Preserving Patina

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Barn find resto on a budget. How do I preserve the metal until I can do it right.
I have a 1937 Ford 2 door Sedan that I am restoring....sort of. It will be many years in the making. Right now I just want to get it running and on the road so I can enjoy it. I want to preserve the metal and patina as it sits now. There is a lot of surface rust, some original paint, on the whole it's in great condition. How should I prep the metal and what should I clear coat it with? Keeping in mind that I want to paint the car at a later date.

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  • lofat46
    Feb 15, 2020 at 7:50 AM

  • The best thing you can do is make it safe and a comfortable ride. That’s what is great about this hobby, build the way you want it. Paint and billet (so ‘90’s LOL) are nice, but there are some really cool patina finished cars out there. Build it to satisfy you and your needs. Don’t build it to satisfy others. Just look at the derelict hot rods built by ICON, the bodies look like your ‘37 with a nice clear, but underneath and interior they are state of the art. The whole idea is to have fun with cars. Build the chassis, put in comfy seats, sand and clear it and have a ball.

  • jih1959
    Feb 12, 2020 at 10:46 PM

  • check out summits HotRod satin.wish i could post pics of my 32.its clearcoat but has a satin finish,perfect for patina and inexpensive!

  • tazhog54
    Nov 30, 2018 at 1:30 PM

  • Pretty much i would take it down to the frame and put fenders ,body etc. a side, and get the suspension ,brakes ,shocks,brake lines ,fuel lines , exhaust work done and Engine work and transmission with the transmission lines done if your running a automatic done and paint the frame your color that you want , Then start putting it back together as patina if you still want ,or if it's still in yet ! Good luck !

  • 32 Dodge
    Nov 30, 2018 at 8:59 AM

  • Remember "First things First".
    At the top of the list is Brakes and Steering. Make sure these are "right" before you drive anywhere. Everything else comes next.

    My problem is, I would be tempted to strip it down and take the body off the frame.......... leading to extended years of work. These days my time is very limited.

    Take care and enjoy the hobby, I have!

  • ds.texas
    Nov 29, 2018 at 6:12 PM

  • For sure!! There is no way I could do this alone. He's the mechanic.
    I want to learn paint and body though. It will be a big job, but everyone has to start somewhere.

  • 32 Dodge
    Nov 29, 2018 at 3:46 PM


  • ds.texas
    Nov 29, 2018 at 11:18 AM

  • And what would that be?

  • 32 Dodge
    Nov 29, 2018 at 11:01 AM

  • That one word "Hubby" speaks volumes!

    Enjoy the build!

  • ds.texas
    Nov 28, 2018 at 11:15 PM

  • Thank you Will547. That's what I was thinking needed to be done, but I wanted to make sure there wasn't a better way to do it.

    I can't afford to paint right now. Like I said this will be years in the making. This is my first street rod and I have no plans to ever sell. This is my baby and the hubby plays with drag cars, so ya...I'm on a budget. I'm patient though and willing to put some sweat equity into it.
    Some very good points made, thanks for the advice! I'll look for a car club.

  • okie34
    Nov 28, 2018 at 9:39 PM

  • Paint it. I wouldn't drive a rusty looking car. Best patina is shiny paint and some billet on the engine.

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