Archive for the ‘1959 Ford Skyliner’Category

Ford Retractable Restoration Trim And Exhaust

 

 

Exhaust ready to go in.  The heat riser wasn’t available new so we reconditioned a used one we located.

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And how it looks installed.

 

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New fender gun sights and license plate light.

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03 2014

Doug Jenkins Garage Trim Restoration

Doug Jenkins Garage Ford Skyliner Trim Restoration.  Sail panel pieces restored, black pinstriping done.

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Headlight buckets, before and after restoration, with new wiring harnesses, at Doug Jenkins Garage.

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“Top” warning light lens, before and after.  This is just another example of a piece that is not available for the restoration and had to be made in-house.

 

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Rear window trim restored, black highlights.

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02 2014

Doug Jenkins Garage ’59 Ford Retractable Restoration

Wiring is being installed, AC compressor is restored, detailed, and installed, all new glass is installed with new weatherstrip, rubber seals, window motors and switches.  Wind wings are rebuilt and plated.  ”500″ emblem on the rear is polished and being anodized…also shown is one of the numbers before being polished.  Gauges have been sent to the restorer in a custom box that holds the gauge as if it were installed so that no packing material touches the gauge face.

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02 2014

Some ’59 Ford Retractable Restoration Details

An original compressor was very hard to locate for this project.  On the right is one that is not locked up, but the one on the left is unrestorable but good for some parts.

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Headlight buckets before and after painting.

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10 2013

Enduring A Delay With Some Stainless Polishing, But Other Work Continues With ’59 Ford Skyliner Restoration

Here is a spectacular bit of stainless work, installed with some of the blue protective coating left on.  There has been a major delay with some of the stainless trim, it required further polishing, but what reassembly that can be completed without it has been moving ahead.  The stainless goes on pretty much before most of the other assembly work can be done.

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New seals on inner fender liners, new ductwork.

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Beautiful engine installation, suspension complete.

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08 2013

1959 Ford Skyliner Paint Restoration Complete, Chrome And Stainless Complete

The paint work on the Retractable restoration job is complete now.  The work is turning out great, the kind of look that will really be a crowd pleaser.  The chrome plating is also complete, and all of the stainless polishing is done as well.  Now it’s time to do the really fun work, reassembling the car.  Engine cylinder heads are restored, parts are in, and it’s time to assemble it as well.

The engine photos below are from last month.  I only now came across them and felt I just had to post them even though.

Shop towels and masking tape on the car protect the paint while the body panels are being fitted during assembly.

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02 2013

Fenders And Other Parts Painted, Engine Work, Stainless

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01 2013

More Retractable Restoration

1959 Ford Retractable Steering Wheel Restoration

1959 Ford Retractable Steering Wheel Restoration

1959 Ford Retractable Door Restoration

1959 Ford Retractable Door Restoration

1959 Ford Retractable Door Restoration 2

1959 Ford Retractable Door Restoration 2

1959 Ford Retractable Hood Restoration 1

1959 Ford Retractable Hood Restoration 1

Primer here, then sanding, then guide coat, below, then sanding, then sanding, then paint, below that.  Each subsequent pass at sanding is with a finer grit.  The guide coat helps with seeing that all of the surface has been hit with the finer grit before moving on.

1959 Ford Retractable Hood Restoration 2

1959 Ford Retractable Hood Restoration 2

1959 Ford Retractable Hood Restoration 3

1959 Ford Retractable Hood Restoration 3

Radio got back from the vendor that does great work on old radios.

1959 Ford Retractable Rear Filler Restoration

1959 Ford Retractable Rear Filler Restoration

1959 Ford Retractable Top Mechanism Restoration

1959 Ford Retractable Top Mechanism Restoration

1959 Ford Retractable Trunk Restoration

1959 Ford Retractable Trunk Restoration

Since the trunk space is partially taken up with retractable hardtop and mechanism, this can is provided for isolating personal items stored in the trunk.

 

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01 2013

Body And Paint Work Coming To A Finish

So there it is, body, roof, decklid all in paint.

In addition to this body and paint work this month the doors, fenders, and hood all all prepped and ready for high build primer this week, blocking and paint next week.  Yup, all the paint work will be done and then the car starts going back together, a process that goes fast and makes for big visuals.

And all 42 interior trim pieces got painted as well.

And the dash.  I hope the photo is clear; yes, it’s perfect.

The painting is easy, it’s all the time needed to sand and prep the pieces that’s the killer.  There were the original paint and one refinish on top of it that had to be sanded down.  If the paint is too thick the pieces look bad and they are prone to chip at the screw holes and edges.  A special tool is used to strip the paint by hand from every screw hole to insure against this.

This photo shows one of the crates used to package the stainless and send it to the polishing guy.

All of the stainless is photographed and cataloged before shipping.  They’re not making this stuff any more and it would be a shame for any of it to wander off!

And some of the pieces  in progress, before they got painted…

 

 

 

 

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11 2012

Body And Paint Progress

Ford Skyliner Body And Paint Restoration

Ford Skyliner Body And Paint Restoration

This update starts with the end; this is what the car looks like after all the work that’s been done since the last update.  The last update was all about panel fit.  This update is all about dead flat panels.  Keep reading for the considerable work that has been done to get it to this point.

Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 3

Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 3

So, back to the start of this period’s work: after the media blasting was done all pieces of the car were coated with corrosion resistant etch primer and sealer.  This photo shows and old patch that was done to the car years ago.  One patch to each side of the hood to cover rust.  The rust wasn’t removed, the patch was just welded over it and then the area was bashed in a little so that it would hold bondo.   This kind of repair is very common.

Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 4

Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 4

First thing is to cut off the old patch.  Underneath you can see the original, rusty metal.

Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 5

Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 5

Then the rusty area is cut out.

Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 2

Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 2

Then the underlying area is coated, and as far back as can be reached, with a corrosion inhibiting coating.

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Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 6

A repair piece is made, and the backside is treated with a corrosion inhibiting product that is fine with the heat generated when the patch is welded in.  The patch is stitched in with very small welds to avoid warpage.  The stitches are gradually connected with many other small stitches until the bead is continuous.

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Ford Skyliner Hood Restoration 7

Then the repaired area is ground smooth.

Ford Skyliner Splash Pan Restoration

Ford Skyliner Splash Pan Restoration

This photo shows the badly rusty front bumper filler panel: the car is to the left in this photo, the bumper would be to the right.  Repairing this piece is impractical.

Ford Skyliner Splash Pan Restoration 2

Ford Skyliner Splash Pan Restoration 2

This photo shows the replacement piece that was purchased.  It will be blasted and treated before being painted and installed.

Ford Skyliner Top Restoration 3

Ford Skyliner Top Restoration 3

The top has also been completely blasted and corrosion proofed in preparation for the minor body work needed before paint.

Ford Skyliner Top Restoration 4

Ford Skyliner Top Restoration 4

All of the exposed underside parts and brackets and arms have been carefully cleaned and sealed.

Ford Skyliner Steering Restoration

Ford Skyliner Steering Restoration

This good, used manual steering drag link and tie-rod assembly was located for the updated power steering installation

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 2012