Zeadly 81

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  1. Canadian Barton

    Canadian Barton Veteran Member

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    Here's my second kick at the cat. Started with a 1978 Z28

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    It didn't take long to realize I was in over my head and down the road i went.

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    In the meantime I purchased an 81 Z28 that is in remarkably good shape. Just lousy paint.

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    Now begins the process of "light" sanding an d getting it ready for new paint. I hope to have it painted by June but likely pushing end of June for the back on the road date.

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    Sorry to hear the first one didn't go so well. This one looks better so hopefully you can get it back on the road quickly as you hope. Still lots of snow around those parts?
     
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    Welcome aboard And you fun has just begun
     

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    Snow is mostly gone and it's shorts and backyard fire pit season. Still lots up in the mountains though.
     
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    That's good to hear! I know the Calgary area was hit pretty yard with snow this past winter.
     
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    A couple of scorchers made me commit to yard clean up after the long winter. Even managed to get the cover off the iceberg that will one day be a pool again.
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    Sunday turned to cool and rain so I got to spend the day in the garage. Working on getting the front bumper cover stripped down to the original. Three layers of paint, 3 layers of primer, one thin layer of high build primer and many hours of sanding. I hope to have this finished in time for Christmas... holy cow what a PIA. The red is really tough as it seems to just spread instead of sanding away. Looks like it might have had a run in with a curb and had some tears in the chin spoiler and front flares. Managed to get them cleaned up and repaired with the plastic welder. Getting pretty handy with that. I also found a heat gun will help persuade the bumper back to the original shape.
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    How strong do you think that plastic weld is going to be? I need to restore a urethane nose that has some ripped mounting holes that. I was considering fiberglassing them, I have no experience with plastic welding
     
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    Once it sets it is incredibly durable. The set up I have is a polyvance airless, it's basically a soldering iron that I spent way too much money on but I'm sure your harbor freight has something similar. I see you can get this kit in the States for $160, comes with lots of different types of plastic rod which is likely where the value is. It also comes with some steel mesh that you can use to reinforce your welds. I've used that and it works great.
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    More hole repair on the front bumper cover. Will need a light sanding then prime and fill. I call it progress and will post once I have it all in primer. Should be this weekend.

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    Oh, and 16 days later the pool was a balmy 82 degrees.

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