Archive for the ‘1959 Ford Skyliner’Category
Exhaust ready to go in. The heat riser wasn’t available new so we reconditioned a used one we located.
And how it looks installed.
New fender gun sights and license plate light.
Doug Jenkins Garage Ford Skyliner Trim Restoration. Sail panel pieces restored, black pinstriping done.
Headlight buckets, before and after restoration, with new wiring harnesses, at Doug Jenkins Garage.
“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.
Rear window trim restored, black highlights.
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.
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.
Headlight buckets before and after painting.
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.
New seals on inner fender liners, new ductwork.
Beautiful engine installation, suspension 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.
Paint work on fenders and other parts are complete, engine block and crankshaft are machined, new pistons mounted on the reconditioned rods, and polished stainless trim.
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.
Radio got back from the vendor that does great work on old radios.
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.