Roger Walling

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  1.  Re: Sandblasting room,


     I tried sandblasting in an enclosed room 20" X 35" with a 3 HP exhaust fan..

     The results were a disaster. The florescent lights on the wall were punched full of holes. The air became so cloudy that you could not see. And it was a lot of trouble to shovel up all the blasting media.

     I do all my sand blasting out side now and I do not use sand, that is a big no no. I use Black Beauty blasting media.

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  2.  Is it really a sin to install a 350 in a 55 Chev.? Or dual master cylinder disk brakes?

      How about seat belts or Radials?

     FM radios? Air conditioning?


    Many people like vintage cars but need to drive them on today's roads. Should restorations be condemned to spend their life in garages, only to be used on country roads on Sunday?


     Some people enjoying driving original six cylinder cars on the highway,  why do they say that you should never change them and enjoy them the way they were built?

     I personally have original restorations, hot rods and restro cars and I enjoy reading this forum.  So why do people say that we should not post anything but original automobiles.


     The mast head describes this forum best,


    General Discussion

    "Melting pot forum for everyone interested in antique vehicles."




  3. Although the Y block engine that had only  a few thousand miles on it, it had little power so I installed a 460 with an auto trans. out of a camper.

     It goes up hills fully loaded now without an effort.


     I am a little sorry that I didn't keep the standard trans. with the OD the gas mileage is a little high.


     The brake is a later model hydrovac.


     PS If anyone has a hydro vac, make  sure that you have a charcoal filter on the vacuum line!!!   without it, the gas fumes will eat up the rubber components in as little as one year!.


  4. 2 hours ago, Michael-Restomod said:

    Wow, I'm betting that the ride of these vehicles are significantly different than the originals. What about the interiors, are they the Caddy and Chevy Van? And have you posted pics of how you did it, I would love to see how you did it. Thanks


     The 38 has the original interior  and the 41 Ford cab over has bucket seats and well worn short commercial carpet on the interior.

     The Cadillac frame was narrowed to fit inside the body.

     2' X 6" channel was welded inside the frame where it bows out to the sides of the body, then the side rails were cut off.

     A new floor and braces were welded to the body and mounts were welded to the frame as necessary.


     The Chevy frame was strengthened with 2' X 3" rectangle tubing on the bottom and the body was cut off just out side of the frame.

     The pick up bed was made out of 16 Ga. sheet metal.

     The 41 cab was hung over the frame and the floors were filed in.


     To those that say that I ruined a good coupe, Let me remind you that I had to make and weld in the complete lower 4" of the original body due to rusted out floor and sides.


     Both the Buick and the Ford cab over were so badly rotted that they were given to me as un-repairable.


  5.  I have since acquired a 12,000 Lb trailer that I had to widen, install a beaver tail  and install 12" tread plate in order to drive a car on.

     I plan to use it with my 56 F750 ex fire truck that I had converted to a ramp truck.

     Now I can move two cars safely at one time!


     The tailgate drops down and I use my loading ramps from the trailer and place them on the tailgate and load both cars at a time using the truck winch.



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  6. In a local junk yard, years ago, the owner selected about 50 cars that would be worth a fortune today and placed them in a corner of his yard.

     He packed them real close together to save space.

     During the years, people walked over the hoods, fenders and roofs to get a better look at them.

     They were ll scrapped due to the damage and mud under them.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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  9. 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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  10.  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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  11. 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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  12.  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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  13.  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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