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Post by blue81ta on Mon Nov 01, 2010 8:36 pm

Looking good Rick. Great job. Cool
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Post by Steve on Mon Nov 01, 2010 9:20 pm

Thanks for posting the pictures Rick. I am enjoying them.

I like your "drive 'em perfect" philosophy. After all, why not? I say to all the people who drive 100 point cars and those who trailer them and those whoe drive beaters "do whatever you want to do." If you enjoy maintaining a museum piece and enjoy the hobby that way then do that. If you want to drive a perfectly restored car then do that. It's your car. If you're a customizer then customize. Like Rick says, it's all about the people and the cars. Just enjoy both however you want to.
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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:18 pm

The interior rear sail panels, console and inside front side panels look like brand new pieces.


What kind of paint are you using to redye these interior pieces? Did you buy this from Year One or Ames?

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Post by mr71transam on Mon Nov 01, 2010 11:31 pm

Larry I had it color matched and mixed by Albert Kemperle (The Paint Guys) in Waterbury. The paint is by PPG. I tried paint from both Ames and Classic Industries but they just didn't come close to the original color. The Paint Guys matched the color of the console. It was a perfect match.

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Post by mr71transam on Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:01 pm

Well I received all my new Stainless Steel Fuel, Brake, Vapor, and Transmission Cooler lines in today.

It's almost as Good as Christmas around here for me.


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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Thu Nov 04, 2010 1:17 am



Sung to the tune of "Partridge in a Pear Tree"


"Five Stainless Lines

Four Body Fenders

Three Dashboard mounts

Two sail panels

And a console in a Three Speed."

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Post by mr71transam on Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:41 am

That's a Good One Larry Very Happy

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Post by 4SPEED on Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:35 am

any updates on the body work? the interior look great. how did the rear console turn out?
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Post by mr71transam on Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:52 am

Well I was at the shop Friday and took a few pictures. All the panels were dry fitted and everything lined up Great. So now the welding will start. Hope to have that completed by the end of December.





Spent a little time welding in a patch on the passenger front fender.

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Post by mr71transam on Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:18 am

4SPEED wrote:any updates on the body work? the interior look great. how did the rear console turn out?

Doug Just Dashes said it would be around six weeks before I got the console back. I'll post up a few pictures when I get it.

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Post by Steve on Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:11 pm

I can't wait to see her all done Rick!
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Post by hdebo on Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:34 pm

Looking great Rick. Keep posting up the pics.
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Post by Martin on Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:00 am

Looking Good Rick!!!! Progress!!
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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:00 pm



Wow... that is the first time I have seen the car cut up like that to re weld the four fenders.

That little patch on the passenger fender is critical.

If you want a technically correct 1971 Trans Am it has to have that little patch.

Good to see you doing a little welding... but is OSHA going tell you to wear gloves and eye protection?

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Post by Martin on Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:40 am

Any updates today Rick?
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Post by mr71transam on Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:04 am

All the body panels are welded and started to filling all the seams.






I have added about half of the sound/heat matting .





Hope to have it in primer and the rest of the matting installed by next Satruday.

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Post by 4SPEED on Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:01 pm

looks good, but one thing, the filler on the quarters.

if it were mine I would have the guy take that back off and epoxy prep the metal first.
filler is like a spunge, if and when you get a rock chip. and when it gets wet , where do you guess the water is going to go. and with nothing under the filler the sheet metal will rust.

I have know clue why some body guys put filler over bare metal. unless its fiberglass filler. it water proof.
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Post by mr71transam on Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:04 pm

Thanks Doug I'll discuss that with Jim.

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Post by mr71transam on Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:36 pm

Well Got the Body in Primer. Fitted the Doors and Trunk Lid. Drilled the Trunk and Rear Quarters and rough fitted the Rear Spoiler.












And completed installing the matting.




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Post by Martin on Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:38 pm

Looking good Rick.....
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Post by 4SPEED on Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:04 pm

it wont be long now Wink
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Post by mr71transam on Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:51 pm

I'm hoping to bring Her home the end of March.

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Post by mr71transam on Sun Dec 19, 2010 1:08 pm

Neil give me a New Brown REM Package Tray. So I spent a little time re-dying it. Also re-dyed a few other parts. The Bigger problem is that the new dye I had colored matched isn't a Perfect Match. So I'm going to re-dye the rest of my Interior. That should keep me busy for awhile.





All these parts are the same color. They just look different.

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Post by blue81ta on Sun Dec 19, 2010 4:40 pm

Looking good. Great work Rick....
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Post by 69_RAG_TOP on Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:20 pm

The problem with dyeing interior parts blue is that blue is the hardest color to match.


Obviously black is the easiest color to match. Because of the wavelengths of blue in the visible light spectrum, the human eye is most sensitive to very subtle changes or differences in shades of blue.

So it is actually better to re dye the entire interior than to try to match the shades individually, piece by piece.

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