Progress | That Sunny Named Shelly
Yes I know that it’s not actually a Sunny, but I like to call it that anyway. Just this week I went over to visit my friend Nathan McKenna to check out some work that was being completed on his new 1200 shell. Last time we saw the car it had just finished having a base coat on the outside. While it may not look like there has been a whole lot of progress on the car itself, there has been some significant progress on external parts.
Nath and his Dad have been very busy on this car lately pulling apart every part of the car in preparation for paint. This means sandblasting and then cleaning before any bit of primer touches it.
I was impressed to see Nath also had his Mum working on cleaning parts of the car. Now that’s dedication to your son’s project!
Every single suspension component from underneath the 1200 had come out and was getting lined up for the paint gun. Before that though Nathan was meticulously cleaning every inch of those parts…
…before carefully hanging them up ready to be painted.
The amount of restoration for each part of this car is very impressive. It’s quite smart what they are doing though, there is no point making a car you have spent months or years on look pretty on the outside if the bits holding it together underneath are just going to rust away. With every part carefully primed and then later painted there is be no reason for this to happen.
This includes the rear end as well; it was not going to escape the compressor either!
To make sure Nathan’s MKIII’s didn’t cop a painting as well he quickly slapped some steelies on there before his dad took to it with the gun.
One last quick clean before the primer goes on.
I’m excited to see the finished version of this project. Considering the last 1200 Nathan and his Dad built looked like this I have high expectations. Especially with the amount of time and preparation that has gone into this car. I will check back soon with some more progress for you guys!