How to Keep Rust from Attacking Your Classic Car

JohnAuto Body Tips, Body and Paint, Classic Car Restoration, Muscle Car Restoration, New Car Builds, Tech TipsApril 6, 20172 Comments

1941Zephyr Blue on the lift ready for restoration

Hate Rust? Here’s How to Keep Your Classic Car from Rusting


If you’re a classic car lover then this article should help you…


Unlike many of the new cars in production currently, some of which have the bodies and metal parts dipped a zinc-coating or anti-corrosion primers… One of the best car manufacturers out there for protecting the bodies is Porsche. They were way ahead of the curve.


Unfortunately the classic and muscle cars, when they were built back in the day by the Big 3, they used very little sealer and virtually no paint on the undersides.


Below is how to keep your envy-inspiring dream machine from, slowly but surely, turning into a rust bucket:



First of all, if you are just building and restoring a car, then you are going to be able to take different steps than someone who already owns a complete car.



These steps are if you are building a car and what to do as you are building it to prevent it from rusting away due to moisture.


Below you will see my weapons in the war against rust when I restore a classic or muscle car:



  • PPG DP90 Epoxy

DP90 Is the first step in how to keep your classic car rust free


PPG makes an awesome product that has been out for a long time. When we do media blasting on the frames and the underside of the bodies, DP90 is a nice Epoxy Primer that comes in black which is awesome for the chassis and steel bodies. This would be my first line of defense. Of course then at that point, it will be refinished in whatever color we are shooting the chassis and undersides.


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  • Debeer Primer

The Debeer Primer is the best I've seen in 34 years. We started using this primer about 10 years ago. What turned me onto it was that it was a very heavy, high-build primer that came in black, white, and buff. Most high-end automotive finish paint companies don't offer high-solids urethane black primer (which is absolutely necessary if you plan on having your high-end job laser straight after body work).


  • 3M Bare Metal Seam Sealer & 3M Heavy Bodied Seam Sealer



The 3M bare metal seam sealer is, believe it or not, on the 64-70 Ford Mustangs and the 67-69 Camaros, the factory did horrible with sealing the cars. This let water come in from the inside and from underneath. We use the 3M bare metal seam sealer in certain areas and then we use the heavy bodied seam sealer where were are filling big voids.


  • RusFre (brand) Clear Inner Panel Undercoating

This is really good stuff to shoot inside:

  • Inner panels
  • Doors
  • Inside Quarter Panels
  • Inner Front Fenders
  • Inside Wheel Wells
  • Inside Rocker Panels
  • Even Inside Frame Rails


This is basically like the old war days when they used to shoot the cosmoline on the military Jeeps so that they wouldn't rust on the transport ships overseas.



Pay Careful Attention to Underside and Wheel Areas.


Due to the accumulation of mud, sand, road salt, and everything else on the road - rust is likely to target your classic car’s underside and wheel areas. Pay special attention to these spots.


Also, be careful when using a high-pressure washer, as these can remove the protective under seal.


We suggest rinsing out your cars when you get them dirty and make sure to keep dirt out of the wheel wells. You can even use a blow-gun to blow-dry the car when you're done to remove the water from behind the stainless moldings and whatnot.



I'm sure everyone has heard of the Mother's Spray mist where if the cars not dirty just give it a little mist and wipe it down. This keeps your car dry.



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The smartest and best way you can keep your classic car looking and running beautifully for years to come is by befriending with a classic car restoration specialist in Florida.


You’ll get the expert advice you need to keep rust and other threats at bay.


And just as importantly, you can be assured that you’ll be supported by a team that cares as much about classic cars as you do.


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1941 Lincoln Zephyr: Inside Palm Beach Customs Classic Car Restoration Shop Florida

JohnAbout Us, Classic Car Restoration, Cool Cars, Restoration, TestimonialsFebruary 23, 20171 Comment

Full restoration of a 1941 Lincoln Zepher Lee County, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, SWFL.

