I have decided that each week I’m going to post all the photos of that weeks projects. We’ll have to see how well that works out I might have to upgrade my blog. So this week would be September 6th – September 12th, and this weeks project ahs been a John Deere Tractor Hood. Lets see how well this works out.
I’m going breifly touch on this subject while its fresh in my head. With my luck I’ll see something shiny and for get what I wanted to say. I’ll post additional photos of the left fender and the left wheel well once I have them in primer. Leading me up to what I would like to explain. Automotive Restoration is a passion for many people. You truly have to love what your doing. I expected to be done with the fender and wheel well over the weekend, and not for my lack of trying, but what I don’t think many people realize is just ohw many man hour go into doing a complete restoration. For example the fender I’m worknig on I currently have 10 or 12 hours into and its just now ready for primer. Granted I did not have the truck sand blast, instead I opted to sand the entire truck with a 6″ DA. From this experience I can tell you that #1. sand blasting is a heck of a lot faster. I literaly have weeks of sanding into this truck, and if we had sand blasted this vehicle 3 hours. #2. sand blasting can get get all the areas that you are unable to reach. Which is both good and bad.
But I regress, automotive restoration it is very difficult to look at a project and guestimate how many man hour it will take in order to complete even a small task such as a fender. For this reason many restoration shop will not quote a solid set in stone price. They already know from experience that it will take longer. While in college instructors who have also been in business for themselves will tell don’t tell a customer anything less than 1000 man hours. When actualy, from my own experience I would have to say many restoration go upwords of 1500 to 1800 man hours….some very high restoration or customizations will have 2000, 3000, or maybe even as much as 4000 man hours in them…That my friends is alot of time and alot of money…this concludes this morings posting, I have to go to work now.. Have a good day..Dave.
About two months ago I purchased my first paint gun. Before spending the money I did a little research because the paint guns I had the opportunity to use in the past did not impress me. I simply did not think that they were worth spending three to four hundred dollars on. At some point in time I had stumbled upon a web site http://www.spraycat.com I found a company that states that their gun have 12 point of atomization, are American made, and very reasonably price. Being my first paint gun I opted for their techline 3 which features an economy body with the cap, tip, and needle from their higher line of guns…Upon recieving of the gun I prepped the hood, one of the doors, and a few other parts to play with my new toy…The results were amazing. All I did was remove gun from the packaging, assemble, mount a regulator and in-line filter, connect the hose and went to town…Truthfully I have never seen a paint gun that can lay primer as flat and smooth as the results I have had with this gun.. This was $200 well spent.
Although this blog is new, I’m currnetly not trying to develop one blog, but two. It can be fonud at http://www.theautomotiveenthusiast.blogspot.com
Sunday I was feeling rather lazy, but I finally arrived at my shop a little before noon. After spending a few moments pondering what that days project was going to be I decided to start working on the left fender. Over the next four hours I removed the trim, sanded the fender with 180 grit sand paper, removed a small dent, welded up all trim holes, ground all the welds, used Rage gold body fill to smooth out minor imperfections, and finished by sanding the body filler with 180 grit sand paper. Of course additional work needs to be performed on this fender still and additional photos will be posted at a later date..
Hello to the blogging community and to all who choose to read my ramblings. I’m writing this blog as a way to gain exposure for my brand new start up business “Glory Days Automotive Restoration”. Although I would enjoy operating this business full time, finances do not allow that. Therefore I am working a full time 40 hour a week job and investing about 20 hours per week into my own venture. What this means is that currently I have very small shop, low overhead, and my shop rates a very low. I am extremely serious about developing a professional image for both myself and my business. The slogan for my business is “The quality of our work is in the Detail”; I believe in giving the customer more than what they pay for. I have a great deal of pride in the quality of work I perform. If your curious about having work done, you can contact David Hamlin through this blog or email email@example.com…..Thank you.