Thursday, February 9, 2017

Misty Gold

Yesterday  was a very nice day, light breeze and 71 degrees at noon. It took about 3 1/2 hours to shoot the GM Gold Mist. I used 4 coats of Wandabase for coverage and then 2 coats of Southern Polyurethane's Universal clear.

For a trainee, the afternoon went better than expected. I really like the Wandabase HS, It lays down perfectly for me. Add the SPI clear and the job went very well.

I'm improving on little things, I cannot imagine painting a whole car at once!!  I think this is pretty classy for the Stude!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Shall We Continue??

"Run Hard and Put Away Wet"

That was last year, it's taking a little longer than expected but we're moving forward. Although not sure of the future of my land speed retro rod, I'm going ahead with the 63 Hawk dash. 

I've begun the finishing of the walnut after fitting the components to the dash.

The dash had a preliminary sanding of the epoxy primer yesterday, and will get two coats of building primer today.

I hope to have a finish painted unit to display next week. 

Friday, July 29, 2016


Due to a couple physician induced issues, The Stude is being placed on the back burner for a while. My buddies are going to assist me in moving it to an unused garage so they have access to the shop.

The plan is to be back on this in November.

Use great care and all available resources when selecting a physician and/or treatment program!

I'm pleased with the prepared engine compartment. Not to bad for a hobby car!!

Thursday, May 12, 2016


It was finally time to paint the inner fenders. This gets them back on the car and out of my way. It's unbelievable how many pieces are involved in reworking a vehicle.

You beat ,sand, fill, prime, sand until it has to end.... then you paint!

This will be the color of the car (Chevrolet Gold Mist) in basecoat/clearcoat. 

The fenders are epoxy primed inside and out with SPI for the main body finish program.

When you add a 63 year old fan shroud to the project, you can believe me that a few more days work are involved.

I'm pleased with the results, the SPI clear sprays very nicely. I wish I had the ability/facilities to shoot the whole car.

Why does every owner of one of these derelicts need to drill a few new holes in the car??? 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Holy Moly!!!!

My buddies seemed to think the body on the Stude was pretty nice. I wanted the inner fenders cleaned better than I was able to and the rest cleaned would be nice. There appeared to be earlier repair that should be addressed.
Nice clean fenders??? Media blast.

  How about clean fenders, no nice adjective. The sin exposed cause a bit of depression and anxiety. 

Ever seen the TV shows where they skim coat the car and then 18 guys block sand it for 20 hours (360 man hours) overnight and its ready to paint the next day???

I think these fenders were prepped by the same guys in East L.A. in 1989!!!

I have been beating the dents out and welding the holes for the past 2 weeks and am getting close to an epoxy seal coat of primer.

When I need a little stress relief, I warm up the Model A and go for a ride.

When you put the pedal 
down hard, the street rod hobby is instantly all rose 
tinted!!!!!! and the fenders are only a memory!                                                                          

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Engine Compartment

I have been tinkering with the components of the engine compartment. I want to use the Stude shroud and throttle linkage as well as a flex fan. In Vegas, max cooling is absolutely necessary.
I do exhaust, so attempting to use manifolds in this instance is of no interest to me. The block huggers are so clean and easy to access, no decision to make.

I am using the original steering components. The center bell crank is tight under the shroud in the original position.
To lower the shroud and engine would require cutting a major portion of the shroud away.

Look at this long and hard prior to the cut. This large shroud needs all of its integrity to maintain its shape.

The short water pump is the only option when using the shroud and it appears that a 17" fan is going to be the answer to the blade.

Friday, February 19, 2016

The Split

Only those of us old enough (old as dirt), have experienced the terror of slamming on the brakes of dad's 1954 Starlight on the San Bernadino Freeway and having the pedal go clear to the floor several times, You pull the emergency through the firewall, move to the right and lightly kiss the concrete wall and then take the Atlantic off ramp (15 mph) at 45 mph and bury the car in the curb after you blew the stop sign. Absolute gospel!! Ever heard of freewheeling in O.D........

Even though we are going to set this up with drum brakes, I will have a split system for safety. 

The Turner Brake kit is well thought out and is precision enough to be tough to install. It all fits perfectly in the 63 year old Stude!!

I needed four adapter brake fittings and the fools at the parts stores cannot function even if you dare tell them that they are for  a 53' Commander?????

For the 8.8 Ford (7/16-27) you will need 2 ea. Dorman 072550BP to attach the 3/16" brake lines (3/8-24). The original Ford lines are 3/16 and use special 7/16-27 nuts so if you still have them, you can used the fittings and reflare your new lines. 

Do not use Edelman fittings in either of these applications (JUNK).

The adapter fittings for the Master Cylinder are ONLY  AGS BLF-20C.
They fit!!!