dalef62

The resurrection of a 1950 Crosley Hotshot

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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. :D

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The work continues... Today the tunnel was welded into place and it is looking good.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Hi Dale. Following your post - more metal work on a little Crosley than I figured on!!!!! Will put in a plug for Vintage Truck magazine; the Jan/Feb 2014 Issue, Volume 21 Number 6 has an article on a 1952 Crosley Panel Delivery owned by a fellow named Dean. A "Super Special Delivery" with quite a bit of history about Powell Crosley, Jr. hisself! I'm more into his radios than his autos, EH!! Keep us informed.

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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.

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Have been working on the customers truck and it is nearing the end of what I will be doing to it. I have started a small job on the Hotshot, not having the proper steering column, I have dismantled a sedan column and will be sending it to my local machinist to have him cut it down and make it the right length for the hotshot.

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I hope to be starting back on the Hotshot soon. The Mack is just about done, was away at the paint shop for a while and now it is back getting some finishing touches to the wiring and miscellaneous things. Here is a picture of the 1927 Mack as it is today. It should be leaving very soon.

The Hotshot hasn't had any work done to it in almost a year, I am anxious to get back to it and get the bodywork completed and then lift the body off and get the chassis ready.

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Nice job on the truck, I'm sure your customer will be thrilled. Looking forward to more work on the Hotshot. Fun little car.

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The Mack Truck is now at its owners and I have some space again in the shop. Got the Hotshot back out and am beginning the patching process again. There is a small area on the cowl panel where the windshield sits that needs replaced, and that is the project for today. Also working to get the dash panel in place and that is what you see with all the clamps. They are holding a piece of metal that will attach to the dash panel then be welded in place. Two small straps that attach to the lower corners of the dash will attach to the braces I installed on the sides of the body months ago.

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Yesterday I worked on the dash board mounting. Shaped and formed a sheet of metal to mount under the cowl and it will attach to the dashboard. It is now welded to the cowl panel and ready for the dashboard to be welded in, but only once all repairs are made under the cowl and to the dashboard. Dashboard is just held in place with clamps for test fitting.

Some progress made today as the snow flies outside. I welded the brackets for the windshield supports to the under side of the cowl and worked on the front driver side fender. Just a small hole in both the inner fender and outer fender. Quick easy work and it is now ready for body filler. On to the next repair.

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More work done over the weekend. I attached the two windshield brackets to the side panel braces. It is now ready for the dashboard to be welded in. I also started removing paint from the front fender to see what it looked like. Not too bad other than a few dents in the front. And the last project for the weekend was to replace the lower rear fender. A new piece was cut and formed and welded in place. It is starting to look really good, less and less clamps holding it together:).

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I suppose this might be a good place to tell my story about my only Crosley experience. This is just a short story so I won't hijack this thread. Back in summer of 1973, I worked for a towing service that had a contract with the city to tow away abandoned cars left on the street. Back then, you actually had to pay, usually ten dollars, to dispose of your unwanted vehicle. So, the usual case was that if someone didn't pay the rent for their private parking spot, the car got pushed out onto the street. Anyway, these cars would accumulate in the towing company's yard, until the junk man came for them to eventually be crushed. Looking over this crop of vehicles, I was drawn to a very small two seat roadster type of car that I had never seen before. It was red and looked fairly complete and not too bad of condition. The only thing that seemed to be different was that there was an airplane generator in place of the engine. This looked like a conversion that wasn't complete, and had stalled for some reason. Upon closer examination, I found a nameplate that identified this car as a Crosley. I may have heard of Crosleys before, but had never really seen one, except for maybe a refrigerator. The boss said that I could have any one of the cars for free, and acquiring a title would be no problem as these were all now legal property of the towing company. I would have loved to take advantage of the opportunity, but as it was, still living with my parents, and having to park my daily driver ('70 Roadrunner 383/4spd) on the street there was no way I could do this. Besides, had I been able, I probably would have snapped up the '66 Fairlane GTA that was sitting there. Some years later, while purchasing my '57 Ford, the seller asked if I knew anyone who would want a Crosley engine that he knew of, that was sitting in a lady's basement for a cost of little or nothing. Of course my thoughts flashed back to the Crosley I could have had, but sorely I had to tell him NO. I guess that, like we've all painfully discovered, timing is everything.

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Larry,

Nice story. So many cars so little space... Crosley's are good cars to collect, though, as they don't take up a lot of space.

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It's in!!!! Yesterday a small milestone was reached. The dashboard was welded in place.

I first replaced a small section of the front fender then started on the placement of the dashboard. It went in without a hitch. I need to get the inner side supports on the side panels. I have debated this for several months and I am now leaning towards putting 1/2" square tubing in place of the support that was originally used. The original was a ribbed strip of metal and my bead roller will not roll a bead as large as it was. The inside panels will be covered with vinyl trim when the car is done so it will not be seen anyhow. Then I can prepare to lift the body off the frame to finish welding all the panels on the under side and start work on the chassis.

I hope everyone is enjoying the resurrection of this Crosley.

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Great thread Dale...brings back many memories ......and thoughts of things to come!!!

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Dale I'm glad you end up with this Hotshot, with the skills you have I can see it will be finished and be a nice fun car again. I saw the pictures of this when it was for sale and I thought it was a lot worse than some of the prospective buyers thought and I was afraid it would be a project that never would get finished, once it got started and end up as a parts for sale in a few years.

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Dave and Jim,

Thank you for your positive comments. Dave, you should start a thread on one of your projects...

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Jim,

I will say that having another hotshot to compare things to has helped me a lot. Without the finished Hotshot, getting dimensions for floor panels, side panels and all those missing brackets and things would have been almost impossible to get right. I don't know how many times I looked at the 49 Hotshot to see how it was assembled originally.

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