OK, this car will be special; no expense will be spared in creating an authentic, correct, exact replica of a car that an American automobile manufacturer built. If you want people to gather round and gaze in wonder at your latest creation, take the time and spend it on those one of a kind details.
It’s no secret that any custom restoration needs extra attention with prep and metal finishing before the paint goes on. Going above and beyond the call of duty is how you produce an awesome project resto, but being anal slows you down so think first. Good paint work gives off a reflection without ripples, waves or orange peel anywhere, and the shine carries from one panel to the next. Everything on the car must be consistent, even, and super-straight. Show-quality is a term that gets thrown around quite a bit, but the finish and fit of any resto car rivals the best even the industry can ever produce.
The same holds true with the chrome and stainless trim. In the 30s', there wasn't a lot of chrome, so add it to enhance your overall scheme. Attention to the smallest of details makes it unique; a true custom. Although safety glass carries a soft tint that looks original, remember this era didn't have any of those "yet to be invented" items commonplace today. Take nylon for instance February, 1935 was its birthday.
If you think the bodywork is important, now is when you should look under the hood. There is room for a built V8, equipped in either early or late model tech. Valve covers can be a focal point for the personal touch. Polished, painted or even plated, the finish here is probably the first “stand-out” area seen when opening the hood.