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Old 06-06-2010, 03:51 PM
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There are body fillers that are thin enough that this isn't needed. And if "building" the contour, you will want a thicker filler otherwise it will be like trying to build with HOT BUTTER. It will be too runny and WILL NOT stay in place.
maybe i wasn't too clear, I meant to say that the best method is too build up to the approx shape then use the thinned filler to get a better shape. The fine fillers are just regular fillers with more polyestor/epoxy in it....and an extra cost factor which doesn't reflect value for money. In fact most polyestor fillers are a waste of time as metal finishing is easier to accomplish a good finish .

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This was helpful if anyone else is looking for tips on recreating straight body lines: http://forum.eastwood.com/upload//sh...ght-body-lines

And this one says also shows the tape method and then says to fill, then high build primer and sand ...repeat until perfection: http://www.ehow.com/how_2296183_rebu...ne-crease.html

I didn't have much luck making a sanding template for this small area.The tape method seems to be working, though.

And a bonus, right where the high spot on the flute should be seems to be where the last guy tried to pull it out with a screw (too sloppy to be a stud welder) and that spot gave way to a nice 1" x 3/8" HOLE. Had to use the screen material and All Metal method to patch that with no welder available. This is a crap job and I am looking forward to stripping this panel to bare metal and de-skinning when time/money permits. There's a ton of filler on this panel and it really irks me.

Yes, I wish a new lid was available. I'd get it immediately.
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Yeah...I'm still at this--off and on as I've been dealing with some electrical stuff. Isn't it fun to discover your predecessor's ideas for "fixing" things?

My first attempt at sculpting to match the other guys bondo work was about 60% there. I wasn't happy, obviously. The furthest left vertical ridge needs a steeper angle. The light angle and the bad focus make it look even worse than it is.



In reality, I'm shaping a bunch right angles and their adjoining other surfaces trying to match some other guy's work. His work has softened a lot of the edges and mine are too sharp. A new boot lid would be a joy. I got a transparent craft mat which is helping...and frustrating me more.

It would be nice to lay down a vinyl grid decal transfer to guide the way rather than drawing one with a marker.


Here's a guy running a British Mini (mine's Italian) with a VTEC. A Mini Hot Rod, as they are known in Mini World. Thought you'd like it.

He's got an Italian "6-clock" dash and an Innocenti boot lid also. Maybe I can offer to help him finish that paint for a trade... He's running a British style grille and British lights up front. The Italian Carellos and Altissimos cost a fortune because they were used on Ferarris, Maseratis, etc., also.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Mini-...55185e08#v4-37

Minis have to be stretched about 3" to slam that Honda thing in there. I chatted with the guy...he bought it that way. Looks like a PITA.
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Those cars are so cool I would want mine an all MINI "factory" hotrod. I have a friend who has a wagon version, he's had it for years. They are very cool little cars. I have always had a place in my heart for minature cars.

I have a road trip planned (we have been thru 29 states) where I will end up going thru Georgia and stop at this museum.
http://microcarmuseum.com/

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The wagons (Traveller and Estate) are rockin! There was also a van (wagon with no glass sides)...The coveted item now is the pick up. This one has the stock front grille which I like. Most people trash them for the shiny ones.



I'll spare you the youtube videos...you can take a peek. There are some with V-8s in the bed.
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Mini with V8? phhht!!!!

ha ha,the HOT set up is a hyabusa and in the UK you can buy a kit to install one which takes a weekend to install. 150mph with a stock hyabusa is way more than a A series could ever produce ( been there done that 38 years ago ). forget handling with a v8 even it's light weight rover or LS series,
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