Apr 26, 2011

Body Filler / Bondo Nightmare

Well a few weeks ago I started filling the weld seams on the body of the car. When you use body filler you take the regular filler and you add some hardener to it and mix it together. The details on how much is the right amount of hardener is very vague.

So for the first batch I mixed in the recommend amount of hardener within two minutes it had already hardened while I was applying it to car body. So for the second batch I decided to use about 50% less hardener thinking I had used way to much. HUGE MISTAKE haha!! I noticed that the filler was getting tacky but was no where near as rock hard as the first batch after about 20min. I continued to apply it to the entire body and later called it a night.

Well the next day I get off work and I head to the shop to sand and add new filler on the body. Much to my surprise none except the 1st batch of body filler had dried. All the filler had the consistency of chewing gum. So basically I just applies .8 gallons of bubble gum on the car hahaa.

Here are some pics. It took about 4-5 hours to clean and remove the filler gunk. I used lacquer thinner and a wire brush drill bit to help get most of it off.

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None of the below body filler dried. Sad smile

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After 5 hours: Its back looking FRESH AND CLEAN back to step 1

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The whole process was 1 step forward 5 steps backwards but I guess that’s all part of learning. So far I have re-applied body filler to most of the body and it has dried 100% I just needed to mix the filler better and make sure I had enough hardener. It should only take 10min for body filler to harden up.

Apr 20, 2011

Used Rear Tires - Bridgestone Dueler H/L

Well installed my rear tires over the weekend. Thought about getting some brand new ones online for about $280 shipped they were some type of Hankook tires. I called a Big O Tire in Columbia and asked if they had any used 275-55-20 and they actually had 8 of them. They said they would mount / balance em including tire for $40 a piece. So that was that and I purchased them. They really make the car look 10x better.

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My next post will discuss the body nightmare that happened because the body filler didn’t dry.

Body Filler Nightmare

So last week I got some products to start my filling all the seems of the body with. I did a little research and ended up going with Rage 105 from Evercoat. It was barely half full when I opened it up.

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After:

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All done lets hope it dries … The next day none of it was dry and it was a complete mess. This being my first time using body filler I didn’t’ use near enough activator in it. Live and Learn.

Apr 8, 2011

Reverse Eye Leaf Spring

Ordered my leaf spring from www.speedwaymotors.com . Got it in the other day with the shackles. Here are some pictures.

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Also cut some foam so I could figure out what size wheel to run in the rear of the car. The small foam cut out is a 275 30 20. The larger one is 275 55 20. I’m going to end up going with the 275 55 20 I think the larger tire will look much better and also have a larger white wall.

Tire Size: 275 30 20

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Tire Size: 275 55 20

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That’s all I got for this week. This weekend its time to weld some brackets and apply some bondo!