1958 Buick Caballero

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  1. Poison_Ivy

    Poison_Ivy The crazy kid in the sandbox

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    If the gasket is still hanging up, I'd try silicone spray. I've had nothing glide rubber material better than it. Soap is a thing belonging to the past, except for staying in the kitchen
     
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    The tail light housings should be back from chrome plating soon, so it's time to get the sockets, pigtails and lenses ready.

    Here is one of the original tail light pigtail & socket assemblies and the new replacement.
    [​IMG]

    I removed the grommets from the original parts and installed them on the new pigtails
    [​IMG]

    I also had to replace the terminals and pigtails in the license lamp sockets. The rear bumper was removed without first disconnecting the license lamps from the body harness.
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    All better!
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    So many things to finish!
    Here, you can see the vinyl cover prepared for adhering to the driver's side kick panel.
    [​IMG]20181010_122612 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr

    Sprayed contact adhesive on both parts, trimmed & wrapped the edges and used a rubber roller to apply enough pressure to set the adhesive bond.

    Here's the driver's side as installed:
    [​IMG]20181010_125439 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr

    Passenger panel ready fpr bonding:
    [​IMG]20181010_130503 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr

    Assembled with 2-part rivets and installed in the car:
    [​IMG]20181011_080940 by 2manycars2littletime, on Flickr
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    You're coming down to the wire (pardon the pun); do you have a list of what's left?
     
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    Great! Look forward to seeing you and the Buick when you come through Newnan! :)
     
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    It's all of the little details at the end of a project that are so time consuming! But, they are what separate a top flight restoration from the rest. As always, things are looking great. Thanks for the update.
     
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    Yes, I've got a list....but it seems that for everything I check off the list, 3 things get added!
     
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    Silvertwinkiehobo "Nothing is foolproof as fools are ingenious."

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    There was a local Scandinavian-American celebrity here in the Pacific Northwest (actually from here in Everett, no less), name of Stan Boreson, and he had a line from a song that was a parody of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," called "Uncle Sven is Coming to Town," which was:

    "He's makin' a list and he's checkin' it once; that's because he is such a dunce! Uncle Sven is coming to town!"
     
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    This thread has finally headed in the right derection
     
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    Naughty Uncle Sven!
     
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    The tail light housings should be back from chrome plating soon, so it's time to get the sockets, pigtails and lenses ready.

    Here is one of the original tail light pigtail & socket assemblies and the new replacement.
    [​IMG]

    I removed the grommets from the original parts and installed them on the new pigtails
    [​IMG]


    I also had to replace the terminals and pigtails in the license lamp sockets. The rear bumper was removed without first disconnecting the license lamps from the body harness.
    [​IMG]

    All better!
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    So many things to finish!
    Here, you can see the vinyl cover prepared for adhering to the driver's side kick panel.
    [​IMG]

    Sprayed contact adhesive on both parts, trimmed & wrapped the edges and used a rubber roller to apply enough pressure to set the adhesive bond.

    Here's the driver's side as installed:
    [​IMG]

    Passenger panel ready for bonding:
    [​IMG]

    Assembled with 2-part rivets and installed in the car:
    [​IMG]



    Months ago, I partially assembled the rear door trim panels. I recently installed the metal edgefold retainers and bonded the material around the perimeter.
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    The panel did not fit properly; I had not noticed that the attaching "nails" were not all equidistant from the edge of the panel.

    There at least 3 different dimensions for the position of the nails from the edge of the panel.
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    Compounding the problem...I used aftermarket repair parts to replace the missing nails; there are multiple versions of these parts as well.
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    I removed the edgefold reinforcements and test-fit the panel again.
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    Even without the nails, the base panel does not fit properly. Re-checking dimensions, I found the armrest was installed too low on the panel, driving the panel too high on the door when installed.

    Lesson learned: I had assembled the trim panel without installing the armrest attaching plate to the door inner panel. Dumb mistake...I know better.

    The "fix" will require re-working the armrest position and revising the perimeter cut lines to accomodate the various nail positions. I'm glad I found this before I made the same error on all 4 doors...
     
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