Summer Internship Objective:

Every year LeMay Restorations has at least one feature car restored for their annual car show in Tacoma, WA. This year we have two 1956 Powell's. Our goal is to have these cars restored and driven onto the show field on car show day, August 28th 2010. Will we complete these cars on time? ...

Keep checking this blog to find out!

Quick Note:

LeMay Restorations is a completely separate entity from the LeMay-America's Car Museum. The two Powell's are family owned and restored at their private shop. The museum is a not for profit organization.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Saturday- Car Show!

What a great day!


First of all, deadline to have the cars at Marymount is 10pm, and I think you've all been waiting on the edge of your seats long enough.

We got the upholstery and we painted everything else and everyone came together and started to throw stuff together onto the cars. Not literally, most of the stuff was already done and awaiting the body to be done. The tires and hubcaps were put on the cars and Chad and I touched up the rims with some paint and made the tires look pretty. Dave and Tye got the glass and window tracks installed on both rigs. Merryl got the dashes and steering wheels installed. The oak bed and metal hold downs got installed on the truck and the plywood with oak trim got installed in the wagon....Basically everything else got done.

The engines and transmissions were so nice once they were rebuilt and painted that we decided to have them on display next to the Powell's instead in the engine compartment.

We did not make the 10pm deadline but they were on the turn tables around 2 or 3 am.

Don Mettler bringing the upholstery he just finished.

Finished interior


Today was a huge day! The Powell family came to visit our shop and I was so surprised to see how many of them showed up to our show to see their cars getting restored. It was such a treat to meet them and hear their stories of the Powell's and it was great telling them what was going on with the restoration. They all knew me since one of the volunteers gave them the blog address so they could keep up with what was happening.

On a more technical note, Dave, Wayne, and I were working on the taillights and noticed that the license plate light had to have a smaller bezel. So we had to do some searching to find smaller bezels. We ended up cabbaging onto one of them which was on the wagon parts car. I don't remember how we got the other one.

The tailgate that I painted earlier in the week got its glass, rubber, and some special trim pieces to make it stand out. I also put the stainless steel trim on the grill and Tom got some Coat M on the body of the wagon. By the end of the day Alicia got the sign lettering done on the wagon and it looks great!
Tailgate looking beautiful

Some pretty sign lettering

1 more day...and a long night


Today I sprayed the whole body of the Ultravan except the roof, since I wasn't tall enough even with the ladder. Tom started spraying the aqua on the wagon. The roof of the Powell was made with some sort of plastic or vinyl so the difference with the truck and wagon was another row of seats in the wagon, the the exo-skeleton to make the covering for the wagon. Today was a lot of painting and last minute details. I also got some doors painted after I worked on them with primer and a skim coat of body filler.

They look like vehicles!

2 more days...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Tuesday, well we're running out of days very quickly. I sanded down one of the doors on the wagon. We had sprayed some sprayable filler which sands remarkably well. The door should now be ready for primer and then paint. I sprayed DP primer and coat M on the tailgate for the wagon and the headlight bezels. I also sprayed some coat M on the bedsides again and the back of the cab. I left to spend some much needed time with my mom, and napping. I came back to the shop around 8 to do some more painting on the inside of the cab after Tom undercoated the whole thing. After I got back I also noticed Tom had undercoated the wagon, which also has fenders and a hood being fitted to it. Nothing major has been put on the Powell's so there isn't any pictures today, unless I put the one up of my white hair after I had sprayed for two days. I looked older than my mom, but wiser at least.

3 more days...

Monday, August 23, 2010


Today I wet sanded the bedside and sprayed coat M on it. I also wet sanded the yellow on the quarter of the truck. We got the other engine and both flywheels today so now we attached the bell housing and next is the transmission. Merrill and Don started the front suspension on the truck and more gingerbread stuff got done today. Mainly we have to work around everyone working and spray the bodies. Tomorrow I'm going to wet sand the bedside and some of the volunteers can start laying in the oak bed liner.

