75 Datsun/ Scarab conversion project

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  1. Hipster

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    A little back story. These cars were built by Scarab. Glass skins bonded to the steel body etc and a V8 was tossed in. It's a shop my buddy is at and I have worked for and known the owner better part of 20 years. This was a father/son project one of the helpers was doing at home with his Dad. Well his Dad passed so everybody is volunteering time to get the car done. I don't work there but volunteered some time in exchange for some booth/shop time. The car was really rough and had a faux targa/t-top hack job done on it. The kid prepped/stripped it, my buddy welded the roof on, and I get to do the mudwork and prime work. Never been a big fan of the Scarab's but I dig the old Datsuns V8'ed and this one sounds nasty as hell. It's for conscientious hard working kid which is a rare find these days.

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    Primed with Featherfill. This will get reblocked/fine tuned with 180 grit and then another prime with 2k urethane.

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    I dig the Scarabs. I dig Z cars as well. The L24/26/28s were fantastic motors, but a V8 is just icing on the cake. Like Sunbeam Tigers, I think this is another unsung classic car whose time is coming. You gotta keep us up on this one! Nice work!
     
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    Cool ride! I'd never heard of one.
     
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    It's growing on me. The Scarabs always struck me as a bit goofy in a 70's "Corvette Summer" kind of way. I may have a thing for the 70's and dik'n around with fiberglass and just don't know it. lol

    From another thread I posted on this site.

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    Got some blocking done today. Some cut through is pretty standard fare on the first go around. I didn't start the bodywork on this car and imho this is a bit much but it's going to get re*primed anyway. The roof which I do the filler work on actually looks good with minimal cut through. A pic of some of the tools involved also. Not a big fan of Durablocks but it's all I had today. The wooden stick is a cut paint paddle and yes after 30 years I still tape out body lines and block to the tape to get crisp and straight lines.

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    What blocks do you prefer?
     
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    I prefer the old school wooden handle ones with aluminum shoe or 3M hard blocks. The durablocks have their place and are good for working areas that have some contour because they flex but on a long straight panel the hard blocks do a little better.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    What color is it going to be?
    I wish I had the skills, knowledge and just as important, the PLACE to do bodywork and paint. Would come in handy since I've always picked vehicles that are a little past their prime.
     

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