Cato

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  1. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Lipstick on a Pig...
    Or in this case, jewelry on an Old Crock. Bugatti tail lamps on a Rolls-Royce. Just before the fenders go for a months-long nap, I assembled and mounted my brainstorm from last year.
    You have to trust me on this; they look smashing on the car next to the trunk. But you are certainly entitled to not like them...

     


     
     
  2. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    One thing leads to another...
    While waiting for the chrome bits to return, I turned attention to getting the bodywork finalized. I removed the body from chassis in preparation for drilling the lowers for the running board mounts. For (many) months now, I've had them as well as all four fenders in a storage box, lovingly wrapped in microfiber cloth. Out of harms way and all set to attach the gleaming bits when the time comes.
    The fenders were painted over a year ago, color sanded and the clear was applied at least three months ago. So everything  well gassed-out and very hard finishes. I now needed to mock-up fenders for running board clearance. I decided for a little change of pace, to final-polish the clear since they were all out.
    Careful inspection showed a few slightly coarse spots in the clear - the dreaded very fine 'leather finish'. Not quite peel. So using 6, 8, and 12,000 grits I wet sanded them out. Then 3 stages of compound; coarse red, Meguiars Ultimate compound and Micro-Finish White as an overall leveling finish. This really brought out the depth of the red.  The final touch was 1:1 carnuba wax.
    Finally, it's very satisfactory. No lollipop kustom kar gloss but very much a well done 1932 period enamel (or nitro-cellulose) look, even though all paints here are lacquer. The challenge now is to get the awkward-to-handle body in a matching state.
    These will now be stored in this plastic bin, not touching anything or being touched. Until that glorious day (I hope) when they get final-bolted on. Took them outside for some natural light and hung one fender indoors for a little inspiration. It's been covered so long, I forgot how excited it makes me to see it.





     
  3. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Alfa   

    Can only speak for the leather I use. LocTite Gel and Bondini do not bleed. Marvin uses Bondini and Cox sometimes uses d/s tape.
  4. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Alfa   

    Using the same techniques and similar materials but leather as Harry mentioned, here's the rear seat of my Rolls. The pleats are scratch built from craft sticks and foam and leather adhered with CA Gel. The Gel will not bleed through. The methods apply to a variety of Pocher upholstery options:


     
     
  5. Cato added a post in a topic 1924 Fiat Mefistofele   

    What are you using them on and please show it here Skip.
  6. Cato added a post in a topic 1924 Fiat Mefistofele   

    How about now? Postman ring twice??
  7. Cato added a post in a topic Inside of a Tamiya rattle can(photo)   

    Yup -me. Some cans sit on shelves for years before you buy them...
  8. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    While waiting...
    Anxious to see the chrome so finally finished the second inner door panel. If I guessed right, these will mate to the outer skins with the frames and glass sandwiched between at just the right angle to meet the cowl. Knowing me, that's a slim chance...

     
     
  9. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    This company is reasonably close to you Thierry. We have a company called Eastwood that supplies a nickel plating kit and other supplies for plating.
    Marvin Meit of MMC plates chrome on brass and bronze for his customers which I am surely one. The work is very good.
  10. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Bugatti type 50 Coupé de Ville: a resurrection   

    Superb work with a fairly modest tool. Ingeniously done.
  11. Cato added a post in a topic Bugatti Type 35 Revival of Italy...small steps to a Pocher   

    Well, you're partially  right. Early on, when I was just trying to 'assemble a model' it was frustrating. That led me to seek better ways than given to do things.
    After a while I realized 'why should I stick to a stock model?; I've had to improve and change so much anyway?' MMC suspension,cutting, resizing and coachbuilding  followed. THAT led to 'I don't like these doors or seats; I'll make my own !'
    Now I'm casting a critical eye on the hoods; Lawd knows where this will lead..........
     
  12. Cato added a post in a topic Bugatti Type 35 Revival of Italy...small steps to a Pocher   

    Great - now on to the POCHERS....
  13. Cato added a post in a topic Pocher Rolls Sedanca   

    Thanks all, very kind of you.
    Some property maintenance projects in the works, but while the frames are out for chrome (couple of weeks) I'll get the second interior panel done, preparatory to making each door a complete unit.
    Then body off for paint prep - at last!
     
  14. Cato added a post in a topic 1924 Fiat Mefistofele   

    Harry, this may be useful to solve the chain question. I can't get the ebay link to post here but search ' Fusee chain'. It's a common watchmakers / repair part and comes in different sizes.