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Old 09-24-2013, 12:04 PM
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Order of operations advice- 67' Mustang

I'm going thru my brothers 67 Mustang. As of now I have the front end stripped down and am in the process of fixing a few rusty spots in the engine compartment and the battery panel/apron which was rusty from an exploded battery. I'm debating on hauling the car to a sand blaster and have them strip the front end (cowl forward) vs doing it my self.. with chemical stripper/air tools and a small hand sand blaster. Time vs money I know but I don't want the car covered in sand either since the interior is complete and immaculate. In my sand blasting experience no matter how hard you try the sand goes everywhere you don't want it.
I would like to get the engine compartment/front end completely done and engine back in and then move on to the rest of the car over the winter. The rest of the car will be stripped and painted factory candy apple red. Car wont be a concurs restoration but I am going over every nut and bolt.
Engine compartment/front end is getting SPI epoxied then either a SPI black with clear or possibly a version of chassis black/matte black. Just curious on how some of you would go about this. Thanks

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True, Sandblasting sand does have tendency to go everywhere...however as you said, time versus money. I'd go the sandblasting route as long as you have an experienced sand blaster, Tape up all the vents, cowl, doors any area that will allow sand into the interior...then the sand that you do get is is minimized.

Also use a media that won't interfere with any primers that you plan on applying...a silica sand product, roughly a 36 grit sand would work and can be recycled. As you recycle sand the particles get smaller and the cutting or stripping quality diminishes. If done properly it is cost effective and faster than trying to remove paint by hand or using a chemical stripper.

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On my 67, the engine bay was one of the first things I did as well. I went through all the major systems and rebuilt the suspension, brakes (though I am doing the CSRP disc upgrade), steering, and completely drive train, one by one. The suspension and steering are easy to do while you've got the engine bay broken down. Like you I am also doing a full restoration. I did bodywork next. I am in the steps of painting it now.

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Unless you are wanting a gloss finish on the under hood parts, the SPI black epoxy does a pretty good job of reproducing the factory look and does not need to be top coated. It give a satin finish and lays down great.

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Thanks for the replies everyone. Lizer- looking good and a very cool write up! Ive been documenting everything I am doing as well. I was thinking about just using black SPI epoxy... Depends on what my brother decides if he wants shine or matte. Ive never taken a vehicle to a sand blaster before so I dont know if I can trust them... kinda scary
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I think I'm actually going to give the Mastercoat AG111 a try on my next engine bay. Solvent resistant/proof and if it's good enough for a subway car it's going to be good enough for my engine bay.
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I like the look and "acclaimed" durability of the AG111 I think ill talk my brother into going that route. Thanks for the tip!
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