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1953 GMC

1953 GMC
Nitro, May 28, 2021
    • watersprite
      I like the vehicle but the shiny finish seems somenow wrong for its personality.
    • Nitro
      @watersprite The look you want is what we car guys call a survivor. Faded paint, a few dings on it and worn from the use it was intended for.
      A restoration is an attempt to put it back to it's condition the day it left the dealership, and often, like this one, pride pushes the person doing the work to over-restore them.
    • watersprite
      My dad collected antique cars so I’ve seen them in all sorts of conditions.
      I don’t like too many dings and I don’t like the paint coming off on my skin if I touch it. I do like the engine and transmission completely re-built. Oh yeah the brakes too. Too many trips down the steep hill from home using grandma gear to prevent a collision at the 4-way stop at the bottom.
      That was in a ‘38 Ford dumptruck he found. It became our garden clippings and junk to the dump vehicle. My beother restored it decades later. He used to use it to take his friends to go backpacking - this must have been before I was born. They’d just park it at the trailhead and it was always fine, even though it had a push button start: no keys required.
      I agree that the above truck has been over-done.
    • Nitro
      @watersprite As a guy that has done vehicle restoration most of my life, I fully understand the drive behind perfection.
      The difference between acceptable or over the top is a lot more work, but there is no replacement for the pride you get when other enthusiasts who have done the same recognize your efforts.
      My NHRA SuperStreet class 1966 Chevy Caprice dragster project was a product of not wanting to push it's restoration over the top a second time.
      Just the body panel fits took three days to get them to where I wanted them, with the door latch closures approaching Mercedes Benz levels of perfection.
      After the first restoration when it was primarily street driven, it was kept clean enough to pass a white rag test under the hood. There were countless hours spend cleaning, polishing and waxing the entire car, top to bottom just to keep it pretty.
      I wasn't ready to go thru all of the effort just to see it get degraded again.
      Dragsters can be pretty, but they get track trashed and garage rashed when you use them, so most of the attention is focused on the performance and not the looks.
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