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#41 OldAndyAndTheSea

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 10:07 AM

Just returned from town, I picked up my 2 quarts of Anthracite basecoat. ($74 after tax)

It's pretty much impossible to get a good picture of the color currently. But I intend to hopefully spray at least one panel tomorrow after work. So results, hopefully soon.

Today I get the prep done. About to head out there now.

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 03:38 PM

More random body work today...Some dents, some wet sanding, some filling, the works. Even a little stud welder action.

Working my way around the car, assessing and fixing appropriate areas.

My goal is to bring at least one panel into work tomorrow to spray once the day is over.

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Waiting for filler to cure, then I'll head out and continue the process.
 


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 06:54 PM

Body work continued this evening a little bit. Nothing major. I spent only a couple minutes out there.

Proceeded to begin stripping the body one last time.

Once again, tail lights out.

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and a little primer.

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It's the weekend. That means a couple solid days of work. Hopefully I make leaps and bounds.


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 01:47 PM

Mid day update: More body work. I know some of the pictures pretty much look the same, but I assure you, lots of little stuff is happening. The rear (the worst offender) is getting much straighter. Still needs a little bit, but it's close.


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Also, we just purchased a Moth (foiling sailboat) today!!!!


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I'm so excited I can barely sit still!

 

 

Drinking a celebratory Corona, and heading back out to sand some more.


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 02:16 PM

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I'm glad I'm not the only who covered up my taillight openings like this, ha


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 05:30 PM

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I'm glad I'm not the only who covered up my taillight openings like this, ha

 

 

Cardboard is a hot commodity around these parts. Cheap too.

 

Second half of the day update:

Made some progress. Blocked, filled, reprimed. Rinse and repeat tomorrow.

Welded the side molding holes on the passenger's door

It's looking better each and every step.



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Time to relax a bit, and think about the new boat. :heart:


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Posted 30 March 2014 - 01:59 PM

Here's the mid day update.

I pretty much spent most of the time stripping anything off the car that could get unwanted overspray on it.

Things like

-side marker lights
-door panels
-interior panels (mostly) and carpet (mostly)
-driver's quarter window - broke (whoops!)


Yep. Broke the window. I was under a false impression that the window sealant was brittle, and the sound of what I thought was rubber releasing from the metal, as I worked around the glass with a hook, was instead glass telling me it was about to...... BAM! Haha! This is why I'm glad I have that second car.

All because I was too lazy to use my wire. Passenger's will come out with a piano wire.

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Some guide coat. For those that don't know what guide coat is, I'll take a second to explain it. It's a super useful technique which can tell you exactly what is wrong with a panel.

1.) Using flat spray paint (in a contrasting color to the primer/panel you're sanding)

2.) LIGHTLY spray the panel, so it looks like someone sprinkled pepper all over the panel. Not too much, as this will cause needless sanding, and will inevitably gum up the sandpaper faster.

3.) Using a block, sand the work area. Wherever there is still black (or whatever color) spraypaint, you have a low spot, or some problem in that area.

So that's what I did before I came in to eat. Guide coat applied, ready to sand upon my return to the garage after I grill up some steaks.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 07:11 PM

Had better luck pulling the passenger's quarter window. Used an old low E guitar string since I couldn't find my normal go to wire.

And some more blocking. You can start to see a real difference now.

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The passenger front fender will most likely be ready to spray tomorrow at work sometime.


So hopefully I'll have an indication of what the car will look like by that this time tomorrow.



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Posted 31 March 2014 - 03:02 PM

First piece is officially sprayed.

First impressions: I like the color, I think the car is going to look MEAN when it's all said and done.

I turned the pressure up slightly, and I purposefully sprayed a little closer to the panel to put a little orange peel on the surface so the small imperfections of the panel are unnoticed.

Plus it gives me a little material to sand/buff with should I become anal enough to change the surface finish.

It's not Pebble Beach quality, but it's certainly fitting of a 650 dollar car.

Take a look and let me know what you think. I'm pretty happy.



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The real test will be seeing it outside, but that won't happen until I go in tomorrow and see it.

Now that I've confirmed I'm happy with the color, I will continue to prep more panels tonight. Hopefully something will be ready to spray tomorrow.

We'll see. I'll update with more progress this evening, as it happens.


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Posted 01 April 2014 - 10:26 AM

I like it, with the lighting it looks almost green at first.

 

The purposeful orange peel is an interesting approach, lots of wet sanding in your future if you decide to go for that smooth look.

