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Username Post: My '39 Master Deluxe Coupe        (Topic#357502)
1971BB427 
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11-03-20 08:51 AM - Post#2806926    
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  • Bad56Sedan Said:
Your '39 grabs attention even in primer and the stance,
But I'm thinking orange.
Just a thought!



Thanks! I should probably buy my paint so I wont change my mind again!



1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 


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11-04-20 11:55 AM - Post#2806983    
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This is a local Kansas car in Orange. Its a beautiful color.

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1971BB427 
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12-08-20 02:10 PM - Post#2809631    
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Wow! That's a gorgeous car, in a great shade of orange!! Makes me want orange even more now!


1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
1971BB427 
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12-08-20 02:12 PM - Post#2809632    
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After installing the longer shackles the other day, I noticed my shocks were actually almost topped out. Didn't want rebound to damage them internally, so I planned to raise the lower mounting points on the axle end. Got to looking at my brackets I built and discovered I could get about 1.5" extra by flipping them side to side, which turned them upside down also. Just a small relief cut on a non structural area allowed it to lay flat on the opposite side and gain the extra length needed.
My new trans dipstick tube came to eliminate the ugly van dipstick tube I had. So installed that also. Easy to install, but wrestling the old one out was a chore.





Got my new valve covers on also. Had to drill holes for PCV and breather, and open them up slightly after trying my largest unibit that was still slightly small. These Brodix valve covers really seal nice!


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1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
19Chevy50 
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12-09-20 10:18 AM - Post#2809676    
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Those look great. You do amazing work and I enjoy reading all of your updates.



 
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12-09-20 05:55 PM - Post#2809703    
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Always glad to see your posts.

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1971BB427 
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12-11-20 09:26 AM - Post#2809795    
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Thanks guys!
I am proceeding with final bodywork, and prep for paint. I welded up the front bumper openings the other day with fillers I bent up. Have to do some minor finish filler over the hammered welds, and then start going over the whole body carefully to find imperfections.
I've got all winter to do this, but since it's cold, and I dislike this type of work, it might take all winter to finish!


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1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
1971BB427 
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12-21-20 02:54 PM - Post#2810497    
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Weatherman blew it today, and instead of cold, heavy rains, we got 60 degrees, windy, and warm, with almost no rain until a few minutes ago. So decided it was warm enough to spread some filler, and got my bumper fillers mudded in and sanded.



With the nice weather I also got some work done on my '37 British Austin sedan. Changing out seats on that car, and Pick N Pull had a sale this weekend. I got two CRV buckets for $30 a pair!
So pulled them out and gave them a good scrubbing too. I'll be dying the leather black before they go in my Austin, and not using the headrests as they don't go with the era of the car.



Built this old '37 Austin a decade ago.








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1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
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12-21-20 07:24 PM - Post#2810514    
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Good looking Austin. The grill looks a lot like a 38 Chevy. Except it has straight sides.

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1971BB427 
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12-21-20 08:02 PM - Post#2810519    
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  • Keith_Knox Said:
Good looking Austin. The grill looks a lot like a 38 Chevy. Except it has straight sides.



Thanks Keith! The Austins are said to be what Ford copied when they brought out their English Ford models in the 1930's. Austin and Ford started their businesses the same year, 1903.
I had wanted an Anglia or Austin most of my adult life. When I found this one locally it was a rust free survivor, and I grabbed it immediately.
This was the day in 2010 when I bought it.




1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
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12-21-20 11:49 PM - Post#2810525    
    In response to 1971BB427

Changed quite a bit.


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1971BB427 
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12-22-20 08:34 AM - Post#2810546    
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When I bought the old Austin my oldest son told me it looked like a London cab! He couldn't see any way it could ever look like a 60's hotrod.
Once it was on the road 6 months later he told me he was very wrong in his thinking. This image was when first on the road. It got stripped down and painted a year later.




1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
19Chevy50 
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12-23-20 11:53 AM - Post#2810623    
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That car is so cool!!! One of my co-workers had an Anglia. He raced it and it was light and fast.



 
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12-24-20 08:25 AM - Post#2810665    
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  • 19Chevy50 Said:
That car is so cool!!! One of my co-workers had an Anglia. He raced it and it was light and fast.



