Monday, April 27, 2015

New tools!

I bought a set of Snap-on 1/4" drive hex bit sockets.  My socket drawer is just about complete!

There isn't a lot of room left!

The control arms and trunk hinges I sent for media blast came back, they turned out OK.  They're not perfectly clean, but I can get the rest with a wire wheel in a few minutes.

A whole pile of parts and supplies arrived!  I ordered a fuel rail and fuel pressure regulator mount from Bahn Brenner Motorsports.  These pieces are pretty nice!  They have been out of stock for years, and they finally started producing them again.

All of the milling marks will be polished out, then anodized, then painted.

SAE -6 O-ring boss ports all around!

A bunch of fancy new abrasives showed up from McMaster, these will come in handy for my next project involving the control arms.

I ordered some super thin stainless steel sheet.  I plan on plating all of the hood hinge mounting surfaces so I can adjust or remove the hood without chipping any paint.  I'm going to bond sections of this thin sheet directly to the steel and then paint around it.

This is what the area under the hood hinge looked like.  This was just filled with seam sealer from the factory, but I decided to weld it.

I made a template and cut out the driver side piece first.  I wasn't quite happy with the radius where it intersects with the vertical seam, I wanted a softer bend radius.

I clamped a piece of scrap 16ga steel onto the back of it and bent them together, which achieved the larger radius.

Before on the left, and after on the right.

Much better!  This will be much tighter to the factory steel once it's clamped and bonded in place.

With the fenders in place, this will be a small subtle modification that should improve the overall look without being too loud.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Continuing with the bodywork, I started to prep and prime the door hinges.  As with most of the door jambs and underhood areas, the door hinges aren't finished as nice as the exterior panels.  I spent some time smoothing out the castings and rough machining marks.

DP40LF epoxy primer

In the foreground is a rear door hinge, which will be visible when the front doors are opened.  In the background is a front door hinge, which can't be seen once the fenders are installed.  I only cleaned up the rear hinges, and you can see the difference!

I also cleaned up the hood hinges. I filed all of the edges flat, sanded the sharp edges, and rounded the edges that weren't sheared very nice when they were originally stamped.

The cleaned hinge is on the right, original is on the left.

All finished and ready for primer.  Maybe even a little putty.

I removed the trunk hinges and stripped them of all the plastic, rubber, and struts.  These will be sent out for media blasting since they're a little more complex, plus I have a few other things to go.

I will also be sending four new lower control arms out for media blast.  I'm going to make a few modifications to these, which will be much easier with the paint removed.  

I removed all of the original rubber bushings, all of the suspension pivots will be replaced with spherical bearings.

All ready for blasting!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The weather was beautiful this weekend, so I took a break from fender work to prep some parts for epoxy primer since I could spray outside.

The rear doors I'm using are from a 1997, which had locking pins in the bottom corner.  My 1994 doesn't have these, so I'm welding the holes in the door.

Along with shaving this hole, I'm smoothing out some of the other areas of the door jamb.

The door jamb stampings aren't perfect from the factory, there are a lot of wrinkles and imperfections.  I hammered and puttied around a little bit to clean them up.

My epoxy primer of choice.

I laid the first coat a little light, then followed with a full wet coat.

I also stripped and primered the door hinge bolts.  I will be assembling the doors and painting over the hinges.

I only sprayed the front edge of the passenger side front door.  This was a brand new OEM door, so I only had to prime the area under the hinges which is bare from the factory.

I also primed the pillars where the hinges will bolt.  Since I'm painting over the hinges, I wanted some epoxy primer under the bolted joints to prevent rust from creeping out under the paint.