Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Hood - Round 2, 3 & 4

I know, I am anxious to get the body painted too but we can't paint with candy color unless the car is fully assembled, otherwise the paint is likely to mismatch between components.  Everything has to be painted at the same time.

 I set the 63 hood on the car and noticed it didn't fit as well as I thought it should.  It was then that I realized it was the 67 hood that we fit to the car last year.  So, without bolting the 63 hood down and spending a lot of time shimming to verify fit, I decided to just go ahead and work on both hoods at the same time.  If one doesn't fit the way we want, the other one will.  Lets hope the 63 will be fine.

The hood didn't need any Bondo but there were several areas that needed a little help.  I decided to squeegee on the Icing filler.  I did small sections at a time since there is only about 3 minutes of working time per batch.

After the entire hood was done (less the cookie sheet areas) I hand sanded everything using several different sanding blocks until the hood was smooth to the touch.  The white spots are filling very shallow nicks and gouges that were made with the grinder and scraper when we removed the paint.

I sprayed the hood with two part epoxy primer then...

I decided to smooth the cookie sheet areas even though they get covered up.  I applied Icing ...

then sprayed a contrasting primer so I could start the guide coat process.

Yes, I am doing both hoods at the same time.

Guide Coat takes a lot of time, especially when it's all done by hand.  If you look in the cookie sheet areas you can see there are still low areas (red spots).

So I  squeegeed the Icing and filled in those areas too.

I primered again for the second time.

Sprayed contrasting primer ...

Then did a second Guide Coat.  You can see there are very few areas where I sanded through the primer.  That means the surface is getting super smooth and super flat.

I primered the hood again for the third time.  All the hood needs now is a quick sanding then it's ready for primer sealer.  But before I do that I'll let this thing dry for a good week.

All this attention to the hoods is excessive and I know it.  A body shop would have been able to do something comparable in a 10th of the time.  Fortunately, I am not a body shop and I don't care if I am being excessive.  Besides, the attention to the hood matches the attention Ty and I gave to the body.  At least I am consistent.

I have 7 quarts of various paint on order and it's all for the "paint job".  But before we do that we have to do the underside of the hood, both headlight buckets and the rear exhaust valance.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Hood

Over the last year we have spent many hours repairing this 1963 hood.  The hood was bought locally and it had lots of issues.  Not only had it been in a head-on collision, the tow company used a reciprocating saw to remove the hood from the wreckage.  It was ugly.

Over the last few weeks I've been working on both sides of the hood.  This includes grinding, fiberglassing and sand blasting.  All the work was structural, nothing cosmetic. 

You can see some repairs made to the top of the hood... 

But most of the repairs were made to the underside.  There were many cracks and holes all of which needed attention.  This is a representative repair that was stuffed, plugged, ground then later laminated with fresh fiberglass.  There were several of these.

This was a soft edge that needed to be built up then ground down to restore the edge. 

When the repairs were complete it was off to the sandblaster to remove more of the old paint.  200 pounds of sand were used in total.

It turned out nice.  In this picture there are at least a dozen repairs.  It's looking good.

Here's the fuzzy hood I mentioned in the last post.  It's paint remover hard at work.  It removed about 70% of the old paint, the remainder required sandblasting and hours and hours of hand sanding. 

It took a long time to get to this stage.  The good news is the hood is structurally sound and I have no issues using this hood on our 63 Corvette.

The bad news is we haven't  even started the finish work... Bondo, green primer, block sanding, etc.   

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Doors - Part 2 (with a Post Script)

The primer has been drying for a full week so it's time to guide coat.

A contrasting primer was lightly sprayed and allowed to dry.  I used my 6" DA (dual action) sander on the large flat areas.  In this picture I just finished the lower half of the door.

I changed to a 3" sanding disc to do the curved areas.  This includes the area above the center line and the very top of the door.  Care must be taken not to sand any edges or corners with the DA otherwise you'll likely sand through the primer.

Hand sanding was next and that was followed up with a maroon scuff pad.  Fortunately we didn't sand through the primer so we are ready for the primer sealer.

I used a wax and grease remover and a post sanding cleaner before painting.  These products are recommended by House of Kolor so I use them.  A couple coats of primer sealer was applied to both doors.

I am certain hanging the doors is a two man job but I was able to do it alone using my motorcycle lift.  I put a padded Lazy Susan on top of the lift then jacked the door up to height.  It worked great.  Two would have been better but this worked fine.

It took a few hours to hang both doors.

All the body work really paid-off.  I am sure this fit is better than the 1963 factory fit.

It's sexy.

The primer sealer will be allowed to dry then I'll scuff the paint to match the rest of the car.

Admittedly, there are a couple areas on the doors that require attention.  There is one spot on the driver side door that doesn't transition well to the body.  It's only about 2 inches long but it will need to be stripped back to bare fiberglass for a proper repair.  The other area is just a general clean-up of all the door to body joints.  You can see some of it in the photo above.  Cleaning up the joints will only require a few swipes of the sandpaper but that act will require us to rethink how the inside lip of the doors will be painted.

I am also working on the hood so I'll post pictures of it soon.   Be forewarned, it's fuzzy...

Post Script

Here are pictures of the repaired transition area.  This is a blurry photo but it shows how the body line doesn't transition well between the door and the body.  The body line on the door became soft from too much sanding.  The door is on left side of the picture.

I decided to make the repair using our Icing finishing putty.   I protected the body with tape then bridged the gap using a plastic spatula.  I cut the putty at the gap with an Exacto knife just as it started to set.

The transition between the body and the door is now very nice and the body line is identical on both sides.