The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by big M, Feb 21, 2013.
Thanks to everyone for the positive comments!!
Just amazing work. and the effort to do it right, not just close enough.
ready to start another? or 3?
Thanks, but I've still got a '59 Desoto ragtop, '58 Fury, '58 Ply rag, '58 300 D fuelie, as well as a few others waiting in the wings. Doubt I'll live long enough to see them all done, though.
Due to being sidetracked with another project, progress slowed to a crawl on the '59. I got the doors hung and aligned, as well as painted the inner fender panels semi-gloss bla
ck [still wet, so they look like gloss]
Things sure do get dusty quickly here!
I assembled the inner fenders and core support, also repaired the heater core and reinstalled the heater box. Had to send more hardware and some small brackets for plating, in order to mount the fenders.
It's good to see that you're still working on it after all this time.
This is the first time I've seen this thread.
I've seen some unbelievable 'saves' here on the HAMB, but this one takes the cake.
There is no way anyone could have possibly created a real car out of that rusted pile of crap you started with .......................................................... but FM you did!!!!!
I am simply in awe of the abilities that exist in HAMB-land.
Thank you for sharing the journey with us.
She's looking good bud! Been watching for a good minute and always impressed with your workmanship bud. Really looking forward to seeing her finished and driving.
I love me some MoPars!!
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I had plans of fitting the deck lid yesterday evening, but it was close to 110 degrees in the back of the barn, and after fighting the deck hinges and torsion rods, it sounded way better to pop an ice cold beer and throw a game of horseshoes with some friends.
I received my second set of coffee cans with re-plated hardware, and had the hood hinges plated also. Greg Conomos had sent me a set of his newly reproduced hood springs, so I painted them red and installed them on the hinges.
I bolted both fenders on, as well as the deck lid. I will have lots of adjusting panels, but I wanted to get things close so I can wetsand and buff the paint out first.
great work john!! gonna be super sharp when you get er done!
Major body parts are now all
assembled, just about finished wet sanding with 2000 grit for final polishing.
You are the cause of women always being mad at men. Women don't understand why we put so much effort into our projects. ANSWER: Cars don't BITCH!!! Great job Big John.
Heh Heh... isn't that the truth, Dorsey?
WOW! It's looking like a car again. NICE work on it!!!
All buffed out and ready for the shiny bits-
Getting to the fun part now. Looking great!!!
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I have an extra wiper motor for one of these, if you find you need one. Came out of a '57 2-dr ht.
Thanks for the offer, Bill.
Pretty sure I have a good one, but if not, I'll let you know.
this is the most intense car transformation i have ever seen, it still shocks me looking at the before photos and seeing the incredible amount of work youve put into this, keep on truckin man
wonderful progress john! I watch eagerly for updates on rusty!
Another small step forward, like most of these cars, the front lower valance was crushed flat throughout the center, also some small rust holes were found after blasting it. I probably have close to 40 hours in straightening it and the filler panel, but they were the best I could find. I also installed a few trim pieces and the headlight buckets.
After gathering the best aluminum trim and sending it out to the anodizer, I decided to find the best two grill halves, and clean them, rather than drill out all the attaching rivets to allow for a decent anodizing job. Using metal polish and a small brass bristle brush, it's easy to see the difference. Took better than half a day to do one half.
Wow! I salute your patience and skill restoring that valance and bringing that grillwork back to life!
Still in awe of your skills and dedication.
Beautiful work and a worthy car! I made a road trip from Wisconsin to Ohio to buy a whole parts car for my '60 and all I really wanted was the damned front bumper valance, but I had to buy the whole car for it!
Dude.............what else can be said here? Seriously. WTF already ? There ain't no way in hell that I would have done a damn thing with what you started with...........that being said..........go ahead.....look in the mirror. Smile. It's beer thirty for you every day my friend. Take the rest of your life off. What else is there to do ? Done it. Been there, done that. Fukn' A bro.....you ARE THE SHIT. Gold watch is in the mail sir. Strippers too. You are the most interesting man in the world.......beer please !
man I remember scrubbing and cleaning old bicycle parts like that, there are some parts you don't even realize are chrome in the first place until you clean them. she looks purty with that front valance!!!!
Thanks for the kind words.
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