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Tell me what all of you would like to have a how-to written on for the exsterior part of the KB. I've been rather swep up in some personal business so coming up with how to's and tips that are second nature to me is rather difficult. I overestimate the average readers knowledge so any help is apreciated. I can do most any basic tips and body repair/modification questions, but please try to keep the suggestions non model and make specific. Broadening the how to and still giving the guidance thats required to the end is usually pretty difficult because it usually becomes very vegue and not very technical, thus not much help. Thank you.

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Is there a how to on glass installation yet?
What about a how to on proper door hanging?

I dunno just thinking of useful stuff that is fairly general that you would know lots about.

A how to quarter panel installation?

Wait wait... one I would like to see is a how to on polishing rims and things like that... I wanna polish my crappy stock rims as a temporary thing but I got no clue how to go about it
 

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HK I would like to know a car thats already painted and wanting to put flames on,prep you have to do to the paint pryer,any difference if basecoat/clearcoat,acrylic urathane or enamil thanks :)
 

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Hopfully, this dont sound silly, But ive always wanted to know whats the best way to keep the new paint job looking nice for very long time. Such as when do you buff and when not. can you over wash, or wax?
 

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  • Fiberglass panel construction, i.e. fenders, hoods etc. Also how to construct a hood with the origional steel frame in it for hinge strength.
  • I saw mention of an article in a rod magazine about modifying bumper covers. Would like some insight into that.
  • How to modify or design face bars to go with a custom front end.
  • Designing custom grilles and inserts.

Hey! You asked... :D
 

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Hey Boss,

I'd like to see the following:
-A listing of tools, books, equipment for newbs who are interested in getting started on their own project.
-Something on widening fenders if you have info on that...only seen one writeup by Covell on the topic.

that's all I can think of at the moment.
 

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Dave I can do the doors and the polishing, the glass hanging I leave to the pros like Glassman, if he doesn't do one I'de be happy to do it. The quarter panel instalation is a bit different from model to model and it really is a basic panel repair that I've already done, but if any of you have any question on this relating to your vehicle feel free to ask for help.

Zonk, gotcha coverd, will do that. As for the differences in paint theres a paint chart in the KB already with paint caracteristics and the one basic no no. Generally matching paint types are basic knowledge and I coverd a bit of that in my "how to do basic paint work", but if you have any tips on what would exsplain it better feel free to tell me and I'll get right on it for you and others.

71monte, a paint care 101, will do.

KULTULZ, I can do the fiberglass panel contruction and I will ask Shawn Asseln(I appologize if I mispelled the name) to look over it to see if there are any mistakes in my process or easier ways it can be done. He is the local 'glass pro. If your not formiliar with him he constructs 'glass body's for a living. Also in the suggestion I would presume you are talking about using the steel frame encapsulated in the 'glass for strength, if not please correct me. If so I don't usually recommend mating 'glass and steel for any use for many reasons, but I will do a version of that. I can definatly do the custom grills. I will choose 3 major grille types like bar grills, '40-'48 and '49-'59, full custom, stock reproduction and low budget. The face bars are pretty much cosmetic if we are thinking about the same thing, clarify a bit if you would so I can be sure. As for the bumper covers I usually never modify one, its usually easier to construcked a new peice than just modifing an existing one exspecially with the equipment it takes to work with the materials. Usually the vehicles that want a custom cover are looking to add an agressive look to the car so its easier just to make a whole new peice unless the existing one is an aftermarket peice. 'glass and carbon fiber are among the best and easiest materials to create a cover with depending on your budget and use of the vehicle.

Unstable, tools and supply's I can do, books I can't. Also fender widening is a model specific modification, if you need help with your preticular model feel free to contact me.

I'll get on these during the next few days and get them to Jon as soon as possible.

Also a new one has been added. Its tips on how to create a custom if your stuck on where to start, also how to bring originality to your custom.

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Dave, did your polishing how-to, should be up in a few days.

The rest of you I'm going to try and do two more tonight and they should be up in a few days also.

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Just a idea. How about making your own tail lights. Making metal or fiberglass buckets. and how to form your lenes to fit your buckets.
 

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I second Zonk's request. I was thinking about buying a new car and want to immediately make some mods to the paint like flames, racing stripes, etc... Or what about applying graphics? I appreciate anything you can post.
 

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HK,

I was thinking more of a general "How To" widen fenders, as I understand it will differ from vehicle to vehicle, but if I had the fundamentals, it would be helpful...kind of like Doc' Chops thing on his suicide doors, helped me considerably in seeing how that was done.

Thanks on the other requests though, this board rocks much arse.
 

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First of all HK, I want to say thank you for all of the very informative and helpfull info you have contributed to this site. I do body and paint as a hobby (was a professional line tech before a back injury forced a very early retirement). A current project I'm doing is a 39 plymouth bus coupe. Problem is, cracks coming thru the paint above the factory lead in the body seams in the quarter panels. Sanded thru the paint and found the lead has small hairline cracks in it. Can you write up a procedure of this type of repair? (bondo over, fiberglass over, melt all lead out and rebondo)???
I also want to learn about shrinking metal. Is there a special shrinking hammer and how do they work. I have read a lot about this, just want your opinion on how you do this. I always seem to stretch more than i shrink. What am I doing wrong?
I know: practice, practice, practice.
Again - thanks.

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Be happy to. Will be trying to type out 2-4 more tonight and will do what I can to get to eachh of you. Some of the original requests have one or more parts as well so it might take me a week or two to get all of them done but will be happy to do them.

2manytoyz, will do on both accounts. I'll exsplain the proper use and idea being the shrinking hammer and all other tools I can think of as well as help you with your individual problem. It may take me a few days, but I'll get to it.

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Hey there HK. You did spell the name right and if you need any help I am still here. Been busy lately. Puting myself through school again and startin a new shop from the sounds of things. But I am finding more time for the forum again. I would gladly give and help or advice on the 'glass work. <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[drool]" />
 

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like to see one on makeshift primer booth construction, how to set up an air compressor and gun to prime, and how to restore/rebuild the window stuff. (roll up mechanism, channels, etc..). id also like to know how to restore plastic grilles, and maybe even a little comment or two on how to clearance fenders for taller tires (front fender corners).
thanks, HK. you always rock at this stuff.
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Thank you Shawn, if we lived closer by I would like to merge your 'glassing skills with my ideas, I think we could give boyds bodies and run for their money. I'm also going to school and quite possibly soon be working two jobs to get a shop open after I get out of school.

Mike, the paintbooth I can do, maby even tonight with a rought diagram done with paint program. The compressor and spray gun will have to wait. I'm going to draw up a diagram on gun cleaning also so I will link them together. The window stuff is pretty tough to do without a visual aid depending on the model because doing a vegue overall how to is pretty useless.

Unstable, fender widening is pretty simple and just basically a patch addtion and some forming so I'll try and do a some what vegue to model how to for you.

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