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11-07-2019 08:10 AM
John long Thank you.

I started this car the end of May 2013. I told my wife I wanted a project that would keep me busy and give me a feeling of accomplishment. It has been a long 6 year project but it has provided everything I hoped it would.

You guys here on the forum have provided a lot of the motivation and support along the way. I don't normally get terribly connected to my cars but there is definitely emotion when I go back and review the journey. It's not all about the car either.

I have gained friends along the way. I have become very close to Barry over at SPI. Most of you know this car was finished 100% with SPI products with the exception of the interior champaign color. The support I received from Barry was just amazing not to mention the quality of his products.

I have personally met Pugsy, Mitch, David, and spoken to others on the phone. If it weren't for the car, I do believe my life would be for the worse.

Life is good guys. What a blessing to have lived the life I have.

11-07-2019 07:51 AM
MARTINSR So cool to see!

11-06-2019 06:54 PM
1971BB427 All I can say is WOW! That is so very pretty!
11-06-2019 06:50 PM
123pugsy Very, very, nice. Great reflection.
11-06-2019 05:25 PM
John long Steve has proven one thing. He does not need supervision for sure. Between my eye surgery, both Barb and I being sick, and another good friend passing away, I have not seen Steve or the car for a couple of weeks. He should get the hood and final trim pieces painted this week and he has compounded the rest of the body. It is still not been final polished but it looks good... Very good.

When I got there he was getting the hood ready for final priming. It was a bit rougher than either of us realized.

I know these pictures are similar to others that have been posted but seeing it come alive under the buffer sure does make my heart go pitter patter.


I'll tell you one thing guys. This car is not perfect but it is very would be hard to find a car that started off in poorer shape and has become a very good, solid, quality car. This car should give good service for years to come. As long as I will be needing it for sure.

10-21-2019 07:26 PM
John long
Originally Posted by cgates View Post
Now that Steve has done some cut and buff, what does he think about the SPI color and clear coat?
I asked him today. He said he was still kind of getting used to it but said he liked it. He also said it was the easiest clear he had ever tried to blend.

He painted the front fenders with it last week. Up to this point, I had done most of the painting even though he had done all the hard work.


10-20-2019 07:47 PM
John long
Originally Posted by cgates View Post
Now that Steve has done some cut and buff, what does he think about the SPI color and clear coat?
Good question. I will probably get up there tomorrw. I will ask him.

10-19-2019 09:12 AM
cgates Now that Steve has done some cut and buff, what does he think about the SPI color and clear coat?
10-18-2019 05:29 PM
1971BB427 At least the frames are salvageable to make what you need for seats, and wont have to fit something modern into the '53!
That paint looks fantastic, and will be even better once it's finished!
10-18-2019 12:36 PM
John long I did run into one disappointment though. The seat backs are going to need more work than I originally thought.

The center hinge pin is weak on one and the springs are pretty crusty and brittle. I believe it makes sense to go ahead and eliminate the springs and switch to foam. no doubtI will be glad I did.


10-18-2019 12:14 PM
John long Went by and visited with Steve for a few minutes today. He was hard at it color sanding one of the front fenders.

The doors, deck lid and one other fender are color sanded and compounded. Compound only. No swirl mark remover or anything yet but it is cool, seeing what they are going to be.

10-10-2019 08:17 PM
John long The drivers back rest is next. The frames so far have been decent but the springs are pretty sad.

I think my plan to swap over to foam is a good one. When I get into the interior, all this will go. I will sand blast the frames and start over from scratch.

I'm not sure anyone can make heads or tails out of this picture but the lower corner of the back rest is pretty badly deteriorated.The drivers window was broken and the rain blowing in has taken it's toll.

10-10-2019 08:06 PM
John long While Steve is getting the front fenders ready for paint, I am trying to get a seat to sit on.

My intentions are to remove all the springs and convert the seat to 100% foam but that will have to wait until I get into the interior.

I got it stripped down and repaired several broken springs. Also, tied the springs together to stiffen them up a bit.

Added a layer of burlap to protect the foam and then a layer of one inch foam cut the the size of the seat.

I failed to get a picture but next came another layer of foam laminated to the first one. It was extended about three inches beyond frame, turned under and hog ringed to the spring assembly..

That is then covered with muslim, giving me a good foundation to sit on with an acceptable shape.


I bought a couple of inexpensive Mexican blankets to put over the seat but am going to hold off until I get the back rests in usable condition. Hopefully I can make the pattern align somewhat between the cushion and back rest.

10-09-2019 02:04 PM
John long Now look what Steve went and done to our perfectly good paint job........

Now that he knocked all the good shine off it he has moved on. Go figure..

I carried Steve up some color sanding paper I had today. We are planning on getting together next week and playing with the Chemical Guys compounds I have. I also bought a new set of Hex-Logic buffing pads when I painted the firewall. I really liked them but time will tell whether or not Steve likes them as well as I did.

He almost has the front clip ready to paint. This thing is going to be painted and cut and buffed before you know it.

10-06-2019 11:39 PM
NEW INTERIORS look's great Mr.John.. it's always a great feeling when you reach this point of the build and start to see that all the hard days and nights are paying off..You came a long ways and your headed down hill now.. It look's great..
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