1973 Chevelle project- Rolling California Style-no penetrol!

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1973 Chevelle project- Rolling California Style-no penetrol!

Post by 74 Elco on December 26th 2012, 10:03 pm

Hi folks, Ive been working on my 73 chevelle lately. unfortunately i've lost my job so I'm painting this car just to sell it, but i'll be happy to get one more roller job under my belt. I'm doing the front end pieces first, because I have plenty of rust to fix around the rear window channels and rear quarter glass area on the quarter panels.

Im trying to put up a few videos as I go. Heres my first one:

http://youtu.be/W2qtexeLhus

If you want to see the car before, heres a unrelated video i made for another forum: http://youtu.be/0LPf0FIgiM4

I started using rustoleum primer surfacer on one of the fenders and on the whole hood, so I'll have to see what i think when its all said and done. i'm hoping to not get the waves you see on older car paint jobs sometimes.

Since i live in california, where they seem to ban everything Im interested in- you can't get penetrol here. I was looking at home depot and saw what i decided to go with- linseed oil and japan drier. In that first video you can see how it laid down, although i did do an 800 wetsanding job prior to those being painted on that video.

Ill try to get this car done in a few weeks, at least the paint portion of it. So wish me luck!

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Post by rmdhokie on December 26th 2012, 10:32 pm

Watched your video. Great job. You're on your way to a very nice paint job.

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Post by dean_af on December 28th 2012, 2:36 pm

Is that a bra in the http://youtu.be/0LPf0FIgiM4 video?

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on January 4th 2013, 4:18 pm

That car will look good in that red. What style grill does it have?

My friend's brother had one like that with a factory 400. It even had the little "400" badges. Another friend had an SS 454 which might've been a 4 speed if I remember correctly. The later Lagunas are my favorite.

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Post by 74 Elco on January 4th 2013, 9:48 pm

Sorry I've haven't updated my one post sooner, but I have been hard at work on it.

Yes that is a bra,, that's the price you pay when the washer and dryer have to be in the garage bath

Im thinking this big boat will look good in this color red, especially if I can do a good job polishing it at the end.

Here's a few videos I've made trying to do my part to show the world how to do this stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnGte1TIZu0 part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR9SftUKSqk part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocLIXbqxs_8 part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVB5txzdrMI part 3.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7kpR7voZl0 part 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAPR-mKGnoI part 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtcQeF8Ya-w part 6

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMRZ2LVpLEc part 7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8FKYYvzMQw part 8

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Post by 74 Elco on January 6th 2013, 1:32 am




heres some recent progress on the door:

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on January 6th 2013, 1:39 am

That looks pretty good. Is that just one coat?

Also, IIRC, orange peal seems to occur worse on vertical surfaces, than on horizontal ones.

I stopped using penatrol after I noticed it tinging my white paint. From what I've heard, that Japan dryer has a good effect.

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Post by 74 Elco on January 10th 2013, 5:49 pm

no I forgot which number that coat was I think around 4 or 5. Ive been noticing the orange peel can be sanded with 1000 and 1500 almost no matter how severe it is.

Here's a bunch of pictures i just took for another forum, but it shows all the little welding projects i have ahead of me. Wish me luck!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbOshyp4UL8&feature=youtu.be

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Post by dean_af on January 11th 2013, 12:02 pm

The red looks good.

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Post by 74 Elco on May 23rd 2013, 1:21 am

Well had a death in the family that sent this project a little off track. I'm back on it and got the firewall and front frame area primered with rustoleum smooth surface metal primer, and painted with my favorite spray paint right now- rustoleum satin black (# 7777 on can). I've sand blasted every part off the front end and primered and painted it. I've put in polyurethane control arm bushings and moog ball joints. Here's a few pics. I've since installed the suspension, and if you've never tried installing springs/control arms on a chassis with no engine or weight on the front.. its fun. My next thing on the radar is to do some quick floor board hole repair welding jobs. Here's some pics of my work on this car lately:















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Post by SilentCool on June 6th 2013, 10:01 pm

This is a huge project...I'm liking the progress.

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Post by 74 Elco on June 17th 2013, 1:14 am

well I don't have paint in my hands yet, but I'm moving forward on this project.  I'm tackling this front floor board that's rotted out.  I put the foil there a few years ago when I replaced the carpet, I didn't want the heat from the exhaust to melt it.



So I got to pulling the carpet back and saw the whole picture.




I went at it with a body saw and at first I stopped here:



Then my guilt got the best of me and I knew I should drill out the spot welds along the side and try to do a little better patch job on this damage.

I didn't take pictures of how I made the patch, but my wife got some big heavy free cardboard from costco- there were stacks of soup on an aisle seperated by these giant cardboard pieces that are perfect for making sheetmetal templates out of.  Anyway, I made the template and cut it out, and here it is welded in.  I still have to grind these welds smooth, re weld the pin holes I surely missed, then do it all over again on the bottom side.






I wanted to try to copy the seams that were seam rolled in from the factory.  I almost went out and bought one, but it seems like my only time i'd use it would be when doing floor boards.  So it's very ugly, but what I did was open vise up about a 1/2 inch or less, drew matching lines on my template, and used a body hammer to beat a valley into my patch over the open vise jaws.  Then I tried putting a long bolt halfway sticking up horizontally in the vise so I could try to beat the template "seams" into a more respectable shape but it didnt work so well.  But when I was done, I had seams that made the pach a lot stronger and it shouldn't tin can at all. 



And here is my new favorite restoration type toy.. a parts tumbler from HF.  I used corn cob from walmart in the pet aisle and the hardware came out looking great!  I have a sandblaster, but it'd tedious to hold small things and not sandblast your own hand/glove.  This thing you just set it up and walk away for a few hours, or even overnight if you want and your parts get cleaned and polished.







Hopefully you all dont mind, I know all this is off the subject of this forum.  But I figure we're all car guys and I have to do this stuff before I get to the body.  All I have to do is rust patch the floors and trunk floor, and fix the rear window channels and then I will be onto the paint work.

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on June 18th 2013, 3:58 pm

Are you kidding?  None of that is off-topic.  That tumbler is a good thing to have, as those fasteners look freakin' sweet!
This forum is primarily devoted to one aspect of car building - that aspect being paint - specifically rolled-on paint.  All other aspects of car building are relevant here (according to my sensibilities...Rolling Eyes )

It's cool as heck to see some of the different steps members here take on the way to finishing their rides, especially off-the-beaten-path ones like your tumbler, which most everyone here could find a use for.

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