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Buick vert to the rescue again.






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Heres what I have been working on. I started cutting out the lower rear quarter on the drivers side and I will have to section out a small portion of the inner wheel well lip it was rusted.

but no fear, 4 door is near.


the section I had to replace...

after quick weld in, this was before I ground it all down.

some minor grinding and cleaning up. after this I will clean up the whole area, prep it then rust proof everything I can get to.
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I did get some parts back from the blaster, thats what kept me from welding because as soon as I got home I had to metal etch prime all the parts.




after this I broke out the gun to lay down some etch primer.


parts are in etch primer...
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oh yeah the passenger side is pretty much done. I just have to weld up the bel air holes and redrill it for Impala mouldings...

heres some more pics of what I have been doing


This is what I had done . I got it all tacked in.



The original 4 door donor is at the end of its road.
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post #30 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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Also took care of that rust hole that was on the top of the quarter panel


After getting my parts back from the blaster and etch priming them, I was able to locate some areas I will have to fix on the fenders. Its not really bad at all but these areas will be cut out and replaced with good metal.




also this antenna hole. This was so out of place its not even funny.


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post #31 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 02:12 AM Thread Starter
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started cutting out some small sections that were pin holed on the front fenders so they gonna get new metal...

so yeah, they needed some attention.

after I cut out the bad area, I rust proofed it inside and out with POR 15

Pretty much had to do the same on the other fender too.

cleaned up and rust proofed

cut the replacement patches off what was left of the reproduction quarter panel that I didnt have to use.

welded and grounded down right quick. still not finished.

welds came out nicer than the pics make them look, I just get crazy with the grinder sometimes.

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Scary stuff. You going to put a roll bar in it this time around?

Great workmanship. You must be daring to tackle such a project with only 4-doors and a different make for parts. You can certainly be proud of your efforts.

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Thanks Big Dave. I'll post more pics as I go. Prior to this car, I had never done anything more than a simple patch panel before. Im no pro welder but I can tell Ive gotten better since I started on this thing. lol.

What makes these 61's do difficult is that nobody makes repro full quarter panels for 61's for some strange reason. I see every other year but 61. Luckily the 61 and 62 GM convertibles used pretty much all the same sheet metal and parts from the top body line upward. I dont know what I would have done if I had not forund that Buick convertible.

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post #33 of 937 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 08:23 AM
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Great job. I think you should submit this to Power TV, Muscle Cars. Lou Santiago would love what you have attempted here.

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Thanks again Big Dave. I have more pics I just have to link them.
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4 doors make good donor metal.








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Had to graft in new metal on the lower fenders.

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The side of the fender.



I did the same on the passenger fender. I would hit the back side as well as the front adding metal where there was thin metal.



passenger done.



Getting rid of this bitch. This hole has bugged the **** out of me.







grinded smoooth. Its hard to tell with the flash but its nice and flush.

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started on the rockers. will modify the 4 door rockers to work.

started to do the passenger side first.



started by drilling out the factory spot welds because I want it to go back together like the factory did it up front.







you can get an idea how im taking this **** apart, like the factory put it together.



this rust and dirt just fell out all over the place.

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theres no turning back now....




back side of the old rocker



had to remove all the old metal so the new rocker can slide into place.


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4 door rockers that will be modified for 2 door. It will be easy. marked and measured to 39" back is where they will be welded in.



where the rear section will be grafted.



61 surgery

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I got everything sized up. I will have a little bit more grinding and shaving to get the rockers to fit perfect. Thats where the fun will begin. The most time consuming part is getting the old stuff cut out. After that its all about measuring and fitment.



Right now they rocker is just sitting there.



heres the difference on the 4 door rockers. I will graft in a section from the vert rockers to make them legit.

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back to reality..







The method was to drill out the factory spot welds then go back and plug weld every hole to make it look as stock as possible. I hav to crank the heat up pretty good on this thick metal. Good part about that is I can weld most of it from both sides making sure everything is stable and secure.


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The back section is the tricky part. To get to the inner rocker I have to cut out about a 4" window in order to weld the inner so it was just as strong as before, I will then finish it up with a spare section of rocker to fill in the window I cut out.

Since the rocker was open, I used POR 15 to treat the inside of the rockers by pouring it in and blowing it with the air chuck to soak into the crevices.



This will be the patch I graft in to seal everything up.



Pretty soon I wont have much to haul off.

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Heres my motor. 6.0 LS-1 out of an '05 Escalade. Serious horsepower with the cam added. Traded a 59 to my buddy john that owns the agave green oval project for the engine, trans and a ford 9" disk brake rear end.









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So I came home and this little guy was eating my shop cats food on the trunk of the Impala. If it aint a skunk its a damn oppossum at my house.





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This car is the car that gave me my inspiration....





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This area of the backside of the rocker was where I joined the old rocker with the new one, plus it was wasted so I cut out the rusted area and split it from the factory seams. Heres the patch piece I made from a spare rocker section.
The good part about this was that it gave me a window to go in and join the inner rocker and weld an extra support brace inside the rocker so that it wont flex. Basically this was just a cap ovet the area I had to work.





This is after I welded it in. Turned out pretty good.

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Here is the section of the rocker that was raised up for the 4 door post that was there. I cut it out and now I will replace it with the flat section of my old OG 2 door rocker to make it all 2 door again.





so I used a piece of the original rocker to convert it from 4 door to 2 door.



while it was open I used POR 15 to rust proof the inside.



Heres the patch piece after I cut it down to fit.



Heres the patch piece after I cut it down to fit.



Then proceeded to start welding it in.

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