Rip Van Winkle

Rip Van Winkle 


As the trunk lid can’t be used we have a new one and it will need a reproduction of the Service Parts Label.


This is the new label




Some before and after of some smaller but important parts




Before of the brake system


Engine compartment

The engine compartment is disassembled one piece at a time documenting each step. The helps keep the parts in order and determine what parts can be restored vs replaced.

If you look closely you can see the original parts label is still on the driver’s side head


A Grand National has 26 parts that need to be painted. 19 of them are smaller removable parts that can be easily removed and painted. Is seems premature to start painting parts so soon but at the end it saves a lot time.

Some of these parts started out rough


The are some of the parts for this build that are painted and ready to go:

  1. Header panel
  2. header panel brace
  3. 3 piece spoiler
  4. quarter extensions
  5. Front license plate holder


The radiator support was stripped and powder coated so it will never rust again




The 1987 CC1 T-top Grand National went into the bushes for a nap in 1999 and like Rip Van Winkle woke up 21 years later


Lots to do with this one… and details to follow


The beginning

We started with a 1987 Buick Grand Nation T-top car. A car the work many, many hours at a pizza shop to show his work ethic and earn a car he could be proud of. After endless moths of making pizza our hard working owner was rewarded with this classic car.

What happened? Life happened. After years of enjoyment in the car life happened.  Owner parked the car to begin a carrier and build a family. Now 21 years later he would like this returned to its former glory and become a generational part of the family.

What do we have to work with? Its a compete, that’s the good news. The bad news is that is has been ravaged by rust dead rodents and bugs



Dead mice everywhere and an odor to match


Lots of rust, roof, floor pan, quarters etc.




Lots of ants!!!

The car is complete very few missing parts

Original exhaust still in place