Some cars you never forget. In today’s post we are going to show you 2 of the cars the team at Palm Beach Customs will never stop talking about… The 1941 Lincoln Zephyrs that we restored the body and paint on – one blue metallic & the other maroon.



Still Talking About These Lincoln Zehpyrs in our Classic Car Restoration Shop Florida


A little known fact, Raymond Loewy redesigned the 1941 Lincoln Zephyrs to be the beautiful cars they are. So when Craig Watjen, part-owner of the Seattle Mariners in the 1990s came to us to do full body and paint work on his maroon 41 Lincoln Zephyr Cabriolet we could not say no.



As a matter of fact, Craig was the type of guy that wore blue jeans and a flannel shirt – you know the type of guy that you can totally have a cool conversation with despite being a multi-millionaire. When I went over everything we did with the maroon cabriolet he immediately told me about his rust free 41 Lincoln 3-window coupe. To find one of those is rarer than finding hen’s teeth. So we ended up doing the body and paint.





Some of you might not know this, but Craig Watjen grew up in Pawtucket, R.I. going to Harvard. He played in the Boston Symphony Orchestra on occasion but gave up music to move to California to attend Standford’s business graduate program.


While there he met Bill Gates and became an early stockholder of Microsoft. As an early Microsoft stockholder, Watjen was a wealthy man when he retired as assistant head of the company’s treasury department in 1990. He invested in restoring old Ford’s and Lincoln’s – he had quite the collection – supporting music, cancer research, and become a minor owner of the Seattle Mariners.




Unfortunately, he passed away from prostate cancer, but his cars and good works will live on with the people he worked with.





See the Blue 1941 Lincoln Zeypher Being Painted in Our Classic Car Restoration Shop Florida…



Back in the day most cars were black and gray. They didn't really  have too many cool colors. But that light blue metallic was really sharp as well the maroon.



Check Out the Maroon 1941 Lincoln Zephyr Cabriolet Custom Paint and Restoration...



This maroon cabriolet had a tan leather hide from Europe for interior. Just the leather for that interior cost $12,000.




My friends over at Narragansett Wiring, Ed Pease, at one time ran Narragansett Restoration and they were up by the University of Rhode Island. He was an award winning restoration shop back in the 60s and 70s.

I got to be friends with him and started learning when I was very young with those guys. they specialized in original OEM wiring harness design and manufacturing.


We used to go to the car shows in Carlisle, PA, park next to all the big vendors like Lynn Steel (they made all the injection molds and produced all the after market rubber and weatherstripping) as well as Dennis Carpenter, who was good friends with us. Carpenter's Restoration Parts produces Ford aftermarket sheet metal and restoration parts.



Full restoration of a 1941 Lincoln Zepher Lee County, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, SWFL.
Braided, original OEM style wiring

They had the old 1918 braiding machines that they would run the wire through the machine. It would be color coated and they would run the wiring through a lacquer tower that would coat it with clear lacquer. That would preserve the cloth-coating.

The new harnesses they built using the new modern plastic coated wiring and then run it through the braiding machine so it was much better than the original cloth-coating alone.



If you are looking for a factory wiring harness, the best made in the USA definitely give Narragansett Wiring a call. This is not to be compared Painless Wiring Harnesses - the harnesses built by Narragansett Wiring are for when you're restoring a half-a million dollar car - these harnesses are made to factory original specs.



So there is the story behind 2 of the classic cars we can't stop talking about on Palm Beach Customs.

Doing the body and paint work on two of Craig Watjen's 1941 Lincoln Zephyrs was an amazing opportunity. Hope you liked hearing about it!



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1969 Boss 302 Mustang inspiration car: Most potent Barn find Ever?

JohnCool Cars, RestorationOctober 7, 20150 Comment

Larry Shinoda’s First 1969 Boss 302 Mustang inspiration car: Most potent Barn find Ever?

