The last two weeks have been really hectic ones, although the car doesn't have much to show for it. Sorry, still no pictures of the car primered. They were shot with a film camera and haven't been developed yet. Two weeks ago, Alan and I went to Mark's and put on a second, thicker coat of primer. Nearly all of the sins have been covered now, and the car looks great as one single color.
Last Saturday, (Mar 16th) was the Gear Grinders annual awards banquette, held at "Joe's Garage" a private meeting hall filled with 2 dozen antique and show cars. We weren't getting any awards, but it was a great party with good food, good friends and a lots of great cars to look at. The club had a fund raiser raffle, and some people got lots of great prizes, and some people got squat. Alan & Mark really cleaned up winning a total of 7 shirts, 4 hats, 2 pins, 1 calendar, and the grand prize of $100. I, (James) won nothing. :-(

Alan & Mark's Gear Grinder Bonanza

The next step on the car is the final paint job. Mark bought the paint on his way to the party, but because of bad weather forecast for Sunday, we decided to wait for better conditions before using it.

See, SEE, We do have the paint.

Alan and I spent Sunday assembling the scoop mold from the 80+ pieces of metal I'd punched to make the shape. After gluing the pieces together, we covered the whole thing with plaster. It takes several days to dry thoroughly, so it will be some time before it's ready to sand. It probably doesn't look much like a scoop right now. The mold is being made in two back-to-back pieces, that will later be cut and rejoined to make the final part. It might seem like the hard way to make a mold,

Building the scoop mold.

I debated about showing this next picture. If we screw up the paint job, This picture might come back to haunt us. On the other hand, if we do it right, we'll be able to say, "told ya so". Anyway, here's the basic idea of what we want the paint job to look like. We'll know in a couple of weeks if we did it or not.

Basic plan for the paint Job.

The plan for this coming weekend, weather permitting, is to try and finish the painting. I'll let you know next week how it went.

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