Technical :: Body
Removing the Window Crank
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Reproducing Type 34 Aluminum Door Sill Trim
Have you ever seen a Type 34 with perfect door sill trim? They are usually scratched, gouged, or dented from years of use. You can reproduce them yourself and end up with a very close match.
Pick up a copy of Hemmings Motor News and look for workshops who specialize in custom body modifications. Contact them and ask if they have a metal brake capable of bending 16 gauge aluminum in lengths greater than 39 inches. Send them one of your original trims.
Polish the trim to a mirror-like finish. This is a time consuming process, but necessary: the metal brake at the shop can put deep gouges in the aluminum that must be smoothed out.
Etch lines into the trim to match the original parts and drill and countersink the holes for the mounting screws. You can use a large sharpened nail and a long metal straight edge to create the lines. Lightly polish to remove any burrs that result from this process.
Making sure the trim still has a mirror-like finish, have the trim clear anodized. This aluminum plating process will harden the surface just like the originals. After anodizing the surface will be a duller flat gray.
Step 5 (the last step):
Clear coat the trim! This will provided additional protection. Eastwood.com has a couple of clear coating finishes you can apply yourself.
Striker Plate Restoration
Work on that door "clunk". From the March 2001 Newsletter
Do It Yourself: Front Window Hinge Seals
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Quarter Window Hinge Rubber Repro
Paul Colbert finds gold in some Type 1 rubber. From the January 1991 Registry newsletter.