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Old 27 Feb 2017, 12:35 pm
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Worked on "Retro" a little more over the weekend. I finished removing the dash inserts so that I can paint them. I decided to upgrade to chrome vent covers while I had things apart, and also took the opportunity to clean the vents - WOW were they dirty!!!













Nothing like a little new chrome to brighten your day!!
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I also removed the back bumper cover and bumper. This will be getting replaced with a PTeazer smoothie roll pan soon. In the meanwhile, the car is headed to the body shop to have the dent in the left quarter repaired (which I forgot to photograph)...





Lastly - I removed the old chrome strips from the lift gate and cleaned off the double stick tape. This took a bit, but with some bug and tar remover it softened up and cleaned off pretty nicely:

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Stopped in the body shop this morning. The quarter repair is coming along nicely, and I should have the car back home early next week...



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Car is done at the body shop, but with the 30" of snow we just received, I'm not in a hurry to bring it home. I ordered a 1/2 wrap wheel which I am going to paint to match the dash trim (all to be painted a light aqua).



Once these are painted, I'll have them pin striped in black, white, and silver. The car will be pin striped in aqua silver and white once it's done...
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Got to work on "Retro" a little over the weekend. The chrome trim I added to the hood has been lose for a while, but I never seem to get to fixing it. I finally checked it off the list this weekend...

This was a stick on piece, but because of the curve of the hood it wouldn't stay stuck at the windshield end.



I laid tape lines along side the trim, and wrapped it around the bottom side of the hood as a guide so that I would know where to drill. I drilled through the hood and into the back of the trim piece. Then screwed in a stainless screw to hold the piece in place.





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I removed the lock and lift handle from the lift gate. I will be filling these holes and smoothing the lift gate, then installing stainless strips to replace the plastic chrome ones I used to have.







I also decided that while I had things apart, I would remove the outside mirrors and paint them as well. Even though they are already black, I figured the gloss black to match the car would help them blend in better.

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I CAREFULLY scraped off the glue from the old chrome trim I had around the back window. Using a razer blade so close to my canvas top made me nervous, so I took my time with this!





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My new steering wheel arrived yesterday - looks great (sorry - I was so excited I forgot to take a pic). Dropped it off at the body shop this morning to get painted to match the dash. I should have all of these pieces in aqua next week to be able to take them to the pin striper...

I'll try to remember pics before I take them.
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Stopped by the body shop today. Ray got the tailgate welded up and skimmed with filler. No more lift gate handle or lock assembly...



He got the dash pieces all painted and they look great! Next stop will be "Mac the Knife" to have my pin striping done...



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Here's a couple more pics of the dash parts and the steering wheel. The low light makes it look more green, but the color is better represented in the previous pics. Can't wait to get them pin striped and start re-assembly!



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