Getting into Primer

 

 

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BMC finished product

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Bead Blasting reveals the flaws

A rather sloppy connection between the original fender and the repair, sculpted over by body filler

 

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A rusted area that was filled in

 

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Poor metal along the bonnet lip is usual in the early s600 because there were no drain holes in the lip

 

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The bead blaster leaves tabs of body filler so one can guage the depth of the repair

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A very disheartening start to a car that was supposed to be in pristine condition.  Calls went out to all of the Honda s600 contacts and within a few weeks, NOS front fenders were obtained in Japan, a donor car for the rear quarters and tire well came from New York, and Justin began to work his magic.

The Metal work begins

Evaluation of Aliquippa, the body was stripped down by Brad at Harborvette Restorations in Eire, PA all parts bagged and tagged, and we brought it into Bent Metal Customs in Haltfeild PA, Justin at BMC is a master of metal work, and did the restoration of the metal in the 65 Honda s600 Chatham.

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This early 1964 Honda was supposed to be in impecibale condition.  Once we got the car to the shop and sanblasted all of the previous repairs became obvious, and it was well sculpted body filler, on very poor metal repairs.

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We decided to give it a full bead blast to see the condition

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Panel design id slightly different thant the 1965.

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Headlight mounting configuration is different, for the one peice bubble headlamps

Early1964 Bubble Head Lamp

The acquisition of an early 1964 Bubble Head lamp Honda.  Could be the earliest s600 in USA?

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Some S600 photography courtesty of Karin Johnston