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With the decision to not do anymore full builds I settled a somewhat easier project # 61 a CMC flared fender aka "Californian" from Iowa that is 80% done and was bought right !  Built by the PO some 17 years ago with a complete refurbished chassis 1641 cc engine and reman IRS trans. The PO threw in the towel when he tried to initially drive it and it wouldn't go into gear then life got in the way and sat for 17 years in a heated home shop. I bought it a month ago... when it got here it was better than the photos depicted it. It sat for a month until I finished the Allison Daytona dune buggy ( scheduled for BaT in a few weeks.) Started on the CMC a few days ago checking this out everything is as new but again 17 years old.  The PO's trans issue is a simple shift rod bushing. Most of the electrical is done but I'll replace the glass old style fuse block with an updated type and straighten out the wiring .
The top of the forward inner door jambs had elongated holes bored out because the windshield posts were set incorrectly.... I fixed that issue today. Next will be the miserable process of a cut and buff on the black Gel Coat. Need to pull and reseal the motor, redo the engine bay, replace the CV axles as the boots are dry rotted. Replace the windshield assembly, top and side curtains will need installed along with the full tonneau cover and update a number of items. Bought a set of three chrome gauge rings for the 914 Gauges from a eBay seller in Poland, a month later they arrived here for $38 incl shipping  vs $145 elsewhere........  More to come ~

Speedster Iowa garage

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Alan Merklin ,what products do you use to cut and polish gel-coat? I have used 1000 altrafine  and then 1500 sandpaper and 3-M compound and polish but there is still a lot of texture in the gel-coat. I have read that CMC bodies are known for the heavy texture in the gel-coat.

Gel coat is a hard coating so it takes some time to do it right.  I do one step per day ....I use hand 600 w/ soap & water. Follow that with hand 1000, then 1500. Wheel it at medium speed / medium compound and I finish with  a hand coat of . " Wizard "  polish.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/36329...458402.c101506.m1851

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Gel coat is a hard coating so it takes some time to do it right.  I do one step per day ....I use hand 600 w/ soap & water. Follow that with hand 1000, then 1500. Wheel it at medium speed / medium compound and I finish with  a hand coat of . " Wizard "  polish.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/36329...458402.c101506.m1851

Since your doing your final polish using Wizard by hand as a finishing compound what do you use with the medium speed / Compound?

Speedster project: Cut and buffing the Gelcoat on this 17 y/o new build was a two day job, it came out decent, but I'll hold off on the final polish until the car is about done. The PO used a donor VW wire harness in the build and that was a under dash mess so I cut everything out from under the dash but kept the front and rear light wires as well as the engine wiring. Rewired the dash switches and chrome bezel 914 gauges to a new style fuse block. and bumper mounted chrome driving lights. New fuel tank lines etc and finished off the frunk with Herculiner bedliner. Replaced the bushing in the steering column assembly, changed out the wiper motor. New door panels, door top rails, dash vinyl and dash brow & polished aluminum T handle Empi shifter. Replaced the shift rod bushing and shift coupler. The CMC black carpet was still as like new but I did pull some of it up and reglue it for better appearance. The entire brake system was new when built but I did replace the rubber brake hoses, added Chevy front wheel adapters and new chevy drilled rear drums to fit the new Ridler polished aluminum wheels. Th e 1641cc motor needs to come out to reseal it and brighten it up from sitting.  Still to do: install the windshield, mirrors, seats and belts, top , side curtains, full tonneau cover and reinstall the engine .... more to come soon~

.......Still in need of a good handle Porsche crest & a Porsche script

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