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PostPosted: July 19, 2019, 10:23 am 
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Love what you've done with the place! TWWTFM wants to know if you're married... She says that last shot looks like my living room when we met. :mrgreen:


That all came to an end when she found a cylinder head in her dishwasher.


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PostPosted: July 19, 2019, 11:05 am 
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I really liked the old color but it was probably too easy on the eyeballs to register with the average zombie driver.

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PostPosted: July 19, 2019, 1:10 pm 
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rx7locost wrote:
Ooohhh. Nice, shiny fresh paint. Looks like John Deere colors you got there. JK. :mrgreen:


I think the green is a little darker than John Deere?


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PostPosted: July 22, 2019, 2:39 pm 
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With painting complete and the paint nicely cured, it's time to enter the Cut & Polish stage of this project.

I've been reading all I can on the subject and a recurring theme is to take your time, and avoid at all costs cutting through the clearcoat.

As I have a spare bonnet, I figured I would us it to practice and hone my skills...

I'm not sure if I'm going far enough with the sanding as there remains a few pin-points where the clear remains shiny. I'm hoping the machine polish will knock these down?

(It's hard to capture the surface detail in the photo)


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I remember an old episode of American Hot Rod about the Boyd Coddington shop. The painter talked about right out of the spray booth the clear being at F L A stage and that it needed to be sanded and polished to look good.

Someone asked F L A?

Yeah, Fat Ladies Ass, you know the cellulite dimply stuff. We sand that off to get the paint flat before buffing.

I laughed too hard and got in trouble.
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I remember an old episode of American Hot Rod about the Boyd Coddington shop. The painter talked about right out of the spray booth the clear being at F L A stage and that it needed to be sanded and polished to look good.

Someone asked F L A?

Yeah, Fat Ladies Ass, you know the cellulite dimply stuff. We sand that off to get the paint flat before buffing.

I laughed too hard and got in trouble.
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"F L A"......Love it !


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PostPosted: July 31, 2019, 10:19 pm 
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I've made some decent progress.....car is painted, and clear coat has been applied.

Now the bad news...seems I have a bad case of 'solvent-pop' or perhaps I had water in my air supply? Although I had a water separator in my air line, I applied the clear coat on the hottest day of the summer which in hindsight, was probably a bad move.

In any case, I may have to re-apply the clear coat (next year, perhaps).

Now all I have to do is reassemble the car, then wait a month and do a final polish.


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Aaand that's why I never intend to use a clear-coat type paint.
Paint is hard enough without adding an additional chance at having issues. :BH:

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Almost done. I sure would like to replace the original 7-inch headlamps with something smaller. Perhaps 4-inch bullet style motorcycle headlights?


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I got some 5" headlights from a Dune Buggy supplier. Sorry can't supply the name but it was an eBay thing.
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I really looks good! I do like the new colors! Makes it POP!

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Just ordered a pair of these 4-inch chopper headlights from Lowbrow Customs.

Should do the trick!


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Good find! Those will work nicely!

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If you find there isn't much difference between hi and lo beam or sharp cut offs in low so it has to be aimed low to prevent blinding on-coming traffic, a 5-3/4 motorcycle bucket will accept a 5006 bulb or H4 bulb holder. High quality holders are available with DOT and E code configurations. E code is much better for reducing glare than DOT. Those are so small and glass, they may be e code.

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Mr. Green is back on the road.

Just in time for the second half of summer.


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