Coat M on the truck. Tom said I have a natural talent. So I guess I should keep up with this. I like making things shiny.


Today was kind of uneventful on my part, however when I came into the shop in the morning Tom had sprayed the yellow on the roof of the truck. All the little gingerbread things are getting done everyday. We got one of the engines in, and one of the volunteers started putting it all together.

I checked in on my car today and helped the mechanic with the timing gears, chain and harmonic balancer. All looked well so we decided not to change it. Routine check up from there, brakes, new brake fluid, oil change, tune up, blah blah blah.

I put the number decals on the odometer after I took it all apart. Kind of scary since I have never taken one apart before. Wet sanded a little bit but didn't paint anything.

John, Dave and Ted putting the engine together.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

6 days and nights left

Well to say its been a roller coaster ride is an understatement. Its been more like a 24 hour endurance race at LeMan with only a few pitstops.

We're under the gun here at the shop getting these interesting looking vehicles done for their debut public appearance a week from today.

We got the engines today and we're going to set one in the truck tomorrow. We had a problem with getting the water distribution tubes out of the engines. And then it was just a process to find and get them here.

Everyone has been so gracious and helpful during this whole experience. Nancy has been hosting lunches and dinners for all the volunteers who help her prepare for carshow. I don't know how anyone can get back to work after we get full bellies though.

Not a lot of people think we'll get these cars done but we're pulling through and making leaps and bounds to get them done. What do you think? Can we get them done in time?

This was taken a little earlier in the week

Here is my unfinished cluster. Have all the parts now so that's my goal for tomorrow. I picked out the red to match the interior and Tom and I decided the dash should be Coat M instead of silver since the cluster's bezel is silver and wouldn't stand out.

Tom has been giving me a lot of painting projects this week which has given me a lot of practice. Especially with realizing that you can't always get a perfect paint job. Lately I've been priming or more recently Tom's been letting me paint base coat and clear coat (yay he trusts me!) and we've been getting a lot of fish eyes in the paint. We think something is contaminating our compressor because its happening with a bunch of different substances. We've been using fish eye remover. Tom is now letting me set up the gun to adjust the fan, air pressure (which is a big deal since you have to go with sound since we don't have a regulator), and needle adjustment. 

Jeremy has been moving around like a mad man trying to move around his area will all of us around him with bondo spreaders. He's been getting everything aligned, Denny made new fenders with a buck he made and Jeremy has been hammering out the wheel wells, welding, grinding, fixing and perfecting everything. Jeremy was kind enough to set up the fender for me to prime today. 

I also primed up two doors and sprayed some Coat M white on the finished door and the front and rear of the Ultra Van. The railings for the wagon and truck were sprayed silver and clear coated by me as well. Tom says I'm a natural at it and he seems proud of me. I think I really am going to miss the organized chaos of the shops and all of their interesting volunteers. Everyone is quirky in some way and I feel like I've fallen somewhat in line with them.

My car is in the shop and I'll be working with the mechanic to do the timing chain, gears, and harmonic balancer tomorrow. The mechanic was nice enough to offer me to help in his shop since he knows I'm going to school to learn that stuff anyway.

(this is our advertisement for the show. Its a 1922 Hudson Firetruck. Alicia sign letters and pinstripes some of our cars and she'll be recreating the "Dicks TV service" and other labels on the wagon. She also signed this truck freehand.)

One week to go, I'll be posting every night from now until show day so you can see how fast these things come together.

Monday, August 2, 2010

August 2- Truck work almost done

Today went by really fast. I was out giving the rest of the gauge faces to "Signs By Tomorrow" for them to re-face with their vinyl decals. Then, I pretty much spent the rest of the day with the stainless steel. It's amazing how long it takes to get the scratches out of the metal without adding more scratches. After you wet sand it, you have to take it to the buffer, and if it still has some scratches you have to go back to step one.

