View Full Version : Finished with the finish on the 51

09-07-2018, 04:48 PM
I finished resurrecting the finish on the 51 as best I can. The first set of pictures are before. It makes a good 20 footer now. Works for now not to have to repaint it all. It is a driver.
Just have to repaint the top(medium metallic grey) and she will be done on the outside. Interior will be finished in November. Few mechanic bugs left and we are good.

https://s19.postimg.cc/x2t934so3/2016-06-09_15.50.31.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/3nnku4o4f/)
https://s19.postimg.cc/ya10c2j1v/2018-01-09_14.49.37.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/940258hrj/)https://s19.postimg.cc/hm9i9lbfn/2018-01-09_14.49.48.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/kgcnn1dlr/)
https://s19.postimg.cc/9tiuhlq0z/2018-01-09_14.50.01.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/5ke4ffmrj/)
https://s19.postimg.cc/7c73acdub/2018-01-09_14.50.13.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/vfxuymwb3/)

and After...
https://s19.postimg.cc/spxvfw2ib/2018-09-07_13.49.11.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/gbb3fkazz/)
https://s19.postimg.cc/qy4wkzqv7/2018-09-07_13.49.00.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/uui8gzbun/)
https://s19.postimg.cc/j5e8t181f/2018-09-07_13.49.59.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/pj3bwacxb/)
https://s19.postimg.cc/ismumui1v/2018-09-07_13.49.49.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/mp06iu31b/)
https://s19.postimg.cc/ismumuac3/2018-09-07_13.49.43.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/pvuq2gfrj/)

09-07-2018, 04:49 PM
Love it! ..................

09-07-2018, 04:52 PM
Wow! What a difference!

09-07-2018, 04:57 PM
Yes, after 6 days of wet sanding, machined rubbing compound, finishing compound, carnuba wax, buffing. My hands are swollen, stiff and hurt. All worth it:!!:

09-07-2018, 07:02 PM
Looks much better! :!: That Top resembles Convertible Top Material from a distance. :D


09-07-2018, 08:26 PM
Looks good Jim. Are you bringing it out to the IDYSD festivities tomorrow?

09-07-2018, 08:35 PM
I was going to but if you notice I said slight mechanical bugs. I have a fuel supply Issues that’s making it bog down a little bit and unreliable..

09-07-2018, 08:53 PM
Too bad, but I hear ya, it's gonna be a hot one. I figure that's why I'm paying for AAA+... :)

09-07-2018, 08:59 PM
Amazing change! Congratulations! Well done.

09-07-2018, 10:11 PM
I like the '50 bullet, and like paint came out awesome!

09-08-2018, 07:52 AM
That's outstanding, well done.


Chris Pile
09-08-2018, 08:13 AM
Good job! Looks terrific in the sunlight.

09-08-2018, 09:07 AM
I was going to but if you notice I said slight mechanical bugs. I have a fuel supply Issues that’s making it bog down a little bit and unreliable..

Some of our long-time forum members might be tired of me mentioning this but I still find myself repeating a similar problem that occurred in the early 1990's when I was resurrecting my '51 Land Cruiser to driveable status after it sat unused for about two decades. It was a relatively low mileage original car. I had done the usual tune-up, rebuilt the brakes, new timing cover gaskets, rear main seal, oil pan gasket, new transmission fluid, plugs, wires, points, cleaned carb, etc...Then I painted it and reupholstered the seats. I had the Grand Lady Elegant again!:)

She ran great in the yard! Then, I worked up enough courage to point her downhill, out on to the road, for about a three-mile local road excursion! Like your experience, about the time I was out of sight of my house, it began to bog down, hiccup, and buck like it was running out of gas.:( It was early morning, not much traffic, and I was able to nurse the car back home. Once again, sitting in the driveway, the engine smoothed out, purring like a kitty, and even revved up without a miss when romping on the gas a little. But, if I romped on the gas a lot, it would begin to bog and sputter as if it were not getting enough fuel.

It really bewildered me.:confused: The fuel pump was new, the inline filter I had installed from the tank was new, and when the hose was disconnected, gas would flow freely. I could blow back from the hose under the hood, and hear air bubbles gurgling in the tank! I removed the carburetor and it was clean! I checked and rechecked the float level.

During that time, I had suffered a health issue and was out of work on "short-term disability." I was supposed to take it easy and not do any heavy physical work. However, sitting in the house watching TV was driving me nuts. I think tinkering with the car was one of the things that really helped me recover. Anyway, finally, after several attempts to locate the trouble, out of desperation, I brought the carburetor in the house and decided to completely dismantle darn thing. I was determined to remove every component! The very first thing I removed, turned out to reveal the problem. It was the inlet fitting at the carburetor fuel bowl! There, I found a tiny wafer of a copper screen. It is a filter. It was full of trash, including some kind of bug wing! Sometime in the car's past, the fuel line from the fuel pump to the carburetor inlet must have been exposed enough to allow this invasion of trash & debris. Once cleaned, that problem was solved!

In the years since I have had other problems crop up, but not that one. If your carburetor still has that "itty bitty tiny" filter screen in place, make sure to check/clean it. It is possible for a little trash there to allow an engine to run fine at idle, but not allow enough fuel to pass for the demand needed for actual driving.

If it turns out not to be your problem...well...never mind...;)

09-08-2018, 10:33 AM
That is great advice. I was getting ready to do all the tests you mentioned in the next couple days, including a carb tear down and fuel filter replacement. It just started doing this. It runs fine at idle and up to about 25 but if you want it to downshift it will but slows down actually. I had just clean and KBS coated the tank. Maybe something got to the filters.