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« on: January 24, 2008 9:14 PM »
I've been going to do this for a while and finally got all the pics together.

It's a '29 Ford Model A Sport Coupe....looks like a cabriolet, but the roof is stationary.

The first pics are Nov. 2004 when I gathered most of the parts together and bolted/screwed it together for a mock-up. Then it rested in a corner of the shop for six months.
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2008 9:19 PM »
Summer of 2005 I chopped the W/S and doors and built a new body sub-frame.  Was going to do more, but my shop fire put a hold on that.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2008 9:26 PM »
This fall/winter I was going to be hard at the A.  Finally in mid Nov. I hit it pretty hard. The motor and trans were gone through and rebuilt, so I decided to paint and detail them and mount on a stand. The first pic is sealed, second painted and third put mostly together. Body will be the gold that the motor is painted.
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2008 9:31 PM »
Finished detailing the trans and bolted to the motor...so  converted my new Mac's engine stand to a eng/trans stand by welding up some tubing.

There's more to come, but I've got to go for today.
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2008 10:02 PM »
Man that power plant looks GREAT. I love the color.
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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2008 1:09 AM »
I second the color compliment. What color is the car going to be?
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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2008 4:04 AM »
Thanks guys.

The car will be the same gold as the engine. I've been playing with a way to make Pagon Gold work with just base/clear for quite a while and finally figured it out. (Pagon gold is usually done in a tricoat method, but that's extremely difficult when you have a Model A type car that has to be painted in pieces and put together and hope they all match.)

The car will look early sixties (60-63ish). I know it is not all truely traditional, but will hopefully have the "look". Car gold, top and running boards white (yes it will have fenders!), interior white and some chrome to help set it all off. Early 60's were my formative years for cars.

I'm a ways farther and will post more pics tomorrow.
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2008 4:11 AM »
Cool,  there sure are some nice cars being built in this area.

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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2008 8:21 PM »
The frame is a Corn Huskers Rod and Custom package with everything except I had a narrow 8" rear, so I added the brackets for that.  

It was all new metal and had not been damaged in the fire, but it's amazing how the rust took off after all the water was pumped on it.  So I spent the last 3 weeks welding, grinding and sanding to prep the frame and all the pieces for painting.  I painted it all with gloss black using single stage urethane.

I guess I didn't take enough pics of all the steps, but here is the frame ready to paint and then the frame together.
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2008 8:26 PM »
Here's how it looked a couple nights ago.  Drive train (other than driveshaft) is in.  

Since then I've got the steering all in.
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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2008 8:32 PM »
So now it's time to get after the body.  

I installed the cowl patches and roughed in some stuff.  Then had it blasted last spring and got the deck lid and doors in epoxy primer.  Lot's of work left to do.

My garage is on the Lisbon tour Feb. 2nd.  The Coke machine will be full and running.  Everyone is welcome.
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« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2008 1:27 AM »
Jake, what steps do you go thru for painting an engine nicely, so it stays nice. The engine for the Edsel is coming back from wayne soon, and ill need to paint it and i want it to look nice.  what prep/primer or whatever do you reccomend.

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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2008 11:23 PM »
I think my '40 will end up being gold eventually also-  I really like that pagon gold...it's nice!
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2008 3:21 AM »
I'm not sure there is a tried and true way to paint an engine.  I've only painted a couple with anything other than engine paint spray bombs. Mechanics have always said too much paint will make a motor retain heat.  I'm a body man/upholsterer so I always try things on my own stuff to see if it will work.

The big thing is getting the block and heads as clean as possible.  If it has been rebuilt it was probably cooked to clean it inside and out which is good.  There will be some oil and grease on it from going together, but that will clean off easily.

I started by buying a bunch of different sized wire brushes to go in my die grinders and cleaned and brushed every nook and cranny on the block with the heads and water pump on. Don't grind, smooth, and fill all the imperfections as this will also make it retain heat.

Once happy with the cleaning, spray it down good with a good wax/tar/grease solvent wiping and blowing off the excess. Remask for the painting.

If you are painting a good coverage type of topcoat color, one coat of an epoxy primer would be best on the bare steel, followed by two coats of a single stage urethane or acrylic enamel hardened topcoat color. This should last for years.

That's not what I did on this one.  Cleaned good like I said. Then two coats of a gold 2K urethane sealer, two coats of my very transparent gold pearl base, and two coats of hardened urethane clear.

That "pagon gold" was a tri coat made famous by House of Color and some others years ago.  My version is a mixture of PPG mixing gold pearl (70%) and a mixing yellow (30%).  The trick is the goldish/tan sealer underneath it and then it is clearcoated. If anyone's interested I'll give you the #'s.
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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2008 6:14 AM »
wow i'm soory i missed this. i like it a lot very cool
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