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Selecting Sandpaper to Prep for Primer and Paint


Why prep for primer and paint? Sometimes it’s difficult to match existing paint with a newer paint. It is especially the case with classic cars where the older paint may be incompatible with modern water-based paints and gel coats. If there are any glossy areas remaining on the car parts, the primer and paint won’t stick. It is worth the time to remove all the existing paint and primer to get a consistent coat on the first try, rather than needing to redo in spot areas.

Project C10 Tech Tip – Selecting the Right Sandpaper

The experts at Project C10 recommend using the proper grade sandpaper depending on the task. You need to have the right amount of grit in order for the primer or paint to stick. For primer, we recommend the use of 180 grit. This gives it enough “bite” to hold the primer while still concealing the scratches. Sandpaper with a higher grit is usually used for sealer; consider using something as high as 400 grit. In the case of prepping for the final paint job, we recommend using 600 to 800 grit sandpaper before applying color. See our tips for prepping for primer and paint in action by watching Episode 9 of Project C10: Project C10 Hits a Milestone.

Grades of Sandpaper

Sandpaper consists of a paper or cloth backing with an abrasive substance glued to one side. While common names such as “sandpaper” or “glasspaper” are still widely used, most modern sandpaper actually utilizes aluminum oxide or silicon carbide as the abrasive substance. The grit size of sandpaper is a number that is inversely correlated to the size of the “sand” particles. A lower number, such as 40 grit, provides a much rougher surface. The higher the grit number, the more smoother the surface the sanding provides.

Methods of Sanding

Different methods of sanding include hand sanding, block sanding and using tools, such as a power sander, a palm sander or an orbital sander. A sanding tool is best suited for covering large areas quickly, while hand sanding is best for more detailed work. In general, it is best to start with a lower grit and work up to a finer grit. Sanding in several stages from coarse to fine will yield the best results. What are the best results? For example, start with a lower grit, such as 40, then move to a medium grit, such as 80 to 100, then finish with a higher grit. This will sand out all of the scratches in the prime and the paint, creating the smoothest surface. It’s also important to properly clean any surface before -and during- the sanding process. This eliminates any impediments to achieving the smoothest surface possible for the next step – a great paint job.

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Posted: 1/17/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


[Video] 1936 Auburn Speedster Replica Best of Both Worlds


A Depression-era car company that may have been ahead of its time, the late great Auburn Automobile Company of Auburn, Indiana manufactures the Auburn Speedster, a sleek machine with an iconic boat-tail design. Auburn releases the first Speedster model in 1930, when the original Auburn 68 bhp Lycoming engine is increased to 115 bhp. A change in bodywork by designer Gordon Buehrig in 1935 gives the car its memorable look and feel. At the 2018 Carmel Artomobilia, John Pitz catches up with Greg and Kelly, the owners of a 1936 Auburn Speedster replica, who tell us about the joy of owning such a detailed recreation of this piece of automotive history.

Classic Good Looks Coupled with Practicality

“I just love the look and feel and it’s one of those things that everyone gravitates towards,” Greg says. After looking for several years at classic cars that could also be driven on a regular basis, Greg and Kelly decide on this Speedster replica, manufactured by Speedster Motorcars out of Florida. “We wanted something we could take out and get an ice cream in that wasn’t something that had to stay in the garage because you’re too afraid to get a ding in it.” This replica of the 1936 Auburn Speedster has the classic good looks and period-correct design that draws attention driving down the street, while under the hood, modern mechanical additions fuel a practical driving experience.

Period Correct Design

Speedster Motorcars has the original molds for the Auburn Speedster, so the dimensions of the car are correct for the era. From the signature boat-tail to the sleek lines of the body, Greg and Kelly’s replica captures all the features of the 1936 Auburn Speedster that make the car such a head-turning machine. In addition, Speedster Motorcars adds a few upgrades, such as 100-spoke chrome wheels rather than the original 32, giving the car more lavish bling. The addition of a GM Vortex 5.3 engine with a supercharger gives a boost in power not available on the original.

Pretty Cool Day Driver

With the classic design and modern mechanicals, Greg says his replica is the “best of both worlds.” The car is on a chassis designed and engineered by Speedster Motorcars. “It’s a purpose-built chassis, tubular and four wheel discs, coil over shocks.” When asked about her favorite features of the replica, Kelly says, “The look, and also the convertible feature.” So, is this replica a great car to take out for ice cream? Greg and Kelly say, “Lots of ice cream!”

