We’ve got snow in Houston, Texas at Modern Performance! For most of our customers that live in the North, or Northeast part of the USA snow isnt a big deal, but since snow only comes about once every 10 years, we had to take photos!
Photo of the MP crew from left to right: Jerry, Matt, Kyle, John, Charles, Cory
Today we painted a small batch of Caliber SRT4 Dual/Triple pillar pods and I thought it would be good to show/discuss whats involved in us making these.
First off, Modern Performance worked with a manufacturer to produce these for the Caliber SRT4, and the finished product looks great, however theres one major issue. The manufacturer couldnt produce the pillars in the same color as the factory A pillar. So the a pillar pods are delivered to us in black.
We then had Sherwin Williams paint match the factory A pillar with a special automotive grade paint that flexes with heat and cold. This paint is expensive, and it requires a multi step process to make sure the paint adheres to the pillar perfectly.
The first step is to clean the pillars with a special cleaning agent. Then, we spray a primer on the pillar to prep the surface. Lastly in the painting process we spray the pillar with the custom matched paint.
Then all of the pillar pods are moved outside to bake in the sun for a few hours, followed by curing indoors overnight.
At this point, we compare the painted pods to the factory pillar to make sure the color matches perfectly.
To make sure the pillar pods arent damaged in transit, we then take each pillar and wrap them in bubble wrap. Its quite a process, and it involves a lot of work, but we do it all the right way to make sure they look good, and will last in your Caliber SRT4.
Link to the Caliber pods on our website :
Another update for you Caliber SRT-4 fans!
We’re testing another powdercoat process that should adhere better to the plastic valve cover. This is done in a wrinkle red type finish, and its a different type of process/curing than a standard powdercoat. This is still a great looking, very durable finish.
Here it is installed onto our project 08 Caliber SRT-4. We will be testing this valve cover in different heat levels, subjecting it to different chemicals to ensure its going to be very durable, heat resistant, and chemical resistant before we bring these to market. This is a very critical phase of this product testing, to make sure that it will last, and not peel off or crack with the extreme heat from the turbo.
Our Caliber SRT4 project car has been down for the last few weeks while we are developing a replacement clutch line for the Caliber.
Heres where our Caliber currently sits.. The front bumper, and intercooler are also currently off. What a sad sight!
Hows this for a roomy engine bay?
We are pretty close to releasing a new line of clutches that can withstand a lot more power, and abuse than the factory clutch. More details
on that later!