Gar thanks for the praise, it looks good from far but far from good gar! Had an awesome lake trip last weekend, not much traffic either way n no headwind on the way home! Had a good turnout for my bday trip! last thursday was a biotch! I had to pull both wetbike engines out and do some mods to spare motors, and swap parts to the new motors. I was beat! But both bikes ran flawlessly!
Hit the machine shop yesterday n cut my window tubing. Went back today and manned some machines while my buddy cut em w the plasma. Got home n cut the ends off. Now I reek like cut steel lol. Friggin hands cramping up holding the grinder
Installed my fauxrrari door handles. Kinda big but theyll work once painted. 308s n fiat x 1/9 have the same door handles, guess which ones I bought? lol
Should have a lil time this weekend to make the pass window frames n as always theres a wee bit o fb left to duu yawn
Busy busy. Started the sanding and bending and welding of the c channels saturday morning. Sanded em flat a lil bit, then knocked off the major slag inside the channels w a hammer, then put an end mill in the drill and cleaned the inner edges. What a pain lol. By end o day sunday I had the frames for the side n back window ruffly made. Also pulled the back window to remove the rear clip and put some fb on the wheel well edges. Ran outta welding wire sunday so installed some new pullout towing mirrors on the truck. The next day I saw the same cheapo ebay towing mirrors on another silverado lol
Got more wire today, did a lil more welding and put some glass on the inside of those rear vents that are turning out to be a real pain.
Almost done really lol. Put some glass on the window edges to make a smoove line.
Tried to bend the side window but it was crazy windy and the wind was taking the heat from the panel getting closer to being done lol
Got windows made n almost bent enuf for driver side
heres a current shot of the udder side where I moved the hood back a bit. I think it looks way better
cut the quarter window for that side n a yuge glob of liquid hot death/plastic went onto my toe. Yowza! I took the side mirror off, u can really see the nice door curve now. Some of these have the side mirror on the quarter window, think ima go that route
bondo n paint coming soon to a passenger side nowhere near u! Then onto windows! Then windows that roll down! lol wuchall think?
I thought about that, but im trying new method n its working good. Picked up some chopped fb and mixing that w cab-o-sil, its strong and tacky enuf to fill the vent voids. Filled em this morning! Filled in the door lock hole and the door handle hole since i have the new handle/locks. Did some final bolting of the side paneles and smoothed the gaps. Ditched the side gas door and smoothed it over, getting 2 ss cupholders to go there, ima make em look like gas doors.
Should have this side wrapped up tomorrow, I bent the rear window this morning. Need to fill weld some areas on the frames then a dab o bondo to smooth em n good to go.
Previous owner came by today to see the car and was beyond blown away w the mods. He could see everything had been moved. He just kept walking around the car in shock. He said the car looked proportional lol. Kept buggin me to sell it back lol
Everythings wrapped up here minus the side and quarter window, had to babysit the latter half of today. Should get more done this week. Have to make door rods n brackets for the new handles n get the rear quarter window to fit into the frame.
Andrew good call I didnt see those badges were recessed. Got a set coming off ebay via new delhi, hope it comes w a new sandwich! They wont show up for weeks so I may need a reminder -nah for sure remind me please lol
Lookin good folks! Im onto my 10th gallon of fb and 3rd can o bondo! Ill be calling guiness soon! Finished up and painted the window frames, got the ps rear quarter window trimmed, bent and installed. Looks killer. Still fred flinstoning my way around these back scoops, finally got one side pretty damn good.
Bent up the ds side window some more, a lil more and itll slide down the window channels no problemo. Heated n bent the ds front quarter window too. The .25" poly is a real pain to heat up and bend, takes forever w a heat gun n stay too long in one spot it bubbles like crazy. Pulled the driver door n removed the key lock, then fb the center seam I cut when I shortened the doors, filled the handle and key holes
Lil fb left to do on the gaps everywhere, get the windows to roll down, then figure out door/window seals arf arf
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Went to the lake last weekend, havent touched the car till today. Had a lil time to throw some fb at it. The a pillar fb is straight n I have the window frames curved so I had to fill in to match the curve
Looking at some pics I found I done did the back vents bass ackwards, so i cut it out n restarted
Still working all the gaps, slow going. Especially when you dont work on it lol
Window bendings giving me hell, that polycarb just doenst spread the heat. Fantasizing about making a makeshift oven
Played w the fiero door seals, I think I can make them work. The bottom half fits great!