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Posted: 1/15/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


[Video] Former Trailer Queen Quite the Curvy Replica


Anyone who sees this car typically stops dead in their tracks. It’s a stunner, and it instantly makes you wonder, “What is it, exactly?” She’s a replica of a 1937 Chevy Coupe, and an unusual one at that. The owner, Steve, finds this bronzy-gold and maroon beauty on Ebay at the suggestion of a friend, and just has to own her. “It was a trailer queen,” he says. “It had 933 miles on it when I bought it.” Steve makes a deal to buy both the queen and her custom trailer from the seller in Paso Robles, California, and brings her home to the Midwest.

What is a Replica Car?

Replica cars are recreations of popular production cars designed to look like the original. Often available as kits or component cars that come in parts, replicas use fiberglass shells that mimic the auto design of a model year or decade to recreate the iconic appearance as closely as possible. Some call them outright fakes, yet the replicas of today are made with such a professional touch, they look fabulous while offering the owner the same performance as the cars they’re modeled after, or better.

Feminine Mystique and Muscle

Gazing straight at Steve’s attention-grabbing replica, you can really appreciate the curves of her beautiful butterfly-shaped front end. The overall body shape evokes the sleek, crouched design of a classic Corvette and the timeless elegance of a 30’s era Chevy Coupe. She has what could be called the perfect hot rod stance, low to the ground and bursting with power under her hood. She has an LT1 Chevy engine with a 4L60 transmission, four-wheel disc brakes and a Corvette bootie (i.e., rear end). Her interior is crisp maroon and cream, with retro striping and raised detail work. Steve explains she honors the spirit of the original vehicle but exists as a totally unique car in her own right. This replica is all about passion and drivability, and Steve is looking forward to spending more time at her wheel.

Allure of the Replica

Some say replicas are just kit cars for people who can’t afford the real thing. Others say replicas give you nearly everything the originals can, for a fraction of the cost. How do you feel when you hit a pothole with a car that’s utterly priceless? Is she locked up in your garage as a result? Want to drive an iconic classic car, a dreamy race car or ultra-modern supercar without paying crazy money for it? Lots of replica brands add comfort features like air conditioning, navigation, heated seats, audio systems and more that you will not find in the original. You can’t forget about built-in modern performance, either. As they say in the biz, replicas are an option for car enthusiasts.

No Radio? No Problem.

Steve tells us the one thing his reformed trailer queen doesn’t have is a radio. That’s because he doesn’t need one. He loves just listening to the murmuring hum of her high-performance engine. “I’ve been loving cars since I was old enough to know what they were,” he says. For Steve, his ’37 Replica is for car lovers.

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Posted: 1/10/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Episode 14 – All About Wiring

Here's What's Next on Project C10

Episode 14 – Project C10’s Rick Drewry takes you through the meticulous job of re-wiring our Chevy C10 truck using a new kit from Ron Francis Wiring. Rick’s biggest tip? A must-read of the instructions before you start. Although labor-intensive, by the time you're done you’ll have a brand new wiring set-up that will be trouble-free for a very long time.

Episode 14 – Video Transcript

Rick Drewry: All right. So, we've been working on wiring today. What we ended up getting was a Ron Francis Wiring kit. I'm actually kind of partial to these. This is the third one that I think I've done. I'm kind of a big fan of the way they do things. It's just got a lot of extra features. You gotta read the instructions. If you don't read the instructions, I guarantee you you're gonna screw it up. It is actually a very solid unit.

(Looking at wiring under the steering wheel) So, you got all these coming out of the steering column up here. And that's your turn signals, horn, all four lights, and all that stuff.

We get a ton of (American Modern auto insurance) claims where it's either bad wiring shorting out, causing a fire. We get a bunch of those. Or it's a deteriorated fuel line that busts and shoots onto the header or the distributor. Oof! You know, there it goes. But the wiring ... It is a little labor-intensive, but it's not ... It's meticulous stuff. So, it's not like it's difficult. It's just a little time-consuming. You just take your time to get through it, think things through. By the time you're done, you have a brand new wiring set-up that is going to be trouble-free for a very long time.

(Looking at the control box) And these will be nice and tight like this. And then this cover goes over it, so all you see is like two wires.