Lately I've been wondering where my place is in the automotive restoration community, or even if I have one. It's been a real tough road going through school with a bunch of hormonal boys but after a while I seemed to get used to their comments. I felt weak and depressed this past semester at school and kept wondering if I should quit because this life isn't worth this deep sadness. I have figured out a few things during my internship and gotten some really good advice from important people in my life.

First, I figured out that if this dream of mine was easy, it wouldn't really be a dream. It would have just been something to do. You have to work for your dream, and thats what makes you happy, once you accomplish it. Part of accomplishing a dream is the journey it takes to get there. If the journey was easy the dream doesn't feel half as good.
Second, I have no passion for anything else but putting all those rust buckets back on the road.
Third, I'm a lot stronger than I let myself believe.
and last, I'm not a quitter.

So I'm going to hang in there
and be strong
...and happy

And that's whats been going on behind the scenes.

Tom gave me a great piece of advice the other day, and I really took it to heart. He said that this business is really hard, but if you can find your edge and be great at several things, you can make a living on cars. He also said its hard for a woman, so be smarter. He told me to read....a lot. Which is great because I love to learn about cars.

This week we're going to finish up the metal work on the truck so we can start putting it all together. Jeremy is going to be working on the wagon like a mad man while the rest of us skim coat some filler and make the truck a rolling chassis.
As I promised, the diamond in the rough, after it was washed.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lots of things to get done

Recently, we've been trying to get the metal work done on the truck so we can move onto the wagon. The truck needs to be finished so we can push it out of the room and do the skim coat of filler on it. We're running out of time and thus we are working about 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. I've been hammering out the dents and dings in the stainless steal trim and polishing it all up. Some of the pieces were grinded on and incorrectly finished so I had to go over them again, and wet sand the deep scratches out.

The gauge faces finally came back. They're about 98% perfect but there are one or two things I would have done differently if I had more time. Overall, no one is going to notice and they will look wonderful regardless.

One nose cone is in primer, the other is fitted onto the truck body for fender and hood alignment. All the little odds and ends are being completed. Tom is priming and painted just about every day. Merrill has been working on the wagon suspension and finishing up the frame so we can put the body back onto it.

Jeremy is mainly the metalworking guy so he pretty much stays in his room all day and night. Today we were getting a nasty oil can, dent and scratch out of the driver side front fender. We used a stud gun which shrinks the metal a little bit, and you can attach a puller on it and knock out the dent in some cases. We got all the oil cans out of the fender and used large angle iron to support the rest of the dent, to get it smooth again.


Jeremy and I bought a 1954 Ford Mainline Ranch Wagon for $100. We're going to do a modest hot rod restoration of this car and has 2 of them for our shop after I graduate.

AND!!! I went to my first Goodguys show...and I thought it was pretty spectacular to see. I got a lot of ideas for future cars I might restore, ideas for hot rods, and saw just some beautiful rides.

The "Tonka Truck" is looking more like something you drive that has four wheels and an engine. Instead of a hunk of sheet metal.

These are my gauges after "Signs By Tomorrow" heated vinyl and stuck them on the originals. I think they look great! They are even doing the odometer decals. This is something nice for those people out there that restore old gauges that aren't ford and have their own decals. Plus the cost to make three sets of speedo, odometer, amps, fuel, temp and oil faces was only about $200. So its about $12 a gauge.

I'm kind of in love with this new wagon so I had to post a before and after of it. This is obviously the before we washed it picture.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July 14th- Painting and metal working

This past week I've been making straps to strengthen the rear quarter panels. Jeremy has been my mentor, showing me metal working and answering all of my questions. We also strengthened the rear quarters by adding 1/2 steel dowels to the wheel wells.

I've been getting so frustrated with wanting to prime the rear so we can finally start skim coating body filler that Jeremy, and I stayed a little later and primed the rear. It also helps to keep rust away. I have to admit that I'm getting pretty proud of myself for only running the primer in one tiny spot on the upper kick panel where no one will see it.
Welding the last of the straps in before I prime

Priming the Powell

Done priming the back. Time to work with the front fenders and strengthening those up.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

July 7th- Welding in braces for the inner fenders

Welded in some supports and braces today. The vehicles don't have body mounts, they have braces that are welded from the body to the frame. Should prove to be a fun ride when we're done!

