Here's one for the car nuts and 4WD guys...

Here's one for the car nuts and 4WD guys...

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 12th, 2017, 12:26 am #1

Regular long-time readers will know that I have a funky custom 4WD car I built many years ago when I was still a young pup. It was cool at the time, and I drove the bejeebers out of it, but once I went to work for myself, time and funds became very, very limited. So at some point I parked it in favor of somewhat more... practical vehicles... and figured I'd get back to it at some point.

Well, as regular, longtime readers also know, I have more projects already than I can be expected to complete within my lifetime, and so that car, among many other personal projects, has sat, and, unfortunately, gotten a bit weathered.

A few years back, I tried putting it up for sale, in an effort to clear out some of those projects I have neither the money nor the time for, but there was no serious interest. I don't want to just junk it, or part it out, so I'm kind of stuck. I can't yet do anything significant with it, but I also can't easily get rid of it- unless I do just junk it or give it away.

So, I figured I'd dust off some old ideas I had for it- I think I may have posted some of those here a few years back and start working towards that goal. The problem is, I have zero time to even start on anything on it yet, and if my plans work out, it'll require a pretty hefty initial investment to get rolling.

But, the thing is deteriorating badly in the Alaskan weather, and I needed to at least arrest some of the decay before it gets much worse. The original paint- a $500 slapdash job 20 years ago- is worn, scratched, chipped and flaking badly. So I figured one of the easiest things to do would be to throw a quickie paintjob on it- nothing fancy, not for show or anything, just enough to protect the metal for a few more years.

So, I bought a can of "safety red" enamel, that's almost the exact same color I painted the Cutlass... and a roller.

I went over the body with a DA sander to knock down the nastiest stuff, and proceeded to roll on a fresh coat.

Before:



And after:



And trust me, it looks good from here, but up close... well, "orange peel" doesn't even begin to describe the texture. To say nothing of the bugs and tree-bits that have already fallen into it.

But really, it's just "placeholder" paint. It's basically like smearing an old military rifle in Cosmoline before putting it into storage. It's just there to protect the body for a few more years, until I either decide to finally do something with it, find an unsuspecting schmuck to pawn it off on, or just throw a fresh set of tags on it and drive the damn thing as-is.

I still have some black, though... I may put the same kind of go-fast stripes on it like I did the Cutlass. It may be temporary, but it can still look cool.

Doc.
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Joined: September 21st, 2014, 11:30 pm

September 12th, 2017, 1:23 am #2

The 4WD Corvair. An interesting proposition.

I think you could drive that thing down to the lower 48 and still get no takers, personally.
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Joined: February 2nd, 2017, 2:27 pm

September 12th, 2017, 2:42 am #3

Regular long-time readers will know that I have a funky custom 4WD car I built many years ago when I was still a young pup. It was cool at the time, and I drove the bejeebers out of it, but once I went to work for myself, time and funds became very, very limited. So at some point I parked it in favor of somewhat more... practical vehicles... and figured I'd get back to it at some point.

Well, as regular, longtime readers also know, I have more projects already than I can be expected to complete within my lifetime, and so that car, among many other personal projects, has sat, and, unfortunately, gotten a bit weathered.

A few years back, I tried putting it up for sale, in an effort to clear out some of those projects I have neither the money nor the time for, but there was no serious interest. I don't want to just junk it, or part it out, so I'm kind of stuck. I can't yet do anything significant with it, but I also can't easily get rid of it- unless I do just junk it or give it away.

So, I figured I'd dust off some old ideas I had for it- I think I may have posted some of those here a few years back and start working towards that goal. The problem is, I have zero time to even start on anything on it yet, and if my plans work out, it'll require a pretty hefty initial investment to get rolling.

But, the thing is deteriorating badly in the Alaskan weather, and I needed to at least arrest some of the decay before it gets much worse. The original paint- a $500 slapdash job 20 years ago- is worn, scratched, chipped and flaking badly. So I figured one of the easiest things to do would be to throw a quickie paintjob on it- nothing fancy, not for show or anything, just enough to protect the metal for a few more years.

So, I bought a can of "safety red" enamel, that's almost the exact same color I painted the Cutlass... and a roller.

I went over the body with a DA sander to knock down the nastiest stuff, and proceeded to roll on a fresh coat.

Before:



And after:



And trust me, it looks good from here, but up close... well, "orange peel" doesn't even begin to describe the texture. To say nothing of the bugs and tree-bits that have already fallen into it.

But really, it's just "placeholder" paint. It's basically like smearing an old military rifle in Cosmoline before putting it into storage. It's just there to protect the body for a few more years, until I either decide to finally do something with it, find an unsuspecting schmuck to pawn it off on, or just throw a fresh set of tags on it and drive the damn thing as-is.

I still have some black, though... I may put the same kind of go-fast stripes on it like I did the Cutlass. It may be temporary, but it can still look cool.

