Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

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Re: Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

Postby groys02 » Tue Jun 14, 2022 3:48 pm

Some more work done... inching up on getting the primer gun out.
[1] Added a much-smoother 'fillet' of regular filler over the earlier waterproof filler, where the upper half-doors meet underside of drip rail.
[2] Built up regular filler around the perimeter of the spare tire well... hopefully, I can sand this down into a fairly smooth radius now.
[3] Decided that if I was going to be spraying primer, it would be a good time to remove the outer handles on the back doors. Got screws removed, with a little fiddling around, but so far can't get handle shafts to slide out of latch assemblies, on either door. Took latches loose, so I had room to spray penetrant along the square shafts, and left them for now. May try torch heat on shafts tonight or tomorrow to help break rust bond.........
Hopefully by the weekend, I'll have gotten things sanded smooth, and primered much of top and front.
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Re: Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

Postby JasenC » Tue Jun 14, 2022 10:04 pm

The joys of working on old rusty stuff, I know it well. The easy access on door hardware always makes it fun, that's what the young kids are for, their bones are still bendy lol. We used to put my buddies kids on this stuff with their tiny 7-10 yo hands.
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Re: Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

Postby groys02 » Wed Jun 15, 2022 5:34 am

Amen, Jasen!
Working on old cars is a love/hate relationship, regularly.
On my first car, I needed to change motor mounts to a different style, and a key nut was inside a frame rail, and my hand & wrist would Not go in there... recruited my son, at about age 7, to hold that one wrench in place to finish the job.
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Re: Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

Postby JasenC » Wed Jun 15, 2022 6:49 pm

Love/hate is right. I drove $100 betters most of my youth, spent many of my weekends wrenching on them so I could get to work on Monday lol.
No more betters, but still drive old rigs, my GMC is an 06. Duct tape and bailing wire no longer gets you home, now it's a $200 tow to the shop followed by a $2500 repair bill for something simple.
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Re: Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

Postby groys02 » Thu Jun 16, 2022 8:27 am

Ah, yes, the "good old days".
Times where "I got by with a little help from my friends."
In this photo, in the process of moving my wife-to-be and daughter-to-be to my new place [me in foreground]... stopping en route to pick up my project-car and bring it along [from my parents' garage]. Had already stopped once to get the makeshift tow hitch re-welded on the '55... and before taking off again with 49 English Ford in tow, adjusted the valves on the '55, along with the wheel bearings.
I think my parents were glad to see me go...........
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Re: Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

Postby groys02 » Thu Jun 16, 2022 7:02 pm

Got the rear door handles off... lots of sanding yesterday & today... surfaces not nearly perfect, but smooth enough for now, as I need to get the 'raw' surfaces primered--so that I can give it a rest for a bit. A few other things I need to attend to, very much including wrapping up some of the wiring work on the Anglia.
Good Lord willing, I'll be shooting etch-primer on it first thing in the morning tomorrow, followed by 2-3 coats of regular catalyzed primer.
So this afternoon I masked off a few bits that I didn't want primered, draped the wheels & tires, got the car cover back over the Anglia in the next-door bay [where the exhaust fan is, to carry the overspray away], and topped off the compressor's oil & cleaned its intake filter.
'About as ready as I know how to be.......
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Re: Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

Postby groys02 » Fri Jun 17, 2022 12:50 pm

.....and the next day, we have primer! Auto-body folks might call the work so far a 20/20 job, as in, "Looks good from 20ft away, or at 20mph."
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Re: Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

Postby JasenC » Fri Jun 17, 2022 6:21 pm

The primer brings all the little imperfections to light for you to fix :?

I was running around work today with a pan of drywall mud after the primer was done the other day.
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Re: Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

Postby groys02 » Fri Jun 24, 2022 7:05 am

Jasen--true enough, lots of little things are more obvious.
But at least the raw surfaces are mostly protected now. [I hate rust even more than electrical work.]
I'll be taking a break from this project for a while now... need to finish up the wiring on the Anglia that'll tow this little fella around some day, so that it's finished & functional enough to satisfy the insurance bean-counters, and I can buy insurance & start driving it more.
I will definitely return to the teardrop, but might be mid-to-late fall.........
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Re: Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

Postby JasenC » Fri Jun 24, 2022 4:50 pm

Don't forget to drop by now and then while you're working on the Anglia. :D
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Re: Once again, a half-car pseudo-teardrop

Postby groys02 » Fri Jun 24, 2022 6:34 pm

Will do, thanks.
And the little camper will be in my thoughts a lot... ruminating.
It may take me a couple months to decide on how to make a ceiling for the teardrop that's both pleasing to look at and insulated---don't want the sun to bake a hot metal roof just above my head when out in it.
Once upon a time I'd purchased a set of approx. '70 Ghia taillights to graft onto the Anglia... now I'll likely put them on the back end of the teardrop instead. So there's that to plan out & ruminate on as well. Oh, and some kind of back bumper...............
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