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

  1. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
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    from Nebraska

    Nice work, Bill --- looking good!!



    Malcolm
     
  2. 70kid
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    Really looking good man, How did your molasses bath turn out? Its suprising
    how well mine zips that rust right off!
     
  3. 1/2done
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    Thanks!
    Thanks!

    Thanks Nick!

    I haven't done anything yet, bit I'm glad to hear it works well. Now that I don't have to worry about it freezing I may try to get on it this week.
    I got the right side welded up and the door opening and closing.
    IMAG0408.JPG

    I wheeled a piece for the bottom of the door I'll try to get welded in tomorrow.
    IMAG0409-1.JPG
    I came to the realization today that a bare metal finish is not going to be a possibility. The car should have hit the scrap pile after the fire but I figured I could save it. I don't want to spend the next couple years trying to get the metal perfect and if a skim coat and paint is what it takes then that's the direction it's going. Nothing fancy. If it's going to fall off I don't want $2k worth of paint laying on the garage floor. I'm going to start finishing and priming panels as the metal work is completed so there's a sense of accomplishment and get it ready for color. Probably a non-metallic blue.
     
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  4. hasty
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    Very inspiring work - thanks for sharing
     
  5. Nothing wrong with finished paint. Keep up the great work.
     
  6. skoh73
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    Keep up the amazing work. See if Ryan will let you change your user name to Metal Houdini.
     
  7. Squids50
    Joined: Oct 23, 2011
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    Keep going you have come along way sence you brought it home. Alot would of just let it go. That car is going to give you so much pride and good feeling when you frist drive it. Keep the dream alive.
     
  8. koolkemp
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    That sounds like a good plan, at least it works for me with my 47, seein some primer on there gives a good feeling of visual accomplishment !
     
  9. zibo
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    Always good to see some updates!
    It would be alot faster if you half-assed some things!
    ;)
    Nobody will realize the amount of work you put in to the old coupe,
    and I guess that's a good goal.

    Unless you live in a dry climate with a sealed garage,
    and have way too much time to scrub and oil,
    than those bare metal finishes are over-rated.
    Of course they do hide the slight imperfections better than paint.
    I really like the look of the bare steel,
    it's just that watching all that work flash rust hurts too much.

    I'm a big fan of this roll-on marine epoxy,
    and than a cheesy color coat over that.
    Than there is the protection with a real patina over time.

    Good to see you're still at it,
    makes me want to go throw a couple hours at mine!

    TP
     
  10. 1/2done
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    I took a break from sheet metal work to get the frame out from under the 39 sedan.

    IMAG0422.JPG
    Unfortunately, as nice as the front section of the frame is it turns out the rear of the frame is rusted out.
    IMAG0421.JPG

    I guess one option would be to graft the rear of the butchered MII frame onto the front of this frame. Or stick the whole mess in the classifieds and take up gardening.:rolleyes: Another setback is now it looks doubtful I'll be getting a title so I'm back to building a racecar. Oh well....
     
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  11. 1/2done
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    I got to spend some time on the 40 this weekend. I managed to get the passenger door finished and ready for bodywork. Considering what I started with I guess I'm pleased with the outcome.

    IMAG0432.JPG
    I still need to put the diagonal brace in, but it doesn't sag and shuts solid.

    IMAG0431.JPG
    I have all the hammer forms made for the door bottoms so the driver side should go faster.
     
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  12. koolkemp
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    That looks great!! :D
     
  13. hallrods
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    Looks great. Are you self taught or did learn your trade some were
     
  14. paint it with por15 lol
     
  15. Nope it won't stick to the fresh sheetmetal unless you 80 grit it. The original tin , hell yes.
     
  16. gwarren007
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  17. F&J
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    As long is there is an original and genuine serial number, then there are ways to legally register that car. You can get advice from hambers in non titled states.
     
  18. need louvers ?
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    You've done all this kick ass body work to fix this car, at this point I'd just fix the rust in the frame's kick up. I don't live in OH., but I can't imagine that getting a title could be too much harder to do than anywhere else.
     
  19. gwarren007
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    Bonded title/abandoned title should be available to you.
     
  20. dgg-dt1948
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  21. 1/2done
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    Well I sold the 39 sedan shell to my buddy Stephen Fields and any parts he wanted off the other 2 parts cars. I was seriously thinking of selling the coupe until I started working on it again and now I'm leaning toward keeping it.
    I'm such a fickle asshole. :rolleyes:
    Anyway, it's decision time. I started fitting the rear fender wells and if I'm going to section the car, now's the time to do it.
    IMAG0519.JPG

    I've wanted to build a chopped and sectioned coupe since a HAMBer did this photochop of my 41 Dodge.
    41av.JPG

    I like the overall look of this coupe but not sure what's going on in the cowl/hood area. It also needs to be lower.
    choppedSectioned40.JPG

    I still think this is the benchmark for what I want in a chopped/sectioned coupe.
    40ford0012.JPG

    Decisions, decisions.........
     
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  22. Mopar Jack
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    Its looking good...
     
  23. KustomCars
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  24. deto
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    i would leave it man. It looks good as is
     
  25. hippy killer
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    You do some great work lookin forward to more up dates
     
  26. 1/2done
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    I really wanted to make some progress this weekend but storms knocked out the power Friday afternoon and they don't expect it back on until Tuesday. Running a list of essentials off of a generator, unfortunately the garage isn't on that list.
     
  27. I vote for leaving it as is. Car looks great and you've already worked hard enough.

    I would be afraid that if I sectioned a car like that, I would think it was really cool... for the first 6 months.

    Then I would be kickin myself everyday for the next 10 years for cutting it up.

    Great job.
     
  28. big creep
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    dont chop it! these things look good out of the factory. the only thing i would do is have it in the weeds and thats it! keep up the great work!!!
     
  29. skoh73
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
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    I have to agree with most of these fellas- don't chop it. This car looks great as it is. IMO in those pics that you posted as examples (with possible exception of the last one) the cars look all jacked up.
     

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