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charliekwin last won the day on September 22 2016

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    1987 280z, 2007 G35 sedan 6MT

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  1. Lots of bumples on the roof and rear quarter from the stud welder. I wish I knew more about the history of the car, because there is a lot of mystery there. The roof, driver side rear quarter, driver side front fender support, passenger side rocker, and the area of the passenger side tail light and hatch all had damage that looked like it was caused by low-speed collisions. But the body panels, for the most part, were all relatively straight! I'm optimistic that I won't have to use too much filler except for the roof and rear. I think I'd rather fill and sand than strip off old paint and try to reshape metal anyway. At least for now. Maybe not in a month or two.
  2. I was waffling on a lot of things (paint myself? do the jambs? paint panels on or off the car?) and that indecision made it easy to just do little bits at a time so I wouldn't have to make those choices. Shooting the fenders and hood brought some clarity and has helped get things back on track. Finally feels like real progress is getting made. Last week I was hoping to paint the body. Figured the prep work was a two day project, but by the time day one was over, I was already a day behind That carried over to this weekend, and was further delayed by cold weather and rain, but I had enough blue sky by 2:00 on Sunday afternoon to shoot the epoxy. Whatever plan I thought I had for the first coat went out the window as soon as I started spraying. Easy to get ahead of yourself and start to rush. Second coat went better than the first. Just have the hatch, doors, and some of the little bits left to do, then I can move on to filler.
  3. charliekwin

    Vinyl Wrap Anyone?

    I've wrapped interior panels and other bits and pieces, with varying levels of success. General comments from my experiences: It's harder to apply than you probably think. Paint and vinyl probably have a similar margin for error. Vinyl won't last anywhere near as long as paint. Vinyl allows for some more interesting finish options (if you're into that), but a good paint job will always have a cleaner application (e.g. no seams or cut lines) than vinyl. Vinyl is thin, and therefore only marginally more forgiving than paint. The panels still need to be straight. A good vinyl install isn't likely to be cheap , but if you're looking for something different or non-permanent, it's a nice option.
  4. Quick catchup on the last month or so of work; mostly body stuff. Got the holes patched up pretty well and the front of the fender support back into as good a shape as I'm willing to make it. The roof required a fair amount of work with the stud gun and a completely non-dodgy use of a bottle jack. I desperately wanted to avoid pulling out the headliner, and am happy with the shape I got the roof in to. Same with the driver side quarter panel. And a fun discovery: it turns out I've had torsion rods for the hood all along. They were just sitting there under the hood hinges. One less item on my shopping list. Now for the fun(?) stuff. Finally got something painted! Taking a cue from @Home Built by Jeff I bought a 20x10 canopy on ebay for $70. When I put it together, it turned out to be a little taller and longer than my garage, but I chopped off 8" from one end and 4" from the middle and got it to fit pretty well. If I didn't live in the Los Angeles suburbs, I'd just put it in the driveway, but I don't want to invite that much scrutiny. (Fun fact: the former tenants used our place as a grow house. I imagine the neighbors look on those days fondly and wonder when our lease is up!) Stuck a filter and box fan on one end, and a filter on the other and taped up the big gaps. Took way over an hour to put everything up and is kind of a tight fit both inside and out, but hey: it worked. I managed to get epoxy on the hood, fenders, and cowl, which were the only ones I was able to prep. The SPI epoxy sprays really nicely, and aside from a couple spots where I was a little too quick with the gun, I think I did a pretty good job. There's a long road ahead, but this felt like a milestone. I wanted to avoid pulling the doors (mainly because they're hung well, and they're wired), but will probably just go ahead and do it. It'll be a lot easier to paint the doors and I can easily do the jambs if I remove them. Doing just the roof and the rear quarters in one shot is also more manageable in the space I have to work with. Also: it'll be a lot of work, but now I think I might do the primer and color myself.
  5. charliekwin

    1971 HLS30-14938 "Lily" build

    Mine was in good shape, so I left the existing trim in place and only did the headliner, but yes, 1/2" was enough. Not much room for error though!
  6. charliekwin

