Some 10 or so years ago I rebuilt the engine and transmission in my 86 sport coupe. It has a mild cam, roller rockers, ported, balanced, Holly TBI, Hooker headers. Its now a 125 HP 2.5L. Some of you may remember the old super tech 4 rsc:
After the rebuild, I drove it for a while. Then I lost interest, parked it, and got into jeeps again. Now, after some ten years I’m back at it. Last winter I dropped the tank, drained the old fuel, and replaced the fuel pump while it was out. Changed the fluids, cleaned the squirrels nest out, bled the brakes, and got it running again. Still trying to dial it in (the computer does not like the mods at idle) but I now use it as my daily driver (although, I can walk to work if I want). A few weeks ago I got a new windshield.
Now I’m ready to try to get some body work and paint done. I wanted to run by some issues and plans with you all about doing things myself.
First, my garage is only a single car garage, so I’m thinking I probably wont be able to paint it all at once. Here is the car now and how tight the garage is:
I did not realize it when I bought it (I’ve learned a thing or two since then) but its been hit on the passenger front, putting the hood out of alignment.
Looks like the front part of the frame is bent in about half an inch or so:
I also did something dumb 10 years ago. Removed the luggage rack and tried to put a dodge shadow spoiler on it. Now I’m wishing for that original luggage rack again as I think its retro cool now. I may try to find another (let me know if somebody has one they want to get rid of). In the mean time, I kind of like the no spoiler original fiero look too. I have a bunch of holes to fill.
As you can see the paint has been baked off by the New Mexico sun. The roof is real bad and rough. However, the car is rust free.
So here are my questions:
1. Do you think I can pull the frame back using a come along and blocks? Or will this require a frame shop?
2. Is it going to be ridiculous to pull the parts off and paint separate? Of course, I have to replace dew wipes, work on the deck lids, etc. How about the roof? Rocker panels? Might these be weekend projects? That would be nice.
3. I’m thinking of using a $50 1.4mm gun and using single stage urethane paint from Eastwoodhttp://www.eastwood.com/eas...ard-black-paint.html
I have never sprayed autos before (except using an airbrush on scale models). I do some carpentry at home and wont mind this gun it also comes with a 2mm tip. I can hook two compressors I have in parallel for plenty of cfms.
Should I use the eastwood urethane primer on the bare plastic, everywhere, or only on repairs and mods? Anyone use the eastwood paints? Does this require a clear coat? The paint job does not have to be show quality. I don’t have a lot of money for this, but I would like it to look nice. (even a rattle can job would look 200% better than now though!) I dont really want do do multiple coats on multiple parts.
Thanks for your replies.