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Classic Car Project Nomad #23
From Gods own country, Sydney’s Northern Beaches, it is a fair hike out to Riverstone in the western suburbs. So I gassed up the Chrysler, packed a cut lunch and headed off for Moulding Repairs and Polishing to pick up the forty eight mouldings for the Nomad.
I was greeted by Allan McCoy and his daughter Donna and after a brief chat Donna started bringing out the mouldings. When I dropped them off probably fifty percent were in good condition and the remainder needed straightening, dents removed and a fair bit of work to bring back to good condition. The job they did was sensational and if I was around in 1957 I suspect they would have looked like they had just come out of the factory.
Repairing mouldings is no easy task as they are very thin and you can’t hide anything under bog or paint. The job is very labour intensive and as such is not cheap but the end result was well worth it and I have no doubt they will make the finished Nomad project stand out from the crowd.
The longest moulding off the Nomad is around eight feet and the shortest ones where the windscreen connector pieces that are around two inches long. There was a lot. I checked them all out, we did an inventory to make sure they were all there and then I started packing them in the car. On completion, Moulding Repairs and Polishing put each individual piece in a plastic bag with enough air in the bag to protect them and then seal both ends so the mouldings don’t get scratched.
The top fin mouldings at the rear of the Nomad are quite long and have a moulding insert in them to attach them to the car. They are painful to take out and are not available from any aftermarket source making them nearly impossible to replace. After many months I found a pair on eBay in America and with the one good one I had I now had a pair. One of the inserts had the original pins still intact, the other had none. You can buy the pins from a variety of sources so I fitted new pins and painted the inserts with POR 15 to ensure they would (hopefully) last a long time and not rust out as they prone to do.
Allan has a special tool that allows him to roll the lip on the mouldings to remove or replace the moulding inserts. With the top fin mouldings now in excellent shape I asked Allan to put the inserts in for me. This proved to be one of the smartest things I have done in a long time as it turns out the original moulding provided no dramas but the new pins do. Originally the pins are riveted providing a flat finish on the top of the moulding. The new pins are attached by a nut on the bottom and if you try to put this into the moulding it can damage it and create little bumps from the edges of the nuts.
Allan was aware of this and suggested I leave it with him and he will remove the nuts, brass tack the pins into the moulding insert and let me know when it was done. This way the moulding will not get damaged and I will not have to worry about getting the inserts in myself. Sweet. It is always a delight dealing with nice people and the team at Moulding Repairs and Polishing offer good old fashioned customer service backed up by years of experience to help any enthusiast get their ride looking sharp.
It will be some time before they go on the car but with them all safely wrapped and stored in the garage it is one less thing to have to think about as that time nears.
Words by Mark, proprietor of Classic Car Gurus