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.
These are the hood hinges. Looks like something you would use for a barn door. They cleaned up well on the rotating wire wheel.
These are the door hinges, they look like something you would use on a very big barn door!
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.
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
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.
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!
This is what I started with.
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.
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.
Here is a whole bunch of shiny stuff. Satisfying.
This is the more aggressive media that also removes paint.
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.