The sanding process is then repeated over the entire surface of the car. Extra time spent here will result in a better overall finish.
Before paint, we also made sure to cut holes needed for accessories. In this case we made the cut in our flat firewall for the new DSE wiper motor.
We also located and cut the holes that will eventually be needed for our Vintage Air system. These bulkheads from Vintage air will make plumbing the system a snap. While putting them in we made sure to leave enough room to get a wrench on the fittings.
When these cars were new GM wasn’t building show cars. As such, the window trim moldings’ fitment fell into the “close enough” category. Here a piece of the OEM trim is held in place. The fit is pretty good, be we can make it better.
A small amount of U-Pol filler is applied to the corner. No need to go crazy with it, or you’ll just have more to sand off.
Then the work started. It was a process of sanding, fitting the trim back in, then sanding some more until the corner piece fit just right.
Behold the majesty of our perfectly-fitted trim. These "little" details are what sets one car apart from another. On the other corner we actually had to use a small dremel to remove some material to get a good fit.
Before paint we’ll need to have all the body panels on hand to fit, gap, and get looking right. So we picked up our carbon fiber panels from Anvil Auto. These pieces are pivotal in getting our ’68 looking like the Ben Hermance rendering. The front and rear panels weigh almost nothing (around a pound each), while the hood comes in at a svelte 17 pounds. As a bonus, the surface was as smooth as glass and would require little bodywork.
We also decided to try out the low-gloss paint from the Kustom Shop. To help our imagination, we used one of these aluminum mini-hoods. You can get them from the Kustom Shop for about $50. Sure the CF we used is just a sticker, but it helped give us a good idea of how the final colors will work together. To protect the paint, and bury the edges of the graphics, the hood was cleared in Kustom Shop’s Hot Rod Flatz Urethane Clear (PN HRF-289). The actual paint is Hot Rod Flatz Steel Blue (PN HRF221) for the body color, and Blood Red (HRF211) for the accent stripes. It’s a good idea to test our your colors on a panel like this since it’s easier to change your mind now than after the car has been sprayed.