1969 2800 E3 - Bringing "The White Car" back to life!

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More body work. Stripped the rear of the car and will paint the trunk at the same time as the exterior. I'm amazed at how straight and solid this car is...
 

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@dang,

You are such a humble guy. You are one handy multifaceted dude and your skills are impressive!
 

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Some progress but it's body work so it's slow. I keep flopping back and forth but decided to finish the car completely before working on the air suspension. It's apart so I might as well finish body work and paint now.

I did my first metal patch on the rear wheel well. It's not great but I'm okay with it. I should've cut a little more out since the lower portion blew though in some places when I starting welding. You can see the cluster in the first photo. The quarter panel was the worst panel on the car since basically the entire panel was damaged and had the rust area. It's trying my patience. I'm starting to see positive steps forward so it's helping my motivation. I'm also continuing around the car and fixing/filling problem areas so it's coming together, I'm actually starting to think about getting the paint for the exterior soon!
 

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More patch work. I did the other wheel well and now working on the hood. Both areas in front right behind the leading edge rusted but the rest of the hood is really solid. Strange. This will be glazed before finish sanding, almost ready for paint.
 

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I've been doing so much metal and body work that I got impatient and wanted to see more progress. I prepped the underside of the hood and painted it. I feel better now. :) I also only have enough paint to do the underside of the hood and decklid anyway. This photo was taken with fresh paint and it laid down pretty good after drying.
 

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Underside of decklid painted. No rust issues at all on the decklid. Prepping the hood and decklid now and will continue on with the exterior panels but I need to get more paint. Any guesses on how much for the exterior?
 

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Painted the hood and decklid over the weekend. Wet sanding the decklid and one pass with cutting compound. I'll do all the finish buffing after they're on the car. Chamonix is starting to grow on me a little bit.
 

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Painted the hood and decklid over the weekend. Wet sanding the decklid and one pass with cutting compound. I'll do all the finish buffing after they're on the car. Chamonix is starting to grow on me a little bit.
I like it too!
 

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Working on the nose of the car now. In the past I've had good luck using a roller to add texture to rockers and nose valances so I decided to try it again on this car (yeah I know they have spray texture). All I had was a foam roller, and as it turned out it added a very mild texture compared to using the polyester rollers that are thicker and "grab" the paint more to create a "thicker" look. I'm using a two-part polyester primer surfacer so it's really hard once it sets up. I may go back over it with a thicker roller, not sure yet. I had a little extra paint left over so I went over some areas that need to block sanded. I think using a foam roller to cover bare metal after welding or sander would work well and be easy. Here's a few pics..
 

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Working on the nose of the car now. In the past I've had good luck using a roller to add texture to rockers and nose valances so I decided to try it again on this car (yeah I know they have spray texture). All I had was a foam roller, and as it turned out it added a very mild texture compared to using the polyester rollers that are thicker and "grab" the paint more to create a "thicker" look. I'm using a two-part polyester primer surfacer so it's really hard once it sets up. I may go back over it with a thicker roller, not sure yet. I had a little extra paint left over so I went over some areas that need to block sanded. I think using a foam roller to cover bare metal after welding or sander would work well and be easy. Here's a few pics..
Looks like that works great
 

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Blocking ... and blocking ... and blocking ... and blocking ... and blocking ... and blocking ......... (deep breath) ....... and blocking ... and blocking ... and blocking. Primer goes on soon, then more blocking and blocking!
 

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Primer on. I'll guide coat each panel and do final blocking and sanding now...
 

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This is why I guide coat. I worked on this fender for hours trying to straighten it and missed a dent on top next to the hood. I would've been really disappointed to see this after paint.
 

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It's painted! But I'm not that thrilled with how it went on. The first coat went on great, very smooth, but when I started the second coat something was wrong with the gun and the material wasn't coming out right. I had a full cup of paint with hardner in the gun so I kept going and tried to adjust the way I painted to make it work but it ended up very "rough". I've never had a problem between coats so I'm not sure what happened otherthan a blockage somewhere in the nozzle. I did a quick cleaning of the gun before the next coat and it went on great again. The damage was done though and that translates into a LOT more clean up sanding.

The last image shows the front fender sanded and one pass with cutting compound. You can see how rough the rest of the side panels are.
 

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Well bummer but looks like enough paint is on to make it work. Just more sanding. I love the color tho. My gun goofed up some too but I made out ok. Just ok. Not real happy with it. I’ll do it again another day.
 
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