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Yesterday 07:14 AM
Arns85GT I'm curious about your choice of lacquer on what appears to be the exhaust pipe. I don't think lacquer is going to like the heat. What's your thinking?
11-24-2015 07:07 PM
37ford4dr my son and I popped the door off and swapped the hinges and it made all the differences, I did stamp the hinges for P and D , but forgot to stamp a top and bottom mark.
if you look closely you can see the difference in the two halves of the same hinge

the one on the left has a slight twist in it

and the alignment with out us trying to do anything to improve it.

11-24-2015 01:40 PM
37ford4dr goal for this weekend is to have all fenders i need to wrap up some loose ends

so lets paint the end caps and while i am at it the hand crank

it was strange i wiped down the hand crank with lacquer thinner to see it had been painted with some thing else over the last 50 years and no lacquer paint color came off, which is usually a sign it has some other paint on it....lacquer paint is temperamental this way and it prefers to only go over lacquer or a good primer sealer i sanded/scuffed it primed it then used a primer sealer and took a chance i wouldn't have a paint incompatibility issue

it doesn't look like i have any issues with paint incompatibility on the hand crank. i am pleasantly surprised.

11-22-2015 11:51 AM
37ford4dr boot prop rod installed

boot can tighten the bolts from the inside, so aligning is easier

final buffing

I may be able to close this up some more

how I finally did the split rivets

a shaft for under the rivets held in the vise

11-21-2015 03:21 PM
37ford4dr busy day today...

painted boot prop rod black

my son and I made end caps, mine will be removable for inspection purposes, I also made my internal inner sill supports be parallel to the frame so you can look from one end to the other. still need to be painted

tried my hand at making a rivet split tool....I am not sure I was successful....

these are a PITA to do.....this will be done during the week one panel at time with a brewski

polished the car for the last time

lets get the doors on

I am not going to sand the rocker sill to much scuffing so I am going to leave all the clear coat on it

lets buff it before the door rough fit

11-20-2015 10:13 PM
37ford4dr i had to break out the 3" DA tonight just too many small spots that interfere with buffing

its really good for the small curved areas

and I now know why the one side of the top pillar posts are pushed down.....its the only way to buff that angle

I also got one complete polishing in with the softest pad....just need to repeat it one more time to make sure I didn't miss anything then the doors go on.
11-19-2015 09:23 PM
37ford4dr I am glad it helps, hopefully this thread will help others tackle some projects they were scared of...

the goal is to finish the out side of the body buffing so I can put the doors and fenders on

so after all the work sanding and buffing the car had great reflectivity but that was only about 60% of where we can go....look at the first pictures closely, the dull areas were present in those pictures with the great reflectivity. so the idea is to bring those up to the same level of the shiney spots. great terminology....

so 3 hours tonight with the DA, this is a Harbor Freight DA for $45. I have an expensive Griots Garage DA but I wanted to try the inexpensive one and let it do all the hard work and save my good one for the easy polishing jobs.

so tonight #84 with orange hard cutting pad, 2 passes , #84 with the white light cutting pad 2 passes, and #83 with yellow buffing pad. tomorrow night will finish it with the #82 swirl remover with a finishing pad. I am sure the professional compress this time but since I do this not as regularly as them I just go slower so I don't screw up the work I have done

its the haziness under the window and to the right of the window

and after buffing and polishing

same spot after the work

11-19-2015 08:04 AM
Arns85GT I was contemplating a colour change on my ride. But, seeing the extent of your excellent work I think I won't do it. The number of panels to do it right are more than what I want to do on my daily driver.

What is really valuable to me is your description of applying your clear coat. It fills out my understanding and I think I'll have a better finish for having read your descriptions. Thank you
11-18-2015 10:26 PM
37ford4dr so it occurred to me once the body polishing is done I could put the doors and fenders on.....but not until I paint the door hinges and spacers, I cleaned them last week so they are ready to get primed and painted, used self etching primer

its a 65* night and humidity is within tolerances

base coat

clear coat

11-18-2015 07:55 AM
the Caddy option

I know that the 215 ci Old engine is the classic, however if room allows, the aluminum block Cadillac 4.9L is another good choice. They come at 200 hp out of the box at 275 ftlbs and I am using one with a HEI dizzy and a Holley 600 carb and it is well north of 200 hp. I dyno'd it with a 2 barrel at 215 but with the bigger carb it is higher again. You might want to look at it due to the weight factor vs power, and it runs real good on regular gas. This one is in a Fiero
11-18-2015 05:38 AM
496CHEVY3100 That s looking Great.makes me want to get started on my MGB I want a 215 Olds v8 aluminum engine in it , but I have to do the 55 chevy first
11-17-2015 08:58 PM
37ford4dr 5 hours today.....what can I do in 5 hours

well 3 passes with 1200 fresh pad, 3 passes with 1200 used pad, 3 passes with 1500, and 4 passes with 2000 all wet just the top side of the body

then with a rotary buffer 1 pass with #85 wool pad, 1 pass #85 maroon foam pad, 1 pass #85 yellow , 1 pass #84 blue foam pad, 1 pass #83 black pad, 1 pass #82 white pad

it looks good I need to do the polishing phase again. this next time will be with a DA. look for the reflection of the house or garage. I am 80% where I want to be.

11-16-2015 07:43 PM
Originally Posted by zuffen View Post
So after all your buffing on the front fenders you then took to them with the wet & dry.

That must have been a tough call.

Given the work you've put in you will be glad you made the extra effort.

I think you've done a great job and should be proud of the end result as you did start with a pig's ear!
thanks, yes its hard to make a silk purse out of a sows ear .....and I did deliberate a bunch but what the hell its only time.....there is lots of clear on the car so I can sand it even more once it gets even harder. I don't need perfection but it does have to be able to stand on its own with you having to say yeah I could have done better. its ok for me to think it, I just cant be in the spot where I have to say it......I think once its all together I will be able to fine tune the body panels so they all look the same, its too hard to do in changing light conditions outside on work stands.
11-16-2015 07:35 PM
37ford4dr I got to work on the car this afternoon , and did the final polishing on the fenders. one of the front fenders has a little more orange peel in it then i would like, but I am going to ignore it until everything is mounted on the car. I have lots of clear on the car and I can sand it and buff it again at any time. once its mounted and I can see the orange peel everywhere else it will lead me to what I have to do. what I am looking for is a uniformity of appearance . the panels are shiny as can be even with the slight orange peel so the glossiness isn't a problem. you can see the plastic on the seat in the reflection

this is a little cheat sheet I made up to help me remember the color of the foam pads and the order in which you use them, as many of you I have a bunch of different foam pads and the color is not universal, so this is my notes so I don't have to try to remember the order of operation...kind of .reminds me when my youngest school kid asked me about the order of operation of Mathematics and I said left to right......then when the rest of my other kids stopped laughing they informed that left to right was important but that wasn't all of it...needless to say they don't ask me for help with their calculus

now on to the buffing and polishing the body
11-11-2015 08:10 PM
zuffen So after all your buffing on the front fenders you then took to them with the wet & dry.

That must have been a tough call.

Given the work you've put in you will be glad you made the extra effort.

I think you've done a great job and should be proud of the end result as you did start with a pig's ear!
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