Monday, April 30, 2007

The bugs, dust, pollen and litter

is all landing on my fresh paint ! But I don't care ! The sun is shining, I have the day off work, and Nena is all one colour again.

After weeks of sanding and finding reactions and blemishes I decided I had to get the car in primer. These shots are just after a blast of Bar Coat, which fingers crossed has so far done its job and all previous reactions have disappeared.

The finish isn't great, a little too dry in parts, and very dusty in others, but for my first spraying effort in around 13 years I'm happy.

So, leave it a few hours and blast on some primer - please don't rain !
More very soon, I hope, Jim

Sunday, April 29, 2007

What happened next ?

So what have I been doing since Detling then you wonder ? Its hard to answer that question quickly, as I have been tackling lots of little jobs, and moving between the chassis and bodywork.

Harry and Paul from Club NOVA came down the following weekend to have a look at Nena and offer advice.
The body is back off and at last the shell is solid again with all major holes underneath fibreglassed up, and sealed.

and I have even test fitted the bonnet and hinges. On the chassis I have started fitting the pedal box, bolted in the hydraulic clutch slave and painted the brake callipers. I have also started making the copper brake lines. The fuel tank has also been treated to a lick of red paint and new shock absorbers fitted all round.

The aim is to buy up all final parts I need at Stoneleigh Kit Car Show and then get the chassis completed inside the next few weeks. The body has a few areas that keep reacting, so when the weather allows a coat of bar coat will be blown over the whole shell.
Once the chassis is finished and the body in bar coat I will mount it back up and test fit an engine and wiring loom. I have two engines which I am working with at the moment, hopefully to give me one usable one ! An alternator conversion kit has also been sourced to help with charging.
Lots to do, but a few more jobs off the list - keep watching !!!!