I got one more item on the punch list completed: Replacement of the wimpy sounding FFR horns with a mini air horn by Trombe-Stebel. At 139 dB I think it will be plenty loud and more appropriate than the “beep” from the Factory Five Racing Version.
A new bracket was fabricated from some spare aluminum to use the same holes that the mounts for the FFR “Road runner” sounding horn. The kit didn’t have the bracket; it did have the nut and bolt to attach the horn to a bracket. Although the kit comes with a relay, it was not used because the circuit from the POWERCELL is rated at 25 amps.
I may paint or powder coat the bracket in the future.
I decided to get three coats of Slick Sand applied to the body ... working in the early morning to avoid the heat.
I pulled the body out on the driveway and set the front up higher to get better access to the openings in the cowl. After sanding to 80 grit and cleaning with degreaser and then blowing everything down with compressed air I got three good coats with just a few bugs and bits of dust included.
In addition to those pests I also managed to hit the body with the gun or hose in some spots which will require some additional attention. On the positive side I did manage only one area with a run. A few things I learned ...
1. Once the body is essentially the same color the imperfections seem to pop out. Some of these I just plain missed but others are a lot more subtle.
- One that should have been obvious- Here is one that was a lot harder to see until I blocked sanded with 120 grit.
2. Applying the SS helped me understand the ups and downs of applying future layers like the base and clear coats. Some examples include:
- Keeping the hose away from the body;
- Paint from the inside out ... meaning lean over the car and the inside horizontal surfaces like in front of the cockpit, around the hood seating surface and front of the the trunk before painting the fenders and sides;
- The rollovers in the cockpit front and rear standing inside the cockpit;
- Painting the body where it rolls over the frame under the car; and,
- Practice a lot on the trash cans and other surfaces before attempting to put pain on the body.
I ended up using one gallon of Slick Sand to cover the body with 3 layers of sanding primer.