Mechanical passion

Day by day, the stages in the renovation of my old American car from the '60s.


After long hours of work, I've reached the final stage of the renovation, the cleaning stage. I'm going to go over the interior and exterior with a fine-toothed comb, looking for the slightest trace. I start by cleaning the interior and exterior windows with a microfiber cloth and an anti-stain product. I polish door interiors by removing dust, then applying a shine-enhancing product. I then gently clean the woodwork, steering wheel, gearshift and dashboard. I apply a nourishing product to the leather seats to protect them. I finish by vacuuming the floor.

This is the end of a technical and human adventure that has enabled me to learn a lot about myself, to add to my skills, but above all to make myself extremely proud.

15/16: ASSEMBLY.

Once the paint is completely dry, it's time to reassemble each part: cockpit, electrical system, transmission, chassis, engine, wheels... I assemble them one after the other, and my car gradually takes shape. I've equipped myself with a lifting system to carry out some of the operations, notably the placement of the engine.


I'm about to embark on an important and delicate stage, that of painting the bodywork. I clear the room in which I'm working of all the tools and cardboard boxes that are lying around and that fear the paint. I vacuum the area to rid it of dust and lay out sheets to protect the walls as much as possible. I equip myself with a high-powered compressor and paint spray guns that a friend has kindly lent me. The early stages are a little chaotic, as it takes quite a bit of skill to apply the paint without making lumps or drips. But I soon got the hang of it and managed to complete my mission without a hitch.


This is a crucial step, as it will determine the body's lifespan. I start by removing the rust that is so prevalent on the underbody, floorboards, side members and wheel arches. I sandblast the bodywork, then apply a conventional primer to chemically halt the spread of rust.


To ensure optimum comfort for myself and my future passengers, I'm tackling the seats. Overall, they're in good condition, with only the passenger seat needing to be completely replaced. I buy a firm, soft foam to replace the original one. The cost is rather high, but this purchase is more than necessary. I then reshape the passenger seat side foams and finish off with the rear seat cushions. It's a relatively quick and fun job to do.