dalef62

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  1. What is the difference between what the SK gentleman did and what a lot of restorers do when they buy several cars to make one good one. As in, they buy a sedan and a convertible and make a convertible out of the sedan because it is in much better shape than the sedan. Then they say that it is a factory convertible using the vin tag from the convertible. He took a sedan and made it into a phaeton using factory specifications. From what is known there were phaetons made and therefore he is not making something that never existed. Beautiful car...
  2. Did some more welding on the drivers side panel and made and installed the brace for the dash and windshield. This will be the last of the work on the Crosley for a while as I have a customers little truck to work on for a while.
  3. Got some more work done on the car today. I finished trimming and adjusting the drivers side panel and then used the bead roller to put a flange on the top and front edge of the panel. Drilled all the spot weld holes in the lower flange and rear flange and it was ready to weld in place so I began welding it in and now the car has both sides and a floor. There is more welding required on both sides but it is getting closer to looking like it should. I got a few full body shots of the car so you can see the improvements and see the whole car instead of just a small section. Tomorrow's job is to make and install the brace on the drivers side for the windshield and dash and continue welding in the panel.
  4. Little baby steps were taken yesterday. Made the brace for the windshield and dash for the passenger side panel and installed it. Still have to make the brace that runs under the door opening from the front of the panel to the back, but my bead roller does not have a big enough die for the brace. I also cleaned up some of the welds on the drivers side floor while it was nice and easy to get to. I need to think on it to come up with something comparable. Then laid out the pattern for the drivers side panel and cut it out. Today I am working on installing the drivers side panel, should be done with it today if all goes well.
  5. Someone should fill all the holes and restore the car to like new!
  6. Today the passenger side was installed after being cut out and the top rolled slightly. The bottom edge was bent at a 90 degree angle at the metal shop. It still needs welded on along the bottom and rear but for now I will leave it the way it is. The rear fender needs patched before I weld them together. It also needs stiffeners and mounts for the dashboard added to the insides of the panel. It is really starting to look like a car again, at least till I lift the body off the chassis when all the major metal work is completed to work on the chassis. Is anyone looking???:confused:
  7. Grille bar is for a 1941 Olds 90(98?) series. Could be any one of the 4 middle bars. Would be the third bar down then.
  8. Grille bar is for a 1941 Olds 90(98?) series.
  9. The work continues... Today the tunnel was welded into place and it is looking good.
  10. Back to work on the Hotshot after a nice Thanksgiving break with the family. The drivers side floor was welded in and the tunnel for the driveshaft was bent, 16 gauge metal doesn't like to bend real easy:(. I need to remove the tunnel and flange the lower edge so it fits flush with the 90 degree angles from the floor sections, one inch of the tunnel will hang below the floor level to duplicate the original. Then I can install it and weld it into place. It is almost looking like a car again.
  11. A milestone happened today, the front half of the car was connected to the rear half with the passenger side floor being welded into place. The "spot welds" worked great and now need grinding to smooth them up, remember all of this will be covered with a rubber floor mat. I will continue installing the floor and adding to the floor support on the drivers side. Thanksgiving is here and my daughter has invited us to her place for dinner, she lives in Maryland so I will be off for a few days. You know how it is, anything for a free meal... Happy Thanksgiving to all!!
  12. Today I took some measurements and all looks well to begin welding the floors in. I had to add to the floor support that I installed earlier, this will take it to the end of the side panels and where the rear quarters start. An angle iron goes on the rear quarter and down through the floor to tie everything together and make it nice and strong, but more on that later. One thing I did was measure my good Hotshot and found that the sides are different lengths on each side, left side was 3/4" longer than the right side. No surprise there, typical Crosley. Hole are all drilled for the spot welds on the passenger side floor. Hope to get it welded in tomorrow.
  13. Finally progress to report, the metal shop I was using failed to get more 16 gauge metal in so I found another source for it, the only problem is that they will not bend the 90 degree bends on the end. I picked up a piece of 16 gauge 3' X 8' today and traced the passenger side floor onto the new metal and cut it out. Feels good to be at it again. While I was waiting on metal I did make the repair to the lower part of the kick-up on the front floor on the passenger side. Both floors now are cut, bent and test fitted and I will make sure all dimensions are correct before I begin welding them in. Enjoy the pictures. Once everything is a go for welding I will drill 3/8" holes in the floors and "spot" weld them in to the front kick-ups, rear kick-ups and floor supports. I hope everyone is enjoying the resurrection of this Crosley. Let me know what you think. Thanks, Dale
