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Old 02-13-2013, 10:23 AM
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V , I could not see much of your car in the video. You got something there. Take some shots. Engine , interior, exhaust routing. A pic is worth a thousand words.

You guys are probably good and carefull, but..Watch out driving around with the bottles racked. The police Will take your car. Not matter if they are cracked or not.

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I designed and molded my scoop to be right in the max air flow its narrow and low and dead center over the carbs, so its off center to the passenger side People really notice its not in the center of the hood!

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as I block sand my car Ive found that it is far from quality re fit and finish. The seems are all over the place,the gaps are like a home made car.I dont care,I will paint it something decent but not so nice that I get worried everytime someone touches the can.

re getting more pictures and interior,yes,its all coming. so far in the cockpit all Ive done so far is change the seat covers.I also upgraded from vinyl to leather. The rest is in dire need of replacement.
Engine bay needs a little Martha Stewart work. The header pipes look cool
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Ive never seen 2 Vetts that the gaps were the same even from one side to the other but most people dont notice (just the owners do LOL)!!!

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Ive never seen 2 Vetts that the gaps were the same even from one side to the other but most people dont notice (just the owners do LOL)!!!

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I noticed the gap on your right door is straighter than mine but maybe a little wider.My right side door handle needs to be replaced as now you need a vice grip grab to open the door.I have to be a gentleman as my bitter 1/2 cant open the door from the outside.
also the power locks only move about 75% on the first click,gotta love those cars
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:09 AM
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My Vette was T boned and also hit in the right front and left rear! I paid $535.00 because the frame was pristine I bought no body parts I made my own skins and molded in all seams cut 3 inches out of the front fenders bringing the nose to a point and extended the nose 2 inches, I molded in the side markers and lowered the front 3 inches! Ive been working on it 5 years and still not done!! Its sprayed in white and black sealer! not ready for paint yet But I still Play with it at shows and week end dragging! The old saying "If Its fast it doesn't have to be pretty" They call them SLEEPERS!!!! and you have one

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I noticed the gap on your right door is straighter than mine but maybe a little wider.My right side door handle needs to be replaced as now you need a vice grip grab to open the door.I have to be a gentleman as my bitter 1/2 cant open the door from the outside.
also the power locks only move about 75% on the first click,gotta love those cars

Be sure to use the right type of bondo I like the stuff with the thin short fiberglass strands in it. Also dont go past the gel coat unless its cracked. then dig down deep and replace with proper glass filled bondo and a small patch of gl**** over the top. If not the same crack will be back in a few weeks.

I also noticed a lot of ppl will use heavy grit paper to sand the paint off but the body is soft and will scratch and be seen threw the paint even after finish sanding. Best to take it off slow and keep it smooth.

Do you plan to re laquer the car or use a simple enamel. The laquer process is not easy and will require a lot more paint. it is also more steps and more costly. but the vettes do look o so good when its done right. All corvettes are laquer from the factory until water based paints came along I think. I am not sure of the later years but the c3 and c4 are all laquer based paint and require a real good painter to do a factory paint job.

Most poeple and shoot single stage paints witout much issue these days. many of the paint companies sell a simple paint that is easy to use.

This is what I used when painting my vette last summer. Did it in the garage and it turned out great.

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Yeah Vinnie,the system I have at home is basic 101 puter. The one at the race shop is where the money got spent.So for me to watch a video here isn't very viable. Sure would love to see pictures of your project at any stage it's in.
But I admit I'm asking you for something I haven't done myself.The Astro project I got setting in the back of my home shop I must have hundreds of pixs and a long twisted story to tell about that.The project journals on here seems to be off the beaten path and yes,I've been kind of lazy about putting something together for this site.I hope you would do a thread like in the hot rod basics section for me and well, us to follow.
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I shot mine with Glassruit BC/ CC system. The 2 stage clear was phenominal in the 90's .

