Roger Walling

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  1. 4 hours ago, Restorer32 said:

    I have never seen a brush painted vehicle where you could not tell it was brush (or roller) painted. Brush painting is appropriate in some circumstances but don't expect it to compete cosmetically with sprayed paint. Also, having painted a 26 ft boat I do not believe there is any difference between good quality automotive paint and marine paint. Different marketing, yes. 

     When I worked in a automotive paint store back in 1959, Dulux paint was sold as marine paint. only the label that was used said marine paint.

  2. 19 hours ago, capngrog said:



    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 .  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.





     A friend of mine would re primmer his Corvette a different color every time he outran the cops!😲

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  3. 35 minutes ago, SC38DLS said:

    I hand painted my 57 DeSoto with a gallon of black porch and deck enamel and a 4” brush. The pair cost was around $4 and looked ok from 10 feet away. That was 57 years ago and I was 17! 
    Have fun

    Dave S 

     Were you trying to turn it into a Porsche?  😁

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  4.  Many good thoughts here. I would follow all of them with the exception of dropping the pan before starting. (do it later after making sure the engine does not have to be removed)

     I would though, just before starting, crank the engine over without the plugs in order to remove excess fluid from the cylinders and to build up oil pressure and lubricate all bearings and valve train. ( don't start without confirming oil pressure.)


     While my thoughts about dropping the oil pan are optional, I must admit that on the last engine that I could not get started, after I dropped the oil pan, I found sludge over the top of the pick up screen about 1+1/2" deep! Also the water pump and the radiator were blocked solid with rust!

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  5. 28 minutes ago, 1937hd45 said:

    By they way,what does it cost to go to the Super Bowl and watch sweaty millionaires run around? 


      More importantly, what do you have when the game is over?

     Just like rebuilding a car, the lasting value is in the enjoyment is in the doing, not the resale value.

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  6.  When I was 17, I bought a 32 Ford roadster. I kept a careful ledger on all of the costs,and have done so on all of the cars that I have restored since.

     But, the last three that I restored I never bothered to add up the costs. 

     I don't sell any of them as they don't eat but I keep four of them  registered on a revolving schedule because it's nice to drive them rather than to let them sit. 

     As I just "celebrated" my 80th birthday, I am concerting selling a few as I may not have time to drive them all, and it would be nice for someone else to enjoy them.

     As the original poster ericmac said, the cost is worth it.

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  7.  If you are buying 17th century furniture, patina is an absolute must. Anything refinished is valued way less.

     Cars though, are another thing.

     It used to be that you repainted a car to increase the value, that may not be the case if the car has been well taken care of and shows wear and tear from years of use.


     It may be that it only has surface rust, but is in super fine condition with out any body rot. That car will bring a premium over a very fine restoration.

     A car usually has so many dents and rot that it must be repainted so that used to be the norm.


     It all boils down to what you are looking for in an antique desk or a car. Something that shows care and history or something new.


    That's why they make chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

     This car was not cleared, it has an application of ATF and WD40 just the way I wanted it. I have scene sold it and it takes all the trophy's at the local car show.


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  8.  Not one person has commented on the workmanship of the car.

     It seems that if someone does not approve of his styling it is no good.

     I would like to see what they are capable of producing, even if it is restoring a stock vehicle on their own without professional help...


     (although professional help may be needed for some of the commentators here) 

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  9.  I once attempted to remove the pistons from a 364 Chrysler engine.

     After years of soaking with penetrating oil, I sawed a hole in  top of the piston with a hole saw.

     I then proceeded to break away the rest of the top of the piston. I then took a cutting torch and melted away the sides if the piston making it into two pieces. I cut the piston rings in to two pieces.

     Then I tried to drive the pistons out from the bottom with a drift on the remaining piston sides.

     I did finally get the pistons out but damaged the rods in the process.

     To remove the cam, I had to use a 10 ton ram to push it out.

     I did save the block and the crank though. (Maybe)


     I suppose that I could have used gentler ways, but I do have other blocks and this was just a trial to see if I could do it.

  10.  I just bought a 2015 Silverado 1500.

     I ck'd the towing specs with the oem manual.

     I then went on line and found out that towing specs have been recalculated different in 2019 so that it will tow more than the book and the door sticker said.

     Please check with the latest towing specs to get the legal towing limits.