Painting the Roadster

Well I finally reached the point on the ’29 Ford Roadster where I originally thought I would begin – Just sanding and slinging the spray gun. Of course there is an order to the process. I always think that the smaller the area painted, the less effort any mistakes will take to correct. The first thing I did was make sure the underneath of all the panels and the wheelhouses were covered with paint and protected. I did this with the urethane paint that went on the bottom and inside the body. The next step for me was painting the […] Read more »

A Quick Update – 1928 Model A Coupe

It’s Thursday today and last Monday I picked up the coupe from the chemical dipper. Unfortunately they were unable to give the car body an acid bath they had to sandblast instead. There is still wood bracing that the owner would like undisturbed and the chemicals would make the wood the consistency of wet cardboard I was told by the owners of the stripping business – Redi Strip here in Indianapolis. The doors were dipped though, and at this writing I am waiting on them to finish stipping the cowl section. I have however, epoxy coated (e-coated) the underneath side of […] Read more »

The Guide Coat

The right quarter panel took quite a bit more work than the left did. After block sanding, priming, and guide coating, the final sanding to make sure there are no sand scratches or waves in the panel is ready to begin. I’ve chosen to wet sand simply because I think it makes for a cleaner workspace but dry sanding works as well. I’m starting wih 320 grit and moving on to 400 on my way to 600. The second picture on the left shows the panel after the first rinsing. The second down on the right shows what’s left after the second sanding and […] Read more »

The Body Work – Continued

Body filler is designed to bond to bare, clean metal. I always feel more comfortable if the metal is scratched a bit;  at least as aggressive as 80 grit. Spreading filler is not an exact science so I’ve put masking tape along the body moulding and the body panel seem so filler does not get into the creases and crevices. The masking tape was peeled before the filler hardened. To get a flat straight finish typically will require the use of a sanding block however, we live in the real world where machines are wonderful for saving time. I use […] Read more »

1928 Model A Coupe

This is a Model A Special Coupe – or I’ve heard it called a business coupe. If you will notice, the right rear quarter panel is quite rusty. Actually the left quarter panel is too as well as the trunk floor and rear sub-frame rails. I was hired to replace the frame rails, floor pans, wheel houses, and rear body panels. After I’m done welding, it will go to the stripper and come back to me for the bodywork. Working on a Model A is almost like working on a toy car except for using a mig welder instead of glue. The first step […] Read more »