Hi all!!, Paul here from Nottinghamshire, England
Well, its a pub Jim, but not as I know it. (sorry ST fan)!
I am probably an oldy among you, 50, but have been doing repairs since 16, my first project was an Alfasud, bought as a non runner, with more holes than a sieve, but only 42K miles on the clock. This is where I learnt all my body work and mechanical skills from my Dad, after a year it looked great and was quick!!.
Since the Alfa project I have stripped and rebuilt more engines than I care to remember, the last being a classic MK1 Toyota MR2. I have more stories than there is space! but I won’t bore you too much.
I retired at age 38 (yes I know that was young, but I had made enough to turn my hair grey and fall out (financial sector), I got bored and decided to go back to my first love: cars. I had owned all the best cars and out of all of them Mercedes was the best, so mid-life crisis I had to own a classic SL, I bought it from a friend that owned a garage, It was his car. Mechanically superb, but the front wings (US: Fenders) had started to rust. I replaced them £350 each from MB!! and sprayed them in my garage. But there was a problem…
I used paint matched rattle cans, lots of them, and when I fitted them, it became obvious that either it was a bad match or car had been resprayed (it had) before. So I was very happy with my rattle can finish (2500 grit sanded, lacquered, 2500 grit sanded, paste polished), but there was no way I could could do the whole car with rattle cans.
So that guys ( and girls?) is why I am here. I have bought all the equipment, cheapish gun, devilbiss, (atom x21 ordered and paid for two weeks ago, and I will kick Tony’s ass if it don’t arrive soon $344.59!! ( hint Tony!) I am learning, reading all the time, and practising on new wings I bought for my other MB CLK W208 project car.
Sorry, a bit long, got carried away!!