Sunday, December 16, 2007

Project 30 - return to work

Well, it's been an eventful summer. We finished the silver 911. Before we put paint on it we parked it in the sun to have it shrink. Unfortunately, it bubbled. So we ground out the bubbles and redid it. When it bubbled again we'd repair it. After several go-arounds we thought maybe there was something to it so we called up our supplier. They sent someone out, they said it had nothing to do with our quality of work or choice of chemicals so we ground out some more bubbles and did it again. The next time it happened, we called them again and they sent someone from the manufacturer of Norton Speedgrip. Ultimately, this took a couple of months but we decided that on the silver car, we'd seal it again and paint it... It appears that there aren't any more issues with this car although we did take it all the way down to fiberglass again.

On this car, a decision was made to go all the way back to sheet metal and weld on flares. It was a painful decision but once the decision was made, there was nothing to it but to do it. The rear flares where ground off, new steel flares were welded on and the body work has now shrunk. It's been this way for a month or two. The front fenders were removed and taken to a blaster. The blaster took them back down to metal. As of today, the front flares are positioned and the front bumper is mounted using it's final mounting hardware.

The flares will be cut and welded this week. Needless to say, these set-backs have taken their toll on the project timeline. All together, I figure it's added almost a year to the project. The car was basically ready to paint in November of last year except for final fitment of the bumpers. Financially, the project was hit with the hard expenses of the fiberglass flares and supplies and the, much more substantial but hidden, soft costs of time. That cost runs into the thousands but, of course, there's no bill to look at and show how much. It's really irritating, to say the least.

At any rate, it's game on again. We're pushing through to the finish.

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