Thank you andrew! The badges showed up after my last post. I ordered these from india 2 weeks after I ordered the cupholders from china and they went the long way around the world(showed up in NJ), and still got here first. Guess they put em on the boat overnight
Put another layer on the rear vents and some on the door side to bring it flush w the rear panel. Should have this side wrapped up by the weekend
Added some fb to the bottom of the a pillar and grooved out the badge area
Driverside is looking better, should have both wrapped up by the weekend
Mustangs paint got some bubbles so its going in for a respray under warranty but I had to take the stripes off. Car looks naked now I really dont like it. Going to have them painted on now
Havent had time to mess w the car, been doing upgrades on the trailer and stripping the mustang for a repaint. The hood likes to sit on the car one way and that way doesnt line up w the rest so I extended the back and trimmed the wheelwell some more
Extended the ds hood also, extended the rear scoop area to be bigger like the other side I did awhile back
almost done w the a-pillars. gearing up for a big welding day to modify the roll bar a smidge lower and fab b-pillars
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I have watched you transform this ugly duck into a nice looking.... yeah... turkey (had to use the holidat and all) She is and will be a real head turner when she is done.. I have enjoyed the transformation, keep the updates comming.
Absolutely right sir, I need to look at the pictures of the real one more. Hood still needs tons of work so no biggie. Cars in pieces now getting the doors ready for paint, filled all the lil tiny divots n scratches. ready for primer. Picked up a can of high build epoxy primer the udder day and ordered some nice devilbiss guns.
Hit the machine shop tuesday and raided the scrap bin. Found some pieces that had a few inches of alum left. Hit em w the bender and sheared off the ends to make vent molds. Inner and outer molds. Tried a lil, coming out pretty good but ran outta mat. I did three of the upper rear vents on the trunk and theyre coming out killer. Onto my 12th gallon of fb! Cmon guiness! Probably 7 gallons worth is stuff I didnt like and cut off to redo, but hey guess whos getting good at fb. Not me lol
need to finish up the hood and this trunk, and make hinges
Started playing w hinges yesterday, need to experiment w different lengths of arms and bolt patterns to get what i want. Saw these on full custom garage, made the pieces at the shop.
Started redoing the back grille to be more like the real deal. Friggin cold so I have to use a wee bit more hardener to make the fb dry, then it started raining on me. Set up a patio umbrella, kept working.
Trunk is looking really good w the upper vents going in. Giving up on the windows for now. Even if the acrylic shop I found will bend the windows for me, I dont really want em. This polycarbs a fortune and scratches crazy easily. Ill have to get a glass windshield- a fiero one can be cut down. If Im going to spend the money Id rather have real glass than plastic. Lots of finish sanding in my future, but I can see the car getting painted and wrapped up within the next few months.
And im sad, im fu@king bummed. I hadnt gone on craigslist for awhile((its been maybe 2-3 weeks)im an addict), searched fiero and there it was. diablo replica already stretched w most of the pieces to finish. It looked good. Deep down I wanted it, the angel and the devil told me to buy it, I can never have too much trouble. wife said get it(she always does tho). Its what ive wanted the past 20some years, an almost finished diablo ki. Its what I was looking for when I saw the turd im working on now. tI have no space and no time. Ive got room now cuz the stangs at the paint shop n the trailers at good sam, but theyll be back soon and the yards crazy cramped. I didnt have room for the fiero, the trailer or the stang but made it work. Somebody took it away yesterday n im super bummed I didnt go get it. I was crazy worried the car mighta been welded back together crooked n I dunno how to fix that. I had to tell my self I got bigger things coming that the moneyll b used for and there will be another. But it hurts man, it fu@king hurts.
Thanks joedad but I shoulda bought the scamborghini!
anywhose Been fillin n sanding w the nice sanding blocks and paper. Goes kinda quick using the good stuff. Doors are ready ready, and the rear lower is pretty much ready. Been spending assloads of time on the trunk. I made another way to mold the vents, worked out good on the top vents but the sides are still giving me trouble. Most of its skimmed up and straight, top vents done and sides need a lil more luv and I need a mini round file. Using so many tools for shaping its nice having everything I need.
