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Old 01-08-2011, 02:44 PM   #21
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We did run across more metalwork to fix prior to painting. The front fender had a hole for the antenna, which he didn't plan to use, so it was filled.











The trunk lid hinges had been relocated inboard to clear the rear tubs, so the original holes were removed and filled.














And just when you're ready to load parts in the paint booth, this shows up:





Wonder what caused that?

















Back sides primed (H/K KP-2):





Front side primed, slick Sand high build, and guide coat (next day):








Hood all one color, it's starting to grow on me.


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Old 01-08-2011, 03:03 PM   #22
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Very nice attention to detail!!! great metal work...is it possible to see pics of the equipment you used to form this steel? I love this kind of tooling but from what i know these machines are huge and heavy and you need a huge amount of extra space... am i wrong? also is that 16 guage steel?

Primarily automotive sheet metal is 19 GA from the factory. This size does not have a huge demand, so in some areas it is difficult to find. What you see me using for the repair panels is 18 GA, which is just slightly thicker. Here are some pics of what I use to make most repeir panels.....


Apron brake





Jump shear





Manual Press brake





....and yes, these take up a bit of room, but these machines are "nice to haves" as most bends can be made up by clamping something to a bench and bending/hammering over an edge. There's quite a bit that can be done with simple hand tools and a bit of determination.
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Thanks for the pics. I too have that pexto shear i just mounted it on rollers last night i also have my out rigers taken off as i mostly cut smaller pieces easier to store against the wall, Def my next piece will be some sort of brake iam so curious about those older northern freight 3 in one press/shear/roller combos, i know its cheaper but for what i do it would work. hers a pic of my pexto on skates.thank you.
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Primarily automotive sheet metal is 19 GA from the factory. This size does not have a huge demand, so in some areas it is difficult to find. What you see me using for the repair panels is 18 GA, which is just slightly thicker. Here are some pics of what I use to make most repeir panels.....


I had gotten lucky a sun roof shop by me has tons of blanks or cut outs from installing sun roofs i usually shop there for my steel free or real cheap.
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Old 01-08-2011, 03:19 PM   #25
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Mad57, those three in one tools typically have one weak spot....the cheap cast arms on the sides. The first bit of overly exceeding the machines capacity and they tend to crack. I picked up the apron brake and shear you see for about 300 each at auction, so if you have the space, I personally would rather have older better stuff.

That's a good source for metal, and most of those will not have rust issues. Take all you can get!


A slight bit more progress, got the hood and trunk lid blocked out and low spots addressed. Will need a couple more coats of high build later this week as well as some of the few remaining bare parts. The doors and fenders look like they will get by with wetsanding only.











I did have some help with sanding.





One front fender left to sand, and then I'll spray another couple coats on the hood and trunk lid.


My nephew Chris did some prep work while I continued wet sanding, the rear tires were removed so we can trim a bit more inside the bottom edges of the wheel opening. We had a set of "painting grade" wheels and tires, but had to open up the bolt holes to accomodate the 5/8" studs. Also had to unbolt the bottom of the coilover shocks to get the rear tires off. Forgot how large those beasts were














The roll cage and chassis has been NHRA inspected, and we don't want any more paint on it that would interfere with weld inspections, so Chris masked off all the roll cage, and then he and Brad (the owner) cut and fit the padding to get it ready for the upholsterer. Here's the official "treasure map" to locate all the pieces.











I had sprayed another couple coats of slick sand yesterday on the trunk lid as I still wasn't happy with it, and it turned out pretty nice this time. Started masking off the holes and front sides of the body panels, getting ready to spray some red on the back sides.








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Old 01-08-2011, 03:33 PM   #27
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Got some painting done this evening, White sealer, Viper red base, and a couple coats of clear. Will let this sit for a few days and then get it prepped for spraying the outside.




















Part of the job done by the frame builder was to cut out the opening for the new, larger, aluminum radiator. This was done with a plasma cutter, and still needed to be cleaned up a bit to straighten the edges. Here Chris is trying his hand at giving the opening in the core support some nice straight edges and radiused corners.











While he was tackling that as well as blocking the bare body to find low spots, I got a couple coats of white sealer on the loose body panels. It's an extra step, but I normally wet sand between this and the red base, as it prevents any stray dust nibs from appearing as little white dots when you wet sand and buff any imperfections later.











