The Restoration Process...

The restoration was formally started in April, 2004. Scroll down to see the restoration progress in chronological order. Clicking on an image will enlarge it to fill the screen. BACK button to return to this frame.

Research, interviews and car shows led me to select Midwest Auto Body in Longmont, Colorado to perform the bodywork on the Buick.  Working from rear to front, 5 layers of paint are stripped. As panels are stripped, they are removed from the body. Panels requiring body work are taken to the body shop where they begin working on the individual panels. The number of square feet required by a disassembled Buick, far exceeds that required by an assembled one.

Even more disassembly...

A small "jump" seat had been installed behind the front seat, which is not original. It is removed. A trip to Milwaukee to view a completed 66C is required to ascertain the correct configuration for the rear portion of the passenger's compartment, which is a parcel shelf and divider between the passenger compartment and rumble seat. The convertible top fabric was stripped in layers to insure that there is sufficient integrity of the removed top to serve as a pattern for the replacement top.

To the body shop...

November 2004: The body and chassis are sent to the body shop where the body is reinforced, then removed from the frame. The chassis is returned for refurbishing at home. The body shell is placed on a rotisserie for replacement of the floor and fabrication of required sections of the rocker panels which have deteriorated. The last two pictures are before and after the floor replacement.

Completion of driveline & chassis...

May 2005: The engine was removed from the chassis and overhauled by Jim Linner at Front Range Machine in Longmont. The chassis has been cleaned, with all components rebuilt and / or reconditioned as required. The assembled and detailed driveline and chassis are ready for the body to be refitted.

Preliminary Fitment...

August 2005: The metalwork on the body has been completed, and the body is reattached to the chassis. The "Preliminary Fitment" takes place; The purpose of preliminary fitment is to show the shop technicians how it goes together, and to get a first look at how all of the panels will fit now that the major body work is complete. After the fit is verified, the final prep work for painting will be completed, then it will be taken apart one last time for painting.

Final paintwork and reassembly...

September 2005: The paintwork, large panel assembly, and paint finishing begin. We're finally getting to see what the results of our efforts. The painted, and fundamentally assembled body and chassis are returned to my house where I am beginning the final assembly phase.

July 2006: The final assembly of the body is essentially complete, and we've been taking it out for regular rides. The work on the interior will begin during the winter, so we can enjoy some top-down days in the late summer and fall.

February 2008: We can now use the term "Done" for the first time. There are a few things which remain outstanding, and a couple of period-appropriate upgrades which remain to be done.