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Shelby Hiawatha Arrow 'Regrestoration'

Discussion in 'BUILDS' started by The Renaissance Man, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. The Renaissance Man

    The Renaissance Man __CERTIFIED DIVER__ (Open Water & Open Dumpster)

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    This is a collaboration project between myself and Brant Mackley in New Mexico. Brant pieced together all of the parts necessary to build a 1938 Hiawatha Arrow and passed off all of the painted parts to me to do what I call a 'regrestoration' on them. Afterwards, they will be shipped back to him for the rest of the build.

    All of the pieces will be media blasted down to bare metal, repairs made, and then individually prepared for paint. At that point the paint process will be a sort of regressive 'New Old Paint' meaning that despite being new, it will take on the characteristics and warmth of an 82 year old (used but not abused) survivor.

    Along the way I will also take the opportunity to make molds from some of these rare sheet metal parts for future fiberglass reproductions!

    Here is the starting point:
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    Looking forward to the progress, or is that pro-regress?, on this one :thumbsup::113::thumbsup:
     
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    The parts pile is incredible! The lines on the tank and guard, the curved strut fenders, I've never seen any of those before. What an opportunity
     
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    I actually started some of the work a while back after the parts first arrived. Some of you on facebook have already seen the tank but here is where it started.

    The tank had some minor damage. You can see some of it here.
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    The red insert had a dent that was 'oil canning' but I was able to hammer it out with a shrinking dolly and finish smoothing it with some filler.
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    To work on the tank halves and keep everything properly aligned I made a work surface that allowed the internal bracing to extend through and out of the way.
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    This will come into play later when it comes time to make the molds.
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    Next step was body work and primer.

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    Subscribed!.......neat-oh....:)
     
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    I LOvE It:praise:
     
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    Here are the tank halves mounted, wet sanded, waxed and ready to start the mold making process.

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    I've been waiting to schedule time at the fiberglass shop at Unique Motorcars and finally got in this week!
    The first step was to spray the plug with gel coat.
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    More to come in the next few days!
     
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    The first layer of glass is on the mold!

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    Waiting for one final layer of glass on the mold next week. Here's where it stands today.

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    Meanwhile, back at the ranch...


    The rear rack looked pretty sad at first glance, but no too bad under the layers of house paint and rust.

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    The home made add on braces where removed. the wavy dented metal was hammered out and I also welded up the extra holes. Sorry, no process pics but here it is after the repairs and a final pass through the media blasting cabinet.

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    After a coat of high build primer the body work began.

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    The final coat of slick sand primer is on the rack. Just needs to be wet sanded and it will be ready to be waxed in preparation for another mold!

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    The first half of the tank mold is done! So far so good.

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    Next step will be to create 'dams' for the second half.
     
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    I'm guessing this might be a precursor to RRB BO #15? :nerd:
     
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    Dam it! That looks so cool!
     
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    I've learned not to rule anything out when it comes to the RRBBO's. The past few years at this time I've been thinking that I'll sit the next one out and focus my attention on summer home projects but then I find myself building bikes again.:21:
    If I get the Shelby tank and rack molds finished before then it will be hard not to want to build one up for sure.

    But to answer your question, no it's not in my plans right now. I've got to finish this bike and get it shipped back to New Mexico before I can think about building anything for myself.
     
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    More progress today on the tank mold.

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    Ready for wax and then back to the fiberglass shop for part two of the tank molds.


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