dalef62

1950 Crosley Farm O Road Restoration and more

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Paul, No I didn't see the article, but I did hear about it. 

Well, back from Hershey, all the unsold parts put away (I did sell the Weaver tire balancer that I had been advertising) and most of the summer toys (13 antique and classic cars and 5 jet skis)winterized and put away.  I have to put a new used engine in the wife's jet ski this winter because the old engine blew this fall.  Not many salvageable parts left after the catastrophic failure so I purchased a good used running engine from California and it is on it's way.

Also did a lot of cleanup in the shop and moved things around so I have more space in the work area.  I hope to bring my brother-in-laws FOR out and store it for the winter so I can use it for examples of how some things were done and also to copy a few things that I don't have, like the battery box, hood and emergency brake assembly.

So now I can get back to the FOR.  Today I sprayed a coat of primer on the top side of the frame and will wait for it to dry to add some filler and start sanding.  Doesn't look too bad and won't take too long to get it ready for paint. 

For anyone that judges, please take note of the lovely welds.  I have shown them before but I can't get over how nasty they are.  Maybe I welded them in a past life?   

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The filling and sanding continues on the frame.  Hopefully after this batch the filling will be complete and it will be just sanding and primer.  It is really hard trying to preserve the sloppy welds and fill all the pitting at the same time. 

 

 

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No work to report on the FOR as I have had paying jobs taking up the space for the FOR frame, It is now leaning up against the wall.  I hope to get it back on the horses right after Christmas and get it primered again. 

Just wanted to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season.  Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

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1 hour ago, dalef62 said:

Just wanted to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season.  Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

 

Amen Dale!! Merry Christmas to you and yours also!

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Great project with one question: did the blue print for the drag link get wadded up and they copied it that way or are they naturally that snakey from the factory?

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Thanks.

Drag links are naturally snakey!  Same with the Crosley Hot Shots and Super Sports, they look like a wet noodle!

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Some progress to report on the FOR.  I have been prepping the frame for a coat of primer, hopefully the last, and I started making the battery box.  I have the front and rear of it cut out and have the bends in it, now I need to get the angle iron and get it welded together and weld it in the frame.  I have also cleaned out all the filler from all the bolt holes. 

So maybe by the weekend it will have a fresh coat of gray primer on it and be ready to final sand.  Maybe...

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More work on the battery box today.  I got some 1" angle iron and cut 4 pieces 6 7/8" long and began the welding process.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to clean the welds up after I was done or leave them as finished.  I think I will leave them as finished so they match the rest of the welds on the frame.  I didn't have to try to hard to make crappy welds.:lol:  Now it is ready for a coat of primer!!!:)

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The frame has another coat of primer, and hopefully the last.  Looks pretty good, will need a complete sanding and then on to black paint!!

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Sand, sand, sand...  As my wife says "You have more paint on the floor than on the car."  There are a lot of nooks and crannies that make it hard to sand.  The sanding process is about half way done on the top side of the frame.  Then I will flip it over and finish sanding and then clean it thoroughly and prep it for gloss black.

Anyone want to help sand??  I am happy with how it is looking and will even be happier when it gets color. 

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Looking good Dale. But have to say you are a much more patient man that I am. I hate sanding stuff -- especially something like that frame, as say with all the nooks and crannies. Ugh! :(

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With all the effort and time you're putting into the frame it will look great when you finally paint it.  Good job Dale.

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Thanks for the positive comments!  Got the frame flipped over this am and began the sanding on the bottom side.  Go it finished this afternoon and now I need to clean it for paint.  Lots of scrubbing and cleaning to get all the sanding dust out of all the holes and crannies.

Maybe this Saturday I will be able to get the black paint on it.  I have been trying to decide how to go about painting it to get into all the tight spots.  I have thought about hanging it but it would be even harder to flip it while hanging.  Or leave it on the horses and paint one side (top up), then let it dry, then flip it (bottom up) and paint the other side?  I plan on using single stage enamel paint.

