Eric W

1952 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe

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Good progress Eric, looking forward to the finished product!

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Missed last week because we were out of town. Today, mostly focus on the sides. Left side - door lower forward - slight pin holes, treated with POR-15, filled, sanded, primed. Mid lower door - door opened into something or some sort of impact. Filled vertical dent, sanded, primed. Sanded & primed several other paint chip spots. Right side - multitude of chips/nicks blended out & primed. Painted the visor. Visor back home with the wheels.

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I agree, and surely you’d take the rocker molds off and paint under them? They’re a classic rust trap.

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Don't know if we're getting into those rocker moldings. Masked them off because we were sanding & priming in that area.

 

Don't know about the door condition either - my climate here is 11% relative humidity average year-round, and the car will be stored indoors, so condition changes extremely slowly here, if at all. Missed working on it a week ago because my parents were visiting, and missed this week because the weather's too cold. Next weekend is looking pretty good though. And the guy who bought my parts car is planning to get to picking it up this week, so I'll be able to rearrange the garage. Need to try to get my wife's daily driver into the garage...

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18 minutes ago, Eric W said:

 

 

Don't know about the door condition either - my climate here is 11% relative humidity average year-round

Take the trim panel away to have a good look!

11% average? Man you must be thirsty all the time, day and night! Usually a dry climate is 30 to 40 % humidity; maybe I'm wrong. 

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Friday, Feb 15 - finally got together with the buyer for the parts car & got that moved along. He's happy to have it & plans to make it drive again.

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Saturday, Feb 16 - Studebaker-only show at the most southern highway exit for the town of Green Valley. Only about 8 miles from where my car's paint is being worked on.

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Some nice Studebakers there, thanks for posting Eric. Looks like the Arizona weather has recovered from the recent storms.

 

Was just looking at the pics of your parts car leaving. It's amazing, a '52 looks way different when the front grille assembly is removed!

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The Studebaker show was the week before the snow came through. Got about 2-3" of accumulation in central Tucson, but it melted off overnight. Nice to see for a couple more days on the higher mountains, though.

 

Yes, they could have gone some dramatically different directions with the '52 styling. For '52, they used '50-'51 fenders with a panel added to the lower inboard front edges, and a different (single-year-only) hood.

 

Spoke with my paint guy again. No work last week due to weather, but I think he's nearing the point of being tired of seeing my car in his yard. Hopefully that will lead to more visible results soon, maybe this weekend.

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Photos from March 3rd - didn't get anything done last weekend & won't this weekend & probably won't next weekend either. March 3rd was dent-pull day. Used the "stinger" to weld the posts to the dents, then slide hammer to pull them. Didn't get any good pictures of that. Pulled a dent in the right rear fender that was (and will be) under the fender guard panels. Pulled a dent under the left tail light, and several others that were less significant.

 

 

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Looks like you are making good progress Eric. What type of paint system will be used for the top coat?

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It's going to be a Nason enamel single-stage. I don't want the basecoat-clearcoat - doesn't have the right look for this vintage.

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Good progress today. Got the roof cleaned up & painted.

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One step closer Eric! Keep us posted on the progress, looking really good.

 

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Love the wraparound  back light on the Studebaker.  Interesting body. John

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Today's progress (4/7/19) - today was trunk lid day. There was peeling at the forward edge, and some chipping down each side. Sanded/blended those out. This car had been used as a commercial advertising display, so had evidence of multiple applications of vinyl lettering (shading in the paint). On the trunk lid, they'd used a knife or something to peel up the letters (or get an edge to get them started), so there were multiple gouges through the many layers of paint. That's what the areas with multi-colored edges are - blending out the gouge marks. Saw one slight dent to fill after all this was sanded & primed (circled in the after photos). Also took some photos of the car sitting out before we got started - I didn't have any outside shots in the sunlight last time because it was dark when we got done. Also put primer on the bumper brackets all around. Last 3 photos - before working on the trunk, I helped Jeff finish off a pickup truck where he was asked to patch some rust in the door corners. He hand-mixed the paint color, since the owner didn't have a paint code, and it came out right on. I'd never seen that done before.

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4/13/19 - Frustrating day. Spent by far most of the day watching / helping with another job. Cool to see the process, but I wasn't there for another car. I think this guy is purposely dragging things out to see what he can get out of me. On the plus side, he's found a younger, enthusiastic helper who seems to be really talented and good at getting things done efficiently. Hopefully that guy gets a day on my car. Anyway, here's some photos of the other job going through, plus a little work at the end of the day on my car - the areas at the forward corners of the trunk where the factory lead seams crack through the paint.

 

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6 hours ago, Eric W said:

4/13/19 - Frustrating day.  I think this guy is purposely dragging things out to see what he can get out of me.

 

I know your feeling: I bought for 2 years (yes, two years) a '72 Cadillac coupe. I let transport that car to a guy I know who is also located in the USA, to do some work on that car. He hope that the car will be ready to ship to Switzerland at the end of this month!

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5/4/19 - yet another frustrating day. He had a "lawnmower" project when I got there. Basically cutting the turf rollers and guards off from a golf course mower to make it the most dangerous "open field" mower in the history of mankind. So I got to help with a lawnmower for about 4 hours, before I started putting parts back in the car, and said something like "I gotta get going". He got really motivated at that point, and cranked away at welding on the lawnmower for about another hour. A person with half a brain 1) wouldn't invite their customer to participate in their own car project and have a lawnmower project waiting instead, and 2) when that customer threatens to leave, they'd push the lawnmower out immediately and not say "I'll just finish up these welds". So got maybe 3 hours on my car today. If this guy would just put the whole 8 hours on my car, it's within maybe 2 days of being done. Strongly, strongly don't recommend this part of this "hobby". It's basically a combination of torture and indentured servitude. Just buy a car with the paint job you want already on it, or deal with a real shop with real time commitments, or just go "rat rod" and accept the "patina". The backyard guy is a big waste of time and money. Did get to see some of the green on the car - got the trunk and a couple other parts done. Darker than I thought it would be, but I think it fits with the time the car is from.

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Clever boy, no PPE!

 

When I was a young person, we did "the tour" of the Roots Group car assembly plant in Petone, which is part of greater Wellington. The men in the paint booth were mostly Pacific Islanders. Not one of them were wearing any protection. They must have been high as kites! They were assembling Chrysler Valiants, Hillman Hunters, Hillman Avengers and probably Singer Vogues but I am not sure if that trim level was still offered. It must have been about 1971 or 2 or 3. We saw things in there that put me off owning any of those cars.

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5/10/19 - reasonably successful day. Got the hood done. Took about 3 hours, then letting it set up for a couple more hours so it was good and solid to put back on the hinges. These hinges are pretty easy to remove. The springs aren't for lifting the hood, but for keeping the lower bars of the 4-bar linkage going in the right direction as the hood is lowered. Spent some of the paint-drying time sanding on my car, but still got drawn into sanding for a while on another car. It's really feeling like this guy's operation is limited by the air compressor - spend a lot of time when DA sanding waiting for the compressor. A LOT of time.

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