Yesterday was spent priming small parts and the fenders with the epoxy "build" primer.  It was then
blocksanded to get it smooth.
Today the parts were painted with 2 coats of color and one coat of clear. The clear will be sanded with
1000 grit wet-o-dry sandppaper and than another coat applied,then sanded with 2000, then buffed.
The picture hides it well, but the fender in the middle has a bunch of BIG runs in the clearcoat...
It's that  
LEARNING CURVE   thing...
This Web Site is to document the repainting of Cara's 65 Mustang Coupe
Note that all the work will be done by a kid not yet old enough to drive.
(Well, NOW she is old enough to drive - this took a bit longer than expected)
Two Hours With An Impact Wrench =
Entire Front End Removed
These are the "BEFORE" pictures
And then...
Removing all the trim...
An Hour With a Screwdriver and Wrenches = NO INTERIOR
The REAL FUN Begins ...
DAY # 1
DAY # 2
DAY # 3
Sunday 8-17-03
DAY # 5
Sunday, 8-24-03
Rolled up towels keep the solids
from flowing too far, making cleanup
easier
The ol' man
helps out...
Paint on the stripper with a natural bristle brush,
wait 15 minutes, and then peel it off with the high
pressure washer.  (See Cara's reflection in the
window - she is the one doing this...remember?)
Girls can too!
First paint removal was done with a paint
brush and Aircraft Stripper, then a wire brush,
then water hose.
This quickly proved tedious and the wire brush
makes the stripper fly all over the place, and it
STINGS if it gets on the skin!
Mr. Tim's power washer to the rescue!.  Just
hose the stripper and paint right off!
DAY # 6
Monday, 8-25-03
Back to the
brush-on-the-stripper-scrape-it-off
technique...
Notice that it is raining in the
background.  We could make
alot more progress if the
weather would cooperate.
Always wear safety glasses when working with this stuff.
(This picture was posed while waiting for the stripper to do it's work)
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DAY # 7
Wednesday, 8-27-03
The top of the hood only took two
applications to strip it this clean.  
This is an almost perfect hood.  It
has one tiny ding in the top.
Notice that it is getting dark
sooner now...
DAY # 8
Monday, 9-1-03
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DAY # 9 - ???
We lost track...(thru 10-3-03)
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It rained all weekend, so the car stayed inside.  Here, Cara is removing everything from the back end of the car.
Hopefully we will get some dry weather soon so we can get rid of the rest of the Poppy Red paint.
We went to the paint store in
Dallas last week and bought
the materials to get the primer
on the car.
Bill so far is $253, JUST FOR
PRIMER!!!
UPDATED April 3, 2004
We have been pretty busy with the project, and
the day gets away before we remember to take
pictures.  This one reminded me of
STONEHENGE for some reason
PROGRESS!!!
We now have a perfectly blocked HOOD and two FENDERS,
ready for final priming.  The doors are stripped and will be
easy fixes, with no rust at all.
Dad kept hearing this little voice saying..
"TEN days until I get my license!"  Then "NINE days until I get my
license!", then the countdown...
Well the car still looks pretty much the same, and she now has her
license.   I am wondering if the picture above reflects a "WHAT have I
gotten myself into?" theme...
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DAY # ??? (call it 15)
We lost track...(thru 10-7-03)
The tough part is coming soon.  There are two big rust holes
in the driver side quarter panel that will have to be cut out and
welded up with a new patch panel.  We will use the smallest
piece of the patch panel that will do the job.
Now, someone please explain this one to me...

The quarter panel in this picture is as straight as any I have ever laid eyes on.  
WHY did the
previous body man spread 1/4" of Bondo all over it and make it wavy?  Maybe he was a
SURFER???

There are maybe three small dings, easily accessible from inside the trunk, that needed filler.  
All three are right in the center of the panel.  See them???  Neither did I...

At least he was consistent.  The other side is identical.
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DAY 16
10-9-03
OK, Dad had to take over for a while to cut out the rust. A very
steady hand and some experience was required to cut out
just enough, but not too much.
We used this acid
etch stuff to kill any
flash rust from the
stripping process.  It
has something in it
that keeps it from
rusting after it dries.  
Bare metal can go for
weeks after being
coated with it.
This is the quarter panel
behind the driver side
rear wheel.  It was a
pleasant surprise to find
the inner wheel housing
completely solid and
intact.  The plan is to
leave the fender lip in
place and weld the new
piece to it so it won't be
detectable.  Rust killer
was used inside to stop
any future rusting.
The area in front of the rear wheel was in worse shape that we thought.  After cutting out
what we thought was the rusty metal (see the triangular hole), it was then decided to
remove the entire lower edge of the quarter.  The panel has a 90 degree flange that is
spot welded to the lower piece.  A chisel was used to break the spot welds, and then
they were ground smooth.  Rust converter was then applied.
Note the cool magnetic work light the kids gave me
for my birthday.  It has an automatic retracting reel
for the cord and the magnetic part is handier than I
ever imagined.  (Sears)
This is the next area to be tackled...
Pictures coming - this was a real pain to fix.  
It did not look too bad, but that little chamfer
at the bottom is tough to get right.  We
should have gone with a new tail light
panel, but they just don't make them with
the proper curvature any more.
DAY # 4
Saturday 8-23-03
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DAY 17
October 12, 2003
A small piece of a patch panel
was hammer-welded in place.  
That means there is no overlap
and the pieces are an exact fit
and butt welded together.  
Minimal filler will be required.
Cara block sanding the quarter panel.  I never knew that trips to the
mall were absolutely required on Saturdays until we started this
project.  She is motivated to get the sanding finished so she can go
shopping.
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DAY ??? (we lost count)
December 12, 2003
Month 5
(gave up on counting days...)
January 12, 2004
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Previous body work was less than perfect and they had eroded away the lead joint
between the roof and quarter panel.  Cara filled and sanded until it was "just right"
to make it blend in better.
The front valance was trashed, so we got another
original one that only had one small dent in it.  Cara
filled and sanded.  This was her first real filler work,
and it came out perfect!
Doors and deck lid were painted after the fenders.  
Holes were cut in the front of the doors and on the
car's hinge area to install the rubber boots from a
90 Mustang so the power window and lock wires
will have a conduit to run in
Fenders are painted and color
sanded, awaiting final buff job.  
They are just "sitting there"
held with two bolts.  At this
point, hood had been blocked
out and primed with the green
etching primer.
Month 5
(gave up on counting days...)
January something, 2004
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Here are the latest pictures.  We have
painted every last drop of blue paint that
we owned.  Everything has at least two
coats of clearcoat.  Doors are hung,
decklid is buffed out and installed.  
Fenders are just sitting there,awaiting
Cara to sand the upper part of the inner
fenders to repaint black.  We will let it
cure for a week or so before sanding with
2000 wet-or-dry and buffing the
remainder of the car.  New bolts have
been ordered to install the fenders.
Month 7
(My, how time flies...)
March something, 2004
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New registration sticker going on.

This girl is on the road!
Month 8
First car show!
April 2004
First Car Show...North Texas Mustang Club's April 3, 2004 Cruise
at the Cracker Barrell in Lewisville, TX