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It's been a while since we've updated everyone on J.R.'s Project "Debris" Capri project, but he's been busy! Most recently he updated the look of the worn out original interior. This isn't a vehicle you can grab a catalog and order repopped interior parts for, so he had to get creative.
After looking around at many modern day sports cars, he decided he wanted to try and replicate the black and tan two-tone color scheme newer Porsches were using. This was not going to be an easy task!
He decided to use a mix of autobody and interior products from Eastwood along the way. First he tackled the dash bezel by removing the original woodgrain decal and respraying the bezel with Eastwood Wrinkle Black Paint. For the final detail he used an Eastwood prototype Silver Metallic Interior Paint on the gauge surrounds. The transformation of just this part alone was great!
Next J.R. moved on to restoring the original weathered door cards. These days they had a permanent green tint on the vinyl that was a bit scary. After cleaning the panels with PRE Painting Prep, he applied a light coat of SEM Adhesion Promoter, followed by a few light coats of SEM Camel Interior Paint and SEM Landau Black Interior Paint. With the door panels looking fresh again, you could see the color scheme for the interior was coming together nicely.
The last important part of this interior restoration project was the weathered dashboard. Like many cars this age, the dashboard was cracked quite badly. First he applied expanding foam to fill and replace the foam that had deteriorated. Once he had the cracks filled and the surface level, he used the new Eastwood Contour Body Filler to smooth out the top of the dash and blend in the repair areas. He finished up the job by respraying the dash with the same colors he used on the other interior parts.
Now that the parts have all come together. You can really see how he transformed and updated the look of the interior in the Capri from a tacky 70's era color scheme, to a timeless two-tone look. J.R. has a few more bits to finish up, then drop a carpet in it, and he should be ready to cruise in style this summer. Stay tuned for more updates!
At SEMA 2011 we met with one of our favorite pros in the industry, Kevin Tetz. While chatting, Kevin mentioned a few hints about a project he's been keeping hush-hush. After some persuading we got him to leak the details; a '66 Mustang with loads of custom modifications. Turns out Kevin was just about to start on the heavy metal work on the car. We love getting our products into the hands of seasoned pros, and gave Kevin a sneak peak at our then unreleased Contour Body Fillers and Evolution Paint Gun. Needless to say, he loved it all, and we agreed he needed Eastwood products on Project Jaded from bare metal to the finishing touches.
Fast forward a few months and we are happy to announce Kevin Tetz's Project Jaded and we want to let him give you a sneak peak look at the car! He even divulges some of those details he was holding back at SEMA 2011! He even was nice enough to give you some tips on mixing filler, and his run-down of the new Contour body filler line later in the video. This is a video you NEED to watch until the end!
Stay tuned here on the Eastwood blog for updates as Kevin starts digging into the car. He still has some tricks up his sleeves and we can't wait to see how it turns out! If you have any questions for Kevin, make sure you check out our long-running Kevin Tetz's Korner, where he answers YOUR autobody questions on the Eastwood Shop Talk Forums