A little of this, a little of that
Normally the photographs on this blog are arranged chronologically to show the progress throughout the day. Today there were so many things going at once that the pictures, in the order taken, were very hard to follow. So for this post I arranged the pictures together in groups by task so that all the pictures that pertain to a task are together, then they are sorted chronologically within their task groups. This should make all the stuff we did today a little easier to follow. I hope.
In the first photo Chis prepares the new fuel tank for paint. The tank that came with the car would have had to be replumbed for the fuel injected engine, and who knows what kind of gunk may have been in it or if it leaked, so the owner just opted to buy a new tank, complete with new fuel pump, return lines and sender. It just seemed simpler and, probably, cheaper in the long run.
The second picture shows the tank scuffed, cleaned, and ready for paint.
The third photograph shows the tank painted in the same semi-gloss egg shell finish as all the other black parts of the car. Not only does it make the tank look better, it also protects it from rust.
In the fourth picture Chris is sanding the cover for the “smuggler’s box”, the foot well that isn’t used on an El Camino because it doesn’t have a rear seat. Someone was working on this panel all day because it was badly pitted and needed a lot of sanding before it would be presentable. Because the ridges are so close together a regular sanding block wouldn’t work so a paint stirrer stick was used instead. Thank goodness the owner had to replace the floor. If we had to do this to the entire bed floor I would have … done it I guess, but I wouldn’t have liked it one little bit, and neither would have Chris.
Picture five shows how the panel was left it at the end of the day, 9/16‘s complete. You can see the “block” lying on the cover, along with all the sandpaper that was used today.
I got in my share of the sanding today also. Picture six shows me working to get the console sanded and ready to paint. The console is in the booth in picture seven, ready for it’s coat of paint.
Photograph number eight shows the console painted up in the same black we used on the console yesterday as well as the black parts of this El Camino. While this console doesn’t have quite the pop and sizzle that the console we painted yesterday day does, it isn’t a total plain Jane. A piece of brushed stainless steel goes on the top to give it a bit of zing.
While the owner isn’t trying to fool anyone into thinking this is an SS car, he does like some of the styling details that the SS cars had, so he is picking and choosing the bits he likes. Like the SS grille. In picture nine I am taping up the standard grille so that the mesh can be painted black, like an SS car. It is in the booth, along with the console, ready for paint in picture ten.
Pictures 11 and 12 show the grille after the paint has been applied. Once again this is the semi-gloss black paint we have been using on the rest of the car. When the owner showed me pictures of a SS Chevelle with the blacked out grille I had to agree, this nearly black car will look good with a black grille. Sinister, but good.
In picture 13 Chase, waiting while various parts were prepared for paint, is working on the primary project of the day … putting down the sound deadening. Every person in the shop got in on the work at one time or another today.
I have never used this brand of sound deadening before. It is called Rattle Trap and is a product of Fat Mat. The owner of the El Camino provided us with the product to use and it seemed to work about like the other products I have used, attenuating the metal so it no longer has the tinny ring to it.
While Chase painted, Jordan took over placing the sound deadener. Jordan thought he was going to have to sand the smuggler box cover so when he was told he could lay sound deadner if he wanted to he jumped at the chance. Picture 14 shows him all wadded up in a car, like only the young can do, as he presses a piece of the deadener down to make it stick.
It looked like Jordan was having so much fun I decided to get in on the act in picture 15. As you can see, I wasn’t quite as graceful, nor do I fold up into as compact a package, as Jordan.
Pictures 16-19 show the car covered in the sound deadening material. Unlike the car shows on television we didn’t just go nuts and cover everything, but then it doesn’t seem that you need to. The difference this made, even with the small gaps and holes, is just amazing. The running joke in the shop was who ever was in the car would pretend they couldn’t hear what you were saying, because of the sound deadener, even though the car has no doors or glass in it yet. Yeah, we have a good time at JMC AutoworX.
Picture 20 shows that after a week the header is finally shown some love. This is with just the base coat applied, but it still looks good, if a little on the dull side. The dullness is because the base coat dries to a near flat finish, but we are going to fix that.
The base coat might dry dull, but picture 21 shows the clear dries anything but dull. The clear deepens and enriches the colors and provide the luster that makes automotive finishes so beautiful.
The tailgate has a small el Camino logo painted on it, and we didn’t want the front of the car to be jealous, so you can see in picture 22 that we put one on the front as well. Now you can tell what this strange cross between a car and truck is, coming or going.
The last picture shows how the SS stripes from the hood continue onto the header panel. Those corners look great, but they are a real pain in the … well, let’s just say they are hard to get right.
We have positively hammered on this car all week and I am extremely pleased with the progress we made. In fact we have made so much progress, we are stuck until the drive train goes into the car … and that is supposed to happen next week. The car leaves Monday for the Murphy Rod & Custom shop for a heart transplant.
Kelly is going to install all the mechanical systems on the car … engine, transmission, breaks, steering etc. When the car comes back it will be … well … a car instead of a rolling metal sculpture.