1952 Coupe Restoration

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James Davies
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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#46 Post by James Davies » Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:01 pm

Hi Scott, Restoration Design makes this part.

http://www.restoration-design.com/store/product/PP137PA

Your floors look great! Nice to see they fit will and no monkeying around with the dimple location for the pedal cluster like on the orange ones.

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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#47 Post by Scott Nowell » Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:35 am

Thanks Jim, belated reply I know but we had a bit of a hiatus towards the end of last year. Working on the rear of the car now and getting around to compiling engine parts.

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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#48 Post by Spencer Harris » Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:48 pm

James Davies wrote:Hi Scott, Restoration Design makes this part.http://www.restoration-design.com/store/product/PP137PA
The RD shelf panels are well made and a good fit. However, unless they've added it since 2014 you'll have to fabricate the middle bracket for the underside. I sent photos to Mike back then, but I don't know if he started including the piece or not. I rounded off the forward corner a bit so I don't rip a hole in my forehead some day!
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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#49 Post by Scott Nowell » Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:40 am

Spencer thanks for that. No one one wants a hole in the forehead. Had a small issue with the engine pan being slightly the wrong size even though the pressings are correct so Mark has reworked it to match the original. Also fabricated a new rear panel to replace the rusted one - you can see side by side in one of the pics.
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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#50 Post by James Davies » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:21 pm

Looking great Scott!

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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#51 Post by Scott Nowell » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:00 pm

Thanks Jim. Putting together engine parts as we speak. We have a case from a late '52 build '53 model car with various heads/accessories etc. Engine Number #30797. The engine that came with the car (#30393) has just completed a full (and beautiful) rebuild and is going into a '52 cabriolet restoration in Spain. I couldn't convince the owner to let me have it! At least we have a period correct starting point.
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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#52 Post by Scott Nowell » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:29 am

Slow going but making progress. Rear clip fitted, engine cover fits very well. Doors in fairly poor shape - I have new skins but wondering if it’s more economical to try and find new doors somewhere, if they’re even available.
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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#53 Post by Vic Skirmants » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:00 am

Don't even THINK of replacing your original doors. No replacement will fit even close. Fix what you have. Others have saved worse ones.

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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#54 Post by Spencer Harris » Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:28 am

Vic is absolutely correct.
Even if you found some 52 doors you’d end up rebuilding the car to fit the replacements.
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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#55 Post by Scott Nowell » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:41 pm

Message received! Doors will be restored. Thanks Vic, Spencer.

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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#56 Post by Spencer Harris » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:22 am

Oh, and your progress looks terrific Scott!
I use an old-school, Kiwi metal worker (panel beater he likes to say) who could make those doors like new, but shipping to California wouldn’t be practical. Whoever’s doing your metal work thusfar is doing a super job, & in the end you’ll be happy you saved the original doors.
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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#57 Post by Trevor Gates » Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:38 pm

Scott, I’ve fixed doors that we’re in similar condition (see picture). Takes a lot of time, but totally doable.
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Btw, please make sure to tell your very capable metal man about the importance of getting the door hinges aligned correctly. See this thread for more details: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=10088&p=301360#p301360
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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#58 Post by Scott Nowell » Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:28 am

Thanks for that link Trevor. Original door restoration is underway. I’m heading out to Dubbo to see the car this weekend and have a chat to Mark. He’s a real perfectionist - the attention to originality, down to e.g. replicating the exact type of factory welds is on another level. Here’s another couple of pics from last week.
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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#59 Post by Scott Nowell » Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:46 am

Gearbox progress by Rob Foers at 356 Werks in Melbourne.
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Re: 1952 Coupe Restoration

#60 Post by Jim Liberty » Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:34 pm

I have a set of Body Bumpers coming from Restoration Design. Their last front bumper. Anybody want to buy them from me. I was mistaken about my 52/45 Glaser. It takes stand off bumpers.

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