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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have all the parts sandblasted then spray with PPG DP Epoxy primer. If we are building a 100 percent show car the parts are then sprayed with a PPG primer/surfacer so they car be sanded to remove any imperfections and painted with a single stage black with a flattener to the correct gloss level. On your own with Por 15. Powdercoat is OK but whatever shape the parts are in will still be there. I have had to remove a lot of flaking powder because of poor prep. I guess "How nice do you want it".
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ron Domeck wrote:
We have all the parts sandblasted then spray with PPG DP Epoxy primer. If we are building a 100 percent show car the parts are then sprayed with a PPG primer/surfacer so they car be sanded to remove any imperfections and painted with a single stage black with a flattener to the correct gloss level. On your own with Por 15. Powdercoat is OK but whatever shape the parts are in will still be there. I have had to remove a lot of flaking powder because of poor prep. I guess "How nice do you want it".


I'm going for a pan off restoration, with the intention of driving this car daily... So doesn't necessarily have to be "show quality".

I can easily have all the parts sand blasted. I could have them sprayed with single stage paint, or whatever is best. Just looking for a long lasting durable finish.

So with that in mind, what product would you suggest to use on the pans and suspension pieces?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brought the pan to be welded. (A couple cracks to deal with, and jack points).

After that, off to be sandblasted/powdercoated or painted (still undecided).

Then the building starts.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lately I have been taking the suspension apart and getting ready for blasting and powdercoating.

Noticed some wear on one of the trailing arms:

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Looks like the inner bushing might have had some issues.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I have all of the pieces back from the powder coaters now.

I'm going to go get the new ball joints pressed in... But was wondering if I should paint the inside of the control arm beforehand... Or does it matter?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would not paint inside of control arms where balljoints press in. These tight tolerances. paint will interfere with full press. never seen any painted.

as far as beam end of arms, these will be coated in grease. no need

you will be fine with what you have done with arms.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:58 pm    Post subject: Re: 1973 VW Thing build in Canada Reply with quote

Well... after a few years break... Iím back to building.

I just got the pan back from the powdercoaters.

I canít seem to find any info on this...

The inside of the rear torsion housing was blasted clean... and then plugged during powder coating.

Should I coat the inside with anything?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:41 am    Post subject: Re: 1973 VW Thing build in Canada Reply with quote

Hi
I would put some grease Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:50 am    Post subject: Re: 1973 VW Thing build in Canada Reply with quote

Alright!

Took the balljoints to be pressed in.

First shop I took it to had problems... they were trying to seat the ball joint... put the control arm in a vise and must have been hitting the ball joint with something.

I then took them to a machinist... who got the job done in no time.

The first shop scrapped up the control arm... and also pushed in the top of the balljoint...

Think this might be an issue?

Good ball joint:

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Messed up ball joint:

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Also... any more thoughts on the rear torsion housing? Should I treat it with anything? Paint? Grease?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re: 1973 VW Thing build in Canada Reply with quote

Installed the torsion leafs/control arms and beam to the pan today.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:31 am    Post subject: Re: 1973 VW Thing build in Canada Reply with quote

VWest77 wrote:


The inside of the rear torsion housing was blasted clean... and then plugged during powder coating.

Should I coat the inside with anything?



Still wondering if I should grease the inside or paint or just leave it as is?
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