October 15 …Monte Carlo….. The boys in Greenwood just wanted too much to paint this 88 model… So I stepped up to the plate. The metal really is nice except for the r/r qtr. It was beat out too far from the inside. I spent most of my morning and all of yesterday afternoon going over and over it again. Some razorblade work and a lot of aircraft stripper removed the paint from the hood and deck. We just sanded it off the short roof and fender tops. FINALLY, I sprayed her down with the 2k primer and my day is over. Start blocking in the morning.
Whoa Moma! That is way slicker! the hood and deck came out like glass reflecting off wet ice..The customer was particular.. he was sure he wanted the factory stripes back like they are supossed to be.. He is the BOSS.. and will get what he wants! Wound’t you? Saturday morning and I sprayed her body… good thing I went to school on these silver colors. You can sand it in different directions and the paint will lay different. I got this one right! Slow reducer makes the flakes law down like they should. My customer is gonna be glad he brought his car here, saves money too. ! Monday.. My pinstriper came in. The customer was right.. the stripes really set it off.. It will be ready Tuesday! Final assembly Tuesday morning. He dropped it off last Wensday afternoon ant it is ready the following Tuesday. ………..Your car could be next!
Bonneville 67 strip & paint TA DA FINISHED! A full strip job. It did not look that bad when it arrived untill you get 20 feet close to it, then you see the Macco paint job it is. Don’t worry, we have the anser to that……strip it bare!Here we go.. remember the first rule. “If you paint over crap..you still have crap” This car will be bare soon. MMM looks like it was blue in a past life. Well the first day is over and we have the deck stripped. That was an all day sucker. I found out that the quarters have been patched from the inside. I would have done it the same so I’m gonna do the owner and myself a favor and not dig in to that. You can see yhe spot welds on the inside and the outer low quarters look nice. I will block them flat though. Most of the defects in the trunk came out with the strip. NOBODY wants to strip so they sand out the bad places and paint over. It ALWAYS comes back. I really saved myself a lot of trouble by biting the bullet and STRIPPIN’ IT! A new day and still stripping. The hood and deck are in primer, first etch, then 2 K urethane. Found previous rust on lower pass door. Turns out is was minor.Friday, day 4.. cutting rust from trunk, filled extra antenna hole. Having to work inside the trunk because we cannot acess the area from behind the rear frame is killing us.. bent over. Gonna have to come back later. At least we have the passenger side ready for primer.! I primed it, then found a few more dings, That’s gonna happen. Thanks for the valance. It is nicer. I stripped it and hammered a little. NOW time to start blocking the battleship. Another day later… We blocked sanded and fixed little imperfections, then reprimed. I tinted this coat just a little so I tell more about my sanding levels. It looks a lot better after being primered twice! OK… Day 10 still no word from Publishers Clearing House so we keep trudging along! I’m on my third color primer, but the boat is getting very SLICK. I went through only a few places and found only a few pin size defects. The long blck don’t lie! I got paint under the decklid and hood. Big insulation pad under hood is new. Stripped all weatherstrips from both jambs, ready to water sand them. May get painted this afternoon. Aug 12 10 We got door jambs painted! 8 15 10 Monday, I truly belive this is the final priming of spots. Tomarrow is watersand day! Tuesday Aug 17 we have paint on the hood and trunk plus skirts too. LIKE wet ICE on wet ICE! Wensday, We got paint on it! Laid out real nice with out runs. Let it cure until Friday and put it back together. May have to repaint the hood. I had a lille run and clipped through trying to fix it. Crap, still not the end of the world…. Yes, I did repaint the hood and now it looks even better! Were’ putting it back together and the customer can pick it up this weekend.
The Pantera was a collaboration between Ford and Detomaso in the early 70’s. Henry Ford Jr. was chasing Ferrari at Lemans with the GT 40 cars and in 69′ his GT40’s came in first second and third. Ford wanted to build a car on the GT platform but for street use. Using the same ZF trans-axle and his new 351 ci Cleveland engine, the Pantera was born. The mid engine design and independent suspension gave the car great handling and balance.Four wheel disc brakes, and coil over shocks, all race car inspired created a true super-car. Around 4500 Panteras were built between 1971 and 74. The gas shortage and collision bumper requirements of the day ended Fords involvement, and the rights to the car were sold back to Mr. Detomaso. The car was built in limited numbers until the early 90’s but not imported to the US. A few grey market cars were brought in skirting import regulations, but the Pantera had run it’s course. Today, these cars are a great value for true performance sports cars. They are easy to repair and parts are still available through many vendors.We pulled the motor to get to the tank. Found rust behind tank. I kinda knew it was there. We are fixing it now, getting ready for the new 408 CI motor! Just painted the engine bay area. Looks like candy, well it is to me! The 408 is ready! It was run on the stand before intalling. It is all back together Wow what a beast. The new motor pulls hard and blisters the tires all the way to 6800 when it hits the rev limit. It drives real nice around town… sounds like trumpents from heaven…but when I hold it down.. at 4 g it really does break the tires loose… better be pointed straight ahead…. I’m afraid to hold it down into the upper part of third gear because it is going too fast to have the tires slipping.. for ME! It had to be streetable. 10-1 I can’t run race gas.. It runs great on 93 oct.. I used a bottle of oct boost to start with… but I run the timing kinda high and it still don’t “run on” when I shut her down. How do you like the new mirrors?