December 11, 2003
removing the rest of the mustard paint from the roof.
This is the last picture you'll see of the old painted hood.
paint is weight. It's hard to see, but the scale says 12 lbs.
When we're done repainting
and doing the detail glass work on the underside, we'll hope
that we're around 11 lbs.
I grind the mustard paint with 36 grit first.
I sand the rest of the paint with 80 grit using the D.A. sander
(dual action). When one side is done, I'll do the other. Sanding
this hood took about six hours. I could grind it with 24 grit
in an hour, but it would ruin the original gel coat silver
surface. We want to keep all the original silver gel coat
in tact on the entire car.
when we found the two holes for the leather straps that hold
the hood down on the windshield wiper apron? Here are two
pictures of the mating holes on the hood.
the roll bar was installed, we had to re-glass the inner roof
structure to the roof. Jack has done a more than stellar job
replacing the parts. Next, Jack will sand the chipped and
tired textured coating from the cockpit. The marks on the
tape tell us where the edge of the coating starts and stops.
see the texture was applied around the seats. In most 904's,
the complete cockpit was textured. To save some weight, 906-001
only got it where you could see it.
the cockpit was sprayed with this texture was because the
surface of the part when it is removed from the mold has imperfections
and pinholes. The texture covers this and gives it a more
can see, the texture is missing in many spots. We will sand
the cockpit completely smooth and re-texture using our guidelines.
is so thin it's more translucent than the normal 904.
Jack will start to sand the paint off the doors.
area is primer under the mustard paint. You can clearly see
three round dimples. This is where the light is mounted that
illuminates the number on the door. This light was used at
LeMans so we will put the original light back in position.
door off, paint off.
the mechanism for the pull-up window. Only the destined to
be six cylinder model 904's & 906 prototypes had these
pull-up windows. The little black metal object in the picture
on the right is a factory trick. Down the Mulsanne at speed,
the door wants to open. Undoubtedly, one of the drivers complained
of this problem so this part was invented...when the door
is closed, the little flap goes up under the roof and keeps
the door closed.
are shots of the original detail. You can see that masking
was not the forte of the gentleman who painted this car mustard
the mounting holes are worn out. We will repair them, remove
the old texture and re-texture the doors to match the cockpit.
shots of the doors. The hinges are aluminum and the hinge
pins are actually plastic (weight, weight, weight). The picture
on the right shows body filler protruding the three holes
that hold the I.D.light on the door. When we see things like
this, we think it's exciting.
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