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The hood, cowl screen, and deck lid were all painted separately on this car to achieve better coverage on all sides. Matching the color and metallic pattern is tricky, but Jeff nailed it!
After the Axalta paint had some time to outgas and harden, the wetsanding and buffing process began. Every inch of the car was wet block-sanded with either 800 or 1000 grit to start, then Jeff moved on to 1500, 2000, 2500, then 3000 and 5000 on a 3M Trizact dual action sander. The goal for this surface was to look nice, but still have a hint of factory texture as too keep an original look.
These random spots show where the texture was highest and sanded with the most coarse grit, but only where needed. The whole panel will be sanded next.04/18/2017 at #8868
Here, the car has been “cut” to 3000 grit just before buffing.
This is a BIG car!
Buffing starts to bring out the shine.
During this process, more of the interior items were installed, as well as some of the exterior trim parts. We had much of the exterior chrome replated and other parts polished and painted for a new appearance.
New lenses were installed all around the car, along with seals, gaskets, bulbs, and hardware.04/18/2017 at #8869
Soon, the mighty 428 will come back to life! It’s a near-stock rebuild, save for an overbore and the crank cutting as noted earlier in the thread. Here, Tyler adds a bottle of COMP Cams valvetrain lube to protect the new flat-tappet cam on engine startup and break-in.
We’ve installed external oil pressure and temp gauges on the car to keep an eye on things during break in.
The 428 roared to life with minimal drama, save for a collapsed lifter that made some noise. A quick replacement solved the issue, and the FE has been happy ever since.
Watching timing and vitals during break-in…04/18/2017 at #8870
You’ll note the fenders have been on and off a couple times during the build, we find it safer to finish the engine bay with them off, and in this case, the lower windshield trim was easier to install without the fenders in place. We also wetsanded them and buffed them off the car for easier access.
Here, John, Jeff, and Caleb taped up the edges of all the sheetmetal and reinstalled the fenders and hood. Tape keeps things from getting scratched during reassembly.
You’ll note some of the exterior window trim has been installed, as well as the door glass.
More FBS tape keeps the edges safe from the buffer, and John works the polisher all around the car.
The multi-piece 7-Liter grille goes back in, with new lenses, seals, and hardware.04/18/2017 at #8871
John double checks his spelling on G-A-L-A-X-I-E… in truth, there is tremendous stress in reinstalling replated letters, as the holes in the car and the studs on the letters are all slightly different shapes and sizes after paint and plating. The last thing you want to do is crack the paint or break the letter. A very fine file can be helpful in the holes.
More details and trim coming together…04/18/2017 at #8872
Replated bumpers and restored brackets are held together with new hardware. These cars use a curved spring-type washer to maintain tension, a detail we included on the restoration.
Tons of tape used in the fitting of the headlight bezels to prevent scratches. Although these have a rubber gasket behind them, they were a bit tricky to fit.04/18/2017 at #8873
Restored rocker trim… this isn’t easy or cheap to find!
Rear bumper in place, exhaust tips need to be trimmed later.
Let there be lights! And how about that plate? Cool.
Restored shifter and console assembly
New carpeting being worked around the console. This can be a challenging job, but Tyler pulled it off.
Stewart Warner “Green Line” repro gauges look right at home.04/18/2017 at #8874
Rear seat medallion over speaker grille and package tray
Interior assembly coming along…
New headliner brightens up the room a bit.
Original door panel carpet treated to some dye to bring the color back.
Assembled door.04/18/2017 at #8875
Original 15” x 5.5” Kelsey Hayes wheels sandblasted, epoxied, and sprayed gloss black.
7-Litre hubcaps polished and repainted.
New center medallions and white-striped tires complete the look.04/18/2017 at #887604/19/2017 at #8878Ward FrahlerParticipant
INCREDIBLE!!!!!! Somethings about the car would be better when new but I would venture to say there is more about this car that is better than new. Congrats to the team, I don’t know them personally but I hope they know what a great team they make. Thank you for sharing the whole build. I hope I get the chance to drive over and meet you all sometime soon.04/19/2017 at #8879
INCREDIBLE!!!!!! Somethings about the car would be better when new but I would venture to say there is more about this car that is better than new. Congrats to the team, I don’t know them personally but I hope they know what a great team they make. Thank you for sharing the whole build. I hope I get the chance to drive over and meet you all sometime soon.
Thank you for the kind words, we’ll share them with the crew! They are a great team. You’re always welcome to stop on in and say hello!
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