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    a little more progress, but still have a ways to go. I've started removing trim pieces and gaskets on body to prepare for paint, but one of the screws on the passenger side mirror is being problematic. soaked in pb blaster, and still won't budge. started to strip. auuuugh! I actually think I've been pretty lucky as this is the first one thats been like that.
    Sorry for the sideways picture!IMG_20180605_213755[1].jpg

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    update time! Car is being taken to paint next Wednesday. While it's not running yet, much of the engine bay is done, and the body trim and panels are removed. the only things that *need* to be done before paint are removal of the front fender liners, (so we can put the fenders back on, obviously, LOL) and welding a plug in for the antenna hole. I'd also like to get the clutch and brake lines completed and bled..

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    While things have gone mostly smoothly during the project, there's been a casualty.. when removing the finish panel, we had an issue arise.

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    no biggie, Steve suggested I glue it back together... since it was going to paint, I figured why not, I can try that. Then I had another accident

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    Crap, and when fitting it back together, noticed some slivers were actually missing along the cracks, so no gluing for Charlie. reviewed prices online, and decided to order the LRB finish panel. It should be here before he's done painting, so I should be able to take it to him to take care of. Added expenses on a car project? who'd have thunk it!
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    I’ve only had one finish panel explode like that and I was gutted. Glad LRB will be there in time. Cannot wait to see the paint!!

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    Dropped it off today! And of course when I got home the lrb panel was waiting. Oops!

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    Had some time now that "smurfette" (wife's name for it, gonna have to change, LOL) is at paint, so I decided to design some speaker grills. My first attempt, I tried using holes in the star, but wasn't happy with the look, then decided on this design.
    The person I'm using is currently out of state, but should be back soon, to start the work on them. I enjoy coming up with things like this, and then creating them in Autocad. Among other things, I did a KINOD logo a long while back, and also designed my wife's 1st anniversary gift (pendant) which the jeweler then created in 18k gold.

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    Primed and some color! Last update for a while. don't want to post finished paint until I put on the vinyl, which must wait for paint to cure. So I guess it will be 5 weeks or so. color.jpg

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    Ok I lied. I'm too excited! Car is back in my posession and work will progress tomorrow

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    What is the exterior colour? Or did I not read something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MX5Wisher View Post
    What is the exterior colour? Or did I not read something?
    Its 2 toned. Colors are supposed to be sea blue and light ghost grey . The painters supplier matched my sample colors(model paint) to a generic #2 grey metallic, and Skyline blue used by AMC in 1971

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    Made some progress over the last 2 days in reassembly. Rear bumper mostly on, ran into something odd. But may have solved it. Lrb Finish panel mounted but just noticed it needs tweaking thanks to the pic, door handles, mirrors and bushings installed.

    Also shaved lettering off taillights while waiting for the rain to stop.

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    What's with the rivets/bolts in the finish panel? I'm guessing this isn't a direct bolt-on replacement?

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    nope, it's an LRB aluminum finish panel. comes in 3 pieces and there are brackets underneath. In most cases it uses existing holes for the brackets, but for mine (maybe it's a NA6 thing) I had to drill 2 holes on each side to mount it. not difficult mounting though. and I don't have to worry about it shattering now!
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    I'm so excited for you Charlie! This is a long-planned build and I'm happy to see you get this far! Can't wait to see more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kung fu jesus View Post
    I'm so excited for you Charlie! This is a long-planned build and I'm happy to see you get this far! Can't wait to see more!
    Thanks, Steve! Couldn't have done it without your help and others. It always seems I have these Grandiose plans that fall through, because it takes too long, or I just simply don't have the ability or knowledge to follow through. I'm determined not to have that happen with Wildcat. I've put so much of myself into this thing it's nuts. Obsessed? probably. One things for sure, after this, everything I chose to do will seem simple I think. LOL!

    update: while putting on passenger mirror, it twisted and scratched.. Frak! I've got paint and touched it up, will need to smooth it out before putting the mirror back on, and installing the window gasket. installed DS gasket, and all bulbs in taillights.
    When I bought the new battery, I didn't even think of the exhaust nipples on the battery. went to reconnect them to the hoses, only to realize the hoses are oval, and nipples are round... yes, that's how I like mine too, but they don't match up! Found a random short piece of vacuum hose. cut short pieces and fortuitously the OD shapes the oval to round perfectly, and the ID is a perfect fit for the nipple. so problem solved!
    Plan is to have the rest of the body panels installed by Saturday night, and go for a shakedown cruise Sunday. may or may not happen, but that's the hope.

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    Your car is coming out great! I look forward to seeing the final product. Btw, you should update what you drive. She is a smurf no more. I'm curious what you'll enter.

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