Laurel Mist 58 Roadmaster

Discussion in 'Projects' started by Smartin, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. Arts-58

    Arts-58 Member

    Adam,
    Greetings from a new guy on this forum. My son has a 58 Super hardtop Alabama "barn find" no rust car.
    great chrome weathered paint. Runs and drives like new.
    I have a 58 Super two door sedan. I have over 400 hours of body work in this car.
    It is great to see an original survivor like yours wind up with someone who is bringing it back to life.
    Excellent post, I will be checking the rag joint on both 58's
    Art
     
  2. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Hi Art, welcome to the board! We would love to hear and/or see more of your project if you have a chance.
     
  3. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    The degreasing has begun. Ugh. Firewall paint is ordered. I have a few parts I need to get before I can reassemble.

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    I got the heads back today...all ready for install!

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    Finished bits...

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  4. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Upon my attempt to remove the power steering pump pulley from the shaft, I ended up breaking the c-clip inside the pump and pulling the entire shaft out. Ooops. It looks like I might be able to save the pump, as long as I can find a C-clip that will hold the shaft in. When I initially pulled the pump apart, it just fell into pieces, and I was unsure of how to reassemble it. I think I have it now.

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    Generator, steering pump bracket, fan, and trans cooling line ends are done.

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    Oh yeah, after I scratched my head about the pump shaft for a bit, I resumed cleanup on the pulley.

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  5. Triarii

    Triarii Member

    Adam, when I saw the car in your first posting after you bought it I thought this could be a car you arent forced working on details.
    Now after I saw what you are doing I learnd that there always are reasons for improving and I really like to see all your steps to come to perfection - wonderful, Adam !!
     
  6. John Codman

    John Codman Platinum Level Contributor

    That's why you pull them out!
     
  7. John Codman

    John Codman Platinum Level Contributor

    The problem was that GM could not solve the air leakage problems. The system was available on nearly all GM '58s that had standard coil springs on all four corners. You would park the car at night, and in the morning find that you had a low-rider. The rockers would literally be on the ground. You would start the car and have to wait for the thing to pump itself up to the point that you could drive it. I cannot imagine that there are any air-poise cars that are still driven regularly. The system just didn't work
     
  8. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    The underside of the hood is finished...hinges are cleaned up. I did not install the latch yet, because of its incredible ability to become a spear to the back of my head when working in the engine compartment. That will be installed nearly last in this process.

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  9. ragtops

    ragtops Gold Level Contributor

    Adam Martin, you are a working machine. Did you teach "Larry the Cable Guy" how to say "Get 'er done"?

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  10. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    I actually have had very little time to work on the car lately...but when I do work, I make it worth the effort.

    Firewall is painted. Ground strap is reinstalled. Steering box is installed...hopefully I figured out how to reconnect that copper band in there right. I have a feeling I'll be installing a jumper wire in there after I get everything else put together.

    Time to start working on the black painted areas. This week will be pretty much a wash for car work, though. It will have to wait until the weekend...unless I get lucky at work. Yeah right..

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  11. Rusty Davenport

    Rusty Davenport Silver Level contributor

    Adam,What product do you use on the silver looking pully?
     
  12. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Rustoleum "Chrome" paint :laugh::TU:
     
  13. 71GSX455-4SPD

    71GSX455-4SPD Nick Serwo Magic Car

    I admire your attention to detail, Adam. You have obviously developed some great techniques and must have the patience of a saint. Nice work!:TU:
     
  14. Arts-58

    Arts-58 Member

    Adam,

    I needed some help with my pictures. I have gotten my chrome back. I had to make the little round things for the rear bumper.
    they also returned one of the end pieces for repair. Once these are chromed that will finish the chrome.
    All the stainless has been buffed out and I need the eybrow piece above the headlight for the right side.
    It will be painted in the near future. You can see the color is "Royal Metalic Blue from a 56 Dodge.
    My plan is to keep the interior as close to original as possible. A mild late 50's early 60's custom.


    Art
     

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  15. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Looks great, Art!!:beer
     
  16. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Inner fenders and core support are painted black. It's nice to see some uniform color on this thing, finally!

    I also installed the heater core and buttoned the interior up at the kick panel. Fuel pump is installed.

    Tomorrow, I hope to be able to get the engine back together so I can paint and continue reassembly.

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  17. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    Man, it feels good to put stuff together.

    Those pesky french locks don't fit very well. There wasn't enough arch to reach both bolt holes. I've never had that problem before.

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  18. Smartin

    Smartin antiqueautomotiveservice.com Staff Member

    It's alive!!

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  19. austingta

    austingta Well-Known Member

    Very good. That is a cool car.
     
  20. tufbuick

    tufbuick FUHGEDDABOUDIT, Y'ALL !!!

    Mr. Smartin, are you going to bring that land yatch to this years BPG event?

    Would love to see it in person. We can park yours and mine together at the hotel and we'll need 4 parking spaces! :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     

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