Detailing after the paint job
I added some tunes to go along with the paint. This is a JVC CD/MP3 player. I really love the MP3s. I can put 10 hours of music on one
CD and let it play on random and almost never hear the same song twice. Too bad this model is discontinued. I'd put 'em in a couple of the other cars.
(04/24/03) The paint process wasn't too good to the engine compartment. There was dust and overspray everywhere.
This side didn't look any better. And the spacer for the air filter got broken when the painters worked on straightening the hood.
So I spent a while cleaning and replaced the old Edelbrock valve covers with some powdercoated Magnum parts I got from Summit.
I used FelPro PermaDry gaskets, put in a new air filter spacer and a matching air cleaner. It's not a show winner, but I'm not embarrassed to open the hood any more.
(06/06/03) I finally got around to doing a lot of the detail work I'd been planning to do.
First I put the car up on jack stands and removed the wheels so I could get at the wheelwells and frame rails.
The gold paint on the wheels (even with multiple coats of clear lacquer) had been pretty badly corroded by weather. And the outer rim of all the wheels is pitted. So these wheels won't last much longer.
Here's the overspray that got into the wheelwells and frame rails. It bothered me a lot for some reason.
I cleaned and dried the wheels, then shot some etching primer on the centers. After that had a chance to dry I gave them several coats of Duplicolor Gold lacquer.
While the wheels were drying, I started slinging Rustoleum onto the underside of the car. This color scheme (red paint, black wheelwells) is just the reverse of the 85 Monte Carlo.
I didn't plan it that way, it just happened.
Then I spent a couple of hours under the hood, cleaning and painting and trying to deal with the overspray and dirt. It's far from perfect, but it's progress.
And we even got to the cruise nite in time to save a spot got Gayle and her yellow Camaro.
I'd say this beast looks a little better than the car that had been sitting in a field for 9 years when I got it.
Next Page: A rear end swap.