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1947 56C Project "Can't finish unless you start"

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Had family stuff to do this afternoon, but I still got the skim coat of filler put on all of the parts that required it. Tomorrow I should be able to finish all of that up, then Thursday I should be able to roll it back out of the garage into the afternoon sun to look for more problem areas. I hope I don't find much more. I guess I'll start organizing the garage and move some of the spare parts to the basement for safe keeping. Matt

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Ok, my day never ends. When I got home, I BBQed some chicken, ate dinner then I was off to the garage! Tonight was a "Sand A Thon"! Body is ready for epoxy primer/sealer. Still have to finish up some details on some of the bolt on body parts, but the door pontoons are finished and ready also. I still have to finish the fender skirts and short pontoons up and re-check the rear fenders and outer rocker panels that bolt on under the doors. The hood is half sanded and I want to finish it tomorrow and re-check the fit back on the car. Aligning the sheet metal has been a bear and I don't want to mess with it after painting, so better to check again. I just finished up at 9:30, so I've had a very complete day. No pictures yet. If I get my sanding done tomorrow, I'll start putting stuff away in the basement and cleaning up the garage for the "Turn me into a paintbooth" days to come. Matt

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Matt, I may have overlooked this but what did you use for the rubber mount/spacer that goes on the bottom of the radiator? Mine disintegrated when I took my front end apart. I was going to invent something out of some rubber material I have because I couldn't find a reproduction anywhere.

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Matt, I may have overlooked this but what did you use for the rubber mount/spacer that goes on the bottom of the radiator? Mine disintegrated when I took my front end apart. I was going to invent something out of some rubber material I have because I couldn't find a reproduction anywhere.

Robert,

I just used some extra body mount rubbers I had and some steel shims. It worked out great. Matt

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Matt,

If you have everything lined up to your satisfaction you may want to try this idea. Drill little alignment holes where two pieces meet. For example, before I take off a well aligned hood I drill a hole through each hinge into the hood's reinforcement structure. When replacing a small nail inserted into the two holes will ensure perfect alignment once again. It may save a lot of frustration.

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Well, I got home yesterday and wifey was "STRESSED OUT"! So, I asked her if she wanted to go to the casino, cause she really enjoys it and I cannot say that I don't! I won enough money to purchase the following:

So, the color is picked and now its just up to me to get everything finished up on the car and clean the rest of the garage. I worked to 2 hours tonight organizing and I didn't even manage to work myself out of a corner! I have A LOT of cleaning to do and it will probably take me next week to finish the cleaning and finish up the last of the bodywork. ;)

Dark Metallic Blue will be the color. I don't think I will regret going with the original color. Let the games begin. Matt :cool::D:p

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Hi Matt! It seems that the USA casinoes works just like in Argentina: you lose almost always and win just a few times...

Hope to see that color soon!

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Dale,

PPG paint code 13464. Dark Blue Metallic. Pretty close to the original color. They say that your first thought is usually correct, so I went with it instead of white.

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Today, I cleaned on the garage some more, organized my extra parts, stored things away in the basement and took the convertible top apart after taking a long video of how it was together. I also took pictures of the irons at different angles for reference. The parts that aren't chromed will go next week for powdercoating to a local guy. The chrome irons, went into the boxes of parts to be rechromed. I cannot believe how many things are accumulating in those boxes. I really think and hope that I can finish everything else up this week so the following week I'm laying the epoxy sealer.

I asked a lot of questions while at the paint shop, because I'm a novice at this. The key is asking politely and thoroughly. As long as they aren't really busy, they are really happy to help out and explain all steps to follow and how to prep before-hand. They also gave me some sheets to refer to.

Matt

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This is one instance (paint shop) where you don't always look for the oldest guy around. The kid at my paint store had way more snap than the old guy who was just "filling orders". Plus, the kid always called me sir. Or Mister Mike.

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Ok, garage is 80% clean. I now have the bodywork at 98% finished and hope to continue tonight. A little more sanding and then glazing on the parts from yesterday.

I have to get my leaf blower started so I can "blow down" the garage. That should get rid of the majority of stuff accumulated in nooks and crannys. Then I'll wash down the floors. I have to find my box fan and filters to start setting up draft on the future paint room. Also need to start figuring out where all of the parts are gonna hang.

Matt

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That is why I painted my cars outdoors. I washed the asphalt and let er rip. The paint dries fast when you use the catylst hardner. But the paint will draw flying insects. Found it was best to paint in the last half hour of direct overhead sunshine. and no paint overspray to clean up from the same places you just cleaned.

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I found that a drizzly, rainy night worked best, early spring before the bugs is best, but not always possible. Too many close neighbours and trees nearby to try outside for me.

Keith

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'Nothing personal', but painting outdoors makes it much more difficult to produce a quality paint job, sure if you are looking for rust protection, and DRIVER quality, then that's your choice.

It isn't just bugs, you have wind, and stuff flying in the air too. The HVLP guns reduce the over spray a ton. I have painted several cars in my garage, with very good results, even in my garage bugs have been an issue, so outdoor painting in my opinion is asking for a lot of issues. Paint and supplies are very expensive today, and correcting a poor paint job isn't easy, and certainly not fun.

I believe a garage can easily be set up as an inexpensive paint booth. There is a reason paint booths were invented.

As I said NOTHING PERSONAL, just not what I would do or recommend.

Dale in Indy

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Ok, I wandered back out into the garage again tonight for and hour or so. I worked on the header a little more and POR15'd the top area of the header. The rest will be painted to match the rest of the convertible the top mechanism. Which, by the way was picked up by the powder coater today. I told him to take his time and do it right, so I will probably see it next week or so. I run over the car in different angles of light and only found a few more spots to work over. Might not be the fastest bodywork/paint prep job, but I wanna make sure my first paint job is quality first. So, it might be another week or so until I am happy that the body and parts are ready. I have to go back to the paint shop for another can of catalyzer for the epoxy prime sealer anyways.

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Willie,

I 'dust' the area with black over the grey primer to help put a shiny surface over it. It helps a lot and makes the little imperfections stand out when sanding. Is that what you were referring to?

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Matt

Yes, that is what I was asking and is the way to do it. I just never saw where you mentioned that step. Good work!

Willie

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I didn't cause it didn't look pretty! Seems weird, but that's why and when I did, I always finished the day with a little more panel beating, or skim coat of filler or glaze, then filler primer again! Matt

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