I enjoyed making old cars look Brand-New for many years but now it's fun making them look old. The clubs I have joined are dedicated to preserving these vehicles and I believe this is not any less honest. It is also a good way to put some of the old parts to good use that have been discarded as not good enough to use on a nice restoration.
It is a little tedious making sure all the fasteners that show are what they used originally. I have saved a lot of old rusty wood screws and have taken the zinc or cad, off with fire or vinegar.
It is getting a little cramped in the basement. Maybe I should have made this one a Cut-Off.
Phillips screws? I have some of those in my touring and I'm replacing them with the right kind.
I will leave the Phillips screws that don't show in. Others I will change at final assembly. As I am building this in the basement I will have to partially disassemble it before taking it to the Garage.
A lot of the "restorations" I have done in my life were not the level of quality I wanted. Problems with life and family all too often just got in the way. I have consoled myself with the knowledge that most of those cars would have never been restored by anyone else. Therefore, they would not exist today if I had not "restored" them.
I figure that almost any restoration that does help to preserve cars of the distant past is good restoration as long as it does not destroy something original and special. As long as it is preserved, it can always be "better restored" later.
I figure that what you did with your coupe, and are now doing with this, is a good thing. How could one more of each of these cars put back on the road, seen, and enjoyed, be a bad thing? I love it!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Thanks Wayne. We have really enjoyed the reaction folks have when they see the Coupe. This one should be fun and is sure a good way to spend time.