I got the hood sprayed with epoxy primer again this weekend. It looks pretty good, it's about ready for final prime and finish sanding now.
While it was (finally) sunny outside, I decided to strip the old paint off of my roof and spray it with epoxy primer as well. I also did the driver side A- and B-pillars.
I also stripped and sprayed the second tow hook I added on the driver side frame rail a few months ago.
I ordered a new radiator, the old one was a little sketchy.
The original radiator fan shroud uses self-tapping screws threaded into plastic, but I wanted to use proper stainless screws.
This is the original:
I drilled it out from 5mm to 8.9mm diameter, I did it in multiple steps to prevent the plastic from splitting.
I installed heat staking brass inserts. These are pretty slick, you heat them up with a soldering iron and then press them into the plastic hole.
After trimming away the excess melted plastic, they are now threaded to accept a stainless M6 screw.
New tools! I ordered a set of Lisle hose cutting pliers and two sets of cheapo Astro Pneumatic bit sets (one for work and one for my toolbox).
I also ordered a set of VIM 1/4" drive stubby triple square bit sockets. Sometimes the larger ones don't fit, the newer German cars are built entirely with these fasteners.
I used a Snap-on magnetic socket rail from the last bit set I bought, it tucks nicely under the rear lip of my socket drawer. I'm running out of real estate so I have to get creative with the new sets!