Posts Tagged ‘All-Metal’

Radiator Support Repair – Part VI

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Today ended with the completion of the 81 Trans Am’s radiator support. A small corner bracket that is sandwiched between one set of body bushings was bent and drilled with the appropriate size hole to accommodate the bushing. Since the car will incorporate Global West tubular subframe connectors, aluminum bushings will be used under the radiator support and at two locations between body and subframe as required by the manufacturer. Next the All-Metal was grinded relatively smooth to fill any major pitting. The rusted piece that was cut out of the radiator support was used the locate the holes for which the battery tray is mounted. The holes were cut out using a few drill bits and a die grinder. The support will house a Be Cool Aluminum radiator, as the stock radiator for the 301 may not be able to effectively cool the new 400 motor. The day ended with final paint on the radiator support, bottom support brackets, and battery tray.

Radiator Support Repair – Part V

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

With all of the welds ground smooth, a small amount of filler evened out the imperfections. Admittedly filler on this piece is a little overkill but as they say if you’re going to do something you may as well do it right. First a thin coat of All-Metal was mixed and applied to a wide area on top of the welds and places heavily pitted from rust. This was sanded down with a DA sander. Next, a skim coat of body glaze was applied over the All-Metal to smooth out the deep scratches left by the DA.

The new battery box from National Parts Depot was blasted and recoated with self etching primer. The steering box was not blasted but washed with soapy water and then dried. A product called “The Must for Rust” by Krud Kutter was applied over the entire surface. The product contains phosphoric acid and does a great job of removing rust on its own with little or no scrubbing.

Metal work done!

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Today didn’t yield much progress but a good milestone was met.  All of the metal work on the Trans Am’s body shell is finally finished.  A square hole was cut under the windshield channel to remove the rusted area.  A square patch of sheetmetal cut to have roughly a 1/16″  gap on all sides was held in place for welding.  To match the existing contour, the patch was placed beside the cut out and lightly tapped with a body hammer to form the radius.  The patch was welded and the welds ground flush.  A thin coat of All-Metal was skimmed over the area and sanded smooth with 100 grit sandpaper on a foam block.  Eastwood’s Rust Converter was applied to the opposite side with a sponge to prevent any remaining surface rust from spreading further.


Damage to the t-top area was very minor.  Most of this area was taken care of while working on the roof.  A small patch and a series of welds ground smooth did the trick.  Next step will be spraying some self-etching primer on any bare metal areas and then a coat of high build primer around the windshield channel.  After that it’s on to the dreaded job of cleaning underneath the front floor pans.