Restoration Log Archive

Happy New Year!

Posted January 2, 2015 By dad

Happy New Year! We started the new year at Three Lions Garage with a marathon 12 hour session on the Mustang.  Most of the day was spent on prepping and installing the rollbar and rear rollbar supports.


Boxing Day at Three Lions Garage

Posted December 27, 2014 By dad

today we:

  • Repaired the broken side tabs on the clock panel,
  • replaced correct interior fasteners
  • installed the dash and instrumentation,
  • painted the steering column,
  • fabricated a replacement for a broken carriage bolt
  • started prepping the roll bar and checked the fit.

as an added bonus, we had a surprise visit from Linda and Tinkerbell.

Three Lions Garage is busy again

Posted December 27, 2014 By dad

I spent an enjoyable 14 hours on Christmas Day working on the Mustang with Jack.  We modified clutch mount; cut brake pedal; installed accelerator, brake and clutch pedals; installed hydraulic clutch master; installed heater and underdash vents.  Time flies when you’re having fun.


Jack, where are you?

Jack, where are you?

Standing on its own legs

Posted June 7, 2013 By admin

The Pony is now standing on its own legs thanks to a Herculean 12 hour push


by Jack today.  We’re going to drop it off at the paint shop tomorrow.

Goodbye Paint Booth (and good riddance!)

Posted May 19, 2013 By dad

It was finally time for the temporary paint booth to come down. The booth took up too much space in the garage and I was relieved to reclaim a lot of the space. We now have a good amount of work ahead of us to get the suspension and tires mounted so we can take the Mustang to the professional painters to paint the body.

After spending a very enjoyable 6 hours at the Maker’s Faire today with Mom & Oliver, Jack and I departed for the garage for 5 hours of work to get the bottom of the Mustang painted.


Have Shutz Gun, will travel


Spraying Monstaliner. Since we weren’t rolling it on, we thinned the Monstaliner with 4 oz. acetone per gallon to make it easier to apply with a spray gun.


Not exactly Michelangelo, but a masterpiece nonetheless


First coat has been applied. Now we wait the recommended one hour flash time between coats.


The Master at work


2nd coat applied


ready to remove masking


masking should be removed before the second coat dries


Posted May 14, 2013 By jack

No more clever titles. No more fun. It’s work from here on out.

With the booth completed, the only thing left to do was to cut holes in the plastic to run air hoses inside for the HVLP spray gun and our fresh air breathing system. Once this was done, we tested out the breathing system and removed any remaining dust that had settled on the car by giving the underside a final once-over with Eastwood PRE surface prep.

After checking to ensure that our masking job was finished and procuring some paint filters, terry towels, and paint sticks from our local OSH, I set to work mixing our epoxy primer with the pigmented activator while Dad set up the spray gun. Once everything was set up and ready to go, Dad realized that he had poured the paint into the gun with the wrong size spray nozzle, so after a quick transfer of paint cups to the correct gun we were ready to prime.

While I had been masking earlier, Dad had taped a few sheets of masking paper to a wall of the paint booth for a few practice runs. Dad dialed in the spray calibrations on the gun, adjusting spray height and paint flow, and we set to work. The first batch got us about three-quarters of the way through the first coat, so we refilled, spun the car, and sprayed the areas we didn’t have access to before. Once this was finished, we refilled once more and applied the second and final coat.

Dad and I should be heading back tomorrow to apply the Monstaliner and finish our painting work once and for all.

No more fun sign-offs. Deal with it.

All dressed up and nowhere to go 130511 14.31.54-m 130511 14.12.14-m The Master at work 130511 13.48.41-m 130511 10.48.21-m 130511 14.12.23-m

Water break

Water break


closed for vacation

Posted April 27, 2013 By dad









Jack and I are driving our 1927 Rally in the California Mille this week.  We’ll keep you posted from the road.