June 30th, 2010

Chop Shop | Sooo close

But so far away…

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So I started assembling the windshield… when I hit my first bump… The rivet gun head didn’t fit into the extrusion…

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Much better.

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Seal riveted in.

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Sigh… new windshield… finally

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Tops & Bottom in after several attempts.

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It’s on… but it’s still not fitting perfectly… I think I’m going to take it apart tonight.

June 30th, 2010

Chop Shop | Just in…

Just got this pic from Don… Look at how small it is next to the xB!…

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Less than a ton + 400whp = danger

June 29th, 2010

Chop Shop | Born to be wild

Last day of work before it heads out to get the cage TIG welded.

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but it’s looking pretty bad ass no? (I didn’t do anything on the cage)

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Cage to shock tower.

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Tracing out the cover plate.

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Done…

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That tool is on the bench beside that fingy…

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Side view…

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I think my old sprite windshield is going to fit perfectly!

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Everyone’s question is whether the cage is strong enough or not…. 1 1/4″ chromoly…

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View from the cockpit.

June 27th, 2010

Chop Shop | Not satisfied

The windshield frame was shiny… yes… but the reflection was still not there. The harsh brushing to remove the oxidized coating left marring on the aluminum. So I started sanding for the last time with 2000 grit.

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See those scratches… not cool

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Quite a few passes later…

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See the difference?

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The marred surface refracts the light.

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I almost forgot!… i’m starting the steering wheel cover as well.

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So today I finally finish the frame.

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All the pieces are laid out!.

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Oh yeah… I got the parts I ordered.

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Test fit!

June 27th, 2010

Look du Jour | Friday

I know it’s been a while…

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June 23rd, 2010

Chop Shop | Done with the windshield for now.

Well almost… There are a couple of spots left…

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Final section that needed sanding.

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See that garage door opener?… I wasn’t satisfied with that reflection… so I kept on wet sanding…

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Finished that section and got started on the fun stuff!

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Patterning with blue tape… I can’t wait to make the real one.

June 21st, 2010

Chop Shop | I’m getting buff.(ing)

Seriously… I’m getting my work out from this shit.

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Passenger side convertible latch… check.

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Driver’s side convertible latch… check… this image is a good prelude to this.

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those marks are from where the convertible locator tabs missed the latch.

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First like… 400 passes.

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Can you pick out where those dents were?

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Not bad eh? Almost there… just the other side… wet sand the entire surface… steel wool…. 2000 grit wet sand…. Polish… buff… then wax.

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While I was on the phone… I took apart the steering wheel cover.

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It was filthy…. but it’s all clean now… stay tuned for the steering wheel… I have good plans for it.

June 20th, 2010

Chop Shop | Almost there…

I finally finished the bottom portion of the windshield frame…

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The rivets were loose… I had to chisel the heads off because the drill bit was just spinning them.

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The scratching…

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and the pitting… took forever to take out.

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But what a difference…

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Onto the top portion of the frame… and it doesn’t look too promising.

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The rivets on the rear view mirror mount and convertible top clips were super rusted… but they were original ones which I couldn’t get my hands on… I didn’t want to use conventional rivets because they were so visible… and I also question their strength.

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There’s one of them done… not too bad eh?

June 20th, 2010

Chop Shop | Back at it.

After two weeks off working… I hit the restart button.

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I ordered parts today… so I definitely have to get ready for the new windshield.

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So I started with the other A pillar… as it was pretty pitted.

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Almost gone…

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Almost a reflection.

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There ya go.

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done… now for the base.

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it was super pitted.

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after a scrub down + 0000 steel wool + 2000 grit + polish…

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Almost….

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There she is.

June 18th, 2010

Chop Shop | Dune buggy day 3

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So… Back to work on this thing… Cleaning up the rear… I need a saws-all

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Don… bending the strut tower bar.

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Tube bender on an engine stand… sweet.

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Shock tower reinforcements…

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Sound deadening material off… everything cleaned up.

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Test fitting the tower bar.

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That is the current state of the body… not bad eh?

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