May 5, 2006
made the molds for the carburetor tops (glass fiber). These
seal the hot engine compartment to the top of the rear deck
lid so the carbs can get fresh cool air rather than sucking
in the heat from under the deck lid.
doing the final sand and prep for the final paint.
paint all the fiberglass two times. This gives it a good base
and it lets the paint shrink into the imperfections on the
surface of the gel coat before applying the second coat.
where Andy has filled with polyester surfacing puddy.
be sanded and painted on Saturday. Next week, we will put
the finishing touches on 127.
putting the last fit on the windscreen.
urethane satin black to paint one inch on the edge of the
inside of the windscreen. This enables the window man, Harry,
to spread the black urethane cocking at least up to an inch
wide, which makes for better adhesion and the look on the
outside of the window is a neat and clean blacked out edge.
tapes the edges,which eliminates a mess, then uses his Milwaukee
electric cocking gun...man is that thing cool. No more bumpy
cocking lines. Do I feel weird saying cock so many times is
Oh yea, this is the cockpit windscreen. Should we call him
"Harry the Cocker"?
he's done with the urethane, he uses a special suction cup
grab handle and places the windscreen on a determined mark.
little pressure, the urethane relaxes in an even thickness
all the way around the window.
peels the protective tape from the inside, because if the
urethane cured on the tape, you wouldn't be able to pull it
off. So this is done when it's all still wet, leaving a perfect
for 24 hours, then Andy peels the protective paper from both
surfaces, cleans the window, and waits for Harry to come back
and fill the outside edge with black urethane. (The owner
made the choice to use glass instead of plastic and then changed
his mind because plastic is lighter, safer and stronger.)
day, the base urethane is dry and the window is actually attached.
Now, Harry fills in the outside groove.
dons a glove and fills the groove with the same black urethane.
He uses his finger to leave a perfect surface on the sealed
edge. Believe it or not...he licks his finger to moisten the
end, which keeps his rubber glove from dragging the urethane
to an ugly finish. If you don't wet your finger, the urethane
does not smooth out.
tedious, but the finished result is beautiful.
now pulls the tape off thus leaving a perfect seam around
that look great!!
And now for a bonus...a few more historic
Historic Photos Courtesy
of Sepp Greger - Reproduction Strictly Prohibited
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