Author Topic: Making progress on the '54  (Read 7322 times)

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #160 on: July 03, 2019, 04:44:58 PM »
Yes, I noticed a crack exactly there after I got it shut. I'm going to take a closer look at it tomorrow.
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'95 Sedan Deville
'99 Eldorado (RIP 2018)

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #161 on: July 04, 2019, 08:53:41 PM »
Some things I learned today:

Repop parts usually don't quite fit right.
     -It's frightening to drill new holes in fresh paint.
Home Depot doesn't sell 1/4 x 28 (fine) hex nuts.
I wish my arms were 3 inches longer.
The bolts on Fleetwood hash marks are pot metal.  Don't overtighten them.
     -It's good when you happen to have spares available.

All in all, it was still a good day.  When there's a will, there's a way.
Happy 4th!
« Last Edit: July 04, 2019, 09:10:46 PM by RobertM »
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'95 Sedan Deville
'99 Eldorado (RIP 2018)

Offline PHIL WHYTE CLC 14192

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #162 on: July 05, 2019, 01:28:16 AM »
 I have learnt over the years wherever possible, it is better to restore original parts rather than buy new parts. Unfortunately this isn't always possible. Phil

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #163 on: July 05, 2019, 06:07:56 AM »
I decided to go with new "Cadillac" fender script rather than restore the old ones. They were pretty pitted and I couldnt see them coming out well enough. Ill get them rechromed eventually and if they come out nice I'll sell the repops. The new ones had pins slightly off tho so I had to expand the holes a bit. I didnt like putting a drill to the new paint but it came out fine. It was because of those scripts that I wish my arms were longer! The furthest holes were barely at my fingertips. 
« Last Edit: July 05, 2019, 06:09:59 AM by RobertM »
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'95 Sedan Deville
'99 Eldorado (RIP 2018)

Offline PHIL WHYTE CLC 14192

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #164 on: July 05, 2019, 10:05:35 AM »
Hi Bob,
I would have done the same, I have never seen pitted pot metal replated successfully.
Phil

Offline G Pennington

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #165 on: July 08, 2019, 01:53:51 PM »
Bob,
Do you mind if I ask where you got the repro fender scripts?  The ones with the pins slightly off?
Gary Pennington
1953 series 62 convertible

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #166 on: July 08, 2019, 02:31:58 PM »
Ebay seller olddeadcaddy59.  He has them in gold and chrome, they look really nice other than the pins are slightly off, about 3/16".

Chrome:  https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F153533215804

Gold: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F153538173292
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'95 Sedan Deville
'99 Eldorado (RIP 2018)

Offline G Pennington

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #167 on: July 08, 2019, 03:52:39 PM »
I saw those on eBay.  $100 cheaper than McVeys.  But I've purchased other items from McVeys (hood and trunk crests and bases) and have been impressed with the quality.  Wasn't sure about the eBay vendor.  Think I'll order a pair from McVeys and see how they fit.  Will post here.
I'm sick of getting repro parts that don't fit right.  Rear tail light lenses are a good example. 
Gary Pennington
1953 series 62 convertible

Offline Roger Zimmermann

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #168 on: July 09, 2019, 01:18:48 AM »
I suppose that the repro scripts are made with an original part as master. Due to the shrinking of the casting process, the pins are not aligned correctly.

Offline RobertM

Re: Making progress on the '54
« Reply #169 on: July 11, 2019, 03:47:14 PM »
Everything in black got fresh paint while I wait for some fasteners for the trim. Pretty sure bumpers are going on tomorrow just have to pin down my son and a couple of his friends for a couple hours.
Bob Melms
'54 60S
'95 Sedan Deville
'99 Eldorado (RIP 2018)