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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-27-2006 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Mach is finally all one color. The body shop has it in blue tinted primer and boy does it look GOOD! It will now sit for 2-3 weeks to cure and then they get started on the block sanding. I'm very impressed with how nice a job they are doing.

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posted 01-27-2006 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks Great Steve.. That's EXCITING..

It won't be long now..

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posted 01-27-2006 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW Steve!
Thats just awesome!

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not very shiney!!!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-27-2006 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish you could see it in person. I went round and round it looking for flaws. These guys are GOOD!

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posted 01-27-2006 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
I wish you could see it in person. I went round and round it looking for flaws. These guys are GOOD!


I'm sure it is, I'd hate to be the guy working on your car. You do great work and expect even better from others.

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posted 01-27-2006 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's looking good Steve !!! You searched long enough for a good body shop and it looks like you found it.....

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posted 01-27-2006 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I'm sure it is, I'd hate to be the guy working on your car. You do great work and expect even better from others.

Just the other day I met the guy here who handles all the top-end resto jobs in the Flips for the true and well-heeled collectors - money no object. I said I wish I could find just one customer like that so I could dump all the rest. He said something like, "It sounds great when they walk in the door, but two or three years later they're still moaning 'cos it's not absolutely perfect!"
But I'm sure Steve's not like that Looks great Steve.

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posted 01-27-2006 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IIGood   Click Here to Email IIGood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lookin' good!

But, pardon my ignorance, why use a primer the same color as what the colorcoats will be? Won't it be harder for them to tell where they've shot? I know it'll make the blue look more pure...

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-27-2006 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fastymz:
I'm sure it is, I'd hate to be the guy working on your car. You do great work and expect even better from others.


We're getting along great. He knows what I'm looking for so we're on the same page. The guy is even more anal than I am. All my "What about..." questions have been answered by the exact answers I wanted. Good people like this are tough to find and I consider myself very lucky. This was the shop I was looking for.

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posted 01-27-2006 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thats really great I know how long it took you to find a shop. Sounds like they earn their money which in it's self is hard to find today too.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 01-27-2006 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by IIGood:
Lookin' good!

But, pardon my ignorance, why use a primer the same color as what the colorcoats will be? Won't it be harder for them to tell where they've shot? I know it'll make the blue look more pure...


The new grades of paint are a lot more transparent than they used to be and tend to show through the tint of the primer in the final tint of the top coat. Using a complimentary color in the primer allows to have better coverage while using the least amount of paint.

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posted 01-27-2006 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fastymz:
Thats really great I know how long it took you to find a shop. Sounds like they earn their money which in it's self is hard to find today too.


Another thing about this shop is they don't do collision work, only custom paint and body work.

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posted 01-27-2006 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
Another thing about this shop is they don't do collision work, only custom paint and body work.


Thats the best reason to pick them. I can't wait to see it painted. So do I get to drive it?

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posted 01-27-2006 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fastback68:
"It sounds great when they walk in the door, but two or three years later they're still moaning 'cos it's not absolutely perfect!"

If he can't get it right in two or three years, how does he stay in business?

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posted 01-27-2006 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That just looks awesome! Money well spent. Was the radiator support painted? The panel alignment looks great.

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posted 01-27-2006 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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If he can't get it right in two or three years, how does he stay in business?

Good question! These are customers restoring things like 1930s Hispano Suizas. They give him a budget to scour the world looking for spare parts, and bitch when he comes up with a slightly pitted part from a 38 and tries to fix it on a 37. Meanwhile, they pay him storage, so there's a trickle of income.
He has some meat 'n' potatoes customers as well though.
He says he thinks that some of these difficult customers really only bring their cars to him because they don't want to store them in their garage, so they dump them on him for a few years!

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posted 01-27-2006 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
I wish you could see it in person. I went round and round it looking for flaws. These guys are GOOD!


What gets me is the panel fitment-it is flawless. SOMEONE knows what the **** they are doing! I remember the knotty look of the RR 1/4 and how it looks now. Noticed how good the engine cmpt looks=very thorough in their prep. Like the idea of the longer cure outs that they're doing in the process. Makes for a laser straight body when it's finished! Noticed that you got the shaker cutout. For what you're paying, you're getting it back in the rise in value that they're adding to your Mach!! Two thumbs up!!

