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Re: Off to the paint shop!

#91 Post by Dan Epperly » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:46 pm

Looking good Adam.

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#92 Post by Jan Kolm » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:32 pm

Through this entire thread, I don't recall any mention of having the International Automobile Enterprises (New Britain) floor pans in your Roadster replaced.

These were made using a large metal brake at the back of their shop and were the only replacement pans available through much of the 1970s.

They would make great wall art today.
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Re: Off to the paint shop!

#93 Post by Martin Benade » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:36 pm

Pretty sure Adam is keeping them, because they work, and also to be scandalous.

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#94 Post by Adam Wright » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:29 pm

Jan Kolm wrote:Through this entire thread, I don't recall any mention of having the International Automobile Enterprises (New Britain) floor pans in your Roadster replaced.

These were made using a large metal brake at the back of their shop and were the only replacement pans available through much of the 1970s.

They would make great wall art today.
This paint project has already spiraled out of control, no fault to the painter, he just kept finding stuff that would have come back to haunt me. Like the gas welded horror show that was the bottom of my doors, and was rusting, it would have popped through the new paint in a year or two, so we had to re-build the bottom of the doors, lots of old scary repairs.
So if I would have added floors on top of that a couple things would have happened.
1. It would have cost me many more thousands.
2. I wouldn't see my car for another year probably. it's already been 9 months

For the same reason I decided to change the color is the reason I decided to leave the floors, it will never be a top shelf car because I don't have the original motor, so no reason to go crazy trying to make it one. There is nothing worse than when some guys spends hundred's of thousands of dollars on a car that can't absorb it. I just want to drive it this year, hopefully for the holiday in a couple of weeks. Finger's crossed!
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#95 Post by Jan Kolm » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:06 am

WTH, the aftermarket floors give the car character and piss off the purists when they crawl underneath to sneak a peek.

The shop (608-612 E. Main St., New Britain, CT--I'm sure it can be Googled) was located at the edge of an urban renewal area when I visited it in 1978 or 79, so I seriously doubt the building exists today. If a Wayback machine were ever built, I'd go back to retrieve the half dozen (or more) Speedster parts cars that graced the vacant lot next to the shop.
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#96 Post by Adam Wright » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:50 am

Jan Kolm wrote:WTH, the aftermarket floors give the car character and piss off the purists when they crawl underneath to sneak a peek.

The shop (608-612 E. Main St., New Britain, CT--I'm sure it can be Googled) was located at the edge of an urban renewal area when I visited it in 1978 or 79, so I seriously doubt the building exists today. If a Wayback machine were ever built, I'd go back to retrieve the half dozen (or more) Speedster parts cars that graced the vacant lot next to the shop.
Looks like they merged into doing kit cars, that's what shows there now.

http://www.erareplicas.com/

There is a big building behind a house.
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#97 Post by Jan Kolm » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:43 am

Adam Wright wrote:
Jan Kolm wrote:WTH, the aftermarket floors give the car character and piss off the purists when they crawl underneath to sneak a peek.

The shop (608-612 E. Main St., New Britain, CT--I'm sure it can be Googled) was located at the edge of an urban renewal area when I visited it in 1978 or 79, so I seriously doubt the building exists today. If a Wayback machine were ever built, I'd go back to retrieve the half dozen (or more) Speedster parts cars that graced the vacant lot next to the shop.
Looks like they merged into doing kit cars, that's what shows there now.

http://www.erareplicas.com/

There is a big building behind a house.
Same phone number as in 1976 Registry ad...

Lots of infill construction over 40 years. Their main shop was the bigger of the two blue tarp-covered buildings. The big distribution warehouse now sits where their parts yard was in the '70s.
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#98 Post by Adam Wright » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:54 am

Jan Kolm wrote:
Adam Wright wrote:
Jan Kolm wrote:WTH, the aftermarket floors give the car character and piss off the purists when they crawl underneath to sneak a peek.

