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surfnc Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:45 pm

Been fairly absent here lately so I figured I would bring some "action and drama".

I sold my blue "barn find" Manx. (was unemployed and needed the money) I also wanted to have side pods and rear deck which I could not do and match the original gel coat and metal flake. So I found a Manx with a 24E brilliant ice blue metal flake code and am going to bring it back to the original color and while I am at it do some pods and rear deck to match.

Here is what I started with. (one on the left)

It had 8 layers of paint on it, 1/2" of Bondo on the hood, cracked front and read fenders and a "Swiss cheese" dash.

I forgot to mention the speakers on each side of the dash.

and the 50 odd holes for the "snaps" for the soft top. (did not come with)

I started by stripping all hardware off it and sanding all the paint off to get to the original gel coat. This allowed me to see what damage and old repairs were under the paint and to get a clean surface for the high build primer. It also allows you to avoid any paint compatibility problems.

I also extended the lower edge of the front fenders a bit since they were lower on my earlier Manxes. This one was made in March 1970 and I think the molds were getting a bit "tired". It is a Manx 1 but has the Manx 2 dash and hood and has a "-2" at the end of the serial number.

Repaired the holes and damage to the hood and dash.

I also glassed in some cardboard tubes (cut in half) to strengthen the rear. the fiberglass is a bit thinner than my earlier Manxes and it will also provide a place to run wires to the engine.

Primed everything with Duratec high build primer. I actually wanted the light blue color since it will be the base color for the flake.

Guide coated the parts, and sanded them.

Here is the rear deck after flaking and clear coating.

After wet sanding and polishing it out.

More to come soon.


Roscoe Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:57 pm

Awe man Vince, That is looking bad-ass. The flake laid out perfect. Great Job! Look forward to seeing more pics.

wvbowtieman Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:59 pm

Very nice Sir.... Love the metal flake....can't wait to see the rest of this car painted.

joescoolcustoms Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:13 pm

Wow! You work quick.

Love the color.

hcallaway Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:20 pm

I got to see it in person today. It will blow your mind. I had a hard time touching the finish and understanding what I was feeling. The Ice Blue had great depth and looked like it should have felt almost rough, but it was smooth as can be. This is going to be an outstanding looking DB. I don't know if I want mine next to it in a picture. Way to go Vince.

MOON BUGGY Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:39 pm

The jedi returns!
looking foward to your build.

Huffypilot Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:06 am

wow thats deep you nearly need floaties just to look at it.
I'll certainly be following this build...

Letterman7 Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:57 am

:lol: Geez Vince, some day in the future when your yard is being excavated for a shopping mall or something, they'll be digging through layers of colored flake wondering what the hell was going on...

Looks great, as always!

didget69 Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:20 am

Nice work, Vince!

It's disgusting how easy you make the glass work appear... :lol:


BL3Manx Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:25 am

I love seeing his work

SiggyManx#33 Fri Jun 28, 2013 8:15 am

Looks great!

frizzardking Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:33 pm

Outstanding Job Vince , you should make a matching surfboard in that flake,
keep up the Good work!!!!!!!!
Sold the gold Manx by the way

surfnc Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:07 pm

Thanks for the kind words. I hope to have more pictures in the next few days.

Thanks, are you bringing your awesome green buggy down to the MOTB?

Thanks! It is really trick photography, I have over 25 hours, and 100 sheets of 80 grit paper in sanding the 8 layers of paint off alone. The priming and guide coat sanding were a breeze compared to the paint removal.

Thanks. It was great meeting you! (thanks for lunch) You meet the nicest people in this hobby.

Moon Buggy
Thanks and may the force be with you.

Thanks, it has about 6 layers of clear over it.

I was thinking the exact same thing. (except maybe not a shopping mall, maybe looking for Black Beard's treasure)

Thanks, definitely trick photography!

Thanks, ever see another 24E in your research?

Thanks, I am thinking about doing the fan shroud in the flake.

Thanks and congrats on selling the gold one. One step closer to the Resorter. Post some pics if you can.


Kreelak Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:45 pm

that real looks sweet I love the flake

Vince quick question don't mean to hijack but
do you think a heave flake like you did here on these parts would be possible in a candy apple red ? and come out looking right
Thanks Brad

wvbowtieman Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:51 pm

surfnc wrote:

Thanks, are you bringing your awesome green buggy down to the MOTB?

Yes Vince....Joe, Kieth and I have rented a house and will be there all week with the families again this year. Can't wait to get down for MOTB 2013! :P

BL3Manx Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:30 pm

Vince, I looked through the register and didn't see another 24E. That's a gorgeous color.

Nick2k Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:35 pm

The flake looks great!

What type of flake was it, and how did you apply it?

Any tips would be appreciated, I'm dying to do a lime green flake.

Nick2k Sat Jun 29, 2013 11:38 pm

The flake looks great!

What type of flake was it, and how did you apply it?

Any tips would be appreciated, I'm dying to do a lime green flake.

1madmanx Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:22 pm

surfnc wrote:

I got this spy photo from an anonymous source and it looks like the "flake master" might be working on a custom hood ornament for that buggy :twisted: :lol:

joescoolcustoms Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:47 pm

Good thing Vince doesn't live where I do. He would never get to spray anything. It has rained here twice. Once for 31 days, and then again for 25 days.

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