Today is my 44th wedding anniversary. Time sure flies as does life. I am very fortunate to have had a wonderful marriage and family that continue to support me in my love of the automobile. Years of attending car shows, meetings and events have taken me away from them for lots of weekends. When possible, Jane and I would take the children with us and they enjoyed the cars as I did. Thanks to Jane, Chris and Sarah for following my dreams with me.
Today’s feature is Andre, my new sedan delivery. I have been working on getting the car ready to take to the stripper/sandblaster for a clean up. I would like to have it primered immediately so I could let it rest if I can’t work on it for a while. Hopefully, I can have this done next week. I am also looking for some good bucket seats that look right in the car and are real comfortable for my old body. The Lexus 350 seems to have the great looking seats. I just can’t sit in a stock 40 seat and be comfortable.
The owner brought me the rest of the parts and now I can locate a few that are still missing. I really need the correct rear bumper as I am hung up on having the car appear stock with a late model drive train. This is really fun chasing hard to locate parts.
The roadster project is up for sale as I have too many uncompleted projects to ever finish. I now have my focus on the sedan delivery and plan to go full bore on the project.
Here are some photos of the project.
The previous owner for over 30 years, Andre, saying his last farewell. I know the feeling after a few years but not 30. A very nice man who will get the first ride when completed.
The hard to find rear bumper brackets. Now for the bumper.
New in the Box Bob Drake grille. Note address…Canoga Park, CA.
Andre also brought me the old grille with perfect side vents and brakcets. The grille has never been apart.
New grille and bumpers for the delivery. I can use the front one but I will hang the other one on the wall.
First problem to repair will be the drivers floor. I made a pattern and will roll the correct beads in the pan.
Typical dash modification for radio. Easy fix as I don’t like the hole or the block off plate look.
Most deliveries have this stress crack on the passenger side. This one has been brazed which will be melted off so I can weld it properly with the TIG.
Rear fenders are in excellent shape as they were stored inside the car for all those years.
Andre also brought me the 50 Mercury wheels which were on the car.
These are the original black plates that were on the car. I don’t know if I can use them but will try.
Today’s ride…this is in the garage but must go away to a new home. I am a little sad but the delivery will be better for me.
33 hiboy roadster project.
Front view showing Buick/Wilson Welding backing plates, SO-CAL drilled axle etc.
Stock dash with 40 column and Haneline panel with SW gauges.
Rear view with new BD tank notched for the QC.