Triumph 1800 Roadster Street Rod Restoration Third Year 2009


January - February - March

After I removed the fire wall for sand blasting, I went back to the fenders and started the body work on the hood, side doors, Dickie door, and windshield frame, and finely the rest of the body.  The first step is to straiten any low spots,  gently using hammer and dolly, and you will find out very quickly just how soft the aluminum on your Roadster is.  Most Triumph Roadsters owners do not know that most of the soft aluminum parts were stamped with rubber molds when this car was produced. When using body filler for the low spots Jim recommended a product All Metal due to its ultra high strength. This product will defiantly strengthen your cars aluminum parts where its used, but this extra strength comes with a very high cost, and it's not money. You will discover you can't fine sand All Metal, even with 80 grit paper its a B***h to work with. Use All Metal sparingly on your first and second coats, or you will regret it. Here are some photo of my first coat of All Metal.

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After sanding with 80 grit paper on my air board I applied my second coat of All Metal.



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Sand the All Metal smooth then its time for Rust Defender a spray able filler. For you do it your selfers, see directions on your gun and Rust Defender for application. I used a .2 needle, and 40 psi, and that was how I was able to get the best results with my equipment.  Spray two coats of Rust defender on as thick as possible.



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Try to block sand all the Rest Defender off, and you will get this effect. The bare metal will show on the high spots, light orange in color where you sanded, and dark orange will show in the low spots.



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April - May - June - July

Now you must understand, I am from the Pittsburg area, and I was watching all of the Pens Stanley Cup games, remember they were on just about every other night. So I did not get anything done on any cars. But, it was worth it, as you know we WON!

 

 

August - September - October - November

Before I got back to my Triumph my 1959; my  A.H. Bugeye Sprite has had the same boring exhaust system for over thirty years, way back when I first purchased her.  I had a cool idea, I wanted to some how install some kind of quad pipe exhaust system on my Bug.  But I had no idea how to do this. So this is a job for my all knowing, all seeing, maharishi, of British cars Mr. Jim Boffo of Boffo Motors Inc. New Brighton, Pa. "www.boffo-motors.com". Then I decided to make a custom roll bar that did not penetrate the body of my Bugeye. Plus four point seat belts, and much, much more. For more information click on this Bugeye link

 

December

Sorry guys, I took December off for the holidays. 


Contact Bob Capo at bob@bobcapo.com for further information
on any of our restorations.

Thank You.