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Old 04-15-2023, 10:24 PM
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2 weeks ago today, we woke up to 10" of wet, heavy snow and hundreds of limbs and branches down in the area from the overnight freezing rain and blizzard condition winds. We, also, went without electric power for 20 hours, as crews had many lines down around the entire greater metro Twin City area. I have a generator that we ran for most of that time and had no discomfort from the cold or loss of food in the fridge and we could flush the toilet and shower, since we are on a private well here.
Last week....we were in the mid 70's to mid 80's !!! Absolutely unreal and ALL the new snow and the 8" still there from the winter was gone in 5 days.
SO, I got busy sanding all the previous primer down to remove texture and got the car ready for an over-all shoot. I've painted a number of individual panels in the past, but nothing this big at one time. It was quite challenging and the paint is a 40 footer, but it's all protected and one color.














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Back in February, I sent both doors and the trunk lid to Restoration Specialists in Franklin, WI for chemical stripping and EDP dipping. I picked it all up last week and to say I was shocked and depressed is an understatement. I can't believe this right door looked like this under the paint. I didn't notice this on the inside while removing all the glass runs either...how the heck did I miss this ???

I knew the left door has a crease issue from seeing the tell tale fingers of bondo inside the door near the lock, but it, too, is much worse than suspected.

Does a pair of straight, no rust issue, '67 doors even exist anywhere ?

Pics are on my phone and no way to retrieve them, other than to send to my wife's phone and she emails them to my desktop. I don't have email activated on my phone.
Right door "dent"...

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Old 05-05-2023, 09:21 PM
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Well that is unfortunate. Does it also have rust damage?
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No, both doors and lid have NO rust, just a lot of damage and old grinding gouges.
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Old 11-14-2023, 10:15 PM
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Been a long since an update. I did metal work both of the doors back to something acceptable and then layed on the filler. With the help of my body guy, they are quite decent. I should take some pics...
I didn't have time to work on this for the past several months and only recently started giving it some attention. The trunk has been done except for caulk for a long time and I, finally, did that Sunday and painted it today. I REALLY don't like painting black. It's so difficult to see coverage and stripping and in the trunk was especially bad. I knew I had to do something to get the overspray out quickly to see what I was doing, so rigged up my air cleaner to the window.




I sealed off the other openings in the body so it would draw air thru the trunk and it worked great. I sprayed 24 oz of paint in there and this is the mask I wore. No black paint to speak of on it.





I used my little 9 oz touch up gun and with the hose attached was still too tall to really work easily in there. I need to find a 90 degree adapter for the end of the gun to turn the filter/regulator 90 degrees.





Paint is only about 15 minutes old, so still rather shiny. It dulls down to a very nice semi gloss when cured.











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Great job Mitch your so close now! wished you lived closer lol
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Still plugging along, slowly. I've never been happy about the large gap between the trunk lid and tail panel on these cars, so took a length of 1/8" wire and welded it across the lip.






Inside...



Initial knockdown with grinder...



Then hand filed to shape and test fitting on car.



Cut the ends and welded the rest up, ground and hand filed again after this.

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Then it was time to get the inner structure of the doors and trunk lid scuffed, caulked and primed with epoxy.









Little bit of filler work needed on the lip extension, but not bad.



2.5 hours later and 2 coats, they are ready to sit under the baking heater and cure. I let the first coat gas out for over an hour, as my shop is only 65 degrees and the paint layed out nicely.



This is my drying system. I line them up right under the indirect heater and leave them alone for 2-3 days. Later this week, they will get jammed with COLOR !!

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Looks great!!
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