lancemb

1957 76C

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Some more progress:

 

Major repairs have been completed to the frame, and it's been stripped and sandblasted.  This uncovered a couple small areas up front that will need a patch welded in.  Overall, looking much nicer though!

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They noticed these marks, same on both sides, where it looks like frame had been modified and then repaired.  Right above this in trunk the sheetmetal was separated.  We speculate this was where the frame for the gates for the harness racing were mounted originally.  Kind of cool, and the repair is good, so I might just leave the marks for history.

 

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The body is on a rotisserie now, and most of it will be sandblasted soon, especially underneath since that will be painted before going back on the frame.  I am going to leave dash and most of firewall intact for now.

 

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The trunk lid has been repaired (that thing was ugly) but not finished yet.  After its sandblasted it will be finished off.  Since it is specific to 1957 Roadmaster and Super convertible only, I was not about to count on finding another!

 

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Hi Lance

Looking good. I didn't realize this was a harness racing car and a Roadmaster convertible with heater delete! I had a white 1956 Roadmaster Convertible that was used to open the gate for harness racing and it had bars welded on the frame in the exact same spot as yours. Unfortunately for me, it was missing the trunk lid. The car is fully restored now, but was a big project.

 

If they are going to blast the entire body, might as well strip the firewall and remove the dash, everything will be nicely cleaned up.

 

Keep up the great work.

 

Steve

 

 

 

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Gets me every time...that heater delete!

 

Great progress...thanking my lucky stars I didn't get to deal with the trunk lid.🤣

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On 2/14/2020 at 11:12 PM, FireballV8 said:

Hi Lance

Looking good. I didn't realize this was a harness racing car and a Roadmaster convertible with heater delete! I had a white 1956 Roadmaster Convertible that was used to open the gate for harness racing and it had bars welded on the frame in the exact same spot as yours. Unfortunately for me, it was missing the trunk lid. The car is fully restored now, but was a big project.

 

If they are going to blast the entire body, might as well strip the firewall and remove the dash, everything will be nicely cleaned up.

 

Keep up the great work.

 

Steve

 

 

Steve, that's great to confirm that your car was affected in the exact same spot on the frame!

 

After further consideration, I think it makes sense to blast the outer firewall as it's pretty flaky.  I do want to keep the dash intact for now, though.

 

Thanks for the encouragement

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A bit more progress.  Frame is all repaired, and with first coat of primer.

 

 

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One more difference in convertible frame I discovered with this process is that in addition to a thicker X-frame, the convertible frame has an extra body mount in the center.

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Makes some sense regarding the extra centre body mount if one thinks about it.

Without the solid metal roof helping to stiffen / distribute any frame flexing, having the body bolted more solidly would help I guess.

Can tell you from experience though, keep your arm away from the door and body gap when cruising over a set of RR tracks! 🙁 

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Frame is painted!  This frame was a lot of work.  The body may have to wait longer to be completed...

 

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When spraying the frame, do you feel it necessary to also spray inside all of the inner parts of any openings?

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13 minutes ago, Kosage Chavis said:

When spraying the frame, do you feel it necessary to also spray inside all of the inner parts of any openings?

Well I'm not personally doing this frame, but when doing my other car my approach was to get to as much as I could.  The only way to get every nook and cranny is to dip it.  That would be nice, but not neccessary.

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Assembly is underway.  Note the NOS Delco front brake shoes.  I also have NOS front aluminum drums that are going on it (I will probably never find another pair).  Also fitted with NOS ball joints. 

 

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NOS, Man that is something to die for, especially those drums (let alone the ball joints) !

 

I have a good spare set of drums that I want for the Roadmaster as I don't know the condition of them now. Found them at a swap meet a few years ago.

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Your frame is looking better all the time!

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Thanks Doug.  With those drums it's good to buy them when you see them if they're not cracked up and are reasonably priced!  Incredibly, the NOS drums were a couple of the many great parts that came with this car.  The extra stuff I sold already more than paid for the missing stuff I had to find.

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15 hours ago, lancemb said:

Assembly is underway.  Note the NOS Delco front brake shoes.  I also have NOS front aluminum drums that are going on it (I will probably never find another pair).  Also fitted with NOS ball joints. 

I did the same thing on my convertible...probably should have saved the parts for a car that I actually drove.:o

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1 hour ago, old-tank said:

I did the same thing on my convertible...probably should have saved the parts for a car that I actually drove.:o

I hear ya.  Thing is, I have so many NOS parts I've collected for the outside I figured I'll try to make it as authentic as possible.

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Frame and suspension is finally done and rolling, and I'm pretty happy with the results!

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The body and underside was also blasted and primed.  Since this car won't be worked on until completion right now, I wanted to leave the dash in place.  Therefore, most components stayed on the firewall for now.  I also asked that a portion of the original paint be kept on upper quarter to aid in matching later.

 

Tomorrow morning I'll try to assess how to proceed, and to what extent for now.

 

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Some more pics of body.  Other than the obvious rust at front of rocker area and typical rear quarter rust (which isn't horrible on this car), there are just some pinholes that appeared which should not require a full patch.

 

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