It's finally blue...

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After all this time, I finally got time and space in the garage to finish painting the Fiat. Saturday, I sprayed all the jambs in the morning, (including under hood and in the trunk) and then in the afternoon did the base color on the outside. Sunday morning, I did the clear on the whole thing.

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/blue02.JPG

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/blue05.JPG

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/blue07.JPG

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/blue09.JPG

The color is Ford Cobra Sonic Blue Pearlcoat, which has a touch of purple in it. The pictures here don't seem to quite capture it. Without the flash, it's a bit darker than it looks in person (and a bitch to get in focus...), and with the flash, it's way brighter.

Next step is to install the black cloth Miata seats I got for it, along with the new black carpet, then the new black top goes on after I color-sand and buff out the paint. Most of that should be finished over the next couple weeks, so the car will be ready for warm weather, top down driving.

It's come a long way since I got it (and I'm still under 2 grand total investment... )

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/fiat001.jpg

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/fiat_rspyder.htm

[edit, had to change the link...]

posted by  ChrisV

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Looks pretty decent, ChrisV. :thumbs:
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posted by  BavarianWheels

It looks superb, very professional...

posted by  NitrousOxide

The paint job looks great! I like the color :thumbs:

posted by  Voda48

That is a lovely colour, even if the pics don't show it to its full.. How have you become so good at spraying? :smoke: My spraying is "ok" (I've been doing it for a couple of years, still learning...) :thumbs: but yours look seemless... :hi:

posted by  R34RB30DETTV

Weldone Chris, that looks great, it looks exellent even if the pics dont do it justice. :thumbs:

posted by  Cliffy

<---- thinks you should re-paint my car. :laughing:

posted by  Satty101

<--------agrees with Satty

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posted by  SuperJew

Thanks guys! I can't wait to get it out in the sun for some accurate color shots. Part of it is that my old digital camera sucks...

Yeah, I've been painting for a long time. Starting out as an apprentice in a vintage car restoration shop when I was 14. Then my primary focus in my own shop was custom painting. So now it's pretty easy for me to get decent results in less than perfect conditions. Still, it'll look better after being color sanded and buffed out. It's just nice to finally not have it in primer...

posted by  ChrisV

SJ and I agree, you should re-paint my car. :orglaugh:

Come up to Wisconsin with some Black mettalic paint and teach me to basics!!!

posted by  Satty101

Got the Miata seats and new carpet installed this weekend.

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/fiat_spyder.htm

Here's what it looked like when I originally brought it home:

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/fiat005.jpg

And the new seats and carpets:

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/seats24.jpg

The black door panels and new door sills have been installed since the pictures were taken.

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/miata_seats.htm

posted by  ChrisV

wow excellent job on the interior :thumbs: I really like what you have done with this vehicle. First rate job!

I also would like you to come down to Iowa City to paint my car too. I mean if you are gonna come all the way out to Wi. for Satty, Iowa City is only another 2.5 hours more to drive :mrgreen:

posted by  Voda48

he'd better...cause if he doesn't *shakes fist*

posted by  Satty101

hey, I HAVE a real job. You guys need to get yourselves in gear and come over here. :mrgreen:

Of course, you need to get in line behind my buddy's MGB, my wife's XJ6, and our motorhome...

posted by  ChrisV

pfft, I think you're just afraid....


Besides, I think the Beretta should come first...Because how many people can say they have a car named after a gun? :thumbs: :mrgreen:


::EDIT:: HOLY CRAP!!!! In the before pic of the interior there is a sticker on the back window that says something about Chapman....that's my last name!!!!!!

posted by  Satty101

I was thinking the same thing...FIAT has two letters of my last name too....what a coincidence!! :screwy: :laughing:
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posted by  BavarianWheels

Errr..... how bout the new Dodge Magnum???? Does that count??

posted by  Voda48

Looks nice! Good job! :thumbs:

posted by  StiMan

This link doesnt work either...Atleast not for me...

posted by  StiMan

Well done on th epaint and interior. Very well done. The pride of doing that yourself instead of paying for it is indescribable. Have fun with the top down! :clap:

posted by  jmyers0341

Nice sig! :hi: :hi: :hi: :smoke: :mrgreen: :thumbs: :laughing:

posted by  StiMan

Dummy, ever heard of COLT?

posted by  lectroid

Damn. Should be http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/fiat_spyder.htm


And Satty, we traded in my wife's Beretta on the PT... I thinks she'd be the first to tell you that a Beretta comes way behind her Jaguar...

The hood, front fender, and driver's door need repair and repainting. She's pushing me to get the Fiat out of the garage so that it can come in and get the bodywork done...

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/cream_jag1.jpg

And there's no way we are going camping in this in primer again...

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/funbus1.jpg

The interior is done, and mechanically it's excellent. It's just too grey.

posted by  ChrisV

meh..as long as it gets done. Looks like you have quite the collection of cars there Chris. Havre fun. :thumbs:

Lectriod, I have heard of the Colt. I know it was named after a gun aswell. I'm just saying, how many people can say they have a car named after a gun? I never said the Beretta was the only one.

posted by  Satty101

That car is...pardon my language...b*tching!

posted by  StiMan

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