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PostSubject: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:17 pm

I've gotten pretty ambitious over the past couple weekends and have gotten my Zephyr to this point. It's almost all sanded and the body work will start up pretty soon. The only thing that I've come across is the passenger door has a decent section of bondo on it. Not sure how thick it is cause I haven't pulled the door panel to see the damage on the inside yet. Anyways here are a couple of pictures. Oh and does anyone reproduce the clips that hold on the door sill trim? Cause I broke a few of mine.




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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:16 pm

Once you get this far, you want to get it completed. Good work!
In case I missed it, what colors (colors) are you going to paint it?

That bondo section looks like its where the brace is on the inside.
You can't get to it to pound it out.

Keep posting the pictures!
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:25 pm

Holy sanding job Batman!! Looking good.

I really wish I had a talent for bodywork but I've never had a chance to learn or even experiment really. I have this STRANGE desire to do a custom Aerostar though and they're about $10 a pop if they're rusted so I've been thinking about picking one up after I get my Fairmont back together and just hacking away at it as a tool to learn how ot do welding, sanding, painting, straightening, etc.

Looks good! I'm also interested in color choice!

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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:29 pm

Looks great man! Looks kinda like my 4 door does currently, just more together LOL. ♠️ I too would like to know what color you are painting it. Are you planning to keep it stock, or ?



Keep up the good work bro.
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:08 am

Thanks guys! I've been putting off working on it for to long now. But yeah I can't stop now I'm to far in to it to stop.

Well for the paint...I'm gunna give the roller paint job a try. The color is "Smoke Grey" and its pretty close but darker than the factory color. Then I'm gunna paint it black between the wheels. I hope it turns out as good as its in my head!!
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:22 am

Nice! I too want to paint the wagon alittle darker grey, like a gunmetal grey.


I'm very interested in the roller paint job, I am considering doing mine with a roller, becuase some of those paint jobs look great!.
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:46 pm

Heres an update, I spent pretty much my entire weekend working on the Zephyr. Despite it being windy I got some primer on the exposed metal and still have a few spots I missed. But I did lay some rattle can down on it, I painted the tail light panel and cowl plus I painted the wiper arms. My "ES" look is getting there, I also put some different hub caps I had on it. With the cooler weather starting to appear I want to start driving it again so I put most of it back together. I still need to finish the tail lights and do some brake work to make it road worthy again. Now on to the pictures!!









Here is one of the color choice, I found it in a rattle can and sprayed some on the old fender:

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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:25 am

Looks good bro! I think the color is going to look great on there, are you gonna spray it? If so, are you rattle canning it?



I really gotta finish my wagon too... I've been to lazy lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:41 pm

Looking really good!! I like the color. What other colors have you considered?

Keep us posted please!
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:32 am

Thanks guys for the word of encouragement. I do what I can when I can with the supplies I got.

Well I still want to give the roller job a try but I still need to do more body work. Fill in the holes on the fenders and bondo any dents. Plus I still need to go over it with a 400 grit then proceed from there, I just haven't had the time/engergy after work to go to any auto body supply shops to get the rest of the materials I need. But once I do I'll go to town and get her ready to paint. But if the roller job fails I might rattle can it or just take it to Macco. Not sure yet. As for color choice thats pretty much it unless something else catches my eye.
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:32 pm

Shoot, I forgot you already told me that LOL.... sorry. Smile I think the roller job will look great with a bit of work(sanding/buffing). At least thats what I have seen on the net.



I like the color, its like what I was thinking for the wagon, now I will have to find something else Wink hehe
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Sat Nov 07, 2009 10:41 pm

I did a little more work today but not a whole lot. I painted my tail lights black to go with my wanna be ES look. With the help of my dad we fixed the torsion bars so now my trunk stays open with out the use of my prop. I also cleaned the junk out of it to.




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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:12 am

Nice! I love the lights too, they look great, I guess I will have to do mine as well... What did you use to paint the lenses???
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:35 pm

For the tailing panel I used plain old Rustoleum and for the housing I used Krylon Fusion. Its supposed to be made for plastics, I picked it cause I knew it had a glossy finish and the Rusto would be flat. I wanted to off set them a little bit.

Now, this what I did today. I put brand new brakes on her! After a couple miss haps during the test run its now ready to return to the road. The brake pedal is nice and firm and it doesn't go to the floor, yay! Now here are a few pictures, I even put the ten holes on it just for kicks. Still need to refinish them....

Yeah I know the shocks look like crap, they are the next thing to get replaced.

My mom said this picture makes the Zephyr look like the ones in the junkyards








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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Sun Nov 22, 2009 1:35 am

Looks good!
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Sun Nov 22, 2009 10:34 am

Wow...really moving along nicely. I"m stuck on mine because I'm STILL working on my son's Z28...most difficult car I've ever worked on.

Once his car is done I'm jumping on mine.

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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:28 pm

Looks dope bro! Almost looks like my 4 door. Execpt the front fender has tan with primer lol
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:33 pm

Dang its been awhile since I updated this.....

I've been pretty lazy as of late so not much has been done to it. I do try and drive it at least once a week to keep things fresh. But I'm literally two pieces away from having everything I need for the interior, and would have had them today but I didn't have an allen wrench big enough to get the stupid seat belt bolts loose. Oh well, I'll have to borrow one from my dad and hope that car is still there next week. I also plan on getting some more painting supplies so I can finish the body work and get some paint on it. If all goes as plan I *hope* to have it almost done by the spring car show season so I can put it in a local show.
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:54 pm

Your seat bolts are allen heads? Mine are all torqs(Spelling?)...


No pics?
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:54 pm

Revolution909 wrote:
Your seat bolts are allen heads? Mine are all torqs(Spelling?)...


No pics?

Well they are torques but I don't have one anywhere near that big. Hmmm...that'll give me an excuse to goto Sears.

Oh heres a picture of the parts, I also scored an air dam in perfect shape.



And heres some I took when I went out for a Christmas day cruise.



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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:47 pm

Looks pretty darn nice out there... I wish thats what it looked like on Christmas here... lol


That air dam looks very nice, I dont have one for either of my cars... Both were owned by old people that liked hitting things... I guess lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:58 pm

Well since the "Fords on Forth" show is in like...2 weeks I'm going to kick ass and try and get most of the interior done. Still need to find some good B-pillar trim but I can deal for now. Anyways...I found the perfect red paint, its a tad lighter but has a real nice satin finish. So I got ambitious and pulled the rear part of my interior and got to painting. I also painted some of the newer interior pieces I have as well. I got two of the hubcaps painted the "gloss smoke gray" that will be going on the body.

Here are a few pics.









MMMMMM sun fade:



So thats my update for the moment...more to come this weekend!! (it the weather holds)
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:22 am

Well I was able to get what I wanted done yesterday. Since today its raining that'll put a stop on anymore work. But here are a few pictures...the lighting is pretty crappy. Turns out I'll need to replace a few more pieces that I originally planned on but for now I'll make due with what I've got.

Some of the plastics were oxidized more than I expected.






Those are the ones that turned out, and the only ones that shows the red good enough. Also it looks wayyy better in pictures that it does in person.
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:52 am

looks nice, stop running your work down!
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PostSubject: Re: Sanding on the Zephyr.   Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:08 pm

Looks real nice! Did you use that spray from later model resto? I need to do my wagos interior this summer too, its brutal... lol Does anyone make carpets for them still?
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