Me and Remo, the new owner of our old Roadmaster.
I could not keep both of my Roadmasters as I already own too many cars and I do not have the necessary funds to keep it alive. I'm glad that I found a great new owner for it.
With tears in my eyes I took a last video of the car departing. I know - I'm way too much attached to my cars and I hate seeing them go…
A short video of the Roadmaster driving away.
All the original factory markings were still in place
I decided to make sure that all the rust was gone and that I wanted to give it a new undercoating to protect it as best as possible should I ever encounter wet roads.
The first step was to have the undercarriage dry ice cleaned. During this process all the old undercoating gets removed completely and even most of the old paint was removed from the frame.
You can see the result of this process in the video below - it shows the car right after the first clean up - before painting and removing some more surface rust:
After that I chemically removed all the remaining surface rust completely with rust removing gel which leaves only perfectly clean and rust free metal behind.
The new and the old Roadmaster together
The next step was to make sure that the metal was 100% clean for the paint to stick perfectly. I used "Marine Clean" and "Metal Ready" to prep the bare metal after I had wiped everything with acetone multiple times until all rags stayed clean after wiping.
For the repaint of the undercarriage I wanted to make sure to use a paint that would be able to prevent rust and chipping. After a lot of research I found a company called "Timemax" which produces some fantastic rust preventive paint and special undercoating products. They won some long term tests in a classic car magazine. Their products are also used on ships.
I bought their undercoating paint and sprayed three coats onto the undercarriage and frame. In the wheelhousings I also applied two coats of their rock hard stone guard which I had already used on my 74 as well.
Some of the Timemax products which I used.
The first coat of fresh paint.
The undercarriage after the repaint. The exhaust system is still the original one installed by the factory and the only part left with some corrosion.
After I had finished the undercarriage, I sprayed a special hot wax into all the cavities of the undercarriage and the rest of the car. Now there is no chance for rust to form anywhere ever.
Afterwards I cleaned and detailed the rest of the car.
The paint got a full compounding where I could remove all the scratches and swirls and afterwards I polished the car to perfection and sealed the paint with 3 coats of a highly praised ceramic coating by "Carpro" called "CQuartz UK 3.0"
I also fully cleaned all the rims and sealed them too and installed white wall tires from my old Roadmaster which are only 2 years old. I also removed the spoiler the previous owner installed to the rear window and changed the brake fluid and oil.
The car is back on its feet with "new" tires installed.
All that is left now is to get the dents out on the rear quarter panel, and repaint the rear bumper. After that the car should again look like it just left the factory. I wanted a nice driver, but as it turns out the car will be in show quality condition once I´m finished, and I will have a hard time driving it, as it will be so perfect…
The old heater core is out - it had a small leak. Luckily the coolant did not drain into the car but escaped through the drain hose on the firewall.
My friend Lucky working in the wheel housing…
Our old Roadmaster will be for sale, I will fix it up during the next few winter months and it will be available around May 2018…
10 years ago and now.
Strange items were glued onto the car…
… but everything came off easily.
While I can agree with what is written here: "Life is too short for small ugly cars" I wanted to remove the decal…
The previous owner had an eclectic taste…
Thanks for your help WD40
A few of the things I had to remove
In my garage now.
I had the pleasure to photograph my friend Lucky´s 1958 Eldorado Biarritz in August 2016.
I shot a couple of pictures of my 58 Seville at a mountain at sunset last summer
My wife and I crossed the Swiss Alps during a road trip with our 1996 Buick Roadmaster Estate in August 2016.
The Cadillac BIG Meet 2016 was one of my personal highlights in 2016. We took lots of great pictures there like this 1964 Cadillac Fleetwood.
The later style replacement CB antenna which I wanted to replace with an original one.
The later replacement style fender bezel looks completely different from the original one.
On the left you can see the official later style replacement CB antenna which looks very different. It does not have a load coil and no additional stub antenna. This is part #12355706. On the right you can see the original 1978 CB power antenna with the load coil on the mast and two antenna leads and the additional FM stub antenna. This antenna is nearly impossible to find…
Thats the CB - load coil, which can be adjusted. The plastic unfortunately got very brittle over the years on all antennas of this vintage.
This are the instructions which came with the car, if you ordered the very expensive CB option…
The antenna trim bezels for the 1978 Cadillacs. On the left the one for the regular antenna - on the right the one for the CB antenna with a larger diameter in the plastic part. The chrome ring is exactly the same for both. These two are used ones I found.
I cant believe that I was lucky enough to find this super rare antenna bezel as a NOS part - still wrapped in its original plastic bag. Not exactly a bargain, but its 100% perfect.
The new, correct antenna installed into the car.
This is the incorrect CB antenna I got. It could be installed into a 78 Eldorado without any problem and would look 100% correct from the outside. It works perfectly smooth, and the chrome mast is in excellent condition. The load coil and the FM stub antenna are all there. The previous owner of this antenna removed it from a 78 Eldorado, but it would normally be correct for Buicks. If you are not such a purist as I am, you can buy it from me for what I paid for it. ($250 + shipping) It comes with all the necessary hardware to install it.
Cruising through the scenic landscape of Austria looking down at a lake
The Mark III enjoying the last sun rays...
The whole family in the Lincoln - little Elliot is taking a nap as usual - nothing beats the soothing sound of the V8...