View Full Version : Hydrovac Encore... Now Repaintng the inner fender?

07-04-2007, 12:21 AM
I'm doing it one more time. It seems I could never get that rebuilt Hydrovac to stop leaking from the bottom connection. SI sent me another Hydrovac. Upon closer inspection after removing it the mating surface bottom connection of the hydrovac was quite suspect and hardly there at all.

Since the swap in South Bend I've had enough brake fluid leaking from the so-called rebuilt hydrovac that I have no paint in the bottom portion of the inner fender.

I have repainted the new hydrovac and removed the starter coil, regulator and all brackets from the inner fender, cleaned and repainted them all.

I would like to tackle the inner fender now and paint it before I install the new Hydrovac, starter coil and regulator again.

What is the best way to prep this fender and re-paint it again?

I was thinking of using Spray Nine to degrease the fender, then scuff the surface, wash it down, Tape and paper off the area, then spray paint it with gloss black enamel.

Any suggestions before I attack this and try to get the Hawk back on the road for the weekend cruise.


1964 GT Hawk soon to be R2 Clone

07-04-2007, 12:57 AM
My rebuilder has rejected a few cores just because of that problem. Once he bead lasts them, some had so much rust that the seating surface was shot. I'm not happy to have a core rejected, but better then having the issue you are having from SI's guy.

64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
63 GT R2
63 Lark 2 door
62 Gt Hawk
62 Lark 2 door
60 Lark HT-60Hawk
59 3E truck
58 Starlight
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander

07-04-2007, 01:40 AM
Simple Green does an amazing job on grease, spray it on and let it sit
for a little while, then spray some more and pressure hose it off at a
car wash that ALLOWS engine cleaning. Carburator cleaner also does a
great job, but dont get it on surfaces you ARENT going to paint. Then
clean everything with rubbing alcohol. Now you can wire brush off the
old paint, sand, prime, sand and paint. I prefer flat black at the
inner fender to outer fender seam.


'63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: 97 Z28 T-56 6-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires

Dick Steinkamp
07-04-2007, 01:52 AM
quote:Originally posted by studebaker-R2-4-me
then spray paint it with gloss black enamel.

The inner fenders were painted the same color as the car. This may not be important to you, or the car may be black. Just FYI.


07-04-2007, 02:10 AM
I didnt see the gloss black part .. originally it would be body color,
but I like flat black because it hides all the pitted metal, extra
holes drilled for unknown reasons, and wrench dings these cars collect.
I used Semi-flat black on the '60 Hawk. Has a sheen to it.