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Old August 13th, 2017, 06:39 AM
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1972 Flame Orange Supreme

Here is what I am starting with. I am the 3rd owner. The guy I bought it from had her for 9 years, but could never get started restoring her due to health issues. The original owner was his next door neighbor growing up. The original owner replaced the vinyl in the early 80's and did a crappy job...so we have the a pillar and rear window rust as a result. The frame is solid with almost no rust as far as I can see so far. The interior is in decent shape. It's all coming apart nicely so far.
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Old August 13th, 2017, 08:05 AM
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Welcome to CO

I had that same interior in my first car long ago. Sure brings back memories. I drove it daily for three full years back east and every spring had to fix the rust.
Damn salty roads.

Looks like you have the typical rust problems, but nothing that can't be fixed.
Your roof is the worst area as I'm certain theres more rust under the supports you can't see. Get a donor roof and replace yours if you can.

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nice car, buckets and sport mirrors not options on a Supreme and the 8-track and ac are nice options as well
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Old August 13th, 2017, 02:55 PM
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I have some nice A pillars on parts cars here in Indianapolis that I can cut out for you. I do not have any Supreme parts cars right now.
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Originally Posted by stevengerard View Post
buckets and sport mirrors not options on a Supreme
What? Is that a typo? Those were indeed options on a Supreme.
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What? Is that a typo? Those were indeed options on a Supreme.
Yes, typo, meant to say "nice" - that's why I said "as well" in the next sentence
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Old August 14th, 2017, 10:26 AM
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Actually the bucket seats were standard on the Supreme. The console was an option though. That's why you see a lot of Cutlass Supremes with buckets and a column shift.
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Old August 16th, 2017, 06:19 AM
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That would be great! When I get it torn down a bit further and can see the extent of the damage, I'll contact you.
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Old August 20th, 2017, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by oldspackrat View Post
I have some nice A pillars on parts cars here in Indianapolis that I can cut out for you. I do not have any Supreme parts cars right now.
What are you asking for that a-pillar? Will be ready for it shortly. I'm taking the windshield out this morning to get the full picture of the damage. Fortunately, the rust doesn't appear to have spread too far. The pillar seems sound structurally. Likely just needs patched.
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Old August 20th, 2017, 12:27 PM
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I usually get $75 / A pillar. Get a couple pictures of exactly what areas you need and I'm sure we can make a deal.
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Old August 21st, 2017, 05:46 AM
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I usually get $75 / A pillar. Get a couple pictures of exactly what areas you need and I'm sure we can make a deal.
I'll get some pics together tonight. Thanks!
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Old August 21st, 2017, 05:54 AM
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I have the interior completely out of the car. I have some light surface rust on the floorboards. No holes and very solid. It is concentrated in the front seat footwells. I will sand it all down and remove all the rust. What is the best way to treat this area? Self-etching primer and paint? POR15? I don't care about looks since it will be hidden under the carpet. I just want to be sure to keep the rust at bay. Suggestions?
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Like the orange/white combo!

I have no issue with POR15, but would recommend to use the POR metal prep and primer as well. Think most folks problems come because they start mixing products especially on the low end where folks just buy everything from a Lowes or Home Depot and end up with a rustoleum primer, valspar rattle can and a krylon clear rattle cans. And yeeeees, speaking from my past as thats exactly what I did on an old POS I had. Flaked off within months despite the prep actually being decent. Redid with single line of products, lasted for 2 years till sold with no issue.

Let me check this with, I am a newbie, I am not a pro by any measure, and wait for much smarter opinions from others.

Looking forward to seeing the after pics and hope you stick with the orange!
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I have started doing some body work. I am right now focusing on the sail panels and thhe rear window channel. I have the sail panels taken down to bare metal. Being that the car is inside my garage, is there something I should do to keep them from rusting or will they be OK for the time being?
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Old January 19th, 2018, 11:47 AM
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Spring Removal

OK. It's been a while since I've posted. I have the body off the frame and am working on disassembling the front suspension. What is the best method to remove the front springs? Keep in mind that the body, engine, etc. are no longer there to provide weight while unloading the springs. Any recommendations on a good spring compressor?
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Old October 8th, 2018, 07:04 AM
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It's been a while since I've updated. Here are some pics. I currently have the transmission on the bench for a rebuild and installing a shift kit.




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Looks like your making some good progress the frame looks great
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Looking good take your time and you will have a really nice car. Your doing it right.
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Wow rolling stock looks "nice"
Any plans for body / paint??

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Old December 14th, 2018, 05:52 AM
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Splitting time between the body and engine. I need to update some pics. I have replaced the upper cowl and am in the process of repairing the windshield channel. I have my 455 block torn completely down as well.
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455 is a good thing! Cost to rebuild a 350 Olds is about the same$$$. Are you thinking about painting the car orange again? My cutlass supreme was changed from flame orange to silver paint.

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**Updates**


Windshield channel patch mocked up. New cowl top already in place.

Windshield channel glued and tacked in place.

Next up...the rusty A-pillar.

455 block stripped down.

New Wiseco +15.0cc pistons! The nodular crank, new H-beam rods, and the pistons are off being balanced!
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