Author Topic: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman  (Read 74948 times)

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #630 on: 25 March 2019, 02:44 AM »
Yeah, there's updates.. Who'd thunk it?
My car has been sprayed in and out, except for the wheel arches. I went to have a look and it's awesome!
The color, Mittelrot, acts very strange. It's a very dark burgundy in the shadow, unrecognizable, and almost a Ferrari red in the bright light.
The work done is excellent. The body panels are absolutely straight without blemish or wobble and the paintjob is flawless.
The rear floor insulation that they left last time was cleared as well, and sprayed.
If Aaron or Lucas would have a look, they'd no doubt be able to find small spots in hidden places, but all in all I am quite amazed. It's big restoration thus far, at the total cost of 10 thou usd thus far. I think that's good by any standard. I don't mind paying a bit more to have the arches done as per spec.
I now need to get the materials for the wheel arches and bring it to them, for none of this stuff is available here, except maybe some stuff from Wurth and 3M.

Re-assembly is another chapter that may have a solution now. Apparently there's a guy specialized in RHD/LHD conversions for fancy cars. They are said to achieve stock standards, leaving no trace of any conversion. I guess that's a good start. Hope to meet the guy soon for a sit down.

One thing is for sure.. Life has suddenly become very stressed with a freshly sprayed shiny chassis, not yet assembled. Very frustrating, and the first time I really have a sense of urgency, lacking all further patience. I want to drive that thing today!
I'll post some pics once my wife and her phone are available again. :D
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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #631 on: 25 March 2019, 06:08 AM »
That's great news.  The 3M is what you want to get, it is the correct tan color. beside the wheel arch most of the underside of car is also sprayed tan and is not painted.
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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #632 on: 25 March 2019, 09:02 AM »
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It's big restoration thus far, at the total cost of 10 thou usd thus far. I think that's good by any standard.

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #633 on: 25 March 2019, 03:30 PM »
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It's big restoration thus far, at the total cost of 10 thou usd thus far. I think that's good by any standard.

I'm moving to Taiwan!

You're very welcome, but consider the obligatory, arduous 4.5 year journey to achieve that specific ticketing fee  :D

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #634 on: 27 March 2019, 04:33 PM »
Next time l'll do the pics myself.. I was too busy drooling in despair at the time

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« Reply #635 on: 27 March 2019, 04:35 PM »
Not a lot of space to take good pics, but I hope it shows a decent bit of it all.
O yes, it's still missing the final clearcoat, in case someone noticed. They will pick up the work again after I supply the wheel arch stuff.
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« Reply #636 on: 27 March 2019, 04:38 PM »
Guess she forgot boot pics. The complete boot floor was rebuilt, recreated from scratch in exact stock detail at high cost, while a brand new NOS floor unit was in the air on it's way to Taiwan.. Ah well. The job was amazing, so that's there, and now I have a boot floor in stock for later. Sorry about all the dust and the bad lighting. Was parked in a rather dark corner of the garage..

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #637 on: 27 March 2019, 08:47 PM »


inside of bumpers    RUSTOLEUM Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2x Almond Gloss


Got a bit of an issue here. This is flammable oil paint in a pressurized can. Impossible to ship. Been looking for a "canned" version, but that is only available in acrylic.
I would sure like some advise as to how to obtain a similar, canned product that is as good, that I can ship normally..

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #638 on: 28 March 2019, 09:44 PM »
Haha, it looks hot pink in the pictures! Congratulations on getting to this stage. I could only dream about getting fresh paint on mine.
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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #639 on: 29 March 2019, 04:27 AM »
Wow, getting to this stage is a huge milestone!  Congrats. I'm still just dreaming of getting where you are.
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« Reply #640 on: 29 March 2019, 02:40 PM »
Slowly, but surely. You're about to hit the home straight Stan!
I'm not sure I like this hot-pink though ;)
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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #641 on: 29 March 2019, 05:24 PM »
Top job Stan, I also see three different colours in the photos, hot titty pink, English red and purple  ;D so much for the technology in mobile phones!

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #642 on: 30 March 2019, 02:36 AM »
Hi Stan

Coming on nicely. I cannot remember, how many more chassis you have to go? Was it three cars in total? What colour are the other cars going to be?
I sure remember that feeling when first seeing the chassis painted, the paint work had such depth that it looked like liquid glass. It's going to be amazing as you put all those new parts on the car that you had been buying up.

I was unhappy with state of rust on the headlight bowls (I had to replace that entire front slam panel and headlight bowl assembly for a new one, see the last picture in this post: https://forum.w116.org/test-drive/my-first-w116-here-at-last/msg125816/#msg125816) and behind the bumpers (the surface rust cleaned off well, and the surface was treated to multiple new layers of paint, see the second last picture here: https://forum.w116.org/test-drive/my-first-w116-here-at-last/msg125817/#msg125817), so we put a layer of "protective wax" in these vulnerable areas. The "wax" has stayed put despite the car making a trip to Germany when there was a 40ยบ C heatwave. So if you cannot get Rustoleum, this could be an alternative.

Good luck with the rest of the build!

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #643 on: 01 April 2019, 04:42 AM »
Thanks for the friendly comments!
The color really is like this, in regular light. They did get it right, despite my first 60 seconds of fear, lifting the tarp in the shadow. :

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« Reply #644 on: 01 April 2019, 04:47 AM »
Hi Stan

Coming on nicely. I cannot remember, how many more chassis you have to go? Was it three cars in total? What colour are the other cars going to be?


I bought 3 chassis', 2 with plates from Taiwan, one from Holland for it's Pergament interior and it's spare parts. However, I dare mot look that far ahead anymore, given the time it took to get to this stage with car nr 1!
I am gonna need that Dutch engine, I expect, since much of my Taiwanese engine has gone missing after the imported wannabe mechanic Ed decided to disappear overnight, leaving my engine in pieces over 2000m2 of workshop surface on 3 floors.