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operation turd polish by shemdogg
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You have made a ton of progress! It looks. Um. Great!
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Thanksum allotm! Took the car over to the shop weeks ago, no time to work on it. Too much work, and drones, and got a 3d printer to play with, and squeezed in a camping trip. Went last tuesday after work and helped the guy start making room in the shop. Need space for 2 cars since all the body panels will be coming off. He was not feeling good today, ill try to go over thursday after work. Heres the crammed shop its in now. Guys got a buncha cool tools ill try to borrow, mainly a hotbox to pull dents. Cool tool

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that car is looking great i cant wait to see it all finished
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Thanks man itll be awhile before its painted. We got the jag in the background cut up and outside, went by after work. Started doing more planning and pulled the roof so he can start cleaning it up tomorrow after dropping off some fb. He wants to fix every little detail and make everything perfect like its going to sema. Im trying to get him to relax on some stuff or itll take forever to paint. He wants to make new window pillars and all sortsa stuff I dont think it needs. I have no time, working 7 long days a week n im beat. He showed me a picture of when his finger got stuck in the sheet sander. I showed him my hands, he changed subject lol. Hopefully will get more time to go work on it soon. Very nice to have another set of eyes on it, he found millions of details I either forgot about or said f it to. I found the right body guy. Unlike the first guy that came to give me a bodywork quote. Does 2 laps around the car, then drops to one knee inspecting. Then looks to see if im watching( I am lol), goes to another corner, makes a few more passes around the car then asks, how much do you wanna spend? lol

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I can understand where your Bodyman is coming from as he is looking at it and wanting it to be the best it can be because when it is out in public it is going to get way more looks than your average grocery getter with that said it is great looking even in primer

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Shem, you should have started a Youtube channel when you started this project. You seriously could have got some sponsors to help finance the build.
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Shem, We are missing those updates! Anything new?
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Havent even been to the shop since the last post. Works insane right now, but ive tried to stop by and get some work done. Homeboys got something pulled in his lower abdomen that bugs him bad. He hasnt been at the shop for awhile. He doesnt text back right away either, so hes hard to get ahold of. Im getting antsy too but have lots of work and life stuff going on, and im at the whim of when this guys free time meets my free time and they are not syncing.

Been going to town w my 3d printer tho! Looking for a bigger one

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Shem, I'm getting panicky waiting for updates on your car! Anything new?
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Yeah im pretty disappointed nothings getting done on the car. Guy barely responds to my texts. Said the other day hes getting a buddy to come work on the car. Ill give it a few more weeks and if nothings done, ill bring it home and do what I can myself. This is why I have to learn bodywork, I hate peoples bs and I am one impatient mofo.I cant do much bodywise so I may wind up painting the car several times to get the bodywork decent lol. Guidecoat n I will become good buddies. Wifeys going to visit fam after christmas so Ill have a few weeks of freedom to work on the car. Works still crazy busy and it gets dark at 430, ill for sure get something done tho. When I get time.

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shem how you get it good and straight is use guide coat not sure you have heard of it but you spray it on over the primer them block sand and where it show it is low you need filler also when sanding sand at diagonal not straight you might already know this but if not i hope it helps just remember the longer it takes you the better it will look in the end i know i could have spent another 40 hours sanding mine and it looks ok right now but it could look better so take your time it will be worth it in the end

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I painted my car with Rustoleum universal rattle cans and lots of wet sanding.
It seems to me that you are really good at bodywork. I would just bring it home and paint it yourself.

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Yeah im pretty disappointed nothings getting done on the car. Guy barely responds to my texts. Said the other day hes getting a buddy to come work on the car. Ill give it a few more weeks and if nothings done, ill bring it home and do what I can myself. This is why I have to learn bodywork, I hate peoples bs and I am one impatient mofo.I cant do much bodywise so I may wind up painting the car several times to get the bodywork decent lol. Guidecoat n I will become good buddies. Wifeys going to visit fam after christmas so Ill have a few weeks of freedom to work on the car. Works still crazy busy and it gets dark at 430, ill for sure get something done tho. When I get time.

