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Projects '51 Merc Kustom Project

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by michaelvz51, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. michaelvz51
    Joined: May 24, 2011
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    michaelvz51
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    54 DelRay,
    I understand, it is seriously surreal to build parts for my car in Gene' shop, work with Craig G and have design conversations with Gene. Gene is a true artist and these people look at things differently than most-he is still able to "see" what a car will look like even before it is done. He has a rule he strongly lives by and anyone who has met and spoke to him will agree that "Everyday is a School Day". This is why I take pics so I can see that I have been privileged to be there (in School)! I am fortunate to be able to have a relationship with people of this caliber and want to mention that there are many others out there all around our awesome country with the same mindsets and the gift of what I call "Rolling Car Art Design". Look at people like Voo Doo Larry, Matt Townsend, Ian Roussel and many others who keep the Kustom Car art of fabrication alive and well-these and people like them are who inspired me to take my fabrication skills to the next level.
    Thank you for the compliment about mine standing alone. My vision and design ideas were and have been thought out after studying a lot of books, internet sites, history from Rik Hoving's stories and again, learning a ton here on the HAMB from people just like you.
     
  2. michaelvz51
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    michaelvz51
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    here are some more progress pics on the reverse opening wind wings. Still need to polish the window frame and have glass cut but working out so far. Tough project And it’s giving me more respect for the guys that do these a lot. You have to trim the rubber weatherstripping and keep cutting and finishing all metal so everything will work properly.pics show it closed, open and view from inside where are you see that it will drive plenty of air into the car nicely.
     
  3. 54delray
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    54delray
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    Hmm, I like, but makes me recall a time driving my '55 Ford. Tall narrow wing windows, open all the way to move a lot of air into the car. A big bumble bee hit just the right spot on the glass, propelled it into me, then bounced onto the floor. Dang thing was still alive. I couldn't get stopped fast enough to chase it around with my foot and turn it into little bumble bee parts.

    Again, I like the modifications you've made on your car. Just be prepared for errant bug or rock to hit you.
     
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  4. michaelvz51
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    That’s a great story and I had a similar situation happen in a big truck I was driving once. I hit a bee swarm....same as you couldn’t get that damn truck stopped fast enough! It’s a good story like yours, in all seriousness, your point is well taken and respected. Thanks for stirring up my memory too!
     
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  5. hammer-time
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    Do you know what car the front fender flares came off of?
     
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  6. michaelvz51
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    Yes sir I do, I found a set of 53-54 Ford front fenders and cut them up for the flares. These fenders were rough all around except for the flare portion And I got them inexpensively. They work great and enhance the car imo
     
  7. michaelvz51
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    Page 2 in this build thread shows the flares in bare metal
     
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  8. Hi Michael,
    your car is simply fantastic and I have followed your build since the beginning. You have really come a long way. I remember when you showed the side view with the 3-window roof on page 2 and I thought: So much work and it just does not look right! Best idea to cut it off and restart.
    The Carson top and everything looks perfect now.
    Congratulations!
     
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  9. hammer-time
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    Thanks for sharing. :)
     
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  10. michaelvz51
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    You got it, this is what the H.A.M.B. is all about!
     
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  11. michaelvz51
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    Thank you very much, it’s been a long battle but with words like yours, worth it! I like how the Carson top flows right into the trunk almost like a Fleetline, this is intentional to give the car a longer lower look and better symmetry. Glad you like and have enjoyed the journey, a few more finishing touches and I will be driving the whitewalls off of it! So far all mechanicals are working great and she cruises 70-75 mph beautifully at 2000 rpms which is what gas mileage likes! Stay tuned almost done
     
  12. michaelvz51
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    michaelvz51
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    Hello, here’s another update and something a little different. I might not be the first person to figure this out, but again, giving back to the H.A.M.B. is important to me.
    While installing my door panels after all the fabrication on the wind wing frames and windows, I re discovered an age old problem with installing door handles and window cranks when using the additional decorative escutcheons. The issue is having to use the “pins” that go through the handle to hold it in place on the door shaft or window crank while at the same time trying to hold the sleigh loaded escutcheon collar out of the way. I know there are special tools for this task but even those are a pain to use at times. You also need a needle size drift punch to install the pins all the way in. Next, the pins also are typically a tight fit and if and when you need to remove them again, it’s just a pain! Last, guess what happens over time? They rust in place and then have fun getting them out!
    I decided to dilll and tap the holes using a 6/32 Allen head set screw since they fit flush and the escutcheons will work well. I also used anti siege on the threads so they don’t rust in place too and it is much easier to remove them for future repairs etc. see the pics above. finally, I decided to wake up the door handles and window cranks by painting the flutes in them themed to match my car-bid difference a little detail makes, huh? I used a “paint pen” by Sharpie with actual enamel in it and it flowes nice and will be easy to touch up later on.
    Hope this helps others, now back to the wind wing project
     

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