Got some more work done this weekend. To start out, i cut my quarter panel replacement down to a usable size. It takes up waaay less room in the garage now. I have the pic of when i received it somewhere in this thread, it was massive.
i used my new paint stripping disc to attempt to work more on the body work. i got half way done with one door and my grinder blew up. poof, smoke, nadda. Oh well, this was a harbor frieght special i bought like 7 or 8 years ago for $20. Its been put through the ringer time and time again, so i'm surprised it lasted this long honestly.
so, without a tool, i went back to the DA to at least attempt to get the clearcoat off the whole car.
i'll be picking up a new grinder this week, BUT - it has me rethinking my approach to the car. The only parts of the car that have been re-painted too many times is the roof the body, and the doors. The front bumper and the hood were bought as replacements and each have one paint job on them. The trunk the car was a replacement after the last paint job on the car, so there is just one on that as well. I have some fenders that are in better shape than the ones that came with the car, so those wont need to be stripped to metal either. If i just need to strip basically the shell of the car to metal, i may try some of the air craft paint stripper. i'll buy a small container just to see if i can get the results i want. if not, back to the grinder. Prior to painting the car, once i get the bare metal prepped and primed, and i spray some primer sealer over the entire car and all of the parts at that point to make sure i have the same color surface to work with for base coat.
I also decided over the weekend i'm putting this guy back in the car.
However, i have a problem. the 2 metal brackets that held the cd unit to the cassette unit seem to have run off....i might have to DIY something to get these to work.