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  • #31
    I know what you mean Doug.....and I'm well into my 3rd year of spending more than I'm making. Made a killing in 07 but just barely did spend more in 08 but took a hard beating last year and this year isn't looking all that great and now the youngest throws away a semester and drops out of school which wasted nearly 25k and that's not counting what her freshman and sophomore cost. The kids are killing me money wise and I be damned if I'm going to end up not be able to enjoy some of my life. The way I look at it, she has her whole life ahead of her....and at 59, I'm ready to ween the last one off of the money titty.

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    • #32
      Man.........Lets get the shovel out and dig up this old turd of a thread.

      A lot of things have changed over the last couple of years. I built a new house and shop, I moved, Two kids moved out.. Bought and sold a couple of cars, but the old Belvedere is still here.

      I was reading through my old posts and my plans I used to have... Well things sure have changed. I got a new fire in my belly now to polish up the old turd Pugly and get her going again. I bought some quarter panel patches, rocker panel pieces and have started doing some body work myself.

      I needed to fix this:


      and this...


      so I cut the old stuff out...

      made some inner patches up:

      Fitted a piece of the outer patch on...


      and I have been putting this stuff called metal glaze on it for over a week. Put a little glaze... sand it smooth....Put a little glaze... sand it smooth....Put a little glaze... sand it smooth....Put a little glaze... sand it smooth....Put a little glaze... sand it smooth....Put a little glaze... sand it smooth....

      You get the Idea....I think I got it really close.



      During the wait for it to dry faze. I started stripping the passenger door. Seems it has been replaced before and the multi layers of paint were cracking. Turns out it has a lot do glaze looking stuff all throughout it so I ground all of that out so I could replace it. This should take me another 2-3 weeks with my speed...


      The old 440 is still in there.


      The gas is so old it barely runs. I used to drive it around every couple of weeks but stopped doing that. I drained all the gas out, need to pull the plugs and hopefully everything is still alright. I am sure it is.

      I don't know what my plans are for the car....... I still got the brand new "race" engine for it... Don't know if it will ever make it in there... I have dreams of a twin turbo engine and a/c and hit the power tour next year....... have dreams of ... I got a lot of dreams.. Hopefully I will be able to get it painted by myself in the next 6-8 months.... Thinking of going the same color, in the same flat look. Maybe flat black...?? Only time will tell.
      His car wasn't that fast, I caught him on the return road and passed him in the pits.
      2006 Dodge 2500 CTD


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      • #33
        Quarter patch looks like a nice job! Glad to see you finally working on it, will make a nice cruiser.
        The retard cannot comprehend that everyone else isn't.

        "Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians - except for the occasional mountain lion steak".
        ~Ted Nugent

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        • #34
          Love the twin turbo idea,,that will put lead in your pencil for sure!
          "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" Ben Franklin

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          • #35
            Nice to see you back at it.
            "You're only as old as the women you feel."
            -Groucho Marx
            Moparless for now

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            • #36
              Man.......sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand,sand, sand, sand, sand.......

              Holy Chit my arms are tired. I went and bought an air compressor over the weekend and a D.A. sander. I have been using a 17" long board for all of this. I am tired of sanding. Got to get it all hooked up......

              Bought this one from Northern Tool.


              It has 175 PSI and 15.4 CFM at 100....
              His car wasn't that fast, I caught him on the return road and passed him in the pits.
              2006 Dodge 2500 CTD


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              • #37
                Man that DA sander is bad ass. I got to get a regulator, that thing sings like crazy at 150 psi. lol
                His car wasn't that fast, I caught him on the return road and passed him in the pits.
                2006 Dodge 2500 CTD


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                • #38
                  What are you doing with the da?
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                  • #39
                    Knocking a bunch of crap off the car. Also I am really bad at putting the Metal Glaze on evenly, I always get a big lump, Just got tired of sanding it with the long board.

                    I am getting a little OCD working on this thing. I got 320 paper on it.
                    His car wasn't that fast, I caught him on the return road and passed him in the pits.
                    2006 Dodge 2500 CTD


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                    • #40
                      80 or 120 for stripping....
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                      • #41
                        Fugly, I was thinking of going flat black like this car....



                        Or Maybe Black with a white top....
                        His car wasn't that fast, I caught him on the return road and passed him in the pits.
                        2006 Dodge 2500 CTD


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                        • #42
                          If you're going black, especially shiny black, your bodywork needs to be perfect!
                          The retard cannot comprehend that everyone else isn't.

                          "Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians - except for the occasional mountain lion steak".
                          ~Ted Nugent

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                          • #43
                            Well, It's coming along. I got the 1/4 and rocker mostly finished.



                            It's got a little rough spot along the edge I need to work on.

                            Also the inner lip isn't perfect, I haven't decided to work on it some more or just leave it.


                            You can't really tell when it's on the ground and the tire is on. I am probably going to work on it some more...

                            I got the passenger door looking pretty good.



                            It started off this bad...



                            I still need to fix the front fender, probably going to have to pull it off the hammer the dent out.



                            Also the passenger rear 1/4 has a some filler in it that is turning to powder. I don't know if I need to strip it all out or just take it down some.










                            I think sometime during it's life the Belvedere had a little side swipe on the passenger side. The door had been replaced and the 1/4 has been repaired...

                            I wish that car could talk.
                            Last edited by Trannyman; 08-26-2012, 11:42 AM.
                            His car wasn't that fast, I caught him on the return road and passed him in the pits.
                            2006 Dodge 2500 CTD


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                            • #44
                              Doug,

                              Love that Quincy compressor. I had a Northern Tool Ingersoll Rand and beat the crap out of it running DA's. Got to where it was passing a lot of oil, so I brought it out to the farm where the tractors don't care about oil in the lines LOL. Then I bought my Quincy. It is a 5hp two stage. Been looking for a decent regulator for mine. That 175PSI is a killer on air tools, and air hoses LOL. I picked up some high flow fittings that are the same basic size as standard fittings, but the center hole is bored out a good bit bigger. Some of my old fittings still quick couple with the new ones, but I have changed almost all of them over to the high flow stuff. They really made my HVLP and other air tools work better.

                              From the last couple of pictures of the door it almost looks like you are using the old red glazing putty. I had a lot of trouble with that stuff. Now days I use a two part polyester putty that dries very fast and blocks out like a dream.

                              There are a lot of different kinds out there but I have been using Half Time by USC. Any of your body shop supply houses have a quality line they sell. Just tell them you want a polyester filler putty. They are easy to identify because they use the same blue cream hardener as your polyester body fillers. It is easy to mix in small quantities because it comes in a large squeeze tube. Kind of reminds me of a very smooth thin creamy version of body filler. It mixes with no air bubbles and blocks out like a dream. If you haven't switched over to polyester putty and body fillers you need to. You will get years of your life back in block sanding time alone LOL!

                              Cant wait to see how yours comes out. I have been contemplating a change with the 51 once the Cuda is all red. One of the combo's was not so much flat black, but a semi-gloss with the same candy red I have on my wheels maybe with a two tone or scallops.

                              -Dave
                              Please Pray for our brothers and sisters in harms way!

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                              • #45
                                Looking good! That will be far cooler than any old 55' Chebby on the road.

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