TRANSFORMATIONS...

Apr 18, 2012

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This past week, and this week have continued to produced some marked transformations in Phiona’s restoration.

After the soda blasting late last week, Phiona sat in the paint booth awaiting a coat of epoxy undercoat. As it was explained to me by Steve (the painter), the epoxy will prevent any rust from developing and is a necessary step prior to a base undercoat paint. 

They will now block sand the epoxy finish, which I see, helps to reveal some areas that need attention, such as scratches, little dents and other imperfections. Once those are smoothed out, the car will proceed to a base coat.

Late this afternoon I stopped by the shop and found work being done on the detached parts, ie, fenders, trunk, running boards, etc. I think, if the soda blaster had been instructed to hit on these pieces it would have been more efficient in removing the last remaining lacquer from the nooks and crannies.  But, it is what it is, and they are now having to use sanders and hand sanding to get those parts ready for their epoxy coatings.

I believe, the step after the epoxy is to reassemble the fenders, running boards, etc, on the car to assure proper fits. Then disassemble again and go to on the final painting. 

On the upholstery end of things, Chevell, came to the house on Tuesday afternoon, looked over the upholstery kit and the seats. We loaded up the seats in his truck along with the seat upholstery so that he could begin work on disassembling them, clean and repair the springs as needed, spray undercoating on the exposed springs and then begin the reupholstering of the seats. I plan to stop by his shop tomorrow, Thursday to see that work in progress. Chevell welcomes my involvement and encourages me to come see the work in progress. 

It always interests me to see how craftsmen or other people perform their work, like mechanics, painters, etc. I wouldn’t hope to necessarily pick up their skills, but just like to see how a person’s work proceeds and transforms into a finished project. It also teaches me some things that help me understand how work is done and educates me to be a more knowledgeable person, which, in turn, gives me some level of understanding and ability to carry on an intelligent conversation about types of work.

Also, I have been checking into places that will do the woodgraining on the dash and window garnish moldings. I’ve received a couple of estimates, that stunned me. Doug Seybold, in Westlake, OH is one who does original woodgrain effects on vintage cars. After a very pleasant conversation with him, I now can understand why the prices they like to charge may be valid. It is a lost art, first off, and a time consuming procedure. A person’s time is valuable, so a seemingly high price may be warranted if one expects to get perfection, which is what I feel Doug would produce. His turn around time is 6-8 weeks, so I can expect a mid summer completion of this restoration. That’s OK.

I also have a quote yet to come from a business in California and may investigate some local sources for air brushing a woodgrain pattern on these metal pieces. Of course, I’d prefer knowing it was as nearly authentic as designs of 1934, but am willing to see what air brushing might produce. Hopefully, that process will not be so high priced.

This week will see more dramatic progress as work continues at a quickening pace.

Here is a chronicle of Phiona’s transformation, from late December 2011 til today 4/18/12: