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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #200 on: August 24, 2017, 08:37:06 PM »
On to the other side.... Started stripping the paint from the passenger side fender. Man, it is nice to have southern sheet metal. If you forgot or are new the this thread, these doors came from Florida (at least I think this is the set that came from there. Another set I have came from California). This car has been an Ohio car all its life... And it shows/showed.

Go back a page if you missed the cut in and driver side installation.





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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #201 on: August 29, 2017, 08:49:32 PM »
More sanding and stripper. Not too much excitement here but wow, look at that rust free sheet metal! I may have to move west.

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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #202 on: August 30, 2017, 01:38:15 AM »
Looking nice and cleeeeeeeeean!   Good feeling finding out there's no bondo and rust under the paint!
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #203 on: August 30, 2017, 08:15:52 AM »
Looking good Form!

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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #204 on: August 30, 2017, 09:42:08 AM »
Thanks guys! Just trying to make progress each week. Goal is to be on the road by next July.
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #205 on: September 12, 2017, 05:57:04 AM »
Pulled the passenger door and fender. (Again) Now filling dings and straightening things out. Fill, sand repeat.








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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #206 on: September 13, 2017, 06:12:21 PM »
I know most of you won't share my high level of excitement about this post but... Today a friend of mine found a much needed part for my build. My car has the chrome trim package. I was missing the hood trim as mine was mylar and cracked and faded. My friend came across a metal one in near perfect condition... For $30!!!  I can't tell you how stoked I am!






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« Reply #207 on: September 14, 2017, 05:54:09 AM »
Nice work on the doors. I know that it's tedious work and it seems like not much to show, but I would dare say the majority of guys out there are jealous you are doing it on your own (myself included). I'm still on the fence about attempting it myself.

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« Reply #208 on: September 18, 2017, 05:13:11 AM »
Nice work....and congrats on the trim for the hood...they aren't easy to find....the Camaro guys get the repros, lol.
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« Reply #209 on: September 21, 2017, 06:11:05 AM »
To prepare for epoxy I do a final light sand, blow off the dust and wipe the panel down with wax and grease remover.



Then I mix up the epoxy.
I drink a cold one as I wait the induction time of the primer... It helps to limber me up to produce nice fluid movement.



First the epoxy. Not the best picture as over spray was still in the air. I forgot to turn on my air filtration system. Refer to the image above for the reason.



Wait 20-30 min. And on goes the K2 primer surfacer. Filtration system on now...






Three coats of the surfacer. Then a guide coat of black bug bomb and then sand, sand and more sand....
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« Reply #210 on: September 21, 2017, 09:13:07 AM »
I am taking notes on this stage of the project. I am going to be doing a very similar process as I move into the bodywork phase in the coming months.

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« Reply #211 on: September 25, 2017, 10:05:21 PM »
Fixed the first three and a half pages of pictures...

Anyway more body work updates and some tips coming...
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« Reply #212 on: September 27, 2017, 05:07:20 AM »
Here it shows the low spots when you sand off the black spray paint. The paint stays in the low and sands off the on the high spots. Overall the door is pretty good. The bottom is a bit wavy where it warped from heat when it was spot welded together at the factory. I am assuming they left it like that...



Tips and tricks here.... Most probably know this but I'll post it anyway. Whenever you sand with fine grit sandpaper it gums up. Us a stir stick to beat it out. It only takes a few whacks. I keep one in my back pocket whenever I sand filler or primer. Makes the paper last a really long time.





You can see after a few days of whacking the sanding block, I broke the stick...



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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #213 on: September 29, 2017, 04:56:17 AM »
Repetitive Strain Injury.....here you come. lol  :lol:
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« Reply #214 on: September 29, 2017, 08:11:19 AM »
The old whacking stick. I used to do that as well until I was watching a video from John Kosmoski (House of Kolor founder) he used a white scotch brite. Works really well, especially if you ever D/A sand dry with a finer grit.

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« Reply #215 on: October 04, 2017, 05:36:21 AM »
Well I flipped it over, media blasted the little bit of rust on the bottom edge, epoxied, primed and sprayed some color (or less color as black is the absence of color).








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« Reply #216 on: October 04, 2017, 11:57:48 AM »
I just went through the entire thread.  Impressive work!

