I joined the forum today after purchasing my cousin's one-owner-from-new 64,000 mile Fleetwood. I am very excited to keep the car in the family. Before I commence any work, I wanted to get the forum's opinion and information on a few items:
1. The car is completely original. I am a fan of the preservation movement, but this car's exterior needs to be repainted to protect the integrity of the car. What is the best paint source and who has the most accurate mixing codes, in the opinion of the forum? The car does not need body work, other than a good sanding and perhaps a skim coat of filler in some places. No rust out, no collision damage.
2. The interior is amazingly sound with the exception of need for replacement of the foam in the seats and some seam separation on the seat panels between leather and cloth sections. If I cannot repair this, does anyone have access to the fabric (black with silver threads- don't know the 1950's GM nomenclature for this) or a close match? I don't want to gut the interior if it can be satisfactorily repaired and replaced as needed.
3. I have enough old cars to know what one typically reconditions to get a car back on the road (the car has not run in 9 years, but was fastidiously mechanically maintained before that time). In addition to fuel tank, clean fuel lines, brake soft parts, carb, ignition tune up, turning over the engine on the crank after loosening it up, does the club have any strong recommendations on essential refurbishment items on this car before buttoning it back up? My cousin, who is a professional mechanic and who is very familiar with classic GM products, will be doing the work, but I want to make it as easy as I can for him.
4. Other small parts- I need the 1958 Fleetwood-specific interior dome light and the "Sixty Special" script for the rear fender. Best source on these?
Thanks and I look forward to posts. I will keep you updated on progress.
1958 Fleetwood 60-S