Project Grill. Going to need a thorough restoration, but it's got good 'bones'
Shot the metal grill trim today. First coat went great. Second coat was applied too soon after first I think, I got fisheye popping like a MOFO. Time to let it dry, sand it up and retry tomorrow.
Also sanded and sprayed the grill today. Apparently didn't clean it enough (sanding/acetone) as I got some crinkeling of the paint in some spots. Again, let it dry and retry tomorrow.
I hate knowing just enough to be dangerous when it comes to painting and finishing
Oh well, if at first you don't succeed, you're running about average!
I had much better results tonight with the painting. Got a couple of good coats on both the grill and the metal trim. A little light sanding on the trim and I'll be ready to clear coat it. The grill itself will get a light scuff to matte the gloss a bit. McMaster Carr delivered some sheet aluminum and steel for some fab work I'll try to start later this week.
Got some of the PermaShine stuff from Urethane Supply Company. Pretty impressed so far, we'll see how it lasts. Got it sprayed on the front bumper lower spoiler, rear bumper lower trim, textured rubstrips (before and after below), and europlate tub. Also got the grill assembled and the drivers side of the car mostly wetsanded (1000, then 2000, with a few spots to go back over) Getting sidetracked on the cosmetics, need to jump into the intake manifold and oil pan here soon, as well as powdercoating the wheels. Also need to pickup a few parts from the junkyard here shortly (specific hardware/clips/trim).
Neighbor dropped by for a minute (completely oblivious to what the car is) and made a comment that it's really neat to drive by and see what is new/different. I guess that means I'm making progress
Last edited by jaystone; 08-18-2011 at 08:11 PM.
Got a new bottle of 3M Rubbing compound...seems they changed the formula on me; doesn't work for crap. Going to return it and order something else online. Any suggestions?
Alex, it'll be a little while before it's done; but a photoshoot is definitely in order
I didn't feel so hot this weekend; caught some kinda summer cold (WTF?!). Not much accomplished.
Got the oil pan plated today. Still need to weld in the oil return. A bit rusty with the TIG (or maybe my hand wasn't so steady due to a beer or two), but got into a little groove on the last 6-8 inches of weld. Cleaned up nice enough. Will sand blast again and powder coat to match the charge plumbing.
Started on the intake manifold today. Got it cut up and gutted pretty good. Rough shape plates made, will need to fit to manifold. Loaded up/chipped up/burned up a cheap carbide burr I had. Also ran out of flapper discs for my angle grinder. Last 2.9 klone manifold I did used 2 flapper discs and 2 cut off discs, but the last 2.9 klone didn't include chopping in half and removing the spark plug holes.
So...the photos are in progress and a little blurry because my hands were numb from grinding.
I'll end up re-powdercoating when done.
nice top plate.. thats some work. will look cool.
may need you to make me one. just the bottom cut and plate. im too lazy to pull the intake to get to the plugs. not a show car. will look nice once you polish the crap out of it.
your going all out looks like.
you doing the Tb?
Was a crazy week, not much accomplished. Got the drivers side polish finished (or would that be got the finish polished?! ). Started on the intake manifold. Pardon the cell phone pictures; it's just way easier than using my digital point and shoot or DSLR.
Last edited by jaystone; 08-27-2011 at 03:49 PM.
Got some new OEM sideskirts ordered thanks to Mr. Kellin @ Emich.
Also got some tie rod ends and some other misc bits ordered from AutohausAZ.
Also have the old sideskirts for sale.
Going to try and work on the intake manifold later this afternoon. Carbide burr and some abrasive flapper discs acquired last week.