More wetsanding. Most of these parts are primered, they are awaiting paint.
I swapped out the rear section of the A/C compressor so I can paint it separately. I installed a junk one with a homemade gasket. With the old setup, I would have had to loosen the bolts after paint, which would have cracked at the seams.
Tonight I took apart the alternator to paint it. I attempted this a few months ago but got stuck, after some advice from my friend Dave I got it apart tonight.
Here is the part I was stuck at. After removing the commutator and cover, you have to un-crimp the stator wiring from the rectifier and diodes.
I clipped each one (6 total) and pried the crimp joint apart. This will get soldered later.
Remove the rear half with a 3-jaw puller. Carefully, because the black piece in the center is plastic!
Remove the front half with a 2-jaw puller.
Apart! The case is getting painted high-gloss silver, and the windings will be painted with a high-temp, insulating black paint.
Our friend Miller brought out an old Harbor Freight blasting cabinet. I tested it out and it works, but it needs new gloves and the glass needed cleaned.
Remember that table I built for the transmission, then tore apart because I needed space? Well I rebuilt it. But I lost one piece so it looks stupid now.
I'm going to stop at Harbor Freight this weekend for new gloves and hoses, then it will be ready to go!