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32 Tudor Sedan clean up thread.

#21
When the cold stuff blew over we had a a few days of good painting weather. I decided to paint all the fenders, hood and grill shell because they all needed attention. This is actually the second time I had the fenders and front end painted. First time around I used a paint guy that I have never used before and I got taken for a ride. He brought them back full of fisheyes and trash from not prepping them properly. I ended up wetsanding them out as best I could and running them that way for a year or so but I couldn’t handle it anymore. So, here we are.

I cleaned them super good, sanded them down with 600 grit and shot them in the carport at my shop. They’re not perfect and have a few small fisheyes and a couple flies but they polished up well and are a lot better than before.

The grill shell is an original shell that has been smoothed out which is a shame. It has a few thin spots at the seams and it’s not possible to weld it up without rebuilding half the shell. So, I just filled a few random mystery holes in the sides and ran a bead of JB WELD across the top seam. Hopefully this will fill and strengthen it some. If it cracks I’ll have a wall hanger.

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#23
After beginning to hang the fenders and front end parts back on, checking the gaps, etc, I ran into a small issue. The car had a front spreader bar with the turn signal lights in it (don’t they all) but it appeared to be a homemade deal and was shorted out. I bought a new one, open box but never mounted, off eBay for cheap just to take the easy way out but when it showed up it was dead too. $40 bucks out the window on that deal.

I ended up digging through my parts stash and came up with a low buck fix. I had a pair of beehive style bolt on turn signals leftover from the Fordor build. I ran them on this car bolted to the sides of the grill shell to help cover up the mystery holes for a year or so. Got them back out and decided I could bolt them to the fenders for a cleaner look but to do that I had to add a longer mounting bolt. So, using my el cheapo HF bench top drill press I carefully drilled down through a couple 1 1/2 bolts to make a hole for the wires to pass through and mounted them to the front fenders near the bottom of the grill shell.

I then gutted the old spreader bar, flipped it around backwards and bent up a couple aluminum scraps to the shape of the bar. After polishing them up I glued them in place with some 3M emblem adhesive to cover up the old slots for the lights.

Turned out great and fixed the problem for now.

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After that I had a couple details to take care of. Drivers side door had a small dent in it where the electric window motor must have banged round inside the door for some reason. I’ve got the best paintless dent guy in town and he’s a good friend of mine as well so he knocked that out for me and all I owed him was lunch.

Found a good stripe guy here in town and had him come by to fix the stripe on the hood that wraps around the belt line. Also had him add a little detail to the grill shell and the rear of the car. Came out real well I think.

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#26
After getting everything bolted back up, adjusting gaps, etc, I had a couple details to take care of. Drivers side door had a small dent in it where the electric window motor must have banged round inside the door for some reason. I’ve got the best paintless dent guy in town and he’s a good friend of mine as well so he knocked that out for me and all I owed him was lunch.

Found a good stripe guy here in town and had him come by to fix the stripe on the hood that wraps around the belt line. Also had him add a little detail to the hood and the rear of the car. Came out real well I think.

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He draws some nice lines!
 
#27
Really talented guy. I just told him to keep it simple and make it compliment the rest of the car. He’s a super nice guy and was real reasonable. I’m going to have him do all kinds of stuff. I have his card if you need it.
 
#28
At this point I’m on the fence about what to do with the taillights. I thought about welding up the lower two lights in the body reveal and leaving the plate recess and 3rd brake light, then running the stock 32 taillights. But, I’m worried it won’t look right. Welding everything up won’t work without painting virtually the whole body so that’s not really an option.

After measuring everything 50 different ways the only other flush mount taillights I could find that would cover up the existing holes were these flush mount LED cat eye lights. I ran them on the car for a few weeks but I just couldn’t get used to them. Some days they looked fine to me and other days they looked like they were glued on as an afterthought. I did like that they added a little more chrome to the rear of the car though.

I ended up rebuilding the flush mount lights that came with the car and putting them back in. I added new pigtails, bulbs and sockets. Painted the inside white and they are way more bright than before.

Still can’t decide which ones look better on this car.

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#29
Where they are placed it is almost like they are facing down and not up at the eye level of the car following. I think i would try to find a way to go back to the stock lights, maybe leave those in and dust them with the body color so they are extra protection for brake lights and turn signals.... just a thought.....
 
#31
Thanks for input. I guess at some point a person has to just realize that these older street rod billet type cars just are what they are. I’m pretty much there I think.

When the weather breaks I’ll shoot some good pics so y’all can see how it looks as of now.
 
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#33
Finished!

It’s done for now at least. Someone filled the factory holes for the wire looms on the grill shell and drilled a couple other holes that were all over the place. I filled everything up and ran the wires through the fenders and up through the headlight bar. So, no wires exposed on the front. I think it works on this car. Added some emblems to the wheels too. Not sure if I’m gonna keep them but they’re growing on me.

A few other things that I didn’t bother to take pics of were having the shift kit taken out of the 700r4 transmission (huge difference) pulling the interior out and cleaning it, cleaning up the wiring, etc.

I’m normally not a fan of running front license plates but living in the middle of the city I don’t need to draw any additional attention from law enforcement. Ha!

Anyway, It’s been an off and on deal for the last couple years or so. I think we’re just going to burn gas for now.

Thanks for following along.

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