December 2015 – Convertible top replaced

People might recall that my canvas top got ripped when I put the top down for the first time — two five-inch rips radiating from the rear corner of the door windows. Clearly, I had done something wrong in the initial installation, and so I did some problem solving and discovered the issue. In essence Read more about December 2015 – Convertible top replaced[…]

August 2014 – On the road again

Yes, it’s been a long, long time. I had been so good about recording things on this blog. Then, when the car came darned near completion … well, I pooped out, preferring to sit in the old thing and tinker or just listen to the engine and watch the gauges. The restoration journal never got Read more about August 2014 – On the road again[…]

February 2006 – Chromed taillights and exterior door handles

Chromed taillights and exterior door handles Quite a while ago, I sent off some badly pitted taillights and some merely OK exterior door handles to Ricardo Delatorre, the owner of The Best Chrome in San Martin, California. I sent them off in December 2004, and I let Ricardo know that I wasn’t in any hurry. Read more about February 2006 – Chromed taillights and exterior door handles[…]

August/September 2005 – Windshield, right door

This entry ends the third year of restoration work on the car. It’s been a long haul. Windshield The Cat Cage in Rougemont had a visitor from Oklahoma in early September. Wallace DeLong, also known as “Dad” and “Grandpa,”visited for a couple of days, and I set him to work in the garage. The right Read more about August/September 2005 – Windshield, right door[…]

June 2005 – Data plate, door, headlights

Data plate, final episode I might as well get this done right now. I finished the truer-to-the-original data plate with the able help of Eric MaLossi, and I’m quite pleased with the results. The plate is a little thicker than the original, so it resists a bit more under the mallet and die, but it Read more about June 2005 – Data plate, door, headlights[…]

January-May 2005 – Trunk floor, wiring harness (redesigned)

New trunk (“boot”) floor The old trunk floor was totally exhausted, with the laminate of the plywood virtually falling apart in thin wooden sheets. The pieces were good enough to stack together like so many playing cards and trace onto a new sheet of plywood. I used 15/32 thickness plywood that was left over from Read more about January-May 2005 – Trunk floor, wiring harness (redesigned)[…]

September/October 2004 – Clearcoat, boot lid, steering column, sundries

This entry begins the third year of restoration work on the old car. Clearcoat and boot lid installation The car body was completely sanded smooth with 800 grit sandpaper, and ripples and “orange peel” areas were smoothed out. The surface was then degreased and coated with another double coat of clearcoat. This final clear coat Read more about September/October 2004 – Clearcoat, boot lid, steering column, sundries[…]