Fresh from the sand blaster the
Fuller chassis shares garage space the very exotic, Gina Ferrari
a 1959 SuperAmerica 4.9 liter ... a very rare chick indeed...
Eric Hayes sands the
chassis in preparation for paint.
Hayes hung and painted
Starrett and Hayes fit
the repaired body panels.
Not exactly what Fuller had in
mind when he built the car... no front axle and late rear tires
just don't have "the look".
Aside from being a fine painter,
Hayes is also an excellent polisher as this job on a 35 year
old Halibrand wheel attests to.
After taking any paint off the
body pieces with chemical stripper, then sanding and cleaning
the aluminum to the freak out point, as in you could eat off
it, they get a coat of Zink-Chromate and then a couple of heavy
coats of DP (epoxy primer).
Nose in silver base coat.
The Western car was done in candy
over flake so they just used silver (no colored flake). Fred
had Eric start out with a two coats of fine flake and then a
coat of the coarsest (biggest) stuff possible. Then a bit of
Diamond Dust (cut glass) on the top to give it that extra kick.
Then they immediately got all the clear over the flake they -
Do Not touch - or sand, ect. the flake . They just used a clear
that's part of the Base coat - Clear coat system (PPG). After
the clear has dried (catalyzed) completely its sanded fairly
smooth and cleared again - and again, giving it plenty of time
in between to do all it's shrinking ... always being very careful
not to sand down to the flake. This job was done with 'REAL'
Metal Flake (Vosk saved a bunch of it since the 60's). It's not
that coarse metallic junk the sell at the paint store and call
Metal Flake. After a bunch of clearing and sanding - you'll end
up with perfect finish (like glass) Metal Flake
Fast forward to the paint finished
and all parts polished. The paint process is urethane done the
old way. When Starrett found the color he thought it should be
they mixed a little toner with some real thin clear and sprayed
it on a coat at a time until the color was right. Hayes did the
spraying and hit it right on, a perfect transparent Candy Red.
The red toner they used was Deltron DMD 669 and then used PPG
DAU 82 clear, an Acrylic Urethane.
The icing on the cake
was the lettering done by Rick Evans.
The man himself, Kent
Fuller, came up to Washington to help with the final assembly.
Rear end and drive line
While all the glitz and
glamor was being applied to the chassis, Starrett was assembling
the blown fuel small block Chevy that is loaded with more of
Hayes' polish work.
The finished product
naked and dressed.
A beautiful site outside the
front door of the Double Tree Hotel on Thursday night was the
"Western Manufacturing Special" AA/FD just restored
by Pete Starrett. This 1965 Fuller car was owned by Jon Halstead
and hung in the rafters of Jim Laing's shop for 30 years until
Pete took it to Washington after the 2000 March Meet. At that
time it was a bare chassis, body panels and boxes of parts. An
all summer thrash by Pete, Eric Hayes, Fred Vosk, Kent Fuller
and many others resulted in the prettiest restoration yet. The
car must be seen to be appreciated. From the paint to the polishing
Pete Starrett spent 5
months restoring the Western Mfg. car and although it wasn't
quite ready to run, he got it to the 2000 CHRR.
One of the guys who was instrumental
in restoring the beautiful "Western Mfg. Spec." AA/FD
was Fred Vosk (left). Fred's years of custom painting and race
car experience really show here. Although Eric Hayes did the
actual painting, Fred was "holding his hand". Magicar
vet, Tom Morris (another great painter in his own right) joins
The car shared the track
with three other restored and very famous Fuller cars for a photo
In the staging lanes
prior to Cacklefest II in 2001.
In 2000 the car debut as a static
display - in 2001 Pete Starrett's perfectly restored "Western
Mfg. Special" AA/GD was a runner. Fired for the first time
just 4 hours before the Cacklefest, the candy red beauty performed
flawlessly in front of the crowd. Co-owner, Jim Lange is in the
cockpit for this memorial event.
If anything thinks that Cacklefest
isn't as emotional for the owners as it is for the fans, they're
wrong as witnessed by Pete Starrett's excitement when his car
fired for its first event.
in the 2002 Cacklefest Parade.
2002 CHRR Cacklefest
push start. This candy red beauty performed flawlessly in front
of the crowd. Co-owner, Lange is in
Vic Cooke photo
As it turned out, the 2002 CHRR
was the cars last appearance. Starrett, unhappy with some "flaws"
and minor damage took the car back down to a bare frame in 2003
and due to other situations has been unable to get the car back
into Cackle shape. However, he is trying to get it ready for
the 2006 event.