A Brief History

Buick Tribute Car

Ted bought the 1931 Buick in 1985, spent two years having it restored, and drove it for years as his every day car. He had been thinking about doing something special with the car and one morning friends Beth & Steve Sammis came into Chick and Ruth's Delly and told Ted that their son, Capt. USMC Benjamin W. Sammis, had been killed in Iraq. At that moment Ted knew what was to be done with the Buick. It would become a tribute to all the brave people who serve and protect our country. Ted has spent about 2 years and 300 hours rebuilding the car with the help of many other talented friends and his patient wife, Beth, to make his dream come true.

The tribute Faces of Valor USA 1931 Buick

1931 Buick in Progress
What Ted started with
1931 Buick in Progress
OK, lets rip out the interior
1931 Buick in Progress
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1931 Buick in Progress
Let's prime the car
1931 Buick in Progress
Painting the car 1am the morning. Thanks Dave Smith for teaching
me how to paint.
1931 Buick in Progress
Taking the car to have the Faces of Valor USA air brushed on.
1931 Buick in Progress
While the car is away having the faces air brushed on, lets get the fenders
down to bare metal.
1931 Buick in Progress
Priming and sanding the fenders—what fun after work (but I really love it).
1931 Buick in Progress
Fenders & parts finally done!
1931 Buick in Progress
The first Faces of Valor USA
are painted on.
1931 Buick in Progress
Chuck of Banshi is amazing.
1931 Buick in Progress
Moving right along...
1931 Buick in Progress
Just about done the air brush work.
1931 Buick in Progress
Here comes the great American Look!!!
1931 Buick in Progress
Dan Brooks & his beautiful wife Karyn and gorgeous Kalee & Amanda, admiring the picture of Dan.
1931 Buick in Progress
Lauren helping dad put on the luggage rack.
1931 Buick in Progress
Long time friends Rusty & son Mike from Bay Country Vans put in the beautiful interior
1931 Buick in Progress
I didn't realize they didn't have back-up camera & 7" DVD screens, Electric sunroof & sirens in 1933
1931 Buick in Progress
After many hours of fun work, lets put the engine in. Thanks for all the help and advice from Wayne Evert & Bill Hicks.
1931 Buick in Progress
Almost there...
1931 Buick in Progress
Time to put the fenders on.
1931 Buick in Progress
How about a little fun with lights.
1931 Buick in Progress
Lets make running boards from scratch from Mahogany
1931 Buick in Progress
Friends Mike Zitzmann (Veteran of Viet Nam face on the car) and friend Don App, help sanding and refinishing the running boards.
1931 Buick in Progress
Running boards finished
1931 Buick in Progress
Almost there. Thanks Mike Zitzmann for all the help. Good friends are what it's about.
Completed 1931 Buick Restoration
Finished!
Completed 1931 Buick Restoration
Completed 1931 Buick Restoration
Completed 1931 Buick Restoration
Completed 1931 Buick Tribute Car Now we are finally done. So if you like what you see, go to the Donations page and make a pledge to allow The Faces of Valor USA to raise money for the Scholarships and financial assistance to the service men and women who have been injured in the performance of their duties & the families of the service men and women who have lost their lives while protecting us and providing safety and security to our American way of life.

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