Wednesday, June 20, 2018

LILY COLOR STUDY

Okay gang,
This is my favorite part. Charlie (Builder), and Tina (Interior) and I started doing the rudimentary planning for Lily. Without giving away trade secrets, we've got a plan in the works. Three colors. Deep Purple. Light Gold. White. That's it. HEre's a basic breakdown and some visual reference afterwards:

I: BODY: Dark Purple Suede
II: ENGINE: Aztec Gold
III: INTERIOR: Pearl White


I: BODY 

A PURPLE DEEP. JUST ENOUGH TO BE SINISTER. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SUEDE-LIKE TEXTURE. THAT'S ALL I WILL SAY FOR NOW.







II: ENGINE 

We're looking for a good lighter gold without too much orange in it. 
Aztec golds, 50s golds, subtle golds. Lee Pratt has a good handle on it. See below.
We're talking about using Jet Hot and light gold as the two colors. 
The image below is an excellent example. 

Block in gold. dress up items in double dipped and polished Jet-Hot. 
A surfer scoop and single four-barrel carb. in combo of Jet-Hot and gold paint. 








I'm leaning in the direction of a Rustoleum color with a clear on top. 
The Clear would want to be baked on. More on that later. First at low temp 
200 degrees, then at 400 degrees. More on this later. 


A good reference for light gold. Not too orangy or blingy. 


Lee Pratt's engine. Tasty and understated.

III: INTERIOR REFERENCE

Good color reference. Stich work too blingy. 

To tufted, but like the comfiness.



Very nice and clean. Two tone to add bling?



See next note. 

Too much, but love the wraparound effect, and the center division between seats.

A cross between prior and this one would be cool. A little more bling. 



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

FRESH METAL


Just got my rear corner patch panels and the new rear valance from MAC's to match my new tail lights from Dave Nowicky @ Throwback Hot Rod Designs. 
Now all I need is a killer metal guy. Ah, progress. 




Friday, June 15, 2018

THROWBACK SAND-CAST TAIL LIGHT HOUSINGS.

Just when I thought my tail light search was going to drive me over the edge, along comes Dave Nowicky of Throwback Hot Rod Designs. To those who haven't had the pleasure, Dave had taken it upon himself to create the perfect solution, IMHO. His sand-cast tail light housings come in several styles and can be ordered raw, or in polished form, which the beauties I'm sharing with you today did.

The tail lights arrived with everything a knucklehead needs to install 'em, short of a stepped drill bit, a Sharpee and a measuring tape. Rumor has it that Dave was inspired by Madonna's bra when he came up with the pair I'm rocking here, but many more options are available via the Throwback Hot Rod Design website: https://www.throwback.design/


I spent the morning mocking up four different combos and here they are:





These two styles are very similar but the one of the left had deeper recesses and slightly more circumference.
(See shot below for details)

AND THE WINNER IS:




Saturday, June 2, 2018

ENGINE DETAILING

Started some light teardown and detailing of my nailhead.
Off with the stock 4bbl intake and Holley carb. I'm strongly considering painting the engine after doing a good cleaning. I picked up two cans of Hot Rod Red at Napa yesterday, but will like have to pull the block out to do a great job, which would allow me to get the Turbo 400 dialed in. New seals, etc. Will likely paint the trans to match the block. 


I took the liberty of mocking up the 4X2 intake I bought five years ago at the Lone Star Round Up. 
I'm one carb short of a full mock-up. 




Thursday, May 31, 2018

PREPPING MY SPEEDO & CENTERING IN DASH

Did a some light fabrication work this morning.



I took a Dremel cut-off wheel to the dash material surrounding my Riviera's gauge and removed all the excess hard plastic material.



Next move,  remove the dash and figure out the best way to center the speedo in the existing dash, or a fabricated dash. Thinking a shallow sunken headlight bucket might be a nice touch and allow me to point it slightly towards the driver.

I'm planning to mount the accessory gauges up above in the header panel, just above eye line so the road remains my main focus. Could also angle the gauges slightly towards the driver at same angle as the speedo. Might even mount the gauge in a headlight bucket for dramatic effect.

The Glader roadster Pinkee's built a decade ago is a good reference:



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WHEEL SPACERS -- DOH!




How tight is too tight as far as tire clearance? Allow me to illustrate. Our John's Industries rear end is in and we have too issues with it. One it's just a hair too narrow. And it isn't centered with the suspension plumbed. So I've decided to kill two birds with three stones. Wheel spacers.

I'm ordering a set of three wheel spacers for my 5X 5.5" wheels in1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" thickness. That'll give me three options to push both wheels out equally.

I figure the right space behind the rear wheels will fix the issue. It remains to be seen whether a swap to longer wheel studs will be necessary. I look at it this way. It's the perfect The perfect excuse to order a set of 1/2"-20 bullet style lugs for my rear wheels. Come to think of, a whole set would be pretty nice.

Here's where I found what I'm looking for.

Stay tuned to see the results.