September/October 2004 – Clearcoat, boot lid, steering column, sundries

This entry begins the third year of restoration work on the old car. Clearcoat and boot lid installation The car body was completely sanded smooth with 800 grit sandpaper, and ripples and “orange peel” areas were smoothed out. The surface was then degreased and coated with another double coat of clearcoat. This final clear coat Read more about September/October 2004 – Clearcoat, boot lid, steering column, sundries[…]

August/September 2004 – Painting, finally!

Painting color, finally! It seems like it’s taken ages too long to get to this point, but the body is finally sporting Opalescent Dark Green instead of blotchy primer grey! It’s been nearly two years since the boys and I fetched the car from Virginia, and it is only now on the way to coming Read more about August/September 2004 – Painting, finally![…]

July 2004 – Priming, sanding, and bonnet again

Moving car shell off rack, bonnet again (17 – 23 July) The weekend of 17-18 July was mainly devoted to lowering the car shell from the wooden rack, cleaning the garage, and moving the bonnet outside. It was, I suppose, rather uneventful, except for the fact that it meant that the car was closer than Read more about July 2004 – Priming, sanding, and bonnet again[…]

May/June 2004 – Color on front frames, suspension, part 1

Color on front frames First, a larger picture than I usually post. I beg forgiveness for the size of the shot, but I figured the compressed GIF image sacrificed too much accuracy in color. Fatter JPEG format will do. The picture shows the color a bit more clearly than the previous shot did, but still Read more about May/June 2004 – Color on front frames, suspension, part 1[…]

January-March 2004 – Plating and spraying color

Part 2: Plating and spraying color One thing up front: the color of the car is not British Racing Green, though it’s close. I decided to go with Opalescent Dark Green, the very color that I liked the best long, long ago. I guess we all go back to our roots. The initial spray appears Read more about January-March 2004 – Plating and spraying color[…]

January-March 2004 – Winter cleaning, undercoating, plating prep

Part 1: Winter cleaning, undercoating, plating prep It’s been a while since I updated the web site, but when cold weather comes in, as it did in abundance this winter, you just want to hunker down and get through it. So I occupied my restoration time with things that were easy to do in short Read more about January-March 2004 – Winter cleaning, undercoating, plating prep[…]

January 2004 – Body shell spray priming

Body shell spray priming Over the entire New Year’s holiday and, for that matter, for the entire Christmas holiday break the weather has been absolutely wonderful. We took advantage of exceptionally warm temperatures to open up the garage and spray the body shell with primer. The temperatures reached the mid-70s (Fahrenheit, 20+ Celsius), and so Read more about January 2004 – Body shell spray priming[…]

December 2003 – Detail body repair, priming, sanding

Primer, sanding, finish prep Patience is a virtue, I keep telling myself. If that is the case, I expect that people who do block-sanding and priming for a living are among the saints of the world. At least they are among the most virtuous, since it seems you can’t rush priming and blocking.The weather over Read more about December 2003 – Detail body repair, priming, sanding[…]

November/December 2003 – Holiday greetings to all!

Yes, more primer but also greetings! North Carolina weather has not cooperated with working the in garage, so I have set about some short moments priming and sanding the car’s body shell. There is not much new to report, though I will post some photographs after the Christmas Holiday week. I’m taking most of the Read more about November/December 2003 – Holiday greetings to all![…]