Feasibility -- repainting an early model Beck

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Feasibility -- repainting an early model Beck

Postby Armodilo » Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:57 am

Does anyone have any experience completely repainting an earlier model Beck? Assuming it requires a complete disassembly -- how achievable is this, it looks like some of parts are riveted and fastened in place.

Has anyone repainted one completely, how did you find the process?

Sorry if this has been discussed before, I couldn't find anything with a quick search.

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Re: Feasibility -- repainting an early model Beck

Postby Ralphc » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:45 am

I built mine so lighting, gauges, switches and engine "unplugged" - AN plumbing fittings and wiring modular plugs. Ran the car in gel coat the first summer then disassembled to rolling body on frame and had it flatbedded to paint shop. Doors and rear clam stayed on. wiring harness stayed in place but lights, gauges & switches were removed. Engine pulled, transmission stayed. Interior gutted, left junkyard steering wheel on so it could be steered. Windshield removed.

Modular wiring to gauges, switches, wiper motor, fuel pump, electric fans and engine is something you can retrofit now to make disassembly a little easier. Reinstalling engine and windshield on a freshly painted car will seize your guts, though.
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Re: Feasibility -- repainting an early model Beck

Postby Armodilo » Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:20 am

Ya, that sound 'nail-bitting', thanks for the feedback.
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Re: Feasibility -- repainting an early model Beck

Postby SpyderMike » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:09 pm

It really is one easy car to disassemble.
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Re: Feasibility -- repainting an early model Beck

Postby danstern » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:33 am

Unless you're changing colors, I think it can be done with just a little disassembly, windshield etc.
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Re: Feasibility -- repainting an early model Beck

Postby sjgharib » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:28 am

I'm confused. Why does the engine come out?

I would think the interior is the hardest part - the dash, inner doors, the sill between the seats and the footwell. The front inside of mine is all flat black, as is the engine bay, so you're only painting the outside. My firewall is covered with a heat shield material, so it's not painted.

So to change the color on my car I would have to take the gauges, switches, steering wheel and windshield off... but that's about it...
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Re: Feasibility -- repainting an early model Beck

Postby DannyP » Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:37 am

I changed mine from silver to white in 2010. Pulled interior, carpet, gauges(labeled all wiring), switches, seats, windshield, wiper motor, etc.

Pulled windshield, lights, mirror, scripts. Drilled the rivets for the windshield base strip.

Painter masked inside of front trunk, inside of cockpit, and firewall. Took doors and hood and clamshell off and painted them separately. Door hinges were masked as well, as were the latch pins.

Everything went right back together. It was just time-consuming.
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