Monthly Archives: May 2015

DSCF7830 DSCF7826 DSCF7827 DSCF7828 DSCF7829Worked on the ’52 Ford truck today. We were able to get the slick sand all blocked out on the left door. Once that was done, it looked really nice. Chris fixed a couple of tiny spots that showed up, then passed it off to Paul for the FINAL primer. While they were working on that, was working on the inside of the right door. We straightened out the inside where patch panels were welded in and also fixed a few dents and rust pits. The inside of the right door was finished up today, but not in time to get primer on it. Next week we will block the slick sand thats on the outside of the door and prime both sides. Once this is complete we will prep the hood, both doors and the front valence for paint.

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Stripping

DSCF7817 DSCF7818 DSCF7819 DSCF7820These parts go to the Karmann Ghia. We had the outer shell stripped on Monday, today we stripped the under side of the trunk and deck lid. No surprises were found here, thank goodness. Hopefully we already know about the surprises. Now its time to start the road to recovery.

Bumper cars

DSCF7812 DSCF7816 DSCF7815Dont you just hate hit and runs? The owner of this Lexus sure does. The rear bumper was hit as she was shopping one day and no one left a note for her. We first removed the rear bumper and all of the back ups sensors. Chris then sanded out the damage and repaired the area back to original condition. We also removed the front bumper to properly fix previous shoddy repair work. The front bumper has been replaced at some point in time and was not proper painted. While it was here, the owner wanted us to fix that up for her as well. Tomorrow we plan on getting these bumpers back on and cleaned up for the owner.

The doors, once more.

DSCF7807 DSCF7806While the Ghia was getting stripped, Chris and I worked on the ’52 Ford doors, yet again. We did make good progress today, the left door is ready for primer. The right door (the one Chris is working on) was in much better shape than the left. It will not take as much time to straighten out the right as it did the left. We hope to get the cab out tomorrow and start the sanding process on it. It should make for more interesting pictures too.

Ratatouille (where’s Mike Rowe)

DSCF7792 DSCF7793 DSCF7791 DSCF7796 DSCF7797 DSCF7801 DSCF7795 DSCF7808 DSCF7809Big day here today. We had Soda Blasting NC come out to the shop to strip the Ghia. We chose to do it wet, to minimize the amount of dust that is created from the blasting. The process took about 6 hours today and worked really well. We found typical body repairs from over the years hidden under the layers of paint. The left fender fender has had its fair share of abuse as well as the left quarter. The rest is normal wear and tear from years of service. While we were washing the soda off we removed a little panel in the interior from under the back seat to find DSCF7805 DSCF7804to come clean it out, but we figured we might as well go ahead and man up. Luckily they have all moved out. We didnt find any left behind bodies, but there were plenty of half eaten nuts, insulation, bits of card board and part of a bag of bread from UDF. We cleaned up the nest, washed it up one final time and wiped it all down with a pre paint cleaner. We plan on getting the body off of this by the end of the week.

Ghia update

DSCF7788 DSCF7789 DSCF7785 DSCF7786 DSCF7787The Ghia went back on the lift Friday to inspect few questionable looking places. We found that someone had used “Great Stuff” to fill in holes, then painted over it to hide it. Great Stuff is foam in a spray can used mostly to fill in small voids. It expands to several times its size and has some insulating properties. It is not designed to fill holes in your car. We cleaned all of it out from around the end of the rockers and these pictures show what we found. Not surprised really, this is pretty normal for these cars. There is more “Great Stuff” up front that will get also get removed. Monday, this car will get all of the old paint removed to reveal whats hiding underneath.

Bed time

DSCF7768 DSCF7769 DSCF7770 DSCF7771 DSCF7775 DSCF7776  This Frontier was dropped off to get the bed fixed up. The bed had been used to carry various home improvement items and had a bit of wear and tear. This new sprayed in bed liner not only looks great but will protect the bed from future projects. It will also help keep the object from sliding all around back there as well. If you are looking to get a bed liner in your truck, give us a call.

Bike day

DSCF7773 DSCF7772 DSCF7781 DSCF7780 DSCF7777A customer dropped off these parts to his bike last week to get a fresh new look. He had some ideas on what he wanted his color to look like but we took it a step further. He wanted an eye catching blue with lots of pearl in it. We obliged but also added a spoonful of bass boat sized silver flakes. This added even more pop and pizzazz without taking away from the blue he wanted. Once Paul had sprayed that on, 3 good coats of clear was applied. The customer loved it. It really dances in the sun and grabs your attention.

The Door

DSCF7752 DSCF7758 DSCF7757 DSCF7767 DSCF7766This is the other door on the ’52 Ford. While I was working on the Ghia, Chris was hard at it on the door. He started by sanding the entire door, inside and out. During the sanding process, Chris found a few small holes that needed to be welded up so that was take care of right away. Those were then ground down smooth again then it was prepped for epoxy primer. It was hung up so all areas could get primed. Epoxy provides great protection for the metal and has great adhesion to bare metal. This will dry over night and we hope to start the body work on here tomorrow. This door is in MUCH better shape than the left one.

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