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Mike Phillips
10-18-2011, 08:57 AM
Sign-up - 1954 Fat Fendered Ford F-100 (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/sign-up-autogeek-s-car-week/42202-sign-up-1954-fat-fendered-ford-f-100-a.html)

Autogeek's Car of the Week!

1954 Fat Fendered Ford F-100
This Thursday night we'll be doing a show car makeover on my good friend Glen's 1954 Fat Fendered Ford F-100. I met Glen when we were filming our first season of What's in the Garage and he and his custom truck were featured in Episode 8.

What's in the Garage - Episode 8 (http://www.mastersstorage.com/vault/aggarage1108.wmv)

This Thursday night Glen's 1954 Ford F-100 will be here at Autogeek's TV Studio for a show car makeover and a little TLC, check it out!

Glen custom fabricated both the front and rear fenders by making them wider for an aggressive stance and to hold custom wheels and tires.


Glen also fabricated the stainless steel and wood bed, the stainless steel sides look like perfect glass mirrors.


Glen also fabricated the tilt front-end...


Power comes from a healthy small block chevy...


Glen also designed and fabricated custom modifications to the dash and interior...

Hand-built the overhead console...

His truck has been featured in Classic Truck Magazine!


A sketch Glen made of his vision for how he wanted the truck to look after it was finished...

This is going to be a lot of fun to work on! If you plan on attending please reply to this thread, (best), or call me at my office number.

1-800-869-3011 x206

Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2011
Time: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Place: Autogeek's Show Car Garage
Street: 7744 SW Jack James Drive
City/State: Stuart, FL 34997
Mapquest Driving Directions (http://tinyurl.com/l5d6vf)

Products to be used on Autogeek.net

In the order the products were used...

Detailer's Pro Series Waterless Auto Wash (http://www.autogeek.net/waterless-auto-wash.html)
Pinnacle Ultra Poly Clay And Clay Lube (http://www.autogeek.net/piulpoclkit.html)
Optimum Hyper-Polish Spray (http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-hyper-polish-spray.html)
Pinnacle Advanced Finishing Polish (http://www.autogeek.net/pin230.html)
Pinnacle Signature Series II (http://www.autogeek.net/pisisepawax.html)

Buffing Pads
Optimum Microfiber Polishing Pad, 3.25 inches (http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-microfiber-polish-pad-325.html)
Optimum Microfiber Polishing Pad, 5.25 inches (http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-microfiber-polish-pad-525.html)
Optimum Microfiber Polishing Pad 6.25 inches (http://www.autogeek.net/optimum-microfiber-polish-pad-625.html)
Lake Country 5.5" Blue CCS Finessing Pads (http://www.autogeek.net/ccs-5-5inch-foam-buffing-pads.html)
Lake Country 5.5" Red Low Profile Ultrasoft Wax/Sealant Foam Pads (http://www.autogeek.net/ccs-5-5inch-foam-buffing-pads.html)

Tools Used
Porter Cable 7424XP (http://www.autogeek.net/dual-action-polishers.html)
Griot's Garage 6" Random Orbital Polisher (http://www.autogeek.net/griots-random-orbital-polisher.html)
Meguiar's G110v2 (http://www.autogeek.net/meguiars-dual-action-polisher-g110.html)
Griot's Garage 3" Mini Polisher (http://www.autogeek.net/griots-orbital-polisher.html)
Pad Conditioning Brush (http://www.autogeek.net/padtool.html)
Brinkmann Maxfire Dual Xenon Rechargeable Swirl Finder Spotlight (http://www.autogeek.net/brinkmann-swirl-finder-light.html)

Microfiber Towels and Gloves
Super Soft Deluxe Blue Microfiber Towels with Rolled Edges (http://www.autogeek.net/super-soft-microfiber-towels.html)
Super Soft Deluxe Green Microfiber Towels with Rolled Edges (http://www.autogeek.net/green-rolled-edge-towels-3.html)
Microfiber Gloves - 6 pair (http://www.autogeek.net/micglovinbul.html)
Microfiber Gloves - 1 pair (http://www.autogeek.net/pairglov.html)

How To Information Resources

All the tips and techniques used for detailing this custom 1954 Ford found in either the e-book or paperback version of The Art of Detailing as well as the DVD.