Thanks! It's tough to not have a fast car when you put almost any V8 in a car this small and light. It took a bit, but eventually I figured out how to also make it go straight and fast too. At first it was a handful, but changing rear coilovers to adjustable QA1's and getting rid of the MT Sportsman tires resulted in a car that's extremely easy to handle, and goes as straight as any much larger car.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/HfE6A3Cl.jpg?1[/img]


1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


Edited by 1971BB427 on 12-24-20 08:28 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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03-15-21 02:26 PM - Post#2816222    
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Weather here is beginning to get good! We've had little runs of sunny days in the high 50's and even mid 60's lately. Still working on prepping the '39 for paint, so gradually getting the body true.
Wife and I took a little trip Sat. in the '39 and she complained the seatbelt was too short. I told her to adjust it out more, and she said it was out of adjustment. I looked over and realized her seat was forward, and reached down to release it. It went back 4"-5", and suddenly she had plenty of seat belt length! She looked over and said, "I had so much leg room I thought the seat was already back?"
Amazing how roomy these old Chevys are up front!
While driving around we stopped at an antique shop. I never find anything, so don't care for them myself. But following her around inside I walked past a glass case and there in the case was an original 1939 Chevy owner's manual! A little of the dark blue flaking off, and smells like old paper, but in otherwise very good shape. They wanted $12, but took $10. A fun read, even if not much applies to mine anymore.


1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
1971BB427 
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03-21-21 08:49 AM - Post#2816515    
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Been back on the bodywork recently, preparing for paint soon. I sanded the whole car down just enough to smooth out the primer. Found a few small places needing skimming to remove minor imperfections. But found one major also in the passenger door jam at the lower hinge. The metal showed signs of cracking, and when I lifted on the whole door I could see it flexing there.
So I pulled the door off and turned it hinge side up, to look it over. Decided to cut out a section about 1.75"x5" around the hinge, and then used that as a template to trace on new metal, slightly heavier. Ground it all smooth, drilled the holes, and tacked it back in with the new metal. Bolted it back on the door after some smoothing, and primer, and it's good to go.
Next project is to remove handles, and headlight/taillight housings. Then I need to install some inline connectors on the wiring to the lights so I can just plug them back in after it's painted and reassembled.
I have the paint on order, and going with a single stage acrylic urethane paint from TCP in their Restoration Shop line. This will be my first attempt at a complete paint job. I've only done panels previously, so no telling how it's going to go on my first try.


1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
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03-21-21 10:59 AM - Post#2816519    
    In response to 1971BB427

With your level of expertise, I have not doubt it will come out great.

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1971BB427 
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04-01-21 07:59 AM - Post#2817269    
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Paint work is on hold now. I got everything stripped off for paint, and masked up. Plan was to shoot primer-sealer yesterday with low 70's temps here, and then wait for another 70's day to shoot the white. But I got some input from the guy who painted my Austin years ago which made me put the brakes on.
He told me that final paint needs to go on soon after sealer, or it could result in adhesion issues. He said he never waits more than a couple hours between sealer and paint to shoot the first light base coat. Others told me to wait a week for primer-sealer to "gas out", but he said that was bad info.
So now I'm going to wait until I know I'll have a day when it hits 70 before noon, and I have enough time to do sealer, paint, and likely 4 coats of paint over the sealer. I need to have enough coats to ensure I can cut and buff if needed.


1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
1971BB427 
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04-03-21 08:28 AM - Post#2817383    
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So now that our week of warm weather has ended, I finally got this whole "how do you paint it?" debacle figured out. I totally forgot that my good friend's son graduated from Lincoln Tech's autobody program decades ago, and has been a professional painter ever since! So I called him and had him stop by after work yesterday.
He basically told me there are two schools of thought on painting cars that he referred as the "American Way" and the "European Way" and neither is wrong. In the US he said most shops are rushing to get cars out the door, so they set things up to seal the cars, and then get paint on them soon after sealer. In Europe they take more time between base and top coats, so it's not unusual to spray a primer or 2k primer, and let it "shrink up" for 3-7 days or more before shooting a top coat.
When I asked him about maximum times to shoot the top coat, he said there is no maximum time. As long as the car remained inside, and was dry, I could wait a month and no issue. Just be sure to do a thorough cleaning, and prep prior to paint to ensure no dust or bug specks could remain on the primer, and then begin shooting paint.
He's offered to drop by and "supervise" the painting if I want him to, so I may take him up on that. But since our week long warm spell is over today, I'm not sure when the final primer coat will even go on now? But at least I'm more comfortable proceeding now, and knowing the paint isn't going to fall off if I do it as he told me to.


