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Old 02-26-2014, 12:10 AM
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For what it is worth... my brass float cracked and filled with gas. I took it out and soldered it up. Worked fine until I sold the car to Kenny and he put a new tank in. Given a choice I would go with a plastic one.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:25 PM
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It's worth $11! (I'll take it.) I was just looking for the right reason not to spend it on the metal one...plastic has come a long way since '61 and nobody will see it. Thanks Jeff!
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:05 PM
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Pretty pink bottom

Just a follow up on all the bottom paint advice I had on this thread (and so you guys know I haven't been totally sitting on my butt since I started this thread) ...I finally got the bottom done.
I had the one spot that needed to be welded. Pic attached.
I found a car guy welder refered by my optomitrist who turned out to be quite a hot rod builder...another new friend...he did a great job on this and the couple other things I needed for much less than the cost of a welder, and I got free welding lessons.
Other than that spot, the actual bottom of the car was pretty good. I completely cleaned all the old undercoating off the fenders and bottom along with some rust cleaning and zinc phosphate treatment where it made sense, and completely scraped and scoured the entire bottom. I treated everything with either the Eastwood Pre or Laquer thinner before painting, and then painted the entire bottom and fenders with the eastwood rust encapsulator, and in the fenders and rear I followed that by the rubberized rust encapsulator, and then switched to the regular. (By the way...I don't recomend the Eastwood rubberized rust encapsulator....impossible to get more than 50% out of a can!) (the regular stuff in the spray cans worked beautiful.)
Still can't find them, but my abs have to be much improved, but most importantly the bottom and inside of the fenders are now a work of art painted black with a perfect light rubberized texture that seems to be stuck on pretty well. Pic of the font fenders attached.
For most of the actual underside the primer was on there so good, it didn't make sense to take it off. Pic of the nice pink bottom attached. I'll try to get a pic of the bottom when I get a chance. All the suspension parts are ready. Now...time to get that rear axle back together and get this thing on wheels again!
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:15 PM
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Nice work Don. Trust me all the hard work will be worth it in the end. I just hope you don't spend five years doing it like I did.
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And don't try to do it in 9 months like I did either.

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Lessons learned...multiply every estimate of time to get something done by four!
I have at least another year..(4?)..but I made a pact in the beginning that I would not let this get in the way of other stuff, i would not let it add pressure to life...only fun. So far, so good and my wife is still tolerating it...only complaint was when I did some paint removal and blew the dust all over the rest of the garage....it will be a while before I live that one down...or ever get it entirely cleaned up!:: I've decided the rest of the paint removal is probably going to be done somewhere else.

By the way Steve - my powdercoating oven burned out on me! I think maybe a little powder got onto the controller. My wife went into the garage and said...something's burning! I looked all over and couldn't find it. Installed a smoke alarm...had the fire extinguisher ready to go. Finally did some cleaning...found a little powder stuck there on the top of the oven near the controller...said hummm only heat would do that. Turned on the oven....and ZZZZKKZZZZZ instant electrical fire. Turned it off...back on, off. Yep, that's it. Pulled off the back panel...yep, panel is fried. (I like to be sure.)
More good reason to send all the powdercoating out!
Oh...the other reason...my 2nd harbor freight blaster died after 5 min of true use! First one blew a hole at the weld (after 4 min), 2nd one blew a hole in the valve! (90psi) Some harbor freight stuff is ok, but stay away from their blasting stuff.
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