dalef62

The resurrection of a 1950 Crosley Hotshot

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And the process continues...  More sanding, more spot filler, more primer, more sanding.  I think there is more primer on the floor of the shop than on the car. :)  If there was some way to collect that paint and recycle it. 

Then I spent some time drilling all the holes that are needed for the body mounts in the passenger compartment and the seat brace mounts, headlight mounts and splash pan mounts.  Better to drill them now and get paint on the edges of the holes and also not take the chance of having a drill bit skip on the new finished paint. :o

I hope to start putting on the finish paint this week if I get the time. :)

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I see an AACA grand national car in the making!!! Beautiful work Dale!!! want to start on mine when you are done??

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Thanks Dave.  I have a few other cars to work on when this one is done...

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The color has arrived!  First coat of paint on the interior of the car.  What a pain painting back in all those nooks and crannies.  Most of it will be covered when the car is finished, but it does look good.  I hope to get the body painted this weekend.

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I've been following along since the beginning. It's really looking good after a lot of work, nice job. Scott...

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I got some color on it.  Not happy with it but it is all one color.  Was using a HVLP gun and got boatloads of orange peel.  Will see what it looks like once it drys and see if I can buff it out.  

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I'll bet it looks great once you color sand and buff. Did you paint in a booth, or just in your shop? I'm getting ready to do some spraying and could use any advice based on your experiences.

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Taylor,

It was painted right in the shop.  I used a cheap HVLP gun (don't buy cheap) at it was putting the paint out in blobs.  Switched to a regular gun to try and get it leveled out.  Came out orange peeled, now I have the car completely sanded and it looks pretty good.  I used a single stage acrylic enamel for this paint job.  Will start buffing it now and it should be good to go.

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Looking much better now!  All shined up and now ready to start assembly.  First part for assembly was the steering column and gearbox, which was the first problem, the drag link was one size and the pitman arm was another.  So I have to find the larger end for the drag link, cut the old one off and weld the new one on.  Anyone have a old drag link laying around for a .70"-.75" pitman arm ball?  

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All the little things...  Getting all the smaller parts cleaned, painted, rounded up, made, ordered, etc.  Does anyone know that the two round disc with the tabs (not quite finished) are for in the first picture??? 

Did have some technical difficulties with the steering draglink and pitman arm.  The ball size on the pitman arm is .75" and the draglink socket is only 5/8"  makes for a no-fit! :o  Made a call to the Crosley parts supplier and the correct part is on its way, I hope.  Once that is together the car will steer with the steering wheel for the first time in years.  Oh the fun of building a car from scratch. :rolleyes:

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The round disks with tabs looks like someone's attempt to make the headlight mounting brackets, and didn't finish.

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Jim,  That is what they are.  I am making them from steel, a lot cheaper than the bronze reproductions.  I just have to trim up the tabs some, then drill the holes to mount it and the headlights.  My question were they originally body color or black?

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Either body color or black is probably fine, I don't know for sure. The part is barely visible once the lights are mounted. I looked through a few hundred photos trying to see a trend and the only one that I could see the mount was the news release where they show the Hotshot stripped down for racing and it appears to be body color in that shot. Since that was part of the announcement for the Hotshot it was probably a preproduction unit. If you paint the lights red I would go with body color, if you go with black headlights either would blend in nice.

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More parts ordered for the Crosley.  Ordered the rubber weatherstripping that goes under the windshield, the rubber for around the engine compartment, the brake and clutch rubber seals at the floor, the drag link that matches the pitman arm, the "U" bolt for the steering column, the steel tube for the radiator to water pump connection and the radiator mount bolts and rubbers.  Enough parts to keep me busy for a day or two.  

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Parts came in today and I got right to work on them. :D  Got the windshield on, the brake and clutch pedals on, the "U" bolt on the steering column, and the drag link on.  Now the car steers with the steering wheel instead of kicking the tires to turn it. :o   Took it out for its first drive... well almost... pushed it to the side yard (was so nice using the steering wheel to turn it) under the tree to get some pictures of it.  Went to the local hardware to get more nuts and bolts tonight so tomorrow I can put more parts on, bumper brackets, radiator, etc.  Stay tuned for more updates...

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Well Jim, if I plan on taking it for a ride I think I will need headlights and a radiator.  Two more items off the list.  Working on the center taillight now, found in my stash of parts a licence plate bracket and taillight, I had to make the tapered mount for it.  Will get pictures of it and more soon.

Cleaned up a fuel pump, generator, and water pump, will check them out and paint where needed and install. 

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I love doing body work and recreating all the body lines and original shape and beauty. Crosley was a very unique brand and always interesting to look at.

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Installed the center brake light and spare tire bracket today.  Surprising what they say is new today is really not new, third brake light, push button starting... 

Now working on the radiator support rod and rear view mirror.  I had a radiator support rod for a sedan/station wagon but it was too short.  The Hotshot has little differences everywhere :o .

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I have installed the new radiator support rod and the voltage regulator on the car.  No pictures as the camera is packed. :(   Now I am preparing to head to HERSHEY!!!  Hope to see all of you there, I am in the green field.  

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Here are the pictures that were promised before I left for Hershey.  Voltage regulator and gauge cluster installed.  

Dad and I had a great time at Hershey, we have been going to Hershey since 1981.  It was absolutely wonderful weather, except for the Friday storm (I wish when they announce high winds, people would heed the warnings and take there easy-up tents down!) and saw lots of old friends and met many new friends.  Lots of sales to Canada.  Great job to the Hershey Region for another wonderful show.  Can't wait till next year! 

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Haven't got a lot done on the Super Hotshot as I have been getting ready for winter. Getting all my toys winterized and put away for the winter. Some things have been done though. Got the tires mounted on the painted wheels and the spare tire installed. Finished up the brakes and now they need fluid and bled. Painted and installed the radio speaker mesh that was purchased at Hershey.

Was getting ready to install the front Crosley emblem that also was purchased at Hershey and measured my other Hotshot to find out where I needed to drill the holes to mount it. It was 8 3/8" up to the bottom of the emblem from the leading edge, decided to also measure the Super Sports, 9 1/2" up to the bottom... Nothing is the same on these hand build sports cars..

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