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   Thirteen - my 67 Spitfire MKIII

             The Body work begins

   Thirteen - 1967 Spitfire MKIII Specific Tasks and Procedures

  Interior    The floors     Interior Panels   Dashtop       Dash  Veneer    New Seat Covers
  Exterior     Body and paint work    The Bonnet     Ragtop Installation    Wire Wheel trunk mount  
 Engine   Carb rebuild   Battery shelf               
  Suspension    Front Suspension Rebuild     Stud anomalies   Rear Axles      


picture taken in the p.o.s driveway the first day I went to look at it.

Well I guess this is where it begins.  The p.o. had parked the Spit out in the street in front of house for the first time in the twenty+ years he owned it, so he could park his new Corvette in the garage. Sure enough... some A--hole hit it and left without a note. The rear corner of the fender at the tail light got punched in, and the side crinkled. The tail light is just bolted on for looks. So I guess this is where I'll start.

back at my house in the garage

Back in my garage, after removing the paint to bang out the fender...WOW! look at all that bondo! Looks like I've got a lot more work than I thought ahead of me. Maybe I'll just replace the fender completely.  Nah... hammer and dolly time.

Bondo removed, panel beat out, sanded and Extend-ed

After 3 hours of chiseling out the old bondo, I spent another 10 hours of hammering out the sheet metal. I guess the p.o. simply took a short cut or didn't know how to use a hammer and dolly. The inner fender made it tough to get to some of it, but a few custom made tools... and I got it pretty flat. (well...curved as designed) A ton of sanding, and then a good coat of Extend (rust buster) blackens the metal, converts the rust, and leaves a good surface for primer to adhere to.

fresh coat of Leyland white

Well after remounting the bonnet, the whole car was primered, sanded, primered again, sanded, sanded again, and finally a coat of primer sealer applied.  Then today, 1/13/04, (wow...there's that 'thirteen' again) it got three coats of Leyland white PPG DAR Urethane. I mix in Reducer and hardener to get that wet look.


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