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maschinenbau
maschinenbau SuperDork
6/8/19 1:23 p.m.

I've done enough wetsanding for a Challenge car that already looks awesome. Let's make it shiny now. Basic strategy is clay bar, then wax/grease remover, Turtle Wax rubbing compound, Meguiar's 105 and finally 205. 

jfryjfry
jfryjfry Dork
6/8/19 7:23 p.m.

I’m no expert and haven’t even played one on tv, but would the claybar be necessary if you’re going to use rubbing compound?   

 

maschinenbau
maschinenbau SuperDork
6/8/19 8:05 p.m.

In reply to jfryjfry :

I'm no expert either, just figured it'd be best not to rub dirt into the paint. I really have no idea what I'm doing.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
6/8/19 8:19 p.m.

Claybar can't hurt. Especially if its been in a dusty/dirty environment. 

maschinenbau
maschinenbau SuperDork
6/10/19 7:48 a.m.

Before:

After!

Still some streaks and stipes in the paint, but it's shiny and I'm pretty happy with it! 

GTXVette
GTXVette UltraDork
6/10/19 8:03 a.m.

that's Great.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
6/10/19 8:07 a.m.

You should be. It looks AMAZING in pictures. 

Not looking forward to seeing you kick my butt in the concourse. 

maschinenbau
maschinenbau SuperDork
6/10/19 8:27 a.m.

In reply to Dusterbd13-michael :

Just throw down some stripes and lettering and suddenly RACECAR! 

Robbie
Robbie UltimaDork
6/10/19 8:52 a.m.

Awesome result. Well deserved.

Mike924
Mike924 Reader
6/10/19 9:14 a.m.

The car looks fantastic.  

Awesome job.  

NOHOME
NOHOME UltimaDork
6/10/19 9:42 a.m.

That looks freeking amazing.

Do you want to fly up and polish the Molvo for me? That is one task I just can not bring myself to do.

 

Pete

maschinenbau
maschinenbau SuperDork
6/15/19 6:07 p.m.

Just been knocking out some little things.

  • Repositioned the hood rod to the center because the hood is so floppy now. 
  • Removed the rear brake bias valve, since now I have the Miata prop valve. $20 back in the budget.
  • Took apart the gas pedal sensor and doused that sucker in electrical cleaner. I also bought a junkyard sensor as backup, but hopefully won't need to take that budget hit.
  • Started painting the interior floor. It was nasty primer before. The whole interior needs this treatment. 

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UberDork
6/15/19 6:09 p.m.

I like your "passenger" over there wink

maschinenbau
maschinenbau SuperDork
6/15/19 6:12 p.m.

In reply to Indy-Guy :

Oh E36 M3 I wasn't supposed to post that stuff yet for surprise. Yeah she's a big girl, gonna put the hurt on this VQ. Very new territory for me and definitely a bucket list experience I'm looking forward to.

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
6/15/19 6:25 p.m.

You need to learn the art of image obscurity 

 

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UberDork
6/15/19 6:31 p.m.

In reply to maschinenbau :

Oh! Sorry. Quick go back and edit your post to delete that photo.

Patrick has you covered.

maschinenbau
maschinenbau SuperDork
6/15/19 9:39 p.m.

Yeah everyone reading this look at Patrick's photo not mine. Nothing to see here. Yep that should cover it.

GIRTHQUAKE
GIRTHQUAKE Reader
6/16/19 1:55 a.m.

It's for the party balloons for the winner

SkinnyG
SkinnyG UltraDork
6/16/19 10:10 a.m.

When you first started taping it out for paint, I was like "okaaaaaaaaay....."

But I freakin' LOVE IT!

It's a nod to BRE, but your own take on it, and it really suits the car well!  Great Jorb!

maschinenbau
maschinenbau SuperDork
6/16/19 11:13 a.m.

In reply to SkinnyG :

Thank you! I'd argue on a car like this, it's more of a parody.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
6/16/19 12:00 p.m.

In reply to maschinenbau :

If it was slow, I’d go with parody.  This is somewhere between caricature and tribute.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
6/16/19 12:19 p.m.

You are forcing me to step up my game significantly with the further refinement of this car. 

Thanks. I think. 

maschinenbau
maschinenbau SuperDork
6/20/19 8:03 p.m.

Don't worry, my new motorcycle project isn't distracting me too much from the important goal - winning the $2000 Challenge. I bled the brakes again after removing the bias valve and ran some errands to make sure everything is still awesome. It is. Very much so.

Something unbelievable also happened. I got complimented on my car by an actual real life unaffiliated with me woman. This whole time I thought cars only attracted other men.

Check out this close call with a curb. I also bottomed out on a parking lot entry. #LowLife

Stampie
Stampie PowerDork
6/20/19 8:27 p.m.

In reply to maschinenbau :

Did you get digits?

maschinenbau
maschinenbau SuperDork
6/20/19 8:40 p.m.

No but I doubled down on this strange phenomenon and did a burnout as I drove away. I can only assume it was as good for her as it was for me.

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