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Post by dieseldr on July 22nd 2013, 10:06 pm

Finally found a project worthy of fitting my 428CJ into.  Been searching my immediate area for almost a year, this one popped up out of nowhere, so a quick 1 hour trip into PA and I'm the proud owner.  Got a spare toploader with it, plus a 302 and C-6.  Body is pretty good for its age, but the front structure is pretty weak.  Hope to find a good front stub for it, but if that falls thru, I will be doing a MII or something like that in its place.  Possibly even something of my own design.   Had my heart set on a Fairlane of the same vintage, but this will do fine....   a couple days I'll see about getting a shot or two of  it posted.   Even the mrs thinks it looks bad a$$ already, and the deconstruction stage hasn't even started.  Hope to live long enough to get it finished!  (along with the other 2 projects-  you just gotta stay ahead of boredom)
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Post by Chris55 on July 22nd 2013, 11:26 pm

Sounds like a nice project, keep us posted.
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Post by Reb Stew on July 23rd 2013, 8:25 pm

Sounds like some fun it getting ready to start.

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Post by dieseldr on July 24th 2013, 3:23 am

By the way, if anyone sees some bumpers for this, I could sure use 'em! Dearborn classics has fiberglass bumpers, but I have no experience with that- and how would you go about chroming it? A 66-7 fairlane front is the same as the comet.

And maybe a fender- LH. Thanks.
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Post by Chris55 on July 24th 2013, 4:15 am

Chrome paint

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Post by dieseldr on July 24th 2013, 2:15 pm

Wow- you have much better outcomes with that stuff than I do! Looks good! But all the chrome paint in the world won't purty up a bumper that is puckered out 6 inches from the rear gravel shield. The front ain't too bad, some blocks and a 10# maul should iron that out fairly well, but the rear will need lots more than what a little brute force can do!
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Post by Reb Stew on July 25th 2013, 4:47 pm

Chris what the deal with that chrome paint. We use to call it Kentucky chrome when people would use spray cans on their bumpers. It looked bad. The helmet looks killer. Who makes that stuff?

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Post by hotrodaaron77 on July 25th 2013, 11:52 pm

5 people in that booth and it looks like the guy right next to rhe painter has one around his neck. Masks guys. They aint that expensive!
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Post by Chris55 on July 26th 2013, 12:07 am

It's not the spay can stuff we all used as teens. It's a actual painting process. As far as mask, if I remember right, it's water base.
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Post by Reb Stew on July 26th 2013, 12:48 am

That blows me away. I've never seen anything like that before. I'm still shaking my head. I wonder how it will hold up out in the weather. I'll have to look into this a lot more. It would save a ton of money on small parts if it holds up somewhat well to the weather.

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Post by dieseldr on July 26th 2013, 3:20 am

Just watched the video- That is un- freakin- b- leevable! Holy hannah, never seen anything like that ever. I don't know how many interior parts that were plastic chromed that I've thrown out over the years that maybe now I could resurrect. Oh well, just like panel replacement- when I started wire welders weren't quite perfected yet, so we did a lot of stuff with oxy/acet and coat hangers. I guess you never throw anything away, so 30 years down the road you can fix it.....
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Post by Chris55 on July 26th 2013, 11:38 am

Reb Stew wrote:That blows me away. I've never seen anything like that before. I'm still shaking my head. I wonder how it will hold up out in the weather. I'll have to look into this a lot more. It would save a ton of money on small parts if it holds up somewhat well to the weather.

From the people I've talked to and what I've read, it holds up well. It is basically the same as if you painted the part with a good automotive paint. I have seen entire cars painted with it, and you should see it under a candy color talk about pop. Their is a new company that has even come out with a black chrome that looks neat.
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Post by Chris55 on July 26th 2013, 11:43 am

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Post by Marty042 on July 26th 2013, 12:14 pm

Any pics of the 66 Merc?
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Post by dieseldr on July 26th 2013, 3:14 pm

I will see if I can get my brother to post them, every time I make an attempt to put pictures on, it turns into something my mechanical brain can't wrap itself around. Stated another way, I'm techno challenged. Borderline helpless. Barely housebroke. You get the picture. Figuratively
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Post by Reb Stew on July 26th 2013, 5:05 pm

dieseldr wrote:I will see if I can get my brother to post them, every time I make an attempt to put pictures on, it turns into something my mechanical brain can't wrap itself around.  Stated another way, I'm techno challenged.  Borderline helpless.  Barely housebroke.  You get the picture.  Figuratively

 Very Happy Don't feel bad about it man. I was the same way a few years ago. It gets easy after a while.

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Post by dieseldr on July 26th 2013, 7:15 pm

By the way, any recommendations on front subframes for this application? The front frame section is riddled with moths, and I will be doing a front frame graft of some sort. I see front MII stuff from TCI, Heidts, Helix, and a few others. Looking for positive feedback on these products. What is there now will be leaving via the "blue tip elimination process" to make room for something a bit more substantial. Fortunately the floors are all new in it, and the rear section is pretty good, just a few patches to get it right.
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