2003 Work Done
January 7
While there have not been any log entries, painting of the panels that go under the seats was completed. Red oak planks were planed down with Jack Beard using his planer. They were then cut to the necessary sizes and glued together to make replacements for the existing front seat floor panels.

Visited the car to check on painting progress and to fit and mark up the new front seat floorboards. Carl Kishbaugh has four of the wheels painted and was painting the 5th with it's final coat of color. The new oak floorboards fit well and were marked with where they need to be cut out for the speedometer cable,
steering wheel shaft, water gauge, pump handle and foot pedal openings.
January 21
Cut and drilled the various openings in the four front seat floor boards. Visited the car for the primary purpose of checking the fit of the new front seat floor boards now that they've been cut with the necessary openings. They fit well and only minor modifications are needed to the holes and such that are cut into them. I'll make those modifications and do one more fitting before painting them flat black and applying the metal trim that holds the linoleum.

Carl Kishbaugh was removing the doors and generally getting the car read to take to Diver's for painting of the body. All the door hinges were stamped with a three-letter code to indicate where they go as each are slightly different. The code is as follows;
LFU - Left front door upper hinge
LFL - Left front door lower hinge
RFU - Right front door upper hinge
RFL - Right front door lower hinge
LRU - Left rear door upper hinge
LRL - left rear door lower hinge
RRU - Right rear door upper hinge
RRL - Right read door lower hinge

Door hinges were taken to M&P Custom Design to have them rewelded and straightened.

March 6
After a trip to see the car and check the final fitting of the floor boards I applied the first coat of satin black paint.

Progress on the car continues. Carl Kishbaugh has the body ready for painting. He's currently painting things such as the hood side panels, fuel tank, etc.
March 8
Applied the final coat of paint to the front floor boards. They are ready to have the aluminum trim cut and then the linoleum installed.
March 18
Visited the car. Inflated the tires and put the wheels on the car so it can me moved. The wheels look impressive. The five tires were inflated to 60 PSI.

Carl Kishbaugh has tentatively scheduled the car to go to Frank W Diver's paint booth at the end of the month for painting of the body.
March 27
The car was taken to Frank W. Diver's body shop in Wilmington for painting.  Diver's is scheduled to sell their existing paint booth so the Stanley will be one of the last cars painted before the booth is disassembled and sold.
March 28
Joined Carl Kishbaugh at Frank W Diver's body shop to tape and protective paper the Stanley for painting on Saturday. Carl painted the four doors in the paint booth and once they were dry the car was placed in the booth.
March 30
Joined Carl Kishbaugh at Frank W Diver's body shop to paint the Stanley. The car already had Premier Wash Primer (#1305 and 615) on it from the body work at Donnie Hastings's garage. This is an acid etching primer that enhances adhesion retention through phosphate conversion and it contains a corrosion inhibitor. To allow a smooth surface to be obtained EuroPrime (#1120 and #1140) Filler Primer was used. This is referred to as a 2K product that has cross-linking chemistries to improve performance. These primers were also on the car from work at Donnie's.

In the paint boot Carl applied a ChromaPremier System sealer (#4940). After that dried three coats of Imron were applied. The body color is RS-910. The first coat was allowed to sit for about 15 minutes and become tacky before a second coat was applied. This was allowed to dry tack up for 15 minutes when the final coat was applied. The final coat was a 50/50 ratio of color and clear coat to enhance gloss. The car was then baked for 40 minutes at 140 degrees Fahrenheit. It was removed from the paint booth and loaded up for return to Donnie Hastings's garage for final painting operations and eventually assembly.

It's been a long time getting to this point but it does look nice. It's exactly the finish I was hoping to achieve.
April 15
Checked in on how the car was curing. All looked well. Brought back the right splash guard panel to insulate.
April 19
Applied heavy duty vinyl wallpaper paste to the back side of the splash guard and to the ceramic fiber insulation and affixed the 1/2" thick insulation blanket to the splash guard. The purpose of the insulation is to protect the metal panel from the heat given off from the boiler water feed heater that runs the length of the guard panel.
April 20
Applied a layer of heavy duty kitchen aluminum foil over the insulation to protect it from absorbing materials as the car operates. Applied the foil using the wallpaper paste. Also applied the paste to the edges of the insulation and foil to act as a sealer.
April 22
Returned the insulated splash guard to Donnie Hastings's for installation on the car. Also took back the car pieces I've had here for color sample.
April 29
Checked in on the Stanley's progress. Assisted Carl Kishbaugh in putting the doors on the car. The hinges had to have paint scraped off as well as the hinge wells needed scraping. Carl has the splash guards in place on the car and the body bolted in its final positioning. The car is starting to look quite good.
May 1
Took the strip of hood webbing to Carl Kishbaugh and assisted he and Donnie Hastings in fitting the hood to the car. The edges of the hood set the position for the accent stripe at the top of the body. Loose set the hood side panel in position to see the effect of the two-tone paint scheme. It's really starting to come together.
July 6
Carl Kishbaugh continues to work on the car abet slowly due to job and family activities taking time away from the Stanley.

Carl Kishbaugh has completed the final alignment and buffing of the top hood panels. I brought them home and applied an 1/8" blanket of ceramic fiber insulation to the underside of the panels using wall paper paste as the adhesive. This was not something that Stanley ever did but I'd like to try and protect the paint from the heat of the boiler and more importantly try and insure that should a backfire occur the paint won't get scorched.


1998 ~ Mechanical Restoration Started
1999A ~ Mechanical Restoration Completed
1999B ~ Test Drives and Tours
2000 ~ Body Paint Stripping
2001 ~ Body Restoration
2002 ~ Body Restoration
2003 ~ Final Painting and Reassembly
2004 ~ Reassembly
2005 ~ Interior and Top Restoration
2006 ~ Finishing Up The Loose Ends

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