After the sealer and guide coat was sprayed, I started fixing some dents while Chris continued sanding.

This was about a 3 to 4 inch diameter bondo repair on the roof. Chris had sanded it out, so I got out the dent puller to try it's magic.











A little clean up afterwards with the hammer/dolly, and then a bit of sanding brings it right around......











We had a couple of "issues" left in the drip rail, namely a couple of scattered pin holes in the bottom that I thought I could fill with the mig. The first three went well. The last one, not so much. Here I thought I was done with this stuff!






These holes were not visible prior to welding the pin hole in the bottom, but once the blue heat travelled up the side it appeared to stop there along the center in a jagged pattern. The trusty ice pick told the tale. I had a "practice" piece left over from my drip rail fabrication, so it came in handy. The damaged area was trimmed out, a replacement cut, and some shrinking done on the Lancaster to match the original.











All dressed up.....











........and back to where I thought I was two hours ago.....!
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Love the pics, it's going to look even better when finished.

I see a mount for a chute, the owner planning on running faster than 150 on a 9.90 index ? Or was it a matter of putting in on when the chassis was being built?
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The chassis is certified NHRA and IHRA I believe to 8.50...If I find out different, I'll post the info...


Got the hood wet sanded and test fit the Griffin radiator.......











In addition to getting some more wet sanding done, (hoping to spray more red tomorrow) we had noticed a patch of lead in the B-pillar on the passenger side. Used the torch to melt it out, only to reveal a nice hole punched in. Judging from the direction the striking object must have travelled, it appears the door was not installed at the time. Looks like it had to be damaged and repaired at the factory??

















I've been told this was likely a "suspended" spot welder that was overzealously swung into the car at the factory?
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More painting done, basecoat:





Cleared:











Here's some progress on the body. H/K epoxy primer and then Slick Sand high build.








My nephew's contribution to the interior





Full paint cans taped to the floor to help keep the air hoses out of the masking paper.








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Yeah, if the chassis cert is to 8.50, it's going to need the mount. That was DUH moment on my part.
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The car is blocked out, ready for the white sealer.





Do these tires make my rear end look big?





Here's the sealer painted. Even though I am using the 3M PPS on the paint gun, it was still a bit tight last time in painting the rocker panels. So we raised the car even higher in the air, and made use of some walk boards to get to all of the roof. Painted the roof first, and then moved the walk boards and finished the car.








I took these last two pictures as teaser shots for Brad (the owner). He had talked about painting the roof white, but this is as close as it gets. The Viper red is just too bright to have a white roof also.











One more dose of wet sanding and it should be ready for red paint.











Just to back up and offer some explaination here, I normally use a white sealer under the Viper red just to give it some more punch. The downside to this is if you were to get any dust nibs in the white that may not get noticed until after the red goes on, when the imperfections get buffed out you have a good chance of little white specs showing up in the bright red paint as the red gets rubbed off the white painted dust nib. This is why I usually do separate processes, wet sanding the white in between painting the red. One thing I noticed while spraying the white sealer was that it is a pain to get inside and paint the dashboard with the roll cage in the way. It was also a pain to get the underside of the rockers sprayed (let's use some jackstands) which made it fun to get to the roof (and now walkboards). Now all of this was fine for a sealer coat that was getting wetsanded anyhow, but I could just see me dragging an air hose across the door sill or opening at the quarter while trying to climb inside to paint the dash. Likewise, using walkboards on final paint, and having to move them between coats, was just an invitation for more debris in the paint. The early Fairlanes were known for having a chrome divider along the bottom of the sail panel, so I thought to use this as my saving grace, a break point to divide the paint job up into separate sprays. (like I need to drag this along further.... ) But in the interest of a better job, that's what we'll do. Here's the masking for painting the roof, dash, and front cowl. The car was placed back on the ground for easier access to the roof. Once the red has set up, we'll mask those areas, revert back to jack stands for access to the lower rockers, and spray again. Fun, fun.


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Basecoat:








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After waiting on my paint supplier a couple weeks (someone used up all his red tint ), here's more progress:


Base:







Cleared:







We'll let it set a few days before starting to wet sand and buff. We've got one rack of parts to spray Hot Rod black still.


Here is the car unmasked.











