After a long winter hiatus, work has resumed on my T. We have had serious problems with the paint I planned on using. After several unsuccessful combinations of gun/paint/reducer we dropped back 10 yards and punted. Decided to go back to what was on the T when I bought it - lacquer. We had some initial problems with it as well - like before the paint would just not flow right. Long story short - we think the mixing data in the material handling sheets is misleading owing to trying to be VOC compliant. MSDS say mix 5:1; we mixed 1:1.5!! Worked just fine! Test all this on rear panel. 4 coats of lacquer; lightly sanded with 800 and then compounded. Got the exact results I was looking for. Now I can paint the rest of the car!
Look'n good !!
Looks great and one of my favorite T body styles
Please keep the photos coming.
Wouldn't you be better off doing the whole car at one time to get better color match? or were you just doing a test?
I hope our center door comes out that nice. I would be ecstatic!!!
Thanks for the photos. You're a real inspiration to me to get mine up to your standards.
I was doing a test but I'm not worried about matching the paint as I used only a couple cups out of a gallon for the test. I'll do the car in two sections: rear quarters followed by doors and front quarters...
I'll post photos as I go.
Looks nice. What brand lacquer are you using?
That polished out photo looks like I could shave in it! I actually did that many years ago on a T club camp-out, using a friends beautiful car.
David, you have worked your way around the mixing problem well. In our warm climate I usually end up around 1:1 thinners to lacquer. The thinner the mix you can handle, the better the gloss off the gun. Just don't get too heavy with the coat or it will run. I usually apply one coat, let it flash off, and then apply a second. That way, I can get more paint on, in a shorter time, and with less sanding/rubbing between applications.
I love using lacquer. It is very forgiving of mistakes. It gives a finish more suited to old cars. And, it smells good!
Allan from down under.
I painted the rear section yesterday. I did not feel confident enough to attempt the entire car. All the trouble we had been having made me doubt my previous abilities. I discovered that by the time I finished spraying the section, rinsed out my gun and mixed up some more paint, the paint has flashed and I could start spraying right away. It all went quite smoothly. Tomorrow the rain should be gone and it will be dry enough for me to paint the rest of the body.
Well, that ought to "go like stink" with that engine under the hood !
I was able to give the rest of the body about 5 coats of lacquer. All went well except for the small bug that flew through an open vent window and landing right smack dab in the middle of the cowl! The damage will disappear after compounding which will start next week!
I'm making progress! Completed compounding the T - hand rubbed the pillars and sills, used polisher on body panels. I'm happy with the results although there are a couple of spots I want to touch up. I laid down 6-7 coats of lacquer and then sanded with 1000 grit before compounding. I'll wait until top and interior installed before final polish and wax.
Really looking nice! Interesting C-door you have there. Right hand steering?
A thing of beauty! Thanks for the update.
I started to install the headliner today. I haven't had this much fun since I shot my dog!!! I'm too big and old to be contorting myself inside that centerdoor! Having the right tools helps considerably. I'm very happy with the material. Tomorrow I'll go back and look for mistakes before trimming and installing the headliner cord.
David, I had a chuckle when you mentioned the bug on the cowl. I had the same thing happen to me on the finish coat on my 1915 tourer splash panel. I left the little bugger there, polished around it and made him suffer. He's still there, 27 years later!!!
Allan from down under.
Looks absolutely wonderful Dave! And, yes its not unlike trying to drywall a outhouse~
Very nice work.
Nothing like black lacquer....it reminds me of hanging out with my dad's hotrodder friends when I was a kid. One of them could really lay down the lacquer beautifully. He'd then let me wet sand it until it looked like it was 10 feet deep.
I added the top and aprons to the T. It is amazing how those two items transformed that skeleton body into something that resembles a car!! Both tasks were a two-person effort. The scariest part was lifting the body off the frame high enough to slip the fender aprons into place! I also compounded and polished the aprons and the touch-up areas on the body. Now I will continue installing the interior.
Look'n real nice Dave...
You have given me inspiration to paint my 1923 Fordor. Right now I'm trying to install a new set of tires.
Completed installing all door post interior and glass. The rear oval panel was a two-man job - lots of trial and fit! After some clean-up work, I'm ready to install the side and door panels!
The window opening stapled, trimmed and ready for glass:
Yes indeed! Very nice.
Great job! Where did you get your top from?
I got all my material from Cartouche (Mac's Auto). I'm very pleased with the quality and amount of material in the kit.
Looking great David. I like the center door T's.
Wow looks great.
Paint looks really nice and the upholstery is outstanding. BUT you are going to regret using that light colored primer. Next time have it tinted to a dark charcoal, even the red oxide color.
I was able to make a trial fit of the rear seats - snug and in place! The side panels are temporarily nailed in place. Final fit will be after installing trim material around seat fence and kick panel.
I finally completed the interior installation. It was a lot of work but I'm happy with the results. I have a little work left on the passenger seat and fuel tank, plus general clean-up. But all that can wait till Spring. I'm going to close this thread as the next time I post, the T will be all complete and ready for the road!! Thanks for all the encouragement!
David, it looks really, really nice! I see a Ruckstell & disc brakes, but could you please tell us more about the overhead engine? I bet it'll go like stink!
Keith (A fellow Wisconsinite)
Awesome job. After looking at this thread several times as you progressed, I never realized till now it is right hand drive.
I just scrolled down this thread again. How nice to see the progress. It's always nice to see someone's work and know what satisfaction it can bring.
I got tired of being the last car in at rest stops when touring with the local club. The car can't keep up with the lighter weight tourings and roadsters! I went all out on the engine. Its a BB RAJO head; Model A crank and rods, pop-up pistons, performance cam, removed the magneto and installed a Chandler/Groves 88 carb. I didn't go for speed as much a torque. I don't like going much over 40 but now I can keep that speed whether I'm going up or down the hills. I'm no longer the last to arrive at our destinations!
All that work is quickly forgotten when you look at the piece of history you have preserved. Very nicely done Dave, and every bit worth the aches.
I have done upholstery on collector cars for 25 years and have painted some for customers and myself. Most photos I have seen of owner done upholstery, body work and paint look quite poorly done.
However, your car looks amazing on the outside and inside. You have done an outstanding job. Be very proud of your work.
I have also had a few cars with overheads on them. You will really enjoy driving this T and will find it hard to keep the speed down under 40 MPH.
You have done a superior restoration on this now beautiful Model T. Congratulations on a job very well done.
David, Thanks for giving the details on your engine. I understand what you said about being the last car in, etc. as I have a '27 Fordor. The Fordor's are heavy and slow unless modified like you've done.
You've done a good job, congratulations!