Hey folks. So, about 18 months ago I bought a run-down 1985 Ford Tempo. I was told the engine was barely used, and the mileage was low. I was also told there were alot of Tempos in my area (that part wasn't true ).
Anyways, here are some project pictures, hope you enjoy, and feel free to offer some tips!
Back Left passenger
Back at angle
Right back passenger
Right front passenger
1st coat of paint
Driver Fender at angle
Note to mods: I had already posted this in an off-topic section in another forum I usually reside in, prior to finding this site. I'll continue the log here and link to this topic from that forum. Thanks.
Show off your work! Anything from final results to full start-to-finish project journals.
Driver door and fender - 2nd coat of paint
Left passenger door - Before
Left passenger door - Sanded and Filler applied
Left passenger door - 1st coat of paint
Well, I'm not happy with the results, I was hoping some of you would have advice to give me on this...
I checked out this project and I already have an idea of how to redo this.
None taken, but it's really just a project. I thought ppl on here were just hobbyists, so the stake (value) wasn't a concern.
Then again, this may not be an interesting project for some due to the make and investment, and that's something I would understand. If you see this as just a beginner's project, maybe you'll follow just out of curiousity, and if so, I'll be glad to entertain.
In any case, I'm going to complete this with pure sanding and patching (so no cutting, no welding since I still have zero experience in that), so if people want to give advice past those 2 stages (as of the point of priming, sanding, painting), then by all means please join.
In the mean time, you can be sure that I'll post pictures of emerging rust once it pops up.
One more thing, the rust is on the primer. When I sand, it goes away. That's because I, as a noob a year ago, used an angle grinder to remove some minor rust spots and created bigger bare metal spots. I patched those temporarily with primer as winter was coming, and wasn't ready to paint. A year later, what you see is what happened. Anyways, for your interest, I'll be sure to post more pictures on the sanding and angle-grinding phases to show you how the rust is removed.
We'll see who sticks around. Mind you, this is the only car I have, so the only project I'll be working on. Thanks for following if you do, this is my first car, and my first project. If better projects interest you, by all means, but for those who stick around, a big thank you, I have not yet given up on this hunk of scrap metal just yet.
Joined: Fri Oct 20, 2006 12:40 pm
Some do this for a hobby and others are professionals.
If you don't have a welder you can always use panel bond adhesive. That and a flange tool will allow you to cut out those rusted areas and replace with good metal.
Most sheet metal suppliers will even put some bends in for a small price.
You can see rusted metal being replaced in this thread and also areas where poor repairs were made and rust is underneath the filler.
1968 Coronet R/T - a work in progress.
^Hooo man! That's alot of work in that one!! I will definitely read that one haha
You're pictures show the body filler stage and then paint, did you primer the door first before you painted? If not you should put a few coats of epoxy primer than put some 2k primer and block sand, than seal and paint and your results will be a lot better when you paint it will not show all of the patch marks.
NightTrain, thanks for your support! I will look into the metallic fillers and panel adhesives, that sounds like a great idea.
This far I have been using rust converter. I sanded down the rust with an electric sander and an angle grinder, then applied rust converter before applying bodyfill, then primer, then paint.
Audi27, hey I used regular primer (don't have the brand on hand), but only put one thin coat on. When you say "block sand", would using an electric sander be ok as well? Also, what do you mean by "seal" (after "block sanding", prior to "painting")? The way I understood it was that the paint goes right on the primer.
Another important detail, I'm working outdoors, so I'm not sure how many layers of primer I can put in a day before flash rust happens.
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