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Post by Joe73 on Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:08 pm

Ok, just finished cleaning up from a day with the dustless blaster.  And shooting 2 coats of epoxy on everything.  Came out real nice, epoxy laid out nice and I got everything back in the garage by 9pm.  Only things not blasted were my original wheels, rad support (which was blasted once before) and my header panel.   I'll get those done another day since I have a full plate now with doing touch ups and block sanding within my 7 day window.  Glad to be finally rid of any and all undercoating.  I have some touch ups to do the floor and I'll be shooting 2 more coats of epoxy but thinned with acetone to knock down the sheen.  I'm going for a satin on the bottom.  I have to order some more black epoxy tomorrow.
Man the rippin' I'm taking from my buddies for tearing this car apart.  LOL.

Here's some pics.

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Post by clanceman427 on Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:19 pm

Yeah Joe! That is incredible! What a well-executed plan with fantastic results. Are you taking the car to factory stock or Day 2?
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Post by clanceman427 on Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:23 pm

Sorry just saw the L88 hood, def. Day 2.Smile
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Post by 77mali on Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:10 am

Nice work Joe, she's lookin' great!
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Post by Joe73 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:13 am

Thanks Kevin. It will be mostly stock looking except for the hood and wheels and tires. And the engine (which is numbers matching) will be worked over like it always has been. Original muncie trans still in there. Original 3.42 rear is in storage. I have a built monte rear in it with 4.10s.
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Post by Joe73 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:14 am

Thanks Paul.
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Post by ant7377 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:23 am

Joe. Looks like a giant model kit!
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Post by Limey SE on Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:53 am

Ok Joe one SE coming your way when Your Done, That looks Very Good
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Post by clanceman427 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:25 am

Joe did your car need any rust repair? Looks perfect from what I can see!
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Post by Joe73 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 9:46 am

Thanks guys. Nothing on the body. Found a thin spot on the trunk floor and driver floor. Nothing major. I'm glad with the results. Just waiting on my black epoxy so I can recoat the bottom with less sheen. Then it can go back on the frame and free up my lift.
Then the rotisserie and door/fender rack will be coming your way Kevin. LOL.
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Post by clanceman427 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:25 am

Yeah baby! the rack and rotisserie will be so useful!

How did you handle the thin spots- cut out a rectangle and weld in new steel that you fabbed and butt welded in?
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Post by Joe73 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:35 am

I bought replacement panels and cut out what I needed. Everthing is butt welded. No overlaps.
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Post by clanceman427 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:43 am

damn nice work then Joe! wow
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Post by Joe73 on Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:35 am

Did some jambing early this morning before the heat kicks.  Planning on block sanding the glass hood today.  Should be fun in the heat.  LOL   Last pic is the last coat of epoxy on the bottom.  I was shooting for satin or maybe a slight gloss.  Came out nice, little less gloss than a semi-gloss.  

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Post by 77mali on Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:44 am

Hey Joe...can I send my car down when you're done with yours? Very Happy

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Post by Joe73 on Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:36 pm

Ok, my L88 glass hood had 2 coats of epoxy on it after it was dustless blasted.  Today I blocked the epoxy with some guide coat to see where I stand.  Put down a super thin layer of dura-glass right at the top edge of the hood where your chrome trim would be.  I always noticed that there was a slight wave or something there from when they molded the hood.  And touched up a bunch of pinholes in the glass.  Came out pretty flat.  I shot 2 coats of epoxy to seal up the hood again.  Tomorrow I hope to shoot 2-3 coats of primer and block it again.  Here it is just  2 minutes after shooting the epoxy.

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Post by fasrnur on Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:58 pm

Looks nice sir. Have you ever used Evercoats Slick Sand? High build primer that sands like butter. Fills in 36 sand scratches too. I've used in the past with good results.
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Post by Joe73 on Sat Aug 13, 2016 5:34 pm

I know a few guys who love slick sand. It goes on thick. I'll be.just using a regular build primer since the.car is straight. Just want to double check.
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Post by Damon23 on Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:25 pm

Did you do the dustless blasting or have it done? My son wants his 76 Celica done after spending some time with a DA and some 60 grit. Only thing is he wants his car bare metal with clear over it.

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Post by Joe73 on Sun Aug 14, 2016 8:50 pm

My friend owns a dustless blasting company. http://www.mobileblastaway.com/

He some cool youtube videos blasting cars.

I went all bare metal on everything. Frame, suspension, engine block, rear axle, etc. Still have to drop off my factory wheels, header panel and rad support. But I want to finish my hood, trunk lid, and block the roof while the car is vertical since its easier. Then the car should be going back on the frame hopefully by the end of next week.
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Post by ant7377 on Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:37 pm

Gonna be sweet Joe!
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Post by Joe73 on Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:50 pm

Well, finished up the door jambs.  Got the stripe color feathered in with no hard line just like the factory.  3 Coats of clear on the jambs.

This morning, I dusted off the frame, and put the body back on it.  Big accomplishment.  Had the firewall hanging from 2 U-bolts up front.  The rear was on the rotisserie.  See pic.

I blasted and epoxied my door hinges.  They'll be ready for paint and clear in the morning.  Then the doors will be going on.  

Hey, Kevin, I'm almost done with the rotisserie and fender/door stand.  LOL.

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Post by Limey SE on Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:41 pm

That is Coming together Good Joe looking sweet
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Post by clanceman427 on Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:03 pm

Joe, looking awesome. And I have a big ole dodge ram 8 ft bed pickup to get the rotisserie and stands. Think all that'll fit in a 95 ram 8 ft bed? O don't have a cap or tonneau cover.
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Post by Joe73 on Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:05 pm

Thanks guys. Yes., Kevin that truck should be fine. I'll be transporting in a 6'6" bed pickup.
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