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Back on the Ghia

DSCF8313 DSCF8315 DSCF8316 DSCF8310 DSCF8311 DSCF8312Back on the ’71 Ghia today. We spent a good portion of the afternoon blocking out some body panels and a little body work. If you remember this car was stripped, epoxy primed and slick sand was also applied. That is the grey product you see here. Its a very high building primer that allows us smooth out the waves and ripples to ensure a super straight end product. These panels were blocked with 80 grit on a long block. This showed us where the high and low spots were. These were repaired and the hood and trunk lid are straight and ready for their final prime. The roof was also blocked out but time ran out before we could finish up the body work. We still have some extensive rust repair to do on this car when the parts come in. We should be getting on those repairs in the next week or so.

’52 is on deck

DSCF8216 DSCF8220 DSCF8221Work on the ’52 has been moving along this week. Last post on this showed it in slick sand primer. Well, all that has been blocked out and now its time for the final prime coat of urethane primer. We will be applying about 3 coats of this primer and will block this out one more time. Once that step is complete it will be ready for color and clear. The slick sand was block sanded with 80 grit paper then sanded again with 180 grit paper. Our final block will be 320. We will then go over it one final time with 600. Paint will follow that step, hopefully next week. Stay tuned to see how this one turns out.

’52 Cabbie

DSCF8143 DSCF8144 DSCF8148 DSCF8149For the past few days, we have been working on the cab to the ’52 Ford. We have the body work pretty well wrapped up. Here you can see we slid it into the booth for primer. We masked off the dash, we will use a different primer on that area later this week. Once this primer is set up and dried, we will block it out and re-prime the whole cab with our finishing primer. Once that happens, the next step is more RED paint.

Bare bones

DSCF7900 DSCF7901 DSCF7899Today we were able to spend some time sanding on the cab to the ’52 Ford. Just like all bare metal projects, we started with 80 grit on a dual action sander. This smooths the metal and preps it for the epoxy primer that comes next. We got the outside pretty good, but sill have the inside to sand. We hope to get that done tomorrow. If it all works out, the bottom of the cab and the inside of the floor will have epoxy and our Raptor liner spray in bed liner sprayed on them by the end of the week.

Rust no more

DSCF7889 DSCF7890 DSCF7880 DSCF7881 DSCF7882 DSCF7883 DSCF7884 DSCF7885Today we were able to get the slick sand applied to the Ghia. Slick Sand is a very high build primer that allows us to block out the fine waves and ripples in sheet metal. Once that was dry enough to move out of the booth, we put the hood and deck lid in the booth to spray the epoxy on them. We sprayed the bottom side and then the top once it was dry enough to turn over. Monday we will apply the slick sand to these parts.  Now that the body is water tight with no worries about rusting from hand prints and humidity, we will start with the major rust repair in the rockers and floor pans.

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.

Ford truck update

DSCF7649 DSCF7647 DSCF7653 DSCF7654Great progress was made today on the hood for the ’52 Ford. The slick sand was blocked out with 80 grit paper followed by smoothing those scratches out with 180 grit paper. Once those blocking steps were complete, Chris took over and worked the bottom side of the hood. Since the bottom of the hood will be painted as nice as the top, we spent some time today making sure the body work on the bottom side looks nice as well. Tomorrow we hope to spray the final coats of primer and block it all out one final time before painting.

Slick sand again.

DSCF7629 DSCF7630The hood on the ’52 received a few coats of slick sand today. We have been working on the body work on this hood for the past few weeks. This truck has been used as a truck over its life and it has the battle scars to prove it. We got the body work really close and decided to put on a few coats of the super high build primer to get a few more layers to block out. If that turns out well, we will prime it once more with PPG’s urethane primer. That will then be blocked again and before its painted. Good to see this one moving along again.

Block party

IMG_4892 IMG_4893 IMG_4895 IMG_4897 IMG_4898 IMG_4900 IMG_4901 IMG_4890 IMG_4891My arms are yelling enough, enough already!! Blocking on these fenders takes a toll on your muscles. These fenders were sprayed with slick sand yesterday and today were blocked out and body work started. The darker spot on the fenders before any filler was applied shows the low spots. These low spots will require body filler to straighten out the panel. We blocked these fenders with 80 grit sandpaper to highlight these bad areas. Once they were completely blocked, we started applying filler. Chris took one and I took the other. This is a not so fun part of our job but a very important one. If this step isn’t done correctly the panels will look wavy and ripply, not what you want in a show car finish. Chris and I spent most of today spreading body filler then block sanding it off. We kept telling ourselves that we were having fun, but neither of us really believed it. We did get quite a bit done though and only a few more hours will be required before these are ready for primer again. All in a days work. Come on back and see what we are up to.

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