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  • 1946Austin
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    Been dealing with a paralyzed little dog for the last week, so no work on the car. But made up a list of -6AN parts to plumb the carb and ordered parts today. Wow! That stuff isn't exactly cheap! I went all black fittings and hose, and bought a kit to start with, plus a Y fitting to bring the two feed lines together. Then had to order a pair of -6AN inlet fittings for the bowls. It adds up way too fast. But the cheap Chinese stuff was mostly incomplete, and would still need to buy more pieces. Plus it's all chrome, red and blue. Just too colorful for an old school look.

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  • 1946Austin
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    Updated picture of the engine with the Edelbrock intake and 700 cfm Demon carb.



    Got my exhaust hi temp wrap yesterday and wrapped the tail pipes where they parallel the fuel cell. Probably didn't need it at about 1.5" away, but cheap insurance.

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  • 1946Austin
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    Nope. But looking at the background in his drive I know the area he lives in! Looks like NE Portland off Airport Way maybe between 122 and 148th. Could pin it down closer if I could identify some of those business names.

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  • SuperBuickGuy
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    is this someone you know?

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  • 1946Austin
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    I also measured the stance today, and found the body is 1" higher in front vs. rear. So it looks like I hit my goal of trying to get it pretty level. It's 14" to the bottom of the frame rails.





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  • 1946Austin
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    Picked up my driveline today and installed it in the '39. Then I filled the differential with friction modifier and grease. Got my taillight housings stripped and shot with etching primer, and then mounted both with new body gaskets I made from old inner tube. That's when I realized I have two driver's side housings! Crap. So the one on the passenger side would have an upside down lens if I leave it. Most wont see that, but I'll know it's there, so need to locate another.
    Put my tires and wheels back on today so I can push the car out to get the frontend set on it. I'll get my nephew to assist since he's coming over in the near future to pick up my old Suzuki quad for his son. I never use it, and he has a 10 acre farm. His 8 year old wants to drive his Polaris 750 all the time, and it's way too much. My little 230 will be better, so I'll give it to my great nephew to play on.

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  • oletrux4evr
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    That will buff out.....hahaha.......

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  • 1946Austin
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    Looks pretty darned good.
    Thanks! Not quite as nice up close as I got a few runs from the heavy application I did. Plus I put in some "fast" reducer to speed drying in cold temps, and that made it thinner too.

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  • oletrux4evr
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    Looks pretty darned good.

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  • 1946Austin
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    Got out there this morning and put my portable heater inside the car as Lash suggested. Then ran to Home Depot for tack cloth and a bunny suit with a hood to keep the paint off me. When I got home I did a dry wipe down, and then a second. Then did a few wipe downs with the tack cloths, and mixed up some primer.
    I got my big 40 gal. air compressor out of storage, and set it up outside the shop. Then ran the hose inside and hooked up my old spray gun. I did a test spray and the darn gun wouldn't work properly. Fortunately I had a second brand new gun in the sidelines, so I grabbed it quickly and assembled it. Poured the primer in and went to work spraying. Of course I shut the heater off first and took it out of the car.
    It laid down really well, and I did as a friend suggested in a phone call, and added some "fast" reducer to make it dry quicker with low temps. I painted it in 4 sections starting with the roof, then the trunk area, and finally each side. I had an issues with the seal on the lid of my gravity feed gun, and it dripped occasionally which created some runs where it landed on wet primer. And of course I had some other runs from getting the coats too heavy. But all in all it went great, and it's done.
    I now recall how much I dislike the smell of automotive paint too! Even with a good respirator on it just doesn't really stop all the smell. At least the respirator kept me from getting a headache from the fumes!









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  • 1946Austin
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    Your work is inspiring on many levels, thanks for sharing it with us.
    Thanks! Glad to share it.

    My butt is dragging today! 4 hours of non stop paint stripping with the paint stripper discs. But those "sponge" looking discs sure do a great job, and pretty fast. My little Harbor freight 4.5" angle grinder never shut off for more than a minute to move my step stool, or change locations.
    Took another hour after I quit to finish vacuuming up dust! Didn't want to use air to blow it out as I figured it would end up settling back on the car again. I'll have multiple wipe downs before it's clean enough to shoot the epoxy primer.
    The good news is I didn't find a single speck of body filler other than what I spread on the patch panels I put in. I did however find one more rust hole in the top of the cowl. Also found some dents above the rear window that appear to be from some kid climbing up on the roof. But the rest the roof is perfect, so guess they didn't get far. I think most will tap out with a hammer and dolly, and need almost no filler.
    You can maybe see them in this image about 6" above the window. Just a few ripples.









    Didn't strip the trunk lid or fenders as the lid is fiberglass, and fenders have been smoothed out already, and can just get primer now. I will eventually shoot the glass frontend, but not until it's test fitted and I know if it's ready to go on.



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  • Teddyzee
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    Your work is inspiring on many levels, thanks for sharing it with us.

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  • 1946Austin
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    No problem Stiney! It's not that far off topic since I'm getting to the epoxy primer stage and it's very relevant! I've never been a stickler for avoiding thread drift. Sometimes it even brings out great discussions, and ideas

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  • STINEY
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    Wow. 45% being a rare high. My dehumidifier is set to pull down TO 45%, and it runs most of the time, unless we have a week or two of steady cold in the single digits. Any rain just instantly bumps our humidity way up and it stays up for weeks afterwards.

    Sorry for the derail Val. Guess temps and not humidity will simplify waiting for painting weather, lol.

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  • 1946Austin
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    Humidity is so rare here that I don't even think about it. We have rain! But when it's not rainy it's low humidity.

    Started back in on the wiring, and ran into trouble. First I decided to mount the headlight switch, and use the factory hole. I put the fuse block too close to the dash, and being pretty high up it interfered with the switch mounting. So had to move the fuse block back towards the firewall to make room. Then I got to routing wiring, and decided to make up the dash area. Got wires sorted out and hooked up all the gauges. Then went to mount the panel and my panel hit the headlight switch too!! So again I had to stop and trim the panel off as short as possible on the left end so it wouldn't hit the switch.
    Finally I got the gauges and steering column all done, and tidied up the dash wiring. Then I laid out the rear harness and saw it had tons of length. So instead of running it on the floor, I snaked it up the A pillar and above the driver's door on that side. Then dropped it down the C pillar at the rear, and into the trunk area. Still lots leftover to make up the taillights, especially since they're up high on the sides about halfway down the 1/4 panels.
    I pulled all the extra wiring out of the looms that is for items I don't have nor ever will have. Also have about 10 extra circuits I'll land on a terminal strip so if I want to ever add anything it will be easy to just land the power on the strip.
    Masked off the dash, and engine bay also, so I can begin sanding the body down to prepare to shoot epoxy sealer. Next week looks like we will get into the 50's, and if I'm ready I can add a little heat to the shop and prime the whole body.

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