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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #480 on: June 27, 2019, 08:47:31 AM »
Looks good. I always thought those paint spouts were gimmicky. I guess I will have to try one out.
Id like to see the saw that blade belongs to!

Ya, me too, but I love them. I have like 3-4 of them. They even work on quarts. It saves me time from having to wipe out the paint from the lip of the can, no more glued shut cans or cans I can't read.  Ya, that blade is huge,  I found it in a scrap pile at my buddy's house. He used to have this giant buzz saw that went behind and old tractor.  He actually used it to cut logs into planks.  I thought it looked neat so I grabbed it. I have random things hanging on the walls that I think are neat. The back of my shop has a bunch of signs hanging everywhere.
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #481 on: June 27, 2019, 08:51:59 AM »
I buy the cheapy chip brushes by the box. Always use one of them to clean the rim on the paint can, then wipe down with a rag. But, that spout thingy will def. save me a brush everytime I pour paint. I hate to use them for one thing then throw them away.
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #482 on: July 01, 2019, 10:39:40 AM »
Looking good man, keep it up. Before you know it you'll be done and then you can finish the 67 too.  :lol:

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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #483 on: July 31, 2019, 09:01:16 PM »
Not much to report but I did get some time in the shop and spent 4 hours block sanding.  Still, I keep finding spots that need a little work but I think I about have the shell ready.  I have two spots that I want to hit with a bit of primer and block out but I'm close to spraying the shell. I want to hit it with 400 wet and then spray it. You have to just stop when you think you can live with it. My problem is my protectionist side....





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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #484 on: August 01, 2019, 07:16:12 AM »
I know what you mean. I thought I was past that step in the process until I installed the driver door. I noticed a very, tiny dent that will need a spot of filler and primer touch up. It seems it never ends!!!
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #485 on: August 07, 2019, 07:28:20 AM »
Some more of the same old boring sanding and priming.
















Every time I spray I tell myself I have to clean up this mess.... Can you believe there are 8 paint guns in there somewhere?






Next we are onto wet sanding and hopefully paint on the shell and doors.... Maybe,  if I don't find anymore flaws that I can't live with...



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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #486 on: August 07, 2019, 02:19:14 PM »
the more the imperfections are worked out, the nicer the paint...keep up the high level of standards
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #487 on: August 08, 2019, 07:00:47 AM »
Probably like most, I hate cleaning paint guns. That's why I use the cheapy HD/Lowes stuff for my primers. They cost about $50, work great for spraying the heavy stuff and with a  quick once through with gun cleaner will last a year. My Awiata Paint gun, is another story!
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #488 on: August 08, 2019, 12:13:41 PM »
Got some wet sanding done last night.  I have to do it outside as my shop floor is epoxied and the water just puddles and stays for days. I found another small spot I need to see if I can fix without more primer but man it's getting close to paint.

It was nice to just jump in and it actually start in half a turn of the flywheel. Ain't EFI amazing? The growl of a V8 is nice too.




The reflection on the fender vent is the sun. That is actually final color and shiny.

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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #489 on: August 09, 2019, 11:03:28 PM »
Love it...and your not making it easy for me to stick with my decision to go with the carb I already have vs getting an EFI setup
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« Reply #490 on: August 10, 2019, 04:46:21 AM »
Ya, I haven't even driven it very far. I pulled it out again yesterday,  it starts and sounds great. It has sat for months and starts like I just got done driving it... er wait if that was true and it was my old Pontiac engine it wouldn't start because of starter heat soak...

Got up at 6am and I'm headed out to work on her some more this morning before the wife and kids get up. I found a couple gouges in the passenger door (me or one of the kids must have dragged something against it). Last night my wife says, "you know, that's going to happen after you paint it too". In know it will, I plan to drive the wheels off of it and we have kids and things just happen to items that get use. I think I'll be ok with it though.
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #491 on: August 11, 2019, 06:55:53 PM »
My T top weather strip is in great shape so instead of ripping it out I chose  to keep it. Here is a tip which works with some others as well. I take a 12 gauge wire and use a small body filler spreader to hold it out of the way as I tuck the wire in.




Here you can see it holds the weather strip away from the body nicely.





Man, I really hate masking... This took me a few hours
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Epoxy thinned as a sealer.





I am only painting the rear section first. I just need to make progress so, this is where I start. I can always paint the fenders and hood if it gets cold. I have too run an exhaust fan to vent the fumes outside and if I had to run my furnace I'd have trouble keeping it warm.









That weird stripe is actually the reflection of the ceiling..

It came out pretty good but man I had problems.

First, once I got the sealer on two big bugs landed on the roof... I picked them out but left a mark.

