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1940 BMW 328 barn find

THIS 1940 BMW 328 was made for a repeat customer in Oregon.  The intricacy of the engine compartment really allowed me to pay a lot of attention to areas under the hood. It's too bad that the hood doesn't open far enough to really express the details from a photographic point of view. But once in its display case it really shines!  (Literally. It's soaked in glossy oil!)  This model was made of two primary frames including the upper body and subchassis. While models with only two primary body chassis are easier to work on, this was an exception. Every piece of the model was carefully adhered into permanent position from the Road Signature factory and had to be removed very carefully. Once removed, all pieces were organized into different groups to receive separate aging treatment. The body's original paint was then sanded down starting with 100 grit sanding pads working steadily up to 220 to provide a toothy surface for consecutive finishes.

Once all body finishing was complete I moved on to the details that add character to the model:

  • A piece of rough sawn red oak was cut to scale, treated and placed as a support for the hood.
  • A For Sale sign was made just for the customer for that personal touch.
  • An oily shop rag rests on the front driver's side fender.
  • A Maine license plate is stuck on the dash. This license plate is made from a photograph of a genuine Maine license plate and matches the year of the BMW; 1940.
  • After some shading and the base coat application, dust, dirt and grime was applied to wheels and rims.
  • The entire interior of the model and soft top was measured in finite detail for upholstery. Each piece of cloth was delicately cut for the application and applied using a permanent adhesive. You'll find ripped, torn and shredded upholstery over the bench and soft top. No more fake looking plastic!
  • Once the body has been placed back onto the chassis, we move on to other details:
  • The engine block and entire subchassis has been painted with various tones to replicate authentic engine components and is coated with gummy oil, also leaking out of the engine compartment and down into the front axle. You can almost breathe in and smell the engine grime! 
  • An old rusty chain like the one you'd expect to be used to pull the prototypical vehicle from the barn is loosely wrapped around the driver's side mirror and may be placed in the cabin, around the steering wheel etc. 
  • Loads of clumpy hay strands can be found strategically placed throughout the vehicle including the interior and top.
  • At this stage I'll go over the entire vehicle verifying all components have been properly reattached and that the finish is complete. I may airbrush some light shading of the final coat, add some dust or additional hay or shattered glass. In this particular case the model was basically complete and I'll move on to photography.

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