Bigsarg

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Awesome!! :fireworks:

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55 minutes ago, Bigsarg said:

They finished cutting and polishing (40 hrs). Car looks like you can reach into the paint.

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:fireworks: Awesome!

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How do you get a car straight?

 

Lots of block sanding with guidecoat on high solids primer with 400-600 grit, Paint it once and wetsand again with great care and finer papert. Topcoat with colour again and clear...

Wetsand again with 1000-1500 grit and clear one more time. done......................................................................

Car is looking great!!!!

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Looks stunning!!!  Cant wait to see the car when fully finished !!

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I had the Ferrari style door handles, which made the car look like it had the doors shaved. With the new Alfa door handles the car looks so different. Nice change. 

Passenger front parking lense shaved down and fitted. I still don't understand why the molds weren't corrected to where the lenses would just fit right in. Body shop took 4 hrs to fit it. I guess if the original lense wasn't missing it probably be 30 min or so to fit. But still why not just fix the mold so the problem didn't exist?

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It's getting beautiful!

 

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Stinger, you got that right. Lots of sanding. His final sand was with a 6" block. I always thought you went as long of a block as you could. I guess I was mistaken. His clear did have black mix in like you said. You know your stuff sir. 

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Yes the six inch block is pretty standard as an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of sandpaper can be cut into two strips long ways for the block. A four inch block can get four strips from one sheet.

Lots of crosshatching and changing direction when wetsanding with that stuff.

Recently restored a 67 Dodge Dart and used a 17" block to get the line in the quarter panel. Car came out perfect (better than factory) Lots of guide coat and arm blood-loss labour!!! Finished product was worth it!

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Stinger, It sounds like you put a lot of energy and care into your work. I bet it looks AWSOME 

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I didn't have the chrome license plate light/handle before. Spyderman was able to find me one at a great price that was show quality.  It makes the rear of the Daytona complete. I always thought the car was missing that final touch

Bumpers rechromed and new rubber placed on them  also

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Ii decided to take the upstairs shop and turn it into a home dojo. I've been working on it for the last month. Added a bathroom with shower and now doing the floors. Next week two 5'x5' mirrors will be installed. 

I usually find something fun in a project, but installing laminate floors has no fun part. It's like doing tile. Each step leads to the next and it's as boring as the last. 

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Finishing up all the small items now. 

Putting the rear quarter panel red markers back in really does make this  car look like it's got more class. The shaved body look was popular at one time, but I think it should have never been done to this car  

Once again Autoro(Daytona Whisperer) came thru for me; Thxs Bra. I was having trouble finding the rear marker wiring pigtails. He hooked me up and at a decent price too. He also gave me all the measurements to put them back in the exact place. U could see where they were from inside, but it was all a fudged up fiberglass mess

Shop figured out the right hose for the engine oil filter modification. It's a truck radiator hose. 

 

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When will they put the spoke wheels on? Or did that change? Or am I mixed up? :) 

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Dadrian, the front end alignment is next. Once that's done then I'll have the rims and tires put on. I'm going to try 3 different sizes to get the gap as small in the front as possible. But I don't want to have different size tires front and back. I think I'll find a great compromise with the three choices I'm going to be working with. 

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I'm thinking of going a lit out of the box. I'm going with this headlight conversion. 

https://m.summitracing.com/parts/grm-09-1049

They have the halo built in and then the bulbs are a lot brighter. If you've even been in a C3 at night you know that you can't see anything. Actually pretty scary. So the lighting will be much better. The halo look thru clear plexy glass will either give it a great look or it will so ruin the overall appearance. I've never seen a Daytona with halo headlights. 

Whats ur thoughts on this conversion? 

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Headlights are very cool and should be a great improvement!.

The bulbs however are a concern. Make sure your car can handle the wattage draw as you don't want to melt the connector at the bulb. I have seen this happen!

I had a Lincoln MarkVIII and it had terrible factory lighting so I know what you mean. I ordered a set of HID for it but never installed them as it was a bad fit and would screw up the on board computer as I would have a constant fault code appearing on the dash! I ended up leaving the stock lights but driving at night with high beams. Funny....no one ever blinked at me at night to turn off my brights????

 

I put over rated bulbs in my Volvo to see if I could brighten my lighting and I actually melted my pigtails on the plugs. Had to re-wire new pigtails and go back to stock bulb. I hope you won't have the same issue? Good luck.

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