Painting, Part I

Last weekend I primed the cage.  As I said then, I’d hoped to paint it on Sunday but the temp fell into the 40s.  This week 80+…tomorrow…55.  Ah Texas.  Anyway, painting…the theory is that it is easier to paint the cage first, mask it, and paint the floor/interior second.  Lets test that theory!

I’ve elected to go with Rustoleum Safety Yellow, Gloss for the cage.  I used brush-on.  In the end it took three coats to completely cover the primer color.

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Once the cage was dry….time to mask it off and start painting the floor/interior.  I used that masking film stuff from the big box store and cut it into 12” widths.  This made it perfect for running the length of a cage bar, wrapping it around, and taping it into place.  Then with some low-tack tape I masked some of the harder bits.  Finally I used masking paper to mask off the front down-tubes.  Note to self….always mask the ENTIRE cage, just because the top of the main hoop is above everything that doesn’t mean you won’t try and use it as a handle…with a gloved, yet covered in paint hand!  I put in a big sheet of masking film to cover the floor while I I worked on the rear deck, and under the feet.

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Once I was done with the foot well and rear deck, I removed the sheet and painted the floor and trans-tunnel.  I only got one coat on, but given the coverage…I think two coats will be enough.

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Master Cylinder

Last fall, I’d discovered that my front brakes were dragging pretty badly.  I replaced the RF caliper, which helped…but, there was still some drag.  So, I decided to replace the master cylinder, too.  You can see where the booster is corroded from brake fluid.  I don’t know if this is from spillage, or if there is a leak.  Anway, I removed it.

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The new cylinder needs to be bench bled.  It comes with all the fittings and tubes to do the job.  Howwwwwever, the plastic fittings don’t quite thread into the holes.  So, you have to push them in hard, and twist to get them kinda seal.  Then use a screw driver to pump the pistons, until air stops coming out of fittings.  Once it is all bled, and no air bubbles come out….its time to fit it to the car.  You keep the plastic bits connected to the master cylinder while it is installed.  Then remove one fitting at a time and reattach each brake line.

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Next up, LF brake caliper.

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