(continued from Project Car: ’55 Bel Air, 2 Door Hardtop)
Project ’55 Bel Air: April 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: May 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: June 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: July 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: August 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: September 2014
Project ’55 Bel Air: October 2014 Update
Repeat on the other side.
Torque all bolts to about 20 ft /lbs. (Do not over tighten you may split the bushing!)
Now it’s time to start on the paint removal on the body and parts. Since the front end, doors, and trunk are removed from this 55, we will start on those first.
There are several methods to strip paint from the car such as media blasting, soda blasting, etc. Since we are working on a budget, we will be using a combination of paint stripper and a small soda blaster from Eastwood.
We chose to use Captain Lee’s Auto Spra-Strip part number 88-0169-1.
Spray a generous amount on the painted surface.
Depending on how many coats of paint, you may have to repeat this procedure several times.
With some filler and elbow grease, this repair will be a breeze.
Nothing is better than using original parts so the fit is flawless.
Once you have the parts down to bare metal, you will want to prep them for primer.
We cleaned and prepped the metal using POR-15’s Marine Clean Degreaser part # 88-3401-1 and Metal Ready part # 88-3403-1.