I also made some new supports for the wagon out of some angle iron we had in the shop. Cut them to length, drill pressed the holes, grinded them down and got them ready for some DP.

For the truck I held the support onto the body by using some washers, bolts, nuts and the original trim holes and then drilled through the body and core welded the angle iron to the sheet metal.

Getting a little nervous around here with the vehicles in the state they are, but we still have some time left and I'm still ambitious to think they'll both be done and beautiful on car show day.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 6th - Body number 2

NOTICE: We have 8 weeks until car show day....which means we are behind. I'm going to start coming in early and working Sundays to help get things done.

Finally got the wagon body back. Got the frame under one of the tents ready to work on. The body looks way worse than in the photo. It has a lot of new metal but a lot of dents and oil cans. Plus we're not yet done with the truck body yet. Yikes! We better get the move on!
This is the color scheme of what the Powell's will look like when we're done.

Leading up the first tank. This one is already body filled and DP'd. Just waiting for the second one (which is about to be DP'd) to seal the inside and Herculine it on the outside. The second one was way worse! Lots of nasty rust through. Won't even be able to tell when I'm done with it!

Putting the shackles and leafs on. I have another picture of the rear end and axles assembled and installed as well. I was joking with Jeremy and said I would win in a race if he was driving one Powell and I the other. He asked why and I told him it would be because I would turn his pumpkin upside down. Hopefully he'd be a good driver in reverse since he'd have 3 reverse gears and one forward. I'm not that mean though.

(If anyone can guess what that truck is coming out of my face, I will give them some serious cash)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June 29- More gas tanks and a treasure find

Today was another day where I didn't feel like I really accomplished anything. I sprayed DP on the gas tank last night around 8pm and started chiseling ice out of the 1960's refrigerator we unplugged and cleaned up. This morning, there was another rust covered and dented tank sitting on my work station, just begging me to fix it up. So Tom took the grinder and cut a big section out of the top and I dunked it in the electrolysis tank. Since I couldn't do anything else past that point with the tanks, Tom had the whole crew putting up a tent for the Ultravan that is ALSO going to be done for the show. I did a lot of little things that needed to be done today. Tomorrow, tack weld, make tabs and lead another tank.
Sign above reads "you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave". We call the van "Hotel California".

Hey! I know where that is!

FOUND: Treasure. Getting ready to scrap our 1941 Plymouth car (whats left of it), and found this. We took the frame out since it was nicer than the one we had. Took off the gauge, emergency brake, those little clips that hold the firewall padding and the dimmer switch. Used my paycheck today to get a Simpson 260 series 8. Now i'll be able to test all this interesting equipment!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

June 27th- Catch up

Restoration is a very exhausting career choice! I really do love every minute, however when I get home I'd rather lay my head to rest than get on the computer. A lot has been going on in the past two weeks. The gauge cluster housing and glass is done. Both steering wheels are just in need of some rubbing compound after the paint has cured (in another week). A lot of pieces have been sand blasted and painted like the oil bath air cleaner (which also had a dent in the top), the oil pan, the engine side covers, and shocks. I also put a skim coat of icing on the fiberglass front nose of one of the Powell's. I worked on the three speedometers trying to get everything to move again, and to de-gunk the whole thing. All the speedo's move now except for one of the odometer gear shafts. For some reason it just won't budge.

I remember from Luke's drive train class that we made an electrolysis de-rusting device and it worked great! So I made one at the shop to de-rust some rear ends and now we have halves of gas tanks in there. It really works! We're not even using wash soda, we're just using some arm n' hammer laundry detergent.

