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Projects Recreating the jesse lopez coupe

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by jivin jer, Aug 18, 2012.

  1. Tacho
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    Looking Pro Jer!
     
  2. jivin jer
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    Thanks everybody for the encouragement, it does mean a lot. Great pics Barry, I love that car, 5 hours(?), now my head really hurts.

    This is Allen from CR'S Automotive in town. I dropped off some spotlight parts and asked him, "can you take these apart for plating?" I came back the next day and he had em' all apart, no problem.
     

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  3. shoebox1950
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    Is he replacing the rivets in your Appletons with nrw rivets or small machine screws- where the cones attach to the swivel flange...they're tough to re-chrome because of the small parts!

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  4. This really is a great build thanks Jer!!
     
  5. Jer, each post is more exciting than the one before - closer and closer to the finish. Looks great!!

    Barry, two of those images I hadn't seen before! Thanks for posting. Take lots of pics of your new build as I'm sure we'd all like to see that one come together too!

    Dave
     
  6. Great effort on this post, lucky today there was a breakdown online at the GM Holden factory In South Australia so I got to wander through this post! Great to see you took on the roof yourself, I spent hours looking at mine and working it all out before I cut it up I could feel your nervous-ness. Hard to figure where to find the centre point of the rear of the roof -everything's round there's no easy lines or points of reference.
    Anyway this post got me back in the garage tonight, thanks.
     
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  7. jivin jer
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    Thanks everybody. Are you seeing the small Phillips head, polished, stainless, machine screws being used in the restoring of these spotlights? I took my machine screws and sanded off the Phillips part and, had them chromed. Now, I can't put a nut on it because of the plating. I can't force a nut on it because its too smooth to be held in a vice.

    Here's the parts at the platers.
     

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  8. shoebox1950
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    Looking good Jer! I figured a nice machine screw would work well to replace the Appleton rivets...can't wait to see them reassembled

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  9. I don't know if there is enough room on the appletons to use these, but we have used them to replace previously riveted chrome parts to reassemble after plating. They come in stainless and can be polished easily. When installed, they look like the original rivets. These fasteners are 10-32 x 3/8" long (from under the head) and have a 7/16" diameter domed head.

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  10. jivin jer
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    Hey John, where do I get these?
     
  11. shoebox1950
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    Yeah the little stainless buttonheads are great for replacing factory rivets...I've used a few #6 buttonheads on chopped vent windows when I put them back together.

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  12. jivin jer
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    Got 'em, thanks much.
     
  13. Anything for you sir.....
     
  14. BrerHair
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    Exactly what I was thinking.

    Well, there you go, nothing to it for some folks.

    I mean, this is the world most mortals live in.
     
  15. jivin jer
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    OK, here's the chromed spotlights (I havn't looked at 'em'), with all the parts to put em' back together again.
     

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  16. jivin jer
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    Why do I (at my age) have to remember how all this stuff goes back together?
     

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  17. That's funny (ahh maybe) at 70 I'm trying to remember how to put my PU back together after being apart since '91!
    Hang in there Jer your get'n close........
     
  18. Karl stark
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    Jer, a very wise man once said, "Growin' old aint' for sissy's". He has a post on here somewhere, let him be your guide.
     
  19. jivin jer
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    Here we go.
     

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  20. eric54chevy
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    hot damn that looks good....keep at it Jer
     
  21. jivin jer
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    The trailer has to give up Jr's car. Jesse's has to be electrocuted.
     

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  22. banditomerc
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    looking good jer...
     
  23. easy does it ! very nice... my hat is off to you Jer !
     
  24. J.B.
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    Love the smile on your wifes face when she enters the trailer! :)
    Looking good, Jer!
     
  25. DAMN....that bumper, taillights, license plate bracket......EVERYTHING looks so AWESOME!!!!! Beautiful work Jer!!!
     

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  26. shoebox1950
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    Looking forward to seeing this one finished@

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  27. jivin jer
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    Thanks guy's. Here is the car at our old friend Mike Millers (Millers Performance,greybeard360) shop. You'll remember he did the headers.
     

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  28. shoebox1950
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    Any pictures of the car overall outside or are you waiting for the grand reveal? :)

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