Daily Archives: October 17, 2012

Hi ho, hi ho, a sanding we will go

The lack of collision work has allowed us to make fantastic progress on the Chevelle. I would have never guessed that in a week we would be this far along on the car.

The first photo is of Chase in the booth wiping down all the parts that need to be primed. Some of the parts, those that are light gray, are ready for a final coat of primer. Those that are black are ready to receive a high builds primer coat. Because they are both primers we can get away with putting everything in the booth, priming one set, then switch material and prime the other, without worrying about over-spray.

Picture two is of the right side door blocked and ready to be coated in the high builds primer. The mottled color is a dead giveaway that this panel isn’t as straight as it could be … or will be when we get done with it.

Picture three is the right side fender. Compare how it looks, a uniform color, after the high builds primer smooths and evens the surface, compared to the door in picture two.

The hood in picture three has also been blocked smooth with the high builds primer. The slight black areas are where we sanded through the primer while smoothing the surface of the hood.

The last two photos are of Chris (in red) and Jordan (in gray) sanding the underside of the hood and truck lid preparing them for paint.

The High Performance Finish is our finest, most comprehensive finish. When you purchase a High Performance Finish anything that can be seen, short of dismantling or crawling under the car, is painted so that the car looks as fresh and beautiful as possible.

On the mend

Today was all about sanding. We sanded on the 1967 Chevelle. We sanded a set of wheels. And … we finished sanding on the door from the Frontier. This truck is truly on the mend now.

In this picture we have completed all the sanding and primed the repaired area. The primer seals the repair and protects it from the elements as well as providing a surface that promotes adhesion for the paint that follows.

The nice thing about primer is you don’t have to worry about blending it into the panel as you do with paint. Just mask off the area so the primer doesn’t go everywhere and give it a squirt.

Baby needs a new pair of shoes

Sometimes you just can’t buy exactly what you want. Take these wheels for example. The color is right, but owner wanted wheels that were either glossy or flat. These are more of a satin finish. So, we are going to fix them by painting the centers flat black.

The first picture shows Jordan sanding one of the wheels. Just because they’re wheels doesn’t mean we can short-cut the procedures we use to ensure the paint will stick.

After sanding we began to mask off the parts of the wheel and tire that are not going to be painted. In the second picture the polished lip of the wheel is masked to prevent over-spray.

The third picture shows the center of the wheel after sanding and the tire is masked off. This is actually pretty close to what the painted center will look like … without all the sanding marks of course.

The fourth photo shows the other three tires, along with this one, all lined up in the paint booth like good little soldiers. First thing in the morning, we paint.

The last picture, number five, shows one of the center caps that goes into the wheels. This will also be painted flat black so it will blend into the wheel.

After we finish the owner’s baby will have a new pair of shoes. They will be just like the old pair, but better.

Updating a classic

The wiring harness for the El Camino arrived today. The American Autowire Classic Update harness is the harness that I always recommend to my customers. I have wired numerous cars using the various American Autowire products and I have never had a problem. Well, not one you could blame on the harness anyway.

The second and third pictures show what comes in the box. It looks intimidating but American Autowire makes it easy to install. I’m no Thomas Edison and I can figure it out, so how hard can it be?

The owner of this car wanted all the bells and whistles when it comes to the electrical system. I will be installing, for the first time for me, some of the expansion modules that American Autowire offers. One module adds a slow dim feature to the interior lights. The other module bypasses the head-lamp switch so that the car can run high powered head-lamps. The head-lamp module also offers a “flash to pass” feature as found on modern cars.

Wiring a car is always a challenge because each car is different. Add the full LED lighting, the expansion modules and the high powered head-lamps … that is going to make this one even more fun.

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