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Projects 1958 Corvette (I'm the new tire fryer)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by LowKat, Aug 21, 2017.

  1. Not a day goes by that I don't regret getting rid of my 59 in a divorce settlement. If you think a divorce is imminent......hide the car!:(
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  2. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,431


    I'm sure it's a great car to cruise in! Who wouldn't enjoy it?
    "Give me your Corvette" ? Joe

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  3. enloe
    Joined: May 10, 2006
    Posts: 7,343

    from east , tn.

    You are RELENTLESS Joe:)
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  4. Joe is cheap......I would offer money.....when I can scrounge some up..
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  5. Not today

    Sorry about your '59. What a way to go.

    I hated watching our 1962 drive off with the new owner 25 years ago and replayed that scene in my mind many times. Don't really think about it anymore.

    Been married since 1973. Divorce will never happen, but if it does....
    I'm loading the Vette with shorts, t-shirts, a few tools and heading tropical.


  6. Been working on the stainless moldings for the new hardtop. I ended up taking pieces from both tops to make one nice one. This included swapping the back windows. ugggg.

    I have one more full day to have the moldings done. (for one top)

    The stainless work is so time consuming. Some of the pieces have hundreds of hammer strikes from the backside to bang the dents out. I like the polishing part but hate the sanding after it's had the dents beat out and been filed to smooth out the high spots.


    The hammer I used looks big in the picture but is actually the size of a tack hammer.


    Lots of sanding.
    After the file job, I used 220 grit (shown),
    then wet sanded with 320, 500, 800, 1000 and finally 1200.
    Still needs a little more polish but you get the idea.

    I found this thread on the Corvetteforum very helpful.

    Also videos on YouTube from The Glassworks

    Glassworks has a valuable video showing the header stainless removal.
  7. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,431


    Been there with stainless it's a slow tedious process. Can't be in a hurry or you'll be there even longer! Your doing great work makes hours go by quickly doesn't it! But I have to ask because I'm an ass but. " GIVE ME YOUR CORVETTE?" Joe

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  8. jimdillon
    Joined: Dec 6, 2005
    Posts: 2,535


    Mark it is looking good. Redoing the moldings is time consuming but I find it an OK job because the good results makes it worthwhile-it does not make you want to have a drink if you have a degree of patience. Replacing the rear window is one of those nightmare jobs on early Vettes. I kind of have it down to a reasonable project if I use ratchet straps to help wrestle the top into shape (and keep it there) while I install the rear window. The other job that tries my patience is replacing the dash cover. My buddy called me the other day with questions on recovering his 59 dash and I offered to help him. I am not sure which is worse-the rear window or the dashpad. Thank God you have the rear window behind you.
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  9. The last piece shown was a "hurry" because I did all the sanding and wanted to see the finished product. It slipped off the polishing wheel and hit the spinning nut on the arbor. Put a dent in it and cost me about another 2 hours of work. Now my nuts are duct taped.
  10. Not today
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  11. Jim, one day I'll be replacing the dash pad.
    It's not real bad but as the car looks better, it looks worse.

    I did one in my 1962 many years ago and it wasn't fun.
    I'd choose the back window over the dash pad.
  12. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,431


    Not to be a smart ass but I am. This sounds PAINFUL!
    "Now my nuts are duct taped"

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  13. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
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    Just curious what are you are using for the final polish? After the different grits of jewelers' rouge I finished up with semi-chrome and an old sweat shirt turned inside out by hand. I had pleasurable results just wondering if there is something better. Joe
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  14. I had a big tub of "Mothers" polish already so been using that with a microfiber towel.


    The company "Glassworks" that restore Corvette tops recommends "MetAll" polish that's really for aluminum.

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  15. what's so bad about changing the dash pad? I did the one in my 60 years ago, other than botching one of the cuts, it didn't seem all that bad to me.
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  16. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
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    "Met All" looks to be about the same color and consistency as semichrome I've used it for years on chrome and of course stainless and aluminum. That's all I used on my polished Americans. I have used mothers also but really liked the results I get from semichrome. A friend of mine swears by PRISM Metal Polish. He does a lot of boat stainless and aluminum. I have not tried it myself as of yet. Joe

    PRISM819dA+OaLIL__SL1500_.jpg SEMICHROME51i4UXUhGfL__SX425_.jpg
  17. Baron
    Joined: Aug 13, 2004
    Posts: 3,193


    This just made me laugh Jim...I'm sure no pun intended. I've done a dash pad on my old 62, but never a rear window. Nice to know it's the lesser of the evils.
    Nice work Lowcat. Going to look great when it's installed back on the top.
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  18. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 15,545


    Old time semichrome in a small tube was the only thing I found to get rid of the "Blue" on the header on my old Harley and kept it from coming back for a good while.
  19. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 2,913


    Same here, and made side cases look like chrome too (almost).:D
  20. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,431


    A little elbow grease and my polished American's shined like new money. Used to use it on bike spokes also. Hand's looked like a coal miner when I was done! Joe

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  21. Rat Daddio
    Joined: Sep 25, 2017
    Posts: 3

    Rat Daddio

    Great thread and very cool car. Hopefully taking possession of a '58 soon. You have a lot of useful info here.
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  22. Welcome to the HAMB.
    You know we'll be wanting to see photos of your Vette when it happens.
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  23. oldsman41
    Joined: Jun 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,057


    I’m jealous but I’m poor so i can live vicariously through you and others that own imo some of the nicest looking cars that were built 58 59 60 corvettes are boss.
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  24. Rat Daddio
    Joined: Sep 25, 2017
    Posts: 3

    Rat Daddio

    Well it has happened! The car was delivered yesterday and you might already be familiar with it. Check out the Hot Rods to Hell Tribute build by utahvette (2014). I found the thread a couple months ago and the rest is history! The car is cool as hell.
  25. Craigslist ad 250 miles away. Corvette hubcaps for $80 (I figured each but was a set of 4) Two are banged up looking in the single crappy picture but still a good deal for one, even though they are 1961-62.

    Contact seller, says $25 shipping. Box came yesterday with 6 caps. I worked on and polished 3. The 4th has a few dings to straighten out and needs polished. 2 wall hangers left over.

    Now I need 2 more original wheels. Don't plan on taking the mags off the car but might trade off once in a while.

    z Corvette hubcaps 01.jpg
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  26. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 4,927

    from Hawaii

    Been thinking about enclosing my carport and you just gave me the right look.:D
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  27. P
    Pics or it didn't happen! That guy has built some cool cars from some humble beginnings.

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