Greg Lane here from Greg’s Restoration / The Polish Shop in Central City Iowa. I wanted to show you my latest build.. It is a 1934 Ford Sedan Y. Body make by Gibbons Fiberglass. It is pretty much an Anglia Sedan with a 1934 Ford Front End. Gibbon’s has not made one for over 25 years. I found it on craig’s list, just an hour or so from they guy’s house, Joe Gilmore, that wanted me to build him a 1934 Ford. Joe Gilmore is from the St. Louis area and it was a 15-mt build.
I started with just a body and bare frame. Everything else was hand built. Joe brought me a running 1975 Corvette and told me to use the motor & trans and anything else I was able to use for the 34.
Putting the 350 motor and the 400 trans in was like putting 50lbs of potato’s in a 10lb bag. The frame is so narrow that I had to notch the frame for the exhaust to clear. I cut out the firewall and put in a 1/6” steel firewall set back on foot, custom made the trans tunnel and floors, narrowed a 9” Ford with disc brakes and Moser axles. The front end is from Jim Meyers Racing fantastic set up and easy to install.
The paint was a first for me, the old sun faded look. Since the car was fiberglass, I had to find a way to make it look like metal underneath the old worn out paint. I used a lot of Rust-Oleum paint. I used a spray can to put on the base colors and satin black fro the top coat. First I sprayed all the high spots with silver aluminum. Then red oxide primer, some yellow and then the satin black top coat. After drying for about 3 days I took 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper and started sanding on the spots that I wanted the sun faded look until I got the color I was looking for. After that was done I sprayed the complete care with satin clear to protect it for year.
After I was done I only put about 10 text miles on it to make sure everything was working good. Joe cam and picked it up. He had about 6 hours to drive and only make it two before he had trouble with the truck he was pulling the trailer with. The truck had to be towed the rest of the way home. There was only one other way to get home and that was the 1934; and he had no problems.
It was great working with Joe and his wife and he was very happy with my work.
Here are a few pictures .. Before, during, and after. Thanks Greg Lane.