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John Rogers

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John Rogers last won the day on November 11 2017

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About John Rogers

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    Senior Member, have way too much spare time on my hands
  • Birthday June 7

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    Benson, Arizona
  • Interests
    I love music and history . Im a Civil War as well as Revolutionary War living historian / reenactor. Last but not least as one would expect I love working on my Pilothouse.
  • My Project Cars
    1949 Dodge truck

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  • Biography
    Im a retired bodyman and I love working on and restoring old cars truck and bikes
  • Occupation
    Retired slightly beat up and slow moving bodyman :)


  • Location
    Benson, AZ
  • Interests
    Gear head since birth , Civil War artillery reenactor, history geek and musician

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  1. John Rogers

    Indian Plodge

    Yup, over the years we had no less than 4 chrome shops to chose from in Tucson. Some of them stopped by the bodyshop that I worked in each morning back in the 80's and early 90's to pick up bumpers to be straightened and rechromed. Now there is only one that I know of. I know a very little of it might have to do with the lack of chrome bumpers on todays vehicles and the chrome bumpers on those that have them is throw away after even a minor collision but as Plymouthy said the chrome industry has just about been regulated out of existence here in the US. If you want chrome work done now , its big $$$$$ !
  2. Your right, it shouldn't be runny and transparent. Primers have a lot of solids in them. Was the can of primer well mixed? If the can sat on the shelf at the paint supply shop for even a few weeks the solids can and will separate and settle into sort of thick clump/layer the bottom. Primers that are high build have more solids than others and it doesn't have to sit on a shelf very long for them to start to separate and settle. All the auto paint shops that I have dealt with over the years have always put everything on the shaker before it goes out the door but you never know if it got missed. If the contents are not well mixed it will be runny. I use a direct to metal urethane 2K primer on some of the things that I work on that separates so much if it sits that it gets very solid in the bottom and no amount of mixing with a stick will get it mixed properly so I have to put it on a shaker for 5 or 10 minutes and that mixes it up just fine. Another thing that can cause problems like this is using the wrong mixing ratio. I would check to make sure that the primer was thoroughly mixed and that there are no solids built up on the bottom of the can and I'd also double check the primer / activator mixing ratio that was used. I hope this helps. John
  3. John Rogers

    Truck stuff for the Man Cave etc....

    I'll definitely be keeping a watch out for them. This Mojave and I found me a few weeks ago. I was on the boulder and heard a rattle. I looked down and saw it just looking up at me. We stood and looked at each other for a few minutes then he gave me another short rattle and went on his way. 10 minutes earlier I was standing in that exact spot. That tall grass hides lots of stuff. The interesting thing is that Mojaves are known to be real aggressive but this one was really cool.It never coiled up and got nasty, it stayed stretched out and non threatening like in the picture. It was just giving me a warning to give it space...As I went back to my truck a short while later I was real careful to take a route out in the open where I could see the ground thru the tall grass .
  4. John Rogers

    Truck stuff for the Man Cave etc....

    That is sooo cool !!
  5. John Rogers

    Truck stuff for the Man Cave etc....

    Thank you for the suggestion. I could do that or even E tank it but I don't want to remove all the rust per se. I just want to leave enough to keep its character but still be able to make out the detail and all. I'm thinking about using a stiff nylon brush and give it a good scrubbing under the garden hose. Maybe it will remove enough to get it looking like I want then I can hang it up and enjoy it This sign originally looked like this. I can still see traces of the white and black on mine. Im going to go back to the wash where I found it when its not 100+ out and dig around to see if I can find any of the missing "cats eyes".
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    Truck stuff for the Man Cave etc....

    I found this in a wash earlier this summer not far from my home on Hwy 80. I love stuff like this and the only time I ever see things like this is at antique shops and other peoples walls. I was so thrilled to see this sticking out of the bank of the wash I was walking in. I carefully flattened / unrolled out the lower edge but thats all. Now I need to figure out how the remove the excess scale / crud and lightly clean it so as to leave the patina. The sign is in great shape and the metal is very sound. It took a lot to carefully straighten out the rolled lower edge without causing too much damage, its very strong metal. Its only surface rust and its kind of hard to tell from the pictures but the detail on the lettering and such is very good.The four small square holes surrounding the 80 is what held the reflector to the back side of the sign . Once I figure out a good way to remove the excess build up without destroying the patina it should look really cool. Im going to hang it on the wall inside my shop.
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    You need to inspect as best you can the inside (back side) of the panel to see the extent of the rust when determining how much to remove. Rust on the inside of a panel will accumulate on the inside of the panel extending past even where it might look like good on the outside so you might need to go a inch or two farther to remove it all. Depending on the panel, rust most of the time starts on the inside and eat its way out . The objective is to cut the panel back far just enough as as to leave you a clean rust free panel inside and out . John
  8. John Rogers

    Original ignition key found

    It sounds like something my Uncle Jay would have done. He always used to hide a extra key somewhere in the engine compartment. In later years (the 80's) he would attach one to inside of the lid of the windshield washer reservoir with a string or twist tie . I forgot all about that until I saw this thread then it all came back. He was one heck of a mechanic. He learned it working on aircraft during WW2 when he was in the Army. I sure do miss him John
  9. It looks great John ! John
  10. John Rogers

    Old gas station mockup

    Here is a couple pictures of the gas station / fruit stand that my GGrandfather opened in New York after he arrived on the boat from Positano Italy and became a American citizen. Our last name was / is Ruggiero but he used Rogers which is the Americanized version of Ruggiero on the business because at the time folks didnt take too kindly to the Italian and Irish. The whole rest of my family still goes by Ruggiero all except for my Grandpa who used Rogers but it was never officially changed.
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    A few pictures of my 51 B3B project

    What an awesome looking truck. Great job ! John
  12. John Rogers

    Door Lock

    Someone along the line evidently tried to remove the lock in mine and managed to booger up the slot in the set screw just bad enough where even a good hollow ground screwdriver wouldn't bite. I ended up having to drill it out so I could remove it and replace the lock with a new one. Whoever it was ended up drilling 5/16" hole down thru the center so the door could be locked and unlocked with a screw driver. I lucked out and found a new lock on Ebay for $20.00 still in the box Score !!!! John
  13. John Rogers

    Put My Dog Down Today...Been A Rough Day

    Im so very sorry. I agree, theres no such thing as just a dog or cat. They are loved, trusted and devoted members of the family and its terribly heartbreaking when they cross the Rainbow Bridge. My heart hurts for you. Im so sorry. John
  14. John Rogers

    What paint to use on wheel rims?

    Luckily I am a bodyman by trade so I worked a swap with a friend who has a car dealership and bodyshop. I helped him out of a huge bind by doing a little bodywork for him. In exchange I got to mix up a quart of red urethane single stage and I got the activator and reducer too. Anyone who buys automotive paint knows that anything that is red or has a lot of red in it is extremely expensive. If I would have had to buy the paint and everything outright it might have been far cheaper to powder coat the 5 wheels. As it worked out it only cost me 2 hours of my labor if that. I live in a small town so I have a lot of chances to barter for stuff . Win /Win for me John
  15. John Rogers

    What paint to use on wheel rims?

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