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1951 Buick Special

i am the proud 3rd owner of this here Buick. purchased it as and all original car, daily drove it as i modified it. it is still not "done" but well on its way with the complete drive-train worked out. still got the og straignt 8 now backed by a 700r4 (thats overdrive). air bag suspension with 4-link and even a/c for those hot florida summers. there are still a few more changes that need to be made before it gets its final finishes. so the top has come off and put back on 2 1/2″ lower.

  • as purchased
  • lucite for shift kustom shift knob
  • kustom lucite shift knob hand made
  • original straight 8, Walker rad, homemade SS fan shroud
  • 700r4 rebuilt
  • installing auto trans indicator
  • trans adaptor plate
  • sectioned trans cross-member
  • fabricating front air bag brackets
  • air management
  • factory radio working as air bag buttons
  • slamomatic
  • chassis cut open for lower links (later reinforced)
  • modern rear end ready to go in (minus paint)
  • pipe notching frame
  • custom drilled axles for Buick wheel bolts
  • triangulated 4-link (missing shocks)
  • all new hard and soft brake lines
  • shaving reverse lights
  • gas door shaving
  • Frenching headlights using original rings
  • rings welded to fender
  • Frenched headlights
  • masking out the cuts
  • 2
  • ready for some cutting
  • stock profile
  • hacksaw cutting
  • cutting wheel for rear roof cuts
  • mixed emotions (first chop)
  • roof back on new profile
  • B-pillars moved forward, door tops being welded
  • B & C pillar metal finishing
  • metal finishing A-pillar
  • gaurnish molding chop
  • preping original glass for cut
  • butt welding roof section
  • new rear roof / window profile
  • inner structure fabrication
  • welding roof / relief cuts
  • fabricating new rear filler panel
  • bare metal roof, metal finished
  • bumperette light design
  • shaving taillights
  • shaved taillights
  • fabricating new bulb holder
  • bulb holder bolted in place
  • forming lucite lenses
  • custom taillights installed
  • at rumblers car show
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