Edit....Back from paint!

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Ptoneill
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Your car is a: 1979 Fiat Spider 2000
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Edit....Back from paint!

Postby Ptoneill » Fri May 30, 2014 11:35 pm

Well my car is finally off to the paint and body guy....both happy and bummed, up to this point I have done most of my own work. Here are a couple of before, as in when I first bought the car, to it being hauled away 4 years later. The scary part will be trying to put it back together after the incredible paint job the painter, Scott , will put on it.

First day home...400 dollar 79 Fiat, junk yard auction, drove it home with bad brake booster!
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Made a clean spot, buffed out decent
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Things quickly got out of hand......damn clean spot!
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About $800 dollars worth of parts bolted on lower part of the motor...Marks ignition, Miller Mules pully's etc
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New brakes...Marks Fiat 500 conversion....and wheels...Yes Marks...he really should start a loyal customer discount program!

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My idea for the way the rear should look.......I like it
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I love wiring....?
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Off she goes ...an ugly duckling about to become a swan!!
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More to come!!
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Pat
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SoFlaFiat
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Re: Off to paint

Postby SoFlaFiat » Sat May 31, 2014 6:48 am

Looking good!!
She's come a long way!
Congrats!
1971 124BS1 with 1608, since October 2014
1977 124CS1 with 1800, since June 1993
1981 124CS0 with built 2 liter under construction since April 2013...
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Daniel
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Re: Off to paint

Postby Daniel » Sat May 31, 2014 4:32 pm

looks like your doing a good job hope she turns out great! nice job on the dash so far too.
Daniel (the Bandit)

1979 Spider With a Completely Modified Stroker 2207cc Engine, Race Cams, TWM Side Drafts,
High Volume Oil Pump, SW Adjustable Cam Gears what a fun project can't wait to have her completed
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Re: Off to paint

Postby RRoller123 » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:08 am

Nice!
'80 FI Spider 2000 (rolling "resto")
'74 X1/9 (many years ago)
'79 X1/9 (fewer years ago)
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btoran
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Re: Off to paint

Postby btoran » Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:36 am

looks good. what color are you painting it?
1975 Fiat 124 Spider

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Ptoneill
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Re: Off to paint

Postby Ptoneill » Mon Jun 02, 2014 2:17 pm

Very similar to this.....although I will be using a three part PPG

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Re: Off to paint

Postby btoran » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:33 pm

i know red cars are faster, but 640hp? wow. you'll have the fastest spider aorund. :wink:
1975 Fiat 124 Spider

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Re: Off to paint

Postby Ptoneill » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:59 pm

That engine would make a spider twist like at twizzler!! I found the color at the SEMA Show last year, BASF has not released it yet but the PPG rep said they could match it.......we'll see.

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Re: Off to paint

Postby Ptoneill » Sun Jun 29, 2014 3:24 am

Ok, so my car has been in the body shop for about a week or two....very interesting process......first I must give credit where credit is due...for all you guys and gals who do your own work on the body of these cars you have my admiration. I am very mechanically inclined and have no problems with mechanical or electrical issues...but I cannot stress how important it is to have a talented body person prep your car.

My car by all outward appearance was a fine example of a 35 year old car, if found only one very minor rust thru area..a tiny pin hole in the divers side floor board....see pictures...boy was I in for a surprise!!

This is a photo of the passenger side door jamb....be in mind that this was not visible prior to having the paint removed, it was backed with a duct tape to hold the bondo type material in....

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I found out that the car had several of these "repairs"...apparently the car had be fixed by someone who had a stock in the body filler industry, they did not pull dents, they simply filled them in..

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This is the door jamb after being corrected....

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I have many more photos to upload....It would be no fun to upload them all at once... although if you really want to see them you can go to the photo bucket link below and see them....... I will add commentary later...again you all that do this body work yourselves are my hero's!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Off to paint

Postby azruss » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:20 am

once you get the bill from our body guy, you will understand why many of us do our own body work. :cry:

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Re: Off to paint

Postby Ptoneill » Sun Jun 29, 2014 12:28 pm

Trust me I know how much the cost is I have been working all the off duty work I can get to pay for it. This car started out as a small project and rapidly got out of control. But I have done all the other work myself and he is very good about letting me hang over his shoulder to learn about the different techniques he uses. We have also thrown about different ideas which I will post later some of them we have implemented and as far as I know have not been used on these cars. The nice part is that I have not gone into debt to build it which is why it has taken so long!
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Re: Off to paint

Postby wizard124 » Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:13 pm

Pat, I empathize. I had some surprise rust on the passenger running board. I also thought about doing the body work and paint myself (never done same before). I was also out of work room......

I'm very happy I sent it out, you will be too! There is truth in knowing your limitations :D

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Re: Off to paint

Postby Ptoneill » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:06 pm

Ok here are some more photos .......after the last couple of surprises we decided that the body would be taken down to bare metal. This turned into a very good idea!!

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Beware of buying a primer covered hood.......I don't even remember who I got it from but they deffinately got me!!

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Close up!.....

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I ended up using my dented original hood, it was much easier to pull the dents vs fixing the replacement hood...I hate people who intentionally deceive others

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I am having the front and rear modified

Front shave

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Note...slits for bumper mounts...
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First primer coat....really getting close

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Gotta go, will add more this evening!!
Stay Safe,

Pat
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Re: Off to paint

Postby Ptoneill » Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:39 am

Ok here is the back...I will show the doors separately as they had some real issues.....

Rear modification to hold Lokar Led lights

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Shaved lip, filled seams, gas filler and antenna removal, shaved trunk lock (electric popper)

Mock up prior to body shop
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Very happy!!

The pictures are cut, the full pictures are viewable on the photobucket link below
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Pat
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Re: Off to paint

Postby SoFlaFiat » Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:53 am

It's coming along very nicely Pat!! Looking good!!
1971 124BS1 with 1608, since October 2014
1977 124CS1 with 1800, since June 1993
1981 124CS0 with built 2 liter under construction since April 2013...
Here is the link to my build blog:
http://www.miscuglio777881.com


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