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Ohn Grafelman bleeds Ford blue. He says he is “invariably watching for historic Fords.” He remembers reading way back to the early ’80s about the lengthy-lost 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 prototype once owned via automobile clothier Larry Shinoda. Now, wouldn’t that be a Mustang to seek out?

Incredibly, this hardworking farmer from Peoria, Illinois, already owned that very Mustang. Unbeknownst to him, the ‘sixty nine Cobra Jet fastback he bought by way of an advert in the regional newspaper used to be that very vehicle.

“the fellow I bought it from was once an aged man or woman,” says John. “He told me that this car had some Ford historical past.”

The vendor made no point out of the automobile’s prototype history. The Cobra Jet fastback’s exact points would have with ease been misplaced within the palms of both a restorer or a modifier. Nevertheless, John proved to be very observant. The day he drove the automobile to his farm he realized the rear window game slats weren’t construction.

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“They had been up to now faraway from creation they stood out like a sore thumb,” John says. What number of house owners would fully grasp the latches were one of a kind?

After riding the auto for 2 years and 7,000 miles, John saved it safely in considered one of his barns. Although he did not comprehend the automobile’s heritage, he and his loved ones continually said the auto as “their precise model Mustang.” His spouse, Danette, remembers, “We drove it, had Jason’s youngster seat in the again, after which i noticed it was sort of hard to get him inside and out of, so we parked it, and that’s where we stopped. The years glided by faster and rapid.”

because the years handed and first-iteration Mustangs became valuable, Mustang month-to-month, super Ford, and different magazines wrote stories about the lost Shinoda Boss prototype. Donald Farr even released a guide, Mustang Boss 302, with more knowledge on the illustrious Boss.


John kept uncovering specific features on his ‘sixty nine Mustang. The spoiler mounted on the rear decklid obviously didn’t fit the mould of a creation unit. “it is three inches wider and it’s thicker. And the blade on it’s sharper,” he says. Also, the rear spoiler’s two pedestals are 5 inches nearer collectively than construction and have a chrome finish, evidently now not stock.

There used to be additionally an obstacle about the car’s stance. “I was variety of considering that possibly this automobile came out with some susceptible springs, why it set so low,” John recalls. “the front and back? It sits low.”1969 boss 302 mustang 5


Of direction, the prototype Boss sat low for the reason that of the best way Kar Kraft reworked the suspension (which was once developed on an extra Boss prototype). Kar Kraft used to be Ford’s job save for constructing forte racing, prototype, and high-performance models, including both Bosses, the Boss 302 and 429.


The simulated scoops on prime of the rear quarters have been an additional major problem. Every Mach 1 came with these scoops. However, Shinoda favored a tender physique for his Boss. Each ’69½ Boss 302 got here from the manufacturing facility with smooth rear quarters with out the fake scoops—which is how John’s Mustang looked. He checked for evidence of changes to this scoop on his auto. He poked a protracted replicate down the quarter from inside the trunk and could see brazing work from the backside. Later, he pulled the rear seat to peer the work directly.

“Ford brazed on those caps. They are not pop-riveted.”

The stripes have been one other question mark. They gave the look of ‘sixty nine-old Boss 302 stripes, but without the Boss 302 brand. Donald Farr’s booklet showed a snapshot of this Boss prototype parked in Shinoda’s driveway. Sure sufficient, the stripes have been the identical, despite the fact that the rear quarter-panel scoops had no longer but been modified.


A manufacturing unit Shaker scoop poked by means of the hood. The ‘sixty nine Boss 302, on the other hand, got here with a flat hood on top of the Boss 302 engine. (The Shaker grew to be optional on the Boss 302 for the ’70 model 12 months.)


John had read about Shinoda’s Boss 302 prototype. He knew it used to be firstly a ’69 Mach 1 with a 428 CJ and computerized transmission. Ford did not introduce the Boss 302 except the spring of 1969. The primary Mach 1 predates the first Boss 302.

