Now that the weather is warm, it's time to cruise.
People restoring cars over the winter have a new sense of urgency to get the job done.
Karen Gatlin is following the progress of one car that will definitely be ready for Back to the Bricks in August
This 1970 Buick GSX looks better than it did when it was new 40 years ago.
We got our first look at Roberta Vasilow's GSX in January, the day the body came off the frame. Then it was shipped out to strip the paint. "The media blast is a combination of walnut shells and plastic beads. It's kind of interesting. You don't use sand on sheet metal," Vasilow pointed out.
This past February, the car was back in the garage at Caruso Performance and Restoration and placed on a rotisserie.
"We're gonna turn it over so we can see what the bottom of the car looks like. Wow, there it is," Vasilow said as she watched the car turn.
"A little bit of work here. It's not bad, though. I've seen worse," said Steve Caruso as he looked the car over.
When Vasilow bought the car in 1995, she started collecting parts as well. She found a rear clip in Georgia and the trunk pan came in handy. "Had that blasted and then pieced that in as one whole chunk. It was pretty cool."
Caruso also installed new quarter panels, originals Vasilow found that had never been out of the box. "All along here. It just mated right up to the factory sheet metal that was on the car just perfectly. There was hardly a gap anywhere," Caruso said.
It'll be a little while until we can easily see more progress. For the next couple of weeks, Caruso will be busy filling holes.
It's now April and that long and tedious process is coming to an end. "This is actually new metal right through here. We had to buy a patch panel and weld it in place. You see the filler where we're finishing the seams" Caruso pointed out.
The underside will be painted semigloss black because that's how it came from the factory. Caruso says the main color of the car, Saturn Yellow, is a bit trickier. "Instead of having a two-digit code, it was a Q and the paint books just don't show that. So we've had to do a lot of research to get it the right shade of yellow paint."
"This is the color we think it's supposed to be -- Saturn Yellow,"p agreed Vasilow.
Caruso says getting the color right doesn't stop with paint color. "To keep the accuracy of the original color paint, you need to use a light colored sealer or primer."
"This is the frame for GSX 14. We've actually replaced this back piece with a piece from another car because the one that was part of this frame was pretty rusty and crusty," said Vasilow.
The frame will be reassembled. The doors, hood and trunk lid will head out for media blasting.
Meanwhile, the search will continue for that perfect shade of yellow.
"I already have people lining up for a ride," chuckled Vasilow.
A ride that will be possible sooner than later.
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