Saturday, December 31, 2016

Trimming Rear Quarter Panels

Last year, I learned that when I have a passenger with me in the Mustang, the additional weight can cause the tires to hit the lip of the quarter panel.  The contact caused some damage to the passenger side tire.  Since both sides are about equal distance from the tires, I decided to trim an 1/8th an inch off each quarter panel lip to see if it and the new shocks help or if I must get some different springs.

I used a set of calipers set to 1/8" and used them to scribe a mark to ensure I trim an even amount.

I decided against trimming using an cutting wheel.  Instead, I used a 60 grit flap wheel to essentially grind off enough metal.  This gave me a smooth surface and allowed me to grind up to exactly my mark and then bevel the sides of the cut just a little.

While I was working on the car, I decided to spray down the rear leaves with some WD40 Silicone spray.  The leafs make squeak noises and this seemed to take care of it.  The stuff I used is suppose to be water resistant so I'm hopeful it will last a while.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bilstein Rear Shocks

I installed a set of Bilstein rear shocks today which I purchased a couple of weeks back.  I upgraded the front shocks to Bilstein's earlier this year but waited on the rear shocks as they are a little expensive.  

The front Bilstein shocks were dramatically larger than the KYB Gas-A-Just front shocks.  The rear Bilstein shocks are also larger than the KYB versions but the difference is not as dramatic.  The KYB shocks can be compressed without much difficulty.  The Bilstein's seem to be about twice a stiff.

The Bilstein rear shock is shown below with and without the boot beside the KYB shocks they replaced.

This is what came in the package provided by Street or Track.  They were $94 each.

The replacement of the rear shocks does not have as much impact on ride quality as when the front shocks were replaced.  I can tell the car rides better.  When there are a few people in the car, the back will bottom out with 4.5 mid-eye leafs.  I'll need to replace them at some point but I'm curious if the stiffness of these shocks helps the situation at all.  Time will tell.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Temporary Fender & Valence Repaint (Part 4)

I'd planned to relax a little this afternoon but instead I decided to go ahead and reassemble the Mustang.  Everything had dried enough so I went to work.  After about two hours, I had everything back together and looking good.  Its not a new paint job but at least the car is now one color!



You can also tell ever so slightly in the second picture that the rear of the car has been raised some.  The front looks a little lower in the second picture but it is more from taking the picture at a different angle

Temporary Fender & Valence Repaint (Part 3)

This morning, I started on the driver fender using the same process described below for the front valence.  I used all the Bahama Blue Metallic paint in no time.  Thankfully, it was enough to fully paint the fender.

With just the Bahama Blue Metallic paint on the panel, it has a real teal color.  The Banzai Blue Metallic darkens it slightly and gets the match better to the current color on the Mustang.

The wind again caused me some trouble.  If it blows even a little, it causes the metallic to not be 100% consistent which is a pain.  However, I'm not going to be in town the next two weekends and wanted it done so I tried to be patient and wait for it to stop and then pushed through with the job.

Once I finished the panel, I covered the fender and the valence with two coats of the Eastwood Diamond Clear.  The paint dries to the touch real quick but needs 24 hours to completely dry.  I started thinking of a place to put such a large fender while it dries so that it would not get damaged.  The led me to install it on the car which is not the best idea with wet paint but I was cautious and hung it with two bolts up top and one on the bottom.

With it in place. I decided to drive the car into the sun and take a quick picture of how it turned out.  The color is not a 100% match and the metallic could be a little more consistent but it turned out quite good.  Much, much better than the black previously on the fender and valence.

The color along the hood does not seem to match but that is because all the clear coat is off the hood and the paint is really faded.

Once I put the rocker back on along the bottom, put on the front valence, and the bumper it should look pretty good.  The metallic matches really well.  The paint in general matches the original panels which still have clear coat really well.  It is a little lighter and the lack of oxidation makes it stand out just a little.  However, once everything is back on the car, I don't know that the average person is going to be able to tell that much.

All in, I've got about $50 in it because the Banzai Blue Metallic was $30 because it was a custom mix which had to be shipped to me.  More than I wanted to spend but not bad.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Temporary Fender & Valence Repaint (Part 2)

I had a few hours this morning to work on the Mustang so I decided to start on the paint job.  With any luck, I plan to finish it up this week and have everything reinstalled by the end of the week.

My supplies consist of some paint thinner, two cans of Bahama Blue Metallic (8 oz each), a can of Banzai Blue Metallic (12 oz), some 600 grit sand paper, tack cloth, and a can of Eastwood Diamond Clear which is not shown below.

I removed the bumper, front valence, and fender.  I cleaned then first with some standard 409 all purpose cleaner just go get the road grim off as quick as possible.  I scrubbed them all with paint thinner and a 3M scuff pad which removed all the dirt and residual.  In advance of painting the panels, I wiped them a few more times with paint thinner and then took off any lint with the tack cloth.

A few areas needed some sanding to smooth out a paint chip or scratch.  I did not spend too much time doing it as the rest of the car is going to be sub par to this rattle can paint job anyway.  Any area which was down to bare metal was covered with some black Krylon primer I had in the storage closet.  

The weather was rather cold and windy outside so I decided to just paint the parts in the garage so I could get it done.  A jumped right in despite concern the metallic would look strange mixing two paints or that the color would be off once it was placed on a larger panel.  I already had the paint so there was very little to lose.

The light in the garage was not that great so I had to move outside to put the Banzai Blue Metallic paint on the panel.  Since the paint is so thin and not that much different in color, I needed the outdoor light to make sure I did not miss any spots.  The wind caused me a few troubles but it was not too bad.  Once the valence was painted, I had to pack it up for the day as we had plans out of town.