Doc.
...$500? Cash in hand? What's the easiest way to ship it to Nebraska?
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Joined: May 27th, 2016, 12:08 am

September 12th, 2017, 10:20 am #4

Regular long-time readers will know that I have a funky custom 4WD car I built many years ago when I was still a young pup. It was cool at the time, and I drove the bejeebers out of it, but once I went to work for myself, time and funds became very, very limited. So at some point I parked it in favor of somewhat more... practical vehicles... and figured I'd get back to it at some point.

Well, as regular, longtime readers also know, I have more projects already than I can be expected to complete within my lifetime, and so that car, among many other personal projects, has sat, and, unfortunately, gotten a bit weathered.

A few years back, I tried putting it up for sale, in an effort to clear out some of those projects I have neither the money nor the time for, but there was no serious interest. I don't want to just junk it, or part it out, so I'm kind of stuck. I can't yet do anything significant with it, but I also can't easily get rid of it- unless I do just junk it or give it away.

So, I figured I'd dust off some old ideas I had for it- I think I may have posted some of those here a few years back and start working towards that goal. The problem is, I have zero time to even start on anything on it yet, and if my plans work out, it'll require a pretty hefty initial investment to get rolling.

But, the thing is deteriorating badly in the Alaskan weather, and I needed to at least arrest some of the decay before it gets much worse. The original paint- a $500 slapdash job 20 years ago- is worn, scratched, chipped and flaking badly. So I figured one of the easiest things to do would be to throw a quickie paintjob on it- nothing fancy, not for show or anything, just enough to protect the metal for a few more years.

So, I bought a can of "safety red" enamel, that's almost the exact same color I painted the Cutlass... and a roller.

I went over the body with a DA sander to knock down the nastiest stuff, and proceeded to roll on a fresh coat.

Before:



And after:



And trust me, it looks good from here, but up close... well, "orange peel" doesn't even begin to describe the texture. To say nothing of the bugs and tree-bits that have already fallen into it.

But really, it's just "placeholder" paint. It's basically like smearing an old military rifle in Cosmoline before putting it into storage. It's just there to protect the body for a few more years, until I either decide to finally do something with it, find an unsuspecting schmuck to pawn it off on, or just throw a fresh set of tags on it and drive the damn thing as-is.

I still have some black, though... I may put the same kind of go-fast stripes on it like I did the Cutlass. It may be temporary, but it can still look cool.

Doc.
I've long thought that for the right vehicle (this isn't it) flat black would be cool. In that case the textured finish could be an asset. Achieving a truly flat black (with no shiny spots) can be a challenge.

I once knew someone who painted a Sunbeam Alpine with a brush.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 12th, 2017, 10:35 am #5

The 4WD Corvair. An interesting proposition.

I think you could drive that thing down to the lower 48 and still get no takers, personally.
Back when I built it, things like this were fairly common. Well, no, you didn't see one every day, but they were around. Even in my little town, there were a couple of converted ElCaminos, a mid-70s Mustang, I think it was a Pacer on a Jeep frame, and a couple of others.

But mine hasn't been on the streets since '04, and I haven't seen any others in a very long time. Even the old heavily-lifted straight-up trucks have gone by the wayside.

Yeah, it's old hat, and screams "redneck yokel" these days. But it was cool when I built it.

I'd love to "update" it with modern IFS suspension up front and a proper coil-sprung 4-link in back- maybe a nice EFI LS engine to spiff up the powerband a bit - but as I said, that'd be an expensive undertaking, and I'm just not ready to commit yet. Hence, the "band aid" paintjob to give me a few more years to think about it.

Doc.
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September 12th, 2017, 10:40 am #6

I've long thought that for the right vehicle (this isn't it) flat black would be cool. In that case the textured finish could be an asset. Achieving a truly flat black (with no shiny spots) can be a challenge.

I once knew someone who painted a Sunbeam Alpine with a brush.
Oh yeah, if I was concerned with making a good paintjob, I wouldn't have used industrial enamel, I wouldn't have painted it in the yard, outdoors on a coldish windy day, with a roller.

But as I said, the vague plan at the moment involves a major rework and updating, which will probably include- among other things- all-new fender flares. I'd toyed with the idea of doing a bit of bodywork and rust patching to the flares before painting, and borrowing some indoor space to paint, but in the end that all would have been a waste of time. It's all gonna come off eventually anyway.

Doc.
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Joined: February 27th, 2015, 3:54 pm

September 12th, 2017, 12:10 pm #7

Regular long-time readers will know that I have a funky custom 4WD car I built many years ago when I was still a young pup. It was cool at the time, and I drove the bejeebers out of it, but once I went to work for myself, time and funds became very, very limited. So at some point I parked it in favor of somewhat more... practical vehicles... and figured I'd get back to it at some point.

Well, as regular, longtime readers also know, I have more projects already than I can be expected to complete within my lifetime, and so that car, among many other personal projects, has sat, and, unfortunately, gotten a bit weathered.

A few years back, I tried putting it up for sale, in an effort to clear out some of those projects I have neither the money nor the time for, but there was no serious interest. I don't want to just junk it, or part it out, so I'm kind of stuck. I can't yet do anything significant with it, but I also can't easily get rid of it- unless I do just junk it or give it away.

