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1969 Firebird - Partial Restoration
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LeighP



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still waiting for the engineering shop to finish the engine...not that they've done much, lol.

Continuing the dash and AC work......dash facia was a mess...all busted out by a knuckle dragger's attempt to fit a radio. I'll jsut be fitting a home made radio delete blank panel over that mess....I'll put the radio some place else. The clock delete panel was hacked up for what I imagine were a couple of switches - I've manufactured a new blank panel for this.
The thing that made the dash really look average was the chrome trim edges had all worn off. At the price of a new dash panel, that wasn't going to happen....so it was mask and paint it with chrome trim paint. Looks OK, for a driver.....if the car was a high end resto, I'd have sprung for a new dash. Still up in the air on whether I'll add the woodgrain facia trim....I like it, but its dollars I don't need to spend.

As found....

P9120044 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

Do you know how long it takes to edge mask these things? Hours...thats how long....lol

IMG_1256 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

Chrome paint over a coat of adhesion promotor....

IMG_1258 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

Final product......I think it looks fairly tidy.

IMG_1259 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

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Bandit1977



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leigh, for that job I've had really good results using a chrome paint pen instead.
Came up really well and only took a few minutes.

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SBC-68-FIREBIRD



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Came up pretty nice.
The floors look pretty nice in that car too.

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LeighP



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I've tried hand painting trim edging before with average results...must admit, haven't tried the paint pens, though.

The floors needed a couple of small repairs that were done before I aquired the car....otherwise, they are excellent. The whole car has very little rust in it.....the worst of it is I'll need to get repairs done to the bottoms of hte rear quarters behind the wheels...some bubbling going on there.

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gpierce



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dash looks great Leigh.

Never liked the wood trim look in these cars. Go Carbon Fiber wrap instead:)Smile
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LeighP



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carbon fibre doesn't work for the near stock theme I'm running with.....too modern.

Added the aftermarket Rally gauge pack with the original 160mph speedo cleaned and fitted. Polished the plastic lens.

dash 1 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

Heres what the dash looks like with the Vintage Air vents, remanufactured clock delete panel and the custom radio delete panel added.

dash 2 by Leigh Peddell, on Flickr

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gpierce



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like new:)
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LeighP



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, better than it was...driver quality, for sure.
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