Monthly Archives: July 2015
This Cadillac is in the shop to get makeover. We will be repairing an old repair in the hood that happened years ago and fixing some peeling paint issues on the hood and fender. An all over re-paint and new chrome inserts in the body side moldings will round out the make over. Quite a bit was accomplished today on this one. The entire car was sanded and the damaged body panels were repaired. Tomorrow we hope to get the repair areas in primer early and finish sanding and washing it thoroughly in the afternoon so we can spray it next week. The dark blue on this car looked great when it was new. When we are done, it will look just as good as it did then.
We were able to get the Avalon in the booth today and did get it painted. It turned out really nice. The parts came in right on time this morning so we trimmed the fender out first thing and put it on the car as soon as it was dry enough. Once that was done, it was put into the booth and prepped for paint. Right after lunch Paul started pulling the trigger on this 3 stage pearl white paint job an he finished up late this afternoon. Tomorrow we will re-assemble the car and if that goes smoothly Its possible this one goes back home tomorrow. Wish us luck.
Great progress on the cab to the ’52 this week, The outside body is complete, as well as the left door jamb. Tomorrow we hope to get the right jamb and dash squared away. There has been a panel welded in the center of the dash that needs to finished off as well as a couple of holes that were welded up that are no longer needed. Once those are smooth this cab will get another coat of primer before beautiful red paint gets sprayed on it. This will definitely be a head turner!!
Update on the Avalon here. Today we started the repair on the hood and right front door early this morning. Things went very well with this team effort. Chris worked the door while Paul worked the hood. This enabled us to get it in primer just after lunch. A few hours of dry time and Paul was able to get it sanded before we finished for the day. We should have the parts in the morning. Once they come in, we will get the fender trimmed out and installed as well as prep the bumper for paint. If all goes well, it would be nice to get this one painted tomorrow. Dont want to over promise, but its possible.
We have been having some computer issues over the past week, so I haven’t been posting our work as often as normal. We did work on the the ’52 cab some last week and today as well. The body work is moving along nicely. The outside is pretty close, maybe another day or so, and then a few hours on the dash, and this one is ready for more primer. Here you can see Chris working the firewall. Paul and I worked the back of the cab while Rick worked the left fender mounting panel. A good amount accomplished today.
This Corolla was involved in a moderate fender bender late last week. We have parts on order and most should come in tomorrow. We will be sending this over the frame shop, hopefully tomorrow to get a light pull on the front end to move everything back into shape. Once back from the frame show, it should be smooth sailing from there on out.
This Avalon is in the shop to get battle scars left over from a fight with a deer repaired. We disassembled it today and wrote up an estimate for the repairs. Once the insurance company comes out to take a look we can get started on it. A new bumper, fender, a few new brackets and a repair on the right front door and hood will round out the repair process.
Yesterday we prepped these parts for the ’52 Ford for paint. We blasted these parts a couple of weeks ago, but havent had a chance to paint them yet. We started off by sanding them with 180 grit paper to get a smooth surface. We then cleaned them very well with wax and grease remover. We then hung each part up in the booth so that all sides could be sprayed at the same time. Paul took over here by spraying a coat of PPG’s DPLV epoxy sealer. Once that was dry, it was followed with a couple of coats of eggshell black single stage. Most of these parts you will never see once on the truck but they must all function and look presentable just in case. Once reassembled, these parts will be ready for another 70 years of service.