Daily Archives: May 24, 2012

Mr. Sandman

Today Jordan and I payed a visit to Murphy Rod & Custom to do a little work on Terry’s 1969 El Camino. Before Kelly joins the chassis and body together I wanted to get the bottom undercoated. Today was all about the preparation for that task.

The first two photos show yours truly sanding away on the bottom of the car with a power sander. This roughs up the metal and the anti-rust coating applied at the factory so the epoxy primer, which we will spray on in a couple of days, will have something to get its teeth into for good adhesion. This was the easy part.

The third and fourth photo shows Jordan and I working on the not so easy part. Where the power sander is great for the big open spaces, it doesn’t work at all in the little nooks and crannies, which also have to be sanded. The only way to sand all those spaces the sander won’t go is to sand it by hand. Because of the all the bracing on bed floor, this car … or truck … whatever … had a lot of those types of places. We spent the first 30 to 45 minutes buzzing down 90% of the bottom, then spent the next two hours sanding the last 10%.

The last photo, number five, shows the bottom of the car sanded and ready to be cleaned and painted. I want to put a shout out to Kelly Murphy over at Murphy Rod & Custom for letting us work in his shop. Kelly is going to let us use his rotisserie to do the bottom of the car … and that has made the job sooooo much easier.

I get a lot of enjoyment my job. I take a lot of satisfaction from taking an ugly duckling of a car and turning it into a beautiful swan. But I have to be honest, sanding the bottom of this car … I didn’t enjoy that part very much.

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