Sunday, December 27, 2015

Important lesson learned!

I had no idea that when you get a block bored for new Pistons, you have to scrub the crap out of it to remove all the residue from the cylinder bores before you assemble the motor. If you don't do this obviously important step, you destroy the brand new rings you just installed. So, that's what I did, destroyed my new rings! While it runs fine, it is blowing oil past the rings and burning it up in the exhaust, making a mess of things and blasting white smoke all over...
So, due to my profound lack of this info, I am in the midst of tearing down the engine and ordering another set of rings. 
At least it looks amazing in it's shiny coat of primer...

Saturday, December 12, 2015


Yep, I've been plugging away at stuff and got the throttle cable hooked up, put brake fluid in and finally put her on the ground. I drove her around the block a couple times!! Sweet!!
Still lots to do but certainly an exciting day!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Installing more bits

I have been plugging away, a bit every evening, getting stuff back together in the drivers door. 
With the new door cart, install was a breeze.
Still lots to clean and reinstall like door release and window regulator (that's the crank) but getting there. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

First shiny parts!!

Not only did I get the jambs and backs painted today, I got it done early enough to get some bits back on the car. The very first stuff to get installed on final paint!! Now you know that makes me happy!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

On track for final paint on jambs tomorrow!!

Yep, I finished the odds and ends and got the rest of the jambs primed today, as well as the inside of the deck lid and doors. I should be able to sand everything and get it painted tomorrow. At least the taping off is done already. Amazing how much time it takes to mask stuff!
It it happens tomorrow, this will be the first final paint on the car!! Very exciting!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy thanksgiving!!

We had thanksgiving on Monday as all the kids are off doing things today. But, I did get the day off and got some work done on these doors. I had completely forgotten that I had to fix the hinge mount on the passengers door so I got that done and welded in some brackets to hold speakers. Short term goal: get the doors, hood and trunk lid insides painted by the end of Sunday. Then I can slowly get them reinstalled during the week. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Check this guy out!

After cutting and grinding, he tried a little welding and we got a cart together. This will help hold the doors during the brutal task of reinstalling them. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Doors next, but first...

My boy is helping make a "door cart". This will hold the doors in place while we unbolt them and of course bolt them back up. 
Not absolutely necessary but a great starter project to teach welding and grinding skills. 
I'll post pictures when it is done!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hood first...

With any luck I can get the under side of the hood and the engine bay areas painted tomorrow. I will get the primer on and paint if the weather cooperates. 
I do have everything prepped...

Sunday, November 8, 2015

But now back to the car

Yep, after recovering from some bad planning with the primer, I have managed to get the whole car faired in and today got it primed with the high build urethane. 
Next is pulling the hood, deck lid, and doors to get all the jambs in final paint. 

Once again, the available time has been limited

I have been working overtime to get this done...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

One more bit properly primed

Yep, I got the hood stripped and primed last night. Tonight I got it back on the car so I can blend all the gaps and do final body fill on it as well. Progress if in small steps...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

At least it is a bit different than "weld, grind, weld"...
A little more progress!
With the epoxy primer on, I went back and redid the major body work. I have learned that I should have bought the epoxy primer when I was doing the body work the first time. I could have done sections and it would have stayed in better shape over the long haul project. Oh well, lesson learned... Next time I will not go backwards so much!
With the bulk in good shape, I coated the whole car again with epoxy primer just to avoid surface rust. I still have lots of little areas to address as far as smoothing the lines but it is close. I think the hood is the next thing to deal with and once I have that mounted again, I will be able to finalize all the body work. But then.. I have to take the hood, deck lid, and doors back off to get the jambs all cleaned up. Will it ever end?

At least today was a productive day!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A little more primer

Yep, I found a little time and stripped my way around the drivers side. Wait, that didn't come out right...
I sanded off the etching primer and got the epoxy primer on all but the hood. This work stuff is still getting in the way...

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Oh it has been way too long!!

Lots going on in life taking time from the project. 
The poor thing has sat idle in the garage while I took a full time position as a project manager for a local builder. Still running my business but on a smaller scale. 
In any case, after the laundry list of projects and other things, I finally found a little time this weekend to finish stripping the temporay primer off the passengers side and get two nice coats of "direct to metal" epoxy primer on. I'll tackle the rest in sections as the car rusts quickly in the current Florida humity if the is no paint on it. 
Here's a couple pictures and hopefully I'll have more to post soon!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Slow going...

Yep, progress has been slow while I reorganize my work situation. I've taken on some new clients, and gotten very busy in the process. As they say, when the work is available...
I have made baby steps here and there but it will be slow going getting the car done. I know, I have my priorities ALL MIXED UP!
I do have the car almost ready for primer and my seats are nearing completion. 
Here are some pictures

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Grinder wars!

After two years of unwinding the cords on my collection of grinders I stole an idea from the Project Binky (Google is your friend) guys and made a cart. Obviously, I wasn't quick witted enough to come up with the idea on my own! 
Oh, I also finished my roll bar!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A bit of work on that top frame? HA!!

A week later and I finally finished working on it. The front bow was toast as well as parts of the rest of the bows. I had a spare front bow in much better shape so simply used that instead. Then I went about welding and grinding to fix the other bows. 

Friday, April 3, 2015


Ha gotcha...
Well, I ordered the paint! That's something!
But, I still have a couple things I want to do before I have to worry about scratching new paint. 
So, out comes the beat up rusty convertible top frame so I can get about cleaning it up. That and a bit of work on the seat mounts should do it. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Every last nut and bolt...

Over the last week I have managed to clean the garage, get a little more organized and strip the guts from the drivers door. What this means is that as soon as I do the same to the passengers door...
Now, if that isn't going to be a moment of celebration, what the heck is?
Nope, I'm not joking! The only bolts on the car I haven't turned are residing in the passengers door. I will beat them into submission very soon!!

I also got the patching done on the drivers door and cleaned/under coated the inside. 

On a side note, if you have a few minutes to spare... WAIT!! Make the time! Check out "project Binky" on YouTube. This is a couple of the most talented guys I have ever seen and the humor is a very close second!
Here, I'll make it easy:

I have dreams about one day being able to fabricate anything even close to what these guys are capable of!