More grinding and sanding today. Found a dozen small spots of rust-through on the lower drivers side quarter, before the wheel well. A patch panel is sold that covers this, and the front of the wheel well arch that is about 1.5″ of body filler. Ugh.
So, since being trailered home and dropped off, the car has sat in the driveway, blocking the full loop we have. I had been meaning to push it to the space in front of the garage, but hadn’t gotten around to doing so. Today, I did. And I am paying for it. My legs and back are killing me.
I did some other work, too. I removed the rear bumper and brackets. Loosed to the gravel pan and tossed it, because at some point the car had been rear-ended and the bumper brackets pushed into the gravel pan and the drivers side quarter, under the tail light. Made the tail lights disappear too, while I was at it. Ground out what I hope is the last few pools of body filler around the rear of the lower passenger quarter, under the drivers side tail light, and some on the tail pan. Also got the paint on the entire bottom edge of the tail pan removed to get a look at the rust damage. Totally fixable! Found something strange in the rear leaf spring perches, too. See photos below.
Some more work on the body. Lots of body filler removed, did some sanding with 60 grit sponges. I even got the deck lid completed cleaned and sanded and hit it with a quick coat of primer. Also removed the remaining trim from the front of the quarter panel to the rear and around the window. While doing thing, I noticed that the passenger quarter window doesn’t track correctly, and will need to be adjusted/fixed.
So, I did some more work on removing the existing topcoat, primer and some of the body filler spots I found. Good news, everybody! They weren’t hiding anything sinister, at least so far (drivers side.) Hint: I need to buy an angle grinder, battery powered drills wear down fast with paint+rust removing discs. Also took a couple longer looks underneath the car, and things are better there than my first glance told me as well. Most of what I had assumed to be corrosion is actually just old undercoating flaking/peeling off. Yay! Got the rear upper stainless trim (around the B pillar/body line) removed and got a good look at the corrosion going on under there. Removed the rear quarter stone guard and gas filler stainless flashing as well. Productive.
Paint strippers, dirty minded reader. Brought home a can of aerosol CitruStrip and a couple of 3M paint+rust removing discs. Below are the results of 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon. First issue? Bondo. On the rear passenger quarter panel. Oh Noes! After some investigation (peering through the trunk and under the car at the quarter panel where the Bondo surfaced,) I’m happy to report the damage is minimal. It’s still been added to my plan as something to properly (welding in patch panels and replacement panels where necessary.) Luckily enough, the drivers side seems to be relatively Bondo-free.
So, I did it. I bought a 1951 Chevrolet Bel-Air 2 door hardtop. It’s a little rough. It needs some massaging, some love (and a bit of rust eradication.) But here it is in all its glory.
Trials and tribulations. After much research, testing, re-testing, wiring, soldering, taking apart, and putting back together it’s all working. Below is a small gallery of pictures of the process (where I could take them.)
After deciding to get back into the CNC game, last week I purchased a Sieg SX2 benchtop mill through http://www.littlemachineshop.com. It has some major upgrades over the previous mill I owned, a Harbor Freight-branded Sieg X2 (aka HF44991), namely the solid mounted column, larger table, larger working envelope, and gear-less belt drive. Today it arrived!
So I bought a Seiko 5 automatic mechanical watch. Got a good deal on, and I’ve always wanted a mechanical watch. My intention from the start was to mod the watch, after seeing all sorts of action around these watches on various watch forums. After some minor delays in getting parts from Hong Kong, I’ve finally finished the relatively simple mods, and they are presented below. Stock watch on the left, modified on the right…