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1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
1971BB427 
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04-06-21 02:43 PM - Post#2817605    
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Why is it that stuff fails just when you're ready to use it again? It reminds me of the often overused phrase, "Ran when parked"!
I was working on the '39 and wanted to spray some more high build primer on a couple panels. So I grab my primer, and mix in the catalyst and some reducer. Stir it all up, and dump it in my spray gun. Turn around to do a test spray on an old piece of plywood leaning against the wall and it dribbles out the end of the nozzle!
I dumped the primer back in the mixing cup, and quickly tore the gun apart to see if I could do a quick cleanup. But after pouring some reducer in the gun to check the pattern, it still just dribbled out the end. Threw my stuff down, and raced over to Harbor freight, and bought a spare spray gun. Didn't want a cheap $15 gun, but didn't need a $175, or $275 they sell either. So settled on a mid grade gun I figured would spray primer OK. Rushed back home, and wrenched the connectors, and inline regulator off, and transferred it all to the new gun. Shot some acetone through it quick to clean it, and loaded up the primer and sprayed before it turned over.
Was actually surprised at how well the new spray gun shot primer! Good enough I'll use it when I spray the whole car in primer later.




1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


Edited by 1971BB427 on 04-06-21 02:44 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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04-07-21 02:02 PM - Post#2817669    
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That orange ‘39 looks almost exactly like one a buddy of mine built. The wheels are different. He doesn’t own it any more, but it was Tangelo Pearl. It was/is a beautiful car. It’s an opera coupe with the sliding quarter windows and had the sideways jump seats I. The back. But he had an actual back seat made for it.

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04-07-21 03:07 PM - Post#2817672    
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  • wagonman100 Said:
That orange ‘39 looks almost exactly like one a buddy of mine built. The wheels are different. He doesn’t own it any more, but it was Tangelo Pearl. It was/is a beautiful car. It’s an opera coupe with the sliding quarter windows and had the sideways jump seats I. The back. But he had an actual back seat made for it.



Mine is also an opera coupe and has the sliding 1/4 windows. But my plans to go orange have changed now. Wife and I were out for a drive in the '39 and we drove up on a '40 Ford coupe that was orange. My wife looks over and says, "That's an ugly color for an old car."
I asked her if she heard me talking about painting the '39 orange, and she said she had, but didn't want to say anything. That got me second guessing my choice, and eventually I changed colors. It will now be an creamy white color.



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1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
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04-07-21 03:17 PM - Post#2817673    
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Straight orange might not look as good, but the Tangelo Pearl is gorgeous on a ‘39 Chevy. But it’s your car, so do any color you please. I think it will look great with your choice of color as well. It’s such a beautiful body style almost any color looks good on it.

Jay
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1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
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1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
1971BB427 
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04-08-21 07:53 AM - Post#2817695    
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  • wagonman100 Said:
Straight orange might not look as good, but the Tangelo Pearl is gorgeous on a ‘39 Chevy. But it’s your car, so do any color you please. I think it will look great with your choice of color as well. It’s such a beautiful body style almost any color looks good on it.



Yes, I agree on the '39 Coupes being my favorite of all the pre WWII Chevy body styles!
Never been much of a fan of pearl paint, but the orange one above is an exception, as the pearl really makes it pop. Other pearl paint (especially white pearl) just aren't my thing.
I love colors that look period, but not just period to 1939. I also like period colors to the era these cars began to be popular hotrods like I saw in the 60's. So 60's colors look great to my eyes.


1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
1971BB427 
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04-13-21 12:07 PM - Post#2817962    
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Got the jams shot this morning. Temps are slightly low, but my friend's son told me slightly low isn't a problem like too hot is, and he prefers to shoot color slightly below the catalyst range. Anyway, it went fine, and no runs so far. Did the door jams, inside of trunk lid, and doors inside edges only.
I'll remove some masking later so the doors close, and then sand the whole car one more time tomorrow prior to starting the final paint work. The Wimbledon White is a little creamier than I thought, but I'm glad it is. Better than a stark white, that's a bit too bright.

The new spray gun is still spraying really great! And the urethane lays down much better than the primer did!


1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
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04-14-21 01:53 PM - Post#2818034    
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What a day! My rear is dragging, but the '39 is painted! Took 4 hours from start to finish, and 4 coats until I ended up with less than a cup of paint in the gallon. I'll save it for any minor touchups I might ever need.
The first coat went on really well, but it was semi transparent, as I just wanted a light coat to bond to the primer. Then I followed up with three more coats about every 20 minutes as the directions called for.

This was the first light coat:













Took these after the 2nd coat, but no more pictures after that. I'll wait until I can get things reassembled and get it out of the shop before I take the final pictures.



























Surprisingly for me, not a single run anywhere! Actually shocking! I did see two places where a bug committed suicide, and I'll have to rub them out once it's cured in a day or three. Had the first coat laid down, and stepped out of the shop to see my neighbor headed towards me with his lawnmower! I'd told him I'd be painting the car today, but guess that he's oblivious to what dust means, even with a furnace filter on the inlet vent to the shop. Had to run and stop him before he got too close!

I'm somewhat pleased with my first ever paint job, although it's not show quality, it actually came out better than I could have hoped for.


1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy pass. coupe 350/700R4
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 


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