Back, back,….a way back…
January of 2012 is already coming to a close, and Spec E30 racing won’t start for a couple more weeks. So to entertain you one or two blog readers out there, I thought we would go back to January of 2007, and see what was happening around the shop. We were just starting work on getting the Chevrolet built for the La Carrera. After finding our little peach, it was a matter of taking it down to its bare bones. Here’s a look back a 2007…
Thursday, January 4, 2007
I knew I could mention my favorite, Frank Zappa if I tried. These pictures give us a look at my racing partner Rick, working hard, doing a little pressure wash clean-up and getting the front end removed. All this is to get the car ready for the painter. Pretty basic stuff here, though I am dazed at the amount of nuts and bolts and pieces there are to take a fender off.
After the inside and outside are clean, the hood, fenders and front end removed, it’s off to Redwood Auto Body in Healdsburg, and our next big decision – what color?
OK, so, just sand down the rough spots and spray the thing!
It being the start of the rainy season, which means the busy season for a body shop, and us being on the dole for the work, things have chugged slowly along.
But I was there the other day and took some of these pictures, and I heard the car’s now primered, so we are coming to the finish at the body shop.
Dennis, Doug, Mike, everybody, I hope you’re not cringing reading all this because we so appreciate the effort you’ve put in. If it wasn’t for you guys, then it would be a “Miracle”.
Finally, we get to “The Paint Job“. It’s time to pick a color. Maybe in one of these blogs, I’ll show you all the paint schemes we tried out on paper. From black, or white, or to the Gulf GT-40 colors, and everything in between. Let me tell you, a four door Chevelle does not look that good in baby blue and orange. Being that we’re headed for Mexico, something red, white or green seemed appropriate.
An all white car, humm… I don’t think so, all green,… please….no. That leaves red…..ahhh red, rojo, the color of Ferrari – rosso corsa, the color of passion, romance, sex. Also the color of fire and blood, but we’re not going there. So much symbolism in red, I could go on and on, but let’s just say, we painted the door jams red.
Next the body, hood, and fenders were done, and voi la! All finished.
It sounds so simple, nothing to it, but just doing a bit of the sanding, I know it’s a ton of work. And here it is, truly, a gorgeous beauty!
I can’t thank all you guys at Redwood Auto Body enough for all the time and work put into our project.
Now the car is back in our hands, we can start collecting up parts and moving on to the next phase. And the next phase would be…. the whole enchilada.
I would just like to add a comment here; this car, out of the body shop was beautiful, absolutely gorgeous! The color was a old BMC red used on Mini’s in the 60’s, and it fit this car well.