work you have done so far has been very tasteful.

 

If I could turn this raggamuffin ...2009_0916clunkerrecycler10003.jpg

 

into this...2009_11241960Buickinvicta0296.jpg

 

Then yours is going to be a beauty.



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 09:17 AM

What a beauty Ron!   I should've sent mine down to Maryland for you to work on!
 

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