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Old 07-15-2019, 04:02 PM
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It looks great, Jack. The silhouette of the roof works very well with the fins. I like the repeat of the slight but definite rising undulation very much. Very cool. a smooth, rounded roof would have been a buzzkill for me.

I'm anxious to see it on wheels.
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Old 07-21-2019, 07:52 PM
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Its been crazy hot here lately. I've been moving slow, and didn't get many pics along the way, but I'm moving along. I have been finishing up the roof. All panels are glued and finished. I had to bump some low spots up around the rivets and a couple small spots. I want to mud over the rivets and seams but not directly to the aluminum, so I sanded the surface with 150 DA and cleaned and used an Alodine rinse, then shot some epoxy primer inside and out. I'll let that dry till tomorrow and finish it off.
When I was doing the final alignment of the roof to the body, Everything went smoothly. The two guide pins in front dropped right into the corresponding holes in the windshield frame and all four latches in back adjusted in easily. I was a little surprised that it was not a headache but I thought back to when I was building the framework just below the rear deck where the latches are. I spent a LOT of time getting everything in the right place. I remember losing a 1/2 inch somewhere back there and obsessing over finding it and correcting it. So, I guess that was not time wasted. It made everything go easier at this point.
Lesson: Put the time in up front to get everything right. It will pay in the end.

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Old 07-23-2019, 12:49 PM
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This is Squeeg's Epoxy primer. It is absolutely the very best custom paint substrate available and it can be used in a couple different ways. It's a direct to metal sandable epoxy. I could have used this as I was making the body panels to keep them from flash rusting but I had the black in house already. You can apply it prior to bodywork to preserve the metal, then rough it up later and do the body work, or do the bodywork first, then apply up to 5 coats and block to finish. Or you can reduce it and use it as a sealer prior to painting. When this stuff kicks, it is locked. No delam, no shrinking, no cracking. This is the first step in a show quality paint job and it costs less than the competitors. Two gallons (part A and part B) plus a quart of reducer makes nine quarts sprayable. One to one mix plus reducer. The kit is $250 plus tax. Compare that to any 4:1 plus reducer primer kit which only gives 5 or 5 1/2 quarts sprayable. It block sands very easily and shelf life is indefinite as long as the lids are properly sealed.

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I filled the seams and rivet holes, them put a couple coats of primer on. I won't be doing any more block sanding on this so I only need a couple coats. This will be padded and upholstered.

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Old 07-23-2019, 04:20 PM
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Have you used SPI Epoxy Jack? If so what differences have you noted?
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Old 07-23-2019, 05:08 PM
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Looks really good Jack.
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:06 PM
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Have you used SPI Epoxy?
I've used SPI matte black top coat but never tried their primers. I don't experiment much. When I find something that works, I stick with it.
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Old 07-24-2019, 09:36 PM
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Next, I need to get the car setting on the suspension so I can start aligning the panels and get the bodywork done. I started finishing up a few things on the suspension so I can set it down. First I had to install front shocks. Since I removed the factory shock springs to replace them with air bags, I need to use some standard shocks. These are "Hot Rod" shocks that would usually be used on a straight axle car. Double eye mount, 9" long collapsed, 14" fully extended. I had to drill and tap a hole in the lower control arm for the lower stud and make some tabs for the upper perch and weld them in. I have the left side done. Right side tomorrow.
The rear suspension is complete but I want to go over everything and make sure all the fasteners are tightened down. Also, I have to wire up that air suspension compressors and switching system then find a used battery. I don't want to buy the good battery until I'm ready to run the systems and start the car. That will be after the car is painted. I need to get paint on this before the weather gets bad so I'm not transporting parts in the snow. Sooooo much to do.

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Old 07-26-2019, 08:37 PM
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I finished off the front and rear suspension, then wired the air suspension and got that working. I mounted the tires and set the car on the ground for the first time since 2015 when I started on it
That was a 12 hour day. I'll put the roof back on, push the car out and get a good look at everything tomorrow before I start the finish work. I'll do a walk around video and try to post it here with some pics.

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Old 07-27-2019, 06:41 AM
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Jack that looks simply awesome!

Thanks for letting me follow along and teaching me along the way.
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Old 07-27-2019, 07:02 AM
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Big moment for sure Jack when it gets to sit on its wheels for the first time.

Looking good on the stance. Is that ride height?
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