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Username Post: 1949 Styleline De Luxe Convertible        (Topic#310220)
Daddy-Os49 
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04-07-14 11:29 AM - Post#2442688    

Hello,

Thank you for this Build Forum!

I am working on restoring my dad's 1949 Styleline De Luxe convertible back to original condition. Unfortunately, both my mom and dad passed away this past summer. It was my dad's dream to fix up the car and have me surprise my mom with it. He didn't get the chance to fulfill his dream, so I am trying my best to make it come true. The car had been sitting out for about the past 30 years and was on flats sunken into the ground. I put some used radials to get it up off the dirt. The engine turned freely by hand so I went ahead and prepped the engine to try and crank it. I got a battery, hooked up an iv for fuel, changed the spark plugs, oil, fuel filter, points, cap, and rotor. That's all it took to get it to roar back to life after sitting for 30 years. It coughed up some soot at first, but quickly smoothed out and purred like a kitten. It was an awe-inspiring moment to say the least. It motivated me even more to jump all in and see what else I could fix. I put in a clean gas tank, new glass, fixed the brakes, cleaned up the electrical and got the lights working. With those things done I was able to drive it for the first time, take it to the DMV, and pass inspection; making it street legal! I now drive it to school twice a week to do body work. My goal is to paint it back to its original color(black) before the semester is over and I no longer have access to a work area. Unfortunately, tptb at my college have grossly mismanaged funds and are discontinuing the trades. The car still looks like its in rough shape, but that hasn't stopped people from wanting to check it out and ask about its history. I appreciate the opportunity of being able to share the story behind my dad's car and document its progress here.

Thank you again

(more pics coming soon)


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Bob_Hayden 
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04-08-14 04:14 AM - Post#2442845    
    In response to Daddy-Os49

Looks like it is in pretty good shape!!!! Keep the pics coming and good lick with it!!!


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04-08-14 08:40 AM - Post#2442914    
    In response to Daddy-Os49

Love those old 216s, tough as the iron they are made of. Good luck with your project.

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04-08-14 11:21 AM - Post#2442966    
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Really looking forward to following this one.

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04-08-14 04:02 PM - Post#2443021    
    In response to Daddy-Os49

WOW!!! what a beauty! whatever you do- please don't paint it!!!


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Daddy-Os49 
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04-09-14 11:00 PM - Post#2443348    
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Here's a pic of how well the stainless has held up after sitting outside uncovered for all these years. When I took it to get the windshield installed, the owner of the glass shop showed me what a little piece of fine steel wool could do. Like magic, just a light wipe with fine steel wool made it sparkle. You can also see how the sun discolored one of the glass lenses (or the coating on it?) to a purple color.

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Daddy-Os49 
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04-11-14 12:15 AM - Post#2443620    
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Thank you for the comments, well wishes, and encouragement. There were some small areas on the hood with bondo under the coat of red paint, but on top of some of the original paint. Whomever did the bodywork last did not bother to fix the small dings and looks like they just filled them with bondo. Those are the areas where the paint flaked off and created some surface rust. I treated it with some POR 15 and cleaned up the body work. There looks to be a large spot of bondo on the driver side fender. From underneath the car, looking up at the under side of the fender, you can see where the filler oozed out of drilled holes. I plan to strip that area next week and weld the holes. The rest of the car looks almost perfect and doesn't look to have any filler, but won't be sure until I strip it. Does anyone think this U channel for the rear tack strip can be salvaged?

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04-11-14 04:17 PM - Post#2443771    
    In response to Daddy-Os49

Beautiful project, and a great reason to work on it! Do yourself a favour, and really try to save that U channel... it's a rare convertible specific part, and a lot of them rusted out. Hopefully you have the correct small glass rear window as well... another hard to find part. Best of luck... a lot of us will be watching!

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Daddy-Os49 
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04-11-14 08:22 PM - Post#2443818    
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Thanks for the advice brewsterg6. Yes, I am most worried about that rear channel. Over the weekend I will try my best to clean out the old tack strip and gently wire brush it by hand to evaluate the rust. I hope its good enough to be treated and saved.

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04-13-14 07:57 PM - Post#2444377    
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What a great story! And what a beautiful car. Be careful with it--Classic car thieves love to steal old Chevy convertibles, as they are easy to steal and easy to counterfeit the numbers.

Pull the channel pieces--there are 3--and you will probably find they can be saved. Be very careful pulling them. You'll have to remove some rivets to get them out. I believe I gouged the rubber out first, and then removed the rivets, but it's been a long time since I did mine.

Edit: Looking at your pictures those rusty round things are the rivets, but I also believe I found a few more rivets under the rubber.





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Daddy-Os49 
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04-13-14 10:17 PM - Post#2444401    
    In response to rrausch

Thanks a lot for the explanation and pictures rrausch, they really help. I cleaned out all of the old rubber and have clear views of the rivets. I wasn't sure how to proceed, but thanks to you I can get back to working on her tomorrow.

Thanks again

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04-14-14 01:19 PM - Post#2444542    
    In response to Daddy-Os49

Glad to help out another convertible owner! Also, the larger hole, shown in the bottom picture has a brass grommet in it, and the wire for the dome light runs through that grommet. The grommet goes through the rubber, the side channel, and the bottom channel--the bottom channel is integral with the car body--the grommet ties them all together.

Let me know if you find some rubber tack-strip that fits into the channel. I have only found two kinds, neither of which fit very well. I'm going to try melting some chopped-up pieces of the rubber tack-strip over an electric hot plate and see if I can pour it into the channel. I bet I can.

Ditto on 0000 steel wool. I have been using it for years to restore the shine to dull chrome. It will even work on chrome that has rust spots--it will take the rust spots right off.

Keep posting pics as you go along.
What kind of shape are your cylinders and the top pump in?
The TOP switches themselves are very robust. You can pull it off the bottom of the dash, disassemble it and lightly sand the copper contacts, and it will be good as new.

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