Lots going on over the last 3 weeks but it's the slow, tedious kind of lots.
I called my painter because I know some painters wont take a project in that's already had work done to it. Do to family and work constraints (he paints stuff on the side), he's not going to be able to take my car UNLESS the body work was all done. Which is actually fine by me since I kind of wanted to do the work. I've never done it before and want to learn.
I also checked in with another guy I had used on my GTO like...15 years ago. That conversation was not so good since he did the whole "throw a scare away price out there" to make me go away. Dude quoted me 27k so...not using him.
Thus...I've been finishing some metal work, putting down filler in areas, re-epoxying when i cut through, and trying to set gaps. Both the doors and front fenders are repro parts. As such, they are not fitting that great. They fit okay...but not great. I got the doors about as good as I think I'm going to get. The tops line up with the contour of the quarter. The bottoms have a consistent gap. However, the styling doesnt "exactly" jive. I have the upper part of the styling matched but the bottom part (on both) not so much. It looks like the styling on the doors are off about 1/8" or less. I'll probably post a thread about that in the General channel for some quick consultation.
To add insult to injury, the gap on the drivers door to quarter panel is...weird. I'll post a pic of that later today. It's...wavy...fixable...but wavy. I have conceded that I'm going to have to put in some rod on the gap edges to tighten them up. Not a big deal.
Now...confession time. Awhile back I tin canned the drivers side of the cowl. The top hat had some rusted out areas and, instead of doing it the "right way", I slapped some fiberglass on the bad stuff and moved about my business. I knew it was the wrong way to do that and it hasnt been sitting well with me.
Since it sounds like I really have no timeline on getting this thing to a painter and the thought of a half asses repair was giving me agita, I set out to do it the right way yesterday.
This really wasnt as bad as what everyone seems to make it out to be. I think it took around 2 hours to have the top cowl pulled off. It has some rusted out areas that will need to be fixed but I think it's easily reusable. I'm glad I did the extra effort to get to the lower cowl. The rust was a little worse than I had expected and now, I can appropriately patch it.
Since the rust is fairly well isolated to the hat sections and a couple smaller areas at the lips, I've elected to not replace it as an entire section and patch. That way I can easily line up holes from the spot welds and make sure it goes back the way it should. I'll have the order into NPD today or early tomorrow and, with any luck, have it buttoned up next weekend.
If you look at the drivers hat you can see where I slathered dynaglass...i'm not proud...