    1971 HLS30-14938 "Lily" build

    I made my own headliner, so YMMV with the MSA one, but I cut mine about a half inch or so big and tucked it under. (I was actually going to make it a little bigger, but didn't account for the curvature of the roof. Oops.) A large plastic panel removal tool worked really well for that.
  7. Things are still happening, and FedEx delivered some goodies today. Hoping to get at least parts --if not all of it -- in epoxy this weekend or next! Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  8. charliekwin

    1971 HLS30-14938 "Lily" build

    Another vote here for Red Kote. Added bonus, it was available at O'Reilly and was maybe $30 for the quart, so easier and cheaper to get than stuff like POR15.
  9. charliekwin

    Paint Stripper Beware

    Beyond the name, if you look at the warning label on the container, it doesn't really look *that* much different than what's on something much more innocuous like acetone: https://goofoffproducts.com/product/pro-stripper-1-gallon/ http://www.kleanstrip.com/uploads/documents/J8132_J8133_GAC18.pdf The MSDS on the stripper makes it more clear that it's fairly nasty stuff, but those aren't on store shelves and even then, how many "normal" people know what the NFPA or HMIS labels mean? Banning is no good (though if this stuff is available at, say, Lowe's, I think there's an argument to be made about keeping the worst stuff away from the general public) but designing some better industry-standard labeling might be a worthy step to take.
  10. charliekwin

    Imagine that!

    Tempe police released video of the accident: It's dark and low res, but based on that video alone, I think it would be tough for any human driver to have avoided the collision. This is one of those situations where you'd actually think newer technology (not just self driving tech, but the current crop of driver assist/collision avoidance, too) should help -- LiDAR/RADAR don't care about shadows -- but it's been widely reported that the car didn't slow or brake beforehand. I'm going to guess that the car a couple hundred feet ahead probably mucked things up. At least in this case, it would have for me if I were driving.
  11. charliekwin

    Imagine that!

    A few reports from Waymo (Google's program): https://medium.com/waymo/the-worlds-longest-and-toughest-ongoing-driving-test-44464867865b https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/wcm/connect/42aff875-7ab1-4115-a72a-97f6f24b23cc/Waymofull.pdf?MOD=AJPERES This one gets into a fair amount of detail and is good reading for anyone curious about autonomous vehicles: https://storage.googleapis.com/sdc-prod/v1/safety-report/waymo-safety-report-2017.pdf One thing to note: my understanding is that Waymo is the consensus leader in AVs. The standards and capabilities of Waymo won't necessarily be the same for Uber, GM, or any of the numerous other companies that are racing to make it work. That, to me, is the bigger concern to worry about. Self driving cars are not an impossible problem: the technology is already here and it will only get better.
  12. charliekwin

    Imagine that!

    We don't even need to go that far back, or look at other modes of transportation. There's been plenty of it with automobiles, too: seatbelts ("you want me to be trapped in my car if I get in a crash?"), stability control ("you really think some computers are going to do a better job of getting the car under control than I can?"), cameras ("I got my own two eyes!"), and plenty other automotive technologies have been met with skepticism over the years. Self-driving technology will be the same way. 20-30 years from now we'll explain to Those Damn Kids that "when I was your age, anyone 16 and over could be handed the keys to a 4,000lb chunk of high-speed metal that was entirely under their control." They'll ask "and it wasn't dangerous?" and we'll say "Of course it was! Thousands of people died every year. But we thought that was normal. You have to understand: it was a different time."
  13. charliekwin

    Imagine that!

    I suppose if we want to get real technical, the sudden transfer of energy to the person is what's really to blame
  14. charliekwin

    Imagine that!

    Counterpoint: meanwhile, on an average day in the US, ~100 people are killed by non-self-driving cars: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/state-by-state-overview Also, keep in mind that less than 10 years ago, self-driving cars were widely considered to be an impossibility for the near future. This stuff moves fast.
  15. Kept working on the rear this weekend. Had to persuade the rear quarter a bit to get it back into position (it worked!). The area around the bumper hole was one I was worried about, but it worked out alright. The rest of the rear, I think body filler can take care of. Tried using a heat gun as Mark suggested, but no luck with it; maybe the metal's just been worked too much. I never expected to be so cavalier about cutting holes into a car, and now I have something to work on next weekend.

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