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Old 01 Jan 2022, 07:46 pm
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So, I had this itch (passion) to pick up a convertible for a few years.
Just to remind myself how much fun, but impractical they are.

So, I found what I wanted, and flew out to SF area, and drove her back to the Heartland!



Looks great from a distance, but there are a few warts that need fixing up on the body and paint.
I figure those Empire wheels in great shape are worth at least $1,200 themselves.

There were a lot of scratches, rock chips, and corner rubs on the front bumper.
But a friend in the local MOPAR club did multi-step "Paint Correction" for me, and got out 90% of what I thought that would have to work on myself!

Here is a picture of the back hatch afterwards, which had lots of scratches and swirls on it.



I thought that I might do a colored spray on bedliner mod on the rear bumper.
The previous owner (only 1) had left some bird droppings on the rear bumper too long. That ate into the clear and base coat enough that even the paint correction couldn't get out.
Granted, there were only about 4 bad spots afterwards.



I used a 3M pad with gasoline and rubbed out all but a little of the one worst spot. But, I could tell there wasn't much clear coat left, and I had dulled the clear.
So, I simply wet sanded the top surface of the bumper, laid 2 light coats of base color, then several coats of clear, and Voila! No bumper pad needed.
Good as new!

The other worst spot was an area on the rear fender above the wheel where the clearcoat had peeled.
Looking inside the fuel lid cover, you could see a new/old color.
So, I think this fender was the object of a fender bender, And, the body shop did a poor job of painting and clearcoat. And, the taillight was missing 2 retention tabs, also a sign that it had taken a hit!
(upon wet sanding, proved the poor clearcoat job)




I managed to wet sand the spot down to a fine transition, rattle can blend the base coat in, then clearcoat to a point of my own satisfaction. That correction ran down onto the bumper area where there were "trading Paint" marks too.

Sorry! I had not taken a picture yet!
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Old 04 Jan 2022, 12:00 am
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RUSTY BRAKE CALIPERS!!!! UGH!


Decided to remove and paint the rusty front brake calipers this weekend.
Used a Duplicolor "Metalcast" Anodized purple.

So, WHO READS PAINT CANS ANYWAY????
I should have!!!! As the color just turned out as a plain dark purple.
If you are not painting a chrome or polished ss surface, they recommend a Duplicolor "Metalcast GROUND COAT" underneath.

Since I was already done so to speak, I decided to reassemble the calipers, lay them on an old blanket, and spray the correction by light coats on the surfaces that would be visible from the wheel side.
**Made all the difference in the world!




I had the dash apart anyway to have my pinstripe guy do lettering on my passenger side airbag that I had DIY a graphic on.
So, I also painted the drab gray center dash bezel the body color also.

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Old 04 Jan 2022, 05:02 pm
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The anodized purple caliper paint is a great match to the Deep Plum body color.


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Old 05 Jan 2022, 10:36 pm
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So, here is how that repair of the peeling clearcoat went:

There really wasn't much clearcoat there at all.
As, even with light wet sanding I began to expand the area.
When I got to a nice, fine transition I quit.
However, I did lightly sand a wider area, so as to facilitate bond and blending in the repair.
I few very light coats of the base color.
Then, wet sand 1000; and several coats of clear.
I had her in storage for the brake caliper painting. So, I just her back this evening to rub out and polish the area.
I am quite satisfied with the result!



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Nice work Frank!
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Old 07 Jan 2022, 10:08 pm
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So today, I've got the butt end jacked up to do the rear calipers and I SEE THIS!!!!






WHAT????
No sway bar on a GT????

And here I was worried about finding a strut tower brace.

Oh, I guess I could have gone down to salvage yard again, again....too cold here now.
But I found a guy with several in Florida on the PT Parts Facebook page.
So, He is going to send me his best one with all the mounting hardware.

The bump stops are toast - ordered.
And I will also replace the bushings on the sway bar as a minimum.

Gonna bet that spare tire is frozen in place too!
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Old 09 Jan 2022, 07:58 pm
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What I have learned so far from another PT Site is, that in 2003 Chrysler redesigned the rear cross member with a strong internal bar, to take the place of the external sway bar.

After some discussion, it was still agreed that the external bar still improves rear sway; but stiffens the ride some.
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Old 11 Jan 2022, 06:25 pm
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Finished up painting the calipers and bleeding the brake lines this weekend.




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