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. Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

    The paint drying time is a good opportunity to finish some details, for example the bumpers for the rear axle. I did not do them when I was busy with the frame because the exact location was unknown. Over time, the rear axle U bolts did a marking at the primer; I had therefore the exact location! I wanted to have rubber bumpers; the question was how to let stick the silicone rubber on the mounting plates? I expected that some hooks soldered to the plates would help the rubber to stay in place. Then I did two negative forms (in front of the frame on the picture) and tried to mix a product I have since 40 years: the Stylgard from Dow Corning; which I used to do the Toronado tires. Would it still be good? To my surprise, yes! To facilitate the curing, I heated the mold, rubber and mounting plate to about 100°C for 5 minutes and I got both bumpers.
  2. Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

    Officially no. If you read the text from Barry Wolk under the ad, you will understand that Ford let rework two damaged cars as convertibles. Over the time, some body shops converted coupes into convertibles. In short: there were no production convertibles.
  3. Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

    Thanks Spinneyhill! You probavly remember that the color's choice was not so easy. It seems I was lucky: most people like it and me too! The newspaper I used is the sole weekly automotive paper from Switzerland, edited in French and German. As a French speaking guy, I'm getting the thinner (compared to the German issue) French version...but I have enough to mask the kitchen!
  4. Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

    In fact, I should say "thank you" if you are reading this post since the beginning!
  5. Parts availability 1950's Buick vs. Oldsmobile

    This is correct, I'm in Switzerland. Neighbors is rather relative: if you are located in Hambourg, we are about 1000 km apart! Yes, I'm still working on them. A French guy should bring his '58 transmission this spring for overhauling. (As my mother tongue is French, it's easier for me to deal with French people, but I can a bit German. However, to write it is a nightmare...)
  6. Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

    Indeed both rocker panels were not so good. To improve them, I had to rework the lower quarter panels…A never ending story! Now, there is one step more towards the painting of the body by putting a blue coat in the door’s apertures, firewall and trunk gutter. The temptation is great to install some elements on the firewall, but I will leave the body for a couple of days until the paint is fully dry.
  7. Parts availability 1950's Buick vs. Oldsmobile

    The second Hydramatic transmissions generation began with the 1956 model year, 1957 on cheaper Pontiac and Olds. The first year had some problems; 1957 saw some changes to improve the reliability. I overhauled about 20 such transmissions, mainly from Cadillac cars; they are very similar from 1956 to 1964. Some parts are interchangeable, other not. As somebody wrote, those transmissions are rather complex, most parts are available either as repro or NOS.
  8. Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

    Another important step towards the completion: the door jambs and inner front fender are painted. I'm attaching a picture of my spray booth. After the paint session, I cleaned the kitchen myself. I did also several other small parts with the same blue paint. The same will be done to the main body: firewall, trunk lid gutter, A and B pillars. I have first to correct a rocker panel which is not good.
  9. Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

    Obviously you know English cars better than me! I don't doubt that you had pleasure with the ones you had. My remark about the English industry was certainly biased with my Vauxhall experience; not everything coming from there was bad, this was not my point! However, with the help of the unions, the industry disappeared. Only when foreign manufacturers bought the best makes, they could survive... Another small remark: the US smog laws almost killed his domestic industry too (plus the bad product quality). When I began the job with US cars in 1988 or 89, so many engines would stall without reason. This period was really not fun, having to deal with frightened/disappointed/furious customers. Fortunately, things improved in the nineties!
  10. Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

    Certainly. Unfortunately, if Mrs Thatcher broke the unions, this came too late to rescue the automotive industry. Unions are still a pest in many countries.
  11. Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

    You are absolutely correct. The US industry needed about 20 to 25 years to be more or less competitive again. The English industry? I used to work for Vauxhall in the mid seventies. It was a nightmare...At the time Vauxhall had "only" to assemble the body from the Opel Rekord to get the Vauxhall Carlton, they were not even able to weld to body properly. I will not write here what I'm thinking about the English people as workers, I could get too many ennemies.
  12. Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

    During "my" time at GM, the cars coming from the USA were far from perfect. The more expensive the cars, the worse they were! On some Buick Park Avenue, there was en small dent at the end of the LH rear quarter on every car! It was small, most people did not notice, but I had a customer who was upset. On each Cadillac Seville, the gap at the LH sail panel to the door window frame was awful (in my eye), the other side was perfect. Obviously, the guy cleaning the joint between the rood and sail panel was at the wrong job position. There were other flaws I don't remember...The paint was far from perfect too with dust, thin paint, orange peel and so on. Since that time, things improved; the 2011 Cad DTS I bought was in a good shape, but panel alignment is not as good as the ones from an Audi or Mercedes.
  13. How Many Are Enough?

    I uses to have 3 cars: a '56 Cadillac Sedan de Ville (which I sold at the end of 2016), a '56 Biarritz and a '57 Eldorado Brougham. Last year, I bought a '72 Coupe de Ville which should arrive during Spring time. I enjoyes last year to have to maintain only 2 cars, therefore, I'm hoping to sell my '57 Brougham...
  14. How warm is it where you are?

    In South of France yesterday: 22°C with sunny weather. Today, 12°C, rain should come during the evening...
  15. Construction of a Continental Mark II model, scale 1:12

    When I did the Toronado, the turn indicator lever was indeed functionning. Unfortunately, the electronic device created by a friend did not acted as intended. Now, the lever can be moved without further function...To have a horn operated by the horn ring is another matter. It could certainly be done with the proper Equipment. Futile? for sure! Yes, the paint process is very near! The body will not be pefect, but were the original cars perfect?