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Old 03-02-2014, 08:25 PM
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Well, the sheet metal work has come to an end. So much hand fab that the pictures could never do justice but phase 1 is done! Next will be complete wire wheel, self etching primer, seam sealer and finally a full undercoat. I am still undecided on which undercoat to use.





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Tom, I've been following your build. You have spent a lot of time fixing those old repairs and doing a great job at it too.

I would caution you on the POR 15. Read this http://www.spiuserforum.com/showthre...OR-15-Question

or google por 15 vs epoxy primer.

I've read a lot of good reviews on the SPI bedliner being used for a undercoat. Lizard Skin has good reviews too.

Just a suggestion.

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Old 03-07-2014, 11:05 AM
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Got out the wire wheel and went at it. After I got most all of the original undercoat off I was actually down to the original red paint so I just went to bare metal for the most part. I wish the whole underside would have just been sand blasted but for now I will just clean as good as I can and blend the new undercoat into the old. I put a nice coat of self etching primer over all the bare metal and next week I will seam seal. Hopefully within 2 weeks I will have this done so I can get the interior back in and start to work on the exterior.











I am pretty happy with the results thus far. I can't wait to take my girls for cruise with the windows down and the sunroof open.

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Old 03-19-2014, 01:25 PM
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Well after a fair amount of homework on what to use to undercoat with I decided to go with 3M Schutz rocker panel paint. It was not cheap but it really went on nicely without the thick rubberized undercoating. It fills imperfections but does not mask hidden surprises. I am by no means a professional and much more an amateur at best but I do want to show off the clean sheet metal instead of bury it under a thick layer of tar.



Lots of detailing to be done but the ugly work has been completed thus far.













This was a tough piece to make!!





All in all I think it turned out well. I will still paint the interior floor pan work and then get the interior all back in the car. There is light at the end of tunnel!! LOL!!

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Tom:
Looks great. I can only imagine how much time was spent on this project. Nicely done.
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Thank you so much! I really appreciate all the helpful advice and comments.

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I have used that before and have had great results. If you have some left over and it sets in the can for awhile I have found a little lacquer thinner will bring it back to life.

Looks great.
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Hard to believe but it is finally done!! Far from a concourse restoration but one heck of a project. Everything is fresh and functions as it was designed to.

Picking up from the paint shop:



Back at home:





No more rusty body!







Im not real happy with the engine bay but I had to draw the line somewhere!



What a huge learning process dealing with this car but none the less it was a lot of fun for me and my girls.

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Congrats. Considering what you started out with it looks spectacular. I wouldn't be concerned with the whole "concours" thing. If you are happy with the way it turned out that's all that matters.

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She looks absolutely gorgeous to me! That red really pops! Beautiful looking Squarebird! She looks ready to be a candidate for the 2015 Squarebirds Calendar! I am always looking for a good red car for July and Christmas!
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