Under the dash, who knows, maybe my spark is down here…
I started out with every intention of creating spark today. And I created lots of little sparks here and there, indicating that life does indeed live in this car. Just not where I want it to exist. I have nearly zero experience with distributors or their simple but surprisingly elaborate design. I’m reminded just how far electronics have gone throughout the years, and also suddenly amazed that anybody ever thought ‘gosh, I’ll ignite compressed flammable gas in a metal cube with tiny electric sparks created by magnets and wheels….’ What?
Anyhow. I finally reached a point where I closed the hood. The first time I’ve physically closed the hood in about a week. I then took a step back and just admired the lines and curves of this car. It didn’t matter that the Dodge wasn’t sputtering fuel and smoke throughout my garage. It didn’t matter that the second I do get it running I’ll find another serious issue which needs immediate attention. What mattered right then and there was that it was right there. It was sitting right there looking fanfreakingtastic.
I remembered how this isn’t about getting the car started so I can drive off to get groceries. Or to park it in a hot parking lot while I go about my day. This is a project. And it’ll be a long project. And that’s not just ok, that’s great!
I continued looking at it, and I decided that I may not have the mechanical abilities to make antique electronics spring to life, but there’s plenty more to do.
I cleaned up the work bench and wiped it down. Then I pulled out my arsenal of microfiber towels, polishing pads and assorted cleaning compounds, polishes and waxes. Tonight I would make the driver door look as glossy and spectacular as the passenger door.
A lot of people talk about the patina of older cars. I respect that concept. That a classic automobile has been around the block more than a few times and that you can celebrate its age by leaving it as is. I respect that, but don’t think this car needs that. This car has the richest and most fantastic black paint I have ever seen on a car. And I want that to pop and shine.
A complete repainting of the car will no doubt eventually happen. The surface rust is widespread and without some sort of care it will eventually spread. But in the mean time I do agree that the rust does bring out a certain amount of personality to the car. Especially when the rust is showcased by mirror like painted surfaces. This contrast, to me, makes it so fantastic.
driver side after a short amount of sanding/paint correction and wax/polish.
I proceeded to lightly wet sand a section, which did work wonders, but I get very concerned about removing too much of the thin paint and opening up semi sealed up rust wounds, so I used the paper sparingly.
Not bad, but it was getting late, and I needed to do one more thing while I let some wax dry. So I approached the dashboard chrome. The dash retains a lot of shine and sparkle, but has a lot of pitting that I am going to research more before I try to remove. For now removal of dust between the lines and a light polishing is where I’ll leave it. I realized that it was even later yet, and I need to return with a short bristled toothbrush next time.
slowly the dash will take shape, for now I have only worked randomly at single sections.