The Fish Mini Resto

Discussion in 'Restorations' started by Paul Weeding, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Birdy

    Birdy Not Child Friendly

    Turbo twists do it for me over the other ones.

    Welcome back too.
     
  2. Remind me buddy... 402?
    I guessed it must be 1/4mile related ;) Nah, i've not been to the pod for nearly 3yrs now... :(
     
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  3. So, i've been bogged under with random jobs on cars (not mine as usual) but as i've got some painting to do on a jeep, i decided that i should get my bits in colour so i can go over everything in clear in one hit :D

    so, parts hung up and panel wiped down...
    new fan shroud made by me :D
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    tomorrow might see some clear going on :D
     
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  4. Well after a couple of days of tweaking some of the paint work (sanding marks in the primer) I should have some clear going on!!

    The scrap man came today and took 2 of our old run arounds away (Jeep and trooper) so with a free dry parking space in the front yard, i decided that it was time to pull the fish round, and give her a wash and assess the full extent of the rusty bits that i'd been ignoring for the last 2 years :(

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  5. hailfrank

    hailfrank Admin esq.

    thanks for getting thread restarted :)
     
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  7. good job so far nice to see lead loading proper job
    look`s like 6" all round body job
     
  8. Thanks :D although i must admit that i did finish it with a skim of filler as i couldn't see the shape properly until i had some paint on it!!

    Possibly bottom 6ins... won't know until i start doing some digging ;)



    so todays efforts got the fish tucked away into the garage, rear hatch off and stripped of parts and then thrown on the scrap heap ;)

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    and I actually got a couple of coats of clear on :D

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  9. so i had a good few hours on the fish today, and i got a good chunk of parts off... doesn't help that I'm being quite anal, and things are going into grip seal bags with labels on them :D

    so here's how she's looking!!

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    The hardcore snow over winter, finally killed the OG paint on the roof
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    and a massive scratch from i can only assume an up and over garage door??
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    and one spot i found which made a very valid point... take the effing sliding door off when you do a respray!!
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  10. Guess i know where you gonne spend your winter ;)
     
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  12. I've not done much over the last couple of days, been working with my dad mostly

    But I have got the clear coat on the new panels now... just got to sit on my hands for a week to allow it to cure off properly before i take a sanding block too them for that ultra flat/glassy finish :D

    I've also made a decision... might be quite a mad one, but it's happening if I can afford it, just need to work out what's in the resto fund, after a few expenditures...

    oh, best tell you what that is then :D full immersion paint strip :eek:

    I know, mad you say, but i want a clean rust free base to start from...

    going to be taking it to these guys... doors and sunroof will be getting the E coat treatment, but alas the body is too big to go in the E coat tank :(
    http://www.surfaceprocessing.co.uk/index.html

    right, I'll go find my camera, and off load some pics :D
     
  13. davidoft

    davidoft Sponsor

    There is a place in germany that can dip and e coat it, a friend of a friend is having his splitty done there. Any who, I was gonna have this doen when the place in brum still did e coating( they didnt do it themselves, but farmed the e coating to a manufacturer, could have been rover as its round that way). After long hard thinking i figured it was probably better to cut out as much rot as i could see repair and have it dipped so all was protected instead of welding in new panels and removing the ecoat i would have just paid for. if i remeber it was around £3500 for both processes. the worry had after they stopped dipping them was how to protect every nook and cranny that had paint removed. i didnt come up with a solution so i may bes sending her to germany
     
  14. yeah, that was my worry too, but I'm going to epoxy primer the whole van, inside and out, and then dinitrol every cavity that i can get into :)

    hopefully that'll dot the T's and cross the I's ;)
     
  15. Found my camera :D

    so, only a few pics of the freshly painted panels... i've done some real close ups so you can see the before and after (when i get to the after) of the finish on the paint...
    With them I've done a close up so you can see the "Orang-e Peel" effect you get in the paint, but as i did loads of prep, it's only in the clear, the primer and base coats are uber flat, and there is zero sanding marks in them... a lot of prep and rework is required, but it gives you that sex wee finish!!

    That and I like my paint to be awesomely good... it's one of those things that would irritate me, even if no one else could see it!!

    Pics time :D
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    so, give me a week, and i'll hopefully then be able to flat and polish these puppies :D
     
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  16. Lord Charles

    Lord Charles Day's Away Mod

    Nice to see a perfectionist at work.
     
  17. Thanks Charlie :D
     
  18. great thread it gonna look great when finished
     
  19. OOOOhhhh bodywork Paul! Seems you've been looking the other way - it's easy to see where your mechanic interests lie. lol
     
  20. :lol: I do like doing the odd bit of bodywork now and again ;)


    getting there with the strip down... still got a shed load of pulling to bits to do!!
     
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