Dateline – 01/18/2014 – Even though I haven’t posted in a while, I have been doing little things on the car, most of which are around the center console. As you can see from my post “Art to Part,” I’ve figured out a good processes for getting that carbon fiber look. So over the last month, I’ve been working on getting the center console ready for carbon fiber. Two weeks ago I applied the carbon fiber and laid the surface up with epoxy. This weekend I started wet sanding to get it to the point of being able to apply the lacquer. I’ve still got more sanding to do, which I expect to finish this week.
On Saturday I started back with body work, trying to get ready to have the car painted. All the rough work is done. Now I have to focus on the details. In the back, I needed re-tap all the bold captured nuts that hold the bottom fender valences on. I also needed to drill out bolt holes that I had covered in the body filler process, including the holes for the tail lights, side makers, backup lights, bumpers and rear valences. This is fiddly work because you have to determine where to drill, etc. But it all worked out fine. I also have a bit more rust control to do around where the valences mount on the body, so I sanded the areas down so that they are ready for an application of rust inhibiter. I’ve also decided to paint the insides of the valences with undercoating, which I have on order from Eastwood.
Finally, I spent some time sanding and finishing. The truck lid had not been sanded and filled yet, so I spent quite a bit of time sanding the old finish, spot filling holes and low spots and priming the surface. It still needs to be sanded down again, but It’s looking pretty good now:
To end the day, I spent a couple of hours sanding the roof of the car and finish sanding round the doors. On the driver’s side. Last year I had sanded all the areas around the passenger side, so now I just need to get the driver’s done.
So, what’s left on the body?
- Pull the front fenders off one more time and undercoat and seal any areas that may need it.
- A little bit of filler work on the front chin piece
- Refitting all the doors, fenders, boot lid and hood
- Interior sound proofing
- Engine bay degreasing and cleanup
- Taking it to the paint shop!