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He might realize you're going to know how to determine good work, and that's a problem for him.
Is the 'buddy' what he'll use to deflect the poor quality of workmanship from himself? Many of us have been through this. And it's the norm that body shops have a secondary agenda which often involves victimizing some other person, even if it's not you. But in this case it sounds like it's going to be you. lol, sorry to say it. It's not too late to prevent it. This story sounds very, very familiar.
There's a very slim chance that the 'buddy' is a home shop guy he uses when it's something he doesn't want to do because he'd rather keep doing insurance work. I've known one of these guys and you can cut out the middle man. But the most likely situation is that it's a pill head who can't show up regularly.

It's Christmas. Be merry or at least make Mary.
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I painted my car with Rustoleum universal rattle cans and lots of wet sanding.
It seems to me that you are really good at bodywork. I would just bring it home and paint it yourself.



I agree!
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Your car looks killer for rattle cans, but its the bodywork underneath thats gotta be good. After months of bitchin and no returned texts or calls, I got a hold of his bro and finally got the car home yesterday. He was still planning on keeping and working on the car lol. No way jose, I was going to weld the back bumper on but he did it for me. I had to do some prep to the car to move it out. He had the roof off where he added a ton of glass to the bottom and some metal bar to strengthen it, and was planning to glass over that. Itd be crazy strong if he did that. It would also stick up off the car whatever thickness he added to the bottom lol. That chit hadta come off.


Aired up the bags, locked down the hood, set the roof on as best I could to drive it outta there. He had to go help a buddy so he took off earlier. I took it to my buddy shop at the end of the driveway, washed the windows, aired the suspension up good, bolted the roof down and cut off the excess fb he had hanging off the roof that wouldnt let it sit right or the ds door to close. Made sure its gonna get me home as best I could, had my buddy follow me in me truck. Ratty as fuk that pos made it home. Fb dust and chit in the air the whole bumpy ass ride. Crazy oversteer w the airbags, that things sketchy on a turn above 30 lol. Cars pointing one way but its not going tht way.Custom reverse drifting baby! That was a scary drive home. But its here.

forgot how low that sumbitch sits. Heres some of the boogers homeboy did

Homeboy didnt know jack about fb and bit off more that he could chew w this project( hey look whos talkin) He had a 4x4 and a bobcat in the shop he was working on. I think he just threw some fb on the roof to show he did something. Ima hafta grind that all off as the roof sits too high now.

Kinda sorta starting to wrap up some work so I may get time to mess w the car. Ill be moving very soon, mommas sick. Joining 2 bedrooms and adding a small bath and closet to room my fam will stay in. Bath was supposed to be easy( bathroom on opposite side of wall), found a 24' foundation there fock. Almost done, throwing n some crown, flooring, and paint today to finish.

Happy new year fiero folk!

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I've been worried about your car. Glad it is back in your possession. Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year. Take care of yourself and your family. Looking forward to more updates on that ride.
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well that sucks and i know how hard it is to do the work and stay motivated but you will be better off in the end doing it yourself or you have to pay big bucks to get it done by a pro who can show you what he can do and has a great reputation but i am glad you got it back and he did not mess it up so bad you are screwed
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Not gonna lie I was gettin worried about the car too. Was at the machine shop a few times making parts for customers and a few times I saw a tweaker looking scantily clad woman leaving the shop. That and the fact he couldnt even return my texts mad me worry. Hes a good guy and im not mad, just wanted some experienced help w the body. Why? Because im going to paint this car 10 or 20 times before its right lol. Homeboy put way too much fb on the underside of the roof, and was planning much much more. I used 16 gallons of fb, he was gonna use 225. The roof doesnt sit right after some cutting, too many boogers.

and his weld didnt hold up for the ride home, left rear fell off

Heres his booger welds I had to cut completely off

I got the window gap cleaned up decent, some of the chit off the sides and underneath where i could reach. Rewelded the rear bumper support piece after measuring where it should go. Homeboy just weldederup and the trunk wouldnt close completely.
Got it purty good, boy I really missed using that belt sander wow

Rear bumpers perfect again, but roofs gotta come off to shave out the chit homeboy put in. Sits a wee bit high

Im covered in fb dust and smell like cut steel
Just like old times, me and this car like peas n carrots

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Glad to read that it didn't end badly with that shop. Money ahead, you are, even if it isn't the intended outcome....yet.
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Very very true, hope this didnt burn the bridge w the guy tho.Dont know if it matters, he rarely responds to my messages.

