Re: The Duchess Project: 1940 Super 8 Convertible Sedan

Posted by Joe Santana On 2010/10/20 22:51:46
The first step was dismantling the Duchess. As one person comment Gee, it didn't look that bad before you took it apart. This was from a fashion shot for Anne Klein with Crown Point on the Columbia Gorge in the background. But the car was worn out. It was unsafe. I felt responsible.

My son and I pulled everything off. All the large parts were loaded in his pick-up and taken to the stripper in Oregon City where vast tank of chemicals took everything off.

We borrowed a steam cleaner and stripped away 45 years of dirt and grime from what was left.

I brought all the small parts into the basement for cleaning, organizing, and prep for rebuilding. We kept a book of everything we did as we did it. We noted issues we'd have to deal with later, missing parts, incorrect parts, parts so worn they'd have to be replaced.

Under the vinyl upholstery, was the original red leather.

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