E-book (http://www.autogeek.net/art-of-detailing-e-book.html)
(Displayed on iPad - iPad not included)

http://www.autogeekonline.net/gallery/data/715/medium/paperbackDetailingBook01.jpg (http://www.autogeek.net/art-of-detailing-paperback-book.html)

Mike Phillips' Principles of Machine Polishing
http://www.autogeekonline.net/gallery/data/824/AGSCGDVD001.jpg (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/new-car-care-products/24852-autogeek-show-car-garage-video.html)

Autogeek.net (http://www.autogeek.net/)
Customer Service: 1-800-869-3011


The results from this project can be found in these two threads,

1954 Ford F-100 - Extreme Makeover - Process and products used (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/pictures-autogeek-s-car-week/42270-1954-ford-f-100-extreme-makeover-process-products-used.html)

1954 Ford F-100 - Modeled by Janna (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/pictures-autogeek-s-car-week/42302-1954-ford-f-100-modeled-janna.html)


10-18-2011, 09:27 AM
Just when I thought I would have nothing to do this Thursday a long comes this cool looking truck .Mike count me in:buffing:

10-18-2011, 09:32 AM
Beautiful truck but why the Chevy motor??? Sorry, pet peeve.

10-18-2011, 10:19 AM
Should be able to make it this week!

Mike Phillips
10-18-2011, 10:21 AM

Beautiful truck but why the Chevy motor??? Sorry, pet peeve.

Yeah... Ford guys get tired of seeing Chevy motors swapped into Fords... I hear it all the time... personal preference I guess...

My friend and custom car builder and painter Marc Privratsky has a hot rod Model A coupe with a BBC in it and on the back of the car there's a mural of a 1957 Chevy racing his Model A into the night and below it it reads,

Ford bodies are really neat but Chevy engines can't be beat...

Marc's 1930 Ford Model-A with a Blown,Big Block Chevy Engine

Don't take your pet peeve out on me... I just work on the cars... :D

I will say that when I used to race drag boats almost every boat had a big block Chevy engine it. Once in a while you would find a Dodge 440 or a radical Ford engine but most had Chevy engines. I was told by my engine builder Tim Briggs that besides the abundance of high performance parts readily available for Chevy engines the other reason is that the engines will hold together better at high RPMs. I had a tattle tell tach on my boat and was always revving over 7000 RPM. I bent a few pushrods once in a while but never blew up the engine.

Dual Tachs - don't ask...

The right pedal is cavitation plate up, the middle pedal is cavitation plate down and the pedal on the right is the one that makes the boat go...

This shot was taken before I added the high back bucket seats and the Indy Champ Scoop, I'm pulling the boat with my 1959 Cadillac Convertible. My buddy Eric's Sanger is to the left... this was taken at Foster Reservoir in Oregon.

After the new seats and scoop...


10-18-2011, 12:28 PM
Don't take your pet peeve out on me... I just work on the cars... :D

I'm not shooting the messenger, Mike. :xyxthumbs:

10-18-2011, 01:03 PM
I say a little Banana Armour as an LSP! I am sure no matter what you use that truck will glow when you are done!

Bobby B.
10-18-2011, 02:31 PM
Awesome! Can't wait to see this truck

Mike Phillips
10-18-2011, 02:51 PM
On my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Phillips/160604287306951) I was asked,

How can you make that truck look any better?

My reply back was everyone thought the same thing about the Camaro we buffed out last week and yet as beautiful as the Camaro looked when it arrived there was still room for improvement as you can see by the before pictures I posted.

1970 1/2 Camaro - Show Car Finish by Pinnacle - Modeled by Amy (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/pictures-autogeek-s-car-week/42076-1970-1-2-camaro-show-car-finish-pinnacle-modeled-amy.html)

Okay... so when the Camaro arrived I took this picture and most people just by looking at the picture or even the car from a few feet away would die to have a custom paint job this nice....


But the Brinkmann Swirl Finder Light reveals the true condition of the paint and that is a surface filled with,

Pig Tails
Micro-marring also called DA Haze
You can find a definition for all of the above in either my e-book or in this article here,

Tracers Tracers - RIDS - Pigtails - Cobweb Swirls - Rotary Buffer Swirls - Holograms - Water Spots - Bird Drooping Etchings - Micro-Marring (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/hot-topics-frequently-asked-questions/22234-tracers-rids-pigtails-cobweb-swirls-rotary-buffer-swirls-holograms-water-spots-bird-droping-etchings-micro-marring.html)

Check it out...

Pig Tails
If you look closely you can see a scratch that looks like the letter e in cursive writing running horizontally across the paint, this is called a Pig Tail and it generally comes from an abrasive particle that gets trapped between the paint and a sanding disc when machine sanding. The entire finish had Pig Tails plus Tracers randomly dispersed...