They have some PPG systems nowadays that you do not sand and look great.
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I noticed the gap on your right door is straighter than mine but maybe a little wider.My right side door handle needs to be replaced as now you need a vice grip grab to open the door.I have to be a gentleman as my bitter 1/2 cant open the door from the outside.
also the power locks only move about 75% on the first click,gotta love those cars
2 owners before me,the guy got rid of the rubber ends and molded them in with fibre glass.also the ricer spoiler is molded in.When I first looked at the car the first thing I thought of was Corvette Summer,lol.

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I did start out using to coarse of paper and I regret it now.Im resanding and using fill primer and re sanding and re spraying,using 3 different colours. Im trying to talk a friend into painting my car,he uses PPG and is near retiring.He love/hates corvettes.
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Did you quote yourself?

Thats awesome.

Can you put urathane over laquer?
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quote myself,lol.mistake

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Did you quote yourself?

Thats awesome.

Can you put urathane over laquer?
Thanks for pointing that out.I was wanting to quote Chris but I didnt read the post properly.
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2 owners before me,the guy got rid of the rubber ends and molded them in with fibre glass.also the ricer spoiler is molded in.When I first looked at the car the first thing I thought of was Corvette Summer,lol.

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I did start out using to coarse of paper and I regret it now.Im resanding and using fill primer and re sanding and re spraying,using 3 different colours. Im trying to talk a friend into painting my car,he uses PPG and is near retiring.He love/hates corvettes.
Vinnie use a good epoxy primer and an epoxy sealer!!! The same epoxy does both jobs depending on the mix and fills very easy if given time between coats! On glass this is very important and especially since there is no jell coat on the later C3 up Vettes! PPG is a great product but you get what you pay for the grades of Omni are bottom line but easy to spray, The top line and Glamor colors are very expensive! But well worth the money! I spray PPG exclusively unless a customer asks for a different brand, Usually I'll tell them to leave depending on my money situation! I also spray a lot of Lacquer. The Dodge hump back delivery in my journal is PPG Omni, The black Vette with pearl flames is PPG lacquers, the 65 impalla is PPG Glamor, The 55 delivery is bottom line Omni, Transtar epoxy is a very good product at a reasonable price!

Jester (Chris LOL)

Yes you can shoot Urethane over lacquer If prepped properly, Most bases for clear coats are hot like Lacquer!Most of your good Primers are Lacquer Like Kondar!!!

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2 owners before me,the guy got rid of the rubber ends and molded them in with fibre glass.also the ricer spoiler is molded in.When I first looked at the car the first thing I thought of was Corvette Summer,lol.

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I did start out using to coarse of paper and I regret it now.Im resanding and using fill primer and re sanding and re spraying,using 3 different colours. Im trying to talk a friend into painting my car,he uses PPG and is near retiring.He love/hates corvettes.
Yeah they can be a real pita. Best to go slow took me a year to get my car back into paint. I was working slow of course. But every little crack in the gelcoat is cleaned and fixed stronger than before.

I have seen paint jobs on vettes go very very bad. I seen a freind remove all the gelcoat and respray the car looked smooth and flat in primer in paint it looked like it was fabric ruff like surface. Took a crap load of respray and wet sanding to get it right.

Try to avoid any pain that needs more than a buffing after its complete if diy. Wet sanding is a total pita and only done for laquer cars like vettes now a days. or show cars where deep color is most important. regular good paint jobs can be done without it if the equipment is right. I ended up with a few bad spots on mine but in all it turned out alright. also shaved the door handles while i was in there.

If you use 80 or 60 grit consider skim coating the bad areas and sanding it back off filler primer is not going to work well in that case. but usally only needs it on the hood and trunk lids other parts will cover up a little better. c4 corvettes actually have a texture on the lower doors and sills so you cant sand it smooth but you also cant see it since they are so low down on the car and kinda rolled under.
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Your Vette has no jell coat, to worry about , I'm not trying to start any arguments or explain myself To any one else on here! Jell coats were not applied but be care full not to sand into raw fiber! And Im not saying you cant Jell a Vette! LOL

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I'll add that I don't think any Vettes were factory jell coated, but I have Jell coated badly damaged Vettes

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