Also, in the past two weeks, I sprayed one of the frames with DP again. We finally got the truck body back from the sand blaster so we're now doing some body work on that. The window channel was really rusty and amazingly enough it had angle iron beneath it and that wasn't completely rotted out yet so its salvageable. I grinded the bottom of the window channel off and and cleaned up the welds on the cowl.

These past few days have been really interesting! I went to a couple swap meets and yard sales and picked up some goodies like an army ammo box. Tom is letting me do all the work on the three gas tanks. we grinded the tops off and cleaned them out. I tack welded it on and we're leading it up tomorrow after I tack a few more spots.

Chuck is from the Powell registry and he's been helping us by answering all of our questions regarding the Powell's like what the tire size was, how they were wired, were they 6 volt, if he knew of any resources where we could find some gauge pieces etc. He sent me a Powell car package with a gauge cluster and temp gauge cable with the ether tube still on it and some fuel sending units!

It's been super duper interesting at the shop and I'm still working about ten hours a day, six days a week. It's pretty much what I'm living for at this point. Tom is like my automotive father and he's really good at what he does and a great problem solver, which makes him a great teacher. I've learned so much from him, and there are years worth of more knowledge to get, that I have to cram into the next two months.

Still think we'll get the Powell's done in time?

Body back from sand blaster, in its new home until the body work is done

Power pose after I put "The Machine" together

Plymouth wheel painted body color, Aqua...pretty

Glass after I finished painting the numbers back on...whew glad thats done!

Tank after I tacked some tabs so the top would lay where it should without it falling. Needs a few more tacks before I can lead it.

I hope to be writing this blog more often now that I know the craziness is going to happen whether I spend the time to write this or not.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June 15th - Didn't sand at all

Today was another amazing day! I took the gauge cluster w/o the gauges and sand blasted them with a very fine sand. I sprayed them to protect from rust, and I sprayed them the same as I found them. The back side of the piece that holds all the gauges together was painted black in some areas and white in others. So i'm recreating that since I can only assume that it was done like that on purpose. I'm guessing the blacked out section are the gauges you pay attention to the most so they are more easily read with black on the back.

I also took the gauge faces and speedo faces to a graphics design store called Signs By Tomorrow and they are going to recreate original looking faces by using vinyl sticky stuff. As soon as I get a proof design from the store, i'll post it up so all can see. We're going with an off-white for the background of the faces, dark brown for the lines and lettering and tan and red for the rectangle area. I calculated an estimation of my time and labor for these gauges and all the pricing for the chroming and vinyl. Comparatively speaking, having me work on these gauges is way cheaper then the guy we were going to send out to. He was charging over $800 for ONE gauge cluster restored, whereas with my time and labor and outsourcing (the vinyls) each cluster is about $160! Thats one heck of a deal!

The Willy's steering wheel got painted as well!

I'm glad that project is coming closer to an end. I don't even remember what the steering wheels looked liked originally. But they look superb now!

Front glass for the gauge cluster. The back is etched so I took some sign lettering paint and painstakingly painted in the lines for the practice one. Then I wised up and found that I can scrap all of the excess off with a razor blade and It still looks fantastic. So for all three I just dropped the paint on with a toothpick.

Monday, June 14, 2010

June 14- More sanding but with a kick

Final sanding is done on both steering wheels and they're finally ready for paint! Tom said if I find out what size the tires need to be for both Powell's I don't have to sand for a while. So I outsourced it to Jeremy since he's still at the shop. I hopefully am done sanding for a while! I also took care of the steering column for one of the Powell's. I sanded it and filled in the pits with some icing stuff. It sands down really nice. Tom put another coat of primer on it and it'll be sanded down one more time before paint tomorrow.

