January - These things take time and I know that you cant rush a good job, but will the jalopy ever escape from the paint shop and come on back home. I wait in eager anticipation.
This month would turn out to be the busiest, hardest, and in some cases the most frustrating time the jalopy and I had spent together since I brought her home.
Hopefully this week the body shop guys should finish the realignment and body work on the Jalopy. I am hopeful that the old gal will go to the paint shop this weekend and will be reassembled next week. With any hope and a little luck I might get her back the following weekend. Now I have the road ahead for building the bed and all that will be entailed with that little undertaking. Although I am excited about the thought of being finished, the ordeal seems mighty huge at the moment.
We have worked the cowl, fenders and by now the hood should be completed. I was amazed at the amount of dings, dents and other imperfections all over this truck. There was bondo almost everywhere on top of the metal. There still is because the areas where I sanded, I was only trying to take out the dents without taking everything off down to bare metal (to save myself some money). The paint had runs and blemishes everywhere…it was unbelievable. Just by block-sanding we were able to make remarkable headway and make the finish look so much nicer. It will look 100% better when painted.
I’m ready for this phase to be finished so I can get the old gal back into my own garage
At this angle you can see where the “bend” in the metal was. Both sides of the hood had received the same impact. At least they were the same! You can also see the inner fender with about a ton of Bondo. Fortunately most of this was sanded off but it does give you an appreciation of the amount of work that goes into a restoration. I think one ton of Bondo was used and only about 16 ounces were left on the finished truck. The rest was sanded off and is lying on the floor and in my lungs (yes I wore a breathing mask).
OMG, I think they are actually going to prime it! Either that or they have a rotten sense of color…or is that their attempt at humor. I don’t think the colors really go together! (just kidding)
Ghost rider in the sky. Hey, who the heck is choosing the color schemes? Wow, I can feel the end coming.
Butterscotch pudding anyone?
I’ve got to do what? Scotch pad the whole thing? AGAIN?
Footnote: The recipe to obtain this beautiful color included the following colors in differing amounts. Green, blue, yellow LF, black, yellow LF (again), STR White, clear and reducer. I was able to watch Steve (the alien) mix the paint. Who would have thunk you could mix all of that and come up with such a stunningly beautiful green.