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Man! I'm not ready to do my body and body shell stuff right now. I want to drive and enjoy the car some this summer.

I have a concours restored engine, xmsn, and rear end.

I couln't put that brand new-looking stuff into a car with a filthy belly. The quick solution was to just clean it up.

I took a brass wire brush in the drill and lightly went over the belly. Then I sprayed on mineral spirits and Castrol SuperClean and let it soak for 20 minutes. I wiped it with clean rags, let it dry, and then wiped it with a damp lacquer-thinner rag.

After it dried, I shot it with "Spray-MAX"catylized polyurethane clear from an aerosol can. http://www.repaintsupply.com/prod_images_blowup/clearcoat1.jpg
This stuf is cool! They put a 2-part poly in a high tech spray bomb that has a chamber for the part B. You remove a button from the cap, install it on the bottom, and push it in. It ruptures the inner chamber and releases the catylist. Just shake it up. It lasts 3 or 4 days before it won't spray any more. It's pricey...$24 per can but it's a lot cheaper than buying a pint of clear + hardener + thinner to clean up. This is professional grade paint like PPG Concept etc.!!!

MY BELLY LOOKS LIKE IT ROLLED OFF THE ASSEMBLY LINE YESTERDAY, EXCEPT FOR A FEW ROCK-CHIPS FROM THE LAST 45 YRS, AND FRECKLES WHERE THE FACTORY EPOXY PRIMER DIDN'T STICK WELL TO THE GALVANIZED FRAME RAILS!!!!!

I'll post some pictures as soon as I get the drivetrain in and take it to a friend's house and raise it on a lift. I tried taking pics with it on jack stands but I just can't get far enough away to show it.

NOW I HAVE DECIDED THAT WHEN I DO MY CONCOURS PAINT ON THE EXTERIOR, I'M NOT GONNA DO ANYTHING ELSE TO THE BOTTOM. IT LOOKS SO GOOD, AND THAT WAY, THE JUDGES CAN SEE THAT THE CAR IS ORIGINAL AND HAS NEVER BEEN ON A ROTISSERIE!
 

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Sounds nice! I'll be looking for the pics!
 

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I like the idea of keeping the underside as original as possible. Where is your car from...that it's in such good condition underneath? Anxious to see pics!
 

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Here's some incomplete pics at the beginning of the process. It was an Atlanta car. I bought it the 1st time in 1979, with 69,000 mi, from the original owner, when I was in high school. I sold it in 1980. In 2009, I found it and bought it back from the same guy. He had only put 15,000 mi on it in 31 yrs. Always kept inside.

I replaced the trunk dropoffs last year because he had an ate up exhaust system that caused the dropoffs to get cancer.

EVERYTHING ELSE IS PERFECT. No sound deadener or undercaot anywhere.





 
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