Paint Prep


A friend is going to paint the car for me, but I’m doing as much of the prep work as I can.  That way he can just “spray&go”.

But, before I got to sanding and such, I needed to reinforce the new mounting location of the driver’s rear view mirror.  I moved it to the A-pillar, but now it “flops around” while driving.   So, I took some 3/16″ steel plate (probably overkill), cut it to shape and hammered it until it fit the inside contour of the door skin.  Then I buttered the front side with bondo, and slid it into place.

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Driver’s Rear Quarter Dent

When I bought the car, it had a dent in the rear drivers quarter panel…just behind the door.  The tough part is the fact that the area behind the quarter panel is not accessible…so you can’t hammer it back out from behind.


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Priming the roll cage, and odds and ends


One major task for this weekend, and several small ones.  I’d planned on trying to get the interior completely painted, but the weather on Sunday didn’t cooperate.  while Saturday was 75+, Sunday barely made it to 55.  Sure, you “can” paint when the temp is above 50…but, should you really?  Anyway, Saturday spent the day prepping and then priming the interior and cage.  So, I’d wanted to get “self etching primer”, many people recommended the NAPA brand primer, but none of the local stores had it in stock.  I called a Sherwin Williams and they had their “prep & primer”.  This stuff wasn’t exactly what I’d expected from talking to the guy on the phone.  Its called “prep & primer”, but from what I can tell its more like “prep”.  For bare metal with minimal rust, the recommended application method is to mix 1:3 with water, and brush or spray on with a squirt bottle.

So, that’s what I did.  I mixed it a little stronger than recommended…and then sprayed it onto all the bare metal.  I let it sit for 30 minutes, and then washed it off with water.  It left the metal very dull with a slightly whitish hue.  The surface was quite “rough”, not smooth and slick like bare metal.


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Cleaning and Painting the Suspension, I

P1010001I have several jobs lined up for this weekend.  First I received my new pedals from SRP racing.  I wanted to fine-tune the height of the brake pedal, so I got these pedals.  They are machined out of 6061-T6 aluminum.  They mount to the existing pedals by drilling holes and through bolting them to the old pedal surfaces.  I plan on putting spacers between the new brake pedal and the old one to adjust for proper heel-toe alignment.  The funny C-shaped piece is an extension for the gas pedal.  I haven’t decided if I will use this, because I alread have a “loud pedal” from Dave Wheeler.  The extension bolts behind the existing gas pedal.  I’m not sure how strong that might be.  It could bend if mashed in a fit of “red mist”.  The pedal on the left is a dead-pedal cover.  Just to round out the look under the dash.

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  • Repair drivers-side quarter-panel dent
  • Sand out rusted areas
  • Repair rear bumper
  • Repair rear valence

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