foggy-mountain

Is that a mountain up ahead?

Sometimes the cards change.

In my last update, while discussing a nice paint job I wrote: “spending months doing it myself is also not in the cards.”  Well, sometimes the cards, along with my plans, change. I really did want to get the Stretchla up and running this summer, but as discussed earlier that would mean a very quick and dirty paint job in addition to months of stressful work. Since then a few things happened to change my plans. First off, a number of friends discussed the question of paint quality with me. “After all” they said “this is a popular project that will attract attention wherever it goes, do I really want my first interaction to be apologizing for the house paint?” IMG_2413 Additionally, as I pulled the windows I found some rust holes that needed fixing. I could do some hack patch, but the truth is that the soft house paint is not going to work well under window seals. Now with all the windows out, the Stretchla is really begging for a proper paint job, inside and out. IMG_2374   Either way the line of rust behind the camping gear needs work. If I can locate a larger replacement panel, I’d like to replace the whole thing to delete the obsolete camper connections while fixing the rust perforation that is often caused by leaking around those same connections. So far the scope of this project seemed pretty clear. By choosing this fork in the path a mountain is revealing itself through the fog. I can’t tell how big it is yet, but in my imagination it could be pretty big or maybe only a strenuous foothill. Learning decent quality bodywork has always been on my bucket list so it will certainly be an adventure. I guess the time has come to collect the tools and learn it. RestoLad is a great fun resource, he makes it all look pretty easy!  ;-) I’ll need to make a booth to keep the rest of my shop from being buried in dust. The left side of the shop, with a nice roll up door at the far end should lend itself well to the job, as soon as I find somewhere to put all the unfinished projects stored there… IMG_2418   If anyone is in the market for a large Trike (Burning Man art vehicle, needs work), Quad IVc SMT Pick and Place machine with feeders, a Honda Insight with EV-1 motor installed (project) or maybe a CNC router project please let me know so I can make some room! Although this mountain is making me hesitate a bit, I can’t blame it for my utter lack of progress in the last month. I’ve had a few other obligations show up which alone would have made me miss my electric summer travel plans. Those delays ease the burden of choosing the longer path since that means it wasn’t just the paint that screwed up my schedule. Hopefully I can get these other obligations wrapped up in a couple weeks and then struggle through the cleanup so I can get back to the fun parts of Stretchla project!

8 thoughts on “Is that a mountain up ahead?

    • Thanks David,
      I appreciate your support.
      Of course you were one of my friends cringing at the house paint!

      • +1

        I’m going to side with David. There’ll be many many years of fun once this project is finished and I wouldn’t want to look back and regret these kinds of choices.

        Coolest project 2014 for sure!

        Hoping for many (even if only small) cool updates from you.

        Regards and keep up the great work! We all love it!
        Alex

  1. good Choice Otmar better to do it right the first time and have no regrets later… I love your mad scientist ways… msh… make shit happen…

  2. Getting the MG painted really made a difference in the project, the concept was not good enough. That way you will never have to do it again.

  3. Otmar, I wish you all the best. I must say once I got the notification that you had a new post my anticipation was sky high. Better to get it right. Are you then planning to do a full re-spray? If you do all the repairs yourself, remove all the accessories (done), do the masking, and maybe the primer you can save a lot…and the end result will be perfection! What color will you choose? Maybe its time to start taking in an apprentice – this project is that cool!

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