Saturday, April 13, 2013
Portland Swap Meet and Paint
Dennis K and I spent last weekend selling parts at the Portland Swap Meet. This is a HUGE swap meet that goes for 2 1/2 days. We had one 10'x10' spot and it was chocked full of stuff. We came with 2 truck loads and left with half a load. We had a great time and got rid of a lot of excess parts.
This was our view but the picture only shows a 1/3 of the building. There were 3 other buildings like this one. The outdoor section was 3 times as big as all of the indoor buildings combined.
OK, back to business. It's time to paint. This is the Flaming River tilt column and wheel adaptor I purchased last year. I cleaned and masked the parts to get them ready for paint.
I also prepped the two windshield wiper grills and the speaker cover. Here they are already in primer. I used the same paint I used on the car.
These are aluminum blinker and tilt wheel levers supplied with the steering column. They're nice but not very 1963-ish. I decided to modify them.
This is the original blinker switch from our car. I want our new switches to look like this.
These are the same switches shown above. I put them in the lathe and modified them. I masked then painted the ends to look like plastic. They're not though, these are still solid aluminum.
The speaker cover had a little corrosion. The little green specks are primer that filled in the defects. This is smooth to the touch but still gets another coat of primer. I don't want any metal showing when I shoot color.
Check it out! The steering column looks spectacular. The switches look great too.
It looks great from the passenger side as well.
And how about those wiper grills? I couldn't have asked for better. I am very pleased.
But the speaker grill sucks. Really sucks. So, I need to find a good dark blue or black color, probably with a semi-gloss or satin finish. I am not sure which. Wish me luck.
I'll work on the speaker grill next. It really needs to be toned way down.
Thanks for watching.