Up in the Air
Spent the day removing the windows, locks, latches and seals from the doors. I also removed the rear hood and engine lid. I’ll more than likely remove the doors and front hood and have everything stripped and painted separately. For the meantime, I’ve put the tail in the air to prepare for engine extraction. Apart from all of the restoration work, this is one of the important milestones in the conversion. Pulling an engine really is no big deal, but this car will never need gasoline again.
I’m still undecided on whether to spend the dough taking the entire body down to bare metal for painting, and am waiting on a couple replies from both a soda blaster and a dry ice blaster. While sand blasting is typically used to abrade the paint from the car, it can also pit and scratch the metal underneath, which can affect the finish of the final paint job. Soda blasting uses baking soda, which removes the paint while leaving the underlying metal untouched. Baking soda is much easier to clean up and dispose of than sand. Dry ice blasting fires tiny pellets of dry ice onto the paint surface which creates CO2 bubbles under the paint layer and “pops” it off the metal. The dry ice immediately sublimates (evaporates), which leaves only paint dust to sweep up. I’m waiting to see which I can afford.