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  • #302688

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Man, some people are never satisfied! I actually like the idea of a spare tire cover, Jack, but I think on a wire wheel the tire would be the only thing covered.

    There is no reasonable way to make a luggage rack work with the wire wheel; the spinner sticks out too far. Only thing I could see happening would be one of those fold-down “low shelf” dealies, with the ladder bars spaced to miss the spinner. This would work on a BCW in general, but would play havoc with your ability to tinker. A quick-release system would be the only way.

    Now for your edification: the thrilling conclusion of Project Spare Wheel Carrier (AKA Project Waste A Perfectly Fine Day Off).

    Spoiler:

    #302690

    happyjack
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    @happyjack

    WOW!!

    Lookin’ GREAT.  Thanks for the step-by-step pictures on your BLOG — they do a great job in walking a viewer through the project.

    …and I agree, just cover the tire and let the rest of the beauty of the wire wheel and knock-off can shine through.  And I guess we really don’t need a luggage rack, unless you can design one and cobble together a prototype — now that you are just about finished with your spare tire holder project (just needs paint, eh?)

    Happy Jack

    #302968

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Long-time no-post, fellas. Been busy at work & stuff. Today it was mid-50s so I got back after my fenders.

    They’re starting to shape-up OK, I think.

     

     

    #303058

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    More progress on Bridget‘s body work.

     

    #303059

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    Always good to see progress. Coming along nicely.👍

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 2.3, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #303113

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    #303296

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Well today we have an unexpected milestone.

    Yeah, that is paint on my newly-stretched left front fender. But it’s a little misleading…

    It’s kind of a “sacrificial” color coat so I can see how mucked-up my smackem putty job is. They say you never see the flaws until you put a shine to it anyway, so…Duplicolor rattle-can, baby!

    But…NOT BAD!

    This is actually way better than I thought it would be, given that it’s not yet been wet-sanded at all. Just dry-blocked with one of them fancy new sanding “sponges.” I think I like those!

    So now we’re down to the wet block-sanding part, with the high number sand papers. This fender will probably just get paint next. The others will be primed again before the final color shot.

    Man, I can’t wait to get all that dust and crap sucked out of the lift bay.

     

    #303298

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Really looks great Ed. That fender just need a good coat of wax and tada!

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #303299

    sabreur76
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    @sabreur76

    Ed, you are a wizard!

    Vicenç - (bee sense)
    Pembroke Pines, FL
    1983 FiberFab MiGi II - "Montse"

    #303314

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Went to put on the front wheels tonight to get Bridget back to rolling status. Whoops.

    Ratza-fratza…

    Here’s an interesting observation I hope Roy (he of the vast wire wheel experience) will clear up:

    The left (driver’s) side wire wheel hub spins on clockwise (i.e. normal threads). But the bearing keepers on that side spin on counter-clockwise. Hmmm.

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 4 weeks ago by  edsnova.
    #303316

    royal
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    @royal

    Ed, you’re thinking too much.   (I think 😐 )

    #303317

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Or not enough!

    Hey does anyone have one of these bearing adjuster pinch bolts you could mail me? I’d buy two new nuts but the shipping from Cip1 will kill me and I don’t have a long enough shopping list to get to free shipping….

    #303320

    schu
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    @schu

    Ed

    I will take a look in my VW coffee can- I might – which side do you need?

    Turning right to tighten or turning left to tighten?

    #303321

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Shu. If you can’t find any let me know. I have two new ones (one of each) in my parts bin. Left over from a Beetle I did a few years before getting the TDr. I’ll mail them up to you Ed if Shu doesn’t find his. I don’t foresee using them.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #303322

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Thanks, guys. It’s the driver’s side. (counter-clockwise to tighten). But I only need the pinch bolt. The split nut seems to be undamaged.

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  edsnova.
    #303324

    schu
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    @schu

    Ed

    Sorry  – assumed it snapped off in the nut when it broke.

    Will take a look – if I can one it’s yours.

    #303358

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Thanks, Dale. As per the photo, the bolt did snap off in the nut. But it’s sticking out the other side such that I am confident I can turn it through with a needle-nose vicegrip or similar. The thing lives its life buried in grease after all.

    #303362

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Put on the back wheels tonight. Little red Locktite where the through bolts I’m using as wheels studs go through the drum. Little blue Locktite on the lug nuts holding on the knock-off adaptor. Tops of the fenders cover the tires now.

    #303369

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    OK, Allen, Schu had the same deal I did: extra spindles but no extra axle nuts. Looks like you’re up. I PM’d you my address. And thanks!

     

    #303370

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Cool beans. Commin at you Monday AM. I sent a reply to your PM.

    Allen

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  newkitman.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #303372

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Thanks a lot, man. Let me know when I can step up and help you.

    #303379

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Project Fender-Stretch continues apace.

    I will say that daylight casts unflattering aspersions on my bodywork so far. But I’m not beaten!

    #303380

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    Ed. Curious. Are you applying Duplicolor as a primer coat and color coat? And what is adhesion promoter and where do you get it? I ask because I have some areas that will need touch-up; front portion of fender in front of grille, passenger door and entire splash pan. Cutting to fit and adjusting takes its toll on a paint job, even on Gelcoat. Reminds me of being in Strategic Air Command (SAC) when we said, “hammer it to fit and paint it to match.”   😆

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #303382

    royal
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    @royal

    Ed, Don’t know if you are having any trouble but, a year ago when painting a fender, I had trouble getting a consistent spray out of the Duplicolor can.  So, I decanted the spray cans into a small plastic (not foam) container using a drinking straw, let it sit for about 15 minutes and used the paint in my detail gun.  Worked a treat.  Now, somewhat expectedly, the fender looks better than the rest of the car.  I did apply several coats of primer, about 10 coats of color, and about 5 coats of clear.  All with lots of light wet sanding between each.

    #303383

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Allen: It’s all dupicolor stuff I bought at Advance Auto. The touch-up spray is an excellent match for this Ford Toreador Red. I also have some red scratch-filler primer.

    The “adhesion promoter” is just that. On the rack with the rest of the paint. It’s mainly for painting vinyl or plastic trim pieces, chrome, aluminum, etc. You prep the part by sanding off the coating and cleaning it with acetone or similar. Then spray the adhesion promoter (which is clear), then the color within 10 minutes of that.

    Roy: you’re right.

    Most of my problem so far is lack of light and patience, compounded by lack of paint. I’ll be visiting my parts store for more primer, some 320 grit, more 400, some 600. I think I have 800, 1000, 1500 and 2000 in the shop but I’ll ckeck.

    Maybe a new tack rag too while I’m at it.

    And more color. These come in small cans and I bought them out already–3 cans. That ain’t gonna get this.

    Pr maybe I’ll just bite the bullet and try real paint. I do have the sprayers now—just don’t know if they work.

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 3 weeks ago by  edsnova.
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