Sunday, June 17, 2012

Prep for Paint....FINALLY

I am now actually seeing the the light at the end of the tunnel. A few times, I actually begun to doubt I'd ever be this close to having a final paint job complete. I was ready to farm the next step of prepping for paint out because I just don't have the patience and I'm ready for the project to be done.  I know I'm well past the halfway mark but it's time to get on the road.
Jon talked me out of (just like the welding) and I'm going to do it myself. He was a big help once again to show me the ropes. It's not that difficult but requires the time and patience to get it right. 
 Again, I would rather staple my head to the floor than do this but I want to get it done right and I only trust myself and Jon to get it right. Even if there are imperfections, frankly, I don't really care because I would only have myself to blame.
Here I am working on the gas tank while Jon works on the Holy Grail of aircooled vehicles....the "W" decklid.  I think he's particularly pleased to say that he has done some body work on this piece. It's bragging rights for certain. Kind of like when you can brag about the girl that everyone wanted to date but could never get close enough to talk to. 
 The gas tank is in great condition but it has some typical pitting from the fuel that's spilled over the years.
Here is the right quarter panel that Jon and I worked on.  He did most of (ok.....all of it) the Bondo work.  There was a quarter sized hole that needed to be filled.  We covered it in fiberglass and then Bondo to top it.  He did a fantastic job.
 The front nose has so many pitting spots.  They're not hard to fill and take care of, but they are in tricky spots and there are just so damned many.  It took me hours to get this done and have it look right.  I'm still working on some of the areas still.  You can see the pink spots all along where the hood seal will go.  The trunk has some trouble spots too so I want those to look good since I'll be painting this area as well.
 I worked on this area and it came out pretty well.  The front corners of the nose needed to be smoothed out.  There were some gaps when the new front apron was welded in.  The fiberglass and Bondo is getting it to look "sealed". 

    Last, the fenders have pitting and holes in some typical trouble spots.  I had to spot weld in the holes where I could, grind them down and then Bondo over it to make it look right.  I've had to push this part off for a couple of months because I could never find a time when Katie wasn't taking a nap or having to watch her.  Grinding is so loud and usually wakes up everyone around you.  You can see how long it has been because of the rust around the edges.  That will come off when I grind it down....no worries.

6 comments:

Jason Estes ( O \ | / O ) said...

I've been there... Stick with it and do it yourself. There is no feeling in the world like it when you are on the other side looking back. It's easy to pay someone to do it for you. Not many people can say they did it on their own.

kalewatkins said...

Nice work. I have a 69 all original automatic stick shift. You want to do it next?

dneos said...

What an interesting job !!!

I am visiting from time to time this blog, only with the hope to see this done.

Waiting for some videos as well it would be great to share with us.

Todd Norman said...

I can't wait until I can look back on my project and see how far I've come, then look forward at the light at the end of the tunnel. Can't wait to see it done! Got any new progress?

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M. J. Touch said...

I'm just seeing these comments! No updates as of yet. I've taken a break due to laziness and unnecessary distractions during the end of the year holidays. I'm back on track now though. I'm working on finishing the fenders, hood, and deck lid. Might be ready to paint before the summer starts.

Matthew said...

LOL!!!! Might be ready to paint before the summer starts. What a dreamer.....