So, my recommendation, if you're ever looking at something to do for your car or truck, start with the wiring. Get that completely 100%. It's a lot of insurance. Things work better. You don't have to worry about a turn signal not working 'cause it's a bad ground. You can get everything working exactly the way it should and go from there. So that's my (Project C10) Tech Tip for the day.

About Ron Francis Wiring

The folks at Ron Francis Wiring are dedicated to providing fellow auto enthusiasts of all ages a broad spectrum of quality electrical parts and products back by exemplary customer service. They also provide excellent technical assistance to troubleshoot any questions you may have about your electrical project. “With over 34 years of experience in the Street Rod and Hot Rod industry, you can trust that Ron Francis Wiring will surpass your expectations,” Owner/President Scott Bowers says. “We've sold hundreds of products to some of the premier car builders in the country - we invite you to join the crowd.” Order securely online from RonFrancis.com. Call 1-800-292-1940 to ask a question or order from the latest catalog. Order by fax at 1-610-485-1933.

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Classic Automobile Insurance Agency is a family business built on a love of classic cars. We take every opportunity to give back to fellow classic and collector car enthusiasts by sponsoring events such as Carmel Artomobilia and Fuelicious, attending classic car events throughout the Midwest to document owners’ stories of their dream cars, partnering with like-minded companies and organizations to better serve our customers and bringing you unique learning opportunities like Project C10, powered by American Modern. Having owned a variety of collectibles ourselves, we understand your unique needs as the owner of a prized vehicle. Its age, rarity, value, unique features, limited use, availability of parts and services and popularity across generations require special protection. Whether you bought it at auction, drove it off the lot or restored it to perfection in your garage, we will build you a personal auto insurance program designed specifically for owners of collectible cars, and provide support when claim time comes. Call 888-901-1338 or get an instant quote online and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 1/8/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Need a Crossmember? Craft One Yourself


A crossmember adds both style and strength to the body of your car. Strength is especially important for the front and rear of the vehicle, because these zones affect the overall handling while driving. When you add a crossmember to the body of your vehicle, you place it transverse to the main structure, adding overall structural support. This helps maintain good wheel alignment and prevents shaking or rattling that will damage your car or truck over the long haul. Through a careful method of crossmember die cutting, you can create a curved edge that gives extra strength to resist pulling and warping.

Project C10 Tech Tip - Constructing a Crossmember

As part of our Project C10 restoration project, the team constructs a 1-½ inch crossmember for the rear of our Chevy C10 truck. To fabricate a crossmember, you’ll need the metal piece for the crossmember itself, a dimple die and punch and flare/hole flair tools. The dimple die comes with corresponding holes you’ll need to drill. Use the tool to pump the lever and press the metal through with the corresponding dimple die. The result is a concave edge that curls toward the edge of the back of the round hole. The metal now has a stylish look and the punched hole adds strength to the metal crossmember. See the construction of more C10 parts by watching Episode 7 of Project C10 - Fabricating C10 Parts from Scratch.

Concave Edges for Crossmembers

The concave edge of a hole-punched crossmember adds strength because it resists the physical forces that try to warp the face of the metal. When force from the vehicle body is exerted on the crossmember, it hits the concave edge of the holes and the load is distributed across the face of the crossmember rather than allowing it to twist in one direction. This adds significant strength to the frame of your vehicle, so it will always be able to cope with the forces of the road: carrying passengers, driving in various environments, hitting bumps and rough spots and resisting any collisions or other impacts during its lifetime.

Ask a Classic Truck Restoration Mentor

The experts at Project C10 welcome questions about fabricating crossmembers, doing all kinds of transmission and engine repairs, tackling body work and taking on projects big and small to maintain your car. With metal fabrication in particular, it helps to have advice from experienced techs. Before starting your next project, reach out to our Project C10 crew or the mentors in the Project C10 community to ensure you’re always headed in the right direction.

Join the Project C10 Truck Community

Project C10, powered by American Modern, an original video series from Classic Auto Insurance that chronicles the restoration of a 1965 Chevy C10 truck to a beautiful restomod worthy of car show display. Stay up-to-date with Project C10 by subscribing to Classic Auto’s YouTube Channel, following us on Instagram and visiting our C10 Restoration page on ClassicIns.com, where you’ll enjoy step-by-step episodes, project-specific Tech Tips and behind-the-scenes articles that give you an inside look into what it takes to restore a classic collectible like a Chevy C10 truck.
Posted: 1/3/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


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