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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-12-2019, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Much Respect for restorers and show car people

I have an all new respect for restoration professionals.....

What brings me to this revelation is my engine bay.....

I cleaned it all up and painted it. Looked nice. I should have done all this work and mock up, and THEN painted it last right before FINAL assembly.

Well I’ve been working on the car and in the bay, and it’s going to need a LOT of touch up... I’m glad I used a rattle can so touch up will be a breeze. I’m glad I took someone else’s advise.
I can’t imagine spraying this with say the same color as the outside of the car with auto color.

A Knick here, a scratch there. I POR15’d the inner firewall and it leaked through a couple holes into the engine bay firewall...
A drill bit slipped, a bracket slid down a fenderwell etc.

I.... my friends.... am a bull in a china closet.
I have NO IDEA how show car people or restorers paint these things and the paint turns out meticulous.
On the outside car paint, I’ve already put a couple small knicks in the outer paint job.
A drill fell off the fender cover. A fan fell over onto the door.

Okay... moving on.



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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 08:20 PM
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You are on your way... you answered your own question.... dont STOP trying
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I went from building houses to cabinet maker 3 years ago very high end. While all I see is what could have been better everyone else seems to be more than happy. If it looks better than when you started....
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All those restorers had to start somewhere...
Take great pride in what you're doing.
My father-in-law also went from home builder to cabinet maker and eventually molding manufacturing, then sometimes all three. He has been accused of doing much better work for others than himself or his family.
My Dad used to say with building / carpentry / finish trim, it wasn't how well you could build but what you could hide...
Those touch-ups and details go on at those professional shops, too. They just get better results with more experience. I'm pretty proud of my home-built cars and that I still have a home to live in instead of having to live in a professionally restored Mustang ! ! Haha ! !
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Yea, I know, and it’s going to be 500% better then it was, and awesome to the average joe who looks under hood.
I’ve spent a ton of time and money doing it “right” in my opinion while I have the engine out.

Just frustrates the bejeezers out of my when I knicked the fresh engine bay paint, and I have not even installed the motor yet...




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You got a good take away. Mock then paint. Lesson learned. The one thing I don't like about rattle can, and I use a bunch, is that it doesn't have the durability of 2k paint. The bummer about good 2k paint, other than the cost, is mixing and cleaning. I get good tips from the car shows with the high end shops. Learning to cover and mask, things like packing blankets on the engine bay during the install, etc. Sounds like you are coming along just fine.

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"Mock then paint" So, I go outside and make comments like "I've seen a hobo with latex housepaint and a broom do a better job than this!" and then start spraying?


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"Mock then paint" So, I go outside and make comments like "I've seen a hobo with latex housepaint and a broom do a better job than this!" and then start spraying?


*grin*


Yes, basically...

I had it looking pretty nice, but most of it will need a re-spray.
At least I can just scotchbright it and re-spray. I don’t have to take to bare metal again.





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I hope to have my engine bays looking that good one day. NICE JOB.

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•289 / 2100 •C4 Auto •Disc Brakes
•Dual Exhaust •Power Steering
•Dealer Air Conditioning •Console

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it wasn't how well you could build but what you could hide...

Words of wisdom! Works in so many applications its mind boggling - from Mustangs to Politics and beyond...


Every one of those car guys at car shows has a black sharpie in his pocket ;o)
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I finished the basement of my old house and a carpenter buddy of mine came over and said “mud and paint can make you the carpenter you ain’t”. I had to laugh. It actually ended up looking great and was the selling feature when it went on the market last summer.

Your bay looks great...the nicks will become much less noticeable when you get the engine and everything packed in there.
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yeah, but how many of those perfect cars actually get driven, worked on, and enjoyed after they're done?

your engine bay looks nice
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I just want to know how people get to all the nooks and crannies to keep the engine and bay clean and pretty looking. Especially with a hot engine. I need to be Elastic-man to get to some parts of that to clean it up. And on those old hot rods that are mostly chrome?!? That's just insane amount of cleaning.
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yeah, but how many of those perfect cars actually get driven, worked on, and enjoyed after they're done?

your engine bay looks nice
Who would dare drive their car after doing all that work??
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Who would dare drive their car after doing all that work??
you are one of those rare souls , and it's awesome
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