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Closing in

DSCF0562DSCF0564DSCF0565DSCF0567DSCF0568DSCF0563DSCF0572DSCF0571DSCF0570DSCF0573DSCF0574DSCF0575DSCF0576DSCF0577DSCF0584DSCF0585DSCF0582DSCF0583DSCF0593DSCF0592DSCF0591DSCF0590DSCF0588DSCF0589DSCF0566This past Friday was another good progress day on the FJ, we were able to get the doors painted. We started off by masking off the freshly trimmed out backside then flipped them over and prepped the front. Paul started with coat of urethane sealer followed by 3 coats of the white. Once all that was dry, we carefully masked off the line for the red and papered up the white. Three coats of red was then sprayed on the lower parts of the doors. We then unmasked the white and applied the clear coat. While Paul was spraying the doors, Jordan and Cole built the rear bumper and installed it with all new hardware. This week we will get the doors back on the vehicle and continue the assembly process.

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The end is near

DSCF0465DSCF0466DSCF0467DSCF0442DSCF0440DSCF0441DSCF0443DSCF0444DSCF0448DSCF0449DSCF0450DSCF0456DSCF0457DSCF0458DSCF0459DSCF0462DSCF0463DSCF0464DSCF0461DSCF0479DSCF0480DSCF0484DSCF0485Its been a long time coming, but the FJ is really starting to take shape. The left rear door has given us a little bit of trouble so we decided to just remove that part from the equation. The lower part of the door had been patched a couple of times and they were not really getting along so we cut out the whole section and replaced it. The body work portion of that repair is almost complete and should be in primer tomorrow.  The paint work on the body is now complete as well. We shot some color on this on Tuesday and it really looks nice. A coat of sealer was applied to create a uniform ground coat for the color. We started with the white masking it off for the Freeborn red once it was dry enough to tape on. We then unmasked the white and applied the PPG urethane clear coat. This thing really stands tall now. Today we installed the head lights, left rear side marker and tail lights, new body to door gaskets, stripped the grill and bumpers. The bumpers have served their purpose.  Lots of dents and body work were hiding under several layers of paint. All that was removed today and bodywork will start on them tomorrow. We will paint the doors, grill, head light doors, side vents and bumpers next week if all goes well.

Good in the hood

DSCF0471DSCF0470DSCF0469DSCF0473DSCF0474DSCF0475DSCF0476Busy week here at the shop. We were able to get quite a bit of body work done on the ’57 parts. The hood, as you can see has been primed and the trunk is getting really close. The hood has braces that go underneath and these braces cause lines to form in the panels over time or I guess its possible they have been there since it was new. I dont know for sure, I wasnt around just yet. Anyway, wanting to make sure the panels were as straight as possible we decided to make those lines go away. Once the hood was nice and straight, Paul took back over the project for the priming. A coat of PPG epoxy primer was sprayed over the entire hood again followed by several coats of urethane primer. We will be blocking that out again and priming it once more to be sure we have the flattest, straightest metal possible. We have a couple more hours worth of work on the deck lid which kinda had the same issue as the hood. We hope to have it in primer tomorrow.DSCF0455

’57 Chevy block party

DSCF0398DSCF0399DSCF0401DSCF0400DSCF0397DSCF0396DSCF0405DSCF0406DSCF0407DSCF0408DSCF0409DSCF0410DSCF0421DSCF0420DSCF0419DSCF0418DSCF0417DSCF0416DSCF0404DSCF0403DSCF0402DSCF0424DSCF0425DSCF0426The progress is coming along. Here you can see we have the hood, doors and trunk ready for epoxy primer and filler. First thing we did after sanding them all down inside and out, was get a couple of coats of epoxy primer on these parts. All parts were sanded inside and once that was dry, we started doing the body work. We did find that this car has had a bump up or two. The door on the right side has a pretty good size dent in it as well as a rust repair where a patch panel was installed. It would be neat to hear the stories this car could tell. Next week the body work will continue and hopefully we can get these parts in primer.

’57 Fenders

DSCF0335DSCF0336DSCF0337DSCF0338DSCF0339DSCF0343DSCF0344DSCF0349DSCF0350Here we have the fenders finished up and ready for paint. Jordan spent a few hours of the past couple of weeks working on these fenders and while he was working on the FJ, I got a chance to finish them up. As you can see they are in great shape and just needed a little body work to make the straight. Once I fine tuned where Jordan left off, we wiped them down several times and set them up in the booth. We sprayed a full coat of PPG DPLV then followed that up with PPG’s urethane primer. 4 coats later and a little dry time and they are straight and ready for the final blocking before getting painted.

