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    Adding more stuff, to hopefully get more "action" on the old forum!
    Since he wanted to change the fender opening on the Malibu, I also had to completely redo the fender-door "spear". Just made new ones from scratch, as they had to be so different. Made them out of regular steel this time (the old ones I did with stainless). I thought to bypass the hassle of running back and forth to the chrome plater several times to perfect the pieces, by using Eastwood's new Extreme Chrome powdercoat. So I bought some of their Lab Metal to fill in imperfections, and some powder 'primer' to fine tune them. Went all through the steps to make them perfect in primer, then put on the 'Chrome' powder. It all bubbled up! Ruined!
    So I bit the bullet and blasted all the plastic stuff off, filled in the low spots with 95/5 solder, and off the chrome guy!Aston_spear_2.jpgsidespear_1.jpgsidespear_2.jpg

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    100_2204.jpgAston_paint_3.jpgAston_spear_3.jpgBeen a long time, just about ready to do the final prep for paint. The owner wanted the rear window to look like the Zagato one, so I made some sheet metal covers to accomplish this. The spears came back from the chrome plater, look great! I undercoated and installed the fenders, and hood.
    Put the final coats of primer on the car, and the owner picked a good color for it, the Aton Martin Volcano Red. I painted some of the interior trim to dress up the boring GM upholstery with it.
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    trunklid.jpgAlso got the backside of the trunk painted, as well as the hinges and channels on the car. Moving along now!

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    Looking great. That color looks sharp out in the sun!
    Thanks for posting the update!
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    Went over the car a whole bunch of times, finding smaller and smaller imperfections to correct. Finally, after a long weekend, and a loooong Monday night, it's got paint on it. **** Dupont Premium clear is very thin, so I did get quite a few runs in it, but nothing I can't handle during cut and buff.
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    Looks awesome in the color. THAT was a long time coming.
    Can't wait to see down on the ground with wheels on it and all buffed out.

    Great job!
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    100_2362.jpg100_2363.jpg100_2364.jpgHad tons of trouble with the door jambs. Must have had a LOT of Armor All sprayed onto the weatherstripping. Soaked into the paint, too! First time to shoot them, nothing but fisheyes, every square inch! Spent over a week resanding and cleaning, and successful the next time.
    Now it's time for days of color sanding.

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    I'm sure you can't wait to see that outside all done. Should look very sharp

    sure did have fisheyes. Surprised you didn't get any on the outside of the car. Looks like you sprayed them the same time as the car. I hate doing that. You never know if that will happen or you end up getting something blow out of the jam, dirt, leaves....
    Or when you close the door a piece of loose paper flies out at the last second and sticks in the clear on the outside.


    Lookin' sweet though!!!
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    Not done yet, but first time outside being washed. Still have stuff to bolt on, and wire in. More polishing and detailing. 0809171549.jpg

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    There's literally a hundred or more things to make brackets for, wire in, hook up, or modify on this project! Finally got the rear Corvette bumper section installed. Had to mount the rear view camera to it, the truck release, and make brackets for the unusual back up light assembly ( looks like the one on the race car Zagato). Ron installed the door panels, and I wound up making a polished stainless steel hood support bar to hold the hood up. Adjusted the grill, Ron made brackets to support the electronic louvers that direct air to the radiator, and on, and on.

    Still more cleaning and polishing to do..
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