For those who have followed my speedster project last fall and winter. This will be the last of the work till next fall. I finally received the custom gas tank I had made for the speedster. It allowed me to finish the wood work for the rear deck/trunk area of the body. The gas tank was a beautiful job. I will show a pic of it beside a standard tank to show how much larger mine is. It is a 20 gallon tank. That is the size that a lot of the speedster ads from back in the day say come with their bodies. It was such a pretty tank, it is a shame, to have to age it to match the rest of my original body. But I have started the aging. It is already about 1/2 way their with only a few weeks in the leaf pile. I keep the leaves wet and covered with a tarp. I check it once a week. Just for kicks I started playing with the lettering I may do on the end of the tank. It will be a lot nicer (I hope) than what I did with a "sharpie" Any ideas will be appreciated on the art work. So now it is garden time, vacation time, and whatever the wife wants time. Till next fall, the speedster is on hold...
I love this build! If you want examples of old script #s take a look at old license plates. keep on the good work.
Donnie, nice work! To bad we have to wait until the fall for work to continue, but it will be back around before we know it. Good idea with the leaf pile, haven't heard of that one yet.
Chad, I have till fall to "soak" and "ferment" the tank. She should be "aged" nicely by then ... I also lightly glass beaded the tank to remove the shine, and then took sandpaper to the edges and high points of the beads, before I started the leaf pile. The leaves seem to be staining the tank, and the water is leaving streaks. All of it is in a random natural looking pattern. I never tried the leaf pile before but it seems to be working out OK. I just have to keep the pile wet and covered with a tarp to keep the pile from drying out to fast ... I told the tank manufacture what I was going to do and all he did was smile. Im taking a pic of the tank in the leaf pile to show him this weekend.
hola amigo .... i am new in this forum .. ..congratulation for you project, is very good .....greetins from argentina.-
Great Project. Thanks for sharing the pictures and info.
Did you put anything inside the tank to keep it from rusting? I would be afraid of moisture condensing in an empty tank stored outside.
Nice looking speedster by the way. Thanx for all the photos.
First class work there Donnie. Your project has come a long way... Thank you for sharing your progress with us.
Here are a few links to past posts of the speedster project
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For those who are not totally sick of my speedster project by now, here are a few more links to past threads ... There is no order to the threads, just the order I found them to link to ...
Saw this pic and thought of ya
Nathan, Thanks for the picture. That is as close to my speedster body as I have seen. Its even underslung and has disc wheels ... Thanks very much for the pic. The size and resolution of that pic is fantastic ...
Here is Nathans pic..
no problem! It has an idea for pin-striping too if that interests ya
It also appears to possibly be a galvanized metal body. I say that because of the way the paint is "flaking" off the rear trunk sill. That is typically how paint "fails" over galvanize.
Great looking speedster, i love it. Is it just an illusion, or are the front tires/rims bigger than the back?
John, I think it may be an illusion, but they do look larger. I can never get over how close the oil pans are to the ground. With the roads as bad as they were back then, it is amazing we have any useable pans .....
That IS a great speedster photo! Thanks Donnie B and Nathan B!
my pleasure. always on the lookout for good speedster pics!
A thought for aging the galvanized metal is muratic acid. Take a sample piece of galvanized metal and splash the acid on to see the effects.
I have a small bottle of acid to neutralize galvanized metal for soldering. Seems even in a sealed plastic bottle the acid will leak into the atmosphere and add patina to any bare metal near.
As far as aging paint, striping and lettering, find an old honest to god hand sign painter. They can work wonders on metal. I needed some striping filled in and my sign painter was the perfect guy to do the job.
just a thought,