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Wow! Looks fantastic. How is the masking working for the body on painting? I was thinking of trying this. Scott
 

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Wow! Looks fantastic. How is the masking working for the body on painting? I was thinking of trying this. Scott
Hard to know exactly how to answer since I'm not actually doing the work. They've had to re-mask it three times, but that's pretty normal as you go through the major steps and need a clean start for each. Probably a little more work with more to protect body on. But that's how they wanted to do it. This shop has done probably 20 or so Roadsters. Some body on, some off. This is their first Coupe. Their concerns were (1) Getting the body back on in exactly the right place if removed for finishing, and (2) Without a body buck (which neither I or they have) the body is quite unstable off the chassis and would be hard to work on. They paint a bunch of custom cars at this shop, and of course body off is typically not even possible.

One other point from a builder's standpoint. I've talked about this a little in the build thread. The Coupe is a bit different than the Roadster. With the Roadster, basically all the aluminum panels are put on the bare chassis. Only a few need to be removed (e.g. splash guards, maybe radiator aluminum) to take the body on and off. The Coupe however has a number of pieces that per the instructions are put on after the body is on. Cockpit rear corners, trunk (hatch) sides, trunk (hatch) rear, fill pieces in front of the door hinges, fill pieces in the rear wheel wells, and of course splash guards. Those are the ones I remember. Most of those I was able to install before body on paint so that much less to mess with after paint. Some with insulation and carpet. After paint, the windshield is bonded in. Probably removable if you really forced things, but for these reasons I'm treating the body as on permanently now.

Having said that, places that do a bunch of these predominately will paint them body off. In the long run probably easier. But there are trade-offs. How's that for a fuzzy answer?
 

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That's simply stunning!
 

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Can't have too many pictures, right? Wet sending and final polish happening. Color looks even better out of the booth as expected. Maybe home this week??? Hope so.



 

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Doesn't look like I'll get the Coupe back in my garage workshop this week. But as of today, promised for early next week. Final wet sand and polish is happening on the main body parts. Then a couple small parts to finish up (spoiler, mirrors, engine cover) then it's mine. Not anxious or anything. For those that haven't seen the process in detail, it's pretty crazy.

Base coat and clear in the booth (picture posted previously). This is where most production cars stop. If done properly, of course can be very nice. But the next steps take it to the next level that most of us are going for and typical for these builds:

Wet sanded with progressively finer paper until dead flat. A messy process:

Wet sanding done. A little scary looking, unless you're going for the flat or satin look, which I'm not:

Then polished, typically with three different grades of pads and compounds. Repeat all over until done.
 

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Paul,

The colors are excellent. The white rear panel really looks perfect with your red.

Glen
 

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Visited the shop today. Getting close now. They said should be ready for pickup on Wednesday. Main body polish is done with just minor clean-up remaining. Nose piece and doors also getting final details. Mirrors and spoiler are painted just need polishing. Engine cover was being painted when I was there. These pictures aren't a lot different than ones posted previously, but here they are FWIW. Pretty sure I like it. :eek:



 

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Looking good!!


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Drove to the shop today and brought the Coupe home. First time out for the new SE and worked great. The Coupe actually fits. Snowing off and on, and the coldest day of the year so far with the wind chill. But we got it done. Huge thanks to my friend Greg for keeping me company and lending a hand. The Coyote started right up after sitting there for two months (big surprise) and had no issues driving it in and back out of the trailer. Needless to say, I’m really pleased with the paint. Should be since a Coupe isn’t cheap to paint as I’ve now found out. Especially to this level. But it’s done and that’s behind me. It’s a little dusty but not terrible. Tomorrow will get it up on the lift, cleaned up a bit, and start final assembly. Need to get it far enough along to take some decent pictures for my Autorama submission. Then completely done by the end of February for the show. After that, will start the title and registration process so it’s ready to drive by spring.

First couple pictures are at the shop. Bolted on the prototype side pipes back and put the nose back on. First time it had been together since early body work. Drew its first crowd. Looks amazing. Leaving the doors off until the interior is done. Way easier to work on plus helps prevents any damage.



Couple hours later, unloaded and safely back in the home shop. The sun was shining a bit when we loaded it onto the trailer. The color looks a little brighter and really pops in the sun. These pictures in general are a bit darker than it looks in natural light and especially in the sun. But you get the idea. The engine cover turned out great and does the best it can to clean up that busy Gen 3 Coyote engine compartment.





