Wednesday, December 31, 2008

More work on Big Blue - Getting the floor ready...

Yesterday started with much of the same as Monday. After a trip to the car wash to vacuum out the crap that I finished with Monday night, I went back to sanding. I stopped into the hardware store and picked up this attachment for my drill, which worked well;

The rust-removing-watch-your-fingers-machine.

Here is the result:

40-year old German steel.

So after another trip to the car wash and a quick rub down with mineral spirits, the floor was ready to go.

Big Blue enjoying the sun.

First was plugging the old drain hole with some waterproof, dries-hard-as-a-rock plumber's putty. Not sure how it will work but the guy at the hardware store said he loved it for things like this, so I thought I'd try it.

Here's what it looked like...



An effort to control the spray...

And the start of the application...

I stopped where it is above since I was running out of daylight and wanted to make sure everything would dry before the dew set in.

With some time on my hands, I decided to take out the old radio (which doesn't work). I've had a new radio to put in for months but need to complete the new wood for the doors (thus, new speakers). I should have waited. It became a huge deal and I was soon in the dark halfway through the job.

I have a hard time taking things apart that don't have obvious screws and bolts. A few weeks back, I was trying to take the fans out of an old laptop we were throwing away for my father-in-laws beer brewing, and I destroyed the keyboard before I figured out how to remove it. You can tell by the pile below that I had a similar problem with the radio...

The 1980's-style cassette player is toast.

I was happy to see very little rust back there...

I had to remove the glove box to get the radio out.

...but was unhappy to see the nest of wires. Oh, man....

This should be fun.

Note the very small amount of rust. This is under Big Blue's troubled windshield.

Today, more of the same. I want to finish up the primer and see how far I can get on getting the floor in.

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