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05-31-2009 03:19 PM Painting Fordillac Pieces Parts.
Yesterday I painted the hood tops and sides, all the small sheet metal parts, dash and headlights. Had a minor calamaty, one of the fender stands tipped over against a headlight on it's stand, which tipped over against the OTHER headlight. I caught the fender stand and the first headlight stand, the only having two hands, headlight number two fell over onto a hood side laying next to it, rolled all the way down it and fell onto the floor.

The headlight bucket wasn't damaged, but the hoodside was scratched thru to the primer, and the headlights clear coat was scratched so all three had to be repainted. It was no big deal, as I had to paint the body and doors today, and I did those too.

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05-27-2009 08:23 PM $25,000 dollar a gallon primer...
Yesterday I intended to get the final coat of primer on the roadster. The fly in that ointment was that I inadvertantly used the wrong catalyst in the primer, and ended up with a gun full of grey jello. As it was late in the day, I picked up my wife at her office after getting another gallon of primer (I only needed a quart, but have the Diamond T to work on) and we went car shopping. The end result of the trip was I ended up with not only another gallon of 2K primer and the RIGHT catalyst, but we have a new Ford Fusion as well.

The good news is, that I blocked out the roadster with 320, got all the improperly mixed primer off the deck lid (it gelled so fast I only got one pass!), and in doing that found a couple of little spots that needed more attention. The body is now arrow straight (at least according to the guide coat) thanks to repeated work with a long board, and I HOPE to finally have color on it this weekend. That gives me 2 weeks to get it together enough to make a debut at a local car show in th evillage of Vicksburg.

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05-11-2009 09:30 AM Slow going on the Fordillac
Haven't gotten much done the last couple of weeks, as I've been busy getting our '46 Spartan ready for the camping trip of the summer. Polishing, detail work, made a new tongue, new axle and springs, lots of work had to be done.

I did get the '36 apart and shot the primer last week. Looks good, although I did find a couple areas that I'm not happy with around the rear wheel arch, so they'll need a little work and some more primer. Other than that, it's good to go. I hope to have color on it and back together in a couple of weeks. Scored a leather easy chair from my brother in distressed leather that his cat distressed one corner of a little too much, to use for the upholstery on the seats. Should be just enough.

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04-22-2009 11:54 AM Fordillac steering wheel (almost) done
This morning I worked on the steering wheel, a Ford Banjo wheel. It was given to me by the widow of a great friend, Gil, who passed away a year ago. The rim was almost gone, but I saved it. The rim as almost all short strand 'glass reinforced filler, I made a little jig to spin the wheel like a potters wheel, and applied the filler that way. All hand sanded and filed, small pits that were left filled with regular filler.

This morning I blasted the hub, did a little finish work on the rim and primed it with rattle can sandable primer. The results are impressive, to say the least, it was inexpensive, and will remind me of Gil every time I get in the car. I think he'd be happy...


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04-18-2009 10:37 AM Video links
Well, kinda. Since I don't know how to post a link to You tube, to see the '36 in motion, and happily idling away in the driveway with all the sheetmetal mocked up, go to You tube, search for "Fordillac", and my three crappy videos will show up, along with some other guy who calls HIS car, a shoebox with a tilt body (?) Fordillac. Mine is cooler...

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