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E-Muscle, LLC now has another brand to add to our growing vehicle roster. We made contact with this Buick Special owner in need of the “One Stop” shop that has made E-Muscle famous. This vehicle restoration had begun 7 years ago and like so many was not completed due the daily grind of so many of our lives. This client will need almost everything reworked due to the length of time the car sat.

Before we can put our name on this classic we will be totally disassembling the vehicle. This will include tear down of the once rebuilt engine and a thorough check for any problems or discrepancies in the former rebuild. Transmission will need attention as will the rear. 

Frame and chassis were painted with a thin coat of black lacquer and will have to be re-blasted and refinished with hi-grade PPG urethane and epoxy products.

 The interior was never tended to and will need custom cover work. All chrome and bright work will be re-worked as well. Paint will be addressed for chips and the body checked for straightness, then car will be repainted with better quality PPG products.  

This customer is working with us closely on some vehicle improvements such as power disc brakes (w/hidden power booster), electric windows (with original door cranks), power antenna, Ron Francis wiring, distributor upgrade with MSD (also hidden) and dual exhaust.

In the end this Buick will be really “Special” with the subtle yet performance and comfort minded upgrades we have worked together on. Like so many of our projects, it becomes personal due to the customer as well as the team working together for the ultimate goal.
Total Customer Satisfaction!

Since the project's onset, it has now been determined that, with project manager Brian Chaffee's extensive talents, this vehicle will now have a power antenna, stereo (hi-tech) upgrade, power windows, power disc upgrade, late model wiper conversion, quartz clock as well as air conditioning. All of these functions for the most part will be undetectable and will allow the vehicle to have a stock appearance. Special thanks to this client for working with us to make this a one of a kind Buick "Special".

Onsite quote and inspection

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Fits 8-10 people @ a drive-in

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Channel lock suspension

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Like so many restos - Boxes of parts

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Previous undercarriage work that will be redone

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Parts

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

More parts

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Chrome already done

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Car will be very "special" when complete

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Shop arrival

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Shop arrival

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Chips from sitting in storage

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Chips to be fixed

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Not shiny enough

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Now it's shiny enough

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Million mile reflections

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Now that's a bumper

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Prefitting chrome - checking previous body work

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Figuring out what and where

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Before repairs

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

After repairs

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Parts blasted and ready for repaint

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

On lift for complete inspection and photo documentation

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Repairs will be needed

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Tear down within 2 days

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Easy access

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

We have lift off

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Engine removal

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Blown apart

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Frame tear down

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Begining of "correct" body repairs

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Dash disassembly

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Bare necessities

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Repairs needed

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Around every corner

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

H.D. glass coverage

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Perfect Fit!

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Rear end cleanup ready

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Chips/wear from sitting

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Looks like the previous shop missed a few spots

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Vintage washer pump

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Washer glass jar

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Begining of power steering conversion

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Post body work guide coat

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Pre-fit to A/C conversion

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Original washer pump

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Genuis at work

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Too cool

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Chrome prefit

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Now that's a nice rear end!

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Serious bright work

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Previous bondo fest - that has to go

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Coming together

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Tranny gears - good shape

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Rusty tranny case

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Bill Hirsch "Correct" color engine paint

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Engine sheet metal prep

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

More panel repairs

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Final skim coat

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Guide coat

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Engineering in process

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Engine prep for final paint

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Engine ready for install

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Existing transmission - missing pieces

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Torque tube

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Frame to body

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Going up

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Disc brake conversion

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Backing plate template

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Back plates fabricated

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Disc brake upgrade installed

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Body drop

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Carefully closer

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Contact!

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Prefit and assembly

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Looking better all the time

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Custom made A/C brackets

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

A/C prefit

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Power steering detail

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Power steering cleaner

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Radiator mods to accomodate A/C

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Road hard and put away wet

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Show quality chrome

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Now that's shiny

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Rear end exploded view

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Transmission overhaul

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Rear brake assembly

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Nice rear!

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Trans-formation

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Carb - Good as new!

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Unavailable special tranny plugs needed - had them made

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

The ever elusive torque ball assembly - complete

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Vent window addition

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Glove Box Instuctions

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Dash Vents Before

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Dash Vents After

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Interior Parts

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Painted Parts

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

A/C Prefit

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Custom Bulkhead

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Exterior Bulkhead

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

A/C box painted & ready to go

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Secret A/C & serviceable

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Fits "like a glove"

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Dash board details

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Lots of patience

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Tail light assemblies ready for install

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Getting a handle on the chrome

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Front bumper assembly - Has been known to eat imports in the way

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Dash assembly preassemble

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Body and frame seperation

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Prefitting stainless before paint

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Getting ready for paint

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Starting to look mean

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Gas tank obviously used for a trampoline

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Gas tank rejuvenated

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

(Underwater) seat motor

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Better send this one out

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Proper seam sealer application

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Deck lid prep

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Headlight upgrade - one bright Buick

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Time for electrical

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Rewired and ready

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Buick Special lighting

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Firewall Prep

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Final prep of door jambs

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Tedious electrical work

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Underside hood prep

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

ID and prep of stainless for buffing

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Hide-a-vent

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Custom hide-a-vent

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Trunk sound deadener

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Almost ready for paint

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Every paint job needs a hanger

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Whoops forgot something

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

Shiny quarters

1956 Buick Special Model 41 Restoration

"The level of professionalism that each of your employee's show is a reassuring factor in the expected outcome of this project. I appreciate the dedication of Brian and Tim to not only this project but to their craft. I know that we are only in the preliminary stages of the project but I see the accuracy, speed and determination with which work is being completed."  -  Car Owner

 

 

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