Made a bit of progress this week - the roof box is bonded completely and the replacement A-pillar trim pieces and windshield have been installed. The bracing you see in the first photos is used to lift up the roof area of the underbody while the windshield adhesive sets. Believe it or not, the windshield on these cars is a structural component, so some support while installing them will help to prevent future water leaks. The windshield reveals are currently at the powdercoater for a more permanent finish than the typical paint that they have on them. The quarter panel is back on and we will be ready to re-hang the doors after the holiday weekend. I'm ready to be reunited!
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You may have seen in previous posts that I am preparing my DeLorean for a road trip from Houston to Illinois next month for DCS 2016. The biggest issue facing the car at the moment is that the driver side door strut ball stud has broken loose out of the fiberglass underbody, rendering the door inoperable. Today, our local fiberglass repairman came to the shop to tend to 2932 and a customer's car that was experiencing the same issue.
He ground down the top gel coat until the actual glass matting was exposed. In the case of my underbody, there was a lot of gel coat and not a lot of fiberglass, meaning it had shape but no structural support. It was going to give way at one point or another. He also found several air pockets that weren't helping the situation, either. He laid the areas with more matting and then gave a top gel coat and a coat of primer and paint to bring it back to its original look. He purposely left off the paint at the torsion bar areas so the new roof box can bond directly to the underbody and not to the paint layer on top.
Now the ball stud is back in place and the car can go back together again, then on to DCS!
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Hi, I'm Sarah and I'm a car nut, bird lover, and musician. I have recently transitioned from music teacher to automotive service manager, and there have been lots of cool stories and crazy characters along the way!