Micro-marring also called Tick Marks or DA Haze
The millions of tiny, small scratches highlighted by the Brinkmann Swirl Finder Light are caused by improperly worked abrasives when using a DA Polisher like the Porter Cable 7424XP, Meguiar's G110v2, Griot's Garage 6" ROP or Shurhold DA Polisher. These types of scratches are through out the entire car but you can really only see them on the black stripes not the metallic green paint. The point is that even though your eyes can't see them on the lighter colors they still cloud and dull the finish and keep you from seeing the beautiful color and/or metallic finish under the clear. These have to go!

RIDS - Random, Isolated Deeper Scratches
These types of scratches come from normal wear and tear and don't have any pattern to them thus the use of the word random in the description.


More information on RIDS here...
RIDS - The Definition of RIDS and the story behind the term... (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/hot-topics-frequently-asked-questions/24045-rids-definition-rids-story-behind-term.html)

Swirls and Scratches
What I see here is a combination of RIDS, swirls, DA Haze and Arc Scratches probably caused by wiping but they are also caused by improper use of a rotary buffer.


And just for the record, the nickname for the Brinkmann Swirl Finder Light is the Cruel Master because it's hard to please...







Fact is that even a show car finish sees wear-n-tear just from use and continued wiping with spray detailers and towels and over time the finish can accumulate fine or shallow scratches which diminish clarity. Plus over time the paint becomes less smooth than when it was after it was first painted and/or HOPEFULLY correctly sanded and buffed.

I think everyone on this forum has seen the type of work that comes out of body shops and even when it's good most of us here can see room for improvement because the buffing work done at a body shop is usually never as thorough as what the Pros on the forum can do and the time invested is usually less than what the Pros and even newbies on our forum would invest.

So yeah, the finish on this truck look great in pictures and in person but so did the paint on the Camaro and like the Camaro we're going to refresh the appearance by giving it a thorough machine polishing followed by machine waxing and I'm pretty sure most body shops don't use nor stay abreast of all the latest, greatest products and techniques for the art of polishing paint.

I told him it was a great question because it is a great question, but I've been machine polishing paint all of my life and I'm confident that after we're finished with Glen's paint it's going to look even better than it does right now.

Plus it's easy to take a finish that's in horrendous condition and create a dramatic before and after difference, it's challenging to do the same with a finish that's in great shape to start with... but it can be done and it will be done here on Thursday night.

One more thing I'll add and that is Glen wants to learn how to machine polish and wax, up till now he's done everything by hand.

I'll do my best to document the true condition of the paint when the car arrives starting with The Baggie Test (http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/how-articles/27967-baggie-test-how-inspect-above-surface-bonded-contaminants.html) as experience has shown me that even a show car finish can accumulate above surface bonded contaminants from exposure to the environment.

This is a very cool truck and it's going to be a lot of fun taking the finish to its maximum potential.


10-18-2011, 03:56 PM
Another very cool ride.

Dr Oldz
10-18-2011, 04:35 PM
A bit far for me to join in the fun :( Perhaps you can send me a mirror or such and I'll buff it out and send it back! :D

Looks like a fun project....good luck guys.

10-18-2011, 05:05 PM
really looks like fun......wish I could join in....!

Mister B
10-18-2011, 09:59 PM
I love those old Ford trucks. I wish I was in Florida so that I could join in on the fun.

Have fun.... and I can not wait to see the after pics. :props:

Mike Phillips
10-19-2011, 04:42 PM
The 54 Fat Fendered Ford has arrived!

We're shooting a video tomorrow so I asked Glen if he could drop his truck off tonight and he said no problem! (Thanks Glen!)


Previously in this thread I shared this...

On my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Phillips/160604287306951) I was asked,

How can you make that truck look any better?

My reply back was everyone thought the same thing about the Camaro we buffed out last week and yet as beautiful as the Camaro looked when it arrived there was still room for improvement as you can see by the before pictures I posted.

In the past when I've been around Glen's truck I never had a chance to properly inspect the paint in the right lighting conditions.

While Glen was here we put the Brinkmann Swirl Finder Light on the paint and even though it has a good coat of wax on it you could easily see swirls throughout the entire finish instilled by what looks like to me as holograms from a wool pad on a rotary buffer.

Sure it looks great and has that show car look in the picture above but not only are there swirls throughout the entire finish but it also needs to be clayed. After I took Glen home I came back and wiped a section of the paint down with a spray detailer and then felt the paint with my clean bare hand and it's far from being smooth and glassy feeling so the first thing we're going to do tomorrow is clay the paint and then we'll see what it's going to take to remove the swirls.

Stay tuned...


10-19-2011, 05:31 PM
Looks like we better get up there a little earlier looks like we have a full night of correction a head of us .