This was from last night, it started raining so I set up a tarp to keep sanding. Been cold and cloudy, no Uv no fiberglass drying quickly. Had some pieces go overnight, and it gets dark at 4fu@king30 which suxx lol. Bondo will still go off but the fb wont even w a heat gun.
heres the doors and the rear lower w the newly cut vent thingies no ones ever gonna see
Gonna paint a few pieces soon to get the hang of these new guns The end is near- almost finished Finished being painted w interior installed, theyre never finished finished
OH YEAH MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Goin to town on this like there no tomorrow! My hands are fu@ked up, at least 20 wounds, cuts, divots, stabs, and abrasions. Screw gun slipped off the screw and went into my thumb yesterday, smacked it w the 4lb sledge today. Se the car on fire 4 times. Welded the hood hinges, set the hood on fire. welded the rollbar back in, set the roof and trunk lid on fire. Welding the lower part of the rollbar back in and saw a buncha smoke. Pulled the welding blanket back and the whole area behind the drivers seats on fire. Put it out w my hand. Burned the **** outta 3 fingers. Blisters popped while working. Im in bad shape but the cars lookin good.
Symmetry eludes me. The whole kit was asymmetrical when I got it and after cutting the large pieces into sections- they warp. Been getting everything to within 3/8". The top of the rear window never sat perfectly so i ripped it off. Bolted a simpson strong tie to it that I put some curve into. Broke the udder side and laid some glass
came out titties! Now lining the new curve to the rear o da roof one sides off. I was going to glass over it and ut some expanding foam down. Its too cold for the foam to go off so I cut the roof up. Its all lined up nice now and the gap is still pretty good. Glassing around noon tomorrow, thats the only time I have any sunlight.
The roof will have a nice round equal curve now. Cut the groove for the rear mesh and trimmed the mounting plates to sandwich the mesh between the lights Looks fu@king schweet!
started cracking on the hood, its mostly straight, the belt sander does a good job. Just a few low spots im finding w the longboard. Welded in the hinges today and need to move the center scoop over 1/2" and finish the top curve of the hood.
My shoulders n elbows are killin me from all the sanding but its a good feeling to be on the downhill slope shem
Thanks fellas! My hands are mangled, look they they went into the chipper/shredder. Its so cold the skin tears hella easy. Even w my tough skin, u could make a suitcase outta me, fu@kin holdall! Imsa I havent used a auto paint gun since I was 14, back then the paint cup was on the bottom lol. I cant see any divots or waves until its painted, im blocking the hell out of it and feeling for imperfections w my hand. Cant get anybody to help me sand, everyone disappears when u need help. Gonna try and lure them here w some bbq. Yesterday I got the trunk lid hinges installed and mounted the trunk lid. Its beefy and opens but still hits the roof a tiny bit. Got some more shaving to do, it has to do w the round od the roof. Gotta be perfectly rounded or the trunk will hit the roof. Im trying to keep the gap at 1/4" Opened up the headlights at the top to give it more of a mean look but it still lokks like its sad. Filled in the scoop edges w some fb to make em rounded. Got the top edge of the hood to be symmetrical! yay
Imsa gt u da meng meng! Lights came out great, played around w the size this mornin. Came up w this
went for it
came out killer! The hood killed it for me, this makes it better. The roofline and the center hood area are too wide still but itll hafta do shemdogg tired
Fb'd the rear quater windows n filled em, fb'd n filled the area where the trunk meets the quarter, sanded the hell outta the roof n filled the low spots, added some fb reiforcement to the center scoop, fb'd the PS front wheelwell lip, sanded/filled the rear quarters n sills, sanded/filled the middle groovy groove, and lots more. slowly running outta fb areas to patch. Crazy all the lines line up and everythings symmetrical. Being anal has its privileges
Running outta parts to fb! Did the rear quarter lips
Had to put the pedal to the metal, rains a comin. Did a lil work on the front center scoop and a few more oddities n said fu@k it time to shoot. 32 degrees this morning, ice on the car, paint shop guy said its too cold. Directions said 2-3 hours dry time at 70 degrees, it dried in 30 mins! Made it happen. Blew off the dust and wiped off the car as best I could in a hurry. Fu@kin drain valve on the compressor went and I didnt have an oring that small so I taped it up n started shooting. Damn thing ran the whole time. For a lil 6 gal nail gun compressor that thing did alrite! Not bad for my first time, a few small drips.
Damn it looks so good in one color. Pretty pleased w this hi-build primer, It was in 80 grit stage when I shot it. Filled mostly everything. Lots of bondo n fb holes to fill. Comfortable w painting the car at home now. Need a better dryer for the compressor, had a drop of water come out the gun regulator a few times. Id say this experiment was a complete success. Another milestone passed shemdawg happy dawg
Ive never seen that version of the car, theres 3 versions of the car. Seems they have a mix of parts depending on the year. Ive got the side vents a bit short, lengthening mine next. Gots lots of spot filler on it and smoothed out, almost ready for the 2nd coat o primer
Nothing but rain over here all week, gonna be awhile before I can get back to it