Daily Archives: November 14, 2012

Bedside manner

While we are waiting on the new bedside to arrive, we removed the old damaged one. It’s not time consuming or difficult, but if we work on the truck when we have the chance, it makes everything go that much quicker when the new parts arrive.

Nice car … a very nice car

Antique cars can run the gamut. They can be anywhere from a super pristine, all original, driven by a little old lady only on Sunday to church, to a total rust bucket … and every flavor in between. No car is so far gone that it can’t be saved … if you have deep enough pockets, but most are somewhere in the middle.

Take this Chevelle as an example. We started blocking on the car today to get it smoothed and prepped for the final prime before paint. As best I can tell, most of the metal on this car is the original GM stuff, but even though this car is 45 years old we found one dent in the car that needed a little repair. One. Wow.

Yes, the car will have had a repaint. Yes, the motor has had a few tweaks. So yes, I suppose that disqualifies it from being the “little old lady special”, but it’s still a nice car. A very nice car indeed.

3 of 2

Webster defines coincidence as the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection

I think we have a practical example of a coincidence right there. This Mustang is the third customer this week that has brought me a car in need of repair I have already had in the shop for repair before. Hows that for coincidence?

The first picture show the left rear bumper where someone backed into the car and damaged the bumper. You can just barely see the damage between the marker lamp and the wheel in this picture.

The second picture shows the damage a bit more clearly. Not a lot of visible damage, but enough that the owner wants the bumper repaired … especially since the owner just had this very bumper repaired from another parking lot incident just over a year ago.

The third photo shows that not only was the bumper scuffed up, but torn as well. This is going to need a little more than a simple sand and spray.

You can see in the fourth picture that the bump was hard enough to gently crease the bodywork behind the plastic bumper.

Picture five shows the bumper under repair. We applied some tough bumper repair … ointment for lack of better term … to the tear in the cover. Once the repair hardens it will as strong as, or stronger than, the bumper itself. We will then be able to sand and shape the repair to blend it away so that after paint you won’t even know it was there. You can also see in the photo that we started sanding on the scuff marks to blend them away as well.

Picture six shows the other area were a little filler was required to smooth over the scuff marks. The red colored patch is body filler for plastic. It works like regular body filler, but has more give and flex and binds better to the plastic bumper.

In picture seven and eight you can see ace sander Chris working over the bumper with the pneumatic DA (Dual Action) sander smoothing and blending the fillers into the bumper.

Picture nine is of the bumper with primer sprayed over the repairs. The primer seals the repairs to protect them, smooths the area, and provides a surface that promotes paint adhesion.

The last photo, number ten, is of the bumper after Chris has another go at it with the DA. Notice how the primer just feathers away into the bumper? You can see where the repairs were made now, but because of the smooth transition from primer to paint, once the bumper is painted even the keenest eye won’t be able to detect the repair.

So while it may be a coincidence the cars showed up this way, it is no coincidence at all that they will all leave looking as good after the collision as they did before it.

Time, and paint, heal all wounds

Now that the new bumper is on this Altima the donkey track, caused by a car with a trailer hitch backing into the car, is gone. It may still be a memory but as the old saw goes, “Time heals all wounds.”

That, and a trip trough the JMC AutoworX body shop.

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