Welcome to the 34th edition of the West Coast Report, and the first edition I’ve written since I went on staff as a tech editor for Classic Trucks. Talk about a hectic period of time just a little prior. I was trying to get the Hot Rod to Hell ready for driving to SEMA, and wrap up articles for some of the ten different publications I was doing work for before I went on staff when the sh*# really hit the fan. Monday morning the day before the SEMA show opened one of the family had a massive heart attack. On Tuesday the day I’d planned on leaving for SEMA, repercussions from yet another family member’s catastrophic automobile accident suffered earlier in the year entered the picture, and all bets were off for making it to SEMA.
Nothing looks more right on a track T than 16-inch Coker Excelsior radials mounted on Rocket Racing Wheels Igniters: The Hot Rod to Hell is just a day or two short from completion if one doesn’t count the time needed to install an interior. The car is a proverbial showcase of Eastwood products note every single product used to restore, and paint the HR-H track T roadster came from Eastwood in either a gallon can, or Aero-Spray. And the car was painted almost entirely in my garage on jack stands with the exception of the body being done in the driveway. Look for an upcoming tech on how to remove overspray from a pickup truck (5 in all) in an upcoming edition of the West Coast Report.
The right parts, along with a good eye for detail can turn a pretty basic any kind of vehicle into a show & go magazine ready ride. There are eight Eastwood spraycan finishes visible in this photograph, can you spot them? Here’s a hint, the body was done in 2K Aero-Spray semi-gloss black chassis spray. The firewall is Silver Argent cleared with 2K Aero-Spray matte finish clear. The used mangy appearing Holley carburetor didn’t need a thing internally, but its exterior sucked. Silver Carb Renew II handled that problem. The aluminum radiator looked cheap left in bare alloy for this application, so Eastwood Radiator Black toned it down without plugging the cooling fins. That’s five, can you guess the other three?
The intake manifold is Detail Gray, and the alternator is in Carb Renew II. As covered in a previous edition of the West Coast Report the engine is Chevy Orange VHT cleared with 2K Aero-Spray high-gloss Clear. Note the wrap on the fan temp sending unit is Classic Braid from Painless.
Tried and true I switched to Coker Excelsior Radials on the Chadly coupe, and wouldn’t consider anything else for making a cross-country trip. The 16-inch Igniters are new from Rocket Racing Wheels. Behind the Speedway polished stainless steel Shotgun headers notice I used Gloss Black 2K Aero-Spray chassis paint on the frame, and Detail Gray with 2K Matte Clear on top to paint the radius rods.
Search back through West Coast Report archives and you’ll find the tech I did on cutting the floorboard (toe board) open, and fiberglassing a larger area to place my feet. Lokar chrome Lakester pedals make the floor look nothing, but just plain bitchin.
I used PRE (notice it’s the old can. That’s because I stock up cases at a time) to strip grease, oil and grime in areas like the swatch thrown in the tunnel by the front u-joint. Spray it on wipe crud off.
On underside areas that were concealed once the car was done I sprayed Eastwood Rubberized undercoating on extremely heavy to see how it reacted. Then I sprayed it on like conventional spray paint in even rows trying to get even results.What worked best for me was holding the can back a little further than a conventional spray can and fogging the undercoat on in rows.
Right from the pages of the Eastwood catalog — Everglass short strand fiberglass reinforced body filler provides structural strength that conventional body fillers aren’t formulated to handle.
To fill larger holes 3/8-inch and above, I built up both sides of the repair. Then before the filler cured completely I sanded the finish side flush. The inside (doesn’t show) was sanded smooth while leaving enough buildup to add strength to the repair.
Oil every time you use an air tool. I have air tools I bought 40 years ago that still work. The trick is to keep tools well oiled, and if the seals don’t rot they’ll work forever. Eastwood’s Aerosol Injected Lubricator works great for making sure the oil makes it deep to where its needed.
An alternative to wet-sanding is using a D-A (dual-action sander) with a good quality peel and stick precut disc. The faster sandpaper moves the finer a cut it produces. Use finer grit by hand, and coarser grit with power to achieve about the same results.
Shrinkage, it’s a word all men fear, but don’t despair 2K Aero-Spray Epoxy dries faster than an engine runs on nitrous, and shrinkage isn’t an issue. Shake the can until the ball breaks free, and then for another minute. I’m thinking about buying a paint shaker.
The method I like best is to lay on a good wet tack coat quickly in the same manner as spraying color. While the first coat is still tacky, I lay on heavier second coat watching it hit. The idea is to slick it without orange peel. You can shoot it dry, but that means you’ll have to sand it smooth.
But that wasn’t good enough to satisfy my experimental mind. I wanted the paint on the T to look like it was aged nitro-cellulose lacquer. I color-sanded it out, and got the exact results I was after. The look is authentic down to the crows feet in the finish.
To seal up any possibility of grease or oil permeating the Silver Argent I used 2K Aero-Spray Matte Finish clear.
Google nano ceramics and you’ll learn that not only Eastwood has it, but Mercedes-Benz is utilizing the technology to increase the hardness of paint threefold.
I accidentally dropped a sharp fillister blade screwdriver directly into the paint while I was mounting the Cobra flip-cap. It didn’t scratch the finish, and Peggy’s claws don’t phase it. We’ll see how long it holds up in the long run as this paint wasn’t intended to be used as I did. Hey, I’m a custom painter we’re supposed to experiment.
Usually the premise for Rustin’ Gold is a photograph of derelict vehicle that if the right person finds it, might have a chance at reincarnation. And that’s how it was going to be for this week’s edition until I spotted this ’41 Ford coupe in a movie on TCM. I’m sorry I can’t remember the movie’s title, I should have written down while it was still on. The first frame is of what was a cherry ’41 Ford getting dragged out of a swamp.
Shortly after the ’41 is seen in a NYPD impound garage getting the twice over. The NYPD crew that searched the Ford for evidence the first time missed the bullet that was fired into the pretty blonde driver. It was an honest mistake they didn’t find the Ford until after a skeleton was found on the shore of the swamp.
It was the coroner that found some busted ribs with traces of lead on the woman’s skeleton. Following the coroners hunch the NYPD homicide detective looked the car over again, and found a 45 automatic slug lodged in the crux of the floorboard, and the kick panel. It got me to thinking in the real world the 45 round would have most likely been a 230 grain hardball. A 45 hardball round has a full copper jacket, I’d think it would have left traces of copper. Well, I guess I’ll just have to leave it up to those picky folks that point out flaws in movies to get the scoop on that one.
Later in the movie they showed the 45 and popped out a loaded clip full of hardballs. The ’41 Ford coupe shown here was for sale at the Tulare swap meet last October. It looked to have been a car that was drag raced in the 60s.
“Do these fenders make me look fat?” The ’41 model was the first wave of fat fendered Fords. It’s true 40 Ford fenders were round, but definitely not fat like these babies. This other living space is perfect for your family. Sliding glass, or French doors? If you’ve ever had to clean French doors, you’ll go for sliding glass.