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52b3b Joe

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52b3b Joe last won the day on March 5

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About 52b3b Joe

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday 11/16/1990

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  • Gender
  • Location
    Northwood, OH
  • Interests
    Anything with an engine.
  • My Project Cars
    1952 B3B
    1952 B3JM161 - Project
    1948 DeSoto 4 Door Custom
    1941 DeSoto 4 Door Custom
    1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner


  • Location
    52' B3B, 41' Desoto, 48' Desoto Curtice Ohio
  • Interests
    Antique cars/working on anything I can get my hands on and I fly RC planes

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    Civil Engineer / Equipment Manager

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  1. 52b3b Joe

    Paint - Base/Clear or Single Stage?

    I'm not a body guy or a painter, but I've painted enough cars to know a little bit on the subject. Both single stage and BC/CC will work fine. Personally, I've made my decisions on a few things. For me it first comes down to if it has metallic in it, what kind of "look" I'm after, and how much I want to spend. If it is a metallic paint, my opinion is to use BC/CC. It's more forgiving with the metallic paints, and you can wet sand and buff with good results. If it's a solid color, I look at how much I want to spend on paint, and how I want the vehicle to look (a period correct look, or a better than new look). Depending on the line (quality) of paint, single stage is normally cheaper. Single stage also give a more period correct look and finish. If you are after a flawless, better than new, perfect paint job, then you probably want to go with BC/CC. In the end, as other said, its all about the result you're after. I personnally prefer single stage on 40s-50s cars/trucks. Here is my truck in single stage, and here is a 48 Desoto I painted in single stage. The Desoto has very cheap urathane single stage and it looks great. I think there is maybe $750 in the entire paint job (primer, material, paint and filler).
  2. 52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    I know! It's a real problem!!! Maybe now that the 48 is near the finish line, maybe I can start some small cabover projects. I can't believe its been 10 months since I've even put eyes on the truck! Heck, I hope it's still in the barn where I left it!
  3. 52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    Well, the car hit the road yesterday. It drives very nice! The radial tires make a pretty big difference on these cars! In all, we probably put 30-35 miles on it. We still have some minor projects left on it and some fine tuning to do, but in all it was a success. My dad bought modern radials for the car to save some money. It doesn't look terrible with the beauty rings and center caps to break it up a little, but its a lot of black! The 41 is still a much better looking car in my opinion though!
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    48 Desoto Project

    It's been a while since I gave an update. The car is pretty much done. Just need to blast and paint the wheels, then have the new tires mounted. I took me a little while to find some clips that will work for the rocker trim, but now that I located some, we'll be able to get those on. I also had another hang up with the wheels. Once we got the tires dismounted, we realized we had 3 different rims. Different widths and styles. It took a while, but we actually found a parts car 48 Desoto 20 minutes from my house that we were allowed to take the rims off. Tonight I'll blast the rims and hopefully get some paint on them. Other than those items, the car will need new rear springs. One side is pretty weak and the car has a lean. Nothing is broke, so it'll wait a month or two. As far as the interior, it is all original except for the carpet. I was missing the front carpet/mat, so I had to buy a new kit. Overall the interior is tired, but it'll do for now. It still needs some more cleaning before I call it ok. I'm really hoping to have the new tires on tomorrow, and to take it for it's first real drive this weekend.
  5. 52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    Next time I work on the car I'll try and get some pictures for you! Should be good timing, I'm hoping we put the grill in soon.
  6. 52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    Thanks! We definitly are! I know my dad is very happy with it. It has exceeded his expections on all of it so far. I'm just soaking up being able to do a project like this on someone else's dime lol. So far we haven't sank much money in the car so he's also happy about that! He still needs to get tires and door glass cut, but other than that not much!
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    48 Desoto Project

    Thought it was time for another update. Things are still progressing. Most the trim is on the car now, which turned into more of a project than I thought. The front bumper is a pretty decent used bumper, but the rear is NOS, and it was coated in some sort of protetant (cosmoline like). That stuff was TOUGH. I spent probably 5-6 hours with paint striper and a paint stir stick to get all of it off. It did do it's job though, the bumper is in great shape. We also have the wiring harness going in. The engine compartment conections are nearly done, but nothing under the dash yet. Last night I took the wiper motor apart and cleaned it up with freash grease. It seems to be working pretty nice now. The than that, I took some of the electrical switched apart, bead blasted them, lubercated them, and painted them. The exhaust is done now too. I'm hoping it will last a couple years. All the small stuff takes a bit of time!
  8. 52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    I definitely understand that. This project sat for a few years torn apart before we actually dove into it. It takes a lot of time and dedication to see any project to completion!
  9. 52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    Thanks! It is on the home stretch, but there is still a lot to do! We need to paint some more small parts, order tires, get new door glass cut, install the wiring harness, and install the interior. But for the most part, that should take too long.
  10. 52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    Getting there slowly. Sure takes a lot of time to polish and reinstall the trim! Some of the chrome definitely needs re-plated, but that can be done in the future. Tonight I am planning to band-aid the exhaust in hopes of getting it on the road for now (and so it can be driven to a shop sometime this summer).
  11. 52b3b Joe

    Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    If that big red truck wasn't behind you, you'd be looking at a green 41 Desoto!
  12. 52b3b Joe

    Who Is Actually Driving Their Vintage Mopars?

    We take ours pretty much anywhere for a tour or show. We never trailer. We do park them in the winter while the salt is on the road, but when the weather is good distance isn't much of factor for a show. At that point it comes down to if we have the time. I think the farthest distance we've done in one day is around 700 miles a few years ago to Minneapolis from Ohio in our 41 Desoto. All of our cars have stock drive-trains. They were made to drive and go down the road right? The picture below is from last summer on a tour. It covered around 1,000 miles in a week.
  13. 52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    I finally finished the cut and buff on the paint, this weekend. My arms are pretty sore! It looks good for a DIY job in a dirty garage. I also put the rear fenders on for the last time! I still need to push the fender welt in though and tighten the bolts.
  14. 52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    Today was spent wet sanding and buffing (just when I thought we were done with sanding on this car...). We took the car down to 2000 grit and I hit it with a course compound to start bring back the shine. The next step will be a fine polish, then hand glaze. The water in the paint made a lot of craters that are down the the primer in spots. We sanded out what we could, but some we are going to have to live with. I touched up all of them with a brush before I quit today, and am hoping I can wet sand them lightly again to make them go away. I'm pretty happy with how it is coming out. It's just going to be a driver, not a show car. It's a little hard to believe the drivers side is as straight as it is with all the damage it had!
  15. 52b3b Joe

    48 Desoto Project

    Thanks! Yeah its single stage. It's Automotive Art Motocryl. I paid $120/gallon for it, so it was pretty cheap. I put a light tack coat on each panel first and did two medium-heavy coats. The front clip and hood alignment is a matter of trial and error. It took a lot of time to get it as nice as it is. The biggest thing is to get the door gaps as best as possible before lining up the front clip. You may have to adjust the doors a little after the clip is on, but the closer they are before you fit the clip, the better off you are! The hood on this car doesn't fit as good as we'd like, but it will work. I don't think the gaps were great on these to begin with out of the factory. Lol, the interior is none existent right now. Its all original but in Ok shape. It will be good enough for a driver quality for the time being. We are planning to put it back in as is for now. It'll be a project for a later time. I'm not even sure I have any pictures of it before we took it out!

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