Nephew Chris has started to reassemble some of the components, and has been touching up some of the black paint on the roll bar and tubs. We had our upholstery guy stop by a couple evenings last week to get the headliner knocked out. That goes in before windows, and I want the windows in before w/s & buffing so I don't sling too much inside.










Tree freshener has lost some of it's kick, but it's still hanging in there......(+20 hp)
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Got some of the piece parts painted this morning, as well as the bottom of the hood, using SEM Hot Rod Black. I think there were some questions previously as to the amount of gloss, so hopefully this will help out.

The viewing window in the booth needs cleaning:




Masking removed:








Should dull out just a touch more, but seems a nice black to use for underhood sheetmetal.


We went to put windows in and the rear window had been damaged by some sand blasting, and Brad decided that while we were putting the window in, it may as well be a new one. We found a company that still makes the replacement rear window, and it showed up last week. We got the rear window and windshield in, so now we can start the buffing process on the body without slinging too much stuff inside.











Got the tail light panel and roof buffed out today, will work on some more tomorrow. Then we can start re-installing the stainless trim.








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Started putting stainless on. Sure makes a world of difference having polished it up, really looks nice against the red.
































Still need to polish the aluminum trim around the rear window and Zoops that as well. Brad's not installing the wipers, so we found some chrome bolts and polished up some stainless washers to fill in the holes.








We tied up some loose ends on the car and got the rear wheels back on. Seemed like a nice day to roll it outside again for more pictures....








For what was considered a mid-size car back in the 60's this thing sure has some long quarter panels!
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We got the quarter windows installed, but while assembling all the pieces, noticed that one window was missing a felt "shoe"








The "shoes" are used to keep the rear corner of the window from flopping around so much when the window rolls down. So we used the one remaining as a pattern, a piece of the old window felt was recycled, and some .06 stainless tig wire duplicated the "factory" staple. These were originally held in with sheet metal screws, and as the holes were quite sloppy, rivet nuts were installed so we could use machine screws instead.











Wheel tubs and no back seat quickly retired the old kick panels, so some new ones were cut out of .06 aluminum. Some trim lock finished off the edges.














The rear window trim (aluminum) had been polished up so Chris Zoop sealed and installed that as well.





The tail lights and rear bumper were also installed. Getting closer all the time.


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The "Fat" 460 really fills up the engine bay....





All the components needed under the hood and no inner fenders to mount to make for challenging work. The radiator core support is filling quick.......





.......and as we wanted to keep the other side open for fuse blocks and electrical relays, we had to look elsewhere for the overflow/vent tanks. Decided to make a bracket to clamp the vacuum pump tank to a section of the moly tubing of the frame. Once it was comleted, it was easy to see a simple modification would kill two birds with one stone.......














And DMV sent the tags the other day.....





Starting on the electrical, everything from the switch panel, which mounts to the top cross bar of the roll bar.....





.................and all the circuits from the switches go thru in line fuses, which will be mounted in the new glove box liner:





The relay mounts above, and as you can see there are a couple extra spots pre-rivnutted in case we missed something. The wiring coming from the switches:





The large red wire hanging in the above picture will feed the switch panel. The fuse panel for the main power inside will be mounted onto the glove box door, and another will be located on the radiator core support for engine components.


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Starting to assemble the rest of the car.





Fitting the front fender and stainless. Wax paper inserted under the stainless, one strip from below, one from on top. After all the tweaking is done with the panel fitment, the stainless is aligned one end to the other, remove the wax paper while holding the position, and snug in place. Helps to keep from scuffing up the new finish while fine tuning the stainless placement.








Pretty pleased with the door gaps. We'll see how well they stay that way once he get's racing....








Starting to take shape now!












Still need to fine tune the gaps and tighten down the panels, then align the stainless down the sides.


Aligned the gaps on the front fenders, had to lower the core support slightly to close the door to fender gaps at the bottom. Aligned and tightened the stainless trim on the doors and front fenders, and installed the headlights. The low beams are the only ones hooked up, in case the return lane is dark....




















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Still polishing the grille, we'll get that in this weekend.


Is this enough clearance?








Got the grille and lower rocker moulding installed today.





edit....here's the color difference with a REAL GOOD camera:














Still left to do..... final detail, wire loom in a couple places, and help load it up...














Battery is still up, time to go racing. We got him loaded up, and by 4 this afternoon he was headed for the test & tune at MIR in Budd's Creek.






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