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When I tear something down (the front clip of the 63 Town Panel, in this case), I try to retain as much of the original hardware as possible - bolts, nuts, washers, clips. Mostly successful, I like to clean up the old rusty stuff on the wire wheel.
But now I have a piece that is very subject to corrosion - the original plating is mostly (or completely) gone.
What do you guys do?
Either replace it with stainless or paint it with por-15.
Por15 is nasty wicked stuff, don't get it on your hands, it will take a long time for it to wear off. Works great a thread locker too
My experience with POR-15 agrees with the nasty part, but I don't see it sticking well to the nice shiney nuts and bolts after a visit to the wire wheel.
Eastwoods has a blax oxide kit, but that isn't stock. I often dunk them in Pickle-X or the equivalent.
Unfortunately, I will paint the front end parts prior to reassembly so the bolts will not get the epoxy primer/enamel coat protection that the rest of the metal gets.
Not a big deal, really. Just hoping for something easy that I've missed.
FWIW, I got the front clip off (incl doors) and disassembled on the '63 TP losing only 8 bolts, and 4 of those can't be seen.
Its all in the details.
i plated all my frame bolts, washers and nuts using the zinc plating kit from eastwood. i also clearcoated them... more photos at the dodge link...
once you go down the path of plating each and every nut and bolt it becomes an exercise in OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
anything you cut a corner on will stick out like a sore thumb... i cut a few corners on a couple thing to thing have to go back and make it right...
i can't wait to drive it so it gets a nice layer of road burn on all that hard work :o)
Beautiful! Thanks for the photo.
How did you like the Eastwood's kit?
The DPO undercoated the outsides of my frame rails, and its sticking like glue, so I'm not thinking or removing it.
it is ok but be sure to follow the directions to the letter and use fresh batteries on every session.
i bought extra zinc and acid a couple times - it seems to work better when it is fresh.
it is sensitive to the oils on your hands so be careful in how you handle degreased bolts and what not. it does not seem to work well on bigger parts.
for bigger parts i simply bought cold galvanizing paint and put several very light coats on it so it wouldn't run and then clear coated it. results were similar but not as durable as the zinc plating.
Hey, Ben, just for the record, I'm an ex shipwright too! Worked with the old Skookum crew PNW, blue water wood boats. Another world.....
Well, Ben, looks like the new edit feature works fine. A day later I can't remember who mentioned being a former shipwright in their response, but it's gone now. Maybe Dave Speed, as his post is titled Shipwright's disease? Thought it was you that mentioned it.
Shipwright: various trades craftsman working on boats.
Well I don't know who first mentioned being an ex-shipwright but it's in the title of Dave Speed's post on April 5th, 2009 - 6:48 AM.
I didn't post about it until the 8th.
A shipwright isn't just a navy lingo, it's a common term for a craftsman on boats, or ships. More often it would refer to a woodworker on wood boats in days of old but carried over when propulsion changed from sails and hulls were made of other materials that float, like steel. Whether a hug was steaming up planking, fitting a diesel powerplant or hanging a rudder he's a shipwright.
'Blue Water' refers to ocean's deep, crossing the globe, so larger ships, that's what I worked on. I worked on the last blue water wood boat made on the north Pacific Coast. History turned a page.
Fixed carts? . Help me out here....
I think you're starting to get it, John Like Louden Wainright III, ya, you know....
And a wheelwright builds wheels.
And a chartwright makes maps.
And a Californiawgight,,,,,,well you figure out thyat one. I just like these smilies
Neat! We're going up to Puget Sound this summer for a holiday. Anything good to see boat-wise u8p there?
Do you know of the Wapama? in SF bay? The last of the doghole schooners.
Dodge content: I once helped a friend put a Dodge flathead 6 in his wooden salmon boat in Northern California.
Cool! The Mystic Museum used to be up there, probably still is. Dedicated to wood boats. An internet search of destination with 'wood boats' added can turn up lots of stuff.
When I got out of all that I gave away a treasure trove of marvelous books, design plans, blueprints etc. for hundreds of old wood boats. Wish I'd kept some now...
Another world, another time but I still love those fabulous old designs and the sound of a wood boat's hull as it talks to you on the water. Add the melody of wind in the rigging and the chorus of waves turned by the sea and...WOW!
I love how these topics morph from the original to something entirely different, like going from plating to nautical terms. Keeps the forum interesting. Let me add mine, then. In 1959, immediately after graduation I had three months before going to Air Force basic. I got a job at a local shipyard in Savannah, Ga. working on building barges, dredges, and tug boats. I was a shipfitter's helper. I could weld so we would assemble various parts of the vessel and I would tack them in place, then a certified welder had to do the final welds. When I got back from active duty I got a job at a local paper mill as a boilermaker's helper, but I'm rambling so I will shut up. I will say that both jobs provided me some valuable life lessons.
That word takes me way back to a song verse my
mom would sing from time to time......
"Oh.... your red scarf matches your eyes....
You close the cover before striking....
Your father has the Shipfitter's blues....
and loving you has made me bananas...."
Anyone know who wrote or sung that?.....
Dodge Content: I've seen the results of Eastwood's
Zinc Plating Kit.... real nice finish. For any
exposed bolt heads, etc. in the vehicle's interior,
you could dab a bit of boiled linseed oil on them.
They'll stay "natural" but shiney. Folks who collect
old hand tools use this method.
Sorry Navy guys, Im going back on topic!
Ive used the eastwood zinc plate kit, great results for the money. You really feel good after its all done, seeing the results. Easy to do also. Make sure and get every bit of rust off the part though. When detailing carbs, I used the kit to replate linkage and it looked like new. I like using a cabnet sand blaster that I designate just for polishing and cleaning for small parts. I use glass bead in it. When I was rebuilding my govenor in my Farmall A some of the springs were rusty but still very usable. I sandblasted them with the glass bead, cleaned them up like new inside the spring as well. A wire wheel brush couldnt do that.