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Doug Bowen

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  1. Doug Bowen added a topic in Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials   

    Sanding blocks
    I have arthritis in my thumbs.  Lucky me.  This makes it kind of hard to hold little bits of sand paper during wet sanding of my paint jobs. 
    So I cut some good old popsicle sticks down, epoxied "handles" at 90 degrees, sealed them with lacquer and used two-sided carpet tape to secure the sandpaper.
    Mark the grit with a sharpie...and have at it.  Makes it a lot easier to hold.
    Hope this helps!

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  2. Doug Bowen added a post in a topic color Recommendations   

    Dave...go to automotivetouchup.com and have her go through it and pick the color she wants. Enter the make, model and year and you'll get actual factory colors.

    Maybe she'd like 1967 Chevy Butternut yellow. Always a nice look!

  3. Doug Bowen added a post in a topic '64 Falcon   

    Mike...the red one has American Racing wheels on it, I believe. THAT is what I am going to find and use on this build. (black spokes/centers)

    I really never could latch on to the "dubs" look of today. I know that big diameter rims and small radial sidewall dimensions handle better because of less flex...but I really LIKE the looks of a 15" rim with a lot of "sidewall"...

    You don't have to call me old-fashioned...just call me OLD!

    (my real life '64 Studebaker has plain rims and "dog dish caps", for cryin' out loud!)

  4. Doug Bowen added a post in a topic MY '32...   

    You can never have too many Deuces! They are spectacular any way you slice them...box-stock to channeled-and-chopped.
  5. Doug Bowen added a post in a topic 1960 Starliner custom......   

    I always thought that the '60 Ford was a very well thought out design that got very little appreciation at the time of its birth. Great looking cars. Problem was the real ones rotted out like the '58 Chevy did! Not many of the Fords around now.

  6. Doug Bowen added a post in a topic '64 Falcon   

    That fact that it cleaned up so nice speaks to the reality that as a 15 year old I simply ripped it out of the box and blew some paint on it!!! No prep work at all!
  7. Doug Bowen added a post in a topic '64 Falcon   

    Wow...I just got my old Falcon out of the purple pond. Never used any paint strippers at all before. This stuff really worked nice.

    The body and bumpers/grill came out like it was fresh out of the box.

    NOT the same story for the interior, though. I can't remember what that 15 year old sprayed on the interior. Must have been something my Dad had lying about.

    Guess I'll try 90% denatured alcohol...but it looks as though the surface has been "lacquer" attacked.

    We'll see.


  8. Doug Bowen added a post in a topic '59 Edsel   

    Beautiful work Steve.

    How did you do the script on the rear quarter panel? Is that the "foil under the paint" method or ?? That looks factory crisp. Real nice.

  9. Doug Bowen added a post in a topic '64 Falcon   

    I just did some investigation on the wine color we saw on the 1:1. Turns out to be "Vintage Burgundy" which is actually a '66 color. Just love it.
  10. Doug Bowen added a topic in On The Workbench   

    '64 Falcon
    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.


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  11. Doug Bowen added a post in a topic Distributor hole jig...   

    Mark...I like a challenge.

  12. Doug Bowen added a topic in Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials   

    Distributor hole jig...
    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.

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  13. Doug Bowen added a topic in Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials   

    BMF burnisher
    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.

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  14. Doug Bowen added a post in a topic Clear coat sanding...'63 Avanti   

    CrazyJim...Yeah, I just lean over the old kitchen sink and a cereal bowl of water with a drop or two of Palmolive clear in it. After I sand a little while, I rinse with water, dry the surface with a paper towel and follow a ceiling spot light down the body to check "flatness" I guess would be the word. D
  15. Doug Bowen added a post in a topic Clear coat sanding...'63 Avanti   

    Thanks William...you are correct. The 12000 grit step just knocked my socks off. Amazing.

    If any body out there hasn't tried this, give yourself a treat.