Roger Zimmermann

  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Roger Zimmermann last won the day on December 12 2016

Roger Zimmermann had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

415 Excellent

About Roger Zimmermann

  • Rank
    Senior Member
  • Birthday 08/20/1945

Profile Information

  • Gender:
  • Location:
  • Interests:
    US cars, red wine, sunbathing in summer (too cold for that in winter!),Fats Domino music


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

Recent Profile Visitors

1,164 profile views
  1. Did today the upper molding for the rear window; it went better than anticipated; maybe I had less distractions today. The upper molding was done in 2 pieces and silver soldered in the middle once the correct dimension was attained. Of course, lower and upper moldings must be trimmed and polished for plating, they are just rough now. Unless I’m forgetting something, the outside moldings are done. I still have 4 parts to do: the door’s sills (again with X thousand dots) and both garnish moldings at the B pillar. Due to the tight clearance between door and pillar, I’m not sure if I will succeed. We’ll see.
  2. The paint is on the back burner. I’m waiting for another rattle can and I’m looking at each nice blue car to see if the metallic content is fine or not…I will surely dream about that! In between I began the belt molding. Instead of the 4 pieces on the real car, I will do just one, from 4 elements silver soldered. To have a chance of a reasonable alignment, I intend to silver solder 6 locating pins. I did first holes into the molding (at that moment still in two parts), attach with glue each molding to the body and drill holes. Nothing special about that with one exception: the chuck from the drilling machine is too large; it will rub the roof before the drill bit will begin the holes. I had to find a solution. The first image is showing how I did it. The next problem: the holes near the centerline of the car are too far away for the machine; I had also another solution to overcome this problem; it can be seen on the second picture. In between, both halves have been soldered and the molding has now its correct profile.
  3. Thanks Murco for your explanation about metallic paint and airbrush! Anyway, I wrote some time ago that airbrushing was not an option for the final paint. There are so many parts in addition to the body that I cannot do all once. Cleaning the airbrush is definitively not what I like to do!
  4. A few days ago, I was satisfied with the windshield. When I began with the windshield moldings, it was another matter: if the shape at the bottom followed rather well the body aperture, it was a different matter at the top. I realized that it would be impossible to glue the Plexiglas on that narrow flange to keep the desired shape; I had to improvise! First, I took the negative form back from storage and attempted to correct the windshield shape. This time, the mold was useful and I could correct at about 50% the upper shape. As I had enough space, I did a channel to force the Plexiglas in the shape I wanted. This channel was then soft soldered to the front drip molding. During the final assembly, that assembly will be glued to the body. For the picture, I installed the lower molding; I had to insert the wipers to stabilize the molding. As you may see, the underground is a technical drawing; it shows the windshield and cowl cut at the centerline. Now, I can do the molding for the back window. Last week, I went to a body shop to choose paint with a lower metallic content than my previous experiment. I saw a VW paint called Laserblue. Further, I got the sample from Barry Wolk; the paint he used is very similar to a paint Opel used on an Insignia model: Olive Tree. I went to a store selling Duplicolor paint. In their catalog, none of “my” paint was mentioned…The salesman said that maybe the dealer from each manufacturer could supply the paint. I went to the Opel dealer, about 300 meters away. Olive Tree: no more available, super! As I had enough, I did not go to the VW dealer. Instead, I searched in Internet for both paint. I found them, available without problem. Of course, I did not read the complete text and ordered, paying with PayPal. Then, I saw that it was just a little bottle for touch-up! Too late, it was paid…I got those bottles on Monday; they are coming from…Turkey! About simultaneous, a member of a scale model forum saw my problems with the paint; he said that he is near a paint shop and they can do a spray can. I wrote that I was interested, but he may have difficulties to send the paint abroad as that man is living in Austria. He said there must be no problem; so the paint was ordered. He sent it early this week; I got both spray cans today, thank you Markus! I had to make a test, of course… On the pictures, you see one engine part on the sample from Barry; the paint is a tad darker, but it’s OK, especially due to the fact that I was ready to paint the engine gold! The blue sample (sprayed on the rear window form) is difficult to photography; therefore I did various pictures with a different light. As I just have one can, I spared and sprayed a very thin coat. With more paint, the result will be a bit darker.
  5. I would never have the courage to undertake such a huge work...Good luck!
  6. On my 3 old cars, I'm using silicone brake fluid. No problem about that. The brake system may be a little more difficult tu purge, but not that difficult.
  7. You are right Keiser! The goal from a factory is to make money and not sell cars which may never rust!
  8. Thanks Randy and keiser31! Now that the widows are done, it's time to make the remaining of the moldings.
  9. All I did to have nice negative molds for the front and rear windows was for nothing. I wanted to make the positive forms with wood, but as the temperature to shape the Plexiglas is rather high, I went with 0.8 mm thick brass. The piece of Plexiglas I used with the negative mold helped to find the correct shape of the mold by hammering (the brass, not the Plexiglas!) and bending. For each correction, I had to heat the assembly into the oven, take it out, put a towel over the Plexiglas to persuade it to take the shape of the mold, verify on the model if the shape was OK. I don’t remember how many times I did that play; I had almost the whole afternoon... Once the shape was satisfying, I cut a new piece of Plexiglas and the assy went again to the oven. To accelerate the process, I used a higher temperature: about 165°C. It was too much: the Plexiglas’ surface began to deteriorate and stick to the brass. By heating that piece again at 150°C, it was like magic: the surface was again OK! After maybe 4 or 5 “in, out”, the shape was OK and I trimmed the excess material. Then, I modified the front mold for the rear window. I was labor intensive as the profile is not flat but it’s following the shape of the roof. Finally, the shape was more or less OK and I began the same process as I did for the windshield. The sole difference is that it went quicker. On the picture, the windows are just put into the aperture; finally they will be glued to the body. the form for the rear window is ahead of the body.
  10. Ha! Now I understand! You are right, Brian and Popeye are in Carnegie PA. If you go there, you will notice that the car is a little bit longer than your Crosleys, but not as long as your '58 Lincoln!
  11. Thanks! Could you please translate what you are writing? My school English does not help a lot with that phrase...
  12. Well, I have to be patient. Brian must fix it, then the long journey to Switzerland and licensing. I hope I will be that far at the end of sommer.
  13. Sorry Randy, I forgot to answer that question. What I'm doing for storage? Almost nothing! When I store my cars at the end of October or mid-November, I'm just looking that the tank is full and I'm increasing the tire pressure. As the room is rather cold, I see no concern about gaskets drying. It can even freeze! I do that since more than 30 years. We have good fuel, I have a jerrycan with about 20 liters (you know, the jerrycans from the army), most of the time full or almost full for years. No bad issue as our fuel has no or almost no methanol. Therefore, I assume that Switzerland has not the same emission standards than in the US. However, there are many service stations in France selling E95-10 or E95-85 which is 10%, resp. 85% ethanol content. Each country is a little bit different...
  14. Thanks for the responses! The rust is at the front fenders which is a common place at many car models; it seems that the back window has no problem. Brian saw no bubbles under the vinyl, I hope that it will stay that way for a long time. The radiator was replaced at one time with an aluminum one; I'm not a fan of aluminum radiators but I leave it that way. I asked Brian to replace the nylon covered gear and he certainly will have a look at the water pump. there are many other issues like oil drops; Brian will take care of that. Carl, I will not come in the US for various reasons which I prefer not to explain here. One thing is for sure: you don't have to spend time searching the perfect car for me like you did for a French guy!