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I finally got the polyester primer (Slicksand) shot today. Next will be guide coating and block sanding then 2k primer and more blocking. IMG_20151205_152531_006.thumb.jpg.5b30f8c14b163a7fdde82bc4f85a4250.jpgIMG_20151205_152451_103.thumb.jpg.f36bc82f4a31064848098e5b3e136b24.jpgIMG_20151205_152517_499.thumb.jpg.7dedd790e5aa11956e6a5c508e42a314.jpgIMG_20151205_152545_297.thumb.jpg.df32ba34834e4b33ddf06da578557b0c.jpg

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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I need those rims I only have two LOL


 

You can have them when I'm done, ya just have to come pick them up.:) Ryan.

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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I need those rims I only have two LOL


 

You can have them when I'm done, ya just have to come pick them up.:) Ryan.

 

Sweet, Funny we both only have 2

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I need those rims I only have two LOL


 

You can have them when I'm done, ya just have to come pick them up.:) Ryan.

 

Sweet, Funny we both only have 2

Make sure you turn that thing Blue soon!

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You can have them when I'm done, ya just have to come pick them up.:) Ryan.

 

Sweet, Funny we both only have 2

Make sure you turn that thing Blue soon!

 

Grabber Blue is my plan. Its an original Blue also. Will probably be around spring before I get paint on it. Might have the jambs and underside of the hood and trunk before then. Your car is looking good. Mine was originally Grabber Blue/argent with the bodyside moldings no stripes. I think I'm going with either satin black or gloss black with the stripes. I took the body side moldings off and welded the holes up.

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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Sweet, Funny we both only have 2

Make sure you turn that thing Blue soon!

 

Grabber Blue is my plan. Its an original Blue also. Will probably be around spring before I get paint on it. Might have the jambs and underside of the hood and trunk before then. Your car is looking good. Mine was originally Grabber Blue/argent with the bodyside moldings no stripes. I think I'm going with either satin black or gloss black with the stripes. I took the body side moldings off and welded the holes up.

Wow another set of body side moldings being taken off. You should put up for sale several members looking for them or at least some of them.

David

When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??:P

David

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Make sure you turn that thing Blue soon!

 

Grabber Blue is my plan. Its an original Blue also. Will probably be around spring b

efore I get paint on it. Might have the jambs and underside of the hood and trunk before then. Your car is looking good. Mine was originally Grabber Blue/argent with the bodyside moldings no stripes. I think I'm going with either satin black or gloss black with the stripes. I took the body side moldings off and welded the holes up.

Wow another set of body side moldings being taken off. You should put up for sale several members looking for them or at least some of them.

David

On the moldings, I just like the smoother cleaner look on the sides. The ones I have were kinda bent up and I think I am missing a couple pieces too.

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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Got all the block sanding on the first coat of poly primer done. You probably can't see much difference from the previous pictures posted. If you look real close you can see the darker areas which is the guide coat left from some low areas. They will get one more coat of poly primer, guide coat, block sand, then 2k urethane primer and then more block sanding. All this block sanding really gives your arms, hands and fingers a workout.Ryan IMG_20151213_215029_872.thumb.jpg.8ef0933734425e5b3352bd06871d9459.jpgIMG_20151213_215054_687.thumb.jpg.992fc0ad13804a29fae43ee395590eeb.jpg

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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I built plastic molds for years and you have to polish to a mirror finish and keep the surface flat. Blocking a car is just like polishing a big mold keep changing directions with the block and use as big a bock as you can to even everything out. It will be perfect when you get finished. When I worked in metal stamping plant you took the new panels out of the press to the Green room that has special lights and you sprayed highlight oil on the panel and looked at the reflection to see if the panel was good. We did the roof for the BMW X5 and had to send employees to Germany to work at BMW working panels as they came off the press. Every one needs some attention. They wear special thin cotton gloves that lets your hand slide over the panel and you can feel the high lows. You cannot use lube when making skin panels it will cause lube dents in the panels. You could actually be blind and do the final sanding of panels once trained. After the cars are welded together they get felt down again and then to primer tank and back to highlight booth for sanding before top coats. Not like it use to be when they made our cars. Looks like you are doing it at home be safe with the paint and dust I know I lost 40% of my lungs to body work and smoking. Just had a chest x-ray last week no worse so that is good.

Great job will be better than shop would do.

David

When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??:P

David

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I built plastic molds for years and you have to polish to a mirror finish and keep the surface flat. Blocking a car is just like polishing a big mold keep changing directions with the block and use as big a bock as you can to even everything out. It will be perfect when you get finished. When I worked in metal stamping plant you took the new panels out of the press to the Green room that has special lights and you sprayed highlight oil on the panel and looked at the reflection to see if the panel was good. We did the roof for the BMW X5 and had to send employees to Germany to work at BMW working panels as they came off the press. Every one needs some attention. They wear special thin cotton gloves that lets your hand slide over the panel and you can feel the high lows. You cannot use lube when making skin panels it will cause lube dents in the panels. You could actually be blind and do the final sanding of panels once trained. After the cars are welded together they get felt down again and then to primer tank and back to highlight booth for sanding before top coats. Not like it use to be when they made our cars. Looks like you are doing it at home be safe with the paint and dust I know I lost 40% of my lungs to body work and smoking. Just had a chest x-ray last week no worse so that is good.

