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Imported this totally beat to hell Bluebird Coupe from South Africa couple years ago.

 

This was going to be my keeper, but decided just to build it and off it. 

 

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Rough pics

 

Getting new doors swapped

 

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Possible wheels for this one

 

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Cut the package tray out it was in bad shape

 

 

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Welded in a clean one from a sedan 

 

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Making sure shit lines up

 

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Engine bay a success 

 

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mm... fresh paint. Looking forward to seeing the progress on this one!

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Was it on rally suspension or just slammed in the rear and engineless up front?

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everything you touch turnes to gold 

looking good 

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Fenders and doors yo

 

Modding 68-69 fenders into Bluebird fenders, oh my

 

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looks like alot of filler, but just a skim coat to make the complete panel nicely flat. some shops use many coats of primer to achieve the same thing. 

 

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You can see through some of the filler work, paper thin

 

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15 = 150 the next grit that i will be sanding this door with. With 6 different doors in different stages it's hard to keep track

 

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Fenders

 

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Strip that sucker

 

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I have 15 left fenders and 2 rights wtf

 

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I've saved this og Bluebird fender for a templet 

 

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Had some rust at the bottom, cut it out, blasted it and some hard to sand edges. 

 

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good time to roll the fender lip

 

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Did i mention the smell of filler makes me lose my mind

 

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Goal is to have her painted by Christmas 

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We needed up using Chris AKA Metal man floor pans. The easiest panes we have ever used.

 

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Seam sealer love this stuff and got an air seamsealer gun WOW

 

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And Zero rust

 

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Looks good!

 

I thought the smell of anything made you lose your mind?

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Wow

 

 

Absolutely :cool: 

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My Christmas present to myself is spraying paint on this car by the end of the year.

 

Fenders check

 

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Next panel, one panel a week or bust.

 

Decided to do a step by step on this one

 

Start with chemical stripping truck lid to bare metal, then sand with 80gt on DA sanded

 

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This lid had a smashed lock hole, so i use a hammer and socket extension and tapped from the inside out.

 

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grab a small dolly and roughing hammer

 

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Can barely see the dolly on  the hole

 

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This lid had minimal to no rust but had waves in the sheetmetal from end to end

 

So i took a air grinder at low rpm's and slowly grind the surfaces to make rough not trying to remove metal just enough to rough surface.

if you run it at a fast rpm it will remove metal and not necessarily make metal rough

 

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You should feel the metal to b rough

 

to make your grinder disc sharper cut it with an old pair of metal cutter, do not cut it round and only cut enough off to make new exposed area fresh

 

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Float out complete area with filler

 

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I sand my filler green with a long board and 36 grit like grading cheese. use a wire brush to clean ur paper

 

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I had a few low spots so a very thin of filler and hit it with 36 for a second then run 80 grit long board

 

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light hit with 120 grit ready for primer

 

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repeat

 

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ready for primer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Making it look easy!

 

I spent weeks trying to do a trunk lid... 

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trunk lids are the most complicated sheetmetal on a 510

 

Especially when you get it all ready for primer... and you drop it and fold the corner.  :sneaky:

 

 

Good to know though.. It was the first panel I've ever worked.. and it was tough!

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Nice work....

I applaud any one doing body work.... its been the thorn in my side on my 521.... too broke and stubborn to pay some one...

And too ocd to know when to stop messing with it...

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