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02-08-2015 03:21 PM
37ford4dr beautiful day today high 60s*

sand the doors one more time

thoroughly clean them, a paint job is only as good as the prep work

first coat self etching primer

and the black higher build primer. funny thing was the doors were not painted under the this time around that area will get painted before the door gets hung. that may be the first car part i paint the body color.

i guess my next task will be to start cleaning up the dash. its still accessible.
02-07-2015 03:04 PM
37ford4dr well finally some nice weather, as you can see I need to do as much out side as possible

we did save some small work area and a place for the visiting 85lb beast, I mean my sons dog

time to do some more sanding on the door skin and put some filler down, since there is no repair here it is just polyester filler

use a long sanding board so you don't get waves

after sanding and a wipe down with wax and grease remover it gets the self etching primer. the kids and dog are away for the weekend so the evaporating primer will not bother the beast.

and my black primer

01-18-2015 02:42 PM
37ford4dr well it was a busy day today

here is the manmade hole surprisingly located underneath the first barrel bolt of the door frame.

body dollys come in all different shapes and sizes this has a radius side and a flat side

hammer from the inside "on dolly', this means the hammer hits the metal on the support dolly, off dolly means the hammer hits the metal but the dolly is not behind the striking hammer

first go around

all done

skimmed with fiberglass

now to the work that got me no son, wife, granddaughter and dog are in between apartments so they will stay with us for a short time and the garage will be used for storage

built a frame for storing the body on top of the chassis

lift the current car body and frame up on to 12 ton jack stands about 24" tall

we got the heights with in 1/2" of each other then my son and son inlaw just got on either end and picked it up on to the new frame

you can see how high up the blue jack stands are these were under the old car frame

01-17-2015 01:17 PM
37ford4dr lets take care of some pin holes

the flash light shows the spots, after much deliberation I decide to plug them this is about 1.5 hrs of work

I made a nice big backing plate wrapped in copper

grind the area and plug the holes

once again after final grinding when you think you are done do the flash light test

nice skim coat of fiber glass and time to move on to the next spot, I need to remove a bracket to knock that "hole" flat and the screw is frozen on the bracket so its soaking

01-15-2015 01:21 PM
Originally Posted by Arns85GT View Post
Hi, I have been following your restoration with interest. Your work is really a wonderful example of how to do things right and my hat is off to you.

I do have a question however.

On page 36 you stated "wiped down fender with a wax and degreaser and move to the black primer stage"

I have always found that any wax product screwed up my paint work in a major "pain the neck" way, so I am surprised to see you use it.

Please explain how this works. I am somewhat intrigued.

thks, I should have said "wax and grease remover" sorry for the confusion. and its purpose is to remove any wax traces ,any oils or grease just exactly for the reasons you describe. some times people dont realize that their air powered sanders spit out some oils in the air exhaust and this sits on the primered surface just waiting to screw with you

01-12-2015 08:00 AM
using wax?

Hi, I have been following your restoration with interest. Your work is really a wonderful example of how to do things right and my hat is off to you.

I do have a question however.

On page 36 you stated "wiped down fender with a wax and degreaser and move to the black primer stage"

I have always found that any wax product screwed up my paint work in a major "pain the neck" way, so I am surprised to see you use it.

Please explain how this works. I am somewhat intrigued.

01-11-2015 12:20 PM
37ford4dr when in doubt take more stuff apart

bottom looks really good

lets take out a crease

crease removed and lip folded back over again

just like the other side

a few spots to repair on the bottom
01-10-2015 11:46 AM
37ford4dr 17* outside and a slight breeze.....flannel lined pants, shirt, 2 hooded sweat shirts, jacket, gloves goggles to cover the eyes since they were was cold!

sanded the doors, a little more to do but too cold out side

01-09-2015 01:52 PM
37ford4dr definitely more delicate....

remaining door lock hardware came off today and time to sand the remaining paint off, tomorrow the doors will come off and I will sand the doors out side

and while cleaning up I found a spacer on the floor???? does any one recognize it. it has flecks of blue paint on know my son just brought over a blue pallet fork lift and it has a broken hand release mechanism and we were turning it over to look at it....any way does any one recognize this? I clean up regularly so it has to be some thing I have done recently worked on.

01-09-2015 11:18 AM
malc I thought this is a planishing hammer, rather more delicate than the one you used.
01-09-2015 11:02 AM
37ford4dr today I cleaned up the door windows and packaged them up for safe keeping. the question was posed to me would a planishng hammer work well to remove a crease. this was the go to tool back in the 30 and 40s to remove creases when the metal was good quality and pretty lets see how it does on an mga body panel

lets make a crease

about 1 minute on the planishing hammer

heres the rub the distortion it introduces

so with very little effort the crease is gone but some distortion is introduced.... I didn't take any time with this and did it very quickly you may be able to go slower and find the sweet spot to stop at or just add some heat to shrink the metal.
12-28-2014 06:41 PM
37ford4dr this is whats left of the window seal

so now i move on to the pass side with my new found knowledge of whats holding it down....well after enough of sticking my hand every where I could think I found this position for the back barrel bolt

I tried every conceivable way to get at the front barrel bolt but an inner door support was in the way no matter how I moved my hands. strangely there was a 3/8" hole in the bottom of the door in the area of those two barrel bolts but I still couldn't get at the front one.

so I marked the location of the barrel bolt using the other side as the guide

so I made an access opening

can you see the support bracket the barrel bolt is sitting on?

and my access window

and it slipped off the bracket as I loosened it and moved down

loosen up the caulking

and I win, if you had any sort of a seal left you would need to remove the horizontal chrome finishing piece that covers it

12-28-2014 10:48 AM
37ford4dr lets get all the door handle and locking mechanism components out

use a tooth brush to clean the threads off no need to make the situation any harder then hit with PB blaster

and of course the lock retaining nut is 9/16W which is just a tad bigger then 1" the key code is stamped on the cylinder, the key cylinder retaining nut will slip off the back after the small bolt is removed and the cylinder will come out

and lastly letting the door handle machine screws soak for a little while

these door mechanisms are a PITA most due to the cramped space
12-27-2014 03:09 PM
37ford4dr removed the door glass and frame from the drivers matter how much I read the instructions in the shop manual I could make no sense out I just did it my way....

some screws holding things down

the rivets hold the door skin to the metal frame, I drilled them out because I wasn't sure

the usual grinding was required to remove several bolts

I found what a barrel nut was the hard way, there was a screw holding the front of the trim down and I couldn't figure out how to get at so after a couple hours of frustration I cut it

a barrel nut

this is where the barrel nut attaches inside the door frame.....I have no idea how you are suppose to get to it though. I will see if I can figure a different way on the pass side now that I know how it all fits together

12-21-2014 02:08 PM
37ford4dr mission today is the drivers side shut face panel and the rear light plinth

sanded and primed

the problem

new piece test fit

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