Front fenders re sealed and permanently re attached last night. 3M undercoating applied to passenger side wheel wells. Pulled all rub strips in anticipation of wet sanding fun. Awaiting parts!
Painters Supply is definitely a ripoff, but does Allen Paint have the same stuff? Could they mix up some isht for me? I hate Painters hours too, sucks trying to get over there.
NOS Optima Red Top, tested/charged/warrantied. Guy I picked it up from has pallets of them. Some from when they were still made in Aurora, some from after they shipped manufacturing to Mexico. Half of what a new one costs.
Stopped by Allen Paint, and picked up some stuff. Very helpful crew there. Better than Painters Supply for sure.
Beers consumed. Progress made. Started cleaning up the engine bay a bit, getting rid of grease and dirt. Finished undercoating the drivers side wheel wells. Cleaned up the calipers and coilovers a bit. Stripping the wheels is going slow, have tried 3 different strippers and all are equally mediocre. Going to try and start cutting up the intake manifold and spare tire well for the battery tray I'm going to fab up tomorrow I'm hoping.
Tried some interior trim paint (black) on the factory gray trim. Not impressed with the results, going to need to try something else. One step forward, two steps back.
Will get pictures up tomorrow after the camera gets charged up.
started straightening fins on the intercooler, going to either paint or powder coat it black. What a PITA. Bottom 2 rows started, working my way up.
Heading down to P-town in about an hour to pick up some parts (VW related) and meet with a few folks (non VW related).
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?