November/December 2004 – Various and sundry

Interior insulation and sound dampener From the outset of the restoration, I’ve been planning on insulating the interior and inside the trunk, especially below the spare tire storage and fuel tank area. I’ve kept an eye on products that would do the job well. I found two good candidates — Dynamat which is available through Read more about November/December 2004 – Various and sundry[…]

April/May 2004 – Small plating gets big

Plating saga My intention in the beginning was to have a professional plater complete the nickel plating of the front suspension pieces. And, indeed, I made good on the intention on my side. I drove the parts down to a plater in Fayetteville, North Carolina — all sixty-some pounds of them. I was hoping that Read more about April/May 2004 – Small plating gets big[…]

April 2004 – Cylinder head paint, small plating, bushes installed

Cylinder head gold paint When my dad was here, we inspected the tappets that accept pressure from the cams. One of these appears to have been damaged either by dirt or by corrosion. The surface of the plate where the cam touches has been pitted. This will probably have to be replaced, since a roughened Read more about April 2004 – Cylinder head paint, small plating, bushes installed[…]

March 2004 – Bonnet test fit, plating prep, cylinder head cleanup

Bonnet test fit The garage had a very special visitor over this weekend. My dad, Wallace DeLong, came up to North Carolina after making the rounds through Florida to see relatives and participate in a travel exchange with people in Sarasota. I was a little worried about suggesting that we take on a project with the Read more about March 2004 – Bonnet test fit, plating prep, cylinder head cleanup[…]

January-March 2004 – Plating and spraying color

Part 2: Plating and spraying color One thing up front: the color of the car is not British Racing Green, though it’s close. I decided to go with Opalescent Dark Green, the very color that I liked the best long, long ago. I guess we all go back to our roots. The initial spray appears Read more about January-March 2004 – Plating and spraying color[…]