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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #40 on: March 19, 2015, 07:17:27 PM »
Hello Chuck,

The front-end looks great.  In one of your posts from last year, a photo shows the rear drums painted black.  The front drums look gray or aluminum.  Will they be painted black?  I like the contrast between the gray on the front drums and the black on the frame/suspension.  If your front drums are going to stay the color in the photo, what color is that?

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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #41 on: March 19, 2015, 08:06:51 PM »
Hello Chuck,

The front-end looks great.  In one of your posts from last year, a photo shows the rear drums painted black.  The front drums look gray or aluminum.  Will they be painted black?  I like the contrast between the gray on the front drums and the black on the frame/suspension.  If your front drums are going to stay the color in the photo, what color is that?

Christopher Winter

Hi Christopher, Thanks!  I need to redo the rear ones.  I left them on when I was paining the undercarriage and accidentally painted them with undercarriage black...wasn't thinking.  I will throw them in my sandblast pile, then paint only with Silver high heat caliper paint, as I did on the front (along with the steering arm and knuckle as they may absorb heat too) 

BTW, I have an assembly line photo showing the drum much lighter than the black frame :)  Also, my undercarriage was originally black, can see when remove the gas tank too...all black (not from aftermarket or dealer undercoating).  Conflicts with the authenticity manual which says it was oxide or something. 

Chuck
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #42 on: July 17, 2015, 07:46:41 PM »
Finally soda blasted :) ...well 95%, some small spots left to finish up.
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #43 on: October 04, 2015, 10:17:20 AM »
A few updates:

All welding done.  Soda blasting done.  Epoxy primer done (RM).  Convertible top disassembled, sand blasted and painted (Pic in heated booth drying).  Starting on body work (all metal/filler)....prolly have 100 hours left sanding ;)  Did about 10 hours yesterday (last pic---still a lot of work).  My friend and I teaching my 15 yr old son how to do the body work too. 

As a side note, my 65 Eldorado (black one), is at my welder friend for some work on drivers side :)  Drove the blue Eldo 1200+ miles this year.
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #44 on: October 20, 2015, 11:04:20 AM »
Lots of progress this month.  Hood, trunk lid, fenders, etc..

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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #45 on: November 04, 2015, 09:12:02 PM »
May not look like much below in pics, but my friend Vince and I did 40+ hours of block sanding (80 grit) and bodywork on the drivers side since last update.  Now onto 180 grit block sanding.  Getting close on this side.  Another coat of Epoxy primer (black) over our work (second pic is when still wet), and then some DP26. 
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #46 on: November 10, 2015, 05:23:47 PM »
Top blasted, primed and painted.  New side bolt kits from Convertible Specialties installed.  Exhaust manifolds blasted and painted w/ Eastwood pt (pic below b4 paint).  Heater core cover blasted, epoxy primed, painted and done.

Body work time up to around 80+ hours now (block sanding, etc..)
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #47 on: November 10, 2015, 05:36:05 PM »
A few more.

Exhaust manifold painted
Front bumper-re-chome
Random Top parts, seat speaker.

Fan shroud/horn though from my '65 Eldo :)

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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #48 on: November 12, 2015, 12:09:24 AM »
Finally have the lines on the drivers side almost perfect!! :) :) :) .  Finished with some icing, sanding tonight, then epoxy primer, then DP26 primer.  Now just sanding of primer on this side a few times and done (20 hrs??)  :)  ....then the passenger side which does not need as much work...hopefully.  Check out how straight this bad boy is now :)

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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #49 on: November 13, 2015, 02:54:36 PM »
nice. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #50 on: December 13, 2015, 11:08:44 PM »
Sure and thanks!

Here's some of the passenger side.  Major body work done now.  Sprayed with blocking primer DP26, and not just wet sanding left for the body-pass side. Used red epoxy on this side to see better when block sanding. Driver side done.  Still have fenders, trunk and hood, but all in good shape except for one fender front.
 
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #51 on: December 20, 2015, 01:29:10 AM »
Body ready for paint!
Still need to finish fenders/trunk/ hood, but those in really good shape except pass fender. Chuck
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #52 on: January 03, 2016, 12:37:53 AM »
The final pieces :) !!  Need to block sand all after DP26 coats tonight, then some work on bottom of trunk/skirts.  Maybe 10-15 hours of bodywork left ;)  Getting close to completing bodywork!
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #53 on: January 05, 2016, 12:25:28 AM »
Hood done (wet sanded) and ready for final paint on top. Redid the glue spots under hood,  My 15 yr old son  helping :).  Chuck
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #54 on: January 05, 2016, 04:10:19 AM »
Nice work!

How did you glue the two parts of the hood?
What kind of product did you use?

I used some non hardening filler for my hood. But it was a pain to do. Still need to do something similar for the trunk lid. Makes an awful noise when closing.

Best regards,
Nicolas
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #55 on: January 06, 2016, 12:04:02 AM »
Nice work!

How did you glue the two parts of the hood?
What kind of product did you use?

I used some non hardening filler for my hood. But it was a pain to do. Still need to do something similar for the trunk lid. Makes an awful noise when closing.

Best regards,
Nicolas

Thanks!  Used the Fusor in the third pic.  (Panel adhesive).  It was fairly easy to do.  However, we made a mistake.  We should have put it on *before* getting the top of the hood perfect.  I was thinking that last night after finishing.  Sure enough after turning over this evening, there were ripples in the top of hood, so had to do about 1/3 of top of hood ALL over again...ugggh.  4-5 hours of extra work.  Live and learn :)  Maybe this tip of doing Fusor before will help others.   The top of hood is now straight and SOLID!  When I shut this at a show...should be no more loud noises :)

Also, ordered all new wiring from YNZ today.    Having them make what is not in repro (door wiring/Window motors, etc..).    Chuck
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #56 on: January 09, 2016, 01:04:25 PM »
Almost done with the trunk lid :)  Some work in the middle of trunk, then the skirts.  Fixed around the fender side light yesterday too.  Tonight finish and paint trunk, fenders, skirts with DP26 primer.   
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #57 on: January 13, 2016, 12:58:45 AM »
Spent another 15-20 hours this week perfecting the trunk lid/fenders.   Multiple coats of DP 26 and block sanding-wet  (love the 400 Mirka)...now happy with the results ;)  Trunk lid came out nice...just about ready for paint.  Still need to wet sand the fenders w/ 400.

Getting ready to buy the Marlin Blue Iridescent paint...RM Diamont or Glasurit...not sure yet. 

Ordered new top w/ glass/zipper from Electron Top at my friend Scott's shop...he  will install top at his upholstery shop. 
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #58 on: January 15, 2016, 12:41:24 AM »
Getting fenders ready for final painting.  Underside all done after taping up and sprain with under-hood black.  May buy blue paint tomorrow and do inside of trunk lid :) 
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Re: 66 DeVille Convertible resto
« Reply #59 on: January 15, 2016, 10:44:15 AM »
Chuck,

You probably know this already, but for those who may not, be certain to hang the parts in the orientation they are installed on the vehicle ie: the fenders hanging on a horse, doors vertically and deck lid horizontally. This allows the metallic particles to settle in the same manner. Not doing this may result in a different metallic appearance from panel to panel.

Beautiful job and a great color choice.
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