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32 Tudor Sedan clean up thread.

#1
Some of y’all may remember that a couple years ago I traded my beater Fordor Sedan to Hotrodprimer (Danny) for his red Tudor StreetRod car. I’ve been real happy with the car but it was due for a clean up so I thought I would do a thread showing the process. These older StreetRod cars are a great way to get into a real Henry car without breaking the bank.

A few pics of when it first showed up. Evidently it was built by Squeegs Kustoms in Chandler Arizona. I’m not sure when it was built but it was probably the late 90’s or early 2000’s. If anyone knows anything about it please let me know.

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The red car showed up with the typical wear and tear that an older build will have. After looking it over I just fired it up and pulled it into the shop and began the tear down. I have a small car lot in Central Austin with a small shop. I only sell a handful of cars a month these days so I have some time to tinker off and on.

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^^^ I’ll keep an eye out for it this time Tom. Last one I missed by a couple months. Ha!

While I had the car apart I decided to run the wheels to the tire shop down the street for some new rubber. There’s a local franchise in town now called “Tires to you” or something like that. They have all kinds of off named Taiwan and Korean made brands that you never heard of. The manager over there likes me and when I told them what I was doing he cut me a deal. $260.00 for all 4 tires mounted and balanced. Can’t beat that.

Brand is called Kenda. I like them because the sidewall is not cluttered and the tread pattern is clean as well. Fronts are 185/70/14 if I remember right and rears are 235/75/15. Tread pattern matches too.

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With the car torn down the suspension pieces are easy to get to. I fired it up again with no fenders or front end pieces and pulled it into the carport and hit it with the power washer.

The suspension pieces are all chrome and are in good shape for a real world driven car. Some mild pitting and a couple small scuffs from the occasional speed bump is all. I thought about chroming it all again but I ended up just polishing it all out and letting it ride.

The brake rotors were rusty and getting thin so I ordered a set from Magnum Axle company. Found a can of red engine paint in the cabinet and used it to detail up the brake parts. The color is not an exact match but it’s close enough for government work.


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#8
With the underside clean I started detailing up the chassis. Every rubber grommet and bushing on the car was shot. The only thing I can think of is the Arizona heat and dry air just sucked all the moisture out of the rubber. So, I changed all of those out and cleaned up the Jag rear end.

I touched up the chassis with a brush and then wet sanded and polished out the rock chips. Front frame horns had taken a beating over the years so I took the easy way out and mixed up some paint in a cup. Then I sanded them down, dusted them with a little primer and just brushed a little paint on. After they dried overnight I wet sanded and ran a light buffer over them to get rid of the brush marks. Worked like champ.

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#9
The car showed up with some chrome mirrors but originally it was built with a set of billet mirrors that bolted to the doors and were painted body color. Because the mounting holes were still in the doors I asked Danny if he had the mirrors that came off the car. He did and so I sent the chrome ones back and he sent me the billet ones. I shot them and an old original windshield frame that he gave me as part of the deal in red single stage enamel and installed them. The framed one is stationary and nonfunctional too but I think changing out the glued in windshield for a factory framed one really helped knock some of the 90’s vibe off the car.

Before and after.

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The car showed up with some chrome mirrors but originally it was built with a set of billet mirrors that bolted to the doors and were painted body color. Because the mounting holes were still in the doors I asked Danny if he had the mirrors that came off the car. He did and so I sent the chrome ones back and he sent me the billet ones. I shot them and an old original windshield frame that he gave me as part of the deal in red single stage enamel and installed them. The framed one is stationary and nonfunctional too but I think changing out the glued in windshield for a factory framed one really helped knocked some of the 90’s vibe off the car.

Before and after.

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#12
Trying to keep things moving, I decided to take advantage of the good painting weather. The car has a lower dash extension for the AC vents, radio, etc. It works great and adds some reinforcement to the car but the brushed aluminum finish was just too much to look at every day. So, I just pulled it out and shot it red to match the dash. That and some new carpet really helped the inside. While I had everything out I insulated the rear of the car which should really help with the heat and quiet it down some. Polished up the gauge bezel as well. The interior is a little dated as far as style goes but it’s in good shape and works with the style of the car so I’m just gonna run it.

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While I had the paint gun loaded I decided to check out a couple paint problems. The left dog leg had a couple bubbles under the paint and I needed to catch it before it started to spread. The rear window had some paint lifting which ended up being just some delamination. Ground everything back and it was thankfully not a big deal so I tried to just spot it in and see how it worked out. I’m no pro painter but I think it’s gonna fly. Cowl needed the edge shot from the hood not being shut carefully so I knocked it out too.

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Taking a break from the paint I decided to clean up the engine some. I thought about changing the valve covers out for some classic finned ones I have in the shed but since the A/C and Alternator brackets have the same ball milled pattern I just polished everything thing up and left things alone. It is what it is.

At some point someone pulled the engine out of the car. Evidently they left the distributor in when they reinstalled it and the motor rocked back and put a dent in the smooth firewall. Sucks. This was later covered up by a decal and I don’t do decals. The only way to fix it right is pull the engine, block and shoot the firewall and that’s too much work for this deal.

I got an idea that I could take a piece of scrap aluminum, cut it to shape and roll a ball milled pattern in it to match the valve covers. A little double sided tape and a couple stainless rivets holds it in place covering up the dent. Problem solved.

First pic is what the motor looked like when I got the car and what it looks like now. Amazing what some elbow grease and a can of high temp header paint can do to straighten out an engine compartment.

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So we had a few days of cold wet rainy weather and the car business shuts down when it’s like that outside. I turned the heater on at the shop and worked on the undercarriage and doing detail work for a couple days. I don’t need to be the coolest guy or have the most high dollar car but I do need to have things neat and clean.

I ended up dropping the exhaust and then taped all the chassis off and dusted the bottom of the car with some flat black paint. I then got my red rattle can out and touched up the transmission and a couple places on the chassis. The trans mount bolts in so I pulled it out and stripped it and painted black. I figured it takes a lot of abuse and is subject to grease and oil so black would be easier to keep clean. Added a couple new horns and painted the underside of the running boards too.

Got my can of silver high temp paint and touched up the exhaust in a couple places and bolted everything back up. Polished up the frame rails by hand and rubbed out the chrome with some polish. It’s tedious work but it all ads up.

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