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  • #253955

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    That’s pretty much it.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253956

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    The car keeps getting smaller.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253957

    royal
    Participant

    @royal

    So Bill, I assume that you are shooting to finish by Carlisle.  Are you going to put on those wire wheels that you teased me with?

    From a previous post of yours:
    “I’ve been holding this photo back. This is from my initial build in 1989.
    I still have these wheels in my basement waiting for the alteration of
    my car’s “patina”.

    How will we recognize you at the show grounds?  No signature patina.  Wire wheels.  Oh I know, – you’ll be the guy with those winning Autocross times.  
    #253958

    newkitman
    Participant

    @newkitman

    Nope! He’ll be the guy with the driver’s door open on the right hand turns! LOL

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

    #253959

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    I doubt I can afford to replace the 20 year old tires this year, Roy. And I’m sure I’ll be able to keep the doors closed.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253960

    billnparts
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    @billnparts


    Dissassembly is complete. I started the fiberglass work this afternoon. In my haste to get this on the road in 1989 I chose not to glass the upper and lower tubs together. This is finally going to get done. I wonder if it will make a difference?

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253961

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Bill, maybe it’ll stiffen the body a little and the doors will stay closed!

    I’m just sayin’ Thumbs Up

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

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    #253962

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Couldn’t hurt.

    Wait…did you say you are rolling on tires that were new during the Clinton administration? Cause I know you know that ain’t good.

    #253963

    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    I HAVE tires, I’m not using tires that old

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253964

    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    The weather is not cooperating. Cold and damp. We have managed to do some of the initial fiberglass repair. The form for the new flanges and the first layer of the body sealing are underway.

    A few more layers of glass and we can start coloring.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253965

    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Not pleased with the way the new fiberglass flanges were turning out, so tonight I cut them all out. Need to rethink the method of obtaining a sharp corner. All I was getting was a rounded edge.
    We may be at Carlisle as a super light.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253966

    royal
    Participant

    @royal

    Bill, I assume that you are talking about an outside edge?  You should be able to build it up a git too big, and then grind or sand it down to quite a sharp edge.  

    #253967

    gkesseru
    Participant

    @gkesseru

    Glass does not like to bend sharp corners. Get a good structure with an almost sharp edge, then use some fiberglass body putty, the kind with very finely chopped glass. Or else make up your own using polyester mixed with microbeads or wood flour. For a strong outside corner, the fine chopped glass putty works best. You can also cut your own fiberglass into very small bits and mix with polyester and build up the edge that way.

    #253968

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    I’ve decided to use a plastic outside corner bead used in finishing drywall as my starting flange. It’s extremely flexible and should give me the smart corner I was looking for. Once covered in fiberglass it should supply enough support as a bolted flange.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253969

    gkesseru
    Participant

    @gkesseru

    Great idea! I think I’ll use that one for some of my fiberglass surgery.

    #253970

    edsnova
    Participant

    @edsnova

    I was going to suggest a bit of aluminum flashing. I think that corner piece might be better yet.

    #253971

    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Running Boards aren’t finished yet, but the main tub has been repaired. Wheels back on and off the stands. Pushed it out to wash it off and begin the finish sanding in prep for paint. Supposed to be a nice weekend so hopefully we can start with some color.

    Boy, this thing is small without the wings. I’m thinking of mounting the engine management components and taking it for a ride stripped down. Might be fun.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253972

    royal
    Participant

    @royal

    Bill, are you going to shoot the patina cover yourself?  

    #253973

    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Going to use a marine product and brush it on. Sounds bizarre, but going to see how it works out. If it’s horrible, I can sand down whats on it and spray a topcoat. I have no paint booth facilities.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253974

    royal
    Participant

    @royal

    I used to live on an island in Florida where there were more boats than people and cars combined.  I have seen this done and the results were incredible.  On a boat, they often used very short nap roller but with all the swoops and angles we have on our TDs I expect that a brush would be better.  My son painted his Boston Whaler a few years ago with a brush and I thought it had been sprayed.  A very nice finish can be had this way, but the usual “prep, prep, and more prep” apply.  I think that this stuff goes on very very thin, – like water, as I recall.  And if you follow the directions carefully, has super leveling characteristics.  I will be interested to see how it turns out.  Good luck.  (Spray when there are no flies or mosquitoes.)  It’s be good if you had someone who had used this stuff recently since it was undergoing leap and bound improvements almost weekly about 12 years ago.  I seem to remember a DIY show on “Ship Shape” a few years ago that may be available on line.  Good luck.  

    #253975

    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Sunshine and blue skies…Had to do it…

    Took it down the road to my son’s garage then came back and started sanding everything. If the planets are in proper alignment it may see paint tomorrow.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253976

    Anonymous

     there is info on painting with a roller at moparts.org and $50 paint job. Both say to thin the paint to water like/ milk. Also use a small profsssional roller.when weather clears i also am going to give it a try.

    #253977

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Someone on this board did it a while back. As I recall it came out awesome.

    Bill, that pic of you rolling with no doors or fenders is a calendar shot. Looks like you’re on a mutant lawn tractor, which is totally cool.

    #253978

    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    First coat is on. Like any paint job, the first coat looks like crap. The redeeming factor is that it shines.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253979

    edsnova
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Way to go, Bill!

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