Obstacles are nothing new when it comes to auto projects, and we knew we would be facing more than a few with our latest build. Of course we looked for the most unmolested and complete car we could find and after a few weeks, we found one in pretty good shape—minus the floor boards. They were in desperate need of some TLC, and we knew we had a diamond in the rough on our hands as the average builder would be reluctant to tackle the car’s “Fred Flintstone” floorboards. After a thorough examination, we realized that we only needed to repair the front floorboard and at that; only small sections needed to be replaced.
The first thing we did when we got the car home was to call our friends at Original Parts Group Inc. or OPGI of Seal Beach, California. They have seriously invested into a market that was completely neglected in the past, and with their knowledge of Cadillacs, they turned us onto their front floorboard patch panels. The metal patch panels were the same thickness as the factory floorboards. Once the metal work was completed, it would be protected by using some of Eastwood’s specialty coatings. This project was definitely an ideal project for the above average builder who had some welding skills, so it’s not a shock that novice builders didn’t snatch up the project car before we did.
Today’s tech focuses on work that can be done in a day or a weekend. Projects like this one are always good for those who like a little challenge, so if you have the time and skills, today’s tech might be something that interests you. Now let us show you how we repaired the floorboards of project Coupe DeVillain.
Axalta Paint Tip of the Month
Here’s the Hot Tech tip of the month brought to you by Axalta Coatings Systems and All American Body Shop in San Diego, CA. When painting Cromax Pro in the hot desert or in low humidity conditions, the Painter should always pick the right Spray Gun tip size for the conditions he is painting in. Proper maintenance of a Spray Gun is essential for a flawless paintjob. What works well under one humidity condition may not work as easily under another extreme condition either. The proper spray gun and set ups are critical to a flawless finish and you should always make sure to test your Spray Guns pattern prior to applying paint on the vehicle. For more paint technical advice please feel free to contact the product specialist, Steven Chaparro/Axalta Coatings systems. Steven.C.Chaparro@dupont#65CBDC.com.