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Old 05-10-2012, 04:07 PM
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I've watched your build for Years now, it's going to be a show-stopper, you definitely have an eye for detail! (one of my favorite details is your Console)

My favorite Color is Candy Apple Red, so I guess you'll know where my vote lies-you've done a great job with that Car-

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Old 05-10-2012, 04:11 PM
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I like the green you used on the engine.
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:26 PM
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Thanks guys!
I love green but side by side the burgundy met really grabs your attention and accents all the curves real nice!

I will have to repaint engine if i go that route but no biggie!
Love you guys builds keep the pics comming heres a few shots of my ole heap

I would have loved to have made more progress on the car but all the lil things turn into weaks, example flipping the bumpers new mounts new valnce panels etc.
Smoothing door jams turned into a month lol did away with the body lips that wrap around the doors and trunk etc.
Butttt id rather do it now than be at a show chilin in my chair and go damnnnn i wish i would of done that or changed this!

No rush and this way im building it the way "I" like it no manual to follow or show deadline!
Just good ole fashion Building "FUN"
95% of car has been built by myself. if the hobby isnt fun time to by a new vette or something!






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Old 05-10-2012, 06:03 PM
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That detail is what makes the difference from the super nice cars and the outstanding cars! I love detail, I love going it, I love looking at it. I have been stopped in my tracks looking at cars that I personally don't even like, you know a style that I really don't give a crap about but the guy did such a nice job with such detail I am drawn to it.

And when I say "guy" I mean it, very seldom do you get more than one guy in a shop with the crazy nut job attention to detail that I love. It is very seldom a shop, it is usually a guy who maybe not even a pro, someone with PASSION. And passion overrides education and experience every time! It will take the guy way longer, yes, but with the passion he can overcome a LOT of what the "pro" has.

I have seen it way too many times, some guy building a car in a garage while he is an accountant or something during the day and his car is OUTSTANDING sitting next to the hot shot who has built a ton of cars.

You can see your passion, it is inspiring.

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Old 05-10-2012, 07:03 PM
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Makes me want to chop mine up and start over! That truly is very clean and neat looking! Even places where most people will never see, it's still nicer than many cars are in the obvious places! Nice work, and I love that you're doing most of it yourself!
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:05 PM
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Ditto to all of the above. It is great to see guys coming to the forum for help and great to see how much unselfish help is offered. To see members of the forum posting their progress with so much attention to detail has to be a big motivator to them. What you are doing Pro 48 is not about who can spend the most money to build a great car but who has the patience and determination to make it happen. I love seeing what you are doing. Keep the pictures and progress reports coming.

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Old 05-10-2012, 08:21 PM
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Wife said her brakes felt "funny", so jacked up the car and checked everything. Rear shoes on her little Mazda were getting thin, so put a new pair on to make her happy.
Then I tore all three inner door panels off the '69 Burb and did some maintenance on all the moving parts. Locks and door handles were getting a little heavy, so I lubed them all up and reassembled them. Working like new again now.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:48 PM
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Makes me want to chop mine up and start over! That truly is very clean and neat looking! Even places where most people will never see, it's still nicer than many cars are in the obvious places! Nice work, and I love that you're doing most of it yourself!
Personally that was something that hit me long ago, I was working at a full on restoration shop and was about 20 years old. We were doing a spare wheel on a Model A ford. We had the wheel sand blasted and it was pretty pitted, I had primed it and was sanding each spoke real nice and my boss came over and said to get it painted, it is "just a spare wheel" after all. It hit me like a brick, "just a spare wheel"? HUH? It would be bolted on the a bracket in a spare tire well on the fender for goodness sakes! It would be sitting right there for all to see on the fender! If this is "just a spare" why didn't we do a half ars job on the fender being it is "just a fender"?

Nope, I did just the job I always did and that wheel look just as good as the fender and cowl and hood that I painstakingly sanded out every speck of texture after every 5 coats of lacquer.

Personally in my opinion (sorry to those who don't feel this way , nothing personal) but I feel a real nice car is one that you could take apart and put it in a car show. I mean it, it should be show worthy with the door panels and seats and carpet out of the car! I am not talking psychopath crazy like cut and buffed floor and inside the doors but nice, it should all be painted as if someone was going to see it that way. I don't care if it isn't going to be seen, it should be NICE.

