Archive for March, 2013

Lot of new developments but nothing to say?

Posted March 25, 2013 By dad

we’ve covered a lot of ground with the Pony over the last several weeks, but we haven’t had an opportunity to bring you up to date…

here are some photos to keep you going, new posts to follow soon…stay tuned…

proud lead man

proud lead man

rail surgery

rail surgery

surgeon's handiwork

surgeon’s handiwork


doctor… work

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Posted March 13, 2013 By jack

T-minus two and half months until deadline. We’re moving right along here at TLG, thinking about various projects simultaneously as the time ticks right on by. Lately, we’ve been communicating with the folks over at the United Auto Collision Center (a friend referred us for a paint job), who have been quite unhelpful and unaccommodating: it took at least four calls to get a hold of the man we were looking for (and we never received a call back), and after finally contacting and establishing a time to meet with him he stood us up. Needless to say, we know where we won’t be going for a paint job.


Surface preparation

In the meantime, I’ve been finishing up all the tasks left over for us to complete before we can paint the car. This weekend, my dad and I finally got around to leading in the left rear quarter panel seam. After we had moved Charlie’s Lexus outside for some elbow room, I began by cleaning up the metal using a pneumatic angle grinder with a 36-grit sandpaper wheel. With the surface prepared, we applied the tinning compound and worked it in with a coarse steel wool, melting it over the metal with a propane torch. Once it had cooled, I wiped down the area with lacquer thinner to remove any impurities, and then with a water/baking soda solution to neutralize the remaining acid. To be clear, we didn’t use real lead, but a substitute made for this purpose (and legal in California). Application wasn’t terribly difficult, requiring only that the metal be hot enough for the lead to bond properly but not so hot that it would run off. Spreading the lead, on the other hand, was slightly more trying: Dad kept setting our wooden paddle on fire, and because our surface was inclined we learned to apply the lead above the area to be filled.


Applying the lead

With the seam now filled in, I can get started on filing it down. I have a feeling I’ll need to apply a little more lead to get a perfectly smooth surface, so I’m going back in tonight. Once this is finished with, the next priorities are the interior and underside. After those have been finished, we can get the car rolling and deck it out with paint.

Work on the side

Posted March 4, 2013 By jack

Since Dad needed a little help prepping his ’27 Rally ABC for the California Mille, which we’ll be running this April, I spent a bit of time away from the Mustang to lend a hand.

When Dad purchased the car, our friend and vintage race enthusiast Ed recommended we replace a rear suspension bracket that had been poorly welded together. Over the weekend, we (read I) removed the part from the car while Dad schmoozed with his buds who stopped by the Candy Store. Access was a little tricky: the bracket was held in place by U-bolts which rested over the Bugatti rear axle, but a number of other parts got in the way, and the nuts needed to be loosened with a breaker bar. Thankfully, both the right and left side brackets are symmetrical, so I only needed to remove one to take its dimensions.

…and the finished product.

Why yes, that IS me leaving greasy handprints all over a pre-war French racecar!

The original part…

Once removed, I recorded its measurements with a micrometer and set to work replicating the part in AutoCAD (thank god for free student software). It had been a while since I drafted anything on the computer, but I dug up a handout on layer properties from my Engineering Technology class last year and was running again in no time. Dad will send the finished plans to a machine shop to have the part milled from steel. It should technically be made of cast metal, but a milled part with filleted edges will be structurally durable and look authentic enough.

Back to the Mustang now. I’ll be meeting with someone at a highly-recommended body shop to get a quote on a paint job today. Three months left till the deadline—time for the cram!