Monday, February 28, 2011

Hot Rod Update February 23, 2011

We spent this afternoon picking up the body and various parts from the paint shop. It’s been cold and windy this week so we decided to take the cargo trailer to pick up the painted parts.

360 Fabrication has done a wonderful job on the paint. Rick Francoeur, the owner called me at the final stage and suggested I get them to do an additional Wet-sanding and Clear coat; it helps take away any appearance that there’s fiberglass under the paint. I personally can’t believe the workmanship, no wonder these guys get the highest ratings from BASF and Chip Foose. Now that I see the end result I’m happy that I paid the extra. It took Rick’s men an additional day to do the work plus buffing and polishing - I believe its show quality!

Rick & Daryl Francoeur, Owners of 360 Fabrications, Abbotsford BC

The other element that really excites us is our company logo. We had it air- brushed so it’s under the clear-coat making it easy to wax and polish; not like a decal that interferes with polishing. 
We spend considerable time designing a retro logo that incorporated our Copyrighted name Cap-it®.  Our current red square logo just wouldn’t do the Bucket justice. So we used our current style Cap-it font but incorporated it in a 1920’s style look; typical of one used in those days.

The criteria was:
  • It had to look old, retro 1920’s & faded
  • It had to show our current logo font so our customers would recognize that its Cap-it®
  • It  had to suit the T-Bucket without looking out of place

Back to the final assembly on the frame - We have just installed the rear axle, shocks and radius rods. Were getting it ready for tomorrow, we plan on installing the 4:11 Third member, axles, brakes and mounting the tires. We want to have a rolling chassis as soon as possible.

Take a look at the Firewall, it’s painted – we made plans from the beginning - we wanted a polished aluminum firewall. The one thing we have to watch for now is that we don’t scratch the paint while installing it.

The shiny Firewall might not look good on its own but wait till you see it the when it’s behind the engine. We’ll get that clean bright look; again separating our selves from other T-Buckets.

The engine is being put in place with minor adjustments

Installing the final Lokar shifting linkage to the C4 automatic transmission - The directions in the Lokar kit were just awful – we couldn’t believe the poor job a they did, and that’s why it took us hours to figure it out.

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