lancemb

My 1957 75R - Big Gray

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14 hours ago, lancemb said:

Here is a pair of rear bumper ends I just got back.  They each had a couple small holes and some rust on lip of opening.  I was afraid how they'd turn out and was not going to use them on this car but after seeing them they will be going on the coupe!  I am impressed at the results.  Since they weren't totally rotted out they were able to just patch the small holes and maintain the proper contour.

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Here is before pic if interestedResized_20170122_140745.thumb.jpeg.2cf1cf09ae375008a0290a39e3f30e30.jpeg

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Here was my fun for the weekend!

 

A journey of 1,000 bolts starts with a single bumper!

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Forget the tan line, how about a rust line

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Think this can be saved?

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Another pair of 57 rear bumper ends bite the dust!

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Tail light treasures!

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And we're done for the day.  Looks better already!  20170729_183410.thumb.jpg.2204bc9864ce0466dc9fe258297343b9.jpg

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Good luck with this one Lance. It looks a little brittle.  

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19 hours ago, Beemon said:

How much did it run you for the chrome work?

About a grand... But that's a bargain compared to what other places would have charged for that work at that quality.

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Finally made some real progress!  Got whole front end off, bagged and tagged.  Got exhaust off and gas tank.

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Got front portion off left inner fender that was rotted.  Used a chisel with flat side toward the good part and broke spot welds right out without contorting the good part.  Did same to get good piece off my parts fender.

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Hood bar doesn't look too bad after cleaning it up!  I have a core that's a little better I'll use though.

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Next week I hope to get the trans out!

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Ok trans is going to keep hanging there for now.  I have help coming next week to start patching holes so I took carpet and seats out to assess damage.

 

A couple spots got bigger when I removed carpet and started tapping; not a big surprise.  Back looks good.  There was some scaling, but my 200 pound self was standing all over it and I didnt poke through so I think some POR-15 will do just fine.

 

Fronts have rot by front seat bracket on each side and some in front foot well, more on passenger side.  I don't think replacing the entire pans will be necessary.  No rot near sill areas.

 

Can anybody tell me it's not too bad without lying to me?  I know much worse has been fixed (had one).

 

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If you can't poke through with a screwdriver, let it be

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Only real negative surprise I found was soft spots on rear frame rails where a shop vac of debris had collected and blocked drain hole.  Took out the whole area on each side.  Here is left side after beating on it.

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Left side done.  It actually looks a bit better in person.  May smooth it out a bit more but want to keep steel nice and thick.

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Got trans out

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Got the other frame rail welded today.  Also removed the old spare well, cleaned out the trunk, and did some heavy poking with a large screwdriver to find how much patching will be needed.  A few areas around bottom edges and rear of wheel wells appear to be it.

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9 hours ago, Alfa said:

But where is the engine?

On a stand awaiting paint and final assembly!

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13 minutes ago, lancemb said:

On a stand awaiting paint and final assembly!

Damn you wasted no time at all!

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1 minute ago, wndsofchng06 said:

Damn you wasted no time at all!

Yeah well lucky for me the car came with a rebuilt long block already!  But I do have just about everything ready for it.  After I get rust patched underneath, I'll work on tidying up front frame area a bit before engine will be painted and dropped back on frame, so it will probably be waiting awhile.

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Haven't gotten too much done on the sheetmetal, but chipping away at parts.  I now have trunk boards!

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Hey Lance,

Those look great!

Where did you get those ?

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1 hour ago, dei said:

Hey Lance,

Those look great!

Where did you get those ?

 Thanks!  I got the boards off Ebay which were made by REM.  I then had patterned adhesive vinyl paper printed from sample of original board and applied over it.  It's not perfect, but looks way closer to authentic than plain black or gray!

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Accomplished an array of things this weekend.  First, patched the driver side floor by the seat.  It still needs a couple small patches but the biggest part is done.

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Next, I completed the laborious task of excavating the front end from decades of dirt and grease cake!

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I also managed to get the front drums off, which was not pleasant since the adjusters were frozen tight.  Unfortunately when the car last driven, the shoes had worn down to the rivets, making some grooves in the drums.

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Finally, I reassembled the original trailmaster spotlight, fully restored!

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Next, I'll touch up the firewall, start to make the front frame and  suspension pretty and rebuild it!

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