Body prep update 3

I think there’s going to be quite a few updates on the body preparation on here, which is kinda the point of my blog because its a run down of what I’m doing each time. So today I took another trip over to Pilgrim head quarters to pick up the next module parts (number 7, only 1 left before IVA) this gives me all the bright work etc, nudge bars and chrome plates, I also picked up the lights because I wanted to get all the holes cut in the body, prior to fixing the body to the chassis.

So far on the body, I’ve now completed trimmed the boot area, Boot lid itself and pre-fitted the license plate light. There’s four holes in the body for the seat belts to mounted to which require drilling and two 7/16 bolts fixed (as tight as you can possibly go, it HAS to be these or they fail the IVA) Holes for the fuel cap and roll bars are all done, although after fitting the chrome plates I think these will need a little adjustment. The seals around the doors have been trimmed ready for the seals and I’ve now cuts the holes for the side repeaters, headlights, indicators and holes for the front nudge bar.

As you can see there’s still the rear flash lines to do and more rubbing down on the front end, but that’s all part of the preparation. It’s nice to see the face lift coming along tho.

So next I have to cut the exhaust holes, which there is very little room for adjustment! I’m either going to get it right or terribly wrong. Trim the return edges on the doors and the bonnet along with cutting the bonnet scoop hole. Oh yes and finish the flash lines! SO much to prep to do, but hopefully I’ll have a kick ass body once its done.

Body prep update 2

So! the first thing I’ve learnt so far working on the body is everything takes about 10 times longer than you actually think it will! That being said, it is starting to take shape again a little bit at a time, although itĀ doesn’t blend well in a blog hence I’m just leaving a little bit of time between each one so show some progress as opposed to more flash lines being removed!

Before the body is fitted to the chassis there are several things you can do, holes to be cut, body parts to be trimmed etc etc. Thats basically what I’ve been doing past few days. I’ve trimmed the rear of the front wheel arches to allow for full range of movement of the wheels. Theres also a small section of the body by the rear wheel arch that needs trimming because the rear suspension arms on the ford running gets in the way (on the Jag donor it doesn’t) I’ve also temporarily fitted the fuel cap and roll bars by cutting the holes in the body as well as the holes of the door hinges.

There’s also quite a bit of work to be done on trimming the boot, bonnets and doors, and so far I’ve trimmed the boot only! It takes time, but once done it does feel good as its all hard grafting etc šŸ™‚ Using an angle grinder to cut away the fibreglass and then sand it all down, again going through all the different grades till I end up with 2000 grit, keeping it all nice and smooth.

I’ve also be trying the polishing again, now I have the G3 and G10Ā Farecla compound I thought I’d revisit the front wings and try again. I also invested in a Silverline electric polisher to hopefully make things a little easier and I have to say, with practise I think it will be pretty good and I didn’t do to bad for the first go.

I remembered to do a before and after shot this time, which I am very pleased with, you can see I haven’t finished the front yet and I think I need to flatten the nose down with 2000 grit some more, theres still a few swirl marks I want to get rid off. For anyone else attempting to keep the body in a decent condition it pretty tough going to be honest and you have to be so careful and it gets very very messy. Black is probably the hardest body colour to work on in gelcoat, it does look great but you can see every tiny pin hole and sight error you make. SO this is going to take a while, I may well get it sprayed! haha but I’ll try and keep it in gelcoat first … lots of tiny imperfections to correct. But don’t get me wrong, Pilgrims gelcoat finish is one of best in the business, I’m just being a perfectionist!

But so far it looks good I think šŸ™‚

 

Oh Shiny

Not much going on today on the car, I had a lot of other things to sort, but more importantly my exhausts arrived! I decidedĀ to purchase these separate from the one supplied with the kit. But only on the basis that I liked the look of the 4 pipe cluster coming out of the body rather than single one. It’s all at an additional cost but I think in the end it’ll be worth it for my car.

And of course Ash-ka had to get in on the photo for this one! But he adds a sense of scale to it. Thanks to Custom Chrome for these beauties, I think they look awesome

Body prep update 1

After rubbing down the flash lines on the front of the car (Both front wings and the nose, equated to a couple of hours work) I wanted to check if I will be able to get the flattened dull areas back to a nice shine, before I go ahead and mark the rest of the car! of course having theĀ gelcoat in BLACK does make things a little tricker, you see every little dink! Perhaps in a few years I’ll end up getting it sprayed properly, but until then, if I can do enough body prep to get a decent job I’ll be happy.

