I left the coupe with Ron Randall at Metal-Morphous in Connecticut on June 25. It has been a very long four and a half months, but I am extremely happy with the results. Ron and his crew did an amazing job aligning the doors and hood, sanding, sealing, and painting. Here are just a few of the photos that Ron sent to me through the process, as well as some photos of my bring her home.
Body off the chassis and application of gelcoat. Note the louvres I obtained for the side vents.
Base coat of “Wimbledon White” applied.
Tape over what will become the rally stripes.
First coat of “Guardsman Blue”.
Remove the tape, reveal the stripes, apply clear coat for shine..
Polish, clear coat, polish, clear coat, and repeat many times for an even deeper shine.
Re-assemble body, doors and hood.
In addition to body and paint, I asked Ron to install the headliner material for me (before putting the body back on the chassis), as well as the side windows (“side curtains”) because that went hand-in-hand with the final fitting of the doors. I also had his guy install the windshield and gasket for me.
I arrive to pick up the coupe and I am ecstatic. We go over the car. Hard to see in these pics, but the hood scoops and rear spoiler are attached via metal screws. Some guys prefer to use fiberglass to blend these pieces seamlessly into the shape of the body, but I prefer the screws for that “old school” feel and look. (The original coupes were hammered out of metal and rivets.) I ask Ron and Pedro to apply the race numbers for me. (I will apply the sponsor decals later. They are smaller and easier to handle.)
At a rest stop in Connecticut.
What it looks like when a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe tailgates you all the way from Connecticut to Pennsylvania.
And finally at home.