Body work and paint

Wow it has been a long while since I wrote a post. Not much was done over the winter but now we are in full swing. I patiently (ok not so patiently, it was torture) waited for the painter I wanted to do the car. He finally took it a couple week ago and has been going full steam on it since.

The doors, trunk and hood were all fit. Then the body was modified so everything fit just perfect. The hood was difficult to fit, so it was cut underneath, re-worked and re-fiber glassed. Same with the tops of the doors. We had to build up lots on the lower driver door, which was to be expected. This is a common issue on this car. We also rolled the edges, cut the louver holes to be the proper size and cleaned up the exhaust pipe holes.

After that, the body was flipped over, and the entire underside sanded, prepped, then gel coated in the same silver as the engine compartment. This added strength to the body, will make it easy to keep the underside clean and also makes the underside all look consistent.

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Gelcoat under side

Now that the body is fully prepped, this week the painter is doing several coats of black primer, block sanding and repeating. Once it is perfect, the plan is to paint the stripes, then color. Hopefully starting in the next week or so. The goal is to have the body painted and back on the car by the first weekend in May.

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While the body work was ongoing, I was finishing up some loose ends on the chassis so ensure everything was done properly before the body goes back on. Just a tonne of small things like closing a hole in the firewall, properly fitting the dash, fixing the ignition which was not tight enough and was spinning (and driving me crazy). I also fabricated some mounts so the dash can now go on and off without removing the body. This is a big thing since I plan on re-doing the dash at some point but don’t want to remove the whole body.

So, hopefully next post will be the stripes and color.

I am registered for a car show on fathers day in Qualicum, so have a hard deadline to get the car done by then.

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