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    Final paint on underside

    Underside, we sprayed 2 coats of SPI epoxy last Tuesday and followed up today with 2 coats of Eastwood satin black urethane (60% gloss). This is the final paint on everything that will not be body...
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    Good to have you back, Laszlo. Sounds like you’re...

    Good to have you back, Laszlo. Sounds like you’re having you challenges on the Nomad. Keep at it!
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    I’m with you, Paul. It seams like it is twice the...

    I’m with you, Paul. It seams like it is twice the work on this fiberglass car than on a normal steel car. We’ve done four body offs on steel cars prior, and I don’t think any took this much prep work.
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    Getting closer to paint

    We have blocked the 3 coats of hi-build on the body and just shot it with one more coat of primer. This will be water sanded with 400 grit in prep for color. The body pictures don't look much...
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    We're back making progress

    Yesterday we got the last hi-build primer on the body. We still have the doors, deck lid, trunk lid, and hood to do. This will be the last block sanding on the body, after this we'll spray a coat...
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    Appreciate the comments, Paul. Took the tires...

    Appreciate the comments, Paul. Took the tires and rims down today to be mounted and balanced. I’ll post a picture when I get ‘em back.
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    Progress slowing a bit

    First, glad you find the thread interesting/useful, schovil69. Second, Paul, things have slowed down some (on your Corvette?, LOL). My buddy, Trey, is the painter and he has a personal problem to...
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    Comments on satin paints

    Hey Doug - we've used both the 2 stage w/satin clear and single stage satin on vehicles. The 49 Ford F-1 pickup was painted around 2010 with the 2 stage PPG black base and non-PPG satin clear. The...
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    Mistakes help keep one from getting a fat head,...

    Mistakes help keep one from getting a fat head, Paul! As long as there aren’t too many. LOL
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    I also have a TIP cabinet that I've had for over...

    I also have a TIP cabinet that I've had for over 20 years, and only use glass beads in it. One thing I like about TIP is they still maintain parts for the cabinet and gun after all these years.
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    Body's back on the ladder frame

    Yesterday Gary and I transferred the body from the chassis to the ladder frame for what should be the last time. We have a number of odds and ends to take care of, then final high build...
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    Thanks Mark. The manual mill is pretty easy to...

    Thanks Mark. The manual mill is pretty easy to use. I have an older Bridgeport mill, circa 1981. It was refurbished around 2004, and still holds tolerances less than 2 thousandths.
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    One can do a fair amount with a mill, lathe, mig...

    One can do a fair amount with a mill, lathe, mig welder, and a little work. I appreciate your interest following the build, thanks Bill.
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    A little more progress

    Been working up front lately, making sure the air coming thru the grill opening goes thru the condenser and radiator. The major problem is below the grill and in front of the radiator support.
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    Yes, I’m not sure yet whether I’ll cut holes and...

    Yes, I’m not sure yet whether I’ll cut holes and use a grill, or whether I’ll just drill holes.

    I’ll be at the shop all day Saturday, stop by.
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    Rear speaker mounts finished

    As I've indicated in prior posts, there just isn't much room for items the factory didn't design in. This applies to installing rear speakers, too. I considered the doors, the center divider/glove...
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    Appreciate the comments guys. I’m currently...

    Appreciate the comments guys. I’m currently working on mounting the rear speakers. I have the box for one completed and the speaker is mounted, working on the second one. I’ll post an update when I...
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    Front stereo speaker mounts finished

    You may be thinking this should be quick and easy: cut a hole in the panel, drill 4 holes for screws, instal the speaker, and put the grill on. Well, it wasn't quite that easy for a few reasons.
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    Most produced were probably the 300hp 461s/462s,...

    Most produced were probably the 300hp 461s/462s, not surprising most out there have been the 1.94s. Also, many 1.94s have been machined for the bigger 2.02/1.6 valves, since the casting was the same....
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    The 461 heads also came with 2.02/1.6 inch valves...

    The 461 heads also came with 2.02/1.6 inch valves and were used on the solid lifter motors in 64/65 (365/375hp), and I suspect the 350hp 66 motors. I still have a rebuilt pair I bought new in 1965.
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    Looks great Gary, excellent job!

    Looks great Gary, excellent job!
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    Sure, and the two side snaps that keep the lid on...

    Sure, and the two side snaps that keep the lid on are easy enough to release.
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    Progress continues, a little bit at a time

    Continuing to fit/mount non-factory items on the Corvette. Found a new home for the engine fuse/relay box, since I had to relocate it. Also, been working at the frontend of the car, locating the...
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    Thanks Doug, appreciate the comments. I do try to...

    Thanks Doug, appreciate the comments. I do try to have things look like they belong, lol.
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    My target is to get the Sue’s Corvette to the...

    My target is to get the Sue’s Corvette to the upholsterer by the end of the year. Given we make that, we should make Pigeon Forge in May.

    And yes, I think I’ll work on relocating the engine fuse...
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