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Projects Resurrecting the Mehoopany Coupe - 1936 Ford 5W

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 50DropTop, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. 50DropTop
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    Progress has been slow but still exciting.

    Thanks to @Chris 50, I’ve got an interior ready to go for the coupe. It’s a pretty interesting story; this is an old Labaron Bonney interior purchased by a gentleman in IL back in ‘87. Chris passed along all the old order forms, shipping docs, etc from the original owner. Everything has survived the last 30 years pretty well. I reached out to LB to buy some fabric for the side arm covers; they’re about 3” too short and won’t quite stretch enough to cover.
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    Also worked with @mikesspeedshop.nc to develop to panhard bar for the original banjo. Just a little tweaking to the frame bracket and some final fitting and it will be ready to ready to go. This should allow me to run a little longer shackle in the rear if I decide it’s just not quite long enough.
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    Finally got around to replacing the rear cage nuts and fabricating the rusted portion of the inner rear panel. Still need to do a little clean up of the welds. No judgement on my work bench disaster and outdated Rodders Journal calendar.
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  3. JimmyD3234
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    nice job N nice car I like it Good Like with Old Gal :cool: :cool:
     
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    Thanks JimmyD3234! I’m targeting April to be complete, still lots to do (fingers crossed).
     
  5. cvstl
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    Me too, but don't think I'm gonna make this April:rolleyes:
     
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    Took the day off from work today and made a little progress on the coupe.

    I wasn’t real happy with the repair I made on the bottom of the passenger door. I used one of the reproduction pieces but the bottom contour just didn’t match.

    Before repo patch
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    Repo patch welded in
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    It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the two contours just didn’t match. I welded this in early on when the door was off the car for the inner panel replace. I’m just getting around to fixing it today.

    I had picked up the bottom of a trashed door some time back. It was a driver side door, but I felt I could make it work for the small section I needed for the passenger side of the car.
    Tacked in
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    The lines flow nicely
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    Hard to beat good old Henry steel for certain things. I’ll finish tig’n it in later.
     
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  7. Ralph Moore
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    Looks like it belongs there!So right about the repop patch panels, they are just a place to start. Nothing like the real thing. The only repop steel that’s close are the trunk/ floor panels, it’s hard to screw up flat!


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    Made a little more progress yesterday. Hope to finish the underside today.
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  9. cvstl
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    Looks great!!!

    If I lifted mine up like that I'd probably have 4 holes in the floor.:D
     
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    :D
     
  11. 50DropTop
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    Bottom is all primed.

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  12. Ralph Moore
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    Same with mine!


    Man, your floor looks perfect!


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    After finishing the door repair, I decided to hand polish ‘ye ole’ lacquer. Not too shabby...I can actually see myself.

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    Progress has been slow but still getting closer. Managed to get a coat of primer on the roof and fender wells today.
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  15. Ralph Moore
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    Yea, that old laquer really shines up nice. I’m working on a 47 coupe that was painted in the early 60’s. Been sitting since 67-70. Shines up real nice, if course it’s black IMG_0334.JPG


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    Made some progress on painting the inside this afternoon. Slowly but surely; I’m getting there.
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    And now the bottom is black!
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    Plan is to have it back on the frame in another week or so.
     
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  18. cvstl
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    Looks great!!! Those are some very helpful pics, to us guys with rotten junk. Any chance you could shoot a few forward of the door showing the rocker / a-pillar / toe-board cowl area?
     
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    Sure, I'd be glad to. Stay tuned!!
     
  20. Hank56
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    Following! Im about to start on my 35 5 window...i like what you have done so far!...keep posting lots of pics!

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    Here are some from the underside, I’ll get some topside tomorrow and add some underside rocker photos.
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    More detailed shots
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    Ok, so I only had about an hour between work and home duties, but I did manage to get the floor bracing installed. Original wood, new T nuts and cork neoprene cushion gaskets.
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    Yesterday I was able to make a little more painting progress. I took a stab at blending the repair I made in the door with the rest of the original paint. I’m using Hirsch nitrocellulose lacquer. Here’s a shot of it after wet sanding with 600, no buffing yet. I ordered some better thinner this morning as I’m not real satisfied with the gloss or flow out. I’m open to opinions or any experience anyone is willing to share.
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    After a little polishing. Still not great...but better. Opinions welcome!!
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  27. Ralph Moore
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    That bottom photo looks like a pretty good match to me!
    I know from experience matching new paint to old is very difficult.


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    New roof ribs have been weathered, wrapped and ready to install. I couldn’t stand the look of new wood with an old ride. Planning on driving it open topped for a little while.
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    Got a couple days off this week, so I decided to weld in the LAST body patch I been putting off. Not real sure why I’ve been procrastinating so long on this as it only took 2 hours from start to finish. Anyway, here it is.
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    I’m more comfortable with metal work than paint matching:p
     
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    Also, @Chris 50, I decided to test fit the front mat....I think it’s going to work quite nicely. I can already envision it with a full ‘vintage’ Lebaron Bonney interior. I should have the seat back from the upholsterer in a couple weeks. I’ll be sure to share some photos.
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