Second, the gun started acting up when I started the color.  Turned out I didn't have the tip tight enough and it was sucking air. Luckily I figured that out before spraying color.

Then the temp started climbing 85°+ and I was dripping sweat so I had to keep that off the paint which was a major change. Then fighting the paint drying faster than normal...

And then there's the dust....I washed the floor before but I still got more than I was hoping for. I put and extra coat of color on so I can wet sand and buff.  I'm actually quite pleased how it came out considering...
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #492 on: August 12, 2019, 03:40:10 AM »
Awesomeness!!
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #493 on: August 12, 2019, 07:19:16 AM »
Looks fantastic! All those little problems are a PIA. One thing I had was my mask got filled up with moisture and it came out of the bottom vent, leaving a drip of water on fresh paint. I learned my lesson on that one. Also when I painted my black car I had things sealed up really good, but somehow a bug still got in. Landed on the back corner of my hood. I should've left well enough alone, but panicked and tried to get it out of the fresh clear coat. I ended up making more of a mess than if I would have left it. I still have a smudge in the paint at that spot.
I like the wire trick, also nice to put a face with the name, LOL.
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #494 on: August 13, 2019, 09:29:58 PM »
You could say *takes off sunglasses* it's back in black. *turns and walks off scene*

YEEEAAAHHHHH!!!

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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #495 on: August 13, 2019, 10:00:27 PM »
Wow! That paint really looks great! Very inspiring to see!
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #496 on: August 15, 2019, 07:40:23 AM »
Congrats, looks great!

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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #497 on: August 15, 2019, 08:17:32 AM »
Thats looking great...well done.   :cool:
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #498 on: August 15, 2019, 09:48:18 AM »
I sent you an email.
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #499 on: August 15, 2019, 06:43:11 PM »
Ya, nothing has shown up in my email.
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« Reply #500 on: August 16, 2019, 07:21:53 AM »
ok, I will send it again.
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« Reply #501 on: August 16, 2019, 07:27:23 AM »
Just re sent it.
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #502 on: August 20, 2019, 09:17:31 PM »
Thanks Kerry!

Well, I was worried that the paint was going to get hard and tough to sand and buff so I started on one of the quarters.  At first it was a mess with scratches I couldn't seem to get out. I talked to my guy ar the local paint store and he recommended this Wizard compound and it worked great. The paint seemed really soft so I'm going to stop on the sanding and buffing and do it later as time is running out to paint and I want to get the front clip painted.







So now I'm fixing a few spots on the front fenders in prep to paint the front clip. A little wavy where the spot welds are.



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« Reply #503 on: August 21, 2019, 07:29:16 AM »
Those little touch up bits never seem to go away. I thought mine was ready to go, after I installed the door I saw a minute impression that needs a spot of filler. Paint is really looking good. I talked to my supplier about buffing my clear coat. He said it should be done soon after applied. My thought process is that the harder it gets the better it will buff out. He said It wouldn't hurt to let it sit.
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #504 on: August 21, 2019, 08:20:46 AM »
For those following along that filler on the top if the fender is actually on top of epoxy and some bare metal, not on top of the k2 primer as it looks. I sanded the area with 80 grit to remove the k2 and then applied the filler. You shouldn't put filler over k2. That said there are some light weight spot putty / glazing compounds that can go over 2k and paint. Widely used to repair hail damage.

I just wanted to make sure someone didn't think you could put regular lightweight filler over 2k primer. Over epoxy is ok, I prefer it.
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #505 on: August 21, 2019, 07:16:08 PM »
Looking fantastic!!

Thanks for the compound pics!!!
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« Reply #506 on: August 22, 2019, 05:58:15 PM »
I didn't have time to spend it the shop today but I did get something done in between hanging with the kids.

Apparently the top of my car was used to catch all sorts of different types of overspray throughout the years of sitting in the various barns I had it in.

I grabbed one of the T tops and thought I would wipe the dust off it... Well that didn't go as planned.  Even with a scotch bright pad... I grabbed some of the polishing compound and a little drill buffing wheel and wen to town. I still have to polish the aluminum trim but it came out really nice. I'm quite pleased and I got a lot of the scratches out too.

3/4 of the way through.





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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #507 on: August 23, 2019, 08:22:18 AM »
WOW! Youre like an infomercial for the wizard polish. That came out nice.
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #508 on: August 23, 2019, 08:54:49 AM »
It's what I have on hand. If i had gone with Meguiars M105 and M205 i would be posting those results as well.

So far I'm quite pleased with it but it is expensive.
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Re: Project QuickBird with LS swap
« Reply #508 on: August 23, 2019, 08:54:49 AM »
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