Paint the Body Shell

A Rotisery is a wonderful thing!

When Paul and I initially discussed how the project should proceed, Paul brought up the idea of mounting my Fury on his rotisserie. At first I thought the idea was overkill since the body work was complete and I thought all I needed was some long-boarding and paint. Then I considered having the car at work bench height just has to make everything easier and at my age that equates to a happy back, so I agreed with Paul. I am very pleased with that decision; the results are spectacular all the way around.

When I took delivery of the Fury in 1969, the first stop was to Ziebart for rust proofing. The underside was sprayed with a flexible tar like sealant designed to stop rust and drip all over your driveway for at least 15 years. When Sue and I started our restoration attempt in 1996 we decided to clean all the Ziebart off and paint everything with POR-15. Well Sue lived under the car with a putty knife and a tin of POR-15. The black you see is 18 year old POR-15, it's as nice as the day it was brushed on and there is zero rust. Not bad when you consider the car sat in a fallow field unprotected for nearly a year.

Some of these pictures remind me of a plastic car kit, all that's missing is flashing around the edges.

Long boarding panels this size is a real adventure. One thing for sure you can't be in a hurry.

Front Valence
Fender extensions

Paul found two bad welds which he ground and repaired. Unfortunate they were there, but very fortunate we found them now instead of later as rust bubbles under the new paint.

Time for more primer, mask all areas to be left black.

Repeat long boarding and shooting guide coats until the surface is perfect.

Paul wipes the whole car down with PPG DX-330 Wax and Grease Remover.
The product stays "wet" long enough to eyeball all the surfaces for any distortion. A very simple but accurate way to evaluate the surface.
At roughly $20 a bottle, its not cheap, but the end result is worth every penny.

I believe Paul is happy!

Time for color!

Clear coat.

Unwrapped ready for inspection.

The sign was written on masking paper using a black marker then hung on the wall with the lettering facing the wall. The picture shows the lettering through the paper and then reflected in the rear quarter panel. That picture blew me away, like could it get any better than that?
Selfie of a happy craftsman!!