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The first week, a show car, and a start on disassembly

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The first week of my senior project has gone by, and so far, it has gone well! Unfortunately, I lost two days of the week to Golf Districts (I won the district individually, and our team won as well, qualifying for state!) Anyway, after two days at districts, I rode my bike down to Dan’s Wednesday morning. We decided not to work on my Fiat right away, and instead get some practice in the shop. This will allow him to finish up a few of his projects before putting my car in the garage, and will give me experience that will be useful for the harder project of fixing my car.
The first thing Dan set me to work on is taping an old car, an old Plymouth Roadrunner. Here is a picture of it:
My job was to tape the edges of the car, around the doors and the trunk, so that while painting the body of the car, he would not accidentally spay paint on the already painted internal compartments of the car. After teaching me how to tear the tape off, and run it across your jeans so that it isn’t too sticky. If the tape sticks to the car too well, it might pull off chips of paint, which would ruin the entire paint job. If the paint chips off, then there is a high chance that the entire car will need to be repainted. As if this wasn’t pressure enough, Dan told me that the car I was working on would be a show car, and that the owner would be very picky about the job. I was very nervous.
Here is the trunk before I started my taping:


Here is the trunk after I finished my taping:

You put a layer of tape around the very edges, and then tape the paper down to this layer, in order to cover the entire inside of the trunk. Though this seems like a job that is not too difficult, I was just learning, and had to align every strip of tape perfectly with the paint line. In the end, it took me well over two hours to complete this simple job. In the end, however, Dan said that I did a great job. For the rest of my day, I finished taping the door and window compartments of the car. It took a long time, but I got more efficient with practice.
Over the next two days, we set in on work on my Fiat. Step 1: get it rolling. We spent the morning pumping up the tires, and getting the car pushed to a place we could work on it. Then, we set to work taking it apart. Here is what it looked like before any disassembly:
And here is its current state:



We have taken some of the important parts off, such as the fuel tank / fuel pump, seats, and roll bar, but still need to remove the engine. We hope to accomplish that this week, as well as strip all of the blue paint from the car. The car will be nothing but the body, and there will be no paint, and then repairs will commence.  



This is such a cool project, Conor. I love the pictures! Since you are such a good tape-ist now, maybe you can go into house painting as a backup!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Fixing a Fiat

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Well, here goes post number one!

I will be working with Dan in his autobody shop. He fixes classic cars in his shop which he runs on his won property. His garage can hold two cars at once, and for my senior project, I will be bringing in my 1974 Fiat Spider. I will do most of my learning on this car, and in the end, I will have a car with a nice, fixed up body! Here is what the car looks like: 

Unfortunately, that is not my car. Pictures of mine will be forthcoming, but suffice it to say, it does not run, and has a few rust patches. It will be a tough project!


















Wait--the car looks like this already?

With a SUNSET behind it? You lucky boy!

(Also, don't forget a title for your blog!)

Thank you and good luck tomorrow!

Hopefully it will look like

Hopefully it will look like that soon!