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    Default 1961 403 restoration

    Thanks to the chaps that replied to my plea for help concerning the ignition key problem. The motor is now running and I can move the car around.I have started removing paint and have discovered it was originally white, which is great because that is my preferred colour. There is a very small amount of rust in the sills and I will have to replace the drivers door (being repaired).My immediate problem is the unreliable air compressor I am using......it has to be petrol as I am on stand alone solar power.Will have to sell some cars to buy a new one. I am hoping to complete this resto in 12 months......at least in time to drive to Phillip Island and commemorate the 403's win in 1960 and 1961. Could we get a 403 gathering happening on this score? Will send photos when I work out how it is to be done.

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    My immediate problem is the unreliable air compressor I am using......it has to be petrol as I am on stand alone solar power
    Make sure the exhaust is not sucked into the compressor air intake.

    Seriously ruins the paint finish. And none of the "paint fault charts" have a similar fault picture.

    Don't ask how I know.
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    Did you get any work on this at all, Calgooley? Sounds like an interesting project and I'd love to see some pics if you made progress.

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    Hi Cal ,
    how is the 403 progressing ?
    not ideal weather now for paint
    let me know if you need anything

    anymore details on the Phillip Island 403 gather?

    Cheers

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    No progress as yet on compressor......will buy a new spark plug asap. Yes it's getting a bit cold at Mudgee but can get quite warm days too. I have to get the compressor going to remove the old paint and only want to cover the car with primer. Hopefully I will have a spray painter to do the finish coats in 2 pac. As regards Phillip Is in 2020- 2021 lets see what interest can be gathered by 403 owners.

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    Cal , I hope you are not relying on the primer to protect the bare metal over winter - primers generally are porous - rust starts up and is hidden by the primer. All could be ok if you have a heated /sealed garage , maybe better to leave the stripping to late winter/spring so that you can do all in one hit and locate your painter to get his advice as to what primer . Other threads highlight the problems of incompatible primer / filler / topcoat . I have always had good results with single pack acrylic lacquer , it is hardly worth the expense going 2 pac with a not particularly valuable car and at least you can do it safely yourself. On my current resto , acting on a professional restorers advice , to avoid the porosity problem , I have given my primed shell a single top coat to seal it , so that I can do the last of the filling / undercoat in better weather.

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    ^^ if he’s getting it painted in 2pac, he will need to use a 2 pac primer which are not as porous and should be ok.
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    Thanks for the tips Restorer. You are right.......do it acrylics...it'll be a good enough job .I'll also put a topcat on......I've been driving it now and again. I see that every March they have historic racing at Phillip Island, so hoping to be ready for 2020.

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