August 11, 2006 - Tick tick tick... time waits for no
Time keeps moving and Sept 30 keeps getting closer
and closer. My 30 day buffer is slowly being eaten
away by service delays, backordered product, acts of
nature, etc.. Gee, this is just like a computer
systems implementation project! Funny how cost
overruns seem to hurt so much more when they get funded
out of your own wallet though.
The Celica went into the bodyshop last month and the
guys have been making good progress on getting it
painted. Unfortunately, the Aug 1 date has come
and gone and the car is still at the bodyshop. Not
because of any lack of effort though. The guys
have been working diligently on it even in the midst of
one of the hottest summers Socal has ever experienced in
a long time. Stripping the car has revealed some
bad rust spots requiring some extensive rework and metal
replacement. Getting all the dings, dents, and
filling in all the holes has taken its toll on the
schedule also. But the car is looking really good
and will hopefully be done next week.
Had to cut out the entire section because of rust.
And another one.
This section was cut and replaced also. Note
the holes where some of the rust rotted thru.
Some of the other holes which have been filled
It was interesting to watch some of the tricks they
use to make sure the body line was straight. They
first stripped and filled in the holes, sanded, touched
up and sanded again. Then shot some primer then
splatter some color so they can see the body line.
It also makes it easier to see where they sand to make
adjustments. After they were satisfied with the
quality of the body line, they then shot a final coat of
primer then sanded.
Kono's also filled in the big holes where the stock
bush wacker bumpers mounted. From what Bryan told
me, it was a lot harder to fill than it looks...
Before filling in...
Kinda cool huh!
Here's some pix of the finished body lines.
Not exactly sure what the big cardboard box was
Doing the final sanding. Boy, looks like A LOT
Even though the body was pretty straight on the
Celica, they still needed to put a lot of time and
effort into it!
On another note, Kono's is almost finished with
another restore project. Bryan was putting some of
the chrome back on this Buick that they've had for the
past couple of months. Car turned out really
really nice. I hope the owner doesn't mind me
putting a picture of it up on my website. :-)
The paint came out really nice. The shine looks
I got some of the finished parts back already and the
finish and color came out nice. There was some
concern earlier about the shade of color and if it was
what I was looking for. If not, it might require another stage to shoot a layer of candy on top
of the base coat to get the color tone right. Luckily
the base color matched the chipbook perfectly and it
won't require the extra step. And with the crazy
price of that House of Kolor paint, I'm glad it won't
require the extra duckets out of my pocket.
You can really see the pearl when the light hits it.
With no flash.
I have a lot of work ahead of me these next few
weeks!!! It will definitely be a crunch to get the
car back together by Sept 30 for the JCCS show.
The guys got all the jams painted. They got
the inside of the hood and hatch finished also.
Depending on how the light hits it, the painted
pieces can get really bright. :-0
Took these shots with the flash. You can see
the pearl when the light hits it.
I can see why the color is called Sunset Pearl.
Kinda cool how the light varies the shade.
I also got my rims and valve cover back from
polishing. Took them to Speedway in Santa Ana.
Nice work, really reasonable prices.
Rims after respraying the black.
I also got my rear seat back from the upholstery shop
today. Wahls Upholstery in Los Alamitos did an
excellent job on the seat. Great craftsmanship and
very fair pricing. Highly recommend them.
I really need to finish mounting the spoiler and get the whole assembly to Kono's so they can paint
I anticipate some late nites for the next 49 days to get
this car back together.
Okay, that's it for this round. Hopefully next
round we'll see some color all over the car!