1961 Volvo P1800 project, part 14

Hinges and Hardware Rust Removal

I have about a month before the body leaves for stripping and body work. The body man will need all the hinges as he will test fit of doors, hood and trunk so I am getting them cleaned up.

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 hood hinges

These are the hood hinges. Looks like something you would use for a barn door. They cleaned up well on the rotating wire wheel.

 

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 door hinges

These are the door hinges, they look like something you would use on a very big barn door!

 

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 door hinges close up

After a slow dance with the wire wheel these cleaned up well. Here you can see the brass washers used to reduce friction in the hinge.

 

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 door hinges pin

The door hinges have some wear so I have to replace the pin. Looks like they are held in place by “deforming” punch blows.

Hardware Rust Removal

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 rusty bolts vinegar

I plan to reuse as many of the original bolts as possible for originality. Whether it is BUFO or Rubery Owens they should go back where they came from. This means I have to make them look new again. I am trying various forms of cleaning and rust removal, everything from just plain vinegar to Evaporust.

 

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 part cleaner

Dunking rusty bolts in rust removal solution is one part of this job but it does not remove paint. I borrowed this vibrator/tumbler cleaner from a friend and it will help me make the fasteners look new again. I am using two kinds of media. I taped in to the floor as it has a tendency to take a walk when in running..

To learn more about this I Googled “vibrator cleaner” and that gave me results NOT related to rusty old cars. Think before Googling! Just saying!

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 rusty bolts

This is what I started with.

 

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 bolts after vinegar

This is what the above hardware looks like after one night in vinegar. They look better than the bolts that was treated with Evaporust. So good ‘ol household vinegar wins.

 

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 shiny bolt

Here they are after a night in the tumbler with walnut shells. Looks fantastic. This will be a great base when I have them plated.

 

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 shiny bolts

Here is a whole bunch of shiny stuff. Satisfying.

 

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 part cleaner pyramids

This is the more aggressive media that also removes paint.

 

1961 Volvo Jensen P1800 ugly front end

I have about a month before the car go car to paint stripping I have plenty of work to do. The front end will be blown apart and restored.