Sunday, June 26, 2011

Wheel Well Painting - U Pol Raptor Liner

I sprayed on the first couple sections of U-Pol Raptor tintable bedliner on my wheel wells today. I am happy with the look and feel of the stuff. It went on very easy. My first step was the driver's fender well, then I did the luggage area and firewall. I decided after the first quart that I don't need to worry about 100% coverage on the first coat, just get the product on. That said, I think I'll put 2 coats on everything and that will take 2 kits to make that happen.

Driver's Side fender well
First Coat on Luggage Compartment

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Car on Rotisserie

It's been awhile since I've updated the blog. I've been posting lots of videos to Youtube since it seems to be a quicker and more descriptive vehicle for showing detail about the restoration. That said, I took a week off work to push the project ahead and was able to bodywork the car from the back of the doors forward. I got the front bumber brackets mounted, I fit the rear decklid, gapped the doors, finished tubbing out the rear wheel wells, finished building my rotisserie and straightend out my torsion bar access holes.

This week I got the car ready to put onto the rotisserie. I did the whole operation by myself with an engine hoist. I was nervous about it, but it could not have gone smoother. I wrapped a chain around the two inspection hole for the steering boxes, through a square tube and put a cross brace at the back of the doors under the convertible stiffner panel that attaches around the back of the striker. The car lifted like a dream and the rotisserie fit like a glove. All the measurements I made for the rotisserie were done with the body on, so they weren't perfect by any means. I was actually surprised when I was only off about 3/8" from front to back. The car swings really heavy at the bottom of the swing and the car clears the fixture by about 1"!!! I couldn't be happier with it.

I'm hoping to get the front wheel wells coated this weekend, but I'm not sure I can get everything prepped and coated... We'll see.

Car on the hoist rolling across the garage

Car on the rotisserie fully rotated