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Old 11-22-2009, 01:57 AM
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Default Starting on the nasty 81

As I have a week off from work I started the bodywork on my daily driver. My thinking is to get it into a basic Chevy 10 White one panel at a time so it is at least presentable.

Now it is a nasty mess of some kind of pearlescent clear coat that's flaking off of the cum white base coat on top of a ratty silver over the probably stolen blue metallic from the factory.

I started on the hood to get an idea of what I'm up against. It's not pretty but I'll bet it's what every Corvette restorer sees.

I'm stewing on how to attack the thick bits that do stick well. All of the curves!! The flat stuff flakes off easily with a razor blade but of course the curves won't

A pretty crappy pic of what I've got:




I think I'm gonna have to attack the whole thing with an aggressive grit and then work back up from there. I mean, the whole car is this way with loose crap!

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Old 11-22-2009, 03:23 PM
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Quick question,

Is the underside of the bonnet black or body color in 81? Mines a kinda flat black. Is that correct?
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:53 PM
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After the morning, the bonnet in Glasso primer...

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Old 11-22-2009, 09:58 PM
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And early afternoon finds us here:



I'm pleased and encouraged....
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looks good to me.
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The hood looks great. To answer your earlier questions, my 82 hood was a flat black underneath and I used a heat gun to strip the paint - most of the paint came off in sheets beforehand but on the areas that didn't, a little bit of heat soon dislodged it. Dunno if that's an "approved" method tho...
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Is there a SMART way to remove the headlight assemblies for sanding so they go back in and aligned easily?

I see two bolts to be marked on the outside but don't see anything on the inside.

Is there a useful trick?

Went around this morning buying supplies, the chemicals for the Glasurit primer I already have were brutal!!! At the second stop I told the paint guy (Centari) that if I stopped for a beer on the way home I'd have spent more than the car was worth! So of course, I did...

Hit a Dueces Wild Royal Flush so that at least paid for the Mid Temp Reducer
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Things are starting to get serious here. I already see shipwrights disease kicking in.



I think I see a smooth way forward on the headlight covers. There's a 3/4" head shoulder bolt at the front that releases the covers from all the springs and I can see some clamp collars that MAY hold some shafts that can be romoved thusly avoiding disturbing the careful alignment on the hinge joints. I don't want to disturb those three bolts per side clamping the hinges...


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Things are starting to get serious here. I already see shipwrights disease kicking in.



I think I see a smooth way forward on the headlight covers. There's a 3/4" head shoulder bolt at the front that releases the covers from all the springs and I can see some clamp collars that MAY hold some shafts that can be romoved thusly avoiding disturbing the careful alignment on the hinge joints. I don't want to disturb those three bolts per side clamping the hinges...


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I think the book says to undo those three bolts - I did on mine anyway. They should go back in much the same place though, I'm just not looking forward to it with fresh paint on the car!

What's with the toilet roll on the radiator...?
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What's with the toilet roll on the radiator...?
Cuz I'm a pretty Shi**y bodyman?

Actually it's 220 grit adhesive back for the long board or Durablocks
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