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Username Post: Mattimus - 1952 Styleline Deluxe Sport Coupe        (Topic#356321)
Mattimus 
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Mattimus
Loc: Austin, Tx
Reg: 08-06-18
05-07-19 01:34 PM - Post#2765894    

Hello everyone. t's been a long time since I've done a build thread on anything. Figured I would try it here and get some input as I go along.
This is actually my 3rd 49-54 Chevy car. Previously I also had a 54 BelAir 2-door and a 54 210 4-door (and about 20 other cars before and after those). I had been building old Kawasaki bikes for the last few years and had the itch to get back into an old car again. For the last forever I've lived in apartments and I have to say, building anything in those garages is daunting.

I found this car on Craigslist. Lucky for me, it was less than 5 miles from my house. The car was complete, minus engine/trans. The trunk was full of all the chrome trim not already on the car, and a bolt on visor. It came with a 70 Nova 10-bolt rear end (separate) which is perfect for my intentions. I had it towed home and the first thing I did was take an inventory of all the parts I had and tore it down (labeling everything in the process), and pulled it off the frame. Overall it is pretty solid. First glance showed that the rockers and braces needed some of the typical love.

But first, I decided to make my life easier and had it dustless blasted. Best money ever spent. In the 20+ years I've been tinkering on cars, I've always just spent months of my time with gallons of paint stripper, sanding wheels and everything else to try and remove paint from a car. Results were never great and it always felt half-censoreded. So I splurged and had it done in my driveway.


More to come...

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First time I saw her.


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--1952 Chevy Styleline Deluxe (under construction)


Edited by Mattimus on 05-07-19 01:39 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Mattimus 
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Mattimus
Loc: Austin, Tx
Reg: 08-06-18
05-07-19 02:04 PM - Post#2765896    
    In response to Mattimus

I started doing some minor patch work and then started the rocker work on the drivers side. This meant a bunch of metal from EMS. Inner/outer rockers, braces, lower quarter panels, etc. I tried to do all my cutting and welding while it was on the little body dolly I made, but this meant doing it all on my back and it just made things way harder than they needed to be. I'm not 19 anymore and the constant crawling out from under the car was getting old quickly. So I did what any sane person would do and built a rotisserie. Using the free plans from RedWing Steel Works, I got it done and flipped the car on its side. I should have made one of these 20 years ago!

Now I can clean up the ugly welds and get things right. As of right now, I have begun the oh-so-fun process of removing all the original(?) tar from the bottom. I am doing this so I can make sure all the metal is good, patching/replacing where its needed, and also so I can have peace of mind knowing there is no more rust hidden under there. I have done my fair share of hack builds in my younger days, and I just can't seem to do that anymore. I would just feel bad selling shoddy work to someone now. So I will clean it all using my trusty occilating tool, grinder with a knotted wire wheel and some lacquer thinner. Worked great with minimal effort on my hood.


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initial rocker work


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Newly built rotisserie


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Hood (brace removed for stripping)


--1952 Chevy Styleline Deluxe (under construction)


 
Keith_Knox 
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05-07-19 07:12 PM - Post#2765917    
    In response to Mattimus

Looks like a great project. Good luck with it.

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Mattimus 
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Mattimus
Loc: Austin, Tx
Reg: 08-06-18
05-29-19 07:37 AM - Post#2767278    
    In response to Mattimus

Small update...

These pics are kinda old, but I have been slowly working at getting most all of the undercoating off the bottom of this pig. As of this writing, I have everything off except above the rear axle and the spare tire wheel well. I anticipate that I will be removing both of these sections to accommodate both a larger gas tank and an air suspension. There is nothing more satisfying than wiping a section down with lacquer thinner and seeing clean bare metal. There are a few small patches that I need to make, but nothing that warrants getting a whole floor panel.


Over the holiday weekend I found myself painting some motorcycle parts for friends. While I was at it, I decided to paint my stock wheels. After some primer, some sanding, more primer and more sanding, I shot some black paint I had. Then I covered it with Tamco Hi-Impact clear. I have been really impressed with Tamco paint products. Affordable and the clears always seem to lay like glass. This is even more impressive since I shoot everything in my garage. I was really excited with the results of shooting the black. As everyone knows, any imperfection is usually seen, but I appear to have got lucky this time.

Next up on my list of things to do is to clean up the welds around by drivers side bracing and flip it so I can start replacing everything on the passenger side.



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--1952 Chevy Styleline Deluxe (under construction)


 
Keith_Knox 
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Keith_Knox
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05-29-19 09:02 AM - Post#2767283    
    In response to Mattimus

Looks good. Keep plugging away.

29-41, 42-48, 49-54 Moderator
1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
1946 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup, stock. Purchased 11/18/17.
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Super Crew


 
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