James W

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  • Birthday 11/24/1965

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  • Location Salem, Oregon, USA
  • Full Name James

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  1. James W added a post in a topic I'm curious   

    The Revell 'phone booth' cabs are so cool, even when I was 10 the roadster cabs languished in the box.

    I did finally build one a couple years back.

  2. James W added a post in a topic Rust in Peace   

    Jairus and I came across something like this in eastern Oregon. I actually remembered it from my childhood in the early 70's. Very cool to see this stuff out there. There was a big push in the late 70's to get rid of this kind of thing, but it is history in my eyes. You don't paint over cave art and you don't scrap old jalopys rusting in the desert.
  3. James W added a post in a topic 56 Ford   

    Link to Sheetmetal How To:

    Posted this how to a few months back, hope it helps.

    If the pictures don't come up just refresh they should be there
  4. James W added a post in a topic 56 Ford   

    Grandma might have had something to do with the right rear fender.

    This story line might be a little more removed from what happened to the car and more what is happening now, but I think it is important to tell a story in your mind.

    There should be a reason for every mark, it keeps things realistic.

    Thanks for the feedback guys, I had just enough overcast sky before the rain started to get some well lit pictures.
  5. James W added a topic in Under Glass   

    56 Ford
    Come on over and check-out my latest ride.

    The dash is in good shape, the seat is worn and sagging. Door panels are removed and the floorboards show much neglect.

    The right door came from a green car, it has been stripped. I put temporary signal lights on the front to keep it legal.

    The rear quarter also has been stripped and shows a bit of body damage. The rockers show lots of rust through.

    The trunk pan is rusting through, but the left quarter is ready for some block sanding after I filled the trim holes.

    This side is in better shape than the other, but still has some rusty rocker panels. A little Por 15 will keep the drip rails solid for years to come.

    Overall a solid car for it's age, nothing some welding skills can't fix. Next winter it goes back in the shop to replace the floors. Meanwhile I'm gonna cruise it to all the summer hot spots.

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  6. James W added a post in a topic Need a Company name   

    From the movie Guys and Dolls. The Joey Biltmore Garage.

    A little out there, but maybe another movie will inspire a name.
  7. James W added a post in a topic 51 Chevy   

    You've got a very good looking project there.

    I like the whole package, paint and rust work together well.

    A tip; stainless steel will look like it's new even on a barn find. Chromed pot metal will be pitted and dull. I know the side spear is stainless. I think the rock gaurds on the rear fenders are pot metal.

    Your interior work is classy too!
  8. James W added a post in a topic tore apart my work area   

    It's fun to have a fresh start.

    Seems like as soon as you get it together you come up with improvements you could have made.

    My current work desk is a built-in, but it's about my fourth attempt.
  9. James W added a post in a topic It has been a long time.   

    Yep! just start building and add tricks along the way.

    Passion is what drives you to improve, if you build to your interests.

    There are lots of great building tips and techniques on this forum.

    Your models will improve as you practice.

    Don't wait for perfection before you show us what you are working on!
  10. James W added a post in a topic bad eyesight lowering my standards (GRRRR)   

    Not taking away from Art's sound advice, I picked up a hand-full of reading glasses, from the Dollar Store, of different strengths and use them depending on how far away I want to hold a subject to work on it.

    I went from using them once in a while to putting them on as soon as I sit at the work bench.

    I even chopped the plastic lenses so that I can see over them to reach for stuff and still use them for close work.
  11. James W added a post in a topic Going Back To Work!!!!   

    Glad to hear you're back at it.

    I've had a couple times when I could have stayed or switched jobs, including getting two offers the same day.

    You just have to take an educated guess and go for it.

    Either one is better than sitting at home.

    Now give it your best and work your way up to the top!
  12. James W added a post in a topic Key moments in auto history   

    Today you can buy electronic control FWD cars from just about any manufacturer. But the first to build the whole package was Porsche with the 959 in about 1985.

    ABS, Computer controlled damping and ride hight, Comp controlled differentials with 4 program settings, electronic wastegates, 450 hp.

    Just dump the clutchat 6000 rpm.

    Aahrr! Aahrr! Aahrr!
  13. James W added a post in a topic Lets see your older kits   

    Got these Javelins a few years back and plan to build one and sell the other, but I'm just not in that mode of build right now.

    Also in the picture;

    Hippy Hemi is missing a few parts,but has some Garlits parts thrown in.

    The Valiant is built, the price tag is 25 years old.

    The 69 442 box has chrome and hood from a 68 kit that I would like to use in a conversion someday.
  14. James W added a post in a topic Restore or "Restify?"   

    If a car is going to be shown or put in a museum then restore it.

    If it is going to be used, driven, relied upon, then upgrade all you like.

    If you really want to relive the past, buy a fresh restoration, drive it a while then restify it so you can keep driving it.

    Auto parts stores don't sell ANY restoration parts.

    A car is only original once. Even my one owner 55 Chevy was modified by it's first owner to make it suit him.
  15. James W added a post in a topic Prayers Please...   

    Just prayed now for you, and whenever I think of you.