I did get the most amazing job today. Tom already mentioned to me that I'd be helping one of the volunteers with the wiring harnesses for both vehicles, but I also get to restore both instrument clusters! I didn't get too far on them today but I took initial photographs, disassembled the gauges from the overall housing and took the faces off one of each of the gauges (amps, oil, fuel, temp, speedo). I'm going to look for a graphics company who can scan the faces and fix them up or a company that sells decals so we can get that underway. Tomorrow I might be calling up my professor about some questions, but i'm going to do some more research and get some readings with a meter before I bench test. The internals are very clean looking (no cobwebs, burn marks, pieces falling out, indications of other people messing with them etc). Tom and the other guys in the shop seemed to be impressed with my knowledge of the gauges, so I think Tom is pretty comfortable with handing this project off to me.
I have 3 of everything which all shows similar wear to the faces. If I have decals put on, they'll go on the backside of the original faces. I noticed the Speedo gauges all look a little different so it'll be up to Doug and Tom which ones will go on what car. Each Speedo face has a different number of screws holding the face on and one of them has a different face design. That one also has a different back design. More research will tell me if its a different model and/or year.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

June 11 +12 = Steering wheels 95% done!

Its been a long week but a lot happened...the groundbreaking ceremony for the museum, saying goodbye to my best friend for the summer, getting done with the steering wheels and a car show or two.
I feel like i've taken way too long on these wheels, but they were in pretty rough shape. They are looking very good now. I have them both in primer and ready for paint, but haven't taken a picture yet. But I will tomorrow morning before the paint goes on. Doug decided that both wheels were going to be painted white. A boring color but an original one. Steering wheels are what the driver look at most, since they're behind it, so I feel like they have to look perfect. Tom is probably getting frustrated with my perfectionism but he is still proud of me and I do other odd jobs in the shop.

1941 Plymouth sanded and ready for primer

Willys wheel right before 1st coat of primer

I know I'm bored of looking at these steering wheels so I put this picture up of my favorite topless car at the XXX rootbeer stand for the Susan B Komen breast cancer charity car show. It was a beautiful day to have off work and it was 80 degrees today!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Days 8 + 9 = Painting and more sanding... and a ceremony!

June 9 + 10

I have gained more confidence here in the past 2 weeks than in the past 2 years at school- or in my entire life. At LeMay Restorations, I feel much more comfortable with the people who are around me and their willingness to help me and being kind. They have helped me immensely. I filled some rust pits in one of the differential covers with body filler, guide coated it, and sprayed it with two coats of DP. I also filled some more cracks from the Plymouth steering wheel; whatever the high build didn't fill. I was a little unsure at first if I should primer so soon, but it actually helped me find out exactly where I was in the project. The wheel is almost sanded down again and ready for one more coat of primer tomorrow. Today I only worked a half day and sprayed one coat of DP on the frame I had painted before. But since then some dents were hammered out and it was sprayed with high build primer and welded in certain spots. After I sprayed and sanded for a little while, Jeremy and his mom, Susan picked me up in a friends 1949 Ford two-door sedan (it's a pretty rough car and the clutch is practically gone) and we headed to downtown Tacoma for the grand GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY for the LeMay America's Car Museum! After 13 years, Harold E. LeMay's dream has finally started to come true. Since I am a big believer in not giving up on your dreams I thought I'd post some pics of the event, instead of more pics of me sanding something.
Above: A friend of mine, drove his car to the groundbreaking in a caravan. Hundreds of cars and car clubs showed up.

Jeremy, his mom Susan, and me

Battery Bob, and guess who?

Battery Bob once again and my mom

Shoveling the dirt in front of a 1963 Corvette and a 1930 Duesenberg. Among the shovelers are Nancy LeMay, our Mayor, Governor, and the CEO of LeMay America's Car Museum David Madeira

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Day 7- June 8th- Still more sanding + high build primer

Above: Plymouth wheel in high build; filled most of the rest of the cracks, but will probably need a few touch ups of epoxy.