Does anyone have any ideas?

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Dale.  It looks like you have leaf spring mounting points on each corner.  When I painted my frame i put a steel rod thru the holes and supported the rod with jack stands.  I also used the Rust Oleum Professional grade gloss black paint from Home Depot.  A gallon will set you back about $30-$40.  It's oil base and flashed out to a nice semi-gloss finish when it dried.  Hope this gives you an option.

 

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You could attach two short 4x4"s 1 each vertically from the floor to your saw horses. The length would be up to you. Drill a 1/2 to 3/4 inch hole in the 4x4 through the center of it and insert a 6 -8 inch long bolt. Tighten it in the 4x4 with flat washers and nuts. Select a hole in the center of the end cross member and mount it to the 4x4 with a flat washer and nut. Touch up on the end cross members would be easy once the the frame was dry and back on top of the saw horses. A cheap twirler for light weight frames. Or two motor stands, one at each end but they might be a bit short for the width of the frame on it's side.    

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Mark and Martin, both were good Ideas but I decided to paint it on the horses.  I will flip it over and paint the bottom side and it will look better than new, oh darn:huh:, I have over restored the frame...  LOL

Looks pretty good, once i get it flipped over and finished I will have to find some place to store it while I work on the rest of the chassis and then start bolting it back together.:)

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Can someone over restore a part that is mostly out of sight on a restored vehicle and won't be seen until the the next restoration is attempted?:D I don't think so. Besides the next guy will jumping for joy at the work he won't have to do.;) Good job dale 62, keep up the good work !!!

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Mark,

Most cars are over restored, just thought I would bring that up as there was a thread running about "Bling" and over restoration.  Most cars are over restored and I feel, as well as other, that this hurts the cars during judging that are not quite as perfect as those over restored cars.  I was always told to judge the car like it would have appeared on the showroom floor and in my eyes that could be with blemishes, orange peel paint, runs, unfit panels, very light mist coats of paint on engines, frames and other items, etc.  It is very hard to remember that these cars were not made to be displayed on a show field and judged, but to be driven and used to get from point "A" to point "B" and they could have minor imperfections and that is "OK"  The engine may have some spots that have no paint on them, chassis parts may have nicks in the paint, there may be orange peel in the paint finish, but this is they way that they went to the dealer and then on to the customer.  But, if I was paying for a restoration, would I accept some of these imperfections and still pay top dollar?  Heck NO!!  That is what has happened to the restoration of cars in my opinion.

OK, off my soapbox...

Flipped the FOR frame over this morning and sprayed the bottom side and now will wait till it dries thoroughly and then put it aside and work on the rest of the chassis components.  There is over one quart of black paint on the frame! 

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Work continues on the FOR.  I cleaned and painted the front springs and attaching hardware, and also started cleaning on the rear member assembly.  Then the next step was to start assembly!!!:)  The front springs were attached to the frame and now await the front axle and brake backing plates.  I hope to get it into a roller and then move it out of the way and start on the body soon.

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Man, I remember going after my frame and parts with every wire brush I had.  I was picking bits of metal out of my clothes, shoes and skin for weeks.  Nothing more satisfying than getting a nice coat of paint on everything before it starts rusting again.  Looking really good!

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I have been cleaning up the rear end and got the drums off today, they were tight but the drum puller did its job.  Will now take the backing plates off and get everything cleaned painted and powder coated and ready to go back together.  I have to order some parts soon as I will need to get the new wheel cylinders installed before I can put the drums on, both front and rear.

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A few more rear end shots for Valentines Day! :lol:  I got the rear drums and backing plates off and did some more cleanup on the rear axle and rear springs.  More things added to the table for finishing. 

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Today's project was to get some primer on the rear end and the shock brackets.  Done!  I didn't prime the areas inboard of the spring mounts on purpose as that is where the hitch mounts and I didn't want to build it up with paint.  I am also working on a customers truck so I got her truck spot primed also.  Slow progress is better than no progress!

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