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Whitey Gets a new paint job!

   Whitey - A 1975 Spitfire 6 Cylinder and Fuel Injected Conversion

   Whitey's Home Page    The 6 cylinder     Fuel injection ECU    Custom Manifold  
The ECU location   96 Amp Alternator   A Remote oil filter   Aluminum Radiator 
 Engine Position comparison     Frame mods    Firewall mods     An engine analysis  


ODD paint photo problems!    compounding, buffing polishing    
 new tranny position   Shortening the shifter   a new tranny tunnel   the new clutch line 
  molded carpet mods    Outdoors in the Sun!   Engine Test stand     F.I. Home Page
  GT6 brakes    Self adjusting rear brakes     full engine out in the sun    A Sneak Peek!
  CV axles and custom a-arms   The other half of the story


    Shipwright's Disease kicks in.  Since I've mangled all this metal work, (with a bit more yet to go...) I figured this almost 6 year old rattle can, waxed over primer paint has got to go. So Whitey gets a new look.  It's taken me nearly a year to get to this...mostly because I couldn't decide on a color.     
      I finally found one color that really caught my eye. I come to find it was on used on the Dodge Ram Daytona. It as a coppery red/orange color. We'll the first paint mix was a disaster. The guy mixed the wrong paint. It ended up a bit more orange than anything else.  Well I already have an orange car (well... Blaze Red, OBie, my '73 MGBGT) and after testing it on the firewall...I decided I didn't like it.  So back to the paint shop, a mix adjustment and another respray test.... nah...still no good. It just doesn't look right.

     So on the third go around, I spent nearly three hours pouring through all the paint chip books at the shop. (quite literally thousands of chips/codes from 12 paint manufactures covering the last 10 years alone, used by roughly 30+ various car manufactures)   

   Well.... Since Gail let's me get away spending as much time as I do on all my hobbies, (cars, robotics, embedded microprocessor programming, dirt bikes, cycling, software, etc etc etc) I figured it was time to appease her once again.   So my color choices shifted dramatically at the last minute, to BLUE.  OK... me... of course not just any blue.  A bold electric blue, with a green pearl thrown in.

    Notice the color difference in the bonnet out in the daylight, vs the deeper blue of the car in the shade in the garage. 

Notice the shade change blue/green indoors/outdoors)

     This bonnet really pissed me off! Especially after having just sold a fantastic condition bonnet along with The Bastard Child.  I decided to try the Aircraft Stripper route, (rather than sand, like I did the rest of the car) to take the bonnet down to bare metal. It turns out it had nearly 1/8" of paint on it. Primer, original brown, red, then another primer layer, then the white on it when I bought it, then the white enamel I'd put on it.  Little did I know there was a ton of bondo all over it to hide all the dings and dents all over it.  Oh well... live and learn.  The fact is...that stripper REALLY does work! I used the blue-change-to-white gel stuff. In under 15 minutes...I had the biggest mess on my hands I've ever encountered when working on cars. I did it out in the backyard, on a big tarp. It worked just as advertised. I still had a bunch of sanding to do...but not nearly as much as it would have been sanding alone.  This is when I discovered the vast (albeit thin) layers of bondo all over the bonnet, to cover various dents and bumps.  Well I spent the better part of a day, just dinging out dents and waves. Got pretty good at it after awhile. You can still see a bunch...so it won't be a show car, but who cares. I plan to drive this sucker regularly! So parking it in a shopping center lot won't bother me either. 

(all stripped down and ready for the epoxy primer base coat)
(first color coat. The light and dark, is paint 
drying and green/blue color shifts with the light)


..stay tuned...  LOTS more to come...


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