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Old 11-17-2018, 11:02 PM
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I've been thinking about the license plate holder for months. I don't like any of the solutions that look good...not that any license plate looks good.
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My question is this. If I did away with the seam and welded the whole back together in one piece, I could still remove the back as a unit IF I CAN SPRING the body about 3/4". How flexible is the paint. I'm thinking not flexible enough but I know something can be added for plastic bumpers. Is this doable or a really bad idea?????
Don't bother with flex additives. The additive only stays active for about 30 days. I have raced and built and painted race cars for years. On some of the cars, the front fenders needed to be pulled outward nearly a foot each in order to remove the front end. The paint doesn't crack. The trick is to minimize the build up of fillers and primers in the area. Try to get the body as close to perfect as possible. Start with a good epoxy primer PPG's DP series then 2K primer surfacer as needed. Then use a quality 2K urethane, single stage or BC/CC, which ever you prefer. Don't underestimate the quality of the new urethane paints. Actually it's unfair to even call it paint. It's a polymer. It has more in common with plastics than it does with "paint". It consists of a urethane composite and a catalyst. When they are combined a third unique product is the result. If you want to demo that, just leave about a 1/2 inch of catalyzed clear in a plastic mixing cup over night. In the morning you will have a clear plastic hockey puck.
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Old 11-27-2018, 07:56 PM
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Thanks Jack. I'm not a painter so it's great to hear from someone who is.

The last few days I've been mostly thinking. Today, I decided to start cleaning up some of the 90% panels to take them to 95-98%...they'll never get to 100% and I'm fine with that.

I've decided to change my doors a bit. The upper rear is a very complex shape and it's very difficult to set and maintain the gap. Plus, it runs into my leg when I open it. The photo below shows the current door and the sharpie line shows the change.

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I can do this without making a new doorskin.
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Old 11-27-2018, 09:15 PM
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That door change will look much better!
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Old 03-18-2019, 06:15 PM
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Spent some of the winter in Florida and just got back to it. I've been working on door gaps and redoing the door. This is the new rear door profile:

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I like it a lot better. I still have some bumping to do on the rear fender in back of the door but will have to make that prettier when I have the fenders off down the road.

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I also redid the profile on the front of the door. Previously, the door had a vertical opening which would work with a different style hinge but the kind I have swing the door skin outward and the center of the door skin edge was hitting the body. I peeled back the front edge hem, trimmed back the steel under it, and redid the hem with the concave curve. At the same time, I reprofiled the back of the front fender. The gaps aren't perfect but every time I move one thing another moves so I'm circling in on things.

I hope to get to about 95% ready for paint before I take anything off.

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I also did some blending to make the windshield posts fit to the cowl better. These posts are from a MG Migdet and the lower part was not a match for my cowl. I tapped up the metal so it has a tapered bubble that blends to the bottom of the post. I'll clean it up on the wheel the next time I take the cowl off. It's pretty easy with the hood off and I have the hood off because I was cleaning up the cowl flange to the firewall.

Moving to the other door tomorrow...unless I get attacked by more honeydos.
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Old 03-18-2019, 07:37 PM
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Good to see you at it again Kerry. Thanks for the update.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:59 AM
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Great update, I like the door much better like that!

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Old 03-19-2019, 04:06 AM
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The door was done by Kerry. When will you do your first start?
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Old 03-19-2019, 08:40 AM
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...When will you do your first start?

I've driven it many times around the neighborhood Jaroslav. If you're asking when I will finish it, I'll have to say the same thing I've said for the past 10 years....next year for sure! LOL
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:30 AM
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I like the improvements!

Good to see you are back in the shop, good therapy!

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Old 03-19-2019, 06:40 PM
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I like the door changes, Kerry. The changes to the rear upper corner looks like a significant improvement to me.
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