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#805410 - 06/25/10 08:05 PM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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Looking good, but I need a magnifying glass!! smile Congrats on getting her home again!!


SSeeya,
Steve Ragusa - North Jersey
'88 SS - BudgetTourer - ZZ4-cammed 355 TPI, serpentine belt conversion, World Class 5-speed, 17" wheels, 12" front discs, Eibachs/Bilsteins, 1LE lower A-arms, tall lower balljoints, 34mm front swaybar, 3/4" straight rear bar, Celebrity headlights, and more. Sold on 2/28/11.
#805644 - 06/27/10 12:24 AM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: TPI Monte SS]  
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After a few days to settle down and really look at the car it appears I need to repaint it...it's got a lot of debris in the paint...it's bad, but I am not surprised and I am happy to have her home and now I am rethinking colour anyways....no point in getting upset, it won't solve anything so I am going to deal with this and pay an actual reputable shop to do this right and be done with it....pics will come when I can get some decent sunlight to show the defects and work.....I have been busy cleaning the almost 3 years worth of dirt and crap out of the cabin and under the hood....to be continued.....yet again...

#805662 - 06/27/10 01:33 AM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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I would consider color sanding the car and buffing it out. Get the chevy high performance magazine August issue. Then check out the paint and body write up. It has a step by step how to for removing orange peel and dirt from new paint jobs.

Anyways a lot of hard work and good progress. The car looks good.


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#805730 - 06/27/10 01:43 PM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: 1 Slow SS]  
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I agree with Ron thumbs
Wetsanding/buffing has turned quite a few 'lost' paint jobs into very decent ones over the years smile
I have a friend who does bodywork on the side in his garage. Just small jobs, but of course every once in a while he gets roped into a full paint. It's a shame really when you watch someone who you know has decent ability get bulldozed by not having the state of the art paint facility that is necessary for a quality paint job. I'm not saying some don't get lucky from time to time, but IMO the building/equipment used when spraying a car is just as important as than the person spraying it.
I'd try to 'fix' a few areas that are the worse and see if it is worth trying to save.
Good luck to you Bubsy and I'm glad you have your baby back driving

#820131 - 08/29/10 02:13 PM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: rons87mcss]  
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About a month ago I took the monte to my mechanic to switch the 305 balancer and put the 350 balancer in and get the car running and put new exhaust in from the headers back. That is done and she's back. She sounds awesome, but running rich, and my mechanic will take it back to sort that out once I am ready to put her on the road.

Finally this weekend I decided to try and wetsand her myself with 1000, 1500 and then 2000 grit paper, and took some clay to the ugly nibs. She's smooth as ice now. My husband ran off to the store to get me a new end for the polisher and I am going to give that a go when he gets home so I will have to put her back in the garage to do that....hope to pull her back out to see what she looks like in sunlight when I am done.

I still have to put all the trim back on and the door lock actuators and window motors and of course the door windows and I should be good to go.....

I am hoping that this rookie can turn this lump of coal into a diamond...

#820163 - 08/29/10 07:08 PM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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Congrats Bubsy!! Watch polishing around the edges, as to not burn through!! Nice to see another Ontarionite with a Monte lol!!

#823603 - 09/13/10 12:07 PM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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Got some pics from the summer and one of my new 02 monte




I have some more pics from when I fist got the car back...








[img]http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p307/bubsy83/041.jpg[/img]
[img]http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p307/bubsy83/045.jpg[/img]
[img]http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p307/bubsy83/046.jpg[/img]
And here's one of my girl helping me clean up the dash...
[img]http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p307/bubsy83/047.jpg[/img]

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#823794 - 09/13/10 11:57 PM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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So I have wetsanded the car and polished it about 5-6 times and these pictures are current as of today...



The white spots are where I used a clay bar to get the dirt nibs out and the paint came with them...it's pretty bad.



