It would help if you showed your location on your identification.
Sorry about that chief - new to these forum things! Live in Ipswich, Qld. Mainly chasing rims for my 54 as these are different on a 1956 Dodge. I'll make a list and PM you soon! Travel no worries! Thanks, Laurence!
The hole in the roof filled. Wont need much filler here.
Top of door adjustment
The car had cracks in the panels both sides below windows. The cracks were in lead filled areas, so I got Peter to grind the lead out & repair them. Turned out the factory had 3 spot welds in a seam each side, so he welded them fully. A bit of filler & its OK
The quality of Peters work is the only reason I've stuck with thisrust repair rebuild, which is definitely costing more than I expected it to. The mechanicals have already been done, & I've collected heaps of bits to finish it while the bodywork is going on.
But Kaybee warned me years ago about getting jobs done properly, & how its impossible to guess what things end up costing when done properly.
At the end of every rebuild I've ever done, I consider the quality more important than cost. When I finish this one I will be happy with it, regardless of what I spend.
I'm now having problems making up my mind about paint colours. Still plenty of time to decide, but it will definitely be two toned, & not boring colours.
From what i can see the panelbeater knows what he is doing and a real tradesman - (better that the bog beaters I come to known - and yes i have seen it first hand). Don't forget that you will have to lay on the fishoil as oxy welding burns the metal and paint on the side so plenly of rust proofing to do!!!
Two tone paint sounds great!! Just don't paint the Dodge red please!!! unless you are painting flames!
When I finally get it back from the repairs, it gets sandblasted & etch primed. Then I intend to start treating the inside bits of all the repairs. I also have to finish off the inside floor as I can do that OK myself.
Just takes time & money, which is a bit lite on at present.
It will work out great in the end. Still dont have any final idea on colours, but red & white is a combo I've always liked.
Still unsure, but have mellowed a little as I get older, so probably will be close to a traditional US mid 50's combo. I'll get my photoshop skills brushed up, & try a few combos when its time. It'll be a fair while before I need to put any colour anywhere I reckon.
A bit more done. Finally got one door finish welded, & its the rear door with a dogleg shaped in the skin.
Outside repairs to rear RH door
Inside repairs to rear RH door
Removed rusty bits to front RH door
New inner RH front door bottom piece fitted
Gee I wish I could weld as good as this, without having to shrink & stretch the panel back into shape. By the end of this week its down to 2 doors to finish. Progress stops again then for another month or so.
Unfortunately its been sitting for months. Only needs 2 half door skins done to get it out of the panel shop.
But the owner of the business decided to rebuild an E type Jag, while I caught up with my payments, whhich I did months ago.
Now the E Type is almost done. It was replaced from middle of doors down, litterally. New floor, sills, firewall, back panel, guards,doors, cowl, probably 75% of car. They,ve spent over $50K on the shell repairs.'
So when its bolted back together, & able to be removed from hoist, mine goes back to be finished. Should only ( hopefully) take a couple of weeks to complete. I've given up thinking about what time & money has gone in, just happy with the quality of the repairs.
Peter the bodyworker wont work on cars unless they are elevated on his hoist. Hes in his late 50's, & been doing it all his working life. His back is not good.
The latest I've been told is maybe ( hopefully) late January. Then its off to get sandblasted & etch primed, & then I can get stuck into it.
I guess I'm luckier than the 4 other partly done cars sitting in the shed, with very uncertain completion dates. I keep hassling , so I get preference.
Post by cruisindoug on Dec 1, 2010 20:51:08 GMT 10
Hi JBJ this build will be very cool when finished - all things come to those who wait ... Cheers, Doug. Psssst have you seen the Kingsway on that unmentionable site - might go cheap enough for spares if you need any ...
Well my Dodge is back on the work hoist, with 2 door bottoms only to do. That should ;D ;D ;D only take a couple of weeks, then home to get runnig & a seat fitted, to move it around. Then off to sandblaster to get blasted & etch primed.
It sat 6 1/2 months untouched, so that accounts for lack of progress. Its good to have progress re started
Hopefully it will start being fun again, having the Dodge & Deejay to work on at night & weekends.
Its been raining every day I've tried to work on it since I brought it home. My work shed is the great outdoors, & its under tarps while its raining. Then I've been working to afford things, fixing a few bits on Deejay, selling a car & a van, & on it goes. Not enough hours in life, or so it seems as I get older.
But its all good. The rain always stops eventually.
I've been collecting a few (well a lot of really) bits out of USA while the Dodge has been in the panel shop.
One of the bits I like best is this bonnet badge. Its NOS, but has a bit of pitting under the plating over the plastic body. Still I think its great.
My bonnet mascot was cast in gunmetal by the previous owner who rebuilt it first up, along with the door handles.He did a foundry course at Tafe, & cast them as his project. He did a very good job with all of it.
The original was die cast, & in 2 pieces. Theres one NOS on ebay USA for $495US. I think mines better as it will never bubble up in the chrome like die cast does.
Heres the new badge.
The new badge & bonnet Mascot.
The original Australian bonnet badge & Mascot
The original bonnet mascot was long & flat, as my mascot is off a 53 US car.