January 7th, 2007

Working on it

Minor update

In the past week, on the passenger-side outer wing I've: cut out and replaced some rotten bits, welded up the wing-mirror hole, bolted it back on to check it still fits (it does :), and cut a funny-shaped hole for the new radio antenna. On both wings I've: modified the sidelight hole to fit the later combined sidelight/indicator unit (I'm upgrading to amber flashing indicators as I think flashing sidelights and brakelights are likely to confuse other drivers), finished sanding all the rust-spots down to bare metal, applied rust-killer to all the bare metal, flatted down the old green paint, and sprayed a coat of zinc primer over the exposed parts.

The wings are getting close to the stage now where I'll be able to spray them with the cellulose primer and topcoat.

I'm hoping Fenchurch's other body parts aren't going to be as time-consuming to prepare for painting as her wings were. I know I've got to weld a new bottom plate on the driver's door (it's always the driver's side that's suffered the most from rust on this car), and there's one little hole on the driver's side B post that could do with patching, but after that I don't think I'll need to do any more weld repairs. There are very few places that need filling either; the whole car is remarkably dent-free considering her age.