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Old 01-13-2022, 08:07 PM
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It's looking good. Keep up the progress and thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-17-2022, 10:37 AM
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I took my first "swipe" at body working before primer. Literally, my 1st time ever. Definitely a steep learning curve but managed to get the panels much better before the epoxy went on. it took me about 3 weeks and I could have easily went another 3 weeks. I just didn't want to leave the poor gal naked any longer. I would have liked, and tried to accomplish, getting the car off the rotisserie a couple weeks ago but it didn't work out. Now my plan is to leave it on there a while longer, at least get that body much closer to high-build and blocking only before I take it down. It's just so much easier to work on it on the rotisserie. I'd be shooting myself in the foot if i take it off and try to work through the remaining issues. I'm even considering fitting and working the doors before i take it down. I'm pretty sure I want to base and clear the car assembled. I don't think I want to paint this car in pieces and then assemble because that pretty much means assembling it, taking it apart, painting it and then re-assembling it. It feels like assembling it and then painting it is the right move for me. I do think I will try to paint the jambs early though.

I've got some other things to work on and honestly, I need a break from the body work/paint stuff for a bit. Planning on fabricating some wheel stands, getting the front tires mounted and dropping off the seats for upholstery next. I've also got to dust off the engine, squirt the cylinders and turn it over a few times per the builder. I've really got to reorganize my garage and make some changes there too. I've officially accumulated more tools and parts than I can reasonably store in there, and in my house! The collection of paint and body tools put me over the limit! There is likely a storage shed project in my immediate future.
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Old 01-17-2022, 12:10 PM
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Looks really good.
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Old 01-17-2022, 01:38 PM
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Looks really good.
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Nice work.... Especially for someone that doesn't do it regularly.
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I'm overdue for an update. Haven't really accomplished much on the car but have been busy preparing for working on the car. I ordered my front tires after figuring out what size to get and had them mounted. I did finish modifying my OEM (Chev express van) bucket seat frames plus had an upholsterer lined up to cover them for me...that fell through. I spent entirely too much time (like 2 months of free time) fabricating telescoping wheel stands.

Now I'm scratching my head trying to figure our what to do next. The long overdue goal of getting the car off the rotisserie is conflicting with the numerous places on the car that still need detail type body work. I'm also wrestling with the idea of painting the jams of the car before I take it down. I really wasn't planning on putting the car back on the rotisserie once I take it down, but now I'm wondering if I'll be able to avoid it. More than anything, I would like to start putting parts (which have taken over my garage and home) on the car.

Right now I'm thinking I will address any body work fine tuning on the lower sections of the car where it would be unpleasant to do after its on the ground. The rockers for example. Next paint the jams (front and back glass channels, door openings and maybe even the bottom of the rockers. Then take it down and get it on its suspension on the wheel stands. Follow with the engine and trans into the car continuing with the endless list of things to do to get it back together and running. At some point down the road, when it feels right, I'll finish up the upper body work details followed by primer and paint. Simple right? What am I overlooking that is going to screw everything up?
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Those stands look solid! I guess you built them to be adjustable in height?
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Those stands look solid! I guess you built them to be adjustable in height?
Yes. I'll use a scissor jack to raise/lower when the car is on them. 11" to 18" off the ground with one position in the middle. They turned out good but were a lot of work for what they are. Each one weighs 61#. Had to make the dolly so they could be moved without getting a hernia!
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Yes. I'll use a scissor jack to raise/lower when the car is on them. 11" to 18" off the ground with one position in the middle. They turned out good but were a lot of work for what they are. Each one weighs 61#. Had to make the dolly so they could be moved without getting a hernia!
Solidly built w/heavy wall material = SAFE in this instance.
That's good weight. Your work on the car looks outstanding!
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Excellent work!
I'm at the same point in my project so I cant tell you what will work out best...but I plan to keep mine on the rotisserie until fully painted.


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Cool stands!
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