With the gaps set on the front fenders and hood, the body work began. I'd already done some work on the hood with the stud welding gun but it still needed some more massaging. The fenders were from a '68 "Flintstone" convertible. I've covered them in previous posts a long time ago. I'm going to divide this post up into 2 parts. The first post will be the hood. The second will be the fenders. I was working both simultaneously as I waited for filler to set. But it will be more clear about the work done by dividing them up.
This hood was from a '67 and was in fairly good shape...until I had a gust of wind came through the open garage and knock it over onto the outside surface shortly after I purchased it ($100). (Insert colorful metaphor here) Hence the stud gun to help get the center peak back close to original shape.
|The dent in the hood peak is barely visible, but it also distorted the metal on each side.|
|Both hood corners looked about the same.|
|I dressed the stud welding points getting ready for filler|
Of course, the holes where the"FORD" letters were in the hood had to be filled. In '68, Ford deleted the hood letters. This was fairly quick work for the 'ol Hobart MIG welder.
|The holes where the FORD letters were needed to be filled.|
|The holes filled in nicely with the MIG welder.|
|This is my sanding block arsenal along with rolls of 80, 120, and 220 grit adhesive paper.|
|Driver's side hood corner with guide coat|
|The hood peak with guide coat|
The guide coat really shows the imperfections and true contours including all the high and low spots. That means another couple more rounds of filler, sanding, guide coat, sanding, etc. until the guide coat is mostly gone without leaving either bare metal or filler (High spots) or guide coat remaining (low spots)
|The passenger corner with guide coat.|
|The filler was much higher than necessary as indicated by the guide coat.|
Once I get the rest of the body work done and in epoxy primer, I'll block out the whole care and then spray it entirely with the surfacer primer. This is going to be a long, long process. The work on the hood probably took a total of 8 hours from start to epoxy primer. But I can't knock forward progress.
Next up will be the front fenders.
Until the next time...