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« Reply #217 on: October 04, 2017, 02:01:26 PM »
Glad I fixed all of the images. Thanks for the positive comment. I try to comment on other threads as I know it motivates me when I see them.
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« Reply #218 on: October 05, 2017, 03:18:22 AM »
Mmmmmm, Starlight Black.  :cool:
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« Reply #219 on: October 05, 2017, 05:20:15 AM »
Started on the other fender. Took it outside as it is still nice here. Media blasted all of the tough to get to areas and the areas that had some rust. Over all it is a really nice fender. There is one spot up top that will require some metal to be cut out and a dent on the lower front to fix.

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« Reply #220 on: October 05, 2017, 07:37:25 AM »
That fender is in nice shape. I also had some rust in that same area on my fenders. Thought that was a really odd place to rust through. There must be a lip there on the inner structure that catches moisture.

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« Reply #221 on: October 05, 2017, 08:04:42 AM »
I'll know more when I cut that section out. I have been acquiring parts like these for over 20 years. I actually have another set or two in about the same condition squirreled away. You never know when another project car may come to the stable....

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« Reply #222 on: October 05, 2017, 10:17:57 AM »
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Glad I fixed all of the images.

Duh, I read this and didn't know you could do that!  I went back and fixed one of my first posts in the build thread to get rid of the ugly Photo Bucket images. It'll take some time though, so best left for a winter project at the condo.

Fender looks good.  What do you use to media blast?
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« Reply #223 on: October 05, 2017, 11:04:20 AM »
Fine grit Black Diamond I get from Tractor Supply. One sheet metal I use my siphon feed blaster so I minimize the chance of warpage. Large stuff I use medium grit and my pressure pot blaster, that can cut a fender in half....
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« Reply #224 on: October 16, 2017, 09:16:00 PM »
Cutting out this rusted area.



Wow, didn't quite expect that...




Media blasted what I could get to and coated it all with POR 15.



Then made a patch..




A little grinding...




A little filler...




Lookin good.



Finnish stripping the rest of the paint.


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« Reply #225 on: October 16, 2017, 11:38:08 PM »
Looks good....not sure what causes that spot to rust, but I've seen it on quite a few 2nd gens.....
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« Reply #226 on: October 17, 2017, 08:14:13 AM »
Really nice work on the repair; looks great!
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« Reply #227 on: October 23, 2017, 05:53:02 AM »
My shop has piles of sanding dust from stripping this fender so instead of cleaning I just took it outside...










I was able to get a couple coats of epoxy and a couple of surfacer.


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« Reply #228 on: November 03, 2017, 05:39:30 AM »
Still blocking and fixing some dings in the fender. I also hand sanded the fender vent and media blasted the hinges.







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« Reply #229 on: November 03, 2017, 10:10:06 AM »
Keep up the good work Form. Top notch work you are doing there.

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« Reply #230 on: November 03, 2017, 11:50:33 AM »
Thanks, you too! I am in aw of your tuning and mechanical knowledge. Keep it up.
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« Reply #231 on: November 03, 2017, 11:59:52 AM »
The fender on my 77 was rusted in that same spot.
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« Reply #232 on: November 04, 2017, 01:47:44 PM »
Thanks, you too! I am in aw of your tuning and mechanical knowledge. Keep it up.
Well I'm envious of your bodywork skills!

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« Reply #233 on: November 14, 2017, 07:08:31 AM »
Rocker on the passenger side had self weight reduction going on so I put a stop to that....




Cut all this cancer out..




Painted the inside with POR15...



Cut out a replacement piece.



Welded in and ground smooth...



I still have to blast the area where the fender attaches and reconstruct that...

BTW, can someone upload a good image of the area that the fender attaches to at the bottom? Thanks!

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« Reply #234 on: November 14, 2017, 04:40:17 PM »
Is this what you are looking for?
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« Reply #235 on: November 14, 2017, 07:50:29 PM »
I was thinking of a side shot. But this really shows how the bottom is supposed to look. Do you have a side pic? Either way, thanks for uploading this image! This will help a lot as well.
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« Reply #237 on: November 15, 2017, 06:05:54 AM »
I have that one. I need the leading edge of the rocker and the spot that the rear most bolt on the the lower fender goes. 

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« Reply #237 on: November 15, 2017, 06:05:54 AM »
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