I finished one little project that I started several months ago. The front and rear bumper bars have a lot of peeling chrome and rust, and re-plating them will be expensive. So I had decided to try a “temporary” hack: I took the rear bumper bars, bead-blasted them, sprayed on several coats of rattle-can primer, wet sanded them, and sprayed them with “chrome in a can” paint. It took more time than I expected, but the cost was about 20x cheaper than actual chrome plating. I bolted them onto the car, along with some repro bumper clamps. It looks nice from a distance, but wouldn’t fool anyone close up.
I got the floorboards finished and installed- it was just a matter of tacking on the weather stripping and painting and riveting on the mounting brackets. I also finally finished buffing the zinc door sills. Once that was done, it was easy to screw them in place.
I’ve been busy, and on vacation. One thing I managed to do was to make a new set of front floorboards. I cut them out of a piece of 3/4″ plywood from Home Depot, which was a bit nicer than the original plywood. Fortunately I had a set of detailed plans to work from. After cutting them out and drilling a few holes, I painted them with a mixture of black wood stain and black paint, which looks a lot like the tarry glop that Ford originally used. I still need to attach some weatherstripping material and mounting brackets to them.