This is the original link to this project..
This is the 2017 link to this never ending project...
and the saga continues...May there be light at the end of this tunnel.
Finally getting some paint on some things. The winter has been so cold and with zero humidity. The past two days it warmed up and I was able to do some spraying.
looks good Don what color is the body
You're one step closer Don.
Looking very nice Don. That will make a happy customer
Spencer, the owner wants it maroon or as close to the original "red" he can get. I'm stepping back when it comes to choosing the paint. The stuff he's looking at is in the $800.00 per gallon range. Its hard to be comfortable dealing with expensive paint...
Don what type of paint do you normally use.
I can't wait to see all three of our Fordors parked in a row. Black, Green, Maroon.
Bill, the black on this car is said to be the "blackest" paint you can get. Its DelFleet polyurethane code base 9000 single stage. I like it for sanding and cut and polish. It REALLY is a pitch black color. I also like how it covers and lays down, makes for a little easier job. But, I'm no expert on paint or painting cars. I'm sure others will have a different opinion, and that's ok.
I have always used PPG single stage paints. Base coat clear coat hasn't come to be with me yet.
I'd be willing to add a fourth car to the line up. Four Fordors has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
Eric, What color is your Fordor? Just wondering as I have a '27 Fordor that is a light colored maroon, kind of a wine color. I don't like it and think the paint supplier mixed it wrong, but I'm stuck with it now.
We're in the process of installing a rebuilt engine and new upholstery on it now. You can see a picture of our Fordor on my profile picture.
Eric, do you think our forefathers would have foreseen four Fordor Fords at the forthcoming festival?
Don that is looking great. Looking forward to more photos.
I used the color code in the encyclopedia for Windsor Maroon. http://www.mtfca.com/encyclo/P-R.htm Yes the PPG paint does run about $800.00 per gallon but it is single stage. You can see the color on my profile page.
John Z, that color is Fantastic! I had a difficult time deciding between maroon and green for ours.
I should clarify that I'm using the Delfleet black on the interior trim pieces and other smalls. The body will be painted with PPG Concept DCC 51068 Windsor Maroon. The fenders and splash aprons will be Concept DCC 9300. Both single stage acrylic urethane.
John Zibell, can you confirm the paint code number that you used? I'm assuming the PPG 51068 is the same color. I would appreciate any help you can give me on it. Thx.
With the paint still wet, this is what we got...
What a beauty.
Doing some wet sanding and buffing. This color is weird and changes with the amount of light on it.
The body is beauTiful but I don't think the doors and windows will hold up very well in bad weather.
Denny welcome back!! I missed your critiquing. This setup is perfect for winter drives. It gives one the full experience of Michigan in the winter time.
Color/finish looks great Don !!
Looks very nice. Several Concept colors seems to suffer from dramatic color shift. Some dark blues can look purple in different lighting conditions. I did a fender respray on a very old medium blue job that was probably synthetic enamel and while the Concept could be made to match in one lighting scenario, it couldn't be made to match every scenario.
Nobody makes a blacker black, though. Most other blacks look brown when put up next to it.
Thx for the kind words guys. Walter I agree completely on the Concept paint. It really can be deceiving from any angle. I used a black epoxy primer before laying down the maroon and I actually have to take a bright light to every square centimeter to see if I missed a spot. But this paint is so much easier to work with than any others I've tried. It wet sands in less than 1/4 the time of others and buffs out to a deep rich luster. So far I'm sold on it but I guess that's why it costs so much.
That's just beautiful Don!
And people might wonder why I'd like to paint my 18 Runabout maroon. :-)
Final fitting of the doors...so far so good. Knock-knock on the wood.
Looking very nice!
Ny dad's car is a black sedan with yellow wheels and the car gas been around since 1952. Dad bought the car in pieces for the princely sum oc $50. He painted it black with yellow wheels. The interior is largely original though it is pretty tacky now. Lets try to get the Fordors together for a photo.
Oh, one other thing. My dads car originality was dark green with a straw stripe.
I will try to get better quality pictures of this beast. Eric a few years ago I was told by a knowledgeable source that there were only about 6 or 7 Fordors in Michigan in various condition. There seems to be a bit of a surge of Fordors lately. It would be neat to see as many as we can muster in one spot. I have also been told by those that know that they are the most difficult to restore. I agree that they can be a bit of a challenge but I feel its just part of the game. The fact that you just don't see many says its important to keep them alive for the historical value. There is a guy in Grayling Mi with the identical story as yours. His Dad rides with him every time he takes it out.
I suspect there may be more than that Don. I know someone in Big Rapids who owns two, one being a Canadian car. He is often a volunteer at Gilmore and could probably be persuaded to bring one or both cars down there. I like the idea of getting a bunch of them together. Personally, while my Touring cars are both great Ts, the Fordors are better from an ergonomic perspective and are more formal looking.
I have to say your paint work looks really excellent on this car. I see what Kieth means. I think darker is better.
Darker is better...yeah to look at. But its a real bugger to wet sand and cut and polish. It seems to change shades with different angles of light. I agree that there are most likely many Fordors hidden away.
With 5 Fordors at Gilmore, we should have T-shirts made.
Well, if you get bored now that the body's nearing completion, I have a fordor in pieces that needs assembly! Come out to Massachusetts and relive your history!!!
Seeing how this is my third Fordor revival, I feel I'm reliving my history in a time loop...but thanks anyway Chris.
I was at Gilmore last evening and think I may have gotten a commitment from a 6th car! I like the T shirt idea.
A little better camera...