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Old 07-04-2019, 05:50 PM
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Default Car #069

Well its been a year since I made the road trip north to buy #069 from Brian.
When I brought it home, I spent a few days on it without even taking it off the trailer.
I began to sand off all the primer and get it back to gelcoat so I can see what repairs had been done in the past. If I am going to the trouble of painting a car, I want to make sure any body work that has been done won't come back and bite me in the ass. If it does happen, at least I know its my fault.

Brian had stripped off multiple layers of paint using a heat gun and a safety razor. It does work but at a big cost if you are not extremely careful. The body is loaded with gouges from the razor pretty much everywhere (no hate Brian!, just pointing it out to others so they don't make the same mistake).

All told I think I spent a few days on the car getting a bunch of primer off and working on the side pods filling in about a thousand small nicks and gouges. I patched a few holes in the body and did a few other misc. things. The car stayed on the trailer for a few months up at my shop before being unloaded in the garage of my home base shop. Then it sat, and sat, and sat some more. In the garage, to the driveway under a cover then back inside again.

Fast forward to last Sunday when I decided to do a little sanding on the car. So I did some sanding, filling, some more sanding, some more filling, all the while trying to decide what and how I'm going to do this car. I think I have a plan, but as always its subject to change.

I've decided to do it as a budget build. Not getting too carried away with all the extras. A less is more kind of build, using stuff I already have. At this time it may even be a roadster with a open roof / fair weather car. I guess I'll see how it goes.

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These are from last year on my way home.
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Old 07-04-2019, 05:55 PM
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Default A few more photos from last year (July 2018)

I did a lot of work to the rear quarter. There were some really bad stress cracks in this area and it required a fair amount of work. The cracks were ground out and filled with a kitty hair reinforced filler. The area was then reshaped and turned out pretty nice. The old marker light holes were also filled in.

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Old 07-04-2019, 06:11 PM
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Default Side pods.

The side pods were in terrible shape. So may gouges to fill. I think I spend 2 solid day alone just on the side pods. I'm sure removing all that paint on a rounded concave shape with a straight razor was brutal. I also had to do a fair amount of trimming to get them to fit. The new chassis bottom rails get in the way unlike when you just use a regular bug pan. After a fair amount of trimming I was able to get them to fit again.

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They have since been primed but I don't have a photo just yet.
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:34 PM
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Default Fast forward to July 2019

I started playing around with the rear end of the car last weekend. It was the only part of the car that was in the shade and let me tell ya, Florida in July, shade is important however its still brutal hot!

I trimmed out the motor opening since it had been hacked pretty good to fit dual carbs. I trimmed up the rear section since it already had 2 giant openings from old tail lights. I did a whole lot more sanding and filling to get it all pretty close to good. I shot on 3 coats of a high build primer and called it a day.

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It will still need a guide coat, block sanding and filling of imperfections.
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:40 PM
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Default July 4th 2019

While the rest of you were eating hamburgers and hotdogs, I was in the garage working on the Sterling. I spent about 5 hours working on the front trunk and headlight openings. I spend some time cleaning up the nose and fixing the chips at the seam where the belly pan will attach. Added to the few hours I put in after work earlier in the week, I still a bit more to do before I can shoot some primer. The rain and lightning forced me to quit earlier than I wanted to.

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Old 07-06-2019, 12:11 AM
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Default Friday 7/6/19

Got a little impatient this evening after work and decided I wanted to see some progress. Doing minor filling and sanding takes a lot of time but at the end of the day it doesn't look like much. So I wanted it to look like I did something! Out comes the primer gun! After I shot about a quart and a half of high build I went back to sanding. In the end, seeing another section primed did make me feel better. Sometimes that's just what you need to stay motivated.

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Above is an example of the gouges in the gelcoat I am dealing with. Anywhere the body has some roundness to it, this is what it looks like.
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:22 PM
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Default Saturday 7/6/2019

Spent the second half of the days working on car #069. Got the hood sanded and filled where needed. Cut the hood latch hole and did some minor trimming to fit the body. Also got the hood hinged. Spent the rest of the time filling and sanding on the body before calling it a night.

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Brought Rays roof home from the shop to get some primer on the inside. Ran out of time but will borrow it for a photo-op of car #069.
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Old 07-06-2019, 11:45 PM
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Sometimes all you need is a small progress to keep yourself motivated. Looks good. What type of primer are you using, Slick Sand?
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:15 AM
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Sometimes all you need is a small progress to keep yourself motivated. Looks good. What type of primer are you using, Slick Sand?
I'm using a High Build 2k Urethane Primer from U-Pol. I get it from a local supplier for about $86 a gallon. I like U-Pol light weight fillers also. They make pretty decent products and they are reasonably priced.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:35 PM
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Default Sunday 7/7/19

Started out the morning in the front section again. I finished smoothing out the headlight area. Brian had done a pretty good job of filling the hole back in so all was left to do is the finish work.

After an hour or so I decided to start working on the top some more. This is the old top from the #114 car that had been cut for T-Tops. I had done some additional cutting on it a couple of years ago. Since I hate to see it go to waste I have decided to make a sort of roadster top. It needs a bunch of holes filled and the rear section narrowed so it follows the body better.The drivers side is near done and the pass side needs some glass mat then some smoothing.

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I set the windshield in to get a better idea of how it will look. I like it!
I will likely not be using a Sterling windshield, I think the plan is to do an acrylic windshield. I know what you are going to say, not DOT approved. Keep in mind, I live in Florida.
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