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Old 08-08-2017, 09:28 PM   #431 (permalink)
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Did I mention that things are a little cramped in the garage right now?




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Old 08-09-2017, 07:55 AM   #432 (permalink)
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:08 PM   #433 (permalink)
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Beautiful, but frustrating weekend. I had a struggle getting a good weld on Saturday. Things kept getting worse and worse. Sunday morning I double-checked all of my settings on the welder. Everything was set right, but when I opened the valve for the shield gas, the gauges didn't move. (D'oh!) Rookie error!

So the first store I could get to that had welding gas on a Sunday was a half hour away. I get there, and they are out. They sent me to another location 45 minutes from their store, but also 45 minutes from home. (Big triangle.) I get there and get the fresh bottle, and when I get home it is already 3:15. So much for half of the afternoon.

I finally got underway making good (for me) welds again. First I finished up under the dash well enough that seam sealer will do the rest. Next I created top perimeter flanges for the fender bracket pockets on the firewall.




Then I fabricated the outer walls for the fender bracket pockets and welded them into place. They will drain into the air plenum at the bottom corner.





The fender bracket pockets are now sturdy and body sealer will close up any remaining leak points.

Next weekend starts paint stripping on the Prius v chassis where panels need to be welded onto it to mate with the body. Fingers crossed for more good weather.

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Old 08-19-2017, 09:19 AM   #435 (permalink)
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Everything on the body and chassis are cleaned up and ready to go to strip some paint. However the weather is alternating every 20 minutes between downpours and steam bath today. The garage door is open - closed - open - closed... I can't get good ventilation consistently in the garage for the paint stripping. Very frustrating.




Tomorrow's weather is supposed to be better. (Fingers crossed.)

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I can now see that chemical paint stripping is going to take more time than I thought. I might be out in the garage every nice night this week...

A couple hours later now and the garage still stinks.

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Day #1 of body and chassis sanding.

The chemical stripper was an almost complete failure. The Prius v paint just laughed at it. Only the top layer of the Firebird body's paint got softened, and not everywhere at that.

The palm sander and 80 grit paper is going to be a slow process. I have already found some body filler on the Firebird body. I'll only use the grinder on really rusty areas. The sand blaster is too much of a mess maker to use while the body is still off of the chassis inside the garage.






More sanding tomorrow, and Monday, and...

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Is there any shop near you that does baking soda blasting? They strip the paint with baking soda, followed by a wash with hot water, then use hot air and lamps to dry it fast.

Best part about the process is there's no blasting media left hidden in cracks to blow out and ruin your paint in the middle of spraying it on.
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Is there any shop near you that does baking soda blasting? They strip the paint with baking soda, followed by a wash with hot water, then use hot air and lamps to dry it fast.

Best part about the process is there's no blasting media left hidden in cracks to blow out and ruin your paint in the middle of spraying it on.
Yeah, it's going to take a while by sanding. The garage is too cluttered and crowded to properly protect everything from the mess that media blasting would make, even though I have the equipment. Contracting it out would blow the budget, although I had considered it.

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