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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 1/2done, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. 1/2done
    Joined: Oct 29, 2006
    Posts: 620

    from Ohio

    I had to sell my gasser to keep a roof over my head, I didn't want to but sometimes you have to act like a grown up. I really wanted a metal working project to work on, I have 2 4x8's of 20ga so I can work without spending money for a while. So some extra parts and some trading later and I'm the proud(?) owner of a '40 Ford coupe that was in a garage that burned to the ground.

    I've never used a shrinking disc before, but I think this may be a good time to learn. The rest of the body parts are from a different car so they only need rust repair. Plans are to get all the metal work done and then decide a direction, I'm leaning toward a Lake style coupe.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2017
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  2. sawbuck
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,897

    from 06492 ct

    wow...gonna save good luck....keep us posted.
  3. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,418


    i will follow this thread the metal work alone will be worth the veiw time good luck with it
  4. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,598


    good for save some neat stuff and exercise your skills at the same time...:)

  5. buckeye_01
    Joined: Jun 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,441


    You are certainly ambitious. Good luck.
  6. AstroZombie
    Joined: Jul 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,788


    Nothing wrong with doing what you have to do. Sad to hear you had to sell your gasser, but in the end this may be for the better. You'll get to learn more metalwork, and also get the thrill of the next build. Good luck, doesn't look like too bad of a start.
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  7. Jim Sideways
    Joined: Sep 29, 2009
    Posts: 141

    Jim Sideways
    from Ohio

    I like 40 Fords. Good luck, keep us posted...
  8. xlr8
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
    Posts: 698

    from Idaho

    Not to hijack the thread, but what kind of luck do you generally have working metal that has been burned? I saw a pretty nice old chevy coupe body once years ago that I asked the guy about buying and he said it had been through a fire and even tho it looked pretty good it was ruined and he wouldn't sell it to anybody. He said he had tried to do some work on it and it was hard and brittle and the metal wouldn't work anymore.
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  9. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Years ago a friend bought a 39 Chevy coupe which had been in a garage fire some 30 years before that. The guy repainted the car several times and the paint just sloughed off every time after a few weeks or months. We parted it out.
  10. Looks like you got a good start there. Good Luck! Mikey
  11. 1/2done
    Joined: Oct 29, 2006
    Posts: 620

    from Ohio

    If it ends up unworkable I'll build a "survivor" dirt car and paint it with house paint.:D
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  12. One other thing, use some of that "metal etching primer" first, so the paint wont come off.. Mikey
  13. RichG
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
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  14. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,378


    picked a good one to save.
    good luck with it.
  15. Stevie Nash
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,999

    Stevie Nash

    I hope you have some bodacious metal working skills....:cool:
  16. Hyway Hauler
    Joined: Aug 31, 2009
    Posts: 670

    Hyway Hauler

    Jesus H. Christ! you have your work cut out buddy...but I've seen worse one turn out great!
  17. 61 chevy
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 891

    61 chevy

    make a good rat rod
  18. I don't care what sort of metal it is- it will take paint if you have it sandblasted clean and then spray it with epoxy or self-etching primer.

    I'd straighten up the overall body shell enough to have consistent gaps for doors, deck lid, etc. I'd even test fit some glass just out of curiosity to see exactly how bad it is. Will be interesting.
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  19. 1/2done
    Joined: Oct 29, 2006
    Posts: 620

    from Ohio

    I'll crush it first.
  20. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,546


    Good luck, if it was burned, that is one thing, if the fire dept hosed it down that is another. Getting it to stop rusting will be another problem. Not trying to kill your ambition, just passing along things to think about.
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  21. rat seeker
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 376

    rat seeker

  22. 1/2done
    Joined: Oct 29, 2006
    Posts: 620

    from Ohio

    I'm going to hose the inside down with rust converter, the outside I'm thinking about scrubbing it with muriatic acid and a scotch brite.
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  23. Ghost28
    Joined: Nov 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,196


    Aww hell being a grown up was the first step. This will be easy, and fun for ya. And prolly ease the pain of selling your gasser...John
    I know how right your choice was.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2009
  24. onedge
    Joined: May 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,000


    1/2 done I like your state of mind. Good luck.
  25. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    I've see guys start with lots worse and end up with some pretty incredible cars. It'll take time and bunch of work, but it's savable. Good luck.

  26. solid
    Joined: May 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,459


    Look good nose high, with some americans, or need a new gasser anyways...
  27. Flatheadguy
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,037


    Don't let anything or anyone talk you into a funk. I suppose some would just buy a fiberglass whatever body. You can save it. In my many decades of rodding life I have found that 80% of doing it is having the stones to start. Much worse has been pulled back from the dead. Please, keep us updated.
  28. Strange Agent
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,879

    Strange Agent
    from Ponder, TX

    You can do it. Keep on it.

    Bring it back to life.
  29. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,727


    Just curious, seriously, how does burning off paint/bondo & then exposing the metal to water any different than stripping the paint (in any fashion) & having it flash rust. I stripped stuff with vinegar, for example, & almost immediately had to fight a light coat of oxidation. How does this compare to any sort of surface rust situation? Is there a different sort of problem with this particular car (if it was indeed hosed down)?
  30. PeteFromTexas
    Joined: Apr 4, 2007
    Posts: 3,837


    Good answer

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