Bits of new work

Been getting a few things done on the Boss since I heard the body is starting to be worked on. One of the biggest that I’ve faced is polishing the stainless Breeze rollbars.

This is a pic of how the bars look as they come. Its called a “brushed” finish, and is created when the tubes are straight by running them through a grinding machine.

Brushed finish on the Breeze aftermarket roll bars. That is all micro scratches.

So since my car has polished stainless sidepipes, polished stainless bumpers, chrome windshield frame, etc, I didnt want to have the roll bars brushed and look different from the rest of the car. I had done some I-net searches and got some quotes for the professionals to do it, and most wanted between $250 – $400… per roll bar. I decided to give it a shot myself.

My first attempt was with a 5″ orbital sander and 80 grit sandpaper. The problem with this is the flat surface of the sander doesnt get around the tube very well. Spent about an hour and got frustrated… just very little progress.

So I got some 40 grit paper, and while it did remove a lot of the brushed scratches, it was still not going as well as I thought it should. It appears what I need is not grit, but speed. I tried using my dremel with a small, flimsy 60 grit disc, and it ate the stuff off like crazy. Unfortunately, I destroyed 2 of those little discs in about 4 minutes. So I have more thought and work to do.

After using the Dremel. You can see the shine and polish starting to come up.

While I’m thinking on this, I wiped another item off the To Do List. I had bought these seatbelt bezels from Replicar Parts and hadn’t installed them because with my tall seats, I don’t believe you’ll see them. But since I have em, might as well install them. I removed the belts, drilled the mount holes, trimmed the carpet and installed the bezels. The lower holes I used pop rivets as they go into the support frame. The top fasteners are stainless screws, washers and locking nuts. The screws are way long, so I trimmed and filed those to be neat.

I think it lends a nice finished look instead of the belts just disappearing into the wall.

Thats about it for now. I’ll do more updates as things get done… with the nice weather coming now, I’ll be working on it mare and more.

Thanks for reading.