The car restoration blog

What is the purpose of this blog?

Since I´m enjoying life with the hobby of restoring classic cars, I would like to share some of my experiences and to be to some help to people that want to get started with restoration of antique/classic automobiles.

I am for the moment restoring a 1969 OPEL DIPLOMAT B for a friend of mine, and I will be writing about the project on this blog.

On a side track I´m also helping my brother in law with his Volvo amazon. Other automobiles that will come in the future are a 1941 Packard and maybe a 1938 Cadillac V16.

Some of the paint job is done

 Well, now the car body has got its final color, and now it's the doors and hoods that are next. The most correct way to paint a car is to paint all the parts one go. This is sadly not possible in my workshop, so I have to make it in iterations.



One could argue that a specialist should do the paint job, and that would be a very good solution in most cases. On the other side, I save a lot of money by doing it myself and I like the challenge of doing it myself. The other advantage is that I have control over how the details are painted and also how the masking is done.

Read more: The Opel Diplomat got some color

Trying a new product

Now that the interior of the body shell is painted, we need to make sure there will be no resonance from the sheet metal panels when driving. We can dampen the noise in the cabin with different materials. One of the products is sheets of self adhesive bitumen dampening plates. This is one of the products that are used by the factory. These sheets come in different thicknesses,  and range from approximately 1mm up to 5mm in thickness.

Read more: Never used products

Primer and painting of the interior of the car


Now has come the time to put some more paint on the car. The original color of the interior is in a different color than the outside. The issue here, is that there are no color charts telling witch colors there is to choose from. The most evident is that the factory used RAL color codes. These are standard colors, no matter if you choose acryllic, water based, epoxy or any ting else, the colors are the same.

Read more: Painting of car body

A 1941 Packard 120 came by the shop this weekend

This Packard has been in storage for approximately 30 years if not more. It is unrestored but repainted at some point in time and I believe that the mileage is relative low for this car, since the interior is in very good condition.

On one of the doors there is a sticker that says that the last service was made in 1966, but the wiring harness have been changed somewhere between the 80's and 2000, so therfore I suspect there has been a some aditional service at the same time.

Read more: 1941 Packard 120

The funky 70´s

In 1971 car number 10.000.000 rolled of the assembly line (a Opel Rekord Caravan) and in Germany Opel had a market share of whopping 20.4%, times where good. In 1969 and 1970 are the top three models, Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat updated to the B series and stayed in production until 1977.

Read more: The History of Opel Part 7