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Old 10-19-2011, 08:55 PM   #533
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Feeling better today!
Kinda bummed out cos they put someone in the previously vacant spot next to me, at the storage.... and he parked too close to me!
Oh, well!

So, here is the progress i made last week with the polish job...




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Old 10-20-2011, 12:28 AM   #534
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She's looking great. What a transformation!! That mirror finish really justifies the sweat that goes into the job.
On the bright side, that guy's moho and ladder might come in handy when you get around to polishing your roof.

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Old 10-20-2011, 10:12 PM   #535
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Charly...
been thinking about your commnt about the lower...
Here is what I came up with... a little "Photoshop" work, which I am crap at!
Now...


Maybe?
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:33 PM   #536
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Oh, and something of real beauty...
One of our Un-ID'd Plumeria Cuttings, bloomed.. and we are stunned by the colors!

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Old 10-20-2011, 11:07 PM   #537
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Steve,
Hope you can use the detector.

It's looking better all the time. It just hit me that being a Brit, a nation of tinkers, the AS is a natural for you. My first car, a 57 Healey 100-6, made me one too. i was stationed along side the British Army in Cyprus...we're all the same. Keep it up the good work.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:16 PM   #538
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That is EXACTLY what I was thinking about, and it won't be too hard to do. Just hem the bottom edge where it meets the banana wrap, and conceal the upper edge beneath the molding. To take it a step further, and perhaps too far, that flat upward facing plastic surface from the bumper to the body could be finished with a piece of diamond plate. Of course it gets to the point that the "purity" of the Classic's shape gets lost as you start to form squared aluminum edges and attach them to the curves. When I mocked it up, I think it was at its best just as you show it. The squared off front and rear bumpers with inset rectangular marker lights compliment one another.

So you don't think that my madness has limits, I'm also thinking about some sort of black plastic/rubber ground effects dropped down from the rockers, extending from the front wheels to the rear wheels, and perhaps even skirts for the rear wheels as well. This would accompany a lowered front spoiler as I've heard you describe, and perhaps even a full belly pan (like the old trailers) that would seal up the bottom and fuel tank, and taper up to meet the rear bumper. For the roof top I've got some even crazier thoughts that refer back to 30's/40's streamlined bus/train designs. I'd love to see how much the fuel mileage could be improved through better aerodynamics.

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Old 10-21-2011, 12:15 AM   #539
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Sounds very Buckminster Fuller, I like it
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:00 AM   #540
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Steve,

Have you been using the soda blaster? I'm waiting for Harbor Freight to put it on sale and I wondered how well it worked. They also have another blaster that you can use glass beads in.

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Old 10-21-2011, 04:21 PM   #541
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Navy, yes, the Detector is in my box for future addition!
The Healy... Wow, yes, thats a car!
My buddy just finished restoring a '52 XK120 Coupe...
Its a stunner!
He took the GF's son out for a spin in it and I snapped this shot..



Charly,
I may have mentioned, I spent 30+ years working in the Automotive fabrication, Press Tooling, and Design field..
So I think I might be a little qualified to say that quick Photoshop job is about the best you can do without getting into crazy metal fab work or press tooling.
My plan is to do pretty much what you see there, but might need to slip roll or English wheel the curved lower portion...

I think if I was to start thinking about really reworking the bodywork, the first thing on my agenda would be the Roof A/C units...
Have you seen how much wasted space there is between the gas tank and tow hitch???
I would put 2 X 15k Basement A/C units there, and duct them!
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:01 PM   #542
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Steve,

Wow, I always loved the early YK's. I could only afford a Jag MKII Saloon, but it was a pleasure, absent Lucas, Lord of Darkness. Had two other later Healey's, but you never forget your first love. Especially because the Cypriot Police lacked radios nad only had Land Rovers. Switched to an M Roadster which lacked the leaking top.

You guys are so far ahead of me...just wasted $900 getting a local RV shop to drop the tank. They fouled up the wiring, fuel lines, and fuel pick ups, and charged me to fix it then. Cheaper if I had gone to Harbor Freight and got a tranny jack to do it myself...live and learn.

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Key, and all of you other alumaniacs,

If you have a spare moment, google a fellow named Baron Margo. He's an artist / motorhead in L.A.
I think you'll get a kick out of his work.

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Baron Margo...great stuff. Cooper 500 meets Morgan 3 wheeler meets Flash Gordon. To be selfish, i wonder what he uses to polish his works. Gotta take another look at "Men in Black".
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Yes, thanks for that... Cool stuff!

Small update, as I have been still struggling with this flu bug..
Streetside Drawer was stripped, rerusted, treated, and primed.
Steel was Primed with Rustoleum rusted metal primer(Red primer), and the Aluminum was done with Rustoleum Aluminum Primer(Grey).








You can see the deep pitting, pin holes and a few larger holes in the sides and bottom.

I decided not to get into welding or anything... I put tape over the outside of the holes, and just ladled on the Bedliner... it filled the holes in perfectly, and then I just removed the tape and coated the outside.
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Keyair, what do you use to derust the metal?
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