Annoyingly the G3 Farecla didn’t arrive but the G10 did, similar compound rubbing agent but a lot finer, that is my finishing compound. I also don’t have an electric polisher so had to try it by hand with the use of a little waffle! I’ve learnt something already, I’m not doing the entire car by hand! no way! The main problem was I couldn’t rub enough of the compound in to get get the full effect and obviously not at 600rpm! So the next purchase will be an electric polisher with variable speeds and some mop heads etc.

However that being said (Before and after shots) …

This is the finish I managed to get after an hour using G10 Farecla compound (2 goes at rubbing it down) It’s not as shiny as the gelcoat yet, so theres still more to do, but I’m quite happy with the hand held result (I know its not a before and after shot, they are different sides, but you get the picture) and a huge bonus, NO flash lines šŸ™‚ so i gotta be happy about that. There’s loads to on the entire car, doors, boot and donate, before anything goes together but I am happy and more confident I can get a decent finish now

Oh and I got some good today … I’m getting a special delivery tomorrow … what will it be … you’ll have to wait and see šŸ˜‰

Body preparation begins

Ok ok before I get started I should say a quick sorry to anyone who’s been following my posts and wondering what the hell’s going on, Christmas is over and you said you’d be getting straight on to it … well, I actually ended up takingĀ on a few more jobs before the new year and then the football kicked right back into action and on the days I had off, I decided I needed a break, so I took a much needed few days to completely relax and get a few other (house) bits done an sleep a lot. But fear not I am back and tonight saw the start of prepping the body.

Now this is one part of the modular build you can actually have Pilgrim do the prep work for you, i.e. remove the flash lines and cut most of the holes … yes honestly you can, but I want the sense of satisfaction (if all goes well) knowing that I did all the work and got it to that condition it will end up in.

So first off, I have to remove the flashlines, these are the whereĀ in the manufacturing process a line of resinĀ is formed between the moulds. Now reading online there are several ways of doing this, but here is howĀ I decided to do it;

First I broke off the majority of the flashlines with myĀ fingers using a cloth and then very gently scrape the remaining bits off with a blade (I used a plasters scraper) until the ridge is only just visible. I then got out some wet and dry sandpaper, and making sure to use lots of warm soapy water I got to work rubbing those flashlines down. I started with 400, then 800, then 1200 and finally 2000. This leaves the whole area very dull looking and apparently ready for polishing. So here’s my first attempt;

Time wise I think it took me around 45-50mis to do the one side of the front wing which I didn’t was too bad, but then looking at the entire car, oh man this is gonna to take a while! You’ll notice I used a rigid sanding block aswell, although here I think it might be a little to hard, so I’m going to get a hard sponge tomorrow and try that. When usingĀ the 2000 grit I decided to useĀ this with my hand, mainly because I thought I could feel the contours of the body better by hand, and I wasn’t go mad at this point. I did stop and think, why am I testing this on an area plainly visible! Well that’s because of what others have said and the results I’ve seen, I was and still am fairly confident I can get a decent finish.

So here’s the end of 45-50 mins of rubbing down, a nice dull shine, but I can still see the ridge where the flash line was in places, so I need to go back over this. I think with 800 first, then 1200 and finally 2000 before I try polishing it. The problem I found when rubbing it down was it was difficult to see if you’d rubbed it enough to remove the line completely, clearly in some areas (only slightly) I hadn’t. But thats ok, its nothing a little more work will sort. At the end of this I know, the more prep I put into getting this right the better the result will be, so there’s always hope. I did keep whipping it dry to check, but I only have so many cloths!

Tomorrow I’m going to get some G3, G1o Farecla and some hand held polishing pads, once I’ve had another go at this side I want to polish it up a little to make sure I can get the finish I’m going to be happy with. If all goes well, then I can set to work on the rest of the car.

I’m doing all this in the hope I can get away with not painting the car yet, thats one cost I hadn’t budgeted for so I am hoping I can get this Gelcoat looking in good shape by the end.