Does every car need to be done like that, no not on your life my Gran Sport sure as heck isn't. But if you want a real special car, that is what you do. And for goodness sakes the "show cars" had better be built like that or they are a poser.

I will never forget seeing an AMBR winner at Roy Brizios shop a few years after it had won. I will never forget this, the trunk interior trim was out of it. There was a little square tubing brace or two running across the back of the body behind the seat. It was BARE METAL! I am not making this up, this six figure car (we are talking a car that won in the late seventies or early eighties) probably one of the first six figure hot rods. The underside of the trunk lid was red primer everywhere that was covered with the beautiful upholstered panel. The paint ended right where it would be covered with overspray falling over the primer. There was a few wires going to something that weren't wrapped in any way and were simply black taped every couple of feet across these tubing braces that weren't even painted!

I was blown away, absolutely blown away, in my opinion it was a shock.

Nope, there is no reason for that. And that is the coolest thing about detail, it's FREE! Anyone in their garage with very few tools can blow away some shop built car simply because you have more passion to put the extra mile into it.

Like I said, I applaud those who apply themselves and build the outstanding car because they have the passion to make it outstanding.


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Old 05-10-2012, 09:26 PM
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Well tonight was for working on my wife's mothers day gift and I pretty much got that done. And I started looking at my Gran Sport and had to get into it a little. I am to a point that I am sort of happy with the top and window fit on the left side, I now can go to the other side and knock it out in no time. I have learned what I need on the left side and get it done. I am not real happy but with aftermarket rubbers, I think this is as good as it gets. I will be real close to putting that top on now!

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Old 05-11-2012, 11:21 PM
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I got out there for my five minutes ended up spending about an hour. Got my turn table running with a vintage Santana and then Lynyrd Skynyrd Live albums and couldn't stop working. I am getting the top and windows pretty close. It is amazing how much time this is taking. Working on late model cars I could put 25 doors on and align them for what this top and windows are taking.

But it's getting better, I am trying every trick in the book and it is shaping up.

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Seems like every time I have some time some family member needs something. Was going to go work on the car last Sunday and my sister needed me to go ride up with her to pick up my niece. Then last night I went with mom to Branson so she could pick out a dress for another niece's wedding, which will also keep me from seeing a car show and working on my car next saturday. If I get some sleep in before work this evening I am going to go get some small pieces of hardware to mount my tank and fuel line. But once I get the stuff, it should go pretty smooth with the tank. It is just getting the time. Hopefully monday and tuesday I can get some serious time in on the caddy.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:38 AM
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Project Kawasuki has been cleared and wet sanded down to 2000. Went buff out with 3m rubbing compound and glaze with Meguires #7. Looks a little cloudy. Maybe I should have left he clear alone as it layed out smoooth with more bugs than orange peel but live and learn
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:44 AM
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Not doing any work today, we are going to the big yearly BBQ Fest here in our town. it has a awesome car show too.


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Old 05-12-2012, 03:10 PM
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Project Kawasuki has been cleared and wet sanded down to 2000. Went buff out with 3m rubbing compound and glaze with Meguires #7. Looks a little cloudy. Maybe I should have left he clear alone as it layed out smoooth with more bugs than orange peel but live and learn
It may be that you skipped a step if it looks cloudy. I didn't see any mention of buffing with a finishing compound before using the glaze. The finishing compound is where the mirror finish comes from.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:55 PM
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Well today my brother came over to try and fine tune my Rambler to achieve better gas mileage and I think we got it nailed. We then turned our attention to my Gran Sport top iron alignment. He had one of these cars and I don't remember doing this top, don't remember a darn thing. So I asked him how he remembered we did a few things on it. Right off the top of his head me mentioned something and it was really odd, about a set screw that I forgot was even there (it's pretty hidden) and there is nothing about it in the manual. He mentioned this, I took an allen to it and one other thing and wham I had gotten something done that I hadn't been able to before he mentioned that!

It was really cool, and like he said, "Damn I can't remember my wife's birthday but I remember that obscure tiny detail on something I worked on 30 years ago!

I said "What's more important, my Gran Sport or your wife's birthday"? LOL

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