Ask the Expert

On this page, we hosted a feature whereby hot rodders could ask a personal question of our Expert of the Month via e-mail. The Expert, most often a pioneer, would answer the question over the telephone to us, and we would then post an audio clip on this page (see below). Unfortunately, we have had to end the feature, primarily because most of the pioneers did not want to answer a question “off the cuff”, but wanted instead to think it through, write it out, and then read it. We felt we were asking too much of them. In addition, many questions we received were not about hot rod history or traditional builds, but more about a muscle car or street rod (or even a question better put to Click and Clack!). So we were forever writing e-mails to say, “sorry, we can’t ask them that one.”

At any rate, we now have a nice archive of questions, many answered by the pioneers themselves, and we hope you will find this fun and useful.

Thanks to all rodders who participated in Ask the Expert!

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Category: Painting

QUESTION

I just got done painting my frame and fire wall on my model A coupe. I hear that Dot 5 break fluid dose not eat paint? Is this true? Will I have any problems using dot 5 with 4 wheel drum breaks manual master cylinder 2 lb in line risidual valve? or my hydrolic clutch?

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QUESTION

The purple paint on your #1 bellytanker from '48-'49 was that a custom mix paint or was it a standard auto paint, Ford? Chev? Other?

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I have always wondered what is your secret for making the "blends" in a fade-job. Every time I get worked up over a car with a nice fade-job it turns out that you had a hand in it. Some of John D'Agostino's cars are good examples. He has the traditional sensibilites and great taste for overall design. He can take cars that others might overlook and make you WANT one. Usually the paint is what brings that out, and often times on his cars it's the fade-job that really makes the car look just right. The fades that follow the hood peak and go up over the roof and down the back of the car are the ones that really blow me away. They are so symmetrical and as smooth as buttermilk. Usually they have three or more colors going on as well. Are you painting them on a rotisserie or are you able to do them from the floor? (The back-yard painters may be wondering how to reach these areas). How many times/how long did it take for you to get it right?

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What I'd like to know is if there was one or two paint jobs where you were told, "Do what you want, make it nice..." and you tried something different and just couldn't make it work? Or maybe got surprising results that turned out better than you thought? Did you ever just wash one down and start all over?

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