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    A while back a buddy of mine was telling me that old cars with a delicate rust patina looks so good that they shouldn't be painted -just clear coat 'em and leave them alone. So I started looking at my car. What do you guys think, a couple layers of shellac and call it done?











    There are a couple more images at my new restoration blog. I guess I'm off to buy a few gallons of clear coat!
    Last edited by JimC; 04-06-2011, 01:16 PM.
    '63 Lark Custom, 259 v8, auto, child seat

    "Your friendly neighborhood Studebaker evangelist"

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    Ummm...be sure to get enough hardener at the paint supply house, Jim. <GGG> BP
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    • #3
      Clear Coat? Heck, that'll buff out.
      Working on old cars separates the men from the golfers.

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      • #4
        I think so...if you can show me where the "car" is

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        • #5
          Melt down the weights in the trunk, and use that for filler.

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          • #6
            Put the weights in the holes and have a clear coat low rider

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            • #7
              Take it to your nearest used car dealer and trade it in on a newer Studebaker.
              Fred

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              • #8
                Rust repair is a time consuming process. Paint hides nothing.....and certainly does "not" fill anything!
                Start looking for a better body!
                Good Roads
                Brian
                Brian Woods
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                1946 M Series (Shop Truck)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by woodysrods View Post
                  Start looking for a better body!
                  Good Roads
                  Brian
                  I'm not sure I agree in this case- it's his Grandfather's car, and I'm the sentimental type. Look at his blog.
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                  • #10
                    Its gonna need a second coat.
                    sals54

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                    • #11
                      Nuthin a little duct tape won't fix.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bob Andrews View Post
                        I'm not sure I agree in this case- it's his Grandfather's car, and I'm the sentimental type. Look at his blog.
                        Yeah Bob, it's not the easiest car to be restoring, but long story short, this car meant everything to my grandpa - it was the first car he ever owned that was truly his. I still remember when it was stolen how upset he was, and how he was driving through the ghettos of Omaha looking for it. The car has a lot of family history. Couple that to the fact that my grandpa did more "fathering" to me than my own dad did, and yes, I'm pretty tied to the car. I mean, obviously I'm not going to insist on keeping every original nut and bolt (on that note, if anyone has a rear passenger side fender, I'd be happy to swap that whole panel out!), but the car's frame is solid and the motor actually ran until I started dissasembling the thing, so it's got a lot of potential.
                        '63 Lark Custom, 259 v8, auto, child seat

                        "Your friendly neighborhood Studebaker evangelist"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kirkdob View Post
                          Nuthin a little duct tape won't fix.
                          Funny you should say that. When we moved back to Nebraska last fall, I had already started dismantling the car. The hood and trunk were both off, glass had been removed. It was pandemonium. And then I remembered an episode of Mythbusters where they suspended a crown vic from a crane using nothing but duct tape. If it's good enough for the Mythbusters, it's good enough for me. So I taped it all down, wrapped it up in a tarp for safety, and sure enough, it all made the 400 mile trip without a hitch.
                          '63 Lark Custom, 259 v8, auto, child seat

                          "Your friendly neighborhood Studebaker evangelist"

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                          • #14
                            Looks like you need at least a gallon of Lark Shine
                            Pat Dilling
                            Olivehurst, CA
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Pat Dilling View Post
                              Looks like you need at least a gallon of Lark Shine
                              Isn't that from the same guys who make POR 15? I love their stuff.
                              '63 Lark Custom, 259 v8, auto, child seat

                              "Your friendly neighborhood Studebaker evangelist"

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