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CamoDeafie
02-04-2009, 04:42 PM
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/CamoDeafie/cars/IMG00416.jpg

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OK gang, need some ideas as to what to do about the wheels condition, and the trim on windows, as well as the rear wiper which doesnt work (and i havent been able to find the specific fuse for it in the fuse panel..) and how do i remove the stupid double sided tape thats on the sides? i'd like to smoothen the lines and make it look good...

CamoDeafie
02-04-2009, 06:32 PM
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/CamoDeafie/cars/IMG00421.jpg

an idea i had, painting that in a darker metallic blue (closer to the blue interior color) and blacking out the grill, using one of the other years buick century grille (slatted versus the crate)

Prospeeder
02-04-2009, 11:56 PM
well, if you want the rims to look really bad ass. Get a palm sander or somthing, start at like 600 grit sand paper, and take off ALL the machining marks, then, go up to like 800, then 1000, then 1500, 2000, maybe even 2500, the higher you go, the better it will look. Top it off by buffing it with rubbing compound, and mother aluminum polish

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/Prospeeder/Turbo%20Grand%20Prix/100_0811.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/Prospeeder/Turbo%20Grand%20Prix/100_0812.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/Prospeeder/100_1064.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/Prospeeder/100_1065.jpg

Tint the windows, that adds alot

The siding, you can find stuff called adhiesive and wax remover, i had good success with that, and use 3M Tape

Jet
02-05-2009, 12:35 AM
You can also try a blow dryer set on high heat to remove the leftover adhesive...it softens the glue. That is what I used to de-emblem my Ciera.

86euro
02-05-2009, 01:54 AM
For the tape, get an "eraser wheel" from an auto body supply store. You need a drill to use it though. It will take the remains of tape off in a matter of minutes, literally.

It would look great to replace ALL chrome trim with black.

dcjredline
02-05-2009, 01:58 AM
well, if you want the rims to look really bad ass. Get a palm sander or somthing, start at like 600 grit sand paper, and take off ALL the machining marks, then, go up to like 800, then 1000, then 1500, 2000, maybe even 2500, the higher you go, the better it will look. Top it off by buffing it with rubbing compound, and mother aluminum polish

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/Prospeeder/Turbo%20Grand%20Prix/100_0811.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/Prospeeder/Turbo%20Grand%20Prix/100_0812.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/Prospeeder/100_1064.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v210/Prospeeder/100_1065.jpg

Tint the windows, that adds alot

The siding, you can find stuff called adhiesive and wax remover, i had good success with that, and use 3M Tape

You didnt use a palm sander on the lips of those rims did you? :jawdrop: Those look AWESOME and I want to get mine on my Formula to look that good.

cadaver
02-05-2009, 03:01 AM
Other than the wheels, your wagon looks identical to mine. I've just got the ole' steelies. I actually kind of like the drawing you did. That and tinting the windows (IMO) would make your car look really nice.

CamoDeafie
02-05-2009, 03:15 AM
Thinking to do that darker blue design in vinyl decal which would save time and $, and enable me to remove it if need to :)

Prospeeder
02-05-2009, 05:20 AM
You didnt use a palm sander on the lips of those rims did you? :jawdrop: Those look AWESOME and I want to get mine on my Formula to look that good.

Well i suggested a palm sander as his wheels are flat. But i did use a palm sander on the very first step to ease removing all the machine marks and heavy corrosion. but i hand sanded from there. Do that to the face of a set of STE rims.....ohhh bad ass

dcjredline
02-05-2009, 01:04 PM
Well i suggested a palm sander as his wheels are flat. But i did use a palm sander on the very first step to ease removing all the machine marks and heavy corrosion. but i hand sanded from there. Do that to the face of a set of STE rims.....ohhh bad ass

Yeah the STE ones need it too but I am not spending the time and money on those. Also I don't know where to get the gold paint from, without bringing it to a paint shop to get scanned and copied again not spending that kind of money to drive them through the winter.

Prospeeder
02-05-2009, 07:42 PM
Shoot to do my wheels, It cost me a total of 50$ or so. You spend most of it in sand paper, make sure you wet sand too, lol. As far as the paint, just dont touch the gold, cover them up if you have to, clean em up real good, i belive its actually powdercoat, so its super durable

white89euro
03-05-2009, 03:21 AM
I like the concept drawing on the paint changes. It reminds of the old Buick Skyhawk factory paint specials with the hawk and stripes on the side of the car. As for thw wheels it looks like all they need is a buffing.

CamoDeafie
06-04-2009, 03:43 AM
update; I;'m still looking for a place that will do the vinyl graphics, and need to replace one of the fenders with a straight one, hopefully in same color

Duke George V
06-04-2009, 04:11 AM
I wouldn't worry too much about being able to find a fender. MANY of these cars came in that color. My pervious 6000 was. Seems like that powder blue is more common than any other color.

