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.


The Jeep FC 150

This Jeep FC 150 needed som help with a apparently common rust issue on the rear right corner of the cabin. It is right below where the battery is situated, and this corner have a tendency to rust due to acid leakage from the battery.FC_150

Read more: Jeep FC 150

Restoring a Wanderer from 1938

wanderer_1938Wanderer was a german car manufacturer that became part of Auto Union together with Horch, Audi and DKW, witch then merged into what we now know as Audi. This is where the four rings originated from. The history can be found on wikipedia.

This Wanderer have been in storage for at least 20 years and have therefore not deteriorated much, and now the owners widdow wants it to be restaured. These are quite rare cars today and this one is probably theonly one in Denmark right now. The Wanderer was a pricy and very well build car, but not as expensive as the Horch.

Read more: The 1938 Wanderer Cabriolet

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