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  1. CharlieLed
    08-16-2011 12:13 AM - permalink
    Hey Jimmy, if you are sanding through your color coat that easily then you may not have gotten a good coverage of paint on the panel to begin with. As I recall you were using the max amount of reducer...this may have caused you to have a thin color coat. As for sanding prior to airbrushing, I use 600 to 1000 depending on where the repair is located and how far out I am sanding from the bare spot. Not much sanding is necessary on fresh paint to get good adhesion so don't go overboard on the sanding...maroon scothbrite also works well, just take the sheen off and you'll be good to go.

    If you find that your paint is too thin then you may want to go ahead and block out the panel and repaint. If you do repaint then put one tack coat followed by at least one heavy coat follwed by a fully reduced (up to 1:1) coat. This last coat is referred to as a "flow" coat and if done properly will eliminate the need for most all colorsanding.
  2. underthebridgejim
    08-15-2011 11:52 PM - permalink
    Hi Chuck, I have a quick question,What grit is best when prepairing to air brush a sand thru to primer, 1500 and 2000? I seem to buff thru my repairs way to easy. any tip would be apreceated. im useing the air brush
  3. underthebridgejim
    07-28-2011 11:19 PM - permalink
    Charlie, its very kind of you to give me so much help, and advice when you realized i was having paint problems.I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you taking the time out of your evening to do so. THANKS again JIMMY
  4. CharlieLed
    06-18-2011 02:50 PM - permalink
    The question is a bit open-ended in that you probably have no way of knowing what size springs you currently have in your front end. Do you have contact with the builder who installed this IFS? If so, find out what he did with regard to the spring height and load rating. If not, then you will have to have the springs removed, tested, and then find a suitable replacement that will give you the higher load rating that you need. Load rating can be improved with stiffer springs, ride height does no have to be changed but if you need a taller stance now would be the time to get it. It sounds like you are moving in the right direction though by looking at the springs first...good luck.

    BTW - if you are going to be digging into your suspension, you may want to consider replacing the stock coils and shocks with adjustable coilovers...not cheap but a nice performance upgrade.
  5. Eleuthera
    06-17-2011 10:28 PM - permalink
    I am new to this site and ready a thread you were helping someone with F100 front end, perhaps you can help me? Have a 54 f100 76 Trans Am front clip and 350C motor, I had this installed by a builder but it is way too low and bottoms out the shocks and springs when driving. How do I know what size springs to change to in order to make it ride better?
  6. AstroFab
    02-03-2011 07:45 PM - permalink
    Yeah, that's a friend of mine!
  7. ajc7ny
    01-31-2011 09:53 PM - permalink
    hey man i just wanted to thank you again for helping me out... that info was tremendous! this is the first project im doing and im trying to not have that bit off too much u can chew feeling lol!
  8. CharlieLed
    01-30-2011 12:28 PM - permalink
    The front end on my 56 is a Volare. The reason I am running a Volare IFS is because that is what came with the chassis that I bought, not because it was my first choice. Were I to start from scratch I would go with a MII...easier to install, cleaner installation, many more options for brakes/springs, and far more parts that are readily available most anywhere.
  9. canon7d
    01-29-2011 10:09 AM - permalink
    Hi Charlie,

    Would you be so kind as to share information on the front end in your '56? I saw your pic in a thread about firewalls. What front end did you swap in? I'm getting ready to start on my '59 and I'm trying to get a few things worked out. I'm not sure what I want to do with the front end, but I definitely don't want to leave in what's there now.

    Thanks in advance,

  10. CharlieLed
    01-04-2011 12:56 PM - permalink
    Hey Joe...I am running 3.0 gears, with the cost of gas I want all the freeway MPG that I can muster. What I have done since this posting is to build another AOD using 4R70W internals. The "W" in 4R70W stands for WIDE gear ratio...the low is lower and the OD ratio is higher which means I get better pull from a stop and even better MPG on the road. I have yet to install this new trans so I can't comment on how well it works with the 3.0 gears.
    I fabricated all my engine and trans mounts/crossmembers so I can't help you there. The mounts I used are stock Ford mounts...the rear trans mount is very common, the engine mounts come in two basic styles, the single vertical bolt (old style Mustang) and the "saddle" style. I use the saddle style where the bolt slides through the saddle on the engine side and through a tube on the frame side. I have posted pictures of my setup on various posts on the FTE.

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