Great job will be better than shop would do.

David

Thanks David, yes your right about using proper safety equipment. When spraying I use a hobbyair fresh air respirator. When block sanding I always use respirators also. I have to wear these things where I work all the time so its no big deal, kinda used to it. I'm in the habit of wearing earplugs and safety glasses too, got metal in my eye years ago, had to go to the eye Dr. to have it removed, after that it was safety first. On the block sanding I'm using anywhere from a 24", 16", 10" and 5" blocks not to mention the various round roll sizes for the different shapes and contours. Thanks for the tips. Ryan.

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1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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I sprayed base and clear on the underside of my trunk lid today. I'll probably try and do the jambs and inside the doors next. I think I'm going to pull the doors off to make sure I get good coverage inside the front of the doors.IMG_20160101_184119_632.thumb.jpg.78dfd2cc861a138ea860cca3531f14ed.jpg

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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Hi Ryan and happy new Year,

 

good work, keep it up.

 

I am looking forward to the finish!

 

Thumps up! ::thumb::

 

Regards from Germany

 

Juergen

Juergen

 

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. Cleaned, bead blasted and painted shifter housing and radio bezel.

Can I ask you how you avoided painting the chrome portions?

 

On the radio bezel I painted it black first, let it dry then took a towel with lacquer thinner and carefully wiped the black paint off the chrome portions.

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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The thinner on the rag works great especially where the lettering is over the knobs. I also have a little trick if you need narrow masking tape. I cut mine using a Fiskars rotary cutter. It is basically a round razor blade with a handle. I also have one of their cutting boards. You put your masking tape on the board and use a straight edge and you can cut any width masking tape you need. That is how I mask off the instrument panels for the chrome and other narrow or odd shapes. I do some work on player pianos and use to cut the material for the bellows. It is handy and does not cost much here is link to Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=fiskar+rotary+cutter&tag=mh0b-20&index=aps&hvadid=3482334596&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_6ndkmp2uv5_e

I could not lay my hands on my cutter but got a pic of the cutting board with a strip of tape on it so you can see. It has grid on the board also. You can use shelf paper and cut masks for like your Magnum 500 wheels after you have a template that works you just put on the board and roll around it. If you ever get into doing upholstery it is handy there also.

Another item you might keep and eye out for is one of the old drafting tables. Mine is 3' X 5' and they have a nice surface to work on. It tilts and is also power up an down so you can sit or stand to work and a great addition to your shop. I work on small items there, speedo, instrument panel and such, and I got mine at a goodwill for $10.00 and it had the drafting machine still on it.

David

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When a man is in the woods and talks and no women are there is he still wrong??:P

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Finally made a little progress today. Sprayed the door jambs and inner fenders today. Ryan IMG_20160323_130826_336.thumb.jpg.6c2e63c9a3ea54be9ba6e6a8f4f8abb7.jpgIMG_20160323_101646_124.thumb.jpg.928d2ea37c319d6af68cc351574350b6.jpg

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1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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Got the underside of the hood seam sealed, scuffed and ready for paint. Maybe get it sprayed sometime this week. IMG_20160327_212059_052.thumb.jpg.4de1a0c216cb5a6deb2423967f2e3b73.jpg

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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I got the underside of the hood based and cleared today. Next I'll be block sanding the body to prep for paint. Don't know when I'll get it painted, works getting busy and daughters sports. Ryan.IMG_20160330_121303_824.thumb.jpg.d774a3c5eaa27558572f582b50e54775.jpg

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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Looks good ::thumb::

Noticed your fan setup did you see pictures of the booth I made ? Works amazing almost boarder line you don't a mask thats how well it extracts.

 

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Q, that is quite the setup on the booth and fans. I take it that you get fresh filtered air from the top and exhaust it out to the floor? What kind of fans are you using? What is the cfm? I may need to look at doing something similar to your setup when I paint the body. I've noticed on mine that when spraying the paint it does a decent job of exhausting the overspray but on the clear it's not as good.

1973 Mach 1, Porsche Guards Red, 429/C6

1972 Mach 1, Grabber Blue, 302/C4, currently under construction

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Q, that is quite the setup on the booth and fans. I take it that you get fresh filtered air from the top and exhaust it out to the floor? What kind of fans are you using? What is the cfm? I may need to look at doing something similar to your setup when I paint the body. I've noticed on mine that when spraying the paint it does a decent job of exhausting the overspray but on the clear it's not as good.

Fresh warm air from the top and exhaust is actually out the plenum silver box (built from 1x2 frame and covered with foam sheathing panels hot glued to the frame) then 24" black tube hooked up to a panel that screws onto my entry exterior door inside door frame. The fans were used commercial grade window fans I found at a yard sale. I don't know the cfms but the beauty of it is I made it totally modular 6- 2x4 panels that screw together--the plenum is on wheels with the fans- exhaust tube and door panel(also sheathing with a 24" hole for the tube)

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