Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Too Good to Be True? $30 Les Schwab Powdercoat
For one thing, the car is already completely disassembled. I mean completely dissassembled - as in, I moved it into my garage in cardboard boxes. So far, the haphazard piecemeal approach hasn't gotten me too far - after all, I bought the car in 1997. I think that having a simple strategy about which part to tackle next will help me get the whole project organized. I hope.
So, first order of business is wheels. I bought new rubber from vendor Tony Smith. I knew I wanted bias plys for two reasons: 1) the radials I put on the Crosley 'vert really changed the driving characteristics, and 2) those piecrust sidewalls just look cool. I was too cheap to pop for the Coker Goodyear 'Wingfoot' reissues so I opted for the cheapie Load Stars... very close to the original Crosley size and about 1/3 the cost of the Cokers.
Now that I had the tires, I needed to decide whether to paint or powdercoat the rims, and what color. I'm still not 100% sure what color I'm painting the finished car, but I've narrowed it down enough that I think the stock wheel color will be a good fit with my options. Crosley roadsters came with the same off white wheel color as most postwar Crosleys, so if I decide at some point to go with a wilder color I can use the restored rims on another Crosley.
So, paint or powdercoat? I hemmed and hawed forever, wanting to try powdercoating, but not happy with the prices I was finding, like $50 a rim to sandblast/coat. I decided to go with paint and logged into the HAMB to see if I could find advice on the best primer/paint to use on wheels. The HAMB answers were pretty consistent: powdercoat. And, some of the guys had a tip: Les Schwab Tires offered sandblasting/powder coating for $25 a rim! I did a quick google search and confirmed that they did offer this service, and that one of their custom colors, 'Almond' looked damned close to the stock Crosley rim color! Custom colors were only $30 a rim!
Cost, NOT including tires or tubes:
5 rims, sandblast and powdercoat...........$152
Wheel Spin Balance................................$50
TOTAL, with TAX................................$293.78
So, my total cost for coating, mounting/dismounting and balancing was barely more than it would have been to have five rims powdercoated pretty much anywhere else. That said, I have two rims with visible blemishes, and it took almost three weeks.
Hmod sports car I'll definitely plunk down the extra cash to have it done right.
And last- anyone want a set of vintage tires? I saved them because they were in too nice a shape to throw away- they'd be perfect for someone who wants to use real vintage tires for display. There are two Goodyear Wingfoots and two other brands. If anybody wants them, they can have them... I just hate to see them thrown away!