  14. Here are a few shots of my 1951 Panel Delievery. It was restored about 3 years ago.
  15. Work on the Hotshot has been slowed to almost a standstill as I wait for my metal shop to get metal in for the floor. I also am prepairing for winter and getting all the cars and toys put away safely for the cold weather. I did make a few welds on the floor supports on the passenger side. I hope the metal shop gets the 16 gauge metal in soon so I can continue to progress on the replacement of the floors. I have also been working on the engine for the 1950 Crosley truck. The engine blew a rod bearing while towing the Ford motorhome out of the muddy field at the Crosley Nationals and has been out since July. Attached are the pictures of the floor supports and the engine rebuild, along with one of my other cars, a 1966 Ford Mustang. This car was bought in June of 1980 and was the second car I ever bought, the first car being the 1951 Crosley Super stationwagon. I still own both cars.
  16. Not much to report on except a few purchases at Hershey for the project. After walking the flea market for two days I did come up with a pair of restored headlight buckets with trim and one wiper motor. I also purchased a hood for the hotshot that was delivered to my flea market space by a fellow Crosley club member on Friday in the pouring rain. One other item that I did purchase was a 1/4 keg for the gas tank for my 1950 Crosley pick-up truck. It will be mounted in the bed of the truck and will actually hold 1.25 gallons more gas then the original tank. I know it is not original, but it will look cool. Work has been put off as prior to Hershey I was getting jobs done so that I could go and now I am trying to play catch-up on my day job as I took the week off for Hershey. Priorities, work first, play later?? I have made one side of the floor pan and I am waiting for the metal shop to get more 16 gauge metal. I will get pictures of the floor progress up shortly. I have included a picture of my purchases at Hershey and a few pictures of the 1950 Crosley tow truck pickup truck.
  17. Thursday was the day the rear section of the car was reunited with the frame. The rear floor section has two mounting holes and that was lined up with the two holes in the frame and it was bolted to the frame. The front section of the car was not bolted down so I found the two mount holes and bolted it down so it is now lined up with the frame. What better jig than the frame to get the body lined up. I did have one problem in lining things up, the front passenger inner fender extention was not in the right place and was over the battery box making the passenger side high. Once this was found and removed, the body came into alignment very nice. Friday begain by removing the furnace tin from the floor and sides and see what needed done to join the front of the car to the rear of the car. The outer floor supports were rusted away and new ones were cut and bent and welded in. I sure wish I had a larger brake... As you will notice the floor supports only go back about 36", at that point there is a frame support and also an angle iron that will be support the side panels. Today I continued to work on the outer floor supports and thenlooked into the floorpans. Of course I just went to my local Crosley dealer and picked up a new set of pans. lol Lots of pictures today. I hope everyone is enjoying my post. If anyone has any Crosley parts let me know...
  18. Today was the day to make the rear floor panel for the rear section. I cut it from 18 gauge metal and bent it to the same dimensions as the old one, less all the rust. None of the original holes for mounting the rear floor to the upper rear section lined up and none were symmetrical from side to side as usual with a Crosley. It is now vice gripped in place while I make sure everything is where it needs to be. Once welded in I hope to get the rear section back on the frame to start on the floor and sides of the body.
  19. My first car was a 1951 Crosley Super Station wagon that I bought when I was 15 years old. I restored the car with the help of my dad way back when and then I restored it again about 10 years ago. I still own it and I got it out a few years ago to take a few pictures of it. Sorry it is dusty. Another of my Crosley's is a 1949 Crosley Hotshot with four wheel disc brakes. This one was restored by me and my two step daughters about 12 years ago. Crosley's become an addiction worse than any other car I know of, once you have one you must have more. The only good thing is they are smaller than most cars. As of right now I have 8 Crosley's.
  20. More progress, the lower fronts of the rear fenders were rusted away so new metal was fabricated and welded in place. Slowly but surely the thing is looking better. As asked I will post a few of my other Crosley's in the next couple post. Thanks for asking about them.
  21. Well progress has been very slow, but progress none the less. I have replaced the rusted metal at the front part of the rear section that leads down to the floor area. I also ground off some weld at the edge of the rear fenders, preparing it for mating with the sides of the car. I still haven't made the rear floor panel as I need to get metal, hopefully by the end of this week.
  22. Thank You Peter for all the work you have put in getting the site back up and running. Your work does NOT go unnoticed. Dale
  23. Work is progressing on the rear section of the Hotshot. I was able to weld the center section in today. I also sprayed a coat of sandable primer on the the inside of the center section. The next project will be making the new rear floor section that extends from the existing floor to the the rear bumper. Also the front part of the inner fenders need some replacement metal work. Have I mentioned yet that this car is in very bad shape? I hope to have the rear section ruffed in by next weekend.