#823805 - 09/14/10 12:21 AM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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Bubsy, congrats on getting your car out of paint-jail, now you can put it back together and enjoy it, regardless of a little flaw here or there.
I like that blue, I bet with direct sunlight on top if just pops.
For the little rust spots that you may encounter in those coverd areas, I highly recomment Eastwoods rust converter, and rust encapsulator. All of their products are tops, and can take care of those little nits.
So hurry and put it together OK? oh yeah, and we want to see some pictures too OK? poke
Congrats on having it back. thumbs


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#1055937 - 02/16/18 06:16 PM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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Oh my goodness, it's been 8 years since I posted last about my car. First I would like to extend a huge thank-you to Z65_Paul for helping me log back in, and being gracious to let me back in after such a long absence. I shelved the car and basically just kept it in the garage as I had no cash to do anything about fixing it, and I wasn't going to sell it to anyone looking to profit from my misfortune. Basically, I was feeling a little sorry for myself. Anyways, I have a separate shop that's super cool and I have started tearing out the interior again. I am going to rewire the entire car, add 1 or 2 kill switches just cause and then repaint it. Myn20th anniversary is 2 years away and it's important that I get this car done for that. It was in our wedding pics, and it should be in the anniversary pics. Anyways, that's the update, I'll get some more pics and progress up in the coming weeks and months. It's great to be back if you'll all have me....

#1055942 - 02/16/18 08:22 PM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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Welcome back. I recall your painful story with the previous body guy and the many problems you had. Good luck with the next chapter, keep us posted on your progress.


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#1055991 - 02/19/18 11:52 PM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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Welcome back! I think we can all relate to your situation... I sure can. Been burned out and let a few projects sit longer than I should have, but getting back around to them. Best of luck on reaching your deadline (20th anniversary) in a few years. Just remember, one project at a time. Slowly but surely, you will get them all knocked out.


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#1069845 - 03/11/21 12:39 AM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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SO....my dad has my car and he's getting his paint guy to paint it for me as soon as he gets a break in collision work. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully this summer she's painted and then we can work on the transmission which is shot. I plan on sticking with the TH350. Ive been waiting a really long time to show everyone my car completed. Ive felt like giving up a few times but I just didn't have the heart to let someone else take her from me.

#1069848 - 03/11/21 03:54 AM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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It’s been a long road for you.


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#1074638 - 07/28/22 04:53 PM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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I have hit the end of the road. My dad's paint guy was just another one that gave me the run around and wasted more of my time. I have sold my Monte in pieces and hopefully, the person who is taking it will be able to get further with her than I could. I am disappointed but it's not the end of the world. I did manage to find another Monte SS and the seller was being a bit of an xxxx when I asked to look at it saying he had a bunch of people coming to look at it and if none of them were interested then maybe he would let me see it. I politely told him no thanks and moved on. Instead, I bought another Chevy favourite that I never thought I would ever own and bought a 1987 Corvette, red/red, automatic and less than 100K (kilometers not miles as I am in Canada). the pop up lights and the digital instrument cluster all work and she drives. I plan on leaving her be, stock and just repair as needed and enjoy her for what she is. She is currently getting saftied and with any luck I should have her in my driveway at some point tomorrow.
I would like to thank everyone here, mostly that group of guys from the beginning of this site's glory days for all your advice and support and for including this car girl in your circle for that period of time. I learned everything I know about Monte's from you guys. I am a walking talkin Monte Carlo encyclopedia of knowledge. However that could never translate into being able to paint my own car and just get on with it. Now, If I can win the lottery, the gentleman that bought my Monte said he would call me when she's done, let me take her for a ride, take pics and buy her back. But I would need to win the lottery lol I guess we will see, and if I can, I will be back with better news fo you all. But as things stand realistically, I probably wont be able to buy her back. So, even though I haven't been around much, I am sure there's still a few of the guys I rememebr here that I just wanted you to know that I appreciate your input, always! Cheers!!!

#1074648 - 07/29/22 02:20 PM Re: bubsy83 1984 Monte Carlo SS Worklog [Re: bubsy83]  
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Sorry to hear it didn't work out but happy to hear about the Corvette. Best of luck with it.


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