[V8] Bodywork done, ready for paint

Jeremy Ward jward.v8 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 18 12:51:05 EST 2006

Well I stopped by on Friday and got a glimpse of my bill.  Not as bad as my
sleepless nights would have led me to believe.


The last batch of pics are my favorite so far:



They were taken on my lunch break, and the painter said he was ready to
throw the primer on so it could harden all weekend before touching it again
on Monday.  There is a very interesting layering effect involved, which you
can see in many of the pics.  First is bare German Steel which is galvanized
on huge rolls before it is stamped into sheet metal parts.  It then
undergoes several pre-treatment processes, a dip primer process, along with
several other coats, and finally the paint and clear coat.  In my pics, the
primer is a putty color and the sealer is a dark grey.  My painter told me
that he would apply a dark-colored primer/sealer so if I got a rock chip it
wouldn't be quite so obvious.


I have President's Day off work (man I love working for the school
district), so I will swing by again with a box of Krispy Kreams in one hand
and my digital camera in the other.  ;-)




- Jeremy



From: Jeremy Ward [mailto:jward.v8 at gmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2006 6:49 AM
To: 'v8 at audifans.com'
Subject: Bodywork done, ready for paint


Well as the job gets closer to being done, my fear, anxiety and doubt about
my final bill are starting to give my hives! ;-)  Insurance is picking up
the $2650 plus $500 rental car allowance, and the body shop let me do all of
the R&R to save a few bucks.  He was going to play with the numbers and give
me an idea of what my out of pocket will be when I pick the car up next
week.  I am picking up the cost of the rear fender cell antenna delete, the
glass removal and reinstall, as well as the roof strip and repaint;
everything else should be covered by the insurance estimate.  (Please say a
prayer for me and someone call my marriage counselor to let them know we
will need a double appointment next week!)




As you can see from the last few pics, it is ready to roll into the paint
booth to get sealed, primed, blocked, and finally painted.  


Thanks to Bruce at GermanAutoConnection, my smoked taillights arrived last
Friday.  They are very high quality (similar to the clear front blinkers),
and look like you might find the Hela stamp on them somewhere.  I test
fitted one of them and it looks pretty cool.  If anyone is interested, my
red taillights (minus the driver's side) and/or the passenger side front
(amber) blinker are available for sale.  Check the marketplace for pics and
price is negotiable for those on the V8 list.


Wish me luck,


- Jeremy

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