February 23, 2013

For the last while I've been updating my projects threads on GarageJournal.com, HAMB and ClassicZ.com but haven't been doing much with the blog. If you came here looking for updates, please check out the following links....and of course, don't forget to check out my website at www.E-tekRestorations.com !

E-tek Project Thread at GJ.com

E-tek's 27 and 40 Ford Projects on the HAMB

E-tek's 240Z thread at ClassicZ.com

February 2, 2013

Tweeting for Dupli-color.....

As part of the Dupli-Color PaintCrew, I'm getting used to Twitter and tweeting about my shop work. I'll send regular updates on the Datsun 240Z, the 1940 Ford Sedan Rod and the 1927 T-Roadster to the @Duplicolor and @E-tekRacing pages. Follow me!

Of course for more tech information, auto-inspiration, or just some light reading, you can always check out my website at www.E-tekRestorations.com !

February 1, 2013

Details, details...

Getting down to the fine details on the 40 Ford before it goes for paint. Which aren't minor, and take a lot of time, so I guess they aren't really details....are they?  ;)

Today, more dash work -

Fitting the billet aluminum dash gauge face plate:  Although made for this application, you need to double check all this before paint. Even it it fits - snuggly - that's too tight. The application of primer and paint will add several mils of material to the edge, material that will flake off with the slightest pressure - so the plate has to fit in easily, with a slight gap. That meant material was going to have to be removed.....

I removed material from the edges of the aluminum plate with 80 grit, then 120G and finally - and only because it was on the unseen edge - finished it with 240G. If you did this on a forward facing piece, it would have to be finished with 600G (at least).

Next, I whipped up some new tabs to be welded to the back of the dash to hold the dash plate.

A set screw will allow for some adjustment -

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