With the show season ending the last of this month, I have given up on getting Mama Said to any shows this year, A lot of the parts we need have been on backorder, so we are going to finish the show season with Kool Kat. Since the end of the month is not all that far away, we are trying to get to as many cars shows as we can this month, becaue it is going to be a long cold winter, and we have missed most of this show season just trying to get Mama Said done, so we are going to take in as many car shows as we can for the rest of the season.
For the present time, we haven't been out to get much done on the car, the clips and springs we need to finish the car are all on back order, so work has virtually come to a stand still, we haven't even got out there in nearly a month because of the car shows we are trying to squeeze in.
October 20, 2006
TIME FOR THE GRANDER MAMA SAID TO TAKE IT'S FIRST DRIVE!!!
No it isn't done, but with all the parts necessary to drive it finally on, it is time for Mama Said to get out and about. We have entered the car in the Late Show in Haysville this weekend, unfortunately, the weather is lousy, and after making our choices for trophies, we decided we had enough of the wind and rain and ccccccold. Tomorrow is supposed to be better, so hopefully I can get some better shots, but here is what I got today.
Saturday Morning in the rain
This is what makes Mama Said an original 83
How we close the hood now
This is what it looks like from the inside, my 83 GN.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2006
WHAT A FAST YEAR THIS WAS!!!
I am adding the last few pics of Mama Said on the 2nd day of her first/last show of the year. The weather greatly improved on Sunday, as you can see.
Soon we are removing the hardware that holds the stainless on, filling in the holes, and removing the clear coat, Alan wants to put a couple more coats of paint on the car before he puts the rear spoiler on.
It is said that time flies when you are having fun, waiting for this car to FINALLY get done seems like a very long time, but for the present time, while Mama Said is still in the drive before it goes back out to Alan's, I am having the time of my life driving and enjoying this car. Even in it's unfinished state, everywhere I go, someone has wonderfull comments about the car, and isn't that why we work so diligently on them? I can't wait till show season comes around again, and I can get the show wheels back on.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!!!
Sofaking thinks I need more Buicks, the drive is barely big enough the the group we have now!!! No Caddies, but we have one of every other GM made!!! LOL
Back in '99' just a year or so after we bought my Regal, we were informed of a "bubbletop" for sale. A good friend of ours who is with Night Prowlers had the car, and really wanted to sell it to someone who wanted to restore, or customize it, some clown was after him to buy it so he could cut the top off and put it on his 66 Chevrolet!!! It was a 1961 Buick LeSabre 2dr hardtop, a rare car indeed. Mike had been looking for a 62 Belle Aire, the last bubbletop that GM made, as rare as the 61 is, the 62 is even harder to find, so when Mike laid eyes on this car, he fell and fell hard for this car. Now only someone with a genuine love for cars could fall for this paticular 61, it was sitting in a three sided barn, on it's belly, had huge holes in the floor from sitting on the ground, and the interior was entirely gone, including the steering wheel, we paid five hundred dollars for the car, that should tell you right there that the car was in pretty sad shape. We loaded it up on a trailer (not an easy task without a steering wheel), Mike bought it home and started working on it. From 99 till 2001, he had lowered it, shaved it, primered it, and was working on those floor pans. During this time, I came up with my name Buickbelle. We had the 61 bubbletop, we found a 61 LeSabre 2dr Sedan for a parts car, and then there was my Regal. We never got the 61 far enough along to get a motor in it and actually drive it. It was a "project car".
Then in 2003, disaster struck, some low life scum bags stole my Regal out of the parking lot where I work, five days later the car was recovered, totally stripped, well I have told this story in previous pages, so I won't go into that. While Mike was scouring the used car lots, looking for another Regal for me, he found his 66 Pontiac, it ran, and he saw a lot of potential in the car, the original plan was to buy the car, fix it up, and sell it so we could have the money to get my Regal back on the road, and finish the 61. Three months into customizing the Pontiac he realized, he could no more sell this car than I could get rid of my Regal. It took another two years for him to make the hard decision to sell the 61s. Even after he sold them, it was really hard for him to watch them go away on that trailer.
So ya want more Buicks? Ok here goes. All custom cars have to have a name, and we had picked Twilightime for our 61 bubbletop. Now, this is where the argument began, What color should Twiligtime be? I was thinking of all the colors you see in the sunset, and in the song Twilight time the opening verse say When purple catacombs mark the end of day, the color I thought about was PPG's Plum Crazy. Roundman on the other hand had something else in mind, a customizer frind of ours said Keep it light and keep it bright, so Mike decided on Knock your eyes out Chrome YELLOW!!!!! He said my purple was way to pink for him, and I said that yellow was way too much for this big a car, so right here and right now, YOU get a chance to voice your opinion. The car you are about to see is actually red, a friend of mine saw it at a show and sent it to me. Then he computer painted it MY purple, then my cousin's son (the traitor) computer painted the same car in Mike's chrome yellow. So Sofaking? ya want more Buicks, here ya go!!!!!
My Beautiful PURPLE Twilightime
I told ya it was knock your eyes out yellow now didn't I?