The Venus (Update #1)

2 04 2008

Hello friends! This is my first attempt at writing a blog, so please bear with me. I will primarily be posting Venus progress updates from time to time. Please see “About The Venus” for links to the website which will have much more detail, and can bring you up to date!

So, on with my initial blog post. As I left off on the website, the Venus body was flipped upside down for better under-body access to perform repairs and to paint. I couldn’t begin sanding and spraying in my driveway due to the noise and dust (not to mention an unpleasant neighbor), and it just wouldn’t be right anyway. So I am now keeping the Venus body in an enclosed (and lockable) boat storage place near Katy Mills Mall.

After ordering all of my fiberglass materials, and after dragging the air compressor, small work tables, and all kinds of stuff over to the stall, I finally began glass repair work today, 4/7/08. It has been quite awhile since working with fiberglass and resin, but it wasn’t too difficult. Although not shown here as I didn’t take my camera with me, I laid a 10×12 inch piece of glass behind the holes in the instrument panel, as well as a piece behind the radio cut-out. This will serve as a firm foundation to allow me to fill in the holes with progressive circles of glass and resin, building each up to the appropriate level. The inside firewall will get a complete sheet of glass.

Yep, I know…pretty darn ugly! But after I get these holes covered and some seams reinforced, the interior will be sprayed with primer, sanded smooth, and then painted. It will then look great! The plan will then be to flip it right-side up, and continue sanding and minor repairs on the outside of the body. This is taking longer than I expected, and I need to spend full-days on this if I ever expect to get this finished!

The work was pretty rough at first. Below are two angle-iron pieces that apprently held the windshield posts. These were not original, and were just globbed on with cruddy adhesive…took a lot of work in tight spaces to get these out.

One other on-going issue is that of finding the correct pieces that made up the spokes on the front grille. I learned that my Dad used the horizontal bar that mounted between the two bumper guards on the rear bumper of a 1951 Mercury. I have only received 1 of these so far, but I expect to get another 3 or 4 before too long. Here is a photo showing you the trypical condition of these pieces. They will, of course, go to a chrome plate specialist to make like-new. The light fixture will be cut out.

Well, that’s it for my first blog entry. Please leave a comment. I really don’t know if I’m going to keep this blog up….but it is a way to send updates without attaching a bunch of photos to an e-mail.




15 responses

8 04 2008

It’s working for me, Patrick!

12 04 2008
bill fester

From where I’m at on the Allied, you’ve light years ahead both in the car and experience on glass. The blog looks great!

15 04 2008
Geoff Hacker


Great to hear of the progress. I’m excited about seeing the finished product and look forward to its first Concours event soon.

I’ll keep coming back and checking….waiting for the second entry now 🙂

Nice job and keep up the good work.

Geoff Hacker
Tampa, Florida

13 08 2008
Dave Reeves

Boy, this has been “Automotive Archeology 101”. You are a persistant and determined man, and as a life-long automotive historian, thank you for your Herculean efforts to bring this unique car – so special to you – back to life. It deserves to live, and you deserve to have it. I’ve read everything on the web about it, and look forward to the day it rolls out as a completed restoration.

13 08 2008

Thank you for the kind words, Dave. I am particularly impressed that you went through the main website. I sometimes wonder why I bother with it, but its the only way I know to tell the “story” of the Venus. Hearing that you actually read it makes it all worthwhile!

Patrick McLoad

24 11 2008
Carey (Bookracer) Davis

I guess you could say I am crazy, but I figured if you went to the trouble to create the main website I should go through it and I am glad I did. What a wonderful website. Really lets you know the history and the reasons why you are doing what you are doing. Keep up the good work, can’t wait till the next blog. Wish I lived in Texas I would come and help. Heard about you through Geoff Hacker and he didn’t tell me no lies. Wish I had the motivation you appear to have. Thanks again,

Carey Davis

24 11 2008

Thanks Carey, I appreciate the kind words and motivation.
I also greatly appreciate that you went to the main website for a more detailed look. I think I owe Geoff a beer or two!!

23 11 2010
Jim Pullen

Hi Pat, 11/22/10 Hope you are well. Glad you are still making progress on the VENUS. It’s looking good. Happy Thanksgiving.

25 11 2010

Thanks Jim, good to hear from you. Just finished assembling shoes in all 4 wheels, plumbed the brake lines and the parking cable, that’s about it. Now working on the supports for the floor. The way a previous owner did it,
the floor was not level. Spent the last 10 hours cleaning up my office and the garage as we expect a whole gaggle of folks over here on T-Day.
Hope you have a pleasant Thanksgiving yourself. Thanks for staying in touch. How’s that fantastic Merc sled of yours doing?


21 03 2014
carbon fibre

Thanks in support of sharing such a good opinion, article is fastidious, thats why i
have read it entirely

21 03 2014

Thanks for your kind words. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to respond. I am on the cusp of writing a new post on the progress of the Venus as it’s been far too long!!

20 04 2014

Admiring the persistence you put into your website and detailed information you offer.
It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed
material. Excellent read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding
your RSS feeds to my Google account.

17 06 2014
Gary Kovar jr

I know your dad was not the only one who design this car my grandpaw was in on it also and 17 where built. We also have a venus, It was built in Houston near gulf gate. That pic might be in my grandpaw shop.His name is Edward kovar.

18 06 2014

Hello Gary; so nice to have a Kovar reading and responding to the blog. Yes, I have visited your Uncle Jack several times, and I’ve met your Mom and Dad….very nice folks. And of course, I have seen the Kovar Venus. Your Grandpa Eddie was an important part of the Venus story, and I have no doubt that he had something to do with the design of the Venus. No one person can do it all without help and input along the way. I hope you’ll continue reading the other blog posts, and please feel free to comment.

17 06 2014
Gary Kovar jr

The picture you have on the top of this page we have it framed..

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