Daily Archives: April 26, 2012

The other hood

Work continues on Hughes’s Chevelle. Now that the car proper is nearly ready for paint, we are beginning to work on the other stuff. Like this hood. Here Jordan is spraying on a coat of primer so we can, you guessed it, sand most of it back off.

It isn’t much fun, spraying stuff on then sanding it back off … spraying stuff on then sanding it back off … but it is the only way to get the High Performance Finish.

The hood

The hood from the 1950 Chevrolet pickup, has been polished out and is ready to go home, along with the rest of the parts. The owner just wanted his parts painted so he could take them with him. That’s fine, I’m glad to help him out. But I hope he brings the truck by when he is done with it. I would like to see it.

Whoda thunk it?

“It’s déjà vu all over again”  – Lawrence “Yogi” Berra

No sooner than I get one deep red 1950 Chevrolet pickup out of the shop, then parts of another arrive. The two truck are the same make, model and year, and so close in color that unless you see them side-by-side, you would think they were the same color. It’s strange how coincidences work sometimes

The owner of the truck, the second truck that is, dropped off a few parts, the hood, tailgate and a couple of other small parts, to be painted. Apparently the shop that painted the rest of his truck was unwilling or unable to finish the job. I’m not sure what is going on, or even who the other shop is, but in any case I only have these few parts to paint.

The first picture shows the hood, upside down and ready to paint. That picture was taken almost two weeks ago just before I painted the underside of the hood. Yesterday I was finally able to get the hood, along with the rest of the parts, back in the booth to finish painting them.

The second picture is of Mike cleaning the inner fenders. Mike is wiping everything down with a tack cloth to remove any contaminants from the surface. The tack cloth is just a piece of lint free cloth treated with a chemical that leaves the cloth slightly sticky … much like a PostIt! note. The cloth is wiped over the surface that is to be painted and any loose dirt, hair … whatever … is picked up by the cloth and removed from the surface.

The third photo shows the tailgate hanging in the booth, ready to paint. The black part of the tailgate is some primer that has been sprayed on the tailgate to prepare it for paint.

The fourth and fifth pictures are of yours truly sitting on a hard concrete floor with my head stuck inside what amounts to a big steel bucket while I taped up the already painted areas to protect them from overspray. Yes … you too can enjoy a glamorous career in automotive repair …

The sixth picture shows all the parts, prepared and ready to paint.

The last three photos, numbers 7, 8 and 9, show the various parts after they have been painted. After the parts dry overnight they can be sent home with the owner.

I’m just glad I didn’t have both these trucks in the shop at the same time. It would have gotten real old real fast having to constantly walk up and hold parts against the trucks to compare the color to make sure you were getting the right parts on the right truck.


The dictionary defines unfortunate as Characterized by undeserved bad luck; unlucky. The owner of this 2012 Nissan Sentra was unfortunate indeed. While sitting at a stop sign this nearly new car was whacked, hard, in the rear when another driver failed to stop.

With the exception of the tail-lamps and interior, which we removed to look at the damage, this is pretty much how the car arrived at the shop. The rear bumper was missing, apparently completely destroyed in the crash. The entire rear of the car is going to have to be rebuilt. A new rear reinforcement will have to be installed, along with one new tail-lamp bucket, the right side quarter panel and a trunk floor.

You can see in these photos the car is bent nearly everywhere behind the rear doors. A modern car is tough … built to take a good hard lick. For the car to be bent this badly, this poor car took a good shot. The technical term, used in the business, for a car like this is messed up!

50 years ago a crash like this would have totaled one or both of the cars, new or not. Yet here this car sits, still drivable, ready to be repaired. I hear people say about today’s cars, “They sure don’t make ’em like they used to.” And they’re right, they don’t. They make them better.

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