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Old 08 Nov 2018, 09:16 pm
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Need more pics...all around, inside and out!!!
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Old 08 Nov 2018, 11:58 pm
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HALLELUJAH

But your wife is going to get jealous with you spending more time now with your new toy
Trust me!
She likes me busy, and away from her when she is working...or cooking!
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Old 09 Nov 2018, 12:04 am
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Need more pics...all around, inside and out!!!
Will do!
But the inside is pretty OEM boring.
Took me the whole afternoon to clean the inside.
Was so filthy with dust and stray parts, that I started with the shop vac.


BTW...
I will be posting a CONTINUING series of photos on how I fill-in the 4 window areas with the panels supplied by Denny's Kit.
As, the gaps there are a lot wider than the panels are thick.
And, I want to further reduce road noise.
So, I'm thinking about a layer of foam first.

And, there are a couple of other mild mods/replacements to be done too.
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Old 09 Nov 2018, 07:46 am
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Trust me!
She likes me busy, and away from her when she is working...or cooking!
Somehow I thought that might be the case

I'll bet occasionally you even spend some quality quiet, alone time in your storm shelter
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Old 09 Nov 2018, 05:30 pm
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Lion,
Although I did not plan to address it at this time....last evening the electrical tech was running late.
So, we got to talk more about how, and if I was happy at the end result.
I addressed 2 things, that if I though I could change....

1. If I were thinking more clearly late that evening....I would have had the airbrush guy make the flag blend on the edges look like it was fading into the back ground; rather than as sharp as the edges are.
I can even always do that in the future with block sanding the clear, and letting the same guy modify it.

(Remember, it's now been 14 weeks originally, plus another 4 week with George's shop. And, I am anxious to sell the Challenger and simplify my life.)

2. I seemed like the roll pan was sagging more, leaving a larger gap at the rear hatch.
I know that it probably wasn't an eye catcher when it was all black. But, now that the gray is on, the dark shadow becomes more visible. They agreed!

Body Note: The OEM bumper has a small frame, about 18 inches long, that goes behind the top of the bumper to support and hold it in place. In addition, the OEM bumper has a bunch of Styrofoam behind it that keeps the curve going across the rear end.

The Roll Pan has none of this! And, again the roll pan is not even fastened at the top center!
Result = sag, and tendency to go straight across, without matching the complete curve of the rear hatch.

It was 11 PM when we finished last evening....so I did not take pictures of this, but.....

a. The guys lifted the roll pan, and placed heavy body screws where to Left & Right upper tabs protrude into the hatch area.

b. They had just enough room to place a metal flange onto the bumper frame, near the top, lift the roll pan, and fasten a body crew inwards back through the roll pan and metal flange in the license plate area....under where the license plate is, so not visible.

c. We adjusted the latch hook on the rear hatch, as over the years the hatch had drifted outwards and the edges of the hatch were about 1/4 inch outwards of the body.

THE RESULT: A much closer adaptation of the top of the roll pan to to the hatch!
The only other thing that could be done later, is shoving some Styrofoam behind the roll pan, at the top center, to achieve a better bulge/curvature of the roll pan at mid-hatch.

Pictures later!

Again, I am done with SHOW CARS!
So, as a day driver, this will be just fine!

If anyone else attempts this roll pan, I would suggest much more attention be placed to the top-center fit of the roll pan.
Just as the OEM bumper had that mounting frame at the center, a frame could be fabricated to hold the top center of the roll pan up - and outwards creating the matching curvature to the rear hatch!
As cool as the roll pan looks, after reading this i might just sell it. Even though i am crafty (see my posts on how i made my own brackets and fixed the broken rollpan im currently using). This double exhaust pan might be too much of a headache for me.
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Old 09 Nov 2018, 07:02 pm
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Will do!
But the inside is pretty OEM boring.
Took me the whole afternoon to clean the inside.
Was so filthy with dust and stray parts, that I started with the shop vac.


BTW...
I will be posting a CONTINUING series of photos on how I fill-in the 4 window areas with the panels supplied by Denny's Kit.
As, the gaps there are a lot wider than the panels are thick.
And, I want to further reduce road noise.
So, I'm thinking about a layer of foam first.

And, there are a couple of other mild mods/replacements to be done too.
And the fun begins

But remember, your wifie has put you on a budget for your latest project
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Old 09 Nov 2018, 08:42 pm
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And the fun begins

But remember, your wifie has put you on a budget for your latest project
REALLY!!!
Trust me THIS TIME!
I am going to stick to just making "what is", better; like the headlight assemblies and bulbs.
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Old 09 Nov 2018, 08:43 pm
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As cool as the roll pan looks, after reading this i might just sell it. Even though i am crafty (see my posts on how i made my own brackets and fixed the broken rollpan im currently using). This double exhaust pan might be too much of a headache for me.
IF...I had to do it over again.
I might have bought a PTeazer roll pan.
The fit would probably have been better.
But, boy is this one thick Urethane.
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Old 09 Nov 2018, 08:54 pm
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Need more pics...all around, inside and out!!!
Here's some more pictures for you Hogman!

Again, realize it is only a day driver; and not show perfect!











As you can see, we did greatly improve the fit of the roll pan to the hatch.



Closer look at graphic and pin stripe...





As I said before, the interior is charcoal gray, and NOTHING is different from OEM.

*** But, I will be addressing the gap where the window were.
The gap seems to be about twice the thickness of what the kit's panels are that Denny made.

Here is a side angle of that gap from the trim edge to the inside of the outside body panel (painted black).



When measured, it is about 1 1/2 inches.
So, I will be trying in some thin foam sheets, cut to fit the whole opening, and cut down on the space the kit panel has to fill.

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Old 10 Nov 2018, 03:26 pm
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Sooner, it would win a spot in any car show.
I would like to see the graphic a bit larger
though.
...just me! Love the car! PTpreacher
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