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Wrap it

The exhaust flange on a B16 sits right below the float bowl of the rear carburetor. On hot days this has the annoying effect of boiling the fuel and causing unstable idle. I’ve wanted to do something about it for a while and the other day I finally did.

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Special thanks to Ryan for acquiring the DEI wrap and ties at a local thrift store.

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The painting post

I promised I’d do a more detailed post on the process of painting my ’78 242GT so here it is. Apologies if some of the pics are repeats but I’ll need to include some material from previous posts to provide a complete picture.

So, in the beginning there was a virtually rust-free GT from California. I drove it around for a few years with the original heavy patina but people kept asking me when I was going to paint it.

Note Rebel Alliance emblem. That's for my son's benefit.

Note Rebel Alliance emblem. That was for my son’s benefit.

Then there was an accident. A friend the driver was unhurt but the car looked pretty sad.

Ouch. Yeah, the subframe  is pushed back about 2-3 inches.

Ouch. Yeah, the subframe is pushed back about 2-3 inches.

I had some doubts about saving the car but I thought I’d at least try. I took a lot of the car’s face off and brought it to a fellow just up the street from me who came highly recommended for reasonably-priced frame work.

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Luckily the fellow up the street said that it could be fixed. What a relief. My friend said that they would pay for the repairs so off it went.

It looked very funny driving down Broad Street in Providence like this but nobody raised an eyebrow. Ahh, city living!

It looked very funny driving down Broad Street in Providence like this but nobody raised an eyebrow. Ahh, city living!

A week or so later they had taken care of it.

As picked-up.

As picked-up. Hood still needed help.

Now it was time for body work and paint. First I considered Macco because I had good luck with Sadie there. Their quote was $2600 because they wanted to strip it completely. I didn’t like the idea of removing the factory primer from the whole car for a Macco job so I decided to just do the body and paint myself.  I had never done that much finish body work and had never painted a whole car before but hey I was taking some time off and was up for a learning experience.

The first step was to pull off both fenders and take care of some small patches of surface rust.

Then the stripes had to come off. Heat and chemicals failed so we resorted to careful swipes with a fresh razor blade.

Best done at night after a few beers of course

Best done at night after a few beers of course

Look mom no stripes on my racecar

Look mom no stripes on my racecar. Note cracked taillight lens. Found one cheap on Turbobricks.

Then sanding. Lots of sanding. And endless filling of tiny dings.

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Then the hood edge:

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After a certain point it had to start living indoors to avoid rust.

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Helmer was a little cranky about having to live outside temporarily but I needed to put some miles on the new motor so it was a good thing.

Getting there

Getting there

To make a long story short, after many days and help from friends it was ready for paint:

Gray like Granny

Gray like Granny. Note view flaps.

But first we had to turn my garage into a primitive paint booth:

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I chose PPG Omni AE. Inexpensive and easy to use basecoat-clearcoat system.

half paint, half reducer. easy

half paint, half reducer. easy

It took a little time to get the technique right. At first I was moving the gun too fast because I was afraid of runs, then I got the knack. The Eastwood Concours is a very forgiving gun. And it only requires 4 CFM so I can use it with my small compressor.

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Well, now the paint was done. Still lots of work ahead. Bumpers, grill restoration,  and a million little details.

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And the GT is finally almost complete. I need to finish the trunk stripes and the small trim above the front bumper before winter but I’ve been having a blast driving it around.

Straight-back stripes will soon be trimmed for the correct over-the-trunk style. The vinyl kit is pretty straightforward to work with.

Straight-back stripes will soon be trimmed for the correct over-the-trunk style. The vinyl kit is pretty straightforward to work with.

Together

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Well, almost. My friend Zo and I are still working on the grill. And I need to do the stripes. But at least I can drive her around.  Nice to have the GT back in action.

Done

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I’ll do a more detailed post of lessons learned but it feels great to be done. Huzzah! A few more pics:
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Basecoat on. Clear in the AM.

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Ready to Spray

Tomorrow. 8am.

Tomorrow. 8am.

GT is Primed

Well almost. I took a little break but have been on it the last few days. It’s amazing how many dings and chips there are to fill.

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Getting to be one color

As it has become increasingly gray it is looking more and more like Granny, may her tortured rusty body rest in peace.

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My friend Darmond helping out.

Maybe one more day of prep to go and we’ll be ready to shoot. Just need to prep the garage over the weekend. Darmond has shot many cars and assures be that the GT is going to be beautiful even though I’ll be behind the gun…