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About capngrog

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  • Birthday 12/25/2014

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    I enjoy both classic and modified (hot rods) cars. I'm lucky in that I enjoy doing all my own work, because I couldn't afford to pay someone else to do it for me!

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  1. How does that work? Are you talking about obtaining a loan etc.? Cheers, Grog
  2. How can you be a buyer if you have no money? Cheers, Grog
  3. While watching the B-J Auction the other night, I almost snorted my beer when a "patina-wrapped" vehicle came across the block. Here's an example of the look: Talk about taking a trend and over doing it! Patina is O.K. on certain vehicles, but it has to be real. What's next, a patina wrap on a brand new C-8 Corvette? Maybe it's just me. End of rant. Cheers, Grog
  4. Regarding my above post, I'd never heard of George Merwin, but I've found that he was quite an interesting character. Below is a link to a brief bio of Mr. Merwin: The link: Cheers, Grog
  5. There is an interesting article in today's "Hemming's Daily" blog discussing Ford's assault on the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally. The article quotes George F. Merwin, Ford's "Rallye Competition Manager" as mentioning that seven 427-powered Econolines were built as support vehicles for the Rally, but, over the years, there doesn't seem to have been any further mention of the vehicles. I suspect that Ford may have had the vehicles destroyed after the Rally, due to liability concerns ... but hopefully I'm wrong. Anyway, the link to the article: There are some impressive sleuths of automotive history on this site, and I'm wondering if anyone has any further information on the elusive 427 Econolines? Cheers, Grog
  6. Although Photoshop and CGI can produce some amazing images, I'm not sure that this particular image has been altered. Having said that, this "car" is a most interesting blend of several different styling philosophies. I can't decide whether or not I'd be embarrassed to be seen riding in or driving it. Oh, hell, I admit it, the thing is a bit strange, but I'm somehow drawn to it. I'd sure like to know whether or not it is real, and some more information about it. Cheers, Grog
  7. Any information on the photograph, such as "where", "when", "why"? Cheers, Grog
  8. Hah, you've just described a normal working day in my garage. I have a magic work bench: I lay something down on it, and whatever it was, it just disappears. POOF! I would attribute this to my advanced age (75), but I've always been this way. Some of my more organized friends have told that I just need to clean/straighten up my garage, but then, I wouldn't have all of that neat (cool) jun ... err, stuff. I'm one of the folks who enjoys original vehicles as well as "modified" and own a couple of each. Welcome to the forum. Cheers, Grog
  9. Now THAT is a good looking car. Does it drive as great as it looks? Cheers, Grog
  10. Here's a link to a thread on this forum discussing shipping a car from Canada to the U.S.: Good luck and let us know how it works out. Cheers, Grog
  11. I just remembered another paint from my boating days: Petit EZ Poxy, or by another spelling: Easy Poxy. This is a single part polyurethane that, as I recall, is easy to apply by brush or roller and covers very well. I painted the topsides (water line to gunwale) of the hull of one of my boats, and the finish lasted with a shine 7-8 years in a very harsh salt water marine environment. I haven't priced it relative to the brushable Rustoleum, but I would consider it to be an alternative. As I said in a previous post, I'll probably give the brushable Rustoleum a try when my next painting project comes due. Cheers, Grog
  12. Although I've not used it myself, people for years have been recommending the use of the brushable Rustoleum. That paint apparently doesn't have the problem with thinners that you have encountered with the PPG paint. Another route is to use a two part paint as I have done in the past, but in the future, I'll probably go with the brushable Rustoleum. I'm not familiar with "Fine Paints of Europe", but I think those of us on this thread would appreciate your sharing with us any information that you may find on those paint products. Cheers, Grog
  13. Twenty or so years ago, I roller painted the fiberglass hull of a 20 ft. Shamrock Pilot House motor boat with Awlgrip, which is a two part polyester urethane paint. Luckily, there was another bloke in the boat yard painting his boat, and he knew what he was doing with Awlgrip. I had planned on rolling the paint on and "brush tipping" (smoothing) the paint, which was the common non-spray application technique at the time, but he showed me how to "roller tip" the paint. We used what were called "cigar rollers" which were of a fairly high density foam and were approximately 1 inch diameter and 4 inches long. It was exacting work, but once I got the hang of it, it went on quite well and I was pleased with the results. Of course one must do the usual "prep" stuff between coats such as wet sanding etc., but it did result in a finish that, even upon close inspection, looked like a spray job. At the other end of the spectrum, in high school, I had a friend who had a '47 Ford sedan that we used to paint with whatever paint we could scrounge ( even though the statute of limitations has run, no details of the "scrounging" missions will be available on this forum) using rags, mops, or even (gasp) brushes. The reason why we did this is unclear all these 55 years later, but it had something to do with football season and pep rallies. Cheers, Grog
  14. As an aside, that Plymouth "delivery" looks good enough to salvage, be it as a hot rod or a full restoration. I hope someone rescues it from the crusher and the evil "rust monster" who never sleeps. Cheers, Grog
  15. I believe that the vehicle shown in the first four photos is a "sedan" delivery and not a "panel" delivery. While some may think that I'm picking nits here, there was a difference. The sedan deliveries were produced by several marques such as Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler (Plymouth etc.), Pontiac et al, from well before the second World War up until the 1960s, as I recall. The sedan delivery was based on a passenger car chassis, whereas the panel delivery was based on a light truck chassis. A characteristic of most sedan deliveries was the side-opening rear door, with the hinge on the driver's side. This allowed convenient curbside access. Panel deliveries usually had double doors, hinged at both sides with a center opening. Anyway, that's my limited understanding of the difference between "sedan" and "panel" deliveries. Oh by the way, I have a 1947 Chevrolet sedan delivery which I like very much. Cheers, Grog