I like this action shot. I am also not dumb (though the image suggest otherwise) and do realize I am a prime example of what not to do. My glove (yes, one glove) is see-through and beyond wasted. My hood is on the ground behind me. I am in shorts. My baldness is showing. I look as though I am trying to take a dump. But I got my sleeves on!!! hahaha.
I currently sit in my new domicile in the fine town of Bartlesville, OK. Things are maybe a bit fatter and more country here, but the food is better and people are friendlier. Before I vacated Lincoln for the final bit of moving, I had one debt (or trade off) to do for a buddy, Lepa. He is a fellow 240 owner and, like many a 240 owner, his car had a bit-o-de-cancer behind the right wheel and on the left rocker panel. Originally, the plan was to black out the areas just below any repairs but things can take on their own plans sometimes. After a reconsider, we decided a two-tone was the best option along with painting the roof, deck lid, and wing.
This is where things get a bit crazier. While we are discussing the plan for Lepa’s car, I open my, now due to living in restaurant heaven, fat mouth and say, “We should shoot Deschane’s car too since everything will be ready for it.” N-n-none…you know like dun, dun, dunnnn, in the movies. Anyway, it is Friday which gives those two all weekend to semi-smooth out Deschane’s 240; seeing a pattern with my friends and 240s? The plan is to paint Lepa’s on Tuesday and Deschane’s on Wednesday.
It all goes excellent by my garage paint standards: poor light & ventilation, air compressor that hates life, and dirt by the bucket full. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to photoshoot prior to my leaving but we should all be at the October 6th KCDrift event in Topeka, KS so photoshoot then. Now that I have that in print, Lepa and Deschane must have both of their 240’s there. wink wink wink.
Pictures of the 2 day madness:
^One rusty spot
^Two rusty spots! ha ha haaaa
^Washed all the dirt out of the rear quarter. It was half an inch deep!
^A perfect m…patch!
^Rocker patch all formed up by my two little hands. Lots of action shots thanks to Lepa running my camera while I worked.
^Rocker flayed open. For those wondering the reason, this rusts out (most times) due to the drainage from the sunroof. It drains into the rocker just behind the right most cut, there is a little drain hole in the metal that once plugged allows the water to sit. So keep the hole open and you will eliminate one rust causing agent.
^Minty relegated to the front yard. 🙁
^ The silver splatter is weld through primer which is on the backside of the patch and inside to help inhibit rust. It is a zinc based primer which most cars have under there factory paint as it gives itself up prior to steel.
^Rocker patched-in just like factory. Both patches were fully welded prior to filler.
^Greg, master of the DA! haha. Honestly if you are good enough with a DA, you can smooth out panels and bondo in record time.
^Last shot before we ended for the night. Uber long day.
^Start of day 2, Lepa’s car. Primed and getting ready to…
^Sand. Look at that stance, the poise, the determination, the…gut! hahaha
^Sanded and ready to rock. Garage paint 101: cheap sheet plastic from big box store works awesome to cover the walls and your stuff. Screen door has a filter on it and fans pulling air outside for my exhaust vent.
^Paint and clear down. Drying time.
^Deschane’s whip sanded and ready to swap.
^Minty looking fresh as always. This is its new stance more on that later.
^Razor blades, a painter’s best friend.
^The only picture with all 3 cars so I had to include it.
^Lepa’s “black” paint actually has a red/gold flake/pearl.
^Deschane’s car finished and drying. This car is the ultimate missile car. All things are done good enough to keep it going sideways. This is also his main mode of transport so the turbo and downpipe are actually mock up units. Turbo is gutted. I can’t wait for this thing to be turbo and on coils. Must get ride along.
^Deschane in background. I really think the two-tone roof turned out good. The cut line is clean and the clear isn’t over thick there like some cars. I gave Lepa the 3/4 inch black tape to go around the lower body line to finish the paint job. Also need to see this car beat on…too much sitting. It is fully sus’ed aside from lower control arms. It has a high compression KA that should rock once it has an aluminum driveshaft
^Deschane’s in the sun. As you can see even though our body work was not very high quality, it turned out awesome! Such a huge improvement.
^It is a sharp color in the sunlight. You can see just how straight the body really is in this shot.
Until next time.