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...
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!!
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!!
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.
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?
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!!
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!
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.
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...
I WILL HAVE REMOVED EVERY SINGLE BOLT, SCREW, CLIP, FASTENER, WHATEVER... FROM THIS CAR!!
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!