SAM BARRIS BUICK RESTORATION
The team at MANNS Restoration has just finished painting the Sam Barris 1950 Buick. The full restoration is nearing its completion.
In the summer of 2013 we reported that the Sam Barris 1950 Buick, owned by Kurt McCormick, was undergoing a full restoration at Manns Restoration shop in Festus, Missouri. Today December 18, 2015 Manns shared some photos of the Buick being repainted in a wonderful maroon.
The project at Manns did not start out as a full restoration job though. After having enjoyed the Buick for many years, the Buick had been on loan to the Darryl Starbird Museum for quite some time. When the car went back home to Kurt he realized that the old straight 8 engine in it was lacking power and that it was nearly dangerous lacking to keep up in modern traffic. Especially knowing Kurt loves to drive all his historic customs as often as possible, so drivability is really important. The original plan was to update the drive train to make the car more drivable in the years to come. Kurt chose the Manns Restoration shop, and the guys at the shop asked Kurt if they could also repaint the car and show it off to promote their business in their booth at an upcoming big car show. Kurt agreed and the shop went to work.
But soon after the interior and engine were removed it became evident that the car was in worse state than expected. Body mount and structure on the inside of the body were badly rusted, and had most likely never been corrected properly in the first restoration in the late 1970’s. It was then decided to go all the way and do a complete frame off restoration to get the car in the perfect condition it deserves. Over the past two years the team at Manns have replaced all rusted sections of the body and inner structures, and made other repairs where needed. In several body sections heavy layers of plastic filler were found underneath the paint, all this was corrected with fresh metal body work ensuring the restored Custom Buick can be enjoyed for many decades to come.
A little while ago we did a two part CCC-Feature story on the Sam Barris 1950 Buick where you can find all the details on this outstanding custom in it original and first restored version.
The Sam Barris Buick has always been one of my all time favorite Custom Cars. And I really look forward to see the all restored Custom Car Icon back on the road again. Stay tuned…..
Manns Restoration & Maintenance
5 North 6th Street
Festus, Missouri 63028
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