Tomorrow will start digging in.
 

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Not a bunch to report. But will check in with a progress report. Spent time cleaning things up. Still chasing some dust and grime in the engine compartment, but mostly done. One of the side benefits of all the hoses and harnesses on the Coyote installation. The shop did a good job of keeping everything masked and delivered the car relatively clean. But painting is a messy process to say the least. I have the spoiler and third brake light installed, all the rear lighting, all the front lighting, and happy to say everything works. Installed the fuel filler cap and buttoned up the tank filler and cover inside the hatch area. Feels really good to see the Coupe back up on the lift and parts going on for (hopefully!) the last time.

Also, trial fit the new Gas-N side pipes. Going to take a couple wedges to get them just right. So sent an order off to Mark at Breeze and will hopefully get those done when received. Those polished SS pipes sure look good against the new paint.



This picture shows the horseshoe-like retainer I fabricated for where the filler tube goes into the tank. The standard SS ring that came with the kit doesn’t quite work with the Coupe chassis. It’s oriented the wrong direction to attach properly. I’ve done something like this on a couple Roadster builds. Accomplishes the same thing and adds a bit of rigidity where the tube goes into the tank seal. Fabricated from 1/8-inch aluminum, a piece of split fuel tubing, and held in place with two nutserts into the frame.


Next up will start fitting the carpet and get several of the pieces off to the interior shop to bind the edges. Minimally along the top edges of the transmission tunnel where the carpet meets the top cover, along the door sills, and on the folding cover over the dropped trunk floor. I’ll see what else.
 

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Plugging away wrapping up multiple final details. So far, everything has taken longer than expected. So what’s new about that? This is another pretty minor update, but probably the last until after Christmas, family visits, etc. No pictures but took eight carpet pieces to my auto interior guy for binding on the edges where they’ll be exposed. He had them done in a couple days and have them on hand to start installation. Also received the exhaust header wedges from Mark at Breeze. Did a quick trial fit and I have what I need for a perfect side pipe fit. I’ll need to relocate the holes on the kit side hangars just a bit, then all will be good. Hope to get the exhaust system 100% wrapped up very soon.

I installed the glass hatch cover. Fit just like it did during mockup, except this time installed the self-adhesive gasket material. Fits and works well. Don’t recall if I mentioned this before, but I made a different latch piece from a piece of angle aluminum and had it powder coated. I thought the kit provided one was a little wimpy. This one has a larger base and doesn’t require a spacer. Also installed the rear hatch cover and the rear splash guards. I made a minor change with the hatch cover. The instructions show riveting it through the body lip that it fits behind. I didn’t want to drill holes through my new paint job. Plus, with the bulb seal and carpet, doesn’t fit right up against the body lip anyway. I put a nutsert in the center of the cover and put a screw into it that’s hidden behind the latch. This provides enough support IMO and leaves space for the bulb seal and carpet.





Fit and glued the side mesh pieces in place. Then located and stuck down the Ford Performance emblems I’m using. Used the same location for the emblem that Ron and team used on the SEMA Coupe build from a year ago. Looked good to me.



Finally, some have reported issues with the kit provided gas struts for the hood being able to hold it up adequately. I haven’t found that to be the case. Mine seems very solid. Even now after the added weight of filler and paint. I did adjust the chassis location just slightly but don’t think that changed anything. It opens about as far as I want with the nose close to the ground when open. But some have expressed concern about wind if open for an extended time like at a car show. Crashing down would obviously not be a good thing. From a safety standpoint, also think about what might happen if a shock should fail while I’m working under it. Some have gone to a prop rod versus the gas shocks, but I like the convenience of the gas shocks. Another build posted info about lift support clamps that could be added when needed. Didn’t know such a thing existed. What a great suggestion. The idea included a link to clamps on Amazon. Unfortunately, they were blue :p. With a little searching found the same thing in red. These are CTA Tools 5360 Lift Support Clamps and aren’t expensive at $13 each. Has a brass insert in the end of the bolt so doesn’t damage the gas strut. Look like this. Easy to take on and off.



With that I’m off for a bit. Merry Christmas everyone and see you on the other side of the holidays.
 

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What happened to your pictures???
 

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What happened to your pictures???
The pictures in this thread are linked from the image gallery in the "other forum." Worked fine until a few days ago. Now it appears they're being blocked. Has been reported and hopefully will be addressed. If not, they're gone. The thread is fully visible including pictures on the other forum.
 
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