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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
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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
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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.

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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


 
Mattimus 
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Mattimus
Loc: Austin, Tx
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01-21-20 01:40 PM - Post#2784820    
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Well, its been a long minute since I last updated this. I've been doing a lot of smaller rust repairs. Not much of it worth showing.
In the last few months I have:
-welded in new body mounts (all 6 main)
-welded in new inner and outer rockers (both sides)
-welded in new front lower quarter panels (both sides).
-welded up the stock fresh air inlets on firewall because I planned on installing AC (I do live in Texas after all )
-handbuilt and welded in new sheetmetal around front seat mounts (they really need to make just this section)
-made many new patches.
In the end, I wonder if I would of been better off buying and welding in a complete new floor.

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Here is a few quick shots of the lower quarter replacement. Made sure to clean behind it and protect it from the elements.


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initial mockup


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tacked in.


--1952 Chevy Styleline Deluxe (under construction)


 
Mattimus 
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Mattimus
Loc: Austin, Tx
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01-21-20 01:59 PM - Post#2784821    
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Now that I have most of the floor and underside cleaned up, I can move on to various other parts of the body. The part that has been giving me the most grief recently is above the rear wheel arch. I tried to make the wheel arch once by hand and hated it. It did not match the curvature of the fender skirts I have. Then I remembered that I have a set of shrinker/stretchers that I can use to make a clean curve that follows my skirt exactly. I started making these, but this project has been put on hold temporarily until I get the body back on the frame. Which leads me to where I am now.

I pulled my frame back in from its nearly year long slumber outside next to the shed. As you can see, the transmission/K-member is pretty rotted. Tomorrow I should receive a new transmission crossmember from Murray Kustom Rods ( Check it out here ) as well as their new rear crossmember. Sure, I could of spent hours trying to salvage the stock ones and get them back into shape, but here we are. I also dig the slim design of their trans/k-members.



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This is the good side. The metal all around is pretty thin and not worth trying to patch back together with new metal.


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Time to descale, remove misc brackets and get ready for prime.


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I hate to break up a happy home, but these fellas need to leave.


--1952 Chevy Styleline Deluxe (under construction)


Edited by Mattimus on 01-21-20 02:11 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Mattimus 
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Mattimus
Loc: Austin, Tx
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01-21-20 02:04 PM - Post#2784822    
    In response to Mattimus

A few misc pics

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The bad section in question. I will get to this once the body is back on the frame.


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Don't forget to repair the backside. You know its rotten back there.


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First attempt.


--1952 Chevy Styleline Deluxe (under construction)


 
tommy49 
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01-21-20 03:18 PM - Post#2784830    
    In response to Mattimus

I suggest you do the wheel opening while it's on the rotisserie. I did mine on the frame and it was a pain to get to the back side of the opening. If I ever get a rotisserie, that's the first area I'll rework. Keep up the good work!

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

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Mattimus 
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Mattimus
Loc: Austin, Tx
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01-21-20 06:21 PM - Post#2784840    
    In response to tommy49

Thanks for the advice. It would really make more sense to do it before mating the body. I'm just getting excited about doing the fun body work once I can line things up on the body.

Honestly, spending the $500 on metal and building the rotisserie was the best thing I've ever done in this hobby. I wish I would of done it 20 years ago. My knees and back would of appreciated it for sure.

--1952 Chevy Styleline Deluxe (under construction)


 
tommy49 
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01-22-20 03:38 AM - Post#2784863    
    In response to Mattimus

I hear ya on the back & knees. I've been thinking of buying one, then sell it when I'm done.

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E swap in progress, Blazer rear axle, 4 wheel power disc brakes.

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Mattimus 
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Mattimus
Loc: Austin, Tx
Reg: 08-06-18
01-23-20 08:24 AM - Post#2784960    
    In response to Mattimus

New trans/K-member and rear crossmember From Murray Kustom Rods came in. You have to love one day delivery! These are pretty stout. Hardware looks great and is neatly organized/labeled. Tonight I will start the process of cutting off the old rivets, cleaning the mounting points and installing the new members. While I save a few more pennies for my rear suspension setup, I'll pull out the Nova rear axle and get it cleaned up, change it over to disc brakes and prep it for installation.


Thanks for looking



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--1952 Chevy Styleline Deluxe (under construction)


 




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