Thursday, November 10, 2011

Days 67 - 83: The 1.2.3!

So it's been a little while since I've last updated. I got busy IRL and had to take a major break, about a week and 2 weekends. For the past week we've been back at it though, cleaning all the seems so that this weekend Jesse can come and weld the new floor supports, floor pans, and some of the rear back together. We're also getting our plans together for replacing the rear torque boxes and a small section of the rear frame rails. After cleaning a lot out of the trunk I found that the whole trunk had been replaced along with the rear quarter panels... it's in pretty great shape, we're gonna make it all properly welded together and clean and then coat it with por 15.

But the cleaning... there in lies the issue. For a while now we've been grinding with grind pads but the tar just covers them and ruins them so quickly and it's becoming an issue of price on materials...

Well now I think we've figured it out. We bought a couple really awesome tools for the job. First scrapers... ok we've had them and been using them for a little while, but now we also bought torches! If you heat up the tar and then scrape it off you get AMAZING results... but it still leaves residue and does nothing for the rust. So we bought Naval Jelly. This stuff is incredible, I'm telling you. After we burn away must of the tar and scrape it off we put the naval jelly on the area and let it sit for 15 minutes... come back and wash it away with water and dry it down good... then after that you just grind away the excess and you get clean bare metal.

1. Burn and scrape.
2. Naval Jelly and scrape.
3. Grind that shit.

It works like a charm, now to do it to the rest of the center and rear of the car!

More to come!


  1. Great tip ... That tar stuff is insufferable. Will have to get me some naval jelly!