Geoaidan
06-04-2009, 04:29 AM
CamoDeafie,

To remove the sticky stuff on the car, this is what I usually do- I use a blow dryer or a heat gun (whichever is handy at the moment) to heat up the rubber/vinyl, then I apply "Adhesive remover" made by "Duck" from Autozone or PepBoys. Leave that stuff on for 3 minutes then either use a plastic scraper, or very carefully use razor blades. Comes off easily. Best done on a very warm day. Go another round if it doesn't get everything the 1st try.

Another good adhesive remover is "Gum and Adhesive remover" made by Klean-strip. (This is in an aerosol spray)


George

CamoDeafie
06-28-2009, 06:26 AM
phone no longer works, I dont have a working camera either, so most of the adhesive have been removed save for one little strip left....hands are raw from rubbing it off and peeling, after using high heat hair dryer....here are the sketches i've done in the last 2 days trying to get ideas for the car's appearance lol.
first up, 2 schemes, and a third "swatch" scheme,blood red tribal design on trim black (satin) background and then the russian fighter paint scheme, with a variation
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/CamoDeafie/artwork/cars/BrunoConcepts1.jpg
tri-tone with tribal racing stripe "spears" in red
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/CamoDeafie/artwork/cars/BrunoConcepts2.jpg
bunch of ideas, camo, tri-tone, two-tone tribal scallops
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/CamoDeafie/artwork/cars/BrunoConcepts3.jpg
three different disruptive camo schemes based on US Naval work and a shark's mouth on a whim
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/CamoDeafie/artwork/cars/BrunoConcepts4.jpg
two-tone schemes, top two, simple body division, much like the mid-late 80s Buicks, last one, a red graphic/spear with black pinstriping on the stock blue bodywork.
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/CamoDeafie/artwork/cars/BrunoConcepts5.jpg

Geoaidan
06-28-2009, 09:07 AM
I personally liked the two-tone look (both the blue and the black cars)

While the tribal looks good on paper, I think that it would actually ghetto-ize a car if that was put on a car. Just my honest opinion. :)

I also liked the car that's 2 cars above the shark mouth one. (Blue 3-pronged paintjob)

clarence w
06-28-2009, 10:11 PM
Your great at drawing renditions. You should work in the automotive industry.

I'm in agreement with the simple 2 tone scheme. I would also add pin striping and dark tinted window. Some polished Park Ave 16" rims on a slightly lowered suspension would be nice.

For the interior I'd hit the salvage yards for chevy euro or pontiac 6000 bucket front seats. To fill in the gap, a console out of a chevy impala police car would be nice. If you like the bench, chevy made a euro bench that has the support and sporty look the century bench sorely lacks.

Your other paint ideas are nice but not for a basically stock century. It would make your car a sheep in wolves clothing. Yes, some hi po mods are possible but I can see your other paint ideas on a high dollar 1/4 mile racer with a new handmade subframe, V8 and rear wheel drive.

Keep your rear wiper setup. You'll figure out how to fix it eventually. Get the GM body and shop manual for the year of your car. It expains the inner working of your Buick, how to correctly remove things and fix or replace them.

Good luck. Hope you keep us updated with lot's of photos.

CamoDeafie
06-28-2009, 10:21 PM
well the other schemes are dependent on me getting a newer car to use as a Daily Driver, while the Buick's engine gets sent to TA performance for a complete rebuild, blueprinting, custom pistons, new camshaft, et cetera, then give it a turbocharger with intercooler, and swap trans for a custom geared 4T65EHD or a 4T60EHD with custom gearing if possible, to get the Final Drive to something like 3.75-4.125 ratio instead of the GX3 3.33 FDR......again, if possible.....it might result in some serious loss of MPG and shorter trans lives lol....

Geoaidan
06-30-2009, 12:45 AM
Your great at drawing renditions. You should work in the automotive industry.

I second that.

CamoDeafie
07-01-2009, 12:42 AM
with new phone (replacement)'s camera!!! here are pictures of Bruno as he sits!

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/CamoDeafie/cars/IMG00001.jpg

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http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/CamoDeafie/cars/IMG00003.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t70/CamoDeafie/cars/IMG00004.jpg

Geoaidan
07-01-2009, 03:35 AM
Camo,

The removed trim on the doors does make the car look a little better. I think it makes it look less like a family car. (If that makes any sense to you)

CamoDeafie
07-01-2009, 03:59 AM
why else would i remove the trim ;) :rock: hehe.

Geoaidan
07-01-2009, 06:41 AM
Groovy. :rock: Hey, were you able to remove what was left of the adhesive? Did you try using one of those adhesive removers along with heat?