Anywho- tried to play hookie from work today, went in at noon lol. Messed w the car a wee bit, it was kinda fun. Found out my new spoilers 1.5" too short, so thatll need some work. Cleaned up some of the rear vents ( my arch nemesees). Ground out the inside of the roof so its pretty much level w the trunk. Installed the mini master I got awhile back

easy peazy- opened the box to find I just bought the resevwah. Sweet! Hit the fittings w the heat gun, and installed it in 10 mins.
Installed the tire lettering on one tire for shits n giggles. Purty purty george

Was gonna play w the hoods side vents, but cant findum.

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Hit the machine shop after work to play w the wing. Buddys in the field, tomorrow too. Sheared off 1.5" from a piece of alum to extend the wing, was hoping to get some tig time in. Using the handle on my cherry picker and the vise, I bent up the pieces pretty much perfectly. Only had 5psi gas but went for it, hooked up the spool gun( havent used it since I did the windows eons ago). Heres the bigger wing welded and the piece to be welded by the smaller wing.


Cleaned up the side plates and did a test fit



I think the front wing should be wider from front to back, looks kinda small to me

Maybe ill make the side plates smaller to compensate, I know the shapes off a wee bit on the side plates. Ill have to machine the groove for the smaller wing to adjust, like the real one does.
Got some guide coat en route and am on the hunt for good flexible sanding blocks.

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Looking good Shem, I’m glad everything is moving along.🤙
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Thanks dobie! Your cars almost there too!
Just couldnt bring myself to buy one of those segmented "flexible" sanding blocks for $70. Took a cheapo knife to one of my foam blocks. Bam! You can take the bou outta the hood, but you cant take the hood outta the boy! lol To me the most logical accessible approach will be for me to do all the work on the doors, and once those are right- continue w he rest of the car. Now I can go buy paint and clear. Started w the passenger door, need to get some spot filler

Wasnt really getting the guide coat, just made the grey greyer lol. I sand in all 4 directions and look for my current angle marks to remove the last angle marks. Cupla tiny spots on the doors. That center groove was a real biotch. From all the sanding blocks I bought, none were thin enough to fit in the groove. Out came the belt sander (still smelled like fb dust lol) and I sanded a block thin enuf to fit in w sandpaper.

Threw some guide coat on the hood for shits n giggles and I see it working now. I was expecting low spots to stand out bigtime, just gotta know what to look for. I got it now(fingers crossed and beating on wood).

Not finding that corner too bad, I did a ton of sanding between coats about a year ago. While sanding there I noticed the wheelwell starts out round then takes a big ol poop(looks kinda flat up top).

The peak should be higher(it is on the real thing) to me to look more round, seems kinda ovaled
Planning to extent the width of the rear wing section. Gotta make a trip to the machine chop

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Pretty much settled in at moms now, brought the cars down today. Had the fierrari towed on a flatbed. Brought ramps and some 2x6s to get it on the bed without hitting, had some chain and a tow strap to hook the chains to( front end got murdered last time I got towed), and made a double ended male fitting to connect my lil pancake compressor to the air ride to jack it up as high as itd go. Driver didnt wanna tow it, showed him the v6 n he still thought it was a beater ferrari lol. Took a million pics, freakin loved it. With the suspension jacked all the way up, it cleared the ramps easy- I wound up driving it right up the flatbed and he cinched it down. Made it safe! Still tons of stuff to move and no room, barely shoehorned the cars in the garage. Had to move the honda and bultaco out back. Moms got a 1/3 acre out back and the bultaco needed some gas, the honda needed a rear tube. Got a lil wind in my hair over the weekend, it was nice. No time to work on the fierrari but ill squeeze in a lil somethin here n there lol. Cool thing is I have 220v and a 5hp 60gal compressor in the garage, schweet!



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