Dashing

DSCF0301DSCF0302DSCF0303DSCF0311DSCF0312DSCF0261DSCF0262DSCF0263DSCF0267DSCF0268DSCF0269DSCF0282DSCF0283DSCF0284DSCF0285DSCF0286DSCF0287DSCF0288DSCF0289DSCF0290DSCF0291We have been plugging right along on the ’57 in between the FJ and the collision work this week. Paul painted a whole slew of brackets and the radiator support. Jordan was busy disassembling the dash, tagging and bagging all of the parts that go behind it. For an old car, this thing is really pretty complicated. Lots of time was taken to make sure nothing gets broken, bent or lost. I believe that we have done a pretty decent job with that but it does take extra time. Hopefully all the documentation will make it somewhat easier when it comes time to put it all back together. There are cables, brackets, wires, levers, pulleys and all sorts of other things behind that dash. I did some finishing work on the fenders that Jordan started on last week. Those should be ready for the first round of primer next week.

Little body work, little painting

DSCF0233DSCF0238DSCF0232DSCF0230DSCF0249DSCF0250DSCF0244DSCF0251DSCF0252DSCF0253DSCF0254DSCF0255DSCF0256DSCF0257DSCF0258DSCF0259We have been keeping the progress moving on the ’57 over the past week. We have got a good jump on the body work for the fenders as well as painting the fresh air tubes.  These parts were sprayed with epoxy a couple of weeks ago and have been sanded back down, sealed and sprayed with an egg shell urethane paint. These parts are now ready to be stored until they go back on the car. The fenders have a few dents from over the years that have to be repaired before paint. Here you can see that has begun. We will continue to work the fenders until all the dents are out. Once that is achieved, the will be primed again with a urethane primer. We may do this several times to be sure we are able to block out any waves or slight imperfections in the metal. This will ensure a completely flat, straight panel for the best possible paint job.

Priming the doors

DSCF0245DSCF0246DSCF0247DSCF0248DSCF0243DSCF0242Last week the guys put the finishing touches on the doors to the FJ. The bodywork is all wrapped up on them and Paul has sprayed the last few coats on primer on them before the final blocking for paint. We hope to be getting the body in its final primer this week which should wrap up the body work on the FJ. It will then be turned over the paint shop for its prep for paint.

Yo Holmes, to Bel-Air

DSCF0124DSCF0125DSCF0126DSCF0123DSCF0148DSCF0155DSCF0194DSCF0189DSCF0193DSCF0196DSCF0186DSCF0198DSCF0199DSCF0201DSCF0207DSCF0206DSCF0205DSCF0209DSCF0210DSCF0212DSCF0208DSCF0124DSCF0125DSCF0126DSCF0123DSCF0155DSCF0148DSCF0194DSCF0189DSCF0186DSCF0191DSCF0193DSCF0196DSCF0198DSCF0199DSCF0201DSCF0205DSCF0206DSCF0207DSCF0209DSCF0210DSCF0211DSCF0212DSCF0208Here we have a beautiful 1957 Chevy Bel-Air in the shop to get a new lease on life. We started by disassembling the front end and sending all of the parts out for stripping. Once back from the blasters, Jordan got to work sanding all of the parts prepping them for primer. Since this is an extremely important step, extra time was taken to be sure the metal was as clean as possible. Today we hung up all the parts and prepped them for PPG’s DP epoxy primer and applied 2 good coats. Next step will be to perform any metal work that needs to be done and start straightening the panels. The inner panels and fresh air vents will be prepped for paint since they wont really need any body work. Stay tuned.

What a Challenge

DSCF0157DSCF0158DSCF0159DSCF0160The new paint job on this 1971 Challenger is all wrapped up and ready to go. We had only a few minor places to repair on this one before spraying a nice base coat clear coat to bring it back to life. Once the paint had a few days to cure, the factory stripes were installed and really make all the difference in the world. It looks like a different car. The green paint with the green side stripes were at first a little questionable but now that they are on, Wow! What a difference. I really like the look of the color combination. Once the black vinyl top is on and a few bits of chrome here and there, this will be one sharp car.  The owner will be bringing it back for some grand finale pictures when its all done.

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