Monday, October 23, 2017

Hooray!! All the hand color sanding is done, finally! Next is buffing and polishing then I can start re assembly.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I hate to keep beating a dead horse by posting what seems like the same picture every time but I have been busy much of this week color sanding by hand. Great fun! I really love sanding. I only have the rest of this side to do, the front and the entire other side. My new sanding block and a fresh supply of 1000 grit wet or dry paper came in todays mail, so onward and upward.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

All natural wet sanding---in the rain. Sucks!



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Still at it, the wet color sanding commenced today. All the cream color except the rocker panels is done. I'm taking it an area at a time as I get time off from Corvair work.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Okay, now for todays project. Since the car had to be moved over to the other side of the shop to allow a customer car in the working bay, I was concerned that the car would get scratched, dusty or some other nastiness so I decided that I needed to custom fit a car cover to the little car to protect it until I can get back to color sanding and buffing it. I think it turned out pretty good.

Upon final fitting and trimming they were bead blasted preparatory to painting.

 

They were then installed on the engine. You can see how they fit below.

Although This is all posted today, it actually took place over a weeks time. I had been searching for a needed part for my heating system on the Bianchina with absolutely no luck. About two weeks ago in the middle of the night I had a sudden flash of inspiration on how to fabricate this part. The following is a step by step photo record of what I did. The part I needed is a two piece elbow that connects the motor cooling shroud to the heat exchanger on the front exhaust pipe. I am told that this is only on cold climate cars and apparently very few were made thus the scarcity of this part. I went online and found a 3 inch ID copper elbow and a 6 x 12 inch sheet of copper as shown below.


The elbow was cut in half and sanded flat on a large disc sander, the sheet was cut on my bandsaw. I then silver soldered the half elbows to the copper sheet. When cool they were roughly trimmed to size.