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posted 01-27-2006 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Noticed how good the engine cmpt looks=very thorough in their prep.

Thank you! That's actually Mike's and my work.

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posted 01-27-2006 10:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for exlocal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fastback68:
He says he thinks that some of these difficult customers really only bring their cars to him because they don't want to store them in their garage, so they dump them on him for a few years!

The shop that changed my clutch has a 65 coupe which was brought in by a customer to have the 289 rebuilt. The motor looks like a stock rebuild. The customer couldn't come up with the money to pay for the motor work, so told the shop owner that he can keep the motor and that he would tow the body out. Wrong, the shop owner put a lien on the car and is now trying to sell it.

There's also a 69 Charger (basket case) out in the back parking lot next to the 65 Stang coupe. That customer is paying him space rent until he comes up with the money for the restoration to start?

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posted 01-27-2006 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dreamcometrue   Click Here to Email Dreamcometrue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice work!!
Happy for you, Steve.
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posted 01-27-2006 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
Thank you! That's actually Mike's and my work.


Figured that, I meant that they did a good job of covering your work. BTW, what did you use for paint in the bay. It looks damn good. Nice detail. Looks like the 70 has a Bendix Booster. Just got through detailing mine, which is a Midland.

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posted 01-28-2006 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AWESOME!!!

These guys do know what they are doing. As Mellow pointed out, the alignment of the body panels is perfect. Glad to see that they smoothed out as much of the sheet metal as possible and used very little filler. Can't wait to see your Mach 1 completed and on the road Steve. That will be one HUGE smile for you.

Dave & Terri

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posted 01-28-2006 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome Steve.

Like Pete asked, what paint was used in the engine bay. Everything looks awesome.

How are they protecting the detail work already completed from overspray?

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posted 01-29-2006 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mellowyellow:
Figured that, I meant that they did a good job of covering your work. BTW, what did you use for paint in the bay. It looks damn good. Nice detail. Looks like the 70 has a Bendix Booster. Just got through detailing mine, which is a Midland.


The primer for the engine compartment is Duplicolor self etching primer, we then applied Duplicolor semigloss black which came out looking too splotchy so we then gave it a top coat of Rustoleum semigloss.

They protected it by bagging and masking and they seemed to have done a good job.

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STEVE>>>>I can't stop looking !!!! You are doing it sooo RIGHT !!!!!
It is gorgeous...
I am BLUE with envy...D)

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posted 01-30-2006 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
we then gave it a top coat of Rustoleum semigloss.

Are you saying that was shot with spray bombs!!! That came out quite nicely if that is the case. Or did you buy the paint by the quart/gal and shoot with it with a spray gun?

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posted 01-30-2006 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Gibson   Click Here to Email Dave Gibson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sig Sam,
When we did the engine compartment in Terri's car, we also used the duplicolor rattle cans. Found out quickly that you have to shake the can every few minutes or it will come out splotchy as Steve described. You have looked at the results of that project in person.

Dave & Terri

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posted 01-30-2006 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hwyman3   Click Here to Email hwyman3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, the car looks awesome so far! I can't wait to see it when it's all finished!

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posted 01-30-2006 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Sig Sam,
When we did the engine compartment in Terri's car, we also used the duplicolor rattle cans. Found out quickly that you have to shake the can every few minutes or it will come out splotchy as Steve described. You have looked at the results of that project in person.

Dave & Terri


Hmm, I don't remember your car coming out splotchy either. I seem to recall it looking pretty darn good too.

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posted 01-30-2006 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Steve, BTW, what kind of prep work did you do in that engine bay? That metal looks too smooth to have been blasted. Did you do a lot of chemical stripping by hand or just sand the old paint smooth and go from there?

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posted 01-30-2006 07:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, it was all spray bombs. Believe it or not, the pros I've asked about it, including Len Stuart from Autobodyshop.com all said not to fear the spray bomb.

Prep was stripping with paint stripper, then wire wheel, bearhair on a 90 degree diegrinder, lacquer thinner, PPG cleaner, PPG metal prep, then the self etching primer, splotchy topcoat of Duplicolor, then Rustoleum.

My brother Mike gets all the credit for that work, I cleaned and rebuilt and painted all the components and unboltable parts.

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