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Today 06:18 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
I just bought SPI 2k epoxy and I don't think you need to sand it after it sits past the cure date. I was on their forum and it seems most just spray another coat of epoxy and then paint.

I am looking for top coat paint right now in a single stage and will have that on hand when the time and weather are right for the epoxy. The goal would be to follow thru with the top coat within a couple days and be done with the underside.
I think you had better double check that Mitch. Even SPI needs to be scuffed after 7 days as far as I know.

I do believe you will really like the SPI epoxy. Good stuff.

John
Today 06:06 PM
Too Many Projects I just bought SPI 2k epoxy and I don't think you need to sand it after it sits past the cure date. I was on their forum and it seems most just spray another coat of epoxy and then paint.

I am looking for top coat paint right now in a single stage and will have that on hand when the time and weather are right for the epoxy. The goal would be to follow thru with the top coat within a couple days and be done with the underside.
Today 05:53 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by cgates View Post
John, now that you have the bottom of the floor primed in epoxy and it will be a lot longer than a week before you put on the real paint, how will you scuff it before painting? Or what do you plan on doing around all the braces etc?

Actually the bottom of the floors only have paint on the panels I epoxied before I installed them. I will have to touch up some welding and fill in some very small patches. Once I have that done and the welds ground from the bottom I will put at least 2 wet coats of epoxy on it, sand that with 400 and one more coat of epoxy then shoot it with SS Red urethane.

Of course a red Scotch brite pad could be used instead of the 400. Also, the Epoxy primer has a seven day window where it will not require sanding but I personally do not work fast enough nor have a good enough paint booth to make that work. Most likely I will have to sand it, shoot one more coat of epoxy and paint.

Bare in mind, I am not building a show car. I want the frame to be a smooth satin black and the bottom of the body to be shiney red paint but this old girl will not see trailer time nor will there be mirrors under it. My goal is to make sure who ever buys this car can put it on a rack and know the are buying a quality car that will still be a good investment ten years after they buy it.

John
Today 04:34 PM
cgates John, now that you have the bottom of the floor primed in epoxy and it will be a lot longer than a week before you put on the real paint, how will you scuff it before painting? Or what do you plan on doing around all the braces etc?
Yesterday 08:44 PM
John long
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Maybe he just enjoyed bringing something back from the dead for a change.

BB
Actually he is a young 23 year old who really did seem interested. He did a great job of blasting it but it was 93 degrees yesterday. The frame looked great when I picked it up but doday it is full of brown rusty finger prints where his sweaty hands have touched it.

No big deal. A DA with some 80 grit will knock them off but I had to laugh when I saw it this afternoon.

To much going on today. Hope to play with it tomorrow.

John.
Yesterday 05:15 PM
boothboy
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
That looks like a really nice blast job! Maybe the guy enjoyed doing a little old car stuff.
Maybe he just enjoyed bringing something back from the dead for a change.

BB
Yesterday 11:20 AM
idrivejunk That looks like a really nice blast job! Maybe the guy enjoyed doing a little old car stuff.
Yesterday 06:26 AM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
You seem to have a couple extra upper control arms in the pile. You making some fancy suspension mod ??

Frame looks great..
Good eye. They belong to my friend that has given me so much stuff. Just a little "thank you."

John
08-23-2016 11:51 PM
MARTINSR WHOOOO HOOOOO!

Brian
08-23-2016 08:36 PM
Too Many Projects You seem to have a couple extra upper control arms in the pile. You making some fancy suspension mod ??

Frame looks great..
08-23-2016 07:45 PM
John long Getting the frame blasted is a great mile post. Next pictures should be of a semi gloss black frame. I am going to put 2-3 wet coats of SPI black epoxy primer on it, fill any rust pits with a thin wipe of Rage Ultra and another couple of coats of black epoxy.

The blaster did a really good job. It is exciting to see it in the basement all clean.

John











Hopefully I am just a couple of weeks from getting back to the body. After all, that is what this thread is about. It will be exciting though to see some paint on this chassis and have it waiting for the body.

John
08-06-2016 08:17 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Are you going to need to fab front body mounts and weld them onto the sub ?
Would that happen after blasting and before painting ?
I will have to fab new ones for sure. That is ok because the factory ones are really ugly. On a convertible their main function is to keep the door from sagging. They actually pull down instead of supporting weight.

I am going to paint the frame a semi gloss black using SPI Epoxy as soon as it comes back from blasting. Then I am going to finish the bottom of the floor pans and paint them. After the body and frame are mated and shimmed I will fab the front body mounts. One other thing to consider is I have to fabricate those mounts around the big block. Motor mounts, transmission crossmember as well as body mounts will have to be made.

Touch up of the frame will be required but with the semi gloss I think I can do an acceptable job of it. I do not want to take this thing back of the frame again once it is shimmed.

John

08-06-2016 06:17 PM
Too Many Projects Are you going to need to fab front body mounts and weld them onto the sub ?
Would that happen after blasting and before painting ?
08-06-2016 06:07 PM
John long Just a quick update. The subframe is in and the suspension is torn down. It is just about ready to go to the sand blaster.

I am really anxious to get back to work on the body.

John







07-26-2016 08:14 PM
John long Hey guys. Thought I would drop in for a quick update. I wish I had more shop time but life has to be lived.

I made the ouside plates and welded them in.



Next I made gussets to go inside the plates for rigidity. I have them welded in on both sides.



The templates are made for the inside plates and top plates and hope to get started cutting them out tomorrow.



The plasma cutter has sure payed for itself during this process. This is a picture of the gussets I cut out to go inside the frame rails. This would have been a major job with a cut off disc or band saw.

John

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