According to Mustang Boss 302, “some of the earliest Boss 302 picture prototypes was a Mach 1 Cobra Jet that regarded in a photograph with Shinoda and a Cougar Eliminator.” (Shinoda additionally designed the pics for the Boss 302’s Mercury counterpart.)


Shinoda used to be a scorching-shot fashion designer in these days, already noted for his work at normal Motors. I knew him well since he attended vehicle hobbies. He was once one of us, not just a famous automobile clothier. Born in 1930, he built scorching rods in the ’50s before graduating from the art middle university of Design in los angeles, his fatherland.

John researched this invoice to his Mustang, which matched his car’s VIN and had “L Shinoda” in the 1/3 line from the top. The Ship to address at the bottom is for the I R storage, which is right across the street from the Ford Design center. This file proves the link to both Larry Shinoda and the Ford Design core. The crew used the Pastel grey fastback as a palette to apply Shinoda’s now noted Boss 302 images.

Shinoda was instrumental in the design of the usual ‘sixty three Corvette “split window” coupe. Three months after his buddy Bunkie Knudsen left GM in January 1968 to turn out to be president of Ford, Shinoda switched brands too. At Ford, he helped design the original Boss Mustang and in addition got here up with the name Boss. He genuinely stopped the auto from having the identify SR-2 when the decals have been already made. SR-2 stood for Sedan Racing staff 2.


Shinoda normally questioned what occurred to his old Boss prototype. He offered the scorching auto to his tailor in Brighton, Michigan, sometime around 1970-1972. That is the final he knew.


In 1976, John read an ad in his regional paper for a Mustang. The advert called the vehicle a “1969 Cobra Jet,” he recollects. He paid cash for what he notion was once a Mach 1 with the 428 Cobra Jet backed by using a C6 automatic transmission. John recalls that the odometer read somewhere around 70,000 miles. The deluxe Mach 1 seats have been black with the inventory crimson stripe. He noticed a tilt wheel, an electric trunk lock, and a constructed-in burglar alarm within the trunk.

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The Cobra Jet fastback sat in John’s storage and barn (quite often the barn) from 1978. Then, 12 to 13 years ago on a travel to California, his son Jason visited a couple of strong point car earnings places asking about his father’s striped Mustang. An owner of one of the crucial stores had a snapshot of Shinoda’s Boss 302 with his two daughters, Karen and Lisa. This man knew many info about Shinoda and this car, together with the fact that the customary engine used to be a 428 CJ. He additionally knew Shinoda had mounted an aluminum consumption on the 428 CJ. Stock 428 CJs came with cast iron intakes, however this aluminum consumption used to be nonetheless on John’s 428 CJ.


Jason noticed that the automobile within the portraits had fender scoops atop the rear quarters. His dad’s ‘69 Boss 302 had gentle quarter-panels. Might be his father didn’t have Shinoda’s Boss?

John commenced intensive research to examine if he owned the Shinoda Boss. Shinoda died in 1997. At present, John laments, “I would have paid Larry a aircraft ticket earlier than he handed away. It could had been simple.”

He did talk to Howard Freers, an engineer who labored with Larry at Ford. Freers mentioned again then persons at Kar Kraft observed this 428-powered Boss as “Larry’s Boss.”

within the car, the three-spoke, Momo guidance wheel without doubt wasn’t stock. John didn’t believe much, to start with, concerning the LB on the horn ring. Later, he would have a revelation at the same time plowing dust with his tractor. Would LB stand for Larry’s Boss? He virtually enlisted the support of a Corvette expert to track down Shinoda’s personal ’63 Corvette Sting Ray. The center part of the guidance wheel on this ’63 read “LC,” which, John surmised, stood for Larry’s Corvette. So LB might stand for Larry’s Boss.

John has performed a fine job of detective work on his Mustang. He feels fortunate to have bought the auto and held onto it for 35 years. He plans to first show the automobile as is so every body can see the unique features of this certain prototype. First stop will be the Boss Nationals. After a few suggests, he plans to revive the car to exactly inventory. originally  Posted on Hot Rod Magazine

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