Roger Zimmermann

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Roger Zimmermann last won the day on December 12 2016

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About Roger Zimmermann

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  • Birthday 08/20/1945

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    US cars, red wine, sunbathing in summer (too cold for that in winter!),Fats Domino music


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    I will be 65 years old this year (2010); I'm a male not married.

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  1. Sorry if I did not remark his health problem: he wrote too much to my taste and I skiped the notifications. I'm wishing him a prompt recovery.
  2. Who knows...I was there for GM, a stupid training and it was maybe 1996 or 1997. In short: I saw really noting from Sweeden!
  3. At least, my message let somebody laugh ! I do confess that I was maybe 2 days in Sweeden and no desire to go there again...
  4. Carl, don't you find illogic from a person living in Iceland to ask in a US forum the value of a car made in the former East block?
  5. Soon, Randy, soon! It seems that this June month is hot everywere...
  6. My short answer is more because I'm not so fluent in English (in French either...) I suppose everybody has his own reasons or incentive to restore a car, to drive it or not. I restored 3 cars in a time frame of about 20 years. I drove the first one the most because it was a new feeling; with the time, the need to drive is just going away. Too many people on the road and cars from the fifties are so prone to overheat... To each his own secret!
  7. For the fun of it!
  8. Yes, Randy, I was myself surprised to see that many manufacturers are using the same paint! Indeed, the paint manufacturers are selling their products to various vehicles producers. I got two days ago an Opel and a VW paint with fine aluminum particles. The same color I did the trunk lid some time ago will be the definitive paint with that particles change. The paint is most probably an enamel type. The clear coat is acrylic. We are located near the town of Nîmes. Since 5 days the weather is indeed hotter than usual: 35 to 37°C is now the rule; the result is that we are doing almost nothing, except drinking (water the afternoon) and eating!
  9. Hi Randy One revolution of the wheel is giving a movement of 1 mm. The wheel has 0.05 mm graduations; as one step is 0.2mm, 5 dots are done with one turn of the wheel. To simplify the task, I painted 5 white dots on the wheel. One line is 85mm in length; divided by 0.2 this gives 425 dots. Yes, it was a time consuming task; one line took maybe 15 minutes to be completed but it was not possible to do that task without interruption. I'm glad it's over! The chore with the paint is not yet over. This week, I ordered in France other spay cans; 2 blue ones and a gold olive one. The Opel paint I first bought for the engine was too dark; the Mark II forum gave the indication that the original engine paint is very near from a Champagne mist metallic from Nissan. I can get this paint from the French Company as well as the blue one with a fine metallic content which is a deviation of the original Ford/VW/Renault paint. (I was surprised to notice that many makes are using the same paint; sometimes duringthe same tme span, sometimes just outside of their competition) The other blue paint I ordered is from Opel; I asked also for a fine metallic content. I should get the paint during next week. As I'm in France now, there will be no shiping problem! At the end, I will have a full store of almost full spay cans, with the exceptions of the ones I will use for the model. This may be the most expensive post for that model!
  10. Thanks for your comments, Randy. The picture without the flash was indeed an "accident" but as you wrote, the result was not bad. Probably with more playing with the sensibility, diaphragm and more parameters, pictures can be better than with the pocket camera. However, if I need 10 minutes to make a good picture with the reflex camera compared to a few seconds with the old one, is there any "progress"? The dots are easy to do: just place a piece of brass on the large piece shown in the picture, secure it on one side and go! After one dot done with very moderate pressure, move the assembly for 0.2mm (0.008") for the next one and so on. When the line is completed, move on the other axis for 0.2mm and do another line. No high tech, just boring! There will be no report for some time: I'm now preparing all the remaining parts to be chromed and there is a lot.
  11. Unless I’m forgetting something (not the first time), I’m doing now the last parts to be chromed: the garnish moldings for the A pillar. As I cannot test the clearance easily, I will let chrome the parts and, if I cannot use them, they will go into the “museum” of failed parts. I’m using a 0.1mm thick brass; the flange is silver soldered to the main element because I could not do the part in one piece. These garnish moldings will not be the nicest parts because I have not much margin to sand and polish them; small irregularities will remain; they are better than a hole! The first picture is with the pocket camera, the other one with the reflex one, but without the flash.
  12. I would not be at your place: without a similar vehicle to compare, you just guess what it should be...I hope you will succeed.
  13. Have a look at this link: my explanation is coming from there:
  14. As radial tires are putting more stress on a small segment of the rim/wheel, this is most probably the reason why the spokes are breaking. Bias-ply tires are distributing the stress on a larger segment of the wheel; therefore more spokes are solicited with bias-ply tires, however with less stress than with radial tires. I don't remember where I saw a well done description of that behavior between both tires styles; everybody should be aware of that.
  15. Randy, thanks for your comments! That back window molding was not so difficult to do; it was even rather easy. About the paint...I'm still with the rattle can! I have an airbrush, but I don't find it easy to work with. You are right, experience is the key, I will not get enough of that to do the paint with confidence. Sometimes, precision is inappropriate. I tried to make the sills as near as the original dimensions; I found recently, I should have done a larger gap between the doors and the sills. With the small gap I have at disposal, the scuff plates must be very thin; otherwise, I will not be able to close the doors! I decided to do the plates in 2 parts: the “frame” and another plate with the “décor”, both soft soldered together. The frame will be done with a 0.2mm brass sheet and the décor with a 0.1mm material. As you may imagine, the door sill are time consuming: the “décor” surface has the same dots like various molding from the car. For the sills, each side has about 3400 dots! As the material is very thin, the surface will not be as straight as expected. To avoid any interference, I had to grind the sills until the door was not touching the scuff plate. The first plate is not ready. One picture would be enough; there is a reason why I’m shoeing two: the closer one is done with my old pocket camera; the second one is done with a brand new Canon reflex camera. I still have to understand how to get decent results with that Canon camera; up to now, pictures are much better and sharper with the old one!