 

Congrats, really looks like it is coming together!



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Posted 01 April 2014 - 02:34 PM

Thanks! I love the color.  Yeah in some lights it looks very olive/military green. The hue changes so much depending on the light, sort of like the silver of my 240, I think it's pretty.

 

And yeah, I'm not going for the vanity mirror finish that I have on the nice car. For a daily, I want every day dings/dents/scratches to not be overwhelming to the eye, when they inevitably happen.

 

Shiny and solid color is about all I care about. Haha. At least for this build.

 

 

I'm right on track to having the car ready, as soon as the roads are available.

I wish I could just paint it all at once. Spraying 5-10 different times opens up a lot of doors for problems to occur. But hey, beggars can't be choosers I guess.

Hatch progress today. And some outside pics of the fender. Plus a little mockage.


Before.

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And some outside pictures of the color. Pretty overcast today.

I think she's purdy!

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On the car, teasing myself. Bad lighting.

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Gotta prep another panel tonight to spray tomorrow. Possibly passenger door. Not sure, we'll see what happens when I get out there.

More to come...


 


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Posted 01 April 2014 - 06:21 PM

Achieved my goal tonight.

Passenger door... Prepped.

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Paint tomorrow, Same as before. Hatch comes home.

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 02:30 PM

Door....Sprayed. And the hatch, loaded up, about to come home.

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We'll see if I can't prep another panel for tomorrow, however at this time, it's looking unlikely.

We'll see....


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Posted 06 April 2014 - 06:16 PM

I got out to work most of the day today. Got the majority of the passenger side body work done. I intend on spraying the unibody sometime this week. I'll continue spraying these panels starting tomorrow.

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I'm hoping to drive the car by the weekend.

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 01:11 PM

I was supposed to spray these last night, however I brought the wrong black paint to do so....

That said, I got around to spraying the black pieces today.

4 of these pieces need to be a black/anthracite two tone, that's why there is good coverage on only half of some of them.

Tomorrow I go back in, scuff the area to be gray, tape off the black, and spray.


HORRIBLE picture quality, apologies. I am excited to see the contrast against the color.

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I'm going to try to finish prepping some panel tonight.


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 06:13 PM

Tonight was fruitful.

Both the driver's fender, and the hood are going in tomorrow to spray.

some more of the same looking photos. Wet sanded...

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 03:07 PM

Hood painted. Ran it...TWICE. Haha! Luckily, I don't care. :cool:

Driver's fender painted.

Two tone bumper trim pieces painted.


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It would appear that I don't have to go to work tomorrow. That said, I'll most likely still go in, to spray the door, and possibly the rear bumper.

It's coming together!

Pretty soon I'll be able to pull the painted unibody out of the garage, and assemble the pieces. It's just like a big model..... A rusty. Piece of isht. Potentially dangerous model. I mean what could go wrong? hah!

Then, it's only the driver's door, and finishing up the unibody (rockers mostly).

Bumpers are just a scuff and shoot. Easy peasy.

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 03:25 PM

You are really packing the work in quickly, wow!  Love the colour choice, can't wait to see how it all comes together, great work!



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 01:49 PM

You are really packing the work in quickly, wow!  Love the colour choice, can't wait to see how it all comes together, great work!

 

 

Thanks, I'm definitely starting to feel it. This passed week, especially, has been a long one. I'm certainly ready to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

 

hopefully this weekend. But thanks for the kind words, I'm pretty excited to see it all come together.

 

 

 

Anyways....

Went in today. Untaped the two tone pieces. They turned out surprisingly nice considering the abysmal prep work that went into them.



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Sprayed the driver's door. I'll pick it up tomorrow.


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And I loaded up the hood, and driver's fender, and they are now safely at home awaiting placement on the car.


Today/tonight's goal is to spray the front and rear bumper with the black first (again two tone)

Then tomorrow, I finish the prep of the body. and spray that. Along with the gray on the bumpers.

Then I assemble the thing. So it's looking like maybe as early as Saturday/Sunday potentially for a drive.

That would be nice.
 


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 04:26 PM

as promised. Me likey.

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Some contrast.

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I didn't spray the black on the bumpers tonight... Mainly due to lighting/space constraints. I'll instead do this tomorrow morning, first thing.

I have errands to run in the day, so that will allow the paint to set up long enough for me to continue once I return tomorrow evening.

So close.

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Total money spent on project to date: $889


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