The shop (608-612 E. Main St., New Britain, CT--I'm sure it can be Googled) was located at the edge of an urban renewal area when I visited it in 1978 or 79, so I seriously doubt the building exists today. If a Wayback machine were ever built, I'd go back to retrieve the half dozen (or more) Speedster parts cars that graced the vacant lot next to the shop.
Looks like they merged into doing kit cars, that's what shows there now.

http://www.erareplicas.com/

There is a big building behind a house.
Same phone number as in 1976 Registry ad...

Lots of infill construction over 40 years. Their main shop was the bigger of the two blue tarp-covered buildings. The big distribution warehouse now sits where their parts yard was in the '70s.
I should drive over there and ask them about a warranty on the floors. Post the ad if you have it.
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#99 Post by Jan Kolm » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:14 pm

Adam Wright wrote:
Jan Kolm wrote:
Adam Wright wrote:
Jan Kolm wrote:WTH, the aftermarket floors give the car character and piss off the purists when they crawl underneath to sneak a peek.

The shop (608-612 E. Main St., New Britain, CT--I'm sure it can be Googled) was located at the edge of an urban renewal area when I visited it in 1978 or 79, so I seriously doubt the building exists today. If a Wayback machine were ever built, I'd go back to retrieve the half dozen (or more) Speedster parts cars that graced the vacant lot next to the shop.
Looks like they merged into doing kit cars, that's what shows there now.

http://www.erareplicas.com/

There is a big building behind a house.
Same phone number as in 1976 Registry ad...

Lots of infill construction over 40 years. Their main shop was the bigger of the two blue tarp-covered buildings. The big distribution warehouse now sits where their parts yard was in the '70s.
I should drive over there and ask them about a warranty on the floors. Post the ad if you have it.
They ran two full-page ads in early Registry magazines until 1978. Volume 3, Number 6, pp. 12-13 is easy to download from the magazine archives tab.
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#100 Post by Adam Wright » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:18 pm

Jan Kolm wrote:
Adam Wright wrote:
Jan Kolm wrote:
Adam Wright wrote:
Jan Kolm wrote:WTH, the aftermarket floors give the car character and piss off the purists when they crawl underneath to sneak a peek.

The shop (608-612 E. Main St., New Britain, CT--I'm sure it can be Googled) was located at the edge of an urban renewal area when I visited it in 1978 or 79, so I seriously doubt the building exists today. If a Wayback machine were ever built, I'd go back to retrieve the half dozen (or more) Speedster parts cars that graced the vacant lot next to the shop.
Looks like they merged into doing kit cars, that's what shows there now.

http://www.erareplicas.com/

There is a big building behind a house.
Same phone number as in 1976 Registry ad...

Lots of infill construction over 40 years. Their main shop was the bigger of the two blue tarp-covered buildings. The big distribution warehouse now sits where their parts yard was in the '70s.
I should drive over there and ask them about a warranty on the floors. Post the ad if you have it.
They ran two full-page ads in early Registry magazines until 1978. Volume 3, Number 6, pp. 12-13 is easy to download from the magazine archives tab.
Got it.

So cool.
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Re: Off to the paint shop!

#101 Post by Jay Wiener » Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:43 pm

just wondering why they didn't remove the decklid and strip and paint the inside of it?

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#102 Post by Adam Wright » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:01 pm

Jay Wiener wrote:just wondering why they didn't remove the decklid and strip and paint the inside of it?
All in good time, he is working on the decklid and bumpers today. Full primer tomorrow, I'll check it out on Thursday and update the pics.
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#103 Post by Adam Wright » Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:06 pm

I headed out to Mass today to check on the car. Going into final primer tomorrow and should be in paint by Monday, things are looking good that it will be done in time for the ECH.
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#104 Post by George Hussey » Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:41 pm

my t-5 roadsters are my favorites Great to see the care you are taking to bring yours back
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Re: Off to the paint shop!

#105 Post by Geoff Fleming » Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:46 pm

Adam,
Looks great! Knowing the car since 1984, I can hardly wait to see this new transfiguration. Are you keeping the same interior colors are they going to be changed also?

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