Last remaining NOS trim search is now complete. With the exception of the front and back window trim, complete set of NOS trim now upper door and lower door:
Will be doing some Spring cleaning of the garage and working on the blast cabinet is next on my to-do list.
Received another diecast car. This one is Yellow which looks the most (out of all my diecast cars) like mine will when complete – My display cabinet is now full:
So if you recall last year I messed up and painted the bottom half of the firewall satin black when I should have used gloss black. The weather was warm enough yesterday I sprayed 3 coats of gloss black after scuffing\cleaning…
It is better, but still not as good as I would like. Not entirely happy and may spray a few more coats this summer of strip and re-do. Not sure that it will even be visible with the 427 BigBlock and A/C in the engine compartment.
Need to tackle the block sanding and undercoat the bottom this summer – if I can fit this in or time this fall, I will re-visit it then as I decide what I will do with it.
I have two NOS trim pieces coming in the mail. I’ll post pics when they arrive – they will complete my NOS trim search and I will have a complete set of NOS trim to put on the Camaro.
Another NOS component for when I have the A/C restored:
So after learning how to decode the age of the Raptor bedliner, I realized what I had was expired, so I ordered another kit to be safe. I already had a couple of bottles to use on my test section. The kit and guns arrived today – the guns were cheap enough that I will use them and move on to the next without cleaning between bottles. The price was right and cheaper than the recommended cleaner. Tomorrow my paint should arrive to touch-up the firewall from last year and to use on the hidden windshield wiper components. I am sure I will need to order more, but at least I can get started as soon as the conditions are right to paint again…
So here is what I learned for decoding the raptor bedliner age: First, the hardener deteriorates faster than the base. As a sense check for any hardener already opened see if the contents of the hardener are really liquid (reducer like consistency) if it “sounds” thicker- i.e. syrupy then it has gone passed its useful life.
Typically the batch numbers for the Raptor base is on a paper ticket on the cardboard box. The hardener is batch labelled with a paper ticket on the base. The batch labels use the same 5 digit format where the first digit represents the year so for 2018 this will be 8, 2019 will be 9 and so forth. The next two digits represent the week number when they were produced. The final two digits represent the run sequence through the factory.
Another one arrived! Pretty soon my display cabinet will be full!
Another diecast Camaro arrived:
Just ordered another one today. Will post another pic when it arrives. My display case is filling up with diecast Camaros! After the Daytona race tomorrow and my dog gets his stitches out on Tuesday, I should be able to get some more garage time in. Making a list of supplies for the warmer weather. More to come.
More diecast cars arrived. At least one more on the way. One of them (and the one still waiting on) are unopened boxes and I am debating on opening them up or displaying ‘as-is’. Been targeting already opened ones as they are cheaper and I wanted to display them, but the price was right on the other unopened ones I bought. The black one is the unopened one. Not much garage time as bust with other things the month of Feb…