So, I figured I'd dust off some old ideas I had for it- I think I may have posted some of those here a few years back and start working towards that goal. The problem is, I have zero time to even start on anything on it yet, and if my plans work out, it'll require a pretty hefty initial investment to get rolling.

But, the thing is deteriorating badly in the Alaskan weather, and I needed to at least arrest some of the decay before it gets much worse. The original paint- a $500 slapdash job 20 years ago- is worn, scratched, chipped and flaking badly. So I figured one of the easiest things to do would be to throw a quickie paintjob on it- nothing fancy, not for show or anything, just enough to protect the metal for a few more years.

So, I bought a can of "safety red" enamel, that's almost the exact same color I painted the Cutlass... and a roller.

I went over the body with a DA sander to knock down the nastiest stuff, and proceeded to roll on a fresh coat.

Before:



And after:



And trust me, it looks good from here, but up close... well, "orange peel" doesn't even begin to describe the texture. To say nothing of the bugs and tree-bits that have already fallen into it.

But really, it's just "placeholder" paint. It's basically like smearing an old military rifle in Cosmoline before putting it into storage. It's just there to protect the body for a few more years, until I either decide to finally do something with it, find an unsuspecting schmuck to pawn it off on, or just throw a fresh set of tags on it and drive the damn thing as-is.

I still have some black, though... I may put the same kind of go-fast stripes on it like I did the Cutlass. It may be temporary, but it can still look cool.

Doc.
Searching the internet will reveal a job and others a gentleman did using Rustoleum the can not the spray, Mineral spirits(or Tremclad, depending one where you live) and a foam paint roller to paint his Charger. I've done and old motorcycle this way, smoother finish than most factory jobs. In this case paint prep is everything.


http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/ubb ... /site_id/1

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Joined: September 19th, 2014, 6:28 am

September 12th, 2017, 4:48 pm #8

...$500? Cash in hand? What's the easiest way to ship it to Nebraska?
Sure, it wouldn't be pleasent and your stopovers would likely be between the nearest wreaking yards, gas stations, and NAPAs, but it would make for a hell of an adventure!
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September 12th, 2017, 7:21 pm #9

Searching the internet will reveal a job and others a gentleman did using Rustoleum the can not the spray, Mineral spirits(or Tremclad, depending one where you live) and a foam paint roller to paint his Charger. I've done and old motorcycle this way, smoother finish than most factory jobs. In this case paint prep is everything.


http://board.moparts.org/ubbthreads/ubb ... /site_id/1

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I had to do a steel shed and used the Campbell Hausfeld HVLP Gun with the vacuum cleaner motor driving it, same industrial enamel, and it turned out a whole lot nicer than it had any rights to.

You could do a car the same way if you build a Paint Booth out of 2X2's and plastic sheeting, basically to keep the leaves and bugs out of the paint till it sets up.
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Joined: October 6th, 2014, 7:12 pm

September 12th, 2017, 9:33 pm #10

Regular long-time readers will know that I have a funky custom 4WD car I built many years ago when I was still a young pup. It was cool at the time, and I drove the bejeebers out of it, but once I went to work for myself, time and funds became very, very limited. So at some point I parked it in favor of somewhat more... practical vehicles... and figured I'd get back to it at some point.

Well, as regular, longtime readers also know, I have more projects already than I can be expected to complete within my lifetime, and so that car, among many other personal projects, has sat, and, unfortunately, gotten a bit weathered.

A few years back, I tried putting it up for sale, in an effort to clear out some of those projects I have neither the money nor the time for, but there was no serious interest. I don't want to just junk it, or part it out, so I'm kind of stuck. I can't yet do anything significant with it, but I also can't easily get rid of it- unless I do just junk it or give it away.

So, I figured I'd dust off some old ideas I had for it- I think I may have posted some of those here a few years back and start working towards that goal. The problem is, I have zero time to even start on anything on it yet, and if my plans work out, it'll require a pretty hefty initial investment to get rolling.

But, the thing is deteriorating badly in the Alaskan weather, and I needed to at least arrest some of the decay before it gets much worse. The original paint- a $500 slapdash job 20 years ago- is worn, scratched, chipped and flaking badly. So I figured one of the easiest things to do would be to throw a quickie paintjob on it- nothing fancy, not for show or anything, just enough to protect the metal for a few more years.

So, I bought a can of "safety red" enamel, that's almost the exact same color I painted the Cutlass... and a roller.

I went over the body with a DA sander to knock down the nastiest stuff, and proceeded to roll on a fresh coat.

Before:



And after:



And trust me, it looks good from here, but up close... well, "orange peel" doesn't even begin to describe the texture. To say nothing of the bugs and tree-bits that have already fallen into it.

But really, it's just "placeholder" paint. It's basically like smearing an old military rifle in Cosmoline before putting it into storage. It's just there to protect the body for a few more years, until I either decide to finally do something with it, find an unsuspecting schmuck to pawn it off on, or just throw a fresh set of tags on it and drive the damn thing as-is.

I still have some black, though... I may put the same kind of go-fast stripes on it like I did the Cutlass. It may be temporary, but it can still look cool.

Doc.
...would be all over this in half-a-minute.
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