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Eric W

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  1. Pulled the shipping hooks front & rear. On the rears, the 2 nuts at each location go back on because they hold other items. These hooks are not for towing or recovery - they served to secure the cars to the ships' decks for transport from Japan. Saw a video where the guy was claiming massive weight savings from removing these. I weighed them - 1 lb, 8 1/2 oz for each of the rears, 1 lb, 7 oz for each of the fronts, and 9 oz of bolts for a total of 6 1/2 lbs removed. I'll hold onto these parts in case there's ever a need or desire to put them back, but I don't need to drive with them. I may
  2. Attempted to clean the rims today. The paint isn't in so great shape, and they won't really clean up. With the numerous aftermarket (or stock) options, I don't know that I feel very strongly about making more investment in these tired steel rims. They're 2 different date codes - two with 1990, two with 1994 - so something happened along the way. The rim date codes are split diagonally (right front & left rear). The tire date codes are split front/year, 3 years apart. They'd put "tire blackening" goop on the tires, which was smeared all over the rims & along the fenders. Might just go t
  3. Thank you, John & Harriet Cole. John, for taking care of this Miata for so long, and Harriet for allowing me to be the next caretaker. Maintenance records back to February 16, 1991, sold in Springfield, MO, with 158 miles showing. For the first 60,000 miles or so, it's just periodic maintenance. After that, there started to be more things needing upkeep, including, right towards the end, another timing belt & complete transmission replacement. The neighbor who was helping with the sale said that John had bought this at retirement as his hobby car. So
  4. Drove for a while today - got to the better photo spot, but need to pass by there again when the sun is lower...
  5. Ok, got the front guards on & took it down the street for some better photos.
  6. Thanks - I was able to pick up the last part from the chrome shop yesterday, but I haven't had a chance to put them on. Even though the front guards weren't what I'd call terrible before, it does make a big difference to see perfect new finish on there. That back bumper was an estate sale find for about $30. Of course, the chrome work is a lot more than that. But it was very straight, with just one small area where the bottom edge was dented a little. That's how I saw the part - they may have seen many more areas that needed a little tweaking. But overall, much more straight than the bumper I
  7. Ok, 5 weeks on the chrome. I think they had it done last week sometime, but I was out of town. They've still got one part that they weren't happy with, so I haven't installed any of the 4 bumper guards that I had done for the front. The rear parts came out great, though. Those bumper over-rides were all crunched up, and they push the dents back out & smooth it over. They did have to cut out the mounting brackets & weld them back in. They told me they would do this before they started. They said the last part would complete its rework tomorrow, if I can find time to get it (I have to le
  8. Good point, John. I'll see if I can determine the exact carb & get a rebuild kit from The Carburetor Shop. I got kits from them for both of the '51 Buicks with good results. Remade the power lead for the license plate light this morning. I had cut that wire to pull the trunk - there's no inline bullet connector, at least not that I found. While doing this, I noticed the right tail light was out. Right brake light is good, so maybe a burned bulb. Turned out it just needed to be cycled in the socket some and it came back to life. The Thursday cruise "night" typically starts as soon as I can
  9. 6/20 - I did bring it to the cruise night on 6/13, where it got all the way there, stalled out, and was pushed to a spot towards the far end of the parking lot. After getting something to eat & looking at the other cars, I did get it started again & got it home. After some thought, I checked the oil - quite low after dripping away in that guy's yard for 7 months. Added oil & brought it to the cruise night last night. Still slow to start after it's hot, but there & back no problems. I ordered the clips for the hood scripts & pulled the bumper guards front & rear. I have
  10. 6/15 - got the trunk latch working on Wednesday. Pulled the back seat, then the cardboard between the trunk & seat, and there's plenty of space between the structural supports to get back in there & pop the trunk from the inside. Also installed a machined cover plate at the radio antenna hole (custom-made for Porsche off eBay). Nicer than a stamped sheetmetal piece. Got the visor reinstalled today. Made up a little gasket from inner tube for the roof center bracket. Keeping the car in the garage, and with only 11" of rain / year here, it probably won't get wet, but there wa
  11. Thanks, guys! My wife picked up some vintage suitcases for the trunk. Not sure where I saw the idea, but that's where I'll keep the tool bag, etc. Got to get the trunk latch working though...
  12. I'll check it out. When I search for nib file, most results are for a ".nib" file type that's part of Apple computer operating systems! But I see the paint rework tool in there as well.
  13. It's been 2 weeks of baking in the sun outside on the front fenders & doors. These sand quite cleanly. I didn't take it down perfectly smooth, so there's more material there to rework if I choose to. The one spot on the rear fender had been only 1 week, and again I didn't take that down completely, but all of this was making dust.
  14. 6/9/19 - more paint corrections. Working from smaller / lower down to higher & more noticeable. Nearly all on the right side... First 5 photos - forward upper end of the RH door. Next 3 photos - above the RH door handle - didn't get the after photo. That was the biggest area to resolve. Trunk stuck itself shut, so I'll have to figure that out. All past history, the trunk didn't really latch. It just stayed shut by gravity. Now it's well-latched, and the release isn't adjusted right. Main things left are to attach the visor & swap out the wheels. I'll
  15. 6/8/19 - got some of the parts on + started paint corrections. Never done that before, so found a couple of videos online. I'm going with 500 grit, 1200 grit, 2000 grit, then polisher with Meguiar's level 5 then level 3. Putting tape around the area to avoid rubbing through something inadvertently. Saw one video where they were using body putty for this, which would be right-on accurate, but they also were using a DA sander with the 500 grit, so they could take the putty down fairly quickly. Sanding "block" is wood, about 3" long x 1" wide, 1/4" thick, radiused - it's a cutoff from an old wood
  16. 6/7/19 - Got it back to my garage. Popped the tail lights on, the headlight surrounds, propped the license plate in the back window, added some gas, and drove it 50 miles back. Pulled it out a little later for a wash. Want to do polishing & corrections before putting the bumpers & trim back on. Drove pretty well without the weight of the bumpers, spare, and almost no gas on board. The gas gauge pegged on E about halfway back. I got off the highway after about 35 miles to be on smaller roads the rest of the way.
  17. 6/2/19 - big progress today. Completed the green. Typically frustrating day for me, but the green is done, so I'll bring the car home next week. Got there and his Corvette was out of the garage, so I thought I'd bring the Studebaker right in. Of course, he's got other ideas - pull the stairs down from the garage ceiling and get in the attic to fix the swamp cooler. After about an hour of that, got the car in for masking, which I basically did myself. After I was done with that and thought - time to mix some paint, he brings up a c-list ad for a Studebaker - and proceeds to
  18. 5/24/19 - Big progress today. After last week, I thought it was about prepped, but the painter was pointing out spots needing additional work. And he was also circulating around the car adding 3 different fill products faster than I could sand them down! (All hand-sanding with blocks today.) So it turned into about 4 hours of us cranking away like that, and he started talking about maybe we don't paint today. I didn't say anything specific, but he backed off from that and was talking about maybe we paint the front fenders. I suggested going back to the doors because it's easy to wrap the maski
  19. May 18 - good progress today. Got the remainder of the car blocked down with 320 grit. Still a couple of spots needed additional filler, but it's quite possible we'll get the remainder of the paint on next week. Still not so easy working with this guy. When I got there, there was an hour before work on my car could start. After completing a round of power washing the lawnmower of death, moving various cars around in the yard, his Corvette in the garage wouldn't start, so plug in the charger and wait. I had brought the 6V charger for my car, so I moved the Studebaker fairly close to the garage
  20. The spray guns don't draw near as much as the DA sander, and with multiple stops to prep another pint of paint for the gun (add hardener, mix for a minute), I think the compressor keeps up with the painting itself. His claimed reason for getting into painting the trunk was someone told him there was a "sale" on the paint at the paint shop. The paint shop is running a sale on certain things, but not paint. Anyway, that led him to ask me to go buy the paint. Then once we had it, he wanted to see it on something. I also suspect this is in part to try to keep me happy by seeing some visible change
  21. 5/10/19 - reasonably successful day. Got the hood done. Took about 3 hours, then letting it set up for a couple more hours so it was good and solid to put back on the hinges. These hinges are pretty easy to remove. The springs aren't for lifting the hood, but for keeping the lower bars of the 4-bar linkage going in the right direction as the hood is lowered. Spent some of the paint-drying time sanding on my car, but still got drawn into sanding for a while on another car. It's really feeling like this guy's operation is limited by the air compressor - spend a lot of time when DA sanding waitin
  22. 5/4/19 - yet another frustrating day. He had a "lawnmower" project when I got there. Basically cutting the turf rollers and guards off from a golf course mower to make it the most dangerous "open field" mower in the history of mankind. So I got to help with a lawnmower for about 4 hours, before I started putting parts back in the car, and said something like "I gotta get going". He got really motivated at that point, and cranked away at welding on the lawnmower for about another hour. A person with half a brain 1) wouldn't invite their customer to participate in their own car project and have
  23. 1951 - 52 40 Series (Special) bumper guard kit. NOS, but original box fell apart, so I repackaged. See: https://www.ebay.com/itm/143215664656 Bought for my car, but I never got to installing this.
  24. 4/13/19 - Frustrating day. Spent by far most of the day watching / helping with another job. Cool to see the process, but I wasn't there for another car. I think this guy is purposely dragging things out to see what he can get out of me. On the plus side, he's found a younger, enthusiastic helper who seems to be really talented and good at getting things done efficiently. Hopefully that guy gets a day on my car. Anyway, here's some photos of the other job going through, plus a little work at the end of the day on my car - the areas at the forward corners of the trunk where the factory lead sea
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