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Doug Bowen

Member Since 29 Sep 2013
Offline Last Active Apr 11 2015 01:14 PM

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'64 Falcon

04 May 2014 - 02:03 PM

This weekend my wife and I saw a "wine" colored 1:1.


So I decided to take the step of starting the "rebirth" of my '64 Falcon.  First put together 50 years ago. (I was 15!!)


Now in the Purple Pond.


wish me luck.



Distributor hole jig...

18 April 2014 - 01:06 AM

When I wore a younger man's clothes, I used to drill holes in 1/25th distributor caps "by eye".  Those eyes are now 65 years old, so with the help of a machinist buddy we came up with this jig to evenly space those darned 8 holes with a coil wire hole in the center.


On the opposite side of the jig is a center through hole to locate the coil wire hole...then flip over the distributor (3/16" dia stock) and put in the "pointer", work your way around with a pin vise and DA DA!


It worked.





BMF burnisher

02 April 2014 - 08:31 AM

This morning I had a thought and tried it out.  I took a "flux brush" (for applying solder when sweating copper tubing) and trimmed the bristles down to about 1/4" long.  This worked pretty well to burnish BMF into tight crevices.  Its stiff, so you have to be careful with it.  I'm sure it will scratch paint if leaned on to heavily.



Cutting Chrome strips...

26 March 2014 - 02:30 AM

After commenting on how neat the idea was "gluing two Xacto blades together was...(Billy's '62 Chevy paint under "on the workbench")


I wanted to try to make real thin (to scale) "stainless interior trim". 


Tried it, it worked, but now...HOW THE HECK WOULD I GO ABOUT GLUING THIS STUFF DOWN?  I tried to use bare metal foil, but it simply ripped up trying to remove it so I ended up using Reynolds aluminum foil.


Any ideas???



Clear coat sanding...'63 Avanti

24 March 2014 - 06:20 AM

Just put down my first coat of DupliColor Clear on top of 2 coats of their Gunmetal Grey...each wet-sanded with 2000 grit.


Clear looks pretty good, but I am going to wet sand again (2000) and lay down a 2nd coat of clear probably in 2 days.


My question is: What grit do you guys use to sand and finish the clear coat prior to polishing? 


Your thoughts please.