Before I left work today I finally got the Plymouth steering wheel into primer. Since we don't have a paint booth to really paint in, we painted outside since it was decent outside. I sprayed 2 coats of high build on 5 wheels and the Plymouth wheel. I really missed that crew while I was away at school so it's nice to see some of those guys drop into the shop every once in a while. Les and Richard are some of the volunteers at the museum and shop and I haven't seen them since last summer so it was good to see them.
Tom is still patient with me while I get situated in the shop. Fixing the steering wheels is just practice for when the bodies come back from the sand blaster. Tom says I will get to do a lot of block sanding. He's really pulling me out of my comfort zone, which makes me nervous at first but I know it's so I can be well rounded when I get back to school. I never painted wheels before, or block sanded a car/truck/wagon/thing, and I've never used some of those tools but this shop is a really great learning environment and everyone seems easy to talk to or ask questions about things I may need help with.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Day 6- June 7th- Very Very Very tired, of sanding too

Today I spent the day and part of the night working on the steering wheels. I sanded a lot, but got almost done with the Plymouth and the Willy's. They will both need a small skim coat of epoxy over the deep cracks that weren't completely filled the first time. By the end of the week, they'll both be in primer, and then sanded again before paint. I believe both of them are to be painted white (which is a very boring color but original is original and I can't do anything about that). It's weird that my entire purpose to working this internship, because I feel like there is no need to go home. My life rests in the hands of this job and I don't have a problem with that. Its back breaking work and I wouldn't have it any other way. I never thought I'd find out what I was suppose to do with my life, but this seems to fit real well. I worked from 8am-10pm. Tomorrow Battery Bob is going to let me use his shop so I can put a new seal in the end of my transmission. Shouldn't take too long, then it's back to work!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day 5- Lots of Sanding

Yesterday was a beautiful and sunny day....that won't happen again for another month! Tom used the forklift to move the frame for the wagon into a recently cleared room, where I sprayed 2 coats of DP primer. Jeremy will have a fun time grinding it off the end where we're going to weld the end of another frame onto it. For the rest of the beautiful day I opened up the doors to the wood-shop area where Tom stuck me to work on the steering wheels. The System Three epoxy made in Auburn, WA sanded AMAZINGLY. I really liked this product on steering wheels. I sanded them down with 80 grit paper to get the major stuff off and then with 120 grit to perfect the shape. Today is my day off so I'll be doing absolutely nothing for the day, except for this blog of course. I worked from 9am-4pm.
Before DP

After 2 coats of DP

Just applied System Three to the '41 steering wheel

Friday, June 4, 2010

Day 4- Where school pays off

I'll try to keep this entry short since I didn't really do much today. The body went to the sand blaster so I puttered around doing little things Tom asked me to do. I worked on the computer trying to find Kwik-Poly and Lumb-R-Grips. The Kwik-Poly is for, get this.....STEERING WHEELS! I guess it paid off that I got the opportunity to work on a 1953 Studebaker steering wheel in paint class for practice. Tom was impressed that I knew what I was talking about. We couldn't find Kwik-Poly to fill the cracks so we went with some System Three which makes a new kind of two-part epoxy made in Washington! It's the consistency of body filler so it doesn't run like Kwik-Poly, but it also takes longer to cure. So far, the internship has been a wonderful experience. The only sketchy thing is that Tom has ADD....not literally I don't think, but he jumps around a lot. He'll take me off a job, so I can do something else, and then go back to what I was doing before. It gets frustrating, but I just suck it up because Tom is a really nice guy and he knows what he's doing. Plus it gives me a break from scraping old plastic off of a 1941 Plymouth steering wheel. Tom says it'll be nice enough to spray DP primer on the frame for the wagon (truck body and frame @ sand blaster) tomorrow (another good thing about paint class, I sprayed DP on a Stutz frame). I'm only going to paint part of it because we're chopping the rear end of it off and putting on a donor cars rear frame (ours was really bad). Today I worked from 8am-5pm with a few coffee and doughnut breaks.

Some shots of the Willy's steering wheel for th Powell. I'll add the '41 when it gets further along. For measuring exact amounts...I used these wonderful tablespoons. They just so happen to be the same ones we use to make coffee with. We don't like to waste things. We're high tech in this department.