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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Backed it out to clean the shop. Only took two days! Not perfect but I can live with it. I have a Corvair coming in tomorrow so the little car will be on the other side of the shop for a while. As soon as I can I am going to instal the engine to make more room in the shop. After that I will start color sanding to prepare for buffing and polishing. It looked so good in the morning sunshine I had to take a picture.
Be back soon, promise.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ah rats! Wrong pictures. Here is todays.

Looks shinier now.

Big day today, got four coats of clear on it. Now color sand and buff and I can start putting it back together. BUT first I will disassemble the spray booth and clean up the area to bring in the next Corvair. Need to build up the building fund.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

No pictures but I have been working on the car fixing paint flaws, trying to find the parts removed four years ago and ordering some supplies needed to install the engine after the clear coat is done.
(this week?) PLEASE!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

First wash and inspection before the second coat of clear.

Monday, September 4, 2017

One step forward, two steps back. Sanding yet again, my favorite thing to do, NOT!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Well, here is something I haven't seen in a good while. My little girl is up on her own four wheels.
I can move her outside and sand some more now.

I finished up the front suspension and steering and started on the back, hope to finish tonight.

Friday, September 1, 2017

I have started installing the front suspension in order to push the car outside for more, what else?. sanding the runs off and scuffing the paint for the second coat of clear. The leaf spring was a real bear to install but I persevered and was successful.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

And so it begins---Yet again! Gee I love sanding. I believe when I am done with the painting, I am going to sell my turbine HVLP system. I am NOT going to paint another car. I will also have my shrinker-stretcher tool for sale. My fabricating days are done also.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hello out there-- anyone? Is anybody reading this still? Is anyone interested in my rottiserie that has been used on this project up until now? It is set up for any derivative of Fiat 500 but could be easily be fitted with adapters for any other micro car. It can be dis assembled even further for transport.

It rained all day yesterday so I wasn't able to do much with the car but today I was able to clear coat the undersides of the hood, engine cover and inside the trunk. Working up the ambition to start wet sanding the car with 600 grit wet or dry paper to get it ready for another coat of clear.

Well the visit to the paint store was interesting. I was told the best way to eliminate the runs is to sand it all down and respray it. Oh goody! More sanding to do. I decided that as long as I was there I would get the buffing compounds I would need after the final sanding.So-o-o  $400.00 later, I was on my way home with clear coat, hardener and two grades of buffing compound. I also went online and found a supplier for the fresh air hoods. My old one was getting hard to see through, seems they should last longer than 20 years GGGG. I am also considering using some nib files on the runs, need to do more research on them.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

After lunch I removed all the masking and put the first coat of clear on the car. I ran out of paint before I was quite finished so tomorrow brings yet another trip to the paint store. I also was able to perfectly install a couple of runs in the clear so I will have to seek help at the paint store. I am sure I will have to scuff the finish before adding another coat of clear. RATS!

This morning I was able to shoot the orange on the car. I had already put the creme brûlée color on the top and rockers.

Yesterday I started masking the car for paint color separation as you can see below.

Friday, August 25, 2017

I got all the plastic film hung on the frame and started on the masking of the car.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

When I finished I moved the car back into the bay. Looks like I will have ample room to spray without dragging hoses over the car(and really pissing me off) GGGGG

While preparing to set up the spray booth frame, I looked up and got all kind of crazy ideas. They passed and I went back to work.

I started assembling the frame once I cleared the bay out. The doors to the car are under dust blankets on their roll around stand in the back.

I continued adding on to the frame unit lit was all assembled.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Some touch up sanding, second wash was followed by a blow dry all accomplished during the peak eclipse period today.

Also got a start on setting up the spray area in the shop.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Rainy days and the need to replace the entry door to the shop set me back a few days but "I'm Baack"! This is the first wash and smoothness test. Only found two or three small places that need a little touch up sanding.
I was also able to sand the steering wheel that I have mounted in a painting fixture that turns while spraying.

Sanding and second wash tomorrow if there is enough sunlight with the eclipse and all.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Here's something new, sanding!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Primer on, primer off.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Rain delay

Sunday, August 6, 2017

And ON