Kremer 935 K3 - Crawford
May 15, 2007
these pictures are kind of small, but it's the thought that
why I am showing all of these little pictures is so you all
can see how ugly the blue paint is. Even if it were painted
nicely, it's still dog patch. I included these photos because
you can see Jagermeister orange in the areas that the body
guy didn't actually grind the orange completely away. These
are great for photo documentation.
unusual...you can see the pastel pink writing on the left
and right front inner fender wells. I always steam clean the
bodies before sandblasting because, as I explained before,
sandblasting eliminates the paint or bondo instantly. You
cannot see any of the layered surfaces. During steam cleaning,
you can watch the layers disappear and the layers are not
pulverized by the sand, they are just blown all over the parking
lot. This way, we can inspect the different colors of the
applied paint through the years. So, back to the pink...the
picture on the right clearly says "On" and an arrow
points to the rear of the car. That would mean that this is
the right side of the car. We have a saying in racing which
I learned from Hans Mundt, ex-Peter Gregg mechanic, in 1977..."Front
loose, rear tight". If you say this before you go to
the wheel during a pit stop, you never need to have an arrow
pointing to the direction of the rotation of the wheel nut.
Most of the time, the little letters and the arrows say "Off".
For some reason, these guys chose to write "On".
Now, why am I explaining all this shit? It's because the writing
is on the inside of the fender. So I guess, the bodywork must
have said "On" above the wheel on the fender and
if the car crashed, and the nose was missing, the mechanics
would still know which way the wheel came off...duh! While
I was typing this, Drew Slayton, who was one of Max's mechanics
called on the phone. Drew is still a very dear friend, but
I told him I couldn't talk because I was telling a story about
one of the 935's that he worked on while working for Fitzpatrick
and Crawford. Is that the Twilight Zone or what?
cleaner gets off what isn't stuck on. As you can see in the
picture on the left, it's pretty clean...the picture on the
right is only part clean. Most of the blue will blow off.
box. This is where the two main oil lines (aluminum hard pipe)
come from the engine compartment. Hoses connect to the engine
and the oil tank. This area is normally full of oil and nothing
ever sticks, so unless it's really clean before its painted,
it will look like this in a few years. We clean our paint
surfaces. This smuggler's box will look new forever.
the chassis has been sandblasted, it is now in the spray booth.
Andy and our old pal, Jack, are preparing it for paint.
white tabs, marked with the arrows, are areas in the tub that
are cracked. We don't want to paint the cracks because they'll
disappear. Surely, the big ones are easy to see, even with
5 coats of paint. So, the tape seals the crack, then the tape
is removed, and we will weld the crack up and prime those
spots after welding is completed.
why we don't weld all the cracks first. The reason is, in
Florida we have a little more humidity than most other state
so we have only about 20 minutes before corrosion starts.
We try to prime the bare metal, or aluminum, parts just as
soon as we can clean them, in preparation for paint. So many
times, you can see surface rust bleeding through the paint.
This is because the preparation was not timed between clean
metal and corroded metal.
see little tape spots everywhere. This is normal for any Porsche
racing 911 race car. The 935 gets a few more cracks because
more power, more tire, means more stress.
Jack are still cleaning.
hours later, I am applying primer. This urethane primer is
matched to the original slate gray color.
is bonded to the roof, including the intercooler ducts. These
parts are lightly sandblasted and will be re-skinned in original
material, but not removed from the car.
is masked off in the raised roof area, because a layer of
material will be added to it later and it won't stick to the
tough car to prime with all the tubing. Normally, the 935
is a simple uni-body constructed car. But, Crawford did the
tube frame to strengthen the car and change the angle of the
floor for the wing (early tunnel).
are being cut off the car now to be replaced with new. As
you can see in the pictures, the metal is a little bent up
from various fender benders. We will replace all these crashed
on the right shows a pop riveted panel covering some holes.
That panel will be removed and the holes will be metal finished.
see the holes, which probably had a purpose at one point,
but we're not using them.
you look...damage. This baby is a lot of work, but we love
a lot of work. It's the customer that doesn't love the fact
that some of this shit takes time. Oh well, they always get
over it.....I hope!
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