Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Turbo 350 transmission with a Genie floor shifter and a S10 10 bolt rear end.
The radiator cowl and grill is a completely custom made Base and sets the theme with barbed wire for strings.
The front end is a Pontiac Fiero with a Nissan manual Rack & Pinion steering. The wheels are custom built with Moon hubcaps. Brakes are power assisted discs up front and drums in the rear. Wheelbase is 108”
Both ends of the truck use air bag suspension that are pressure controlled from the in-cab switch and gages from the pump. Get the ride height you like!
The body has been chopped 6” but retains the full size rear window for great visibility. The bed has been channeled, chopped and shortened and the door handles have been shaved. Gas tank is from the ’30’s.
The custom cut glass for the windshield and back window are laminated.
The drivers seat is custom built and covered in leather.
The truck has all new wiring and it’s laid out nicely.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Well, here I am with the six finished bumpers pieces. As you can tell from the look on my face (and a little dirt) I had a great experience learning about the chrome-plating process and getting to do a lot of the work on these pieces myself. I can't wait to get the bumpers back on the Nifty Fifty, and I know that whenever I look at (or shine) the bumpers, I'm going to remember my time at Custom Metal Finishers.
Just need to run to the local hardware store and pick up a few bolts to assembly the 3 bumper pieces without the bumper guards. Gives the bumpers a "California bumper" look.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
After the piece is immursed in the chrome take, the electrodes attached, and the power swithed on, the chrome in the solution is attracted to the part. Once the process is complete, the part is removed and washed.
Come back tomorrow to see if Ol' Scruffy can FINALLY get his bumper sections completed.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Well, once the parts were copper buffed, they were placed in a cleaning solution, then scrubbed and rinsed.
Here's Ol' Scruffy rinsing a part, getting it ready for the next step in the process which is nickel-plating. (Man...Ol' Scruffy looks like he needs to get himself back on some kind of exercise regiment!!! Yikes!)
Monday, March 23, 2009
At any rate, when I left 2 weeks ago, we had polished the bumper pieces and gotten them coated with the initial layer of copper. I started the day using a 600 grit polishing belt to knock off any roughness to the surface of the parts. Then I used a buffing wheel to buff the copper.
I really "dig" the look of polished copper. And actually gave a quick thought to the idea of leaving the bumpers like this. (I saw a '54 Chevrolet at a show once that was painted flat black and all the chrome was left in copper! Pretty kool....BUT what happens when it oxidizes?!?! If you don't mind bumpers with a pretty green patina, I guess that would be o.k., however, I'm really looking forward to some freshly chrome-plated ones!)
Well, here is another shot of the parts after I had copper buffed them. More pictures from Saturday's progress tomorrow!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Well, so ends our 2nd annual trip to the Detroit Autorama. Can't wait til next year....and who knows, maybe I'll decide to take my '50 up and put it in the basement next year!
Friday, March 20, 2009
One of the koolest things at this year's Autorama was to see Ed Roth's restored Orbitron. If I remember right, this car was missing for several years. Someone found it sitting infront of a store in Mexico, barely recognizable. It was quickly purchased and restored. Pretty kool.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
While standing in line, I met one of my Hub Garage "buddies"...."Big E". He was lucky enough to get to spend the day with Chip and Chris. Guess it pays to be the son of one of the guys who started Hub Garage! :)