Post by John Kanters on Dec 13, 2012 0:00:22 GMT -8
The final assault on the rust has yielded good results, both lower fenders welded up and finished. Now the serious body work can begin but I feel like its now in the pre paint stage which sounds a hell of a lot better than the "rust" repair stage.....
Took the body out of its rotisserie as well as removed the pivots for the first time since I built the rig, found some dents in the nose so I dealt to those before I start to paint prep the trunk / inner nose area. Car has never been hit in the front but obviously bumped into a few things.
Since I'm doing some interior stuff on the side and made door / quarter panels a week or so ago I also dismantled the rear seat which was in very poor condition, the wooden base boards were completely rotten so I've made new ones from 18mm plywood. Oddly enough the original base is ply wehere as the back rest is not...... They have a thin ply panel where the oblong holes are to give the back support some spring as such but I think I'll use webbing instead which will do the same if not better job.
Post by John Kanters on Dec 15, 2012 3:47:10 GMT -8
Spent a very frustrating day working on the front trunk area, sanded the hard as cement epoxy in preperation for the 1st coat of sanding primer to go on. There were a couple of areas which were badly pitted from the rust after sandblasting and since they are in a visible area I wanted to just skim over them, I thought I was doing the right thing by buying a quality filler (Wurth) but it turned out to be the worst filler I ever used.........very greasy and instantly clogs the sandpaper.
What do you do then? You take it all off again thats what, and re applied with a different product. Something which should have taken a few hours took all day but I did get primer on so at least its a step ahead and not backwards. Rear seat also in for a test fit, all good so far.
Post by John Kanters on Dec 17, 2012 19:54:24 GMT -8
I'd forgotten just how mind numbing boring sanding is!! Still, better get used to it as there's lots of sanding to be done on this old girl. Started on the interior dash and front foot wells by scuffing up the epoxy with 120 grit paper and seam sealing all the seams. I managed to get a gun for spraying seam sealer from a body shop down the street which was closing down so this car is the first time I used it and must say I really like the modern OEM finish it gives.
Post by John Kanters on Dec 21, 2012 0:29:24 GMT -8
This week has been a hot one weather wise so I've been busy on the inside of the body, got the whole dash area sanded and rust repair areas filled / finished ready for sanding primer. Also finished up the rear seat area with more pin holes to fix as well as tidy up the areas that the rear interior caps slot into.
Its really cool to see it at this stage as during all the rust repair you wonder if you'll ever get to this point. More work with the seam sealer gun tonight and a final coat of primer over the whole lot. Plan to sand the engine bay tomorow, seam seal it and prime it. Been looking into how to make new door / qtr caps and also dashes which is looking promising but will require a ton of work on my part making molds etc. Found the right vinyl so far and worked out what foam to use but first I will make the C pillar caps as they are by far the simplest to make so I'll try and work on that a bit in the hollidays.
Post by John Kanters on Dec 22, 2012 13:44:13 GMT -8
Back on sanding duty yesterday this time tackling the rear trunk area and the rear upper deck / parcel shelf. Did the seam sealing in the rear as well as minor filling of the previous leaded areas as some of the lead has been blasted / ground away during the paint stipping process. Next will be putting the body back on the rotisserie to attack the underside and gravel stop the wheel wells etc, its quite good to break the body into manageable chunks and doesn't take as long as I thought although the hardest part is yet to come..............getting the outer panels straight!
Post by John Kanters on Jan 19, 2013 12:18:49 GMT -8
Took a break from working on the car over the Christmas hollidays but time to get back on track with it, must say it took a little effort to get going again as its definately easier to do nothing :lol: Just more of the same really, sanded the front underbody and wheel tubs so that these can be seam sealed and primed. Decided to leave the boxes near the windshield alone since they were fine and just completely sealed them up, I'll install a drain tube in each of them before paint just in case any water ends up in them. With everything sealed I got a coat of sanding primer on and once that had flashed off followed that up with the water based sound deadener. All of this should keep things sealed for a few years to come.
Post by Matthias Andree on Jan 21, 2013 4:31:55 GMT -8
Hello John, how is life ?! Saluting Your work at Your T34 I´m wondering if You will use the inlay covers for the front weel housings from Lokari. (pls see www.lokari.de ) I did instal them in my T34 after covering everything with wax to keep the dust and mud off. Great thing, easy to instal ! And usable even on lowered suspension. I do use those in my daily Type3 and even in that snow saesons we have right now the weel housing keeps free of dirt! Maybe this or an other idea is useful for You to keep safe Your fantastic work - for the next generations
Post by John Kanters on Jan 26, 2013 12:59:59 GMT -8
Hi Matthias, they seem like a great idea however at 130 euro plus shipping to New Zealand also costly, I might look at making something simmilar though not that this car will be going out in bad weather so probably not that important other than for stone chips.
On with more bodywork, started on the filler work yesterday which I'm really not a fan of at all but I do want it really straight so its gotta be done. You very quickly realize how big this journey is when you try and do everything yourself, rust, bodywork, paint, chassis, motor/trans, interior etc etc etc as opposed to sending it from shop to shop and manage that process but thats no fun now is it........... I'm very happy though with how little bondo its taking to get things looking right, just little bits here and there to feather out panel joints etc, ultimately though my goal would be for no filler repairs but I'm not there yet. Right rear 1/4 and top of rear deck are now close enough for a 180 grit block but I'll get the rest of the body to this stage first and hopefully I'll be at that point just before the new roof gets here.
Post by Walter Morelli on Mar 5, 2013 22:16:40 GMT -8
HI John,great to read about your progress. I have just bought my first Razor and i am going through the resto process myself. i am looking for a pair of original door mirrors or at least the right hand side one if i can't find both. Do you have any or do you know where i can get them?? AS i am new to the t34, i tend to ask a lot of questions . Cheers from Aussierazor.
It's amazing how far you've come with the car John.... So glad my car was not nearly as bad.... Mine being. Genuine Aussie delivered car, with a very complete history, still has been giving up some very dodgy repairs... The bog in the drivers side door was 12mm deep!!!!? But your efforts have kept me going.... Looking forward to seeing what you do next.