If progress seems slow it's because one I was on vacation last week, and this weekend I had to go grab my father in laws car with him and bring it to the shop, where he's going to have a 383 stroker put in the car, along with the nitrous kit and I gave him that I bought for the Rx7 but never installed, and I got a chance to use my new winch!
The other reason progress is slow, is because this car is a dirty little hooker!!
I knew this car lead a rough life with the last owner, but it looks like the abuse started LONG before the last owner.
I knew it had a minor accident in it's life, before the one that tore up the front end (as I received it) again the car has a clean title and most of the bolts up front seem like they've never been touched.
But I picked the rear clam up from the fiberglass shop after 3 trips (kept finding minor issues with the work) and the repairs look good now, and they kept saying there's a lot of paint on this thing. We saw a few colors. I didn't think much of it until I started stripping paint off the rear engine cover and gave up after about 3 hours. Look at this modern art piece, how many colors can you spot?
Suffice to say this thing's going in the garbage. The paint is as thick as my finger nail, and it was kinda peeling off like latex paint after sitting with some stripper on it for about an hour.
Got a new engine cover for about $300 on ebay from a green car (want to make sure I followed tradition and make each body panel a unique color, to make sure the next owner is as entertained as me
I'm getting some 2k primer/filler this week, I've already filled most of the deep scratches and rock chips and now once I prime those spots, I'm going to sand everything out with 800 and then 1000 grit. I've done most of the grunt work though with the 400 grit and after buying a DA I've gone back to hand sanding everything, it takes forever but you do it once and it's perfect. The DA is kinda a pain in the ass. I had some grit or something on the pad one time and it left a long trail of scratches in the surface that took me 10X longer to sand out later... so my excitement about using some power tools waned a bit.
Starting in on today, the rear clam after I got it back from the fiberglass shop, sprayed my guide coat and hand sanded it with 400 grit. That took probably 4-5 hours, only to notice additional cracks in it that need to be fixed, back to the fiberglass shop.
Basically I'm putting off the mechanical work. I still need to pull the transmission, and to do so I may need to pull the supercharger for clearance. But once that flywheel is in, I just need to put the rear end back together, get the car to roller status, make sure it's mechanically sound and I'll drive it to the fiberglass shop to fix a couple more cracks including the new ones I found today. Once those cracks are fixed all of the body work will essentially be done, so I can go almost straight to paint.
It's going to be a push, but I want to have the car painted by June 1
BTW major teaser, when I was in FL I decided to see if there were any Volcano orange Mclarens in south florida. Despite there not being 1 within 500 miles in new england, there were 3 within an hour drive in south florida. So I called up the dealer and decided to go see the color in person, as I've never seen it up close and personal.
This is for sure THE COLOR, and we've connected with the only McLaren service center in New England, and we've made a connect with one of their painters. They have a volcano orange car coming in for service in the next couple weeks, so the guy is going to paint a sample piece in VO so we can use it for reference in our goal to replicate it.
Check out this color, it's insane: