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Old 08-27-2019, 01:53 PM
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I purchased this car about 6 weeks ago for inventory. The job hazard I have now, I fall in love with these cars. This one is no exception. Bruce featured the car here............https://www.yenko.net/forum/showthread.php?t=156544.

I decided to slow down a little bit, as Tracey and I have become rather fond of the car. It has some Day 2 adds the original owner performed to the car before he parked it in 1995. I thought I'd carry on with a few items while fixing the few items that needed attention.

I was able to fit PMD center caps to my 200S wheels........



Found an NOS Thrush crossover muffler. I'll make the car a dual exhaust like it should be, attached to the Casler headers the OO added in 1980. I have an appointment to get the pipes bent this Thursday over by a buddy. We should be able to use the original tailpipes.



I tried to save the original headliner. I just has shrunk too much and cannot be properly fitted to the cardboard. I found original material courtesy of a SYC member. That should be here soon.





I'll post some pics after a few things are done. I'm in the process of rubbing in the #7
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Old 08-27-2019, 06:02 PM
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I have been working on Trans Am most of today. Here is what an hour of rubbing with rags and lacquer thinner has yielded. Any other suggestions for the cracks, crevices, brake lines, etc?

Like many cars, this thing was Ziebart coated when new.



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Old 08-28-2019, 12:27 AM
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----Just me but I don't think I would use lacquer thinner. Try some thing like wax and grease remover, or just kerosene. Eventually the L-thinner will eat thru that beautiful primer, and it really does appear beautiful. Also, use plastic scrapers (you may already be doing this).....Bill S
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A diesel fuel-soaked rag works great. I used it to clean the bottom of our 73 SD455.
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I buy a gallon metal container of WD-40 and the plastic spray bottle that is made for it. Get a soft plastic bristle brush . Spray the WD-40 and let it sit a few minutes , spray it again and use the plastic brush. Keep the brush clean by washing it out with the WD-40 . It will take a while to get all the undercoating off but this will not harm any paint or primer. Any paint daubs or stencils will not go away. Get some plastic scrapers that are not sharp and those will help with the thick crap.. 5 gallons used on my 1970 GS , but it got Archival Elite at BCA Nats.. Some things are worth the effort..lol..
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This is the result of the #7 rub down. This is strictly 3 coats of #7, no machine work. Personally, I like to avoid the machine work when I can...........



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Well done! Did you let it soak? I did on my 75fj and it worked really well. Did you clay bar?
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Well done! Did you let it soak? I did on my 75fj and it worked really well. Did you clay bar?
I soaked overnight and yes I clayed it out as well. I need to try one of those Eagle One mitts
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Eagle One Mitts are great,you'll never clay bar again.
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Eagle One Mitts are great,you'll never clay bar again.


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Ever since you guys recommended it here earlier this year I have been using it. Have done all our cars in the fleet over the summer and it's unbelievable how well it works. Last week I did our sons 2004 Envoy hand me down with 190k miles that gets driven a lot and sat out all summer without getting washed very much. The original paint looked like new afterwards.
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