Hah, I still like your odds of beating us. We're shooting for having it done in about 18 months. Fingers crossed.You are starting to make progress too quickly now and I am going to start loosing ground.... The welding will get better over time. The kicker is the cost of gas.
What are you using for primer? Just epoxy primed the rear piece for the quarter this morning so I can get the pass quarter welded in place.
We're using Advantage High Build 2k 325. Recommended by my hot rod buddy who maybe has custom painted more cars than anyone alive. Not kidding. So I trust his advice.