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

  1. jivin jer
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    Thanks for the headlight help. Here is a better pic that Matt sent me. It shows the wiper parts I need. If you had matching wiper arms that would be great too. I think that this is exclusively '41 Ford car.
     

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  2. jivin jer
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    When the car's away, the mice will play. Lets get this hood ready to install when the car comes back.
     

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  3. 54hotrodder
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    Dude i cannot get over this build it is inspiring me to do my mid to lat 40's styled kustom 1940 chevy sedan. Love to always check in om this build thread.
     
  4. jivin jer
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    I need to report on my visit to the trim shop last week.
     

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  5. Jer what is he using for the base of your headliner?
    Will the headliner material be guled to that cardboard/plastic?
    Thanks.
     
  6. jivin jer
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    Now that I'm a veteran with one of these reverse flow headliners under my belt (Jr's) I can appreciate what a struggle it is doing one of these things. Chris has had months of studying this problem and this is his solution to it.

    If I were doing this in SoCal, I might have access to trimmers that have extensive experience with these headliners.

    With the finished product matching the original pics, I equate this to modern components that make things work without being seen.

    What you are looking at is foam and panel board.
     

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  7. Karl stark
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    I for one have always thought that for the most part upholstery guys are not given enough exposure and credit. With the exception of a few reality "hot rod" TV shows showing some pretty well known trim shops, their work doesn't seem to be covered in a thorough manner. Seems like it's easier for someone to learn how to weld than stitch a straight seam. This must be an exciting moment Jer in your journey to "back in the day"!
     
  8. Thanks Jer, seats and carpeting seem to be pretty straight forward BUT headliners they look like a whole different animal.
     
  9. jivin jer
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    Chris is a "best interior" winner in Oklahoma, a more prestigious car show area than DFW.
     
  10. Torchie
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    My experience is that headliners and convertible tops can both be a bitch.
    Seat covers and door panels. Well not so much......
    Going to look great Jer.
    You are closing in on it.
    Torchie.
     
  11. bobo1
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    What sort of cam did Jess use on his Flat Head ?
    You said that Jess's car ran very fast
    Thank's
     
  12. jivin jer
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    Jesse ran a Fritz Voight 3/8X3/8 59A stroker motor with a supercharger (for the week end races). He couldn't tell me specifically what cam he ran. I have installed a Isky 400 jr in this attempt to provide the "back in the day" sights and sounds.
     
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  13. Gotgas
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    I saw your seats there on Friday afternoon. They look great. I've really been enjoying your progress.
     
  14. bobo1
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    Thank's , the Isky 400 jr is terrible : D
    Is Jess use the orriginal transmission or did he put in a gear set - Lincoln Zephyr, transmission ?
    Thank's
     
  15. jivin jer
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    Jesse put a Lincoln gear set in the transmission. I have not done that.
     
  16. jivin jer
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    Another stop at the trim shop.
     

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  17. looking sweet Jer !!!
     
  18. jivin jer
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    LOOSE ENDS! All the little things that I was able to put off and not think about are now standing in line, jumping up and down screaming, me, me.

    So let's look at the steering wheel. A 1950 Merc accessory wheel that I bought for $1000.00, the cheapest one I could find.
     

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  19. Stunning interior work.
    Thanks for the updates.
     
  20. jivin jer
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    V'd out cracks.
     

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  21. Those early Mercury & Ford accessory wheels look killer.The $$$$ are worth it..Still wish I would have kept my Crestliner wheel...
     
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  22. thecrazed(k)666
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    great thread on one of my favorite cars of all time , so much attention to detail..good job...was looking for pics of straight side shot of car after the metal and body work was done, i probalbly missed it, can you put again to see flow of roof....cant wait to see it all done, nice job and keep it up
     
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  23. jivin jer
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    Wow, 666 this is the best I can do. I haven't been to concerned because the hood isn't installed yet.

    I'm using the Eastwood steering wheel repair kit.
     

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  24. Looking great Jerry! Does your Merc wheel have a bad odor to it? Mine smelled terrible. I thought about fixing the cracks and painting it myself. While I was doing other things I decided to squirt some paint on it just to see if it sealed the odor. No luck, so I sent mine out to be recast just cuz my hands stunk every time I touched it.


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  25. jivin jer
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    Well Doc, I'm thinking for an Orthodontist that's not a good thing. No odor detected here. There will be a good long cure period for all these chemicals that are mixed together.

    I can just hear the response from your clients about the explanation for the smell, "ya, right".
     
  26. LOL. Yeah, I'm sure that , "No, really, I drove the Merc today and the steering wheel stinks, so sorry about the bad smell on my hands" wouldn't go ever real well. I never did get as far as trying to fix the cracks, but I just used a quick couple of coats of spray paint trying to seal it and see if it would work. I'm betting had I gone so far as to used some good catalyzed paint that probably would have worked much better. Oh well, it's done now. :)
     
  27. shoebox1950
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    Wow, it's coming along nicely!
     
  28. jivin jer
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    It's time to put EVERYTHING on the table.
     

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  29. J.B.
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    What happened? :eek:
     
